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May/June 2004 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Forming Chapter in St. Petersburg, Florida, has met its membership goal of 25 members. We meet every first Monday at St. Petersburg American Legion Post. Join us. Contact: Greg Williams, 727-244-7595;

Trying to locate William R. Barkley, who was stationed at Walker AFB, New Mexico, 1954-58. Contact: Jerry Hinson,

Looking for shipmates who served with my dad, ADR2 J.J. Buterbaugh, aboard the USS Oriskany CVA-34 with Attack Squadron 152, 1964-65. Contact: Joetta Depaepe, 817-581-4942;

Looking for anyone who served in the Army with my cousin, Russell Byrd Adams from Georgia, January 1969 until KIA February 9, 1969, in Hoa Nghia. I am doing a web page to honor him. Contact: Mindy Adams,

Looking for anyone who served with me in 3rd TAC Dispensary, 1967, Bien Hoa AB to assist with a claim. Contact: Edward Burkhalter,

Would like to return dog tags belonging to Simon Parnass that I found more than 35 years go on railroad tracks. The family lived up the street from my parents in Westwood, New Jersey. Contact: Frank White, 614-430-3755 (work); 614-537-4174 (home).

Looking for anyone who served with me in III Corps Area, 25th Inf. Div., especially Tomahawks, 4th Bn. Mech., 23rd Inf. Reg., 25th Inf. Div., and remembers when I was medevaced to Cu Chi 12th Evacuation Hospital and was hit by bullet that cut my right forearm. Contact: Terry Bohlinger, 207 Pageland Dr., Yorktown, VA 23693-3021; 757-867-8522;

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

Looking for anyone who served with 510 TFS "Buzzards'', Bien Hoa, 1965-69. Plans are being developed for second annual reunion. Contact: Steve Tanner, 6219 Billinsgate Dr., Katy, TX 77449-8449;

Looking for Monte Gluck or Albert Finney who served with me on Patrol Boat VRBM 20, January to September 1971, Mekong River, to verify PTSD stressor. Contact: Joseph W. Greer, 9 Pine Dr., Coal Center, PA 15423.

Looking for anyone who served with USMC, July 1969 to July 1970, Danang and Quang Tri. Contact: Ronald P. Johnson, 588 Coates St., Apt. 1-A, Coatesville, PA 19320; 610-466-9225.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 3rd Sqd., 3rd Plt., B Co., 2nd Blt., 501 Rg., 101 Abn., 1970-71. I am upgrading my discharge and filing a disability claim. Contact: Anthony A. Bush, P.O. Box 259, Porcupine, SD 57772; 605-455-1072.

Searching for Sgt. Frank Kent, U.S. Air Force. He served in Vietnam in the late 1950s and later in Germany. He was transferred to Ruislip Air Base, England, and stayed with my family in Denham, Buckinghamshire, and later visited me in Australia in 1969. Contact: John Paxton, 111 Killawarra Pl., Wahroonga, NSW 2076 Australia; (02) 9489-0568;

Trying to locate Robert Phillips to invite him to Kellogg, Idaho, High School Class of 1964's 40th reunion in July. I think he joined the Army around 1964 and was blinded while serving in Vietnam. The last time I saw him was 1966-67. Contact: Michalene Hauser, 415-667-7522;

Looking for family of Capt. John W. Kennedy to return MIA bracelet with 8/16/71 inscribed that I have worn for many years. Contact: Harry L. Dennis, 6580 Rabbit Ct., Theodore, AL 36582;

Trying to contact anyone who served with L Co., 3rd Bn., 24th Inf. Reg., August 1950 to July 1951. Contact: George C. Rogers, Jr., 104 SW 75th St., Lawton, OK 73505; 580-536-4982.

Trying to locate 2nd Lt. James S. Green who served with me in 32nd Advisory Team, II Corps, 1968-69, Quang Duc Sector. I was a captain and POW. Contact: Han Pham, 31 Oriole St., Greenville, SC 29609;

Looking for Navy or Marines who served with NAV Advis. Grp., Thailand, Bangkok, or Sattahip, 1968-70. Contact: Barrie Gibson, P.O. Box 2, Carbon Cliff, IL 61239-0002.

Looking for friends who served with 87th Eng. Bn. (Const.), A Co., 1968, especially Howard Spellman, Randy Sanborn, Gary Raymond, Chief Kennedy, Peanuts, Box, Finneran, Zieser, Stoddard, Grabelaca, Mueller, Marti, Torez, Baker, and Mathern. Contact: Greg Schmidt, 1035 Quincy St., North Mankato, MN 56003; 507-387-4631.

Searching for anyone who served with Pace Setters, 435th MMS F-100s Weapons Loading Sec., Phan Rang, 1970-71, with Col. Cady as squadron commander and Capt. Portz as Section OIC. Remember the "Bamboo Viper." Contact: John Swigert, 5679 Chestnut View Ln., Milford, OH 45150; 513-575-2326.

Looking for Sgt. Lawrence Johnson, USMC, 106 Ptl., 2/7, 1965-66, Chu Lai. We were wounded together. He suffered leg wounds and I suffered head wounds, but I never received a Purple Heart. Contact: Charles W. Henry, 739 Philadelphia Ave., Reading, PA 19607; 610-777-3950.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 120th Trans. Co., TDY to 199th Light Inf., TDY to Philco Ford/Equip. Inc. and 86th Trans. Co., T.C. Hill, Long Binh, June 1967-68. I was a dispatcher, driver, and squad leader. Contact: Richard Brantner, 139 Hastings Ave., Apt. B, Rutherford, NJ 07070; 201-913-7376;

Looking for anyone who served aboard USS Camden (AOE-2), DC Div., Carpenter Shop, December 1969 to February 1972 who remembers storms at sea in and near the Philippines. Contact: Calvin L. Taylor, P.O. Box 7509, Santa Rosa, CA 95407-0509.

Seeking former members of all batteries of 5th Bn., 42nd Arty., 54th Arty. Grp., II Field Force for reunion. Formed in 1967-68 at Ft. Bragg, deployed to Vietnam 1968 to Bear Cat. Base Camp by USS Barrett. Contact: Robert D. Boudrot, 33 Sanderson Rd., Waltham, MA 02451; 781-891-6097.

Looking for any of the guys who served with me in A Btry., 1st Bn., 12th Mar., 1st Mar. Bde., 1967-69, when we were overrun by Charlie and Sappers nearly every day, especially Mack, Gates, Thompson, Munk, Chip, or any of the guys who make it off the hill that day. Contact: Thomas "Tony" H. Gooch, 26009 First St., Taylor, MI 48180; 313-295-7048.

Looking for George Ernest who served with 34th Camron A1E Skyraiders, Bien Hoa Air Base, May 1964-65. Contact: Ken Hardin, Sr., 3416 Hunsinger Ln., Louisville, KY 40220;

Looking for L/Cpl. Robert Montgomery who served with F2/1, 1st Mar., 1967, and Foxtrot Co., 3rd Plt. Contact: Lee (Carmeli) Jackson, 50 Cherry Pl., Hillsdale, NJ 07642; 201-666-0878.

Looking for anyone who served with me in the 5th Inf. Div. in peace or war time.
Contact: Dennis Knight, 2916 N. Happy Valley Ct., Atwater, CA 95301; 209-357-4230.

Looking for anyone who served with me in the 175th Assault Helicopter Co., 1st Aviation Bn., January 1969-70, Vinh Long. I was an Army door gunner. Contact: Eddie Gene McGuire, P.O. Box 302, Midway, GA 31320; 912-884-5863.

Searching for USAF flightline troops stationed at Udorn RTAFB, 7th Accs., 1968-69, especially ground crews on C13OE Talking Birds for possible reunion. Contact: Peter D. Brancato, 124 Hansen Terr., Collingdale, PA 19023; 610-532-5965.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in basic training, Charlie Co., 1st Bn., 1st BCT Bde., 5th Army, Ft. Polk, June 1972. Graduation was September 1, 1972. Especially 1st Lt. Richard J. Reno, Sgt. Ray Sam, Grimes of Albuquerque, Lomita, Phillips, and Sgt. Jones. Contact: Ronnie Lee Wallace, 2459 S. Seneca Ave., Alliance, OH 44601; 330-823-7510.

2nd Plt., Bravo Co., 2/39, 9th Inf. Div., Dong Tam, 1968-69. Wondering what happened to Randy Pond, Utah; Paul Dix, Oklahoma City; Younger, Texas; Tindall, Lt. Nielsen, and Sgt. York, Tennessee. Does anyone remember platoon hit by mortar or claymore? I was wounded and want to remember what happened. Contact: Tony Polich, 5400 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266; 515-225-3383.

Gregory Monell, where are you? You served with 601st Abn. Medical Co., and Det. II, Medical Svc., Canal Zone, Ft. Clayton, Panama, 1962-65. Contact: Jack J. Green, 8744 16th Ave., # 1, Brooklyn, NY 11214; 718-259-5829.

Trying to locate Warrant Officer Jack Clow who was the personnel officer with 4th Bn., 11th. Mar., Chu Lai, 1966-67. Contact: Jim Dirmann, 100 Wallace Ave., Suite 380, Sarasota, FL 34237; 941-366-7997;

Looking for anyone who served with me in A Co., 1/502, LZ Sally, especially the brother in the picture. Contact: James F. Hines, 5186 Eastern Ave. NE, Apt. 301,Washington, DC 20011; 202-320-0006;

Looking for all former members of 9th Inf. Div. to view our new web site and organization at

Looking for anyone who served on USS Hermitage LSD-34 on August 9, 1967, when she almost sank at Red Beach, north of Danang, especially Capt. Mathews, Ensigns, BM1 Cherney, CS3s Wartluft and Hamilton, Corpsmen, ENs, BMs, and UDT/SEALs. I was ship's photographer and would like to write a heroic book of crew saving ship. Contact: Al Blanche, #88A6605, Box 149, Attica, NY 14011-0149.

Looking for shipmates who served aboard USS Blule AKL-28, Vietnam rivers and coastal shores, 1965-68. Contact: Michael D. Warlick, Sr., 83 Yonal Pl., Dahlonega, GA 30533-5629; 706-864-5875;

Looking for anyone who served with 3rd MP Bn., H&S Co., A Co., and B Co., Danang, 1967-70. Contact: Lionel O. Smith, 1722 I St., N.W., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20421; 202-530-9260.

Looking for my best friend and shipmate, Eugene Herron, who served aboard the USS Clarke County LST-601. His last-known address was Milwaukee. Contact: Robert Hubbert, 4305 Geronimo, Lone Oak, TX 75453; 832-368-3149.

Looking for Gun Mount 51 crew members who served aboard USS Higbee DD-806, 1972-74, especially Gilbert and Danny Metcalf. I spoke to Chief Gallagher in 1999 or 2000. Chief, call me. Contact: Gene Lopez, P.O. Box 1440; Alamosa, CO 81101; 719-588-7794.

Looking for Ronnie E. Clark, Leland Stephens, W.P. Kovac, or any of the Amtrakers I served with in H&S, 9th MAB, 1/26 Mar. My tractor was the "Pipe Dream.'' Contact: Gary Powless, 3410 Crest St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603; 541-882-2274.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 9th Div., 6th Bn., 31st Inf., 1968-69, especially Dennis Poluga. Contact: Manny Perez, 12312 SW 186 St., Miami, FL 33177;

Looking for anyone who remembers an outbreak of meningitis at Ft. Polk, early 1969. Contact: Tracy Johnson, 103 Stone Branch, Chapmanville, WV 25508; 304-855-9579.

Looking for anyone who served with me aboard USS <BI>James E. Keyes, River Patrol Bombardments and inspecting junkets, August 12, 1966, to November 24, 1966, and October 24, 1967, to February 25, 1968, to assist with VA claim. The name I used in the Navy was Leroy O'Dell. Contact: Leroy D. Smith, 81 Dresden Rd., Whitehall, NY 12887; 518-499-1480.

Looking for anyone who had Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, March to June 1968, especially Co. B, 9th Bn., 2nd Trng. Bde. Also, anyone who attended A.I.T. for Signal Corps, R.T.O. training at Ft. Gordon, June to September 1968. Contact: Bill Davidson, 41 Shoreham Dr. East, Dix Hills, NY 11746; 631-586-5213.

Looking for anyone who served with 525th M.I. or with MACV assigned to the 21st ARVN Inf. Div., Bac Lieu, IV Corps, 1968-69. Contact: Bill Davidson, 41 Shoreham Dr. East, Dix Hills, NY 11746; 631-586-5213.

Looking for anyone who served with Comm. Com. HQ Bn., 3rd Mar. Div., Dong Ha Combat Base, September 1969, who remembers a battle on September 17. Contact: Louis F. Battaglio, 6709 Stardust, North Lauderdale, FL 33068; 800-540-0032;

Trying to locate Thomas Accuri from Wisconsin, who served with me in 7/17 Air Cav. and the 1/10 Special Field Forces, An Son, 1971-72. We were attached to the Korean Compound, the Black Horse unit. Contact: Kenneth W. Johnson, 1697 FM 980-566181, Ellis Unit, Huntsville, TX 77343.

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

Would like to hear from any F-105 Fire Control (Thunderstick) mechanics who served in PACAF or SEA, 1962-66, and later became civilian field service contract employees with Lear Siegler, Inc., in Vietnam. Contact: Tom Nagy, #168 295, 2500 S. Avon Belden, Grafton, OH 44044.

Seeking contact with Dave Zull, Don Davis, Marshall Mays, Johnny Thompson, The Hulk, Hugh Bell, Al Barrett, Lee Grizwold, SSG Mihara, SSG Scott, or any others and would like to like see if you're still building towers above the jungle these days. I was a sergeant in Vietnam and had the only topographic mapping company in Long Binh, 1968-69. Contact: Tony Novotny; 819 Oakwood Dr., Belgrade, MT 59714-8364.

Counterparts: If you have moved, please send new address to me. We have new cards. Contact: James H. Simmons, 206 Huron Ave., Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234, 609-927-7003;

Looking for Sgt. Linden, SP4 Scoggins, SP4 James, SP4 Magoo, Doc the Medic from South Carolina, Sgt. Blythe, or anyone who rode with me on Track C-38, C Trp., 1/11, 11th Air. Cav., August 1966-67, and went over on USS Sultan. Also SFC Hotzman, Lt. Laneau, ROTC dentist. I also served with 9th Inf. Div., Bear Cat, Mekong Delta, last four months of tour as point man and tunnel rat. Contact: Michael J. "Rosy'' Atherton, 3856 102nd Ave., Lot 9, Allegan, MI 49010.

Trying to locate Michael Vickers, who served with me aboard USS Coral Sea CVA-43, 1966-69. We were docked at Oakland-Alameda Naval Station, San Francisco, in S-2 Div. He was my best friend. Contact: Alan Trimble, 11025 Apison Pike, Apison, TN 37302; 423-236-4315.

Looking for Curt Merrida, Paul Triano, Doc Potter, Lee Heckman, or any other Marine who served with me in Echo and H&S Co., 2/5, An Hoa, 1966-67. Contact: Stan Brenner, 1300 E. Kercher Ave., Lt. 28, Myerstown, PA 17067-2904; 717-866-7201.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 232nd Sig. Co., 39th Sig. Bn., Tan Son Nhut, 1963, and assigned to ComCenter at MACV headquarters in Saigon to help me remember about events during that time. Also would like to hear from pilots and crewmen of the cargo planes, January to May 1963, when I was an Embassy courier. I have pictures, but can't remember names. Also information on two people who committed suicide, one in his bunk, and one while on guard duty, and pictures or information of burning Buddhist monks in Saigon. Contact: Eduardo (Eddie) Tibuni, P.O. Box 10191, El Paso, TX 79995;

Trying to locate C.O. John N. Morgan, Delta Co., 62nd Eng. Bn., Phan Rang, 1965-66, or anyone who served with that company, especially Glen Dodson of Oklahoma or Wally McKay, for PTSD documentation. Contact: Charles W. Haney, P.O. Box 304, Candler, NC 28715; 828-667-1942.


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