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January/February 2005 FYI FROM THE VA  





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

Would enjoy hearing from anyone who served with 118th Aviation Co., 1963-64. Contact: Gary Cole,

Looking for anyone who served with 1st Inf. Div., 1st Bn., 16th Inf., A Co., December 1965 to February 1966. Did you know SP4 Steve Laier, RTO? Contact: Joe Laier,

Looking for anyone who served aboard the USS Oxford AGTR-1, January 1968 to March 1969. Also anyone who might have helped me with the mail pick up at An Thoi, January 1968 to March 1969. Contact: Raymond Bronco,

Looking for anyone who was on LZ Jane, January to July 1968, and has information regarding perimeter firefights and mortar attacks during this period. Also looking for anyone who was at MACV, 1968, during Tet Offensive in Qui Nhon. Contact: Bill Overton, 800-321-9180;

Looking for members of River Section 524, June 1967 to May 1968. River Patrol Boats 738 and 737 were involved in a firefight in the Rung Sat Special Zone, January 7, 1968. The officers in charge of the mission were Lt. Stubbs and BM1 Pribnow. Contact: Frank R. Handy, 2809 Iron St., Bellingham, WA 98225; 360-734-9362;

Searching for anyone who served with my dad, J.J. Buterbaugh, on USS Oriskany CVA 34, 1964-66, and Det. Charlie, 1971-72, for possible reunion. Contact: Joetta Depaepe, 104 Aspen Cir., North Richland Hills, TX 76180; 817-581-1625.

Searching for Dan Giardina, U.S. Army. Class of ’64 wants to contact you. Contact: Maria Cltilti Workman Love, 5283 King Rd., East China, MI 48054.

Trying to locate Sgt. Johnson who served in 39th Bn., Camp Eagle, Hue/Phu Bai area and also SSgt. Noble and SSgt. Worthington, 1970-71, or anyone who knows their whereabouts. Contact: Jim Barker, 4941 Dickinson Dr., San Jose, CA 95111; 408-226-6204; 408-806-1559 (cell).

Searching for Kenny Dick from Pasadena, California, who served in Vietnam, 1968-70, or anyone who knows his whereabouts. Would like to find out if he made it back. Contact: Georgia Vitale,

I was 1st Lt. with Delta Trp., 3/17th, Air Cav., 1st Aviation Bde., Lai Khe (Blue Tiger 16), April 1971-72, and need to contact any officers who served with Alpha, Bravo, or Charlie Troops who had company orderly rooms at Lai Khe and reported to First Sergeant, especially anyone who served with Delta Trp. and remembers Capt. Beck and 1st Sgt. Kitt. Contact: Otto W. Fox,

Searching for anyone who served with San Diego Recruit Plt. 279, 1959-60. Contact: Lou Rosgen,

Searching for anyone who served with my dad, Charles Anthony Miller, in 101st Airborne Division. Would like to know more about the division and those who served with him. Contact: Betty Kramer,

Trying to locate Vietnam veteran Pete Caban. His last-known address was in Alabama. Contact: Ann Lancaster, 919-515-6078;

Looking for anyone who served with my brother, SP4 Dennis E. Gest, 1st Inf. Div., who was KIA 1/22/69 when I was four years old. Would like a copy of a photo of him, as all was lost. Contact: Lisa Gest Gibson,

Searching for Don Naylor from Tripoli or anyone who knows his whereabouts. We grew up together in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He served in Vietnam as an air traffic controller. Contact: Gillian Binnie,

Looking for anyone who served with 12th Sig. Grp., JAGS, Phu Bai CID/MPs or others and knows about the fragging of an E-7 in the 63rd Sig. Bn., Phu Bai, in the spring/summer of 1971 for PTSD claim. Contact:

Would like to return a rosary to the family of SFC Jose Garcias from Los Ebanos, Texas, who was KIA 11/10/68. My husband was wounded on the same day, and the rosary got mixed in with his personal belongs. Contact: Shirley Caudill, 417-683-2368;

Looking for battalion surgeon or anyone who served with me and can confirm my hospitalization at HSB, 4th Bn., 42nd Arty., 4th Inf. Div., (UNOINDC), Pleiku. Contact: Jeter B. Harrison, 5105 N.W. Cherry Ave., Lawton, OK 73505-5730;  580-355-1748.

Trying to locate Patrick Shonny Kelley, who served in Vietnam toward the end of the war, or anyone who knows his whereabouts. Contact: Yvonne Burden,

Looking for anyone who served with 557th Lt. Maint. Co. assigned to Cam Ranh Bay in 1967 from Ft. Hood, Texas. Contact: Joe Goebel,

Looking for anyone who served with me on Hill 689, Khe Sanh, especially Thom (Mouse) Mosell from Wisconsin, Cowboy, Stuckey, and Larry Wells, or any information on unit. Contact: Tim (Swinger) Brauns,

Looking for Richard Stringer from Louisiana who served with me in 13th Avn. Bn., 1965-66. Contact: Phil Ahrens,

Would like to contact anyone who served with me in Advisory Team 63, Soc Trang, Ba Xuyen Province, 1967-68. Contact: David Zeckser,

Looking for anyone who served with me in D Trp., 2nd Sqd., 1st Cav. Div., 1969-70, Pleiku. The group was transferred May 1969 to Task Force South, Phan Thiet, and attached to 1st Field Force, Armored Div. and later departed from Cam Ranh Bay for reassignment to 2nd Armored Div., Ft. Hood, Texas. Contact: Pat Bell, 2468 Attala Rd. 5238, Ethel, MS 39067;

Looking for anyone who served with 169th Eng. Bn., 159th Grp., 20th Eng. Bde., 46th Eng. Co., 1969. Contact: Bill Shaw,

Looking for anyone who served with C Co., 40th Sig. Bn., Bien Hoa and Long Binh, April to December 1971. Contact: Charlie Shores, 703-447-3140;

Trying to contact William Bond, USMC Recon, Vietnam, prior to 1973. He attended Defense Language Institute, Monterey, 1973-74, and was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel. Contact: Chuck Ford,

Looking for anyone who served with SP5 Ralph D. Smith, 147th Avn. Co., APO 96291, EDCSA, October 4, 1969. Contact: G.A. Smith,

Looking for graduation book of Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, C Co., 6th training B, 2nd Bn., January to February 1967. Contact: Bruce A. Botsford #235804, 2500 South Sheridan Dr., Muskegon Heights, MI 49444.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 97th LCU Boat Co., Cam Ranh Bay, 1965-66; 1099th Medium Boat Co., Cat Lai, 1968-69; and 557 MP Co., Long Binh, 1971-72, PBR  River Patrol. Contact: Charles Kidwell, P.O. Box 297, Jackson, TN 38301-0297; 731-803-2857.

Trying to locate SFC Howard L. Foster, who was assigned to the Michigan Army National Guard Advisory Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1963-64, and later to a MACV Advisory Group with an ARVN division, 1967 or 1968. He served in Okinawa, Japan, and Germany. Contact: James L. Hughes, 1906 NW Couch St., Camas, WA 98607-1051; 360-834-4376;

Searching for anyone who served with me in 2nd Field Force, 1st/27th, FA, Danang, Bear Cat, Long Binh, July 1970-71. Need to find someone who remembers me carrying wounded from the perimeter. I remember Lumpy, McCaddy, Bigham, and Tom Martin. Contact: Mario Montes, 42 Lodi Dr., Storrs, CT 06268;

Looking for John Evans, 9th Inf. Div., Dong Tam, 1969. He has dragon tattoos on his forearms. Contact: Joseph Boggs, 2173 Forestlake Dr., Sacto, CA 95670;

Looking for Sgt. James Kelly, A Co., 2nd/8th, 1st Cav. Div., 1968. Last-known address was Queens, New York. Contact: Rod “Doc” Dockstader, P.O. Box 10213, Golden Valley, AZ 86413; 208-520-2447.

Looking for Senior Medical Corpsman Mike, 3/5 Plt., 1st Mar. Div., E3 Sonnet, and Danny McKay. My right hand was injured in March/April 1969 at An Hoa Firebase, and I did not receive Purple Heart. Contact: Raul E. Vela, 14820 New Lothrop Rd., Byron, MI 48418; 810-266-4233.

Looking for units that had special logos on vehicles that were state-of-the-art. Please send photos. Contact: Norma Ryman, #137652, P.O. Box 534, Jessup, MD 20794-0534.  Trying to locate Sgt. David Joseph Dreher, a medical specialist, USAF, stationed at 358 USAF DISP, KORAT, RTAFB, Thailand, 1967-68, and transferred to Japan in 1968, or anyone who knows his whereabouts. Contact: Robert A. Kochenderfer, 1904 Riata Rd., Warrensburg, MO 64093; 660-747-2750.

Seeking anyone who had Basic Training in B-5-1, June to August 1965 (Tank Hill), Ft. Jackson. Most were draftees from New York City. My nickname was “Rosie.” Contact: Ed Rosado, 14654 467th St., Lucas, IA 50151.

Looking for anyone who served at LZ Ross, 1970-71. Contact: Ken Auburn, 100 Betsy Ross Dr., Youngsville, LA 70592;

Looking for Cpl./Sgt. Ramon Fernandez, who served with B Co., 2nd Bn., 2nd Inf., 1st Inf. Div., December 1965-66. I was with him when he got wounded at Chu Chi while filling canteens. Contact: David W. Eister, 196 Pattie Ln., Maysville, NC 28555; 910-326-1072. 

Looking for anyone who served in the U.S. Air Force with 62 OTCS, Det. 1, Radar Ops, January to July 1968. Contact: Michael Bond, 1215 Colorado, Texarkana, TX 75503; or

Would like to hear from all combat engineers, radio operators, or medics who served with 1st Eng. Bn., 1st. Inf. Div., Big Red One, the “Die Hard” battalion. Contact: Bill Isaksen, 312 Versailles Dr., Apt. F., Melbourne Beach, FL 32951;

Looking for photographs taken in the field by any members of Delta 1/503, 173rd Abn. Inf. Bde., February 1968-69. Contact: Bernie Maez, 21860 Towns Cir., #712, Caldwell, ID 83607; 208-989-9592.

Looking for Kevin P. Knight, a fireman with 61st AHC, Lane Field, An Son. I lost contact when I transferred to gunships at LZ English, Bong Son. Also would like to hear from former Star Blazer crews. Contact: George Bittner, 3709 Blenheim Rd., Phoenix, MD 21131; 410-852-6469.

Looking for anyone who served with C 2/8 Mech., 4th Inf. Div. and has a picture of the truck I was driving, #31. It was hit by a B-40 rocket behind the driver’s seat. Contact: Bob Byrne, 1832 Sanford Dr., Elizabeth City, NC 27909; 252-335-5693.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 92nd Eng. Bn., 515th Asphalt Plt. (ZomTom), 1969-70, Long Binh. Contact: Jim Trago, 8217 SW 61st Ct., Ocala, FL 34476; 352-245- 8217;

Looking for Quinn from Massachusetts who served with Fox Btry., 2nd Bn., 12th Mar., 1966-67. Contact: Tom Hoover, 143 Prides Way, Seward, PA 15954; 814-446-6215;

Looking for John Daley, who served with me in the Marine Corps, for testimony for Purple Heart. Contact: Joe Demetski, 6 Conrad St., Sayreville, NJ 08872; 732-254-4447; 732- 257-1535.

Looking for Vinnie Reilley, Bob Smoke, Jack Henderson, or John Driessen who were stationed at Cam Ranh Bay Naval Repair Facility with me. Contact: Richie Kirshen, 946 41st St., Miami Beach, FL 33140; 954-816-3477;

Looking for Vietnam veterans who landed at Long Binh, Bien Hoa, at the beginning of 1968 Tet Offensive (January/February). I was put on temporary morgue detail from 90th Replacement Bn. to unload choppers of wounded and dead soldiers. This is for a PTSD claim. Contact: Bruce Hutton, 1618 32nd St., Rock Island, IL 61201.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 1st MAW-MAG-11, Danang Airbase, January 1969 to February 1970, especially Rich Lovett, Massachusetts; Roger Hornbuckle, Washington; Frank Lamica, New York; Charlie Brown, Delaware; and Ralph Banks, New Jersey. Filing for PTSD claim. Contact: John Petruska, 11137 Lakeland Cir., Ft. Myers, FL 33913; 239-768-5059.

Looking for anyone who served with Victor Co., 2nd Bn., 2nd Bde., Ft. Dix, New Jersey, Basic Training, November 1965 to January 1966. Also, anyone who served at Ft Dietrick, Maryland, January to July 1966, and HQ Co., 1st Log., Cam Ranh Bay, August 1966-67, especially D.S. Ssgt. Keenan, Hank Niemark, Lt. Tom Bansdell, Pvts. Godkin, Baptiste, Capt. Shaw, and LTC Cippola. Contact: Walter J. Degnan,

Looking for C.O. David Tompkins from Texas who served with 2nd Plt., C Co., 1st Mar. MP Bn., 1st Mar. Div., I Corps, 1966-67. I was transferred to 1st Mar., K-9 Plt., (Sentry Scouts) with C.O. Oliver and later to A Co. Contact: Tommy “Tee” Tucker, 302 Southwest Bay Pl., High Springs/Ft. White, FL 32038; 386-454-0464.

Looking for John Reynolds, who was appointed to the Air Force Academy, 1955 or 1956, for a 50th reunion of Grover Cleveland High School, Caldwell, New Jersey. Contact: George E. Deliduka. 11019 Swallow St., NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433; 763-755-1485.

Incarcerated veteran who served with 1st Inf. Div., 1966-67, who was shot in combat and suffers from brain damage, Agent Orange, type II diabetes, and bronchitis, needs help getting Agent Orange relief. Contact: Theodore A. Bray, Jr., TDCJ # 548305, 1697 FM 980 Ellis Unit, Huntsville, TX 77343.

Looking for anyone who served with me in 536th Ord. Co., 1st Air Cav., Anh Khe, 1965-66. Contact: Mitch “Greek” Argyris, 32447 Kelly Rd., Fraser, MI 48026; 586-293-6643. 

Looking for Richard Belanger, Msgt. Hunt, medics, or anyone who served in HHC, 317th Eng. Bn., Eschborn, Germany, and remembers accident at Rhine River in spring 1970 when I almost drowned in gasoline. Contact: William Barnes, #923651, D-311, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 111, Carlisle, IN 47838.

Looking for anyone who was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, 1969-70, and has had health problems such as cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer. I served with B Co., 4th Bn., 3rd Bde.. Contact: Glenn Evans, 148 Hays, Pea Ridge, AR 72751;

Looking for anyone who served with Gary T. Murphy, New York, in 199th Light Inf. (Red Catchers). He was an RTO with HHC, 4th Bn., 12th Inf., January 1968 to March 1969. Contact: Donald C. Amorosi, 14 Catherine St., South Glens Falls, NY 12803; 518-792- 2057;

Looking for Sgt. Guy Ambrose. Need to know if he made it back to Okinawa and if he remembers getting shelled on the Denver, Tonkin Bay and Tiger Island. Also, looking for corpsman who served with HQ Co., H&S Bn., 3rd Mar., and remembers when I struck O.D. when he woke us up. Contact: Edward Day, 23610 Elm Cir., Waterloo, NE 68069; 402-779-2078.

Looking for anyone who served with me in India Co., 3rd Bn., 1st Mar., 1969-70, specially Sgt. Guy Cornwell, J.L. Wharton, and Mike King. Contact: Richard Van Dyk, 220 Wave Rd., Manahawkin, NJ 08050; 609-660-1658,

Looking for anyone who served with or knows Sgt. Ronald Ray Williamson who served in Vietnam, June 1966 to September 1967. Contact:

Looking for anyone who served with Edward Anthony Sousa, who possibly served in U.S. Army as a photographer stationed in Vietnam and Ft. Huachuca. Contact: Sal Murillo,

Trying to locate Ron Harris, who served with me in Co. D, 87th Eng. Bn., Camp Evans, Phu Bai. I was with HHQ Co. as operations clerk. Contact: Bill Place,

Looking for Thomas Vallincourt, who served in Surgeon’s Office, USARV HQ and 44th Medical Bde., Vietnam, 1968-69. Contact: Marsha Mossing,

Looking for CMSgt. John Sackett, who served with 38th TAC MSL Wing, IG Team, 1960-62. He also served with 660 Radar Sqd., MacDill, 1968. Contact: Billy Byrd,

Looking for anyone who served with my uncle, William Edward Cofield, 1st Air Cav., February 1967-68. His basic training was at Ft. Bragg, November 1966, 1st Plt., Co. C, 5th Bn., 1st Bde. He is having major problems and can’t remember much. Contact: Kenneth Perry,

Looking for anyone who served on the Coast Guard Cutter Modoc, 1971-73, who remembers me falling through a covered hatch into the after-steering compartment. Can anyone explain how I can get copies of the ship’s records? Contact: Virgil Boomgaarn, 225 Keeta Way, Grants Pass, OR 97526; 541-476-0522; 541-556-7643.

Looking for anyone who served in Okinawa, L-3-1, 1st Plt., Pendleton, March 1965, and then to G-1-9, 1st Plt. at Schwab or Hanson, especially Owen Litfin of Minnesota and Henry Bachich of Wisconsin. We went to Danang in June 1965 and from there to Chu Lai to join with K-3-3. Contact: Charles Clark, 21264 Fair Oaks Dr., Nevis, MN 56467- 4353;

Looking for anyone who served with me in 1st/28th, 1st Inf. Div., Vietnam, 1965-66. Contact: Carmine Monaco,

Looking for anyone who served with my brother, SP4 Dario David Guerra, B Btry., 2nd Bn., 4th Arty., 9th Inf. Div., Binh Phouc, who was KIA November 23, 1968. Contact: Marcelo E. Guerra, P.O. Box 832789, Miami, FL 33283; 305-752-9939.


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