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Looking for Dell Coolidge, married to Debby (possibly from Missouri), worked in Army Finance Office, RVN, 1967-68; Instructor, Army Finance School, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, 1968-69. Contact: John M. Ryan, 608 Alpine Ct., Mays Landing, NJ 08330; 609-909-5105.
Searching for Cecil Gibbs (Louisiana), a Vietnam veteran friend I met when we both worked for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1996. Contact: Abu Bakari Shaibu, 14 Antrim Crescent, Kingston 3, Jamaica, West Indies; 876-285-9206.
Need incident confirmation. Who was aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-60) in the Gulf of Tonkin, 1972-73? Who remembers the sailor who lost his fingers installing a tension block during launch of a RVAH-1 RAC5 (“Vigilante”) jet? Who recalls body bags stacked in the chow hall? Contact: Paul R. Kantner, Jr., 169 E. College Ave., Wernersville, PA 19565; 610-587-6263.
Need help with PTSD/AO claim. Seeking anyone who served with A Co., 501st Signal Bn., 101st Airborne Div. at Bien Hoa, Phu Bai, or Camp Eagle, Dec. 1967-June 1968; with 581st MI Detachment (CMAC), Saigon, June-Aug. 1968, or with 9th Signal Bn., 9th Inf. Div., Dong Tam, Aug.-Dec. 1968. Contact: James Everett III (AS-0363), SCI-Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd., Dallas, PA 18612.
Filing a claim and need a buddy statement. Looking for John “Hawkeye” Neilsen and Glenn Hubard who served with me in the 716th MP Bn., 18th MP Bde. during the Tet Offensive in 1968, from Saigon to Hue. I was called “Jazzman.” Contact: Mike Ellis, 4132 Lake Rd., Louisville, KY 40216.
Looking for the name of the airman who died after falling off an aircraft at Danang in late 1971 or early 1972. The airman was an electrician assigned to 20th TASS and died three days after the fall at either Marble or Monkey Mountain. Contact: Peter McAskill, 64 Lillian Ave., Seabrook, NH 03874.
Seeking any members of V-1 Div. aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN-68) who survived the plane crash in 1981. I am interested in the possibility of a reunion. Contact: Steven B. Corker, Ramsey 1 Unit, 1100 F.M. 655, Rosharon, TX 77583.
Searching for Mike Morgan (Maryland) and Richard Richards. Both were with me at Ca Mau on Dec. 24, 1970. Morgan was then a Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class and Richards was a Hospital Corpsman 1st Class. I was the cook at Ca Mau. Contact: Dennis Castret, 520-207-6104;
Want to hear from anybody who served with the 1st Inf. Div., HQ & A Co., 1st Medical Bn., Dec. 1967-April 1969.  I was the Division medical supply specialist. Contact: Edward Anderson, # 523976, Hocking Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 59, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
Help wanted in verifying stress, stressors, and hostile incident confirmation. Seeking anyone who served with Mobile Advisory Teams, MACV, Team 28, Tuy Hoa, Sept. 1968-Feb. 1969. Contact: Richard Graham, #124280, C-47A, Holman Unit, Box 3700, Atmore, AL 36503.
Seeking anybody with information or experience with C118 medevac flights between Cam Ranh Bay and Tachikawa AFB, Japan, 1965-67. Contact: W.L. James, 5525 McMurtrey Dr., North Little Rock, AR 72118; 501-758-8040;
Looking for a Dr. Damagg (unsure of spelling), 3rd Med. Bn., Khe Sanh, 1967. Also seeking anyone who remembers a medevac helicopter crash on Christmas Eve on Hill 861. Contact: M. “Doc” Piper, J-49677, DW-227L, P.O. Box 689, Soledad, CA 93960.
Searching for anyone who knew William (Bill) Clayton Fettes, who served with 5th Special Forces, 1966-68 and 1970-71. His grandson would like to hear from anybody who remembers his Grandpa Bill. Contact: Elijah Fettes, P.O. Box 175, Kechi, KS 67067.
Seeking anybody who served with 2nd Plt., Delta Co., 1st Bn., 1st Marines, 1st MARDIV, Jan.-Oct 1967, or with 81 mm mortars, H&S Co., 2nd Bn., 1st Marines, 1st MARDIV (Con Thien), Dec. 1967-Feb. 1968. Contact: Brian P. Barron, 1 Wellstone Dr., Portland, ME 04103; 207-774-8264.
Working on Dependency and Indemnity Compensation application through VA. Looking for anyone who knew my deceased husband, James “Richard” Bowen, who served aboard the U.S.S. Weiss (APD-135), 1961-65. My husband was from Texas and had tattoos on his arms of a panther and a geisha. Contact: Margaret Bowen, P.O. Box 395, Hutto, TX 78634; 512-670-7400.
Want to find anyone who served with the 278th Signal Co. assigned to the 4th Inf. Div. and worked on the switchboard, May 1967-March 1968, especially Allen Tolen or Robert Goodnoe. Contact: Paul Lauer, 4302 Western Dr., Apt. 8B, Corpus Christi, TX 78410; 361-248-4482; 361-461-0873 (cell).
Seeking information about my cousin, former 1st Lt. Robert Bruce Maddox, born Sept. 16, 1945; KIA Feb. 11, 1969. Would like to learn more about the circumstances of his death. Contact: William Maddox #152221, Crossroads Correctional Center, 1115 E. Pence Rd., Cameron, MO 64429-8804.
Need to confirm injuries I received in RVN while serving with Co. B, 3rd Amphibian Tractor Bn., 1st MARDIV, in 1968. Looking for Gabriel Chapa from Texas who served with me. Contact: Jeffrey Mason, 39 Main St., Gorham, ME 04038; 207-839-3309; 207-839-2702 (fax).
Searching for Burton (former Lt.), Thomas Keenan, Morris, Cully, Stanley, Toblar, Richardson, Alonzo Lopez, Peterson, Richard White, or anyone else from Co. C, 1st Bn., 6th Inf., 198th LIB, Americal (23rd Infantry) Div., Chu Lai. Contact: Frantt V. Whitehill, P.O. Box 2455, Midland, MI 48641; 989-839-0869; 989-430-5098;
Need to verify stressors for PTSD claim. Seeking Churchill, Patrin (Bronx, N.Y.), Glines (? spelling), Big Red, or anybody else from Co. C, 20th Engr. Bn., Nov. 1969-June 1970. I was a plumber nicknamed “Frenchy.” Contact: Gary Desjarden, 877 N. Shunk Rd., Manistique, MI 49854; 906-644-2293.
Working on a Dependency and Indemnity Compensation application after the death of my husband Thomas Dempsey (nicknamed “Wimp the Pimp”) from diabetes. He was stationed at Ubon AFB, Thailand, Sept. 1969-Sept. 1970 in the 601st Photo Lab (the “Rat Pack”) and was friends with the base security detail and the 601st Dog Handlers. I am seeking information regarding the use of benzene in the photo lab and spraying of Agent Orange on the base. Contact: Joan Dempsey, 1302 NW 5th St. Terrace, Blue Springs, MO 64014; 816-229-1302; 816-616-6219 (cell).
Must verify stressors for VA claim. Does anybody recall the crane explosion during Operation Great Bear near Tana-Cross, Ark. (early 1960s), or the soldier serving at Qui Nhon with the 540th Trans. Co., 14th Trans. Bn., who had his throat cut while sleeping in his bunk? Also seeking anyone who was housed at the Hung Doa Hotel on Tu Do St., Saigon, on Dec. 24, 1968. Contact: William B. Shelton, 434-283-4489.
Seeking Earl Norman, Jorge Ayala, Eddie Hillman (Mantua, N.J.), and Rodman Werner (Woodbury, N.J.) from the 25th Inf. Div., Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and RVN. Contact: Alfred H. Miller, #532543, 2D-250, Northeast Correctional Ctr., 13698 Airport Rd., Bowling Green, MO 63334.
Looking for Mike Cerrone, Terry Riley, Ron Pollard, “JB” Barnes, Dennis Wilson, or anyone else who served with 633rd CC&S in the Marble Mountain area, 1969-70.  I am writing a memoir and history of the company and looking for recollections, stories, and photos. Contact: Robert Romaniello, 734 Falling Oaks Dr., Medina, OH 44256; 330-722-6019;
Seeking eyewitness documentation to submit Ben D. Snowden for a Silver Star for actions that cost him his life attempting to rescue fellow Special Operations Group soldiers on June 15, 1967.  Combat action on that day may have been in an unauthorized location, so the recommendation for decoration may not have happened at the time.  Enough time has now passed that with first-hand corroboration of what happened that day, Ben Snowden may at last be recognized for his heroism.  Ben was a MSGT at the time and was Operations NCOIC at the FOB.  Contact: Roger Widdows, MSGT Ben D. Snowden VFW Post 8587, 1000 College Dr., Georgetown TX 78626;
Searching for members of the 5th Maintenance Bn., HQ & Main Support Co., 526th CC&S Co., 552nd, 554th, and 560th LEM Co., E Co. CC&S Troop Command, 85th Lt. Maint. DS, and the 510th Engineer Co. Please contact us at and visit our site at
Looking for Clive W. Wang and Yasuo Uezu (“Pineapple”) of 2nd Plt., A Co., 4th Bn., 9th Inf. Reg. (Manchus), 25th Div. (1968-1969).  Contact: Greg Lederer, or visit for Sept. 17-19 reunion information.
Seeking incident verification for events at Red Beach in Danang while serving with the 142nd Trans. Co., April 1969-March 1970.  Contact: Joe P. Johnson,
Trying to locate anyone assigned to the 50th Engr. Co. (Construction), Headquarters, United States Military Academy, West Point, 1962-1964.  Anyone remember Anthony (Tony) Karabaich?  Contact me at
Looking for anyone who has complete issues of Hurricane Magazine. I have notes from No. 13 (Nui Ba Den, Mountain of the Black Virgin).  Left RVN before I could obtain more copies. I was a cook and baker with the 25th Inf. Div. (1968-69). Contact: John A. Hammonds, 2000 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806
Trying to reunite Jerry B. Roberts with Vietnam war buddy Dennis Barnes.  I would like to surprise Jerry, but I need help. Contact: Sharon Owen,
Seeking anyone who served with the 1st Aviation Bde., HHC 222nd AVN Bn., 12th GP, 273rd  Skycranes, also the 184th AVN Co. (NONSTOP),  Long Binh, Bear Cat, Phu Loi, and Saigon, 1970-71. Contact: Paul Vizcarra, 213-434-9600;




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