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May/June 2003 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Looking for anyone who served with Phu Loi Recon Patrol, Phu Loi, Vietnam. Contact: Michael Swingle, 351 W. Dudley Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090; 908-232-1918; Phu Loi

Trying to locate an old friend, Phillip A. Grimm from Cleveland who served with USSAD, Cam Ranh Command, B Troop. Contact: Mary Roberts, 440-842-8358;

Looking for Lt. Henry Bedinger or family members to return MIA bracelet I wore in 1973 as eighth grade class project. The date on the bracelet is November 22, 1969, and has a white star sticker on a blue background, which I have been told means that Lt. Bedinger came home. Contact: Sharon Ferguson,

Looking for anyone who served with my husband, Bruce Kirkpatrick, a clerk who served with U.S. Army in Tan Son Nhut, 1969-71, out of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, for a book about veterans being put together in his hometown. Contact:

Looking for Richard Server whom I met while working at Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio, in 2000. I tried to contact him at an old address, but he has moved. Contact: Zulay Gelvez,

Searching for soldiers who served with 510th Eng. Co., DS Main., Long Binh, 1971-72. Also, 79th Light Main. Co. that took over for that company. Contact: William L. Williams, Sr.,

Would like to hear from anyone who served with my father, Army SSG James C.
who served with Alpha Co., 2/47th Infantry, and was KIA May 2, 1967. Contact: Lisa,

Would like to contact J.A. Ramsden and J.M. O'Brien who served in 2nd Bn., 3rd Mar., Vietnam, December 1966-67. Contact: Paul Howe,

Looking for Sgt. William J. Tracey from Fulton, New York, who served at J-Six Command Center, Vietnam, 1956-58. Contact: James Duke, 5384 Wood Oak Dr., Macon, GA 31008; 478-788-7509;

Looking for members of Plt. 2027 who graduated Parris Island, August 1966. The entire platoon served in Vietnam and no one died there. It is known as the luckiest platoon in the Corps. Contact: Javier Solis, 127 Old Mill Rd., Plantsville, CT 06479,

My father, Sam Belshaw, is searching for Carl Pavey from St. Louis, who served with him in the U.S. Army, Ban Me Thuot, Vietnam. Contact: Dina Belshaw,

Looking for Bill Bayliss, a Sergeant MP with Safety and Security, Saigon, 1970-71. Contact: Ray Weiley,

Looking for veterans who served with 84th Engineer Battalion Construction for future reunions, reuniting veterans, and sharing web sites. Contact: Richard Sharp, or Paul Farley,

I am looking for Joe from Louisiana who was stationed at Fort Lewis, 1971-72. Contact:

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in 517th Eng., Namo Beach, 20 miles north of Danang, 1967-68. I operated a Clark 290 scraper named ``King of the Road.'' Contact: Jess Crumley,

Desperately seeking members of 3rd Plt., Co. A., 1st Bn. (Abn.), 327th Inf. who can confirm last actions (March 24, 1968) of Spec. David Lee Wilkerson who is being considered posthumously for the Medal of Honor. Contact: JoAnn B. Wilkerson,

Looking for witnesses to validate a Purple Heart claim for a bullet wound I received to my right forearm when hit by AK-47 while with Th Bn., 23rd Reg., 25th Inf. Div., February 14, 1968. Contact: Charles Bohlinger,

Looking for anyone who served with Operation Mead River and remembers Sgt. Clyde Cole, Lt. Deetz, Cpl. Navarro who were KIA. I can't find Lt. Deetz's name on The Wall. Contact: Ralph Everhart,

Trying to locate Mike and Steve who live in Florida and are former members of 173rd Abn. Bde. They attended the Pineapple Festival at Jensen Beach on Veterans Day. I need their help. Contact: Bill Bennett, #145868, 3225 John Conley Dr., Thumb Correctional Facility, Lapeer, MI 48446.

Trying to locate Vietnam veteran Alan Harrington. He may be living in upstate New York or southern Connecticut. Contact: Elisa Lufler,

Would like to locate Lt. Col. George R. Eads from Leeander, Texas, who served with me in Vietnam, 1967-68. Contact: William ``Mike'' Hobbs,

Trying to find persons or information about MACV Units, Vietnam, 1969-70, or any veteran who served with 9th ARVN, 14 Reg., Sadec, Vietnam. Contact: Bob Sansom,

Trying to find information on VMA 223, Mag 12, Chu Lai. I served with USMC,
Vietnam, 1968-69. Contact:

Looking for POW Maj. Albert Carlson or family members to return bracelet that my
daughter wore in middle 1970s. Contact: Lois Joski, 1181 Ninth St., Green Bay, WI 54304; 920-494-3111.

Looking for anyone who served with my father, Robert Hannan, Alpha Co., 1st Bn., 5th Mar. Div., Vietnam, 1967-68. He received the Purple Heart and is suffering from PTSD and will soon be incarcerated. Contact: Melissa Hannan, 954-709-2628;

Would like to hear from Marines who served with 1-1-1 and 2-1-1 Supply during the
battalion's bivouac near Danang, Quang Tri, and Phu Bai, 1966-68. Contact: R.E. Gambol, P.O. Box 2430, #2199, Pensacola, FL 32513; 610-304-6649;

Looking for anyone who served with my uncle, Duncan Albert Warwick from Fort Polk, Louisiana, in Co. B, 1/505/3rd Bde., 82nd Abn. Contact: John,

Would like to contact SP4 Phillip A. Grimm from West Park area of Cleveland. We corresponded during his service in Vietnam. Contact: Mary K. Roberts, 11895 Stormes Dr., Parma, OH 44130; 440-842-8358.

Searching for Matt Fava or family members to return his Zippy lighter. Contact: Mitch
A. Bohn, 5305 Francisca Wy., Agoura Hills, CA 91301; 805-973-1042.

Looking for anyone who served with Ronald G. Yacks, U.S. Army, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor, who was KIA September 17, 1967, while securing a bridge on Highway One south of Duc Pho. His brother would like to find out the truth of how he was killed. Contact: Ricky Yacks, 127246, Saginaw Correctional Facility, 9625 Pierce Rd., Freeland, MI 48623.

In search of National C.I.C. members. Also, anyone from 108th M.I. Group, Region I, August 1966 to February 1969, or anyone who was being trained as a special agent at Fort Holabird, Maryland, April to August 1966. Contact: Ed Gaffney, 160 Gordonhurst Ave., #C-2, Upper Montclair, NJ 02043; 973-744-4795; 973-693-6573.

Looking for medic who treated me for head injuries I sustained during mortar attack
while on searchlight detachment with 175th and 8th Arty., Firebase, Song Be, July 1968, for VA claim. Contact: Stanley A. Mardula, 58 Laura Dr., Monsey, NY 10952; 842-425-9739.

Incarcerated veteran looking for anyone who served with 59th Field Svc. Co., October 1969-70, Clothing Issue Facility, near airbase in Cam Ranh Bay. Especially Jackson, Shocklyn, Seamore, Brown, or others to help me remember past. I was called ``Crazy John'' or ``CJ.'' Contact: John Worsham, #129550, W.C.I., 13800 McMullen Hwy., Cumberland, MD 21502.

Looking for anyone who served with 1st Searchlight Btry., 3rd Mar. Div. (Rein), FMF, Cue Viet, 1969-70, in Quang Tri Province. Contact: Willie L. McLemore, 7827 Timothy Rd., Dunn, NC 28334; 910-897-2917.

Looking for anyone who served with me in country at Camp Radcliff, An Khe, 2/12th Cav. Div., Airmobile, Th Plt., Bravo Co. Especially John Kelly, John Boyck, Willie Williams, Sgt. Glutflity, Lt. Donald Stump for PTSD claim. Also looking for pictures. Contact: Freddie ``TJ'' Slaughter, 1243 Sylvania Rd., Cleveland Hghts., OH 44121; 216-789-7318.

Looking for Sgt. Marshall Baker who served with me in Vietnam with 1st Bn., 44th Arty., Dong Ha, 1968. Contact: Alvin Armwood, P.O. Box 471, Princess Anne, MD 21853; 410-651-9630.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in C Bty., 7/13th Arty., Vietnam, November 1967-68. Contact: Russell (Shorty) Keesecker, 511 US Highway 19N, Weston, WV 26452-7036; 304-269-7337.

Looking for anyone who served with me in I-3-11, Vietnam, 1969, and Plt.
, MCRD, San Diego, 1968. Contact: Gary Berry, 1280 Great Hunter Dr., Grove City, OH 43123; 614-539-8660;

Searching for anyone who served with 101st Abn., 2/17 Ground Cav., A Trp., 1968-69 around Phu Bai-Hue area and Firebase Sapper where I was hit June 16, 1968, and we lost two troopers in NVA ambush. Contact: Arthur P. Corley, 5 Longview Dr., Bridgeton, NJ 08302; 856-451-9491;

Interested in hearing from veterans who have recently visited Vietnam. I am interested in collecting return stories for publication in academic manuscript. Contact: Philip M. Gray, 76 Autumnview Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221-1602; 716-688-1431;

Looking for members of 552nd Military Police Co. (II Field Force Vietnam), 1969.
Especially Lts. Dees, Francisco, and Cohen in regard to grenade explosion in widow's village. Contact: Philip M. Gray, 76 Autumnview Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221-1602; 716-688-1431;

Looking for friends or anyone who saw a drill sergeant boot me in the back during basic training at Ft. Bliss, Texas, which ended my military career. Especially Curtis Montgomery, Chicago; Charles Lewis, Arkansas; and Gene Johnson, Indiana. They called me "Chief.'' Contact: Wilbert E. Johnson, P.O. Box 420, Crownpoint, NM 87313; 505-240-0489.

Looking for two GIs who did training for Vietnam in Belgium, around Neufchateau,
Sibret, Bastogne, and Marbehan, during 1960s. Contact: Jacques Brevery, 2442 Garfield St., Hollywood, FL 33020; 954-921-8755.

Looking for anyone with information on 410th Coast Arty. Bn., WWII, April to
December 1943, or who is able to do research at the National Archives on this unit. Specifically interested in what happened on November 26, 1943, when my father was wounded. Contact: Loren G. Flaugh, P.O. Box 582, Primghar, IA 51245.

Calling all Airborne Infantry squad leaders for PTSD statements to help with VA claims for combat while serving with 101st Abn. Div. and 173rd Abn. Bde., 1968-70. Contact: Craig R. McLaren, #115624, Holman Unit 3700 (Honor Dorm), Atmore, AL 36503-3700.

Searching for anyone who served with me in B Co., 1st Bn., 1st Reg., 1st Mar. Div., 1967-68, for VA claim. I received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during Tet 1968. Contact: John C. Yocum, #108425, Holman Unit Prison 3700 (Seg. Unit), Atmore, AL 36503-3700.

Trying to locate anyone who served with me aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59), July 1967, especially shipmates from Heavy Attack Squd. TEN (VAH-10) for PTSD claim. Time magazine told our story in article, ``Fire, Fire on the Flight Deck.'' Contact: John P. ``DJ'' Dejnozka, Holman Unit 3700-D-3, #125705, (3-Dorm), Atmore, AL 36503-3700.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 1st Air Cav. Div., Btry. C, 1st Bn., 77th
, December 1967-68, for VA claim. Contact: John S. Ware, Sr., 2406 Loran Ct., Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 101st Abn., Kejo Bridge, April 1971 to February 1972, for VA claim. Contact: James R. Bennington, P.O. Box 119, Columbia, SC 29202-0119.

Looking for anyone who served with 1st Bn., 1st Mar., H&S Co., Old French Fort outside of Danang, September to December 1965. Need affidavit to support VA claim that I came down with malaria. Contact: Michael N. Fuller, #194777, Boyer Road Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 5000, Carson City, MI 48811-5000.

Looking for anyone who served with my brother, Sgt. Dwight D. ``Ike'' LeMoine, in
Vietnam and Korean DMZ incident in 1976. Contact: Brian LeMoine, 619 Westowne Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188.

Looking for Kara Sjogbloom or any relatives of William Marvin Comer, KIA February 1, 1968. I've located photo of Bill and his boat taken after the ambush on the Rach Ruong Riv. Div. 91, River Assault Sqd. 9. Contact: Ronald N. Nowell, P.O. Box 332, Cape Neddick, ME 03902; 207-363-2200.

Looking for SP5 Richard L. Grape who served with 48th Assault Helicopter Co.,
Vietnam, 1971-72, to assist with PTSD claim. He was later a captain and psychologist at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver. Contact: Paul R. Rice, 2310 W. Bluefield Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023.

Looking for anyone who served with me in HQ Co., 173rd Abn. Bde., Dak To, 1967, for PTSD claim and Combat Infantry Badge that was never received. Contact: Raymond Ealy, 1750 Marion Dr., Apt. 7-B, Las Vegas, NV 89115-3622.

Searching for friends who were stationed at 509th RR CUV, outside Saigon (Davis
Station), intel, Cryptol, November 1967 to February 1969. Especially during Tet Offensive. Contact: Terry L. Pelfrey, 7138 Snapdragon Ln, Ooltewah, TN 37363; 423-344-0334.

Looking for Marines who served with me in 1st FSR, FLC, Camp Books, Danang, 1968-69. Contact: Peter LaCombe, 507 Forest Park Dr., Marquette, MI 49855; 906-228-1978.

Looking for members of Co. A, 1/502nd Inf., 101st Abn., 1969, who served with my
father, SSg. James C. Doloughty, who was KIA July 9, 1969. Especially Duane Scott, Tom Welch, Richard Van Alstine, and Ken Walker. Contact: Noreen Doloughty, 130 South 22nd St., Apt. 1E, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

Former Central Highlands MACV adviser looking for Rhade Montagnard Bronze Friendship bracelet. Mine has been lost, and I would like to replace it. Contact: Roger Widdows, 8867 E. 28th St., Tucson, AZ 85710-7272;

Looking for anyone who served with me in C/501st, 101st Abn., 1966-69; also with
4th Plt., nicknamed ``Alpha Bits'' on Hamburger Hill. Need help with VA claim. Contact: Anthony J. Stanevich, Sr., 4145 Elm Ave., Lyons, IL 60534; 708-442-6258.

Would like to contact relatives of Pfc. Mark James Cullen from Niagra Falls who served with 3/503, 173rd Abn. Bde., and was KIA December 8, 1967. Contact: James McSorley, 5831 Tidewood Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231-3151; 941-926-3134.

Looking for anyone who served with 809th Eng. Bn., 1969, who can verify use of
defoliant Agent Orange on base camp and roadways in northern Thailand during construction or maintenance of right of ways. Contact: Mark Ellard, #375992, 100 Georgia Highway 147, Reidsville, GA 30499-9701.

Trying to locate Martha ``Marty'' Matrianga who worked in orthopedics at Naval Air
Station Hospital, Corpus Christi, 1976-77. Contact: Wendel G. Klotz, #838300, Bridgeport Unit, 4000 North Tenth St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

Trying to locate Sp5 Gary Lee Tueten, originally from Wisconsin, who served in USA in Pleiku, 1970-71, and worked for the VRE. Contact: Paul J.R. Welsh, 609 W. Thomas St., Rome, NY 13440; 315-339-1448.

Trying to locate MSgt. John Baxter, USAF, who served with 377th Supply
, Tan Son Nhut, 1971-72, and was later sent to Blytheville, Arkansas. Contact: Paul J.R. Welsh, 609 W. Thomas St., Rome, NY 13440; 315-339-1448.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 82nd Abn. Div., Co. A., 2nd Bn. (Abn.) Inf.
508th, Co. A, 1st Bn., 505th, Co. Delta, 2nd Bn., 505th, HHC 2nd Bn., 505th, 1970-76. Contact: Hector Ortiz, 07B Cam Cruz Corta, Santa Fe, NM 87507; 505-474-5358.

Searching for ``Frog'' Throgmorton who served with me at McGuire AFB, New Jersey, 1972. Contact: Michael Koval, 307-634-3989.

Marine Corps League, Burbank Detachment 072, is looking for a few good Marines. We meet on the 4th Friday of the month in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. USN Corpsmen who were attached to Marine units are welcome. Please bring your discharge papers. Contact: Charles Luhan, Jr., 8451 S. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60652; or visit web site at


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