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August/September 2003 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Looking for anyone who served with Sgt. Patrick Mathews, Ft. Bragg and later Danang, 1966 or 1967. Would like to find what unit he served with and unit members. Contact: Janie Cravens,

Looking for 362nd Sig. Co. veterans, Dalat, 1968-70. Contact: Harold,

Looking for anyone who knew Capt. Bruce S. Gibson, KIA September 11, 1969. He served as a U.S. Army helicopter scout pilot (call sign "Pony'') with 1st Avn. Bn., 1st Inf. Div., Phu Loi. Red Hayes was his crew chief and survived the crash. Would like more information for closure. Contact: Gerry Wright, 248-874-7589 or 800-632-2370;

Looking for those who were assigned to U.S. Army, B-11-4, 2nd Plt., Ft. Knox Basic Training, May to July 1969. Vorick, Whitney, Moreford, Puckett, Thames, Silva, Parker, Ledanyi, Martin, Misiasz, Poteet, Jones, Brennan. Also, 3rd Plt., Ernie Rose and James Porter. Most were draftees from Michigan. Contact: Gerry Wright, 248-874-7589 or 800-632-2370;

Searching for Roger Lewis from Minnesota who was stationed at the Brooklyn, New York, Naval Base. He was friends with my mother. Contact: Brenda Colucci, 720-270-1374;

Looking for any fellow Navy dental techs who served with 11th Dental Co., 1st Mar., Air Wing, Vietnam. I served in Danang and Chu Lai, 1967-68, and attended field medical school August 1967. Contact: Ed Butler,

Looking for anyone who served with me in country with U.S. Army, Co. B, 19th Eng. Bn., Qui Nhon, September to December 1965. Contact: Luis A. Albandoz,

Looking for James Neal from Charlotte, North Carolina, who pulled duty with me in Chu Lai, 1967-68. Contact:

Looking for anyone who served with my father, Paul Callaghan, 82nd Abn., Vietnam, 1970s. He has been diagnosed with cancer, and the family is planning a reunion. We would like to surprise him with some of his old buddies present. Contact: Anna V. Callaghan,

Searching for Robert Lee Whitt or anybody who knows his whereabouts. We were stationed in 4th Inf. Div., Bamberg, Germany, 1966-67, and then sent to Vietnam together in October 1967. Contact: Duane Shaw, 44 Ramble Creek Dr., Cotati, CA 94931; 707-793-8420.

Looking for shipmates who served aboard USS Oriskany CVA-34, B. Div. Oil Shack, 1965-68, especially Bohanno, O'Leary, Mathison, Ghiloni, and Dyer. Contact: Stephen W. Howell, 849 North Atmore Cr., Deltona, FL 32725; 386-789-3112;

"Cowboy Dan'' looking for J.C. Crumley from Texas. Call Eddy Roy, and he will tell you how to get in touch with me. Contact: Danny C. Sessom, 21644 Ginger Trl., Paint Rock, TX 76866; 325-949-4915 (Eddy Roy).

Looking for anyone who served in the 595th Light Equip. Eng., Vietnam, 1967. Contact: Ronald L. Raddatz, N5976 E. River Rd., Brillion, WI 54110;

Looking for any USAF veterans who served in Vinh Long during 1972. Specifically interested in those serving under USAF 5th Weather Sqdn. Contact: Hector (Rosie) Rosario, 1440 Lodgepole Dr., Henderson, NV 89014-3022; 702-456-9087;

Looking for Sgt. Bill Gauch who served with HMM-362, 1966-67, as a parachute rigger. Contact: Hal Coffman, 3490 Benton St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80212;

Looking for Brian Rogers who served with C Btry., 1/92 Arty., Vietnam, 1968-69. Contact: Donald Sipes, 5 Berryman Dr., Synder, NY 14026; 716-835-9661.

Trying to locate Sgt. Bob Little from New York who was in charge of the life guard team at Ft. Story, Virginia, summer of 1971 or any former life guards on our team. Contact: Frank T. Griffin, 19129 Cheyenne St., Clinton Twp., MI 48036.

Would like to correspond with anyone who served with 199th Lt. Inf. Bde under Brg. Gen. Fredrick Davison, Maj. Gen. W. Bennett, and Brg. Gen. Bond, who was one of the last remaining Darby Rangers, 1968-70, Long Binh and Saigon area. Contact: Eddie (Fast Eddie) D. Lowe, 209 South 6th, Walker, MO 64790; 417-465-2910.

Would like to contact anyone who served with II Field Force Arty. stationed between Long Binh and Binh Hoa Air Base, 1969-70. Contact: Joe Joyce, 808 Penn Pines Blvd., Aldan, PA 19018.

Incarcerated Vietnam veteran looking for Tony Poshepny or Jack Shirley or a representative of the Hmong who were in the Panhandle, October 1962, for verification of pending VA claim. Contact: Raymond E. Howes, 387211, Wynne Unit, Huntsville, TX 77349.

Would like to correspond with any nurse who treated me at 71st Evac. Hospital, Pleiku, when I served with 1st Bn., 69th Armor, 4th Inf. Div., 1968-69, as a combat medic, Ben Het, Dak To, Kontum, Blackhawk, Oasis, Uplift, Enari, and Radcliff, An Khe. Contact: Jim Luoma, #248-313-BD, P.O. Box 740 MACI, London, OH 43140-0740.

Searching for Cmdr. Eugene N. Whitt, the first officer in charge of River Division 553. Contact: Patrick Kane, Armed Forces Retirement Home, 1800 Beach Dr., #1411, Gulfport, MS 39507-1508; 228-897-8207.

Looking for anyone who served with 601st Abn. Medical Co.or Detachment #1 Medical Svc., Ft. Clayton, Canal Zone, 1962-64. Contact: Jack J. Green, 8744 16th Ave., #1, Brooklyn, NY 11214; 718-259-5829.

Looking for former members of 51st Trans. Det., 92nd Avn. Co., Qui Nhon, 1965-66. Contact: Dan Stelzer, 6502 Wrangell Rd., Bowie, MD 20720; 301-262-6337;

Looking for anyone who remembers a jumpmaster course, An Khe, 1969, when the "Herd'' was planning another combat jump. Contact: Jeff Yoshikawa, P.O. Box 1894, Garden City, MI 48136;

Looking for anyone who served with me in 525th Q.M. Co., Danang, Vietnam, 1971-72. Contact: Ed Schomer, Jr., 3430 Pond View Dr., Erie, PA 16506; 814-838-6363;

Looking for anyone who served with me in HHC, 168th Eng. Bn., Equip. Plt., February 1967-68, or any other members of that unit. Contact: Ron Peek, P.O. Box 1141, Fletcher, NC 28732; 828-681-1874.

Looking for anyone who served with my father, Dale M. Kunkle, from Wisconsin. He served with Army Security Agency, 5th RRU, Ubon, Thailand, March 1966 to January 1967. He later served with 83rd RRSOU, Det. B, in Florida and Ft. Meade until June 1968. Names mentioned in his notes are Dan Murry and Bill Banks from Ft. Meade; Rudy Gomez, Roger King, Jim Buchman, and Rick LaBuda from Ubon. Contact: Ann Kunkle-Jones, 500 W. Maple St., Viroqua, WI 54665; 608-637-6409.

Seeking friends of BMTS 3702 Sqd. September 3, 1971, and Sheppard AFB Tech School. Looking for Rudolfo Lucero and Charles Gaffney. Last-known location was San Luis Obispo, California. Contact: Millard Lonkey, 00A7107, CCF, P.O. Box 2001, Dannemora, NY 12929.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in MACV, Adv. Team 68, Cho Lach Dist., Vinh Long Province, 1969-70. Contact: Ed O'Connor, 142 West 37th St., Bayonne, NJ 07002; 201-858-3484 or 201-795-6753 (work).

Looking for those who served with D Co., 169th Eng. Bn., March 1969-70, and who worked on Highway QL 20. Contact: Charles M. Pursley, Jr., 5397 Carpenter Bridge Rd., Kinder, LA 70648;

Looking for Robert Sheets, Jr., from Salt Lake City area who was stationed at VT-27, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1967-68, and Saigon in 1969. He served with Navy and later switched over to Army. Also, anyone from Class 31-R, NIOTC, October to December 1968, who served in Riv Div. 111 or 112. Contact: Larry A. Wright, 2271 SW 33rd St., Redmond, OR 97756.

Trying to locate R.E. Doby, Vietnam, 1967-68, who was with Danang Signal Battalion, to return his Zippo lighter. Contact: Bob Evans, P.O. Box 2373, Cleveland, TN 37320.

Looking for George L. Skypeck for information on one of your publications and to re-establish contact. Contact: Walter E. David, 5595 A Beverly Hills Dr., Columbus, OH 43213; 614-322-1068.

Searching for anyone who served with me in 360th Trans. Co., Cam Ranh Bay, 1969-70, especially Larry Stiffler from Pennsylvania, Herb Smith from Michigan, and Floyd Fleeman and Mike Draeger, both from California. Contact: Gerald (Jerry) Tewell, 3342 East 113 North, Idaho Falls, ID 83401; 208-529-4883.

Looking for anyone who served with 2nd/18th Inf., Charlie Co., 1st Inf. Div., Vietnam, April 1968-69. Contact: Michael B. White, 1369 Denton St., Greensburg, PA 15601; 724-837-1929;

Would like to locate anyone who served in U.S. Army, Co. A, 815th Eng. Co. (CS), November 1971 to January 1972. Also who served in HHC, 2nd Bde., 1st Cav. Div., January to February 1972. Contact: Richard C. Johnson, 170-32 130 Ave., Bldg. 11, Sec. B, Apt. 12C, Jamaica, NY 11434; 718-528-0518.

Looking for Spc.5 Steve Elam, 9th Inf. Div., Pleiku, 1969, and anyone who was assigned to 704th Military Intelligence Grp., Camp Zama, Japan, 1972. Contact: Carl Edwin Durkee, #935260, 938 South FM 1673, Snyder, TX 79549.

Looking for SSG Pedro Davila of Edinburg, Texas, or anyone who knows his
whereabouts. He served in Vietnam, January 1968-69, last major U.S. command was
USAAVNS Elm., Third U.S. Army, April 1973. Contact: Rene Benavidez, c/o Hidalgo County Courthouse (Mailroom), 100 N. Closner, Edinburg, TX 78539; 956-318-2030, daytime only.

Looking for anyone who served with me in D Trp., 7/1st Air Cav. Sqdn., Vietnam, 1971. Would like to know more about the unit and how and why I received combat certificate as member of Golden Hawks, 1971-72, CO Capt. Kenneth Smith. Contact: James B. Nichols, HC 75 Box 1033, Lizemores, WV 25125; 304-587-7334;

Trying to locate pictures and witnesses to me and Sam Benavides hitting mine outside Trung Lap on January 10, 1967, to qualify my claim. Contact: Bob McSpadden, P.O. Box 373, Harlingen, TX 78551.

Interested in hearing from anyone from Parris Island Recruit Plt. 267 who recalls mysterious rifle "sling paralysis'' which occurred at the base September to November 1961.  Also, any military personnel who experienced medically confirmed damage to internal organs from exposure to tetrachloride and phosphorus. Contact: Thomas Sage, 205 Buffalo Horn Crk., Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730; 406-995-2416.

Looking for anyone information on Cmdr. James L. Griffin, May 19, 1967. A friend has had his bracelet for many years and would like information. Contact: Jim Woods, 2740 Countryside Dr., Florissant, MO 63033.

Looking for Sgt. Dale L. Smith. Contact: Charles F. Tarantino, 1634 Harbour Isles Cr., Port St. Lucie, FL 34986; 772-785-5145.

Looking for "Fire Fights,'' MOS 51M20, who served with HHC 11th Avn. Grp., 1st Cav. Div., October 1968 to April 1970, Phouc Vinh and LZ Buttons. Contact: Robert Broeker, 6248 Lights Ferry Rd., Flowery Branch, GA 30542; 770-967-3991;

Looking for anyone who served on board USS Constellation CVA-64 in supply between February 1967-69. Does anyone know if the "Connie" is having a reunion? Contact: Robert Conn, 251 Highland Ave., Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075;

Would like to hear from anyone who served with Charlie Btry., 1st Bn., 11th Mar., 1st Mar. Div., Vietnam, August 1966 to September 1967, especially during Operation Prairie, October and November 1966 and base south of Marble Mountain when amtrack hit land mine , and fire fight in September 1966 at Hill 55. Contact: William C. Verry, SID #5817532; 2605 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

Looking for Sgt. Andy Anderson who served with me in 2nd/17th Arty., 1st Air Cav. Div., A Brty., 1966-67, and also with Special Forces. His last-known address was in Oklahoma. Contact: Gary Neal Paquette, 25 Windemere St., Springfield, MA 01104; 413-732-3666.

Looking for anyone who served with HHC 87th Eng., Cam Ranh Bay, 1966-67. Contact: Abram Benjamin, 2112 Woodland Avenue, New Bern, NC 28560; 252-672-4067.

Trying to locate Col. Stu Purviance, USAF, whom I met in 1965-66 when he was flying firefighting choppers at Tan Son Nhut AFB, Saigon at Ernest Wanamaker's house. Contact: Duc S. Luc, 818 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672; 949-498-2422 (daytime).

Need to find members of 2nd Bde., HHC-Sec. Plt., 101st Abn. Div., 1968-69. I've found Doc and Morrison. I need to hear from others who served on and off at LZ Sally. Ray Cotton, Larry Lanier, Ken Haynes, I want to have a reunion. Contact: Charles C. Shell, 33 Laws Ln., Piedmont, SC 29673; 864-422-1899.

Trying to contact SK1 Andre "Andy'' Gasque, U.S. Navy, or anyone who knows his whereabouts. It is imperative that I contact him to update him about his family. His last-known location was in Florida. Contact: Renee ``Butch'' Gasque, 1820 Pilgrim Ave., Bronx, NY 10461; 718-823-7262; 718-823-7409 (fax);

Would like to locate Tom Barksdale, from Athens, Georgia, who served with me in U.S. Army, Co. D, 5th Bn., 12th Inf., 199th Light Inf. Bde., April 1968 to January 31, 1969. Contact: Ronald J. Greenwood, 5814 Santa Lucia Ct., Ventura, CA 93003; 805-477-9888.

Searching for friends from Co. D., 86th Cbt. Eng. Bn., Long Hai Air Strip, especially Lawrance Alimoot, King Pelletier, and Robert Maldonado. I was TDY from 573rd Eng. Co. (FB), September 1967 to February 1968, and was known as "Float Boat.'' Contact: John P. Reed, P.O. Box 322, Caseville, MI 48725; 989-856-4521.

Searching for anyone who served with me in A Btry., 3rd Bn., 6th Arty., Pleiku, "Arty Hill,'' 1969; also C Btry., 6th Bn., 14th Arty., 1969-70, and anyone who remembers incident involving Pvt. C. Phillips and mess sergeant. Contact: Armando M. Guillen, 411 N. 13th St., Rocky Ford, CO 81067; 719-254-3705.

Seeking former comrades who served with VQ-1 Detachment, Danang, August to October 1967, for experiences then and now. Contact: Patrick E. Grace, 5906 4th St., Mays Landing, NJ 08330; 609-625-8136.

Looking for anyone who served with my father, Charles R. Weslager III, June 1967-69, 1st Bn., 26th Inf., Fort Gordon, Georgia, School Training Center; 9th Civil Affairs Grp. 3rd; Anl. Tng. Con. Grp., St. Louis. Contact: Tracy L. Weslager, 11 Harding St., Johnstown PA 15905; 814-539-4429.

Looking for anyone who served in Plt. 3028/26, MCRD, San Diego, 1969, Sgt. Stucker, Sgt. Laurel, Corp. Whitten were DIs, and anyone who served at China Beach, Danang, 3rd MAF, 7th Comm. Btry., May to October 1969, for a VA claim. Contact: James E. Redwitz, #504178-C-2142 Single, Polk Correctional Institute, 10800 Evans Rd., Polk City, FL 33868.

Looking for men who served with 442nd Arty., B Co., 1969-70, in Pleiku, Bon Shan, An Khe. I was a squad leader for 442 and the medical platoon sergeant. Contact: Juan Cavazos, Jr., 12840 C.R. 2900 West, Raymondville, TX 78580; 956-689-2270.

Trying to find Chris from California or anyone who knows his whereabouts and last name. He was attached to base support for Riv. Sec. 531 (PBRs), My Tho, 1967-68. His hand or arm was wounded, I can't remember which. Contact: Greg Engleman;

Seeking members of 2/502nd and 2/327th Inf., 101st Abn., who served with SSgt. John W. Faircloth in Operation Gibraltar, An Ninh, September 18, 1965. Book in progress to honor all who served. My brother was among 15 good men KIA that day. Contact: Mallon Faircloth, P.O. Box 117, Columbus, GA 31902; 706-649-7860;

USMC, Charlie Co., 1/3, Vietnam, 1967-68, looking for George Angelan (Bird), Kansas City area; Roger A. Henry (CIA), Rochester, New York; Jack Milligan, Michigan; James P. Bradford, Pasadena; and G.R. (Roger) Bacon, Ohio. Contact: Don Bumgarner, 10644 Scott Ave., Whittier, CA 90603; 562-947-8098;

Looking to interview sailors SA Douglas W. Beadle, SN L.S. Oliver, SN Shelton Cuff, SA Henry L. Allen, SA Gregory L. Caldwell, and BM3 Gregory Allen who served on the USS Hassayampa  (AO-145), 1972. Contact: John Sherwood, Naval Historical Center, 805 Kidder Breese St., SE, Washington, DC 20374-5060; 202-433-9789; or visit website at

Looking for anyone who served in Vietnam with Thomas Grimm from the Chicago area and was a possible POW and Purple Heart recipient. Contact: William LeMonnier,

Looking for anyone who served in 159th Trans. Bn., 1st Log. Cmd. Unit or 26th Support Grp., May 1968-69. Also, anyone who was on Wonder Beach or USS Harrison County (LSD-822). Contact: William Lowery, 14007 Stephens, Warren, MI 48089; 586-778-6313;

Looking for buddies who served in 278th Co. in and around the An Khe pass and Pleiku and Kontum, December 1969, on the "Greenline'' for PTSD stressor help. Contact: Tracy Morrish;

Looking for John ``Jack'' Leroy Gagnon, an Air Force buddy who was stationed with me at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, 1966-67, when we received orders for Vietnam in 1967. He was married to Sandy Johnson. Contact: Rev. Calvin T. Martin, 1203 Bristolwood St., Brandon, FL 33501; 813-651-0190;

Looking for former members of C Co., 27th Combat Eng. Bn., Camp Eagle, A Shau Valley Base Camp, Pau Bai, October 1968-69, constructing Highway 547. Contact: Larry Hacker, 501 W. Ridgecrest Lot 25, Geneva, Al 36340; 334-684-1968;

Washington University seeks veterans who were interviewed by our research team in 1972 or 1974 and again in 1996 or 1997. These veterans served in Vietnam, 1970-71. If you remember being interviewed, please call. Contact: Washington University, 40 N. Kings Highway, Suite 2, St. Louis, MO 63108; 800-863-7414.

Trying to locate Le To, a Vietnamese interpreter for special forces with 65th Border Ranger Bn. (VN), Ben Soi, Vietnam. His parents lived just outside the gates of the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. Contact: G. Page Brown, Jr., 43 Stratham Heights Rd., Stratham, NH 03885; 603-778-4877.

Looking for AOI Lynch or anyone who served with me at Chu Lai NSAD, 1967-68, or MAA force. I was a Navy seaman/E-3 with a tattoo of an eagle head with a Navy cap on my right arm. Also anyone who remembers me with Special Boat Unit, Junk Boat #10, or Mobile Support Team 2, Bob ``Blow Torch'' Komar, Chief Watson, George Carver, Harry ``The Greek'' Matustok, or Lt. Williams. I'm 100 percent disabled and just want my records correct. Contact: Dennis J. O'Leary, 145 Shilo Rd., Durham, ME 04222; 207-353-9392.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 1st Cav. Div., Airmobile, An Khe, Camp Radcliff, 2 /12th Cav. Div., 4th Plt., especially John Kelly, John Boyce, Willie Williams, Sgt. Glotfelty, Lt. Donald Stump for PTSD claim. Also need any pictures. Contact: Freddie ``TJ'' Slaughter, 1243 Sylvania Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44121; 216-789-7318.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with Co. A, 815th Eng. Co. (CS), November 1971 to January 1972, and HHC, 3rd Bde., 1st Cav. Div., January to February 1972, for PTSD claim. Contact: Richrd C. Johnson, 170-32 130 Ave., Bldg. 11, Sec. B., Apt. 12C, Jamaica, NY 11434; 718-528-0518.

Looking for Vorick, Whitney, Moreford, Puckett, Thames, Silva, Parker, Ledanyi, Martin, Misiasz, Poteet, Jones, and Brennen who served with U.S. Army, B-11-4, 2nd Plt., Ft. Knox Basic Training, May to July 1969. Also, Ernie Rose and James Porter who served with 3rd Plt.. Most were draftees from Michigan. Contact: Gerry Wright, 248-874-7589 or 800-632-2370;

Looking for members of the 504th Sig. and 589th Sig.. I was assigned to the units in Phu Tai Valley, March 1970 to September 1971. Contact: Charles E. Watson, P.O. Box 413, Georgetown, OH 45121; 937-378-3155 or 937-378-0165.

Seeking members of Co. A, 1st Bn., 6th Inf., 198th Light Inf. Bde., Americal Div., 1967-68, especially Bruce Metz, Conlon, Sturdahl, Irving Carter, ``Doc'' Norman, Gordon, Bill Sandlin, Arrindell, Wayne Casey, Bowers, Hand, Tom Bush, Dennis Roberts, Miguel Rodriguez, and Sgt. Van Horn. Contact: Alan Allen, 600 Rainbow's End, Wimberley, TX 78676;

Looking for former members of 1st Bn., 92nd Arty., Vietnam, 1967-71. Come join your brothers at the 1/92nd Field Artillery Association Vietnam reunion in 2004. Contact: Robert Korenchuk, 30711 Bock, Garden City, MI 48135, 734-421-8206;

Trying to locate anyone who served with 1st Inf., 1st and 28th Black Lions, Delta Co., Lima Plt., Vietnam, 1968-69. Contact: Larry "Pointman Airborne'' Newton, 14922 CR 436, Dresden, OH 43821; 740-828-2808.

Looking for members of Kilo Btry., 1st Mar. Div., Tom, Kless, Durant, Sgt. Thurston, Lt. Wright, 1969-70. We were overrun at Hill 65. Cpl. Shoemaker was KIA by Chi-com grenade. Also stationed at Hill 52 and Red Beach. Contact: Raymond Michaud (Mitch or Frenchie), 15 Pelletier Ave., Frenchville, ME 04745;

Looking for anyone who served with me in C Btry., 2nd Bn., 11th Arty., December 1966 to November 1967. Contact:

I am compiling a book entitled Foxhole Favorites about military chow. Looking for recipes, anecdotes, original art, and poems. Please include name, rank, branch of service, unit, overseas assignment and dates, and current address. Contact: Dave Badshaw, P.O. Box 3316, Paducah, KY;


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