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June/July 2002 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Looking for Ronald D. Wilke, Gary Bailey, Alfredo K. Zimmer, James B. Kimbrell, Gerald Simmons, Peter J. Hughes, Kenneth L. Brown, James Holly, or anyone who knows their whereabouts for a possible reunion. Contact: Charles M. Freeman, P-20226, CSP Corcoran, P.O. Box 1 BU1-104, P.O. Box 3456, Corcoran, CA 93212-3456.

Incarcerated, honorably discharged, U.S. Navy Seabee looking for a pen pal. Contact: Douglas G. Grieve, P-67246, MCSP A-2 231-Up, P.O. Box 409099, Ione, CA 95640-9000.

Looking for anybody who served in Co. B, 1st Bn., 14th Inf., 25th Inf. Div. Would like to know what happened after I was wounded and sent home. Contact: Joseph DiGiovanni, 77 Armstrong Ave., Staten Island, NY 10308; 718-356-5484.

Advisory Team 37, Ham Thuan District, Binh Thuan Province, 1970-72. Looking for Capt. Otto, Maj. Swanson, Cpl. Terrell, Ssgt. Dudley, Sfc. James, Sfc. Price. Need contact for medal confirmation. Contact: Philip F. Cordova, 125 LaNell Dr., Canutillo, TX 79835; 915-568-5166 or 915-568-9757.

Looking for all veterans who served in 1st Sqdn., 1st Cav., attached to Americal 101st, 196th, or 1st Armored Div. We have started an association. Contact: Terry Babler, W5889 Durst Rd., New Glarus, WI 53574; 608-527-2444;

U.S. Navy MCB5 Seabees, Danang, April 1967. Looking for Alan J. Nemeth from Connecticut and Richard (Bob) Bebo from Los Angeles, or anyone who witnessed the collision between Bob Bebo and myself on dirt road in front of the EM (Acey Deucey) Club. Need contact for medical information. Contact: Joe Fuleky, 2044 Delence St., Toledo, OH 43605; 419-697-9369.

Looking for a Gary or Garry who served temporarily at 425th Detachment, Val d'Or, Quebec, Canada, spring of 1965, and may have been loaned out from another detachment or headquarters squadron. Also searching for Capt. Garren with 425th, 1964-66. I need to know his first name. Contact: Michele Glaze,

Trying to locate an old friend of my mother-in-law, Gerry Fish, 173rd Abn. Bde., Robinhoods and Crossbows, Vietnam, 1970-71. Contact: Elaine Naylor,

Looking for anyone who served with my dad, Jim Cowles, 185th Headquarters Co., 185th Main. Bn., Long Binh, 1967-68. He drove a 10-ton truck and picked up bombed tanks. Contact: Tami Cowles,

Looking for anyone who served with me in B1/5 1st Mar. and A1/1 1st Mar., Vietnam, 1970-71. Contact: Brett Elcock,

Looking for anyone who served with CDCEC, 5/9th Cav., 1965. Contact: Dennis Jeter,

Searching for Neal Bradley Solomon, Syracuse, New York. He attended Manlius Military Academy. Would like to know if he served in Vietnam. Contact: Nancy Tamarin,

Looking for anyone who served with or may have known Richard Heinen, 58th Trans. Bn. Also, Angelo De Fabio who served with same unit in 1967-68. Contact: James Fant,

Looking for anyone who served with my uncle, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James B. Ronan, who died in Italy in 1976. He served in the Massachusetts National Guard, 182nd Inf., 1951; Europe, Korea, and Vietnam. He was assigned to various units, including 1st Cav. Div., 3rd Arm. Div., 4th Inf. Div., 5th Missile Bde., and 101st Abn. Div. Contact: Denis P. Ronan,

Would like to return dog tags with the name Earl B. Gilbert. Contact: Nataly X. Kobets,

Trying to locate Robert Akey who served with U.S. Navy, Vietnam, 1969, and worked on a submarine. He has valuable historical information. Contact: Karen Riley, Karen.Riley@HQDA.Army.Mil

Would like to find out if Capt. William L. Nellans, MIA September 17, 1967, was ever located. I wore his bracelet for ten years. Contact:

Looking for USMC SSgt. Donald Walker from Chicago. We were pen pals when I was in the Girl Scouts and he was in Vietnam. Would like to know if he is still alive. I have been searching for over 25 years. Contact: Summer Carter,

Looking for anyone who served with David Merrill, Co. B, 31st Combat Eng., Vietnam, 1969-70, to help him with his claim. He served at LZ Brown, LZ Lane, Bien Hoa, and Quan Loi. Where are Angel Rodriguez, Capt. Spandel, Sgt. Pavick, and Richard Barr? Contact:

Trying to locate anyone from U.S. Army Mortuary TSN or Camp Red Ball,1968. Contact: Darryl (Ron) Taylor,  or

Looking for anyone who served in 1st Cav. Div., Vietnam, 1966-67, An Khe Mountain. My husband was in a cargo plane that went down in 1966 after singing in Billy Graham's choir while leaving Hammond. He needs help in obtaining disability for PTSD. Contact: Sarah,

Jimmy Parnell is looking for Larry England from Indiana who served in the U.S. Army, Korea. Contact: Naomi S. Parnell,

Looking for anyone who served with 11th Air Assault Test which transferred to the Air Cav. We served with 1st Bn., 188th Inf., Co. C., including Howard Harrington, Lonnie Peoples, Richard Jinkins, Oliver Parrish, Michael Philhower, Byrl Ballew, and Don Calvano. Contact: Dennis N. Yodsnukis,

Looking for anyone who knew Sp4 Charles "Widdie'' Warner who served in-country October 1970 and was KIA April 1971. I think he worked in the Post Exchange, Cha Rang Valley, Qui Nhon, or An Khe. Contact: Jim,

I am a member of Chapter 120 in Connecticut and am looking for Ron Aubashan. Contact: William J. Neligon,

I help Amerasians and veterans locate each other for free. Visit the web site:  or do a web search under "amerasian relief agency." Contact: Brian Hjort, Blankavej 21, 2500 Valby, Dk Denmark,

Looking for guys I served with in 1st Air Cav. Div., Co. B, 1st Bn. (Airmobile), 5th Cav., March to June 1970. Contact: Jim Burton,

Looking for LCpl. John R. Lynch and Sgt. Cooley, H&S Co., 3rd Bn., 3rd Mar., 3rd Mar. Div. (Rein) FMF, Vietnam, 1966-67. Need information for HQMC awards and Medals Branch. Contact: Joseph R. Wenzel, 2228 Magnolia Ln., Green Bay, WI 54304-4818;

Looking for anyone who served with me in 3rd Med., 3rd Mar. Div., 1969, Quang Tri, including Buddha, Hawg, Arizona, and Wally. Contact: Robert "Pigpen" Penn, 5130 Ramillie Rn., Winston-Salem, NC 27106; 336-924-0610.

Searching for personnel assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 39th Inf., 9th Div., January 1967-68, who participated in the following operations: Uniontown 1, 2, and 3; Akron 1, 2, and 3; BDIT, Riley, Miles, Colby, Greenleaf, and Tiger. Contact: Norman Joe Rogers, 3813 N.W. Arlington Ave., Lawton, OK 73505; 580-353-1001.

Looking for anyone who served with 553 Float Bridge Eng., 18th Eng. Bde., 1970-71. Especially Marshall Riggs of Michigan and Joe from Royal Oak. I need help with a VA claim. Contact: David Onkalo, 26430 Quincy St., Laurium MI 49913; 906-337-5897.

Trying to find Sgt. Red, Jeff Lawson, Alfredo Marquez, or anyone who served in the 82nd Abn., 3/326 Charlie Co., 1st Plt., late 1972, who remembers when I hurt my back on a helicopter jump. I filed claims in 1973 and 1977, and VA says they are not able to find medical records. Contact: Robert E. Rigler, AF-7750, P.O. Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426.

My father, Sgt. Jonathan P. Adams, is looking for anyone who served with 709th Main. Bn., Charlie Co., Vietnam, 1968-69. Contact:

Looking for anyone who served with USMC, M-60 Guns, Lima Co., 3/3 3rd Plt. Contact:

Bill Van Eck of Clifton, New Jersey, U.S. Army, Artillery Gun Sec., Vietnam, is looking for P.R. (first name may be Patrick) Lynch from New York whom he rescued and who was evacuated to St. Albans Naval Hospital, Queens, New York. Bill needs affidavit about the rescue. Contact: Carol Fowler,

Johnnie Stevens of Carteret, New Jersey, who served with 761st Tank Bn., E.T.O., WWII, would like to find the sergeant in 26th Inf. Div. who saved his life. Contact: Carol Fowler,

Looking for anyone who served with me in 1st Inf. Bde., 5th Inf. Div. (Mech), Co. A, 1st Bn., 61st Inf. I have 2,000 feet of VCR tape of our platoon. Contact: Charles E. Smith, 757-229-0976;

Searching for J.C. "Jim'' Robinson, F Co., 2nd Bn., 26th Mar., 1966-68, Phu Bai. He received a Purple Heart in 1967; was on Hill 274, Danang; and was involved in Operations Independence and Stone. He was a Boy Scout leader in Whitehall, Michigan, 1966. Contact: Debbie Pittman,

Wish to correspond with Vietnam veterans. Contact: Godwin Galea, 143 Main St., Mosta MST 06, Malta; 00356-21411550.

Looking for anyone who served at Camp Radcliff, An Khe, 1967-68. Especially Sgt. Carter, Sgt. Hanna, Berry, Clemens, Dunn, Combs, Jenkins, Green, and Covington. Also, anyone who served at Camp Holloway, Pleiku: Sgt. Goosh, Lt. Flavel, Licon, Hunt Thomas, Snyder, and Oliver. Contact: Rogelio (``Shorty'') Donez, 1117 W. Grant, Harlingen, TX 78550.

Incarcerated PTSD group looking for sponsorship and supporters among Vietnam veteran groups to prepare and introduce presidential or congressional "Incarcerated Viet Vets Amnesty Act'' to provide remedial recourse and redress for veterans diagnosed with any acquired psychiatric disorders after convictions. Contact: Richard Carter, AY-5092, State Correctional Institution at Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd., Dallas, PA 18612.

Looking for anyone who served with Paul D. Hurd. He was in Co. A, Combat Eng., 1st Mar. Div., 1969, RVN. His second tour was with same unit at Quang Tri, 1971. In 1973 he was with the 3rd Force Recon. Contact: Carl Oyler, 800-953-6224;

Would like to hear from anyone who served with my uncle, 2nd Lt. Robert Ball, in Vietnam. He did basic training at Camp Pendleton. Also, anyone who served on USS Enterprise, 1966-69. Contact: Jayson H. Ball, P.O. Box 7000, Carson City, NV 89702-7000.

Looking for anyone who was stationed PCS or TDY, Tan Son Nhut Airbase, 38th FS, February to October 1968; flight line maintenance on RF4C, F4D, E338 FS, Bien Hoa Airbase, December 1968 to June 1969; or Spec. Ops, Cam Ranh Bay, C130's "Spookys." Need contact for disability. Contact: William Hanes, 3405 Woodbaugh Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23321; 757-483-1679.

Looking for anyone who served with me in Bravo Co., 2nd Bn., 1st Reg., Americal Div., 1970-71. Seeking evidence for a VA claim. Contact: Darnell "Bro Chicken Man" Jackson, 122 Queen Ann Dr., Slidell, LA 70460; 985-649-4362.

Doing survey on Lupus among Vietnam veterans. Need more names and anyone who passed from SLE. Contact: Al DePanfilis, 1607 Benner St., Philadelphia, PA 19149.

Searching for Chendo Vasquez or anyone who knows him. I recently purchased an old Zippo lighter that belonged to him. Contact: Monica Matuszewski,

Trying to locate anyone who served aboard USS Corpus Christi Bay offshore from Vung Tau, fall of 1972. I was TDY to prepare the ship for return trip to home port in Texas in December 1972. The VA says the ship was decommissioned in 1960; I need information to prove she was in Vietnam during that time. Contact: Steven M. Clapper, 406-727-9711;

Looking for William Haney or anyone who knew him. I believe he was from Nebraska and was stationed at, or stopped over at, Ft. Rucker, Alabama, spring 1971 before being shipped to Vietnam. Contact: Angela Fisher, 770-504-1465;

Looking for anyone who served with 687th Eng. Landclearing, Vietnam, 1969. Contact: David Young,

Looking for anyone who served in D Co., 577th Eng. Bn., and shipped out from Harmony Church via Atlanta via San Francisco via San Diego for Vietnam aboard USNS Gordon. Contact: Ken Rollins,

Trying to locate members who served with B Co., 1st Bn., 7th Cav., 1st Cav. Div., to get reacquainted. Contact: V.R. Wilson, 599 Oakland Ave., Staten Island, NY 10310-2913; 718-273-4852;

Looking for James Sharp(e) from Norfolk or Chesapeake, Virginia. I met him at Norfolk State University in the late 1960s after his service in Vietnam. Contact: 703-960-2243;


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