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March/April 2004 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Looking for Sgt. Pank, SP4 Alfredo Herrera, SP4 Quentin "Chuck'' Chargualaf and who served with me at Ft. Benning and Camp Holloway with 179th Aviation Co., January 1966 to March 1967. Contact: Gene McCurdy, 21650 Temescal Canyon Rd., SPC 77, Corona, CA 92883;

Trying to locate anyone who was stationed at Deep Water Piers, Pier Team 10, Danang, 1967-68, or anyone stationed at Package P.O.L, 1968 (I think it was Hill 34). Do you remember the firefights and the air strike in late August 1968? Contact: Dale Rue,

Looking for anyone who served with Co. B, 3rd Amtracs, Marble Mountain, 1969-70. Contact:

Searching for family of Lt. Col. Ivan Appleby to return POW/MIA bracelet that a friend wore when she was a teenager. Contact: April Young,

Looking for anyone who served with me on board the USS Rathburne under Adm. Ming E. Chang, Chief Gunner Riley, and Petty Officer 1st Class Cordell or aboard the USS Cook where I was in Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind, 1971-76, for a VA claim. I need a quick response. Contact: Robert Williams, 801 Merrill Ave., Loves Park, IL 61111; 815-637-6194; 

Looking for family of Sgt. W. Darrell Johnson, missing 01/19/68, to return POW/MIA bracelet. Contact: Aleeta Sheehan, 24316-117 St. E., Buckley, WA 98321;

Looking for family of Cdr. Thomas Scheurich to return POW/MIA bracelet. It still a has white sticker with a blue star in the middle. Contact: Diane Fleegal,

Looking for Seabee Jimmy D'Angelo from New York, who served with me in CBMU302 Navcat 18 and 20, 1971. Contact: Gregory Polovick,

Searching for Gilbert Mendoza who served with me in Vietnam. We were friends in Nevada in 1981. Contact: Christine Summers,

Looking for Capt. Kirkow, 128 AHC, or anyone who flew slicks or gunships with him in 1968-69. On three occasions his helicopter went down resulting in medical complications. Now all records are lost or unattainable. Contact: Gary Stacy, 2737 E. Evans Cr. Rd., Rogue River OR 97537; 541-210-3154;

Searching for Gary Masters, door gunner, 119th A.H.C., 1969, or any others I know. Contact: Kerry Davis, 1573 SW 5th Ct., Griesham, OR 97080; 503-939-6740.

Looking for anyone who served with my uncle, Walter Sturgeon. He was KIA February 23, 1969. Contact: Donna Reams,

Searching for Dennis Lee Steinberg, who served with me aboard USS Windham County LST-1170, South China Sea, 1966-68, to support my claim of mistreatment and sexual assault by Seaman Baker. Steinberg removed him as my break-in. Contact: Edward "Jake'' W. Jacobson, 9285 Railroad Dr., #45, El Paso, TX 79924; 915-757-6440.

Looking for U.S. Army Capt. Ron Demello from Massachusettes and Don Ambrose from Honea Path, South Carolina, who served with 578th Sig. Co., Danang, 1966, for pending VA claim. Contact: John Mick, Orient, ME 04471;

Looking for my uncle Alan Hillebrandt who served in Vietnam. I haven't seen him in 27 years. He is very special to me. Contact: James A. Hillebrandt, 13698 Airport Rd., Bowling Green, MO 63334.

Looking for Airmen Joe McKenna and Mike Louder who attended Weather Equipment Repair School, Chanute AFB, with me from November 1964 to February 1965. Contact: Tom Tatnall, 1655 B Walea St., Wahiawa, HI 96786.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in C Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 25th Inf. Div., September 1965 to August 1966. We left Scofield Barracks in August 1965 aboard USNS  E.D. Patrick. Contact: Joseph Dissicini, 897 10th St., Hammonton, NJ 08037; 609-561-6518;

Looking for anyone who served with 701st Maint. Bn., 1st Inf. Div., during Vietnam War and peacetime. Contact: Howard A. Shanesberger, 244 Park Sq., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865;

Incarcerated Vietnam veteran would like to correspond with Marines who served with me in H.Q.M.C. Flight Section, Andrews AFB, 1965-66, V.M.F.A.-542, Flying Tigers, Chu Lai, 1967. Especially would like to locate Richard Albin or his family. Contact: Charles W. Burgess, #245714; 3510 N. Elm St., Jackson, MI 49201-7549.

Trying to locate anyone who witnessed suicide of my neighbor about April 1973, ETA Barrack A, especially Gregg Lamb and David Eikins from Great Lakes. Also anyone who witnessed two suicides in December 1972 at RTC Orlando, Florida. Co. 173 had CO changed due to beating of recruit. Contact: Steven B. Biggio, 2100 Alabama, V-1, Bellingham, WA 98229; 360-647-4386.

Looking for Michael Boulton from Iowa who served with 207th Military Police Co., Ft. Riley, Kansas, in early 1970s. He was sent later to Germany. Contact: Daniel J. "Tank'' Morris, 521 Brookhaven Rd., Morgantown, WV 26508; 304-296-4146.

Trying to locate Richard "Dutch'' Groendal from New Jersey who served with me in Co. A, 2nd Bn., 38th Inf., 2nd Inf. Div. We served together on the DMZ in Korea, 1969-70, and ran patrols in the Z. We were RTOs. Contact: Larry S. "Wrongway'' Adams, 19341 Spring Gulch Rd., Anderson, CA 96007; 530-365-1722.

Looking for members of Marine Detachment aboard U.S.S.  Ranger  CVA-61, October 1970 to February 1972. Contact: Richard W. "Wille'' Willenbrink, 1227 Neale Ln., Loveland, OH 45140;

Looking for anyone who served with me in 3rd Bde., 4th S&T, Dau Tieng, 1966-67, especially Lt. Demarkes, Dennis, Mendez, Diaz, Pantoja, Staub, Pierce, Torres, Trevino, and Roybal. Contact: Louis Pabon, P.O. Box 6843, Douglasville, GA 30154; 770-489-1065.

Looking for members who served with 97th LCU Co., 1965-66; 1099th Medium Boat Co., 1967-68; and 557th MP Co., 95th MP Bn., 1971-72. Contact: Charles Kidwell, P.O. Box 297, Jackson, TN 38202-0297.

Looking for anyone who served with 227th Aslt. Helicopter, 1st Air Cav., Co. D, June 1966 to July 1967 or Co. C, 1st Bn., 7th Cav., 1st Cav. Div., July to December 1967. I have been incarcerated for over 33 years, and my memory is in bad shape. Contact: Lonnie D. Williams, #10095, P.O. Box 41, Indiana State Prison, Michigan City, IN 46361.

Looking for veterans who served with B Co., 4th Aviation, 4th Inf., "Gambler'' gunships, 1966-67. I was gunner on 66543. Contact: Jere Polman, 16195 County Road 49, Cold Spring, MN 56320; 320-685-7166;

Looking for anyone who served with me in F Trp., 9th Cav., 1st Cav., "Blues'' rifle squad, Bear Cat, Vietnam, 1971-72. They used to call me Sgt. Reynolds. Contact: Mannie Reynolds, 4-6 Tulip St., Apt. 1, Passaic, NJ 07055; 973-471-7818.

Looking for anyone who served at NSF Cam Ranh Bay, especially Vinny Reilley, John Dreesen, Bob Smoke, Jack ``Hendoo'' Henderson. Contact: Richard "Rich'' Kirshen, 946 41st St., Miami Beach, FL 33140; 305-538-5454;

Looking for members of 1st Bn., 6th Inf., Americal Div. Contact: Charles Farrell, P.O. Box 55446, St. Petersburg, FL 33732-5446.

Trying to locate SP4 Cecil Norris, possibly from Riverside, California, who escorted the body of my cousin, SP4 John J. Levulis, home to Blasdell, New York, March 2, 1970. John's mother would like to hear from you. Contact: Mary A. Read, 3380 Sheridan Dr., Suite 271, Amherst, NY 14226-1439;

Looking for Roy A. Johnson and Laurel L. Green, or anyone who served with 1st Bn., 26th Inf., 1st Inf. Div., 1967-68, and went over by boat in July 1967. Contact: James W. Brown, 16591 Oakridge Dr., Sonora, CA 95370; 209-586-5504;

Looking for crew members who served with me aboard FDR CV-42 during Med cruise, 1976-77, to help with VA claim. I was OI Division Yeoman. Contact: Frankie Barton, 858 Elizabeth Ct., Virginia Beach, VA 23451; 757-491-0461.

Searching for all personnel who served or trained at Sampson Air Force Base, 1950-56, including basic trainees, permanent party, WAFS students in special schools, officers, and non-commissioned officers. Contact: Chip Phillips, P.O. Box 331, Williamsville, NY 14231-0331;

Wish to find Alvin Ross from southside Chicago who served with 121st Evac., Korea, 1965; and Joe Bilecki from Erie, Pennsylvania, who served with 418th Amb., Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, 1964, or anyone who served with those units. Contact: Frank Steinbach, 2442 St. Paul, Indianapolis, IN 46203; 713-787-4530.

Trying to locate anyone who attended DLISC, Ft. Bliss, Texas, March 1970 class, and did a tour in Vietnam, especially Sgt. Anthony Wisnenski and SP4 Flagg who served with Co. A, 504th MP Bn., Phu Bai, 1970-71, or any language-trained personnel. Contact: Stephen White, 4214 Penelope Dr., Toledo, OH 43623;

Looking for anyone who served with 134th QM Co. or 514th Pipeline Co., mid-1960s to 1974. Contact: Dallas W. Proax, Jr., P.O. Box 1694, Roanoke, VA 24008.

Looking for former members of A Co., 501st Sig. Bn., 101st Abn. Div., Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, 1967-68; Vietnam, 1967-68, Bien Hoa, Phu Bai, Song Be, Hue Camp Eagle Tet, especially Sgt. Jimmy J. Hart, Teddy Lambert, Neil Brashear, Escobar, or Fernandez. Contact: Russell W. Burgess, 7252 B Madison Dr., Columbus Airforce Base, Columbus, MS 39705; 662-434-6530.

Would like to hear from anyone who attended Basic Training at Ft. Benning, Co. E, 13th Plt. where I graduated in May 1969, especially the mess cook, Tiny, whom I last saw at Long Bien, at 90th Replacement, February 1970. Contact: Forrest L. Harris, 5351 Whitmire Dr., Gainesville, GA 30504; 770-531-7416.

Would like to contact any Marine or Navy corpsmen who served with 3rd MP Bn., Co. A, B, or H&S, Danang, 1967-70. I served in B Co., November 1967 to October 1969, then I was stationed at LeJeune at 1 ITR as infantry instructor until April 1970. Contact: Lionel O. Smith, DAV, 1722 I St., N.W., Washington, DC 20421; 202-530-9264.

Looking for 1st Lt. Shaeffer (Halftrack), Ptl. Sgt. Holden, Al Ryberg, Phil Strange, or anyone who served with B Co., 1/8 Inf., 4th Div., 1967-68; or 1st Lt. Sgt. Sims or anyone who served with C Co., 1/27th Inf., 25th Div, June to September 1968. Contact: Jos‚ J. Barrera, P.O. Box 2663, Colorado Springs, CO 80901; 719-328-9620.

Looking for anyone who served with me in U.S. Army at Phu Loi, Trp. D Air, Arp. Plt., 1st Sqd., 4th Cav., 1st Inf. Div., September 1968 to November 1969. I carried the M-79 and was a tunnel rat. Contact: Roland Fritz, 524 Rappollo St., Baltimore, MD 21224; 410-258-8296.

360th Transportation Co., Cam Ranh Bay, still looking for others who served in 1969-70, especially Larry Stiffler, Herb Smith, Floyd Fleeman, and Mike Draeger. Will the gentleman who called from Germany please try again. If you reach an answering machine, leave telephone number. Contact: Jerry Tewell, 3342 East 113 North, Idaho Falls, ID 83401; 208-529-4883;

I served with 35th SPS, Phan Rang AB (Pacaf), December 1967 to September 1969, and am looking for pictures of the domes that covered the jets and pictures of the runway maintenance yard for claim. Contact: James A. Bassett, Civic Plaza, 190 E. Front St., Apt. 706, Boise, ID 83702.

Looking for A1C Nelson Hernandez who served with me at Phu Cat AB, 1969; also AIC Josephine Carlson from Madison, Wisconsin, who served at Scott AFB, 1968. Contact: Edgardo Hernandez, P.O. Box 1987, Canovanas, PR 00729-0074; 787-923-8683 or 787-876-4411.

Looking for anyone who served with me at Red Beach, Danang, 1967-69, especially David Hockenberry, Mike Krop, Vito Perino. Contact: Joe Lee, 22521 Rodeo Ave., Gerber, CA 96035; 530-385-2346;

Looking for someone with the initials "OLE" who deployed with MCB-71, April 1967 to November 1968, regarding a lost item that I would like to return to owner. Contact: Robert Telfer, 42 Nettlecreek Rd., Fairport, NY 14450; 585-223-8249.

Wish to communicate with anyone who served with 2nd Civil Affairs Co., near Bien Hoa/Long Binh. I served with Headquarters Co., 1969-70. Contact: Ed Thompson, 2523 E. Armour Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202; 414-277-5231;

Looking for anyone who served with 65th Combat Eng., 25th Inf. Div., Tay Ninh, May 1969-70. Contact: Frank Sayers, 1471 Fairview Rd., Galax, VA 24333; 276-236-4824;

Seeking anyone who served with me in C Btry., 5/42nd Arty., 1969-70, especially Curtis L. Turner, Mark P. Evarian, Normand Fortier, Richard Murphy, Kenneth Potter, Lt. Jerry J. Eggleston, and Lt. Edward W. Weaver. Contact: Loren Simms, 209 Mockingbird Dr. N., Altus, OK 73521-1715.

Looking for Cpl. A.J. Carrera from Salt Lake City, who served with 3rd Bn., 1st Mar., and was wounded about March 5, 1966, at Chu Lai. Contact: John K. Goodwin, 6636 Antioch Rd., Mission, KS 66202; 913-722-9288.

Would like to contact anyone who served with 104th Eng. (Dump Truck) Co., 1968. Contact: Roy Orr, 299 Faith Trail, Paradise, TX 76073;

Looking for David Shepard from Sussex, New Jersey, who served aboard the USS Savage, 1965. Contact: Jerry Howard, 585 Fourth Ave., Pontiac, MI 48340; 248-332-5151;

Looking for anyone who served with 554 Red Horse, Cam Ranh Bay, Tuy Hoa, Danang, 1971-72. I was with pave equipment section. I almost drowned at RMK Beach, February 1972. Need witness when I "flipped out'' on First Sergeant or Capt. Ulich. Contact: James F. Myers, 6802 S. Dorchester/2B, Chicago, IL 60637; 773-363-6418.

Incarcerated veteran looking for anyone who served with me in HHC, 3rd Bn. or HHC, 11th Eng. Bn., Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, 1985-88. Contact: Milton T. Smith, # 227512, 13800 McMullen Hwy. SW, Cumberland, MD 21502.

Looking for comrades who served with me in 1st Cav. Div., Airmobile, Bravo Co., 2/12th Cav., 4th Plt., Camp Radcliff, An Khe, especially John Kelley, Sgt. Glotfelty, John Boyce, Willie Williams, and Lt. Donald Stump for PTSD and Agent Orange claim. Need to verify we were sprayed in October 1965. Looking for pictures and reunions. Contact: Freddie ``TJ'' Slaughter, 1243 Sylvania Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44121;

Looking for any Marines who enlisted at Ft. Hamilton, Brooklyn, New York, 1968; served boot camp at Parris Island, Camp Pendleton; and later served in Vietnam, 1968-69. Also need information on exposure to Agent Orange while in Danang area in 1968. Contact: Samuel Howard, #18329, P.O. Box 1989, Ely, NV 89301.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me at II FFV HQ, Long Binh, April 1970 to March 1971, especially Sam Brimm, Mark Perez, Mike Tharp, Ron Fulford, and David Kolb. Contact: Commodore Craft, 2615 W. Farwell Ave., Chicago, IL 60645; 

Looking for anyone who served with 82nd Abn., HHC, 1/505 Inf., 4.2 Mortar Plt. and remembers a misfire in 1972 during a live-fire exercise, especially Plt. Sgt. Jefferson, Sgt. Sutton, Asst. Gunner Acevedo. Contact: Henry E. Duran, 96A Camino Montoya, Santa Fe, NM 87507;

Wish to contact 1st MI Bn. (ARS) who were present in Saigon during Tet 1968, especially MSG Brice Gilson, MSG Larabie, SP5 Pete Slesichenger, SFC Lasalle Forbes, Cpts. Robinson, Kriesel, and Troth; Maj. Korff, Maj. G.J. Walker, Lt. Cmd. Anthony Matta. Contact: James E. Green, 15015 108th Ave. E., Puyallup, WA 98374;

Looking for anyone who served with me in Big Red One, 1968-69. I was a cook who went into the field to serve the men and was given the nickname "Beast.'' I stayed with guys in motor patroon, especially Lamar Bramlett. I remember a guy who dropped a motor in a tube and stuck his head up before the motor came out, but can't remember his name. Contact: Theron Holland, 1914 E. Wood St., Phoenix, AZ 85040; 602-276-6091.

Looking for anyone who was assigned to 3rd Plt., D-3-2, USATC Ft. Lewis, Washington, basic training, August to October 1971. Have lost all Army mementos and would like copy of training platoon picture. Contact: John Marjamaa, 1603 Phillips Ave., Butte, MT 59701; 406-723-6212.

Looking for Ben Cassidy and John Muniz from New York who served with 394th Bn., 387th Trans. Co., 1967-68, Qui Nhon. Ben and I went to Hong Kong for R&R. Contact: Hank Urban, 3292 Mountain Meadows Rd., Helena, MT 59602; 406-458-4994.

Looking for SSgt. Steve Martin and SP4 James Modrell, 229 S&S Co., Pho Loi, 1970-71. Let's get together for Memorial Day; I'll be riding in Rolling Thunder. Contact: John E. Gleason, 11 Great Gorge Dr., #6, Vernon, NJ 07462-5542; 973-827-0440.

Looking for friends or anyone who worked at CMP & 442 Trans. Motor Pools, Cam Ranh Bay, 1971-72, especially Mike Grubb, Joe Caraker, Danny (Hambone) Hamblin. Contact: Bud Tindall, 2318 W. 29th St., Anderson, IN 46016; 765-278-6703.

Looking for any Marines attached to M.A.R.S. Station, Danang, February to March 1971. Also anyone from Guided Missles Div. (G-Div.) (Foward Bomb Assy.) during cruises, 1968-71. Contact: Neil I. Jacobson, 15402 110th Pl., N.E., Bothell, WA 98011; 425-415-0537.

Trying to locate Michelle Bridges from Mt. Vernon, New York, or anyone who knows her whereabouts. The last I was told she was in Germany. Contact: Ronald Jabbar Jones, 230 South 7th Ave., Apt. 10-F, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550.


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