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August/September 2003 FYI FROM THE VA  





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Trying to locate Julius V. Brown, Jr. We graduated from boot camp in May 1968 at MCRD, San Diego, Platoon 145. Contact: Timm Hansen, 8517 Stanley Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55437;

Looking for anyone who served with me in basic training at Ft. Polk, Section D-31, August to October 1972. After basic training, I was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, on Custer Hill with 1/63rd Armor Div. In Germany, I served with 3rd Armor Div., 2/3 Field Arty., Bn. Communications, from 1973-75. My mother's house burned down, destroying everything, and I am trying to replace photos, uniforms, papers, etc. Contact: Reginald Buggs,

Looking for anyone who served with my uncle, SGT E8 Ricky Young, assistant motor pool sergeant, U.S. Army, 545th or 541st. He was from Houston, was KIA October 2, 1970, and his friend Ray Carrol brought his body home. I would like to know more about him. Contact:

My husband, Cotton McLeod, is trying to locate 5th Special Force Adviser Medlock, who was attached to Rangers of 2nd Bn., 16th Inf. Div., 1st Div., to assist him with receiving benefits. Contact: Anna McLeod, 1320 Main St. (29201), P.O. Box 11070, Colombia, SC 29211; 803-255-9326;

Searching for members of 121st Battalion, WWII. Contact: Owen Jones,

Searching from Steve Banks from Atlanta who lost a leg in Vietnam. He used to hunt and play football in high school in 1960s. Contact: Bill Griffith, 770-587-2847;

Searching for anyone who served with me in 28th Inf. Div., AAA AW Bn. SP,
Goppingen, Germany, and later in Nellingen, Germany, 1951-52. We sailed on either
USS General Taylor or USS General S.D. Sturgis. Attended basic training at Ft. Jackson with 31st Dixie Div. and was part of maneuver from Ft. Stewart to Ft. Hood (Operation Longhorn). Contact: George W. Johnson,

Trying to locate family of Lcdr. Robert Reddington Vaughan, USN. I was his crew navigator on Crew 5, VAH2, 1964-66, and learned he was KIA October 1967 while flying a photo version of the A3D. Contact: David E. Lippitt, 401-219-6346;

Looking for anyone who served with 9th Div., Alpha Co., 3rd Bn., 39th Reg. (A/3/39), Can Giuoc or Ben Tranh, 1968-69, especially Marty Ranko, Doc Levasseur, Polack, Sgt. Ledford, Dee Derose. Contact: Bill Price, P.O. Box 7001, Atascadero, CA 93423-7001.

Trying to locate Orville R. Shaeffer, from Liberal, Kansas, who was stationed with me at Little Rock AFB, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 1966-67. My last contact with him was when he received orders for Binh Thuy AFB, January 1968. Contact: Herman A. Latham, 208 S.W. Lindsey St., Hoxie, AK 72433; 870-886-1657.

Seeking Vietnam veterans (combat and era) who have experienced a life-change or dramatic improvement in their life due to forgiveness or a reconciliation event for possible inclusion in book. Contact: PSK Publishing, LLC, 11146-B Valleydale, Dallas, TX 75230; or visit web site

Searching for Edward Smith and Thomas Kolesar who served with 599 A.F.A. Alamo Supply, Enlangen, Germany, 1955-56, to verify accident in October 1955 in which I collided with Roderick Day and my left eye was damaged. I am completely blind in that eye now. Ernest Palacious has already given his statement. Contact: Peter H. Bianchi, 2890 Redwood Avenue, Grants Pass, OR 97527; 541-479-2873.

Looking for anyone who served in Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 87th Eng. Bn., Cam Ranh Bay, July 1967-68. Contact: George Douglas Roberts, 415 S. Broadway, Apt. 14, Pittsburg, KS 66762; 620-231-2901.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 577th Eng. Bn. (Const.), A Co., Vietnam, May 1968 to August 1969. Contact: Carles A. Miller, 2086 Mud River Rd., Danville, WV 25053; 304-369-4928.

Looking for anyone who served with 2nd Bn., 4th Mar., when we hit beach at Chu Lai, May 1965 with Col. Bull Fisher and set up outpost, Operation Starlight, and Harvest Moon. Echo Co. in Vietnam; Hotel Co. in Hawaii. Contact: Jim Sullivan, 10609 Hidden Valley, Wichita, KS 67209;

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

Searching for anyone who served with my brother, George C. Denman<$> in 4329D Supply Sqd., 8th Cbt. Spt. Grp., Ubon, October 1968-69, for pictures or information. Contact: Gary L. Denman, 1230 Willowood Dr., Flint, MI 48507;

Looking for anyone who served with 524 Quartermaster Co., Cam Ranh Bay, 1969-70. Contact:

Searching for David A. Guenther, Felix I. Bernal, Roger Barnes, and Jesus Reyes, Jr., who served with A Co., 1st/327th Inf., 101st Abn. (AMBL), November to December 1971. Contact: James R. Bennington, P.O. Box 119, Columbia, SC 29202-0119.

Searching for Lt. John Mendoza, from Presidio, California, who served with MI XXIV Corps, Phu Bai, 1968-69, and Capt. Shawn Barrett, from Holabird, Maryland, who served MI, II, Hawai, 1968-69 and RVN, 1969-70. Contact: Jerry Spette, 66 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570;

Looking for anyone who served with 25th Cav., 1st Cav., Light Horse, 11th Cav., 101st. Wondering where the units are today. Contact: Truman Sylcox, #175661-3A101, c/o Sheri Noel, IAC Office, Northeast Correctional Center, 13698 Airport Rd., Bowling Green, MO 63334.

Looking for anyone who served with me in U.S. Army, Trp. D, 1st Sqd., 1st Cav., Ansbach Heliport, Katterbach, Germany, February to October 1975. Contact: Richard D. Fishback, #128192, Powhatan Correctional Center, C5 B29, State Farm, VA 23160. 

Looking for any officers or crew who served aboard USS Hermitage LSD-34, August 9, 1967, when it almost sank at Red Beach, north of Danang. I was ship's photographer and would like to write a book about the heroic crew who saved ship.  Especially looking for Capt. Mathews, BM1 Cherney, CS3s Wartluft and Hamilton, corpsmen, ensigns, BMS, and UDT/SEALS. Contact: Al Blanche, Box 149, Attica, NY 14011-0149.

Looking for one of your most comic-to-bizarre experiences in Vietnam for possible publication. Full credit provided, confidentiality assured, and equal distribution of any proceeds. Call or write for an interview. Contact: Jim Barker, 5239 Roeder Rd., San Jose, CA 95111, 408- 806-1559.

Looking for anyone who served with me in support group for Americal Div., 160th Eng. Det., Chu Lai, August 1970-71, especially Gerald Johnson, Neil, and Lt. Koons. Contact: Bill Newsome, 5536 Ragan Dr., The Colony, TX 75056; 214-505-9756.

Searching for a veteran by the name of Noonan who gave me his name tag from his shirt sometime in October 1970 while I was performing in Vietnam with a government-sponsored group on stage at "Happy Valley" outside of Saigon that Bob Hope had erected for concerts. I would like to return his name tag. Contact: Helen Noonan,

Searching for anyone who served with Golf 223, 1968-69. Contact: Tim Alessi,

Looking for veterans who served with HHC, 2nd Bn., 1st Inf., 196th Bde., LZ Hawk Hill, 1969-70. Contact: Bill Terry,

Looking for SFC Charles Newton or family members to return bracelet I received in early 1970s with the date of 4/17/69. Contact: Larry Rohm, Sr.,

Trying to locate anyone who served with 14th Sign. Co., 37th Sig. Bn., Freedom Hill, Danang, 1970-71. Contact: Larry,

Looking for Marine corpsman attached to G-2-5, 1967, whose leg was wounded. I covered you with my body when we were ambushed March 29, 1967. I was wounded in my face, and you put me in for Naval Commendation Medal that I have not received. Contact: Richard Papineau, #251931, P.O. Box 1900, Pound, VA 24279.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 229th Avn. Bn., Co. B, 1st Cav. Killer Spade, May 1970 to June 1971. My nickname was "Hoss," and I was in motor pool. Also looking for Sgt. Chase, SP4 Peterman, or anyone in the unit to verify information for VA claim. Contact: Douglas L. Miller, P.O. Box 4, Myrtle Point, OR 97458; 541-572-5960;

Looking for any Marines who served with me in 2nd Bn., 7th Mar., 1st Mar. Div., Co. E, 3rd Sqd, 2nd Plt. I can't remember names, only that Operation Prairie was one of our bigger operations. I served with 2nd Bn., 5th Reg. 1st Mar., Fox Co., January to June 1966. Contact: Michael C. Thoman, 403 3rd Ave., Charles City, IA 50616; 641-257-2672.

Looking for Lt. Ott who served with me in D Trp., 3rd/5th Cav., 1967-68. Contact: Charles E. Schultheis, P.O. Box 175, Verona, PA 15147.

Looking for Tom Schoop or John Gonzalez, or any gunnersmates who served with me on USS O'Hare DD-889, Vietnam, May to November 1966. Contact: Hector Bauza, 166 Chautauqua St., Fredonia, NY 14063; 716-679-9658.

Would like to hear from anyone who took basic training with me in Echo Co., 9th Bn., 2nd BCT Bde., Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, November 1977 to January 1978, and also had AIT with me in <B>Delta Co., 15th Bn., 4th AIT Bde., January to March 1978, to verify service- related disability. Contact: Stan Hunt, No. 363715, 1697 FM 980, Huntsville, TX 77343.

Looking for David Terry Nelson, from Boulder, Colorado, a Navy Aviation Ordanceman Second Class (E-5) in VP-19 who served at NAS Moffett Field, 1968-71. Contact: Pete Sanborn, 407-671-3393;

Looking for anyone who served with me in 635th Supply Sqd. or 656 Supply Sqd., Utapao AFB and Nakon Phanom AFB, Thailand. Contact: Royce E. Lincoln, 250 Brownswitch Rd., Slidell, LA 70458; 985-639-3402.

Looking for anyone who served with me when I repaired IBM machines in trailers parked next to 25th Inf. Div. HQ., Cu Chi, December 1966-67. Contact: Ray Merrell, 7654 Horse Creek Dr., Pueblo, CO 81004;

Looking for Ray Fiore from Long Island, who served with me in 101st Abn., 3rd Bde., 1st /506th, B Co., March 1968-69. We were also stationed at Ft. Dix and Ft. Polk. Contact: Robert Lange, 69-14 Utopia Pkwy., Flushing, New York, NY 11365; 718-969-8857.

Looking for anyone who served with my uncle, Thomas Garndner, aboard USS  Savannah, 1940-45, under Chief Warrant Robert S. McCarthy, Sr., as chief ship clerk and also served as seaman. Especially C.E. Jackson, Andrew W. Dye, Ed Rybczyk, John B. Watson, John Kryniak, and Thomas Hassett. Contact: Donald T. Wingart, P.O. Box 635, Graham, WA 98338.

Looking for anyone who served with me in B/2/5th, 1st Cav. Div., 1968-69, and was involved in the battle on March 8, 1969, where I was wounded and medevaced to Saigon Hospital. Contact: Ernest L. Stevens, 4806 Cle-Esta Dr., Loris, SC 29569; 843-756-8842.

Looking for Trevino or anyone who served with him on a swiftboat in Chu Lai, 1968. I thought that he was KIA or MIA all these years. I served with USMC, 1967-69. Contact: Ismael "Blue" Olivarez, P.O. Box 50993, Amarillo, TX 79159; 806-373-7132.

Looking for anyone who served with A Co., 228th Aviation Bn., 1st Air Cav. Div., Phu Bai, 1968, and remembers the twin cooks. I am one of them. Contact: George A. Kuehne, 444 Elm St., Hinesville, GA 31313;

Looking for fellow team members who served with Mobile Advisory Team (MAT) IV-
, especially SFC "Andy" Anderson, who served with me in Chau Doc Province in 1970. Contact: Richard Hanson, 1255 California St., #405, San Francisco, CA 94109; 415-776- 3739.

Would like to hear from any cooks who served in 815th Eng. Bn. (HH Co.), Engineer Hill, Pleiku, 1969-70 or any cooks at Camp Di-Linnh or Bao-Loc, 1970. Also anyone who went through basic training with me at Ft. Jackson (D-8-2), October 1968, and the food service course, Co. A-14-4, January 1969; as well as D Co., 92nd Eng. Bn., Long Binh, 1971. Contact: George Gatcomb, #1979, 807 Cushing Rd., Maine State Prison, Warren, ME 04864.

Looking for two veterans with nicknames Sgt. Jack and Hippie, who served with D Co., 2nd Plt., 3/187, 101st Abn., 1970-71. Contact: Michael Daugherty, 48 Birchwood Rd., Windsor, CT 06095; 860-688-9328,

Would like to hear from any female veterans who served with me. I served with 173rd Abn. Div., Co. C, LZ English, 1968-69, and remember a lot of people when I was hospitalized.  Also I served with Marines in 2nd Bn., 6th Mar., Camp Lejeune. Contact: William Gravely, AF- 9393, P.O. Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426.

Veterans who served with 585th Eng. Co. DT, 1966-72: please visit our web site for future reunions. Especially looking for Robert E. James, John T. Thompson, James D. Roberts, John F. Kropp. Contact: Jerry Grizzard, 503 Magnolia Dr., Emporia, VA 23847; 438-348-3400.

Looking for Cpl. Mallow, Zulu Co., MABS 16, MAG 16, 1st Mar. Air Wing, 1969-70, who came down from Phu Bai (MAG 36) with Cpl. Ronald Reck (Silver Star). I need to verify information about awards not being received. Contact: Paul B. Larson, P.O. Box 264, 280 W 430 N, Moroni, UT 84646; 435-436-8693.

Looking for anyone who served with me aboard the USS Canberra, 1967-69. Contact: Raymond G. "Dutch" Phillips, Jr., 1409 3rd Ave. N., Escanaba, MI 49829; 906-789- 0095,

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me on USS Coral Sea CV-43, 1980-81. I was an operational specialist and my nicknames were Chris and Smitty. My homeport was Alameda Naval Air Station. Contact: Curtis Ray Smith, #153274 AIS #G4C126, St. Clair Correctional Facility, 1000 St. Clair Rd., Springville, AL 35146.

Would like to hear from anyone who served aboard the USS Arlington (AGMR2), 1967-68. Does anyone know if the "Roadrunner" is a having a reunion? Contact: Larry Gladney, 105 Windham St., LaGrange, NC 28551; 252-566-5148 or 252-468- 1105;

Looking for local veterans of the 101st Abn. Div. Assn. in California. Contact. Richard Keto, 43694 Knight Ct., Hemet, CA 92544; 909-306-0896.

Would like to locate Terry Whitfield, from Detroit, who served with A Co., 1/7 Air Cav. (Airmobile), 1968-69. He left the field to attend the funeral of his brother who was killed in a motorcycle accident, and then came back to the jungle. Contact: Olaf (Oly) Davis, 71 Gaylor Ave., Oroville, CA 95965.

Looking for Robert Vandenberg from Michigan and Takao Wada, George Ushiroda, and Gary Kamikura from Hawaii who served with 51st OMS/35TCS, Okinawa, Thailand, and Vietnam, 1965-68. Contact: James F. DiBenedetto, 1701 Polk St., Aliquippa, PA 15001; 724-375-3826.

Would like to get in touch with those I served with in 14th Trans. Bn., 540th Trans Co., Qui Nhon, March 1968-69. Contact: William B. "Dad" Shelton, 6321 Covered Bridge Rd., Glady's, VA 24554; 434-283-4489.

Would like to contact Arthur W. Kirbach, who served with me in B Btry., 1st Bn., 13th Mar., 3rd Mar. Div., and was with me when we went TAD to HQ., 2nd Bn., 12th Mar., Danang, December 27, 1966. Contact: Raymond R. Beckholt, Sr., P.O. Box 56, L.C.I., Lebanon, OH 45036.

Looking for anyone who served with me at NAS Danang, Disbursing Office, December 1966 to October 1967, or anyone I paid in the field at Dong Ha, Cua Viet, Hue, Phu Bai, Chu Lai, or Tam My. Contact: Robert A. Bovitch, P.O. Box 3702, Warner Robins, GA 31099.

Looking for anyone who can verify bomb threats against the fleet in Subic Bay, March 1974, for PTSD claim. Contact: Dan O'Keefe, 1200 E. 18th St., Hastings, MN 55033; 651-438- 8500.

Looking for a Vietnam veteran attorney. Contact: R. Papineau. ROSP, B-137, P.O. Box 1900, Pound, VA 24279.

Incarcerated veteran who served with 24th Trans. Co., Cam Rahn Bay, 1971-72, having all kinds of skin problems with cysts, rashes, and two types of skin cancer (Squamous and basal cell). Was examined in 1993 by VA for Agent Orange and tests were inconclusive. Need assistance in dealing with these problems. Contact: Edward Giovanni, #96746, Camp D. Raven 3-R-6, Louisiana State Prison, Angola, LA 70712.

Looking for Jerry Walton, LRRP, Vietnam, 1968, and VVAW member in Phoenix. Contact: Lane Anderson, 1270 San Miguel Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

Looking for Navy corpsmen who were stationed at the Headquarters Support Activity, Saigon, Navy Hospital under MACV, June 1964-65. Contact: Miles D. Beckstrom, 1444 Rosewood Ct., New Brighton, MN 55112; 651-633-3527;

Looking for Eugene Gates, James Billups, Dennis Harris, who served with Co. F, 2nd Bn., 9th Mar., 1967. Contact: Kenneth Moody, 228 E. 115 St., #5D, New York, NY 10029; 212-876-5069.

Trying to locate anyone who served with B Co., 501st Sig. Bn., Ft. Campbell, 1965-66. Contact: Paul E. Caudill, 770 Laurel Rd., London, KY 40744; 606-878-1802;

Looking for Richard "Smithy" Schmidt, 1st Med. Bn., 1st Mar. Div., Vietnam, 1966-67. He was from Chicago and had a large tattoo of a hinge on both inner elbows. Contact: Skip Haswell, 260 Brooks Dr., Beaver Falls, PA 15010; 724-843-6930;

Looking for shipmates or officers who served aboard the USS Pollux AKS-4, July 1964-65. Would like to know if we got hazard pay and if we had the choice of two medals, Expeditionary or Vietnam Service, and if so, where can I get information? Contact: Michael H. Hintze, 310 E. Monroe Ave., Fairfield, IA 52556; 563-370-5802.

Looking for anyone who served with USMC, E Btry., 2nd Bn. Mar., 1st Mar. Div., especially Mack, Munk, Gates, Thompson. Our Captain was L.M. Myers and we lost a lot of guys and were later Zulu Co., then HQ. Btry., 4th, Bn., 11th Mar., 1st Mar. Div., Need to verify combat experiences. Contact: Thomas H. Gooch, 26009 First St., Taylor, MI 48180; 313-295-7048.

Looking for anyone who served with me in Alpha Btry, 1st Bn., 11th Mar., and
witnessed an artillery duel, Hill 881, near Khe Sanh, April or May 1968. Looking for gun crew No. 1 on a 105mm Howitzer, where I and another Marine loaded the Howitzer. Secondary explosions of enemy guns were witnessed by Lt. Col. Marcus C. Gravel and Lt. Ed Smythe. Contact: Eugene C. Floyd, 4638 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19140; 619-248- 8548.


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