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December 2003 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Searching for Thomas Patrovski who served at UBON,Thailand, 1971-72; and Davis-Monthan, Tucson, Arizona, 1973 with Jerry Erb. Trying to get in touch to invite him to Joel Erb's wedding. Contact: Sue Walter, 20611 Green Acres Rd., Sonora, CA 95370.

Looking for Cpl. Edwin L. Sand and Cpl. George T. Young who served with me in A Co., 1st Bn., 1st Mar., Vietnam, 1965-66. Contact: Dick Goulette, 3537 Smith Dr., Endwell, NY 13760.

Looking for A1C Barry Davis, USAF, 366th Supply Sqd. Fuels., Danang AB, 1970-71. Last-known whereabouts was New Jersey. I have a certificate of appreciation from the Gunfighters for you. Contact: Peter H. Richardson, 51 River Rd., S. Deerfield, MA 01373;

Trying to locate anyone who served with 1/92nd Arty. Btry., May 1968-69, and A-B-C Btrys. I served with all. Contact: Clifton Boggess, P.O. Box One, Huttonsville, WV 26273.

Looking for anyone who served with my father, Lynn Write Wells, who died shortly after I was born. He served in three wars, and I would like to receive information and pictures about him. Contact: Thomas Lynn Wells, P.O. Box 56344936, Lebanon, OH 45036.

1/82nd Arty., HHB, 1970-71. Searching for Shoemaker, Sweeney, Courtney, Hetzer, Henderson, Jones, McCarthy, Boyd, Bonsness, Metz, Cronia, Big Red, Malone (Fat City), Skank, Bickett, and Hardigrec. Where are you guys? Contact: Bill "Gramps" Chace, 16225 N. Cave Creek Rd., #19, Phoenix, AZ 85032; 602-788-7783.

Looking for anyone who served with D Trp., 17th Cav., 199th Light Inf. Bde. (Red Catchers), 3rd Plt.. Contact: Frank (Lightnin') Laitkep, 501 Ave. C, Wharton, TX 77488; 979-532-5767.

Looking for members of 526th Eng. Detachment, all periods. Especially would like to hear from anyone who served with the unit at Ft. Lee, 1964, or Okinawa and Pleiku, 1966-67. I have a Cement Kings patch for anyone who worked the mixers in 1966-67. Contact: Leo McArdle, 1550 Flores Dr., Pacifica, CA 9404; 650-359-3026 or 650-303-2725;

Would like to locate Raymond McCullough from Pittsburgh who served with me in USA, HQ&HQ, 62nd Arty., Ft. Bliss, Texas. Contact: George Hayden, P.O. Box 502, Cherokee Village, AR 72525.

Looking for former Jar Heads who served with 1st Search Light Btry. and River Boat Div., 1969, out of Qua Viet. We patrolled the Qua Viet/Dong Ha stretch of the river. Contact: Charlie Garrett, 368 Randolph, Westland, MI 48186; 734-727-1640; 734-658-6600.

Looking for anyone who served with Capt. George G. Wood, USMC, Artillery Captain, Force Recon., Khe Sanh, 1968-69. He scouted enemy villages, called in air strikes, and fought with Montagnards. Contact: Judy Knowles, P.O. Box 423, Nevada, MO 64772.

Looking for Pee Wee from Gary, Indiana, who served with C Co., 2nd and 7th Air Cav., 1969-70. Would like to buy some of the pictures you took. Contact: Daniel Peticca, 32 Ridge Rd., Linwood, PA 19061.

Looking for Sgt. Arthur, who served with 36th Eng., 1967-68. He was in charge of the quarry in Gia Ray. Contact: Gerald Northup, 431 Clavette St., Madawaska, ME 04756; 207-728-6226.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 366 FMS (Fuel Sys.), Danang, June 1971 to July 1972. Contact: Henry D. Glover, Sr., 811 N. Spencer St., Rushville, In 46173; 765-932-5299.

Looking for anyone who served with 168th Combat Eng. Bn., Vietnam, 1965, or served at Di-On, 1965-66. Contact: Wayne J. Hinds, 72 Cherokee Trail., Ringgold, GA 30736; 706-937-6648.

Looking for members of 335th Assault Helicopter Co., November 1967 to July 1969. I served as aircraft armament repairman and helicopter door gunner. Need assistance for PTSD claim. Contact: Jose A. Colon-Burgos, P.O. Box 1625, Coamo, PR 00769; 787-803-0179.

Looking for anyone who served with me in Btry. C, 4th Bn., 42nd Arty., 4th Inf. Div., Pleiku and An Khe, 1969-70. Contact: Thomas Adams, 9F Spruce Ln., Carlisle, PA 17013; 717-691-0915.

Looking for anyone who served with 413th Finance Disbursement Sec., Ft. Benning, June to October 1968 or 64th Finance Disbursement Sec., Phu Bai/Quang Tri, October 1968 to August 1969, especially Dan O'Brien, Lee Lippert, and John Cooter. Contact: Ron Haase, 3342 S. 114th Ave., Omaha, NE 68144; 402-334-5312;

Looking for Bosen Mate 3rd Class William L. Mitchell who served aboard USS  Samuel N. Moore DD-747, 1964, Tonkin Gulf. Contact: William A. Smith, P.O. Box 192, Boothville, LA 70038; 985-534-7881.

Need help to get back to my family. I served with 1st Mar., Air Wing MACS-2, February 1973-79 and received National Defense and Good Conduct medals and Rifle Expert. I gave my all. Now I need someone to fight for me. Contact: Floyd Hawkins, Crossroads Correctional Center, 1115 E. Pence Rd., Cameron, MO 64429.

Looking for anyone who served with me in Hotel Arty. Co., 3rd Bn., 11th Mar., and Hotel Arty. Co., 2nd Bn., 7th Mar., Vietnam, 1968. Contact: Gilberto Blanco, 912 Silver Ave., Donna, TX 78537; 956-464-3645.

Trying to locate Newton Edward Kern, Jr., from Allentown, Pennsylvania. I believe he moved to Colorado or Florida. Contact: Paula Becker, 1550 S. Delaware Dr., Easton, PA 18042; 484-373-0781.

Would like to correspond with anyone who served with 15th Supply and Service Co., 1st Cav. Div., Airmobile, An Khe, Phu Bai, Camp Evans, in particular Andrew McCampbell. Contact: Larry Durden, #517855; Ellis Unit, 1697 FM 980, Huntsville, TX 77343.

Looking for members of Plt. 171 who graduated Parris Island September 22, 1975. Also buddies from Sup. Co., 2nd Sup. Bn., FSSG FM Flant, Camp Lejune, who served on USS Austin, 1976. Contact: Carlos Manny Hernandez, P.O. Box 2303, Passaic, NJ 07055; 973-546-7670.

Looking for anyone who served on Marble Mt., 1970, and remembers two Cobra gun ships with 367 that collided on runway. Need verification for PTSD claim. Contact: Larry Young, 4525 Barna, Apt. C., Titusville, FL 32780; 321-698-7496.

Trying to locate Donald Kenneth Hull, USMC, Vietnam, 1965-66. He graduated from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, High School in 1962. Contact: Frank E. Thompson III, P.O. Box 5411, Spokane, WA 99205; 509-710-4787;

Would like to hear from fellow Marines who were in Plt. 255, Parris Island, 1968; HMS 12, Cherry Point, North Carolina, 1969; and HMS 11 Bomb Dump off Hwy. One by Hill 327, 1969-70. Contact: George Marley, 16100 Space Center, #1309, Houston, TX 77062-6235; 281-480-7397;

Looking for Sgt. DeWitt O. Harris, from Washington, D.C., who served with Co. A, 1st Bn., 502nd Inf., 101st Abn. Div., Camp Sally, January 1969-70. Contact: James. F. Hines, 5186 Eastern Ave., N.E., #301, Washington, DC 20011-2772; 202-320-0006;

Looking for anyone who served with A Co., 2nd Bn., 8th Cav., 1st Cav. Div., 1967-68. Contact: Leo (Al) Albertson, 160 Marshal Ave., Meadowlands, PA 15347; 724-229-5799;

Looking for Capt. Robert Klaver, former C.O. of 575th Supply Co., Cam Ranh Bay. Contact: Ron Demery, 106 Rocky Ln., Carl Junction, MO 64834; 417-623-7944.

Trying to help my father, Donald Carlton Davis, who served in U.S. Army, 136th Lt. Maint. Co., 1966-67, Cam Ranh Bay and Tuy Hoa, search for long-lost Vietnam buddies Paul E. Salisbury, James Nelson, Duane Niemi, and Bob Campbell. Contact: Heidi Jo Skym,

Would like to hear from anyone who served in 13th Finance Section, 1965, Qui Nhon. Contact: Arthur J. Liberty, Box 141, Olmstedville, NY 12857; 518-251-2675.

Looking for anyone who served in Hoi An with 3rd 155 Gun Btry., June 1967-68. Also anyone who served with Rations Co., Supply Bn., Force Logistic Cmd. FLC, 1970-71.  Contact: BenjaminGuerrero, P.O. Box 315, Hagatana, Guam 96932.

Looking for anyone who served in 199th Lt. Inf. Bde., 1968-70, to correspond with. Especially the fellows who served with me under Gen. Frederick Davidson. Contact: Eddie D. Lowe, 209 South 6th, Walker, MO 64790; 417-465-2910.

Looking for anyone who served with medical/advisor team stationed at Chu Thang, District, Dinh Thong Province, on Mekong near Binh Duc Village, 1965. Especially looking for a SFC named "Kansas" who was working with a Vietnamese nurse named Sinh Tran. Contact: Gerald Kavanaugh and Tanh Nguyen, P.O. Box 65, North Chili, NY 14514; 585-235-4568.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 200th Aslt. Sup. Helicopter Co., Bear Cat or Phu Bai, especially Don Shone, Chuck McMahon, and Larry Dumford. Contact: Lenny Breeden, 6085 Walmore Rd., Samborn, NY 14132; 716-731-3663.

Looking for information on POW/MIA CDR Robert Saavdra, USN, April 28, 1968. I have proudly worn his bracelet and my health is now poor. I served as a helicopter crew chief and doorgunner, 1971-72. Contact: Bobby J. Turner, 1016 D St., Fairbanks, AK 99701; 907-458-7084.

Served with B Trp., 3/17 Air Cav., 1971-72, as helicopter crew chief and doorgunner. I  have lost all photos, patches, etc., and would cherish anything you could send me, especially the Cobra snake patch. My health is poor and I want to leave my family something. Contact: Bobby J. Turner, 1016 D St., Fairbanks, AK 99701; 907-458-7084.

Need to find members of 2/17 Ground Cav., A Trp., 101st Abn. Div., 1968-69. I served in Hue, Phu Bai, LZ Saber, and Firebase Forward, Camp Eagle, and Camp Evans. Contact: Arthur P. Corley, Sr., 5 Longview Dr., Bridgeton, NJ 08302; 856-451-9491.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 151st Trans, Long Binh, attached to the 1st Army for assistance with PTSD claim. I was originally with 261 Trans.. Also looking for a buddy named John who was a CHIPS cop in California before serving in Vietnam. Contact: Craig R. Sweetman, 130 Mountain Ave., Matamoras, PA 18336; 570-491-5337.

Attempting to contact Jimmy Green, a former sergeant with India Btry., 3rd Bn., 12th Mar., 1964-65, Hawaii and Vietnam, or anyone who knows his whereabouts. Jim is believed to be residing in the Orlando-Lakeland, Florida, area. Contact: Albert M. Foley, 14399 Fortuna Palms Pl., Yuma, AZ 85367; 928-305-1641.

Would like to contact anyone who had basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, May to June 1968, and was E-10-5, especially "Sad-Sack.'' Contact: Daniel J. Morris, 521 Brookhaven Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508; 304-296-4146.

Looking for anyone who served in SF Detachment A 416, March to June 1966. My father flew bird dog with 221 Aviation Co. Contact: Eugene X. Zink,

Looking for anyone who served with me in USMC, 2nd Bn., 5th Mar., 81st Mortars, Camp Evans, September to May 1967. I was hospitalized for 40 days, then took a direct hit on a bunker and was transferred to CAC Hotel 8, May to October. Especially looking for Sgt. Cortez. Contact: Danny L. Gray, P.O. Box 1558, Abita Springs, LA 70420.

Searching for my father, John Joseph Arredondo Ardaya, who served in Vietnam in 1970. Contact: Jorge Arredondo;

Looking for Jose Trinidad Lira, 319th Arty., 173rd Abn. Bde., Vietnam. Last contact was November 1967 at Dak To, Vietnam. Contact: Lawrence D. Okendo, 203 E. Pinecone Cir., Payson, AZ; 928-474-1607 or 928-472-7754;

Trying to help my dad locate William Ronaldson who baked bread for his unit near Vung Tau Airport, 1966-67, and later served in Germany. Contact: Tess Cameron,

Looking for family or friends of Capt. Michael Kerr to return copper MIA bracelet with his name and 1-16-67 inscribed on it that I wore in the late 60s. Contact: Linda McClain,

Need to locate anyone who served with 66th TOPO, 199th LIB, II Field Force, Long Binh, Bien Hoa, and Bear Cat, August 1967-68. Contact: Bob White;

Looking for USN Commanding Officer Lt. Roger G. Ruppert, Mine Div. 112, Nha Be, Vietnam, 1970. Contact: James J. McMahon, 16 Holyoke St., East Hampton, MA 01027; 413-527-3808.

Would like to hear from James Cutts, James Krajicek, John Walsh, Jr., Richard Brown, all wounded July 2, 1969, A Co., 3rd of 1st LIB, Americal Div. Contact: Bob Miller, 67 Gannett Rd., Farmington, NY 14425; 585-924-5296.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 497th Night Owls TFS, Ubon Air Force Base, Thailand, June 1968 to May 1969. Contact: Gene Ball, 1610 W. Avocado St., Tucson, AZ 85704; 866-877-9576.

Looking for anyone who served with 6/15 23rd Grp. Arty., March 1968 to June 1969. 105 Howitzers, not the SP, the ones you have to spread trails. Need help with VA claim. Contact: Earl D. Laplante, 46 Central St., Randolph, VT 05060; 802-728-5061.

Looking for anyone who served with C 1/502 Inf., 101st Abn. Div., December 1967-68, especially those who left from Ft. Campbell with the entire division. Contact: Grady L. Pratt, Sr., P.O. Box 204, Brownsville, OR 97327;

Would like to locate Howard Collier, Gary Gilly, Bob Filson who served with me at Phu Cat in 37 SPS, 1969-70. Also, Steve Molshoff from Bad Axe, Michigan. Contact: Bob Timberlake, 19942 Woodworth, Redford, MI 48240; 313-534-3308.

Looking for CWO Griggs, M Co., 3rd Bn., 5th Mar., 1st Mar. Div. The CO was H.D. Pettengill. Sgt. Keken got hit bad and I took him through the lines to be medevaced. Contact: Larry C. Cornell, aka Clarence Stout, #855918, New Castle Correctional Facility, P.O. Box A, A2-223, New Castle, IN 47362.

Looking for USMC and Air Force photos of Danang Air Base, 1965-66, 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;

Trying to locate Benie Perez who was a forward observer for C Btry., 1st Bn., 12th Mar., January to May 1968. Contact: John Fedyszyn, 1502 Impala Pl., Lady Lake, FL 32159; 352-750-2122.

A friend found a worn Bible with the name Sam Tomdevich or Tomdovich who served with 388th CMM Co. 56, 21st Ord. Co. D6 or O6. I think his parents' names were Helen and Harry. We would like to return the Bible to its owner or his family. Contact: Jane Frey,

Trying to find "Fenny," who worked in the Laundromat during the day and the NCO Club at night. He was either discharged or went home April 1971. Contact: Kathie,

Looking for sailors or marines who were aboard the USS Telfair APA/LPA 210. Contact: John Tonyes,

Searching for anyone who served with Bob Sharton, who recently committed suicide after suffering a long battle with PTSD. He served with 7th Mar. (He was in Operation Taylor Common) and also with Co. B, 3rd Amtrac Bn., 1st Mar., July 1969. His widow is writing a book about marriage to a Vietnam veteran. Contact: Jim Downs, 1303 Crestridge Dr., Oceanside, CA 92054;

Trying to contact anyone who served in 563rd Trans., 74th Recon. AP/N Co., or 184th Recon, 1968-69. Contact: Barbara,

Looking for anyone who served with 509th Combat Eng., 1970-71. Contact:

Incarcerated Vietnam veteran seeking corpsman who doctored my injuries at Udorn on October 15, 1962. Also looking for Maj. Siri Tiwaphan and Capt. Prasert Kwangkaew of the Paru, or someone to research National Archives of ICA/NSA foreign programs on my behalf for pending VA claim. Contact: Raymond E. Howes, 387211, Wynne Unit, Huntsville, TX 77349.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 11th Abn. Div., 188 Abn. Inf. Bat., Co. L, Augsburg, Germany, and can verify that I made a bad jump in September 1956 and severely sprained my left ankle. Contact: Robert D. Smith, 531488, Wynne Unit, Huntsville, TX 77349.

Looking for anyone who served with my cousin, Army Spec 4 Larrie Jack Gotcher, who was KIA March 22, 1968, near Bien Hoa. My mother gave me his medals and citations, and I would like to find out as much as I can about his service in Vietnam. Contact: Jack Gotcher,

Trying to locate our cousin, Jared D. Armstrong, who served in USMC, MAG-16, MABS-16, 1st MAW (Mt.), 1970-72. Contact: Dave Berrier,

Looking for members of 66th Eng. Co. (TOPO Corps) who served from 1966-67 in Long Binh near Bien Hoa. Contact: William J. Smith, 2 Plum Tree Ct., Randallstown, MD 21133-2500; 410-655-6695;

Looking for anyone with information about Capt. Bruce S. Gibson, U.S. Army scout pilot, 1st Aviation Bn., 1st Inf. Div., Phu Loi, who was KIA September 11, 1969. The crew chief, Red Hayes, survived the crash. Would like more information for closure. Contact: Gerry Wright, 248-874-7589; 800-632-2370; or

Looking for members of the 431st Covert Operations Unit who served under Leroy Jones. Contact: Michael Tharp, 76 Scotia Bay NW, Calgary, AB T3L 2A9; 403-241-2230;

Looking for family members of Maj. Vlademik M. Bacik, USMC, August 27, 1967, NVN-OW, to return POW/MIA bracelet. Contact: Kevin Brown, P.O. Box 601, Raceland, LA 70394;

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

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

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;


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