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July 2003 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Searching for anyone who served with me in A Co., 3rd Eng. Bn., 3rd Mar. Div., Vandegrift Combat Base, Vietnam, 1969, or 4th Mar. Reg.. Contact: Dan ``Frenchy'' Lavoie, 18 Center St., Lisbon Falls, ME 04252; 207-353-1617.

Looking for anyone who served with my father, Paul Callaghan, 82nd Abn., Vietnam, mid-70s. The family is giving a reunion in his honor and would be delighted if some of his buddies were able to attend. Contact: Anna V. Callaghan,

Trying to locate my uncle, Danny Davis from Mississippi, who served with U.S. Army in Vietnam. Contact: Garrett Crawford,

Looking for any soldiers who served with me in Americal Div., 1/6, 198th, 1969-70. I was a SP4 Mason who was a machine gunner and worked out of LZ Dottie. Contact: Johnnie Mason,

Seeking anyone who followed the donkey from Fort Irwin to Vung Tau with 36th Eng. Bn (Const.), August 1967-68. Contact: Jim Burke, 520-299-4714;

Looking for anyone who served with my brother, illiam E. Rowe, 1st Inf. Div., 16th Bn., U.S. Army, Vietnam, 1967-69. He was KIA March 21, 1969, Ben Hoi. Contact: Randy Rowe,

Looking for the medic at battalion aid station who treated my hand wound February 7, 1968, while I was serving with Tomahawks, 4th Bn. (Mech.), 23rd Inf. Reg., 25th Inf. Div.Chu Chi. Contact: Terry Bohlinger, 207 Pageland Dr., Yorktown, VA 23693-3021;

Would like to contact John W. Carlin, who worked in pathology with 101st Abn. Div., Phan Rang, 1967-68. I served with Australian Air Force. Contact: Doug Dean,

Looking from shipmates who served with my father, J.J. Buterbaugh, on board USS Oriskany CVA34, Sqdn. VA152, U.S. Navy, 1958-75. Contact: Joetta Depaepe,

Looking for anyone who served in Bien Hoa area, August 1964-65, and remembers the ARVN MPS and the K-9 demonstrations given around the base perimeter. For PTSD claim. Contact: Ray Brockett, 3 Puako Bch. Dr., #109, Kamuela, HI 96743;

Looking for anyone who served with me in HHC, 159th Eng. Grp., Long Binh,
November 1970-71. Contact: Fred Van Pala, 11 Sperry St., Milford, CT 06460;

Looking for anyone who served with 25th Inf. Div., June 1967-68, with Co. A., 5th Bn., 1st Bde. USATC, 4th and 9th Inf. (Manchus), in Chu Chi, Tay Ninh, Iron Triangle, Hobo Woods, Operations Farmers Dell and Yellow Stone. Contact: Wade Z. Pittman, 1136 Casady Hollow Ave., Henderson, NV 89012; 702-568-0378.

Looking for anyone who served with: 1/502/101st Abn. and remembers aid station burning down in late 1970 or of Spec 5 manning station; or Charlie Co., 1970-71, and remembers ground surveillance radar operator, especially ``Spaghetti-Face.'' Contact: Patrick Smith, P.O. Box 7541, Portland, ME 04112,

Looking for parachute rigger, Sgt. Bill Gauch, USMC, HMM 362, 1967. Contact: Hal Coffman, 3292 Ames St., Denver, CO 80212; 303-235-0897;

Looking for USMC photos of Dai Loc area, the Old French Fort, Hill 37, for photo book to raise funds for homeless veterans. Will return all photos. Contact: Jimmy Hill, 301 Locust St., Hammonton, NJ 08037; 609-567-1161;

Seeking members of 26th PI Detach. Bien Hoa and Long Binh, 1967-68. Also, 18th and 20th Eng. Bde. HQ IOs, especially Spec. Johnson, Gierut, McGuire, Nisetich, Pfc. Mixer, Crawford, and Charles Tudor who was wounded in rocket attack. Contact: John Van Mol, 2836 Wellesley Trace, Nashville, TN 37215;

Searching for anyone who served with my brother, Sgt. Leo Remondini, 1962-66. He served two tours in Korea and was KIA with MACV TM4, January 3, 1966. Also, anyone who served with me in 68th Trans Co., Mannheim or in Vietnam, MACV TM 44, 1968-69. Contact: Thomas A. Remondini, 1218 Pershing Rd., Unit 33, DePere, WI 54115;

Looking for Charles M. Colver, USA, Ft. Riley, Kansas, 1969-70. Also, Sgt. Geri, Sp4 Hendrickson, Capt. Kullman, and Cpt. Prestegard. Contact: Tim Long, 2745 Wick 1500 N., Carbon, IN 47837; 812-442-1226

Vietnam veteran collecting audio, video, and VHS tapes of Vietnam firefights, radio traffic, and AFVN for history. Contact: Jim Claeys, 971 Sawyer Ave., Akron, OH 44310;

Trying to locate Marines from basic training, MCRD, San Diego, 3rd Bn., Plt. 3089, September to December 1968. Also, those who served with 3rd Mar. Div. HQ S-4 and H&S Co., Okinawa, 1969-70. Especially MT Joe Baxter and S-3 Clerk John Spencer for PTSD claim. Contact: Louie E. Duron, #103119, Price Daniel Unit, 938 SFM 1673, Snyder, TX 79549.

Incarcerated veteran looking for Ssgt. Sinkfield and Army buddies who were in basic training with me at Ft. Jackson, January to April 1967. Also Jose Ferrer-Camacho, who served with Special Forces, Ft. Bragg. Contact: Francisco Rivera, Jr., #118892, 1181 Paddock Rd., (W-1), Smyrna, DE 19977.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with motor pool sections of 4th and 9th Ordnance Co., Miesau Ammunition Depot, West Germany, March 1964 to May 1966. Contact: Leo R. Lanctot, 416 West Curve Dr., Webster City, IA 50595-1126; 515-832-6609.

Looking for former Seahorses, members of 183rd Aviation Co., Vietnam, 1966-72. Planning reunion in 2004. Contact: John Fischer, 6163 South Marion Ave., Tulsa, OK 74136;

Would like to hear from anyone who served with Kenny Jones, 159th Avn. Bn., 101st Abn. Div., Camp Eagle, 1970-71. He was KIA September 18, 1971. Contact: Doug Campbell, 389 Monaco Ave., Union City, CA 94587; 510-589-2763.

Looking for Kenneth Ashby, D Maint., 173rd Abn., 1966. Contact: Leroy (Sinbad) Simpson, 450 W. 148th St., New York, NY 10031; 212-926-6902.

Looking for anyone who served with A Co., 5th Bn., 7th Cav., May 1967-68 who has pictures or information of Nickolas ``Greek'' Kokalis, KIA October 28, 1967. Also, searching for James Howard from Houston. Contact: Wayne R. Gibbs, 12090 St. Rt. 193, Ellisburg, NY 13636; 315-846-5262.

Trying to locate anyone who served with Echo 2/13, Marine Field Arty. on Hill 55, February to October 1968. Contact: Ken Jost, 5729 W. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53219;

Looking for an attorney to represent incarcerated veterans for VA claims/benefits. Have found a loophole that will get all incarcerated veterans their full checks. Contact: Demetrio R. Gabriele, #638518, Dade Correction Institution, 19000 S.W. 377th St., Suite 300, Florida City, FL 33034.

Looking for E-4 Ray Fiore, who served with 101st Abn., 3rd Bde., 1/506 Inf., Bravo Co., March 1968-69, and was originally from Long Island. Contact: Robert Lange, 69-14 Utopia Pkwy., Flushing, NY 11365; 718-969-8857.

Looking for Capt. Fisher who served as CO aboard USS Jerome County LST 848, 1964-65. Contact: Ted L. Phillips, PSC 517, Box RS, FPO AP 96517;

Looking for anyone who served with 184th Chemical Plt., 1st Cav. Div. (Airmobile), 1967-69, especially Richard Thomas, James Coventon, and Mr. Brooks. Contact: Edward Brown, 4763 Clover Haven, Dallas, TX 75227; 214-388-7970 or 214-361-5890 (work).

Trying to find Lt. Col. Theodore G. Grossholz, MSgt. J.R. Townley, SSgt. Gerald J. Polino, SSgt. Jerry M. McClanahan, SSgt. Charles Hayes, Sgt. Arthur S. Southerland, Sgt. Wayne Blanchard, Sgt. Robert Searle, Sgt. Fredric George, Sgt. John W. Rosenburg , 35th CES Sqdn., Phan Rang AFB, Vietnam, 1967-68. Also, Sgt. Robert S. Spence, and A1C James E. Perry, 35th Security Policy Sqdn., 101st Abn., or anyone who pulled security at water point November to December 1967. Contact: Dennis N. Grove, 8810 Dairy Ashford, Houston, TX 77099; 281-879-6157;

Would like to locate the flight crew that provided transport for Donut Dollie Ginny
on August 15, 1970, from Nui Ba Dien (Black Virgin Mountain) to Cu Chi. I am investigating her murder. Contact: George Slook, 1529 Snead Grn., Springfield, PA 19064-4120; 302-434-3112;

Would like to hear from fellow Marines who served with Plt. 255, Parris Island, 1968; HMS 12, Cherry Point, 1969; and HMS 11 Bomb Dump off of Highway One, by Hill 327, 1969-70. Contact: George Marley, 16100 Space Center, #1309, Houston, TX 77062-6235; 218-480-7397;

Searching for Thomas Slining, CO of basic training company at Ft. Lewis, 1970. Also, Ron Clark, a classmate at Infantry OCS, 9th Bn., 1969, who was later sent to Ft. Bragg. Contact: Paul W. Cowan,

Trying to locate anyone who served with Robert Mansch from Sacramento. Contact: Norma Mansch,

Trying to find list of Seabees who served with 8th and 12th MCB units, 1968. Contact: Andy Anderson, 32437 Clark White Rd., Denham Springs, LA 70726.

Would like to locate 1st Lt. Richard J. Reno, Co. C, 1st Bn., 1st BCT. Bde., 5th Army, Ft. Polk, June to September 1972, and all members of unit. Also looking for Ray Sam from Chicago, Stanberry from Houston, Ssgt. Annis and Lomita, Philips, Jones, and Sfc. Robertson. Contact: Ronnie L. Wallace, 2500 S. Avon Belden Rd., Grafton, OH 44044; 330-823-7810.

Trying to locate Greg Lamb or David Aikins, Great Lakes, NTC, ETA School, February 1973 about a hanging in April or May 1973 in the room next to mine or anyone who knows details. Contact: Steven B. Biggio, 2100 Alabama St., #V-1, Bellingham, WA 98223; 360-734-3150.

Looking for anyone who served with 218th MP Co., Cam Ranh Bay, Ban Me Thout, or Nha Trang, September 1970 to February 1972. Also 504th MP Co., Danang, Khe Sanh, or Hue, March to May 1972. Contact: Laurence Hayes, 326 D Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002; 202-546-4331.

Searching for Sp. Greer, an ambulance driver with 3rd Field Hospital, Saigon, 1969, to reunite him with orphaned infant he helped care for May 1969 or anyone who knows his whereabouts. Contact: Edward J. Russell, 1424 Palmer Dr., Springfield, PA 19064; or visit website,

Trying to locate anyone who served with Co. A, 326th Abn. Eng., Vietnam, November to March 1966. Contact: Don Carey,

Trying to locate Ester Clariance Braswell, 282nd Assault Helicopter Co., Marble Mountain (212th Avn. Bn.). I believe he was originally from Georgia. Contact: Ron Johnson, 1308 SE Howard Dr., Albany, OR 97322;

Trying to locate Vietnam veteran Raymond Cook from Los Angeles for family medical information. Contact: Celeste Cook,

Searching for George [Jorge] Sardinas, who served two tours in Vietnam and has a tatoo on his upper arm with an earth and eagle and the words ``Death Before Dishonor.'' Would like to let him know that he was a very positive influence in my life. Contact: Roberto Ravelo, Sr., 6850 Miami Lakes Dr., Miami Lakes, FL 33014; 305-364-8189;

Looking for Capt. James Leo, who served in Vietnam as a pilot in 1965. He was also a POW. Contact: Mary A. Moore, 230 Westpark Ln., Clifton Heights, PA 19018.

Would like to contact shipmate from Louisiana, Ray Jamison, who served aboard USS Weiss APD-135. I believe he attended Riverside College to become an engineer after he left the service. Contact: Jerry Becnel,

Searching for Vietnam veteran Robert Elliot Holcomb from Gary, Indiana, who later served as president of VVA Manhattan Chapter. Contact: Fern Holcombe, 718-776-2098;

Looking for anyone who served on USS Forrestal CVA-59, B Div., 1971-75, and served in engine room to verify PTSD claim. Especially Michael R. Wells. Contact: Roger D. Branch, 2015 Palm Ln., Belmont, NC 28012; 704-827-9686.

Seeking former members of 54th Artillery Group, Ft. Bragg or Vietnam, including assigned or attached battalions for a reunion. Contact: Patrick Conner, 2518 One Iron St., Morehead City, NC 28559; 252-247-5122 or Hal Humphrey, 1305 Heritage Dr., New Bern, NC 28562; 252-638-4432.

504 MP Bn., Phan Rang Det., Vietnam, 1965-67. We're looking for MPs Palmer, Tully, Ruiz, Lil McKinny, Sgt. Moody, Jellison Ln., Round Lake, IL 60073; 847-740-6513.

Looking for anyone who served with USMC, CAP 3-4-4, 1969-70. Contact: Johnny Joe Howard,

Looking for Marine named Bartholomew who guarded brig on Treasure Island, California, during summer of 1969. Contact: Peter Serino, 209-607-7262 or 925-516-2567;

Looking for D.E. Warrick from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who was stationed at China Lake, California, 1963-65, and served aboard USS Coral Sea, V3 Division, 1966. Also, James R. Sanders from Eagle Pass, Texas, stationed at China Lake, 1963-65, aboard USS Hancock, V1 Division, 1966. Contact: Roger Armstrong, 8822 N. Main St., Canastota, NY 13032; 315-697-5660.

Looking for former members of HQ HQ 168th Combat Eng. and A Co.: Brett, DeNaple, Nickel, Roy Winn, Robert Workinger, Freddie Green, Jim Gillispie. Recently returned from visit to Vietnam in February. Contact: Edward D. (The Blade) Brown, 3323 Hackberry St., Cincinnati, OH 45207-1701;

Trying to locate Army helicopter pilot, Capt. James E. Duke, Vietnam, 1963, who saved the lives of buddies. Contact: Rob Moran, 541-553-4890; 541-553-3420 (fax); or

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in Co. C, 31st Combat Eng. Bn., 1969-71. Especially the trip to the Bailey to get 11th ACR out of Cambodia. Contact: Joe Adamski, 2215 Wellesley Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064; 310-826-5019.

Looking for Juan Ortiz, who served with me in 2/4 Charlie Co., 3rd Mar. Div., August 1968 and received three Purple Hearts. We were together when best friend, David Shock from Las Vegas, was KIA. Contact: Charles E. Herron, 4308 Zavala Ct., Mesquite, TX 75150; 972-613-1063.

Trying to locate anyone who served with 543rd Trans., Vietnam, 1968-69. We were attached to 1st Army out of Long Binh. Contact: Craig Sweetman, 130 Mountain Ave., Matamoras, PA 18336; 570-491-5337

Incarcerated Vietnam veteran looking for pen pals. All letters will be answered. Also, anyone who served with Co. E., 2nd Bn., 5th Mar., 1st Mar. Div (Rein), FMF, CAM PEN, California, in Margarita area, 1973-76. Contact: Frank Ramirez, K11595 3T-148, P.O. Box 500, Jamestown, CA 95327-0500.

Incarcerated veteran and former FBI Special Agent who served with 1st Cav. Div.
would like to correspond with pen pals. Also have written manuscript on experiences and completed battle scene paintings. All letters appreciated. Contact: Richard Taus, 91A1040, Clinton CF, P.O. Box 2001, Dannemora, NY 12929.

Looking for Roland Ray Osborn, who served with me in 1st Tank Bn., 1st Mar. Div., Vietnam, 1969. Contact: Jesse Griffin, 44256 20th St. East, Apt. 2, Lancaster, CA 93535;

Seeking anyone who served with my brother, SP4 Michael Morrow, 1st Inf. Div., Vietnam. He was KIA June 17, 1967, on a search and destroy mission. Contact: Elsie Morrow, 480 Riverdale Ave., Yonkers, NY 10705; 914-423-3356.

Looking for anyone who served with Sgt. Major Gene Mills, USMC, 2nd Bn., 9th Mar., 3rd Mar. Div., 1969, whom I served with in Fox Co., 2nd Bn., 9th Mar. He also served as a Marine Raider in WWII. Contact: James M. Roark, 5165 Via Daniel, Yorba Linda, CA 92886; 714-871-6922.

Trying to locate Capt. Bernard D. Boward or anyone who knows his whereabouts. He served as Battery Commandeer at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, 1969, and Captain, MACV, Mekong Delta, 1970-71. Also former members of MACV Advisory Team 88, Kit Carson Scouts, Mekong Delta, 1970-71. Contact: Max E. Stewart, 806 Royalmile Way, North Las Vegas, NV 89032-7698; 702-399-4348.

Trying to locate Joe Munoz, who served with Echo Co., 2nd Bn., 4th Mar., 1973, with Martin Lopez. Have information that Joe served time at San Quentin. Contact: Donald A. Childrey,

Trying to locate former Air Force crew member Ronald W. Moran, Vietnam, 1965-67. Contact: Paul Speidel, 603-669-4509;

Trying to locate James D. Hill from Michigan, who was an Army MP, Saigon and Camp Davis, 1969-70. Contact: Tina Ansara;


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