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March/April 2006






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Seeking any and all Vietnam veterans who have suffered with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). VVA Chapter 266 is conducting a survey. Please contact: Al DePanfilis, 1607 Benner St., Philadelphia, PA 19149.

Looking for Gary Griner, who was with HQ Recon Platoon, 2nd Bn. (Mech.), 2nd Inf., 1st Infantry Division up to May 19, 1968. After that date, Gary (along with Eugene Sewell and Ken Duhone) was with B&RP 3rd Platoon, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cav., 4th Infantry Division. Would like to hear from Gary, Eugene, or Ken. Contact: MIKEJDA@CASS.NET

Searching for Daniel Stark from Indiana, or anyone who knew him, knows him now, or has knowledge of the incident in which he was WIA from friendly fire on July 13, 1970, while serving as a sniper with A Troop, 1/10th Cav., 4th Infantry Division. In urgent need of help. Contact: Norman J. Burgess, 4525 NW 6th Circle, Ocala, FL 34475-9526.

Looking for anyone who served with me in Co. A, 9th Engineer Bn., 1st Marine Division, on Hill 10, 1969-70. LCpl. Brown and I were called the “gruesome twosome,” and we operated a mobile crane together. Contact: Tom Nelson, 4121 Melbourne Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46228; 317-299-9428;

Marine vet seeking anyone who was in Plt. 127, Parris Island, 1960. I’m looking for a photo of the graduating class or a copy of the platoon graduation book. Contact: John Davis, Jr., 141 Union Ave., 8F, Irvington, NJ 07111; 973-371-7272.

I would like to hear from anyone stationed with me in Vietnam, 3rd Plt., 3rd Bn., 3rd Marine Division, 1966-67. Anyone associated with Driver-Ontos group. I was a tall, skinny redhead LCpl with glasses whom everyone called “Law.” Contact: Jack L. Lawson, 6007 N. 8th Avenue, Ozark, MO 65721; 417-581-1405.

Seeking anyone assigned to the Area Maintenance Supply Facility (AMSF) of HQ & HQ Detachment, 5th Signal Command (Stratcom), at Sullivan Barracks in Manheim, Germany, 1975-76. I want to share photos and stories. Contact: Joseph Peck,

Looking for Robin H. Shores, a Vietnam vet discharged in early 1969 as a Navy machinist mate first class (MM1) from the U.S.S. Truxtun (DLGN 35). Contact: Jordan Gmach, 182 Buffalo Ridge Rd., Amherst, VA 24521.

Seeking anyone denied equivalency by the DOD Civilian/Military Service Board for Vietnam service. Looking for support for legislation to halt board denials involving Agent Orange diseases. Contact: Don Isaacs, 162 Andover G, W. Palm Beach, FL 33417.

Looking for anyone who served with me at Nha Trang, 1970-71, 15th/90th SOS. Col. Howell was also later with me at Langley AFB, 1971-75. Contact: Charles A. Kirby, P.O. Box 888, Richlandtown, PA 18955.

Anyone out there who served with 1st Plt., C Co., 3/325 Inf., 82nd Airborne, in 1972? I need a claim witness. I injured my back in a chopper blast in 1972, amd went to sick call. Jeff Lawson, Alfredo Marquez, Robert Otta, Sgt. Redd, or anyone else who served with us and remembers, contact: Robert E. Rigler, PO Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426.

Searching for anyone who served with the 148th Ordnance Co. in Vung Tau, with detachments at Can Tho, Soc Trang, and Vinh Long, Jan. 1969-Jan. 1970. In Sept. 1969 our company moved to Long Binh to relieve a National Guard unit from Wisconsin. I’m originally from Scottsboro, Ala., and lived in Tennessee for 20 years. Contact: Joseph T. Phillips, 637 Long Island Rd., South Pittsburg, TN 37380; 423-837-7776.

Looking for fellow “Sea Barons” I served with at Camh Ranh Bay, July 1970-71. I was with U.S. Army Marine Maintenance Activity Vietnam (USAMMAV). Anyone remember pulling guard duty on the jetty? Contact: Joe Lupo, 45566 White Pines Dr., Novi, MI 48374; 248-728-5700.

Would like to hear from anyone who served with the 240th Assault Helicopter Co. at Bear Cat, 1969-71. Contact: Walter Weber, 35 Elmtree Lane, Galax, VA 24333.

Seeking old friends from Co. B, 2/9th Artillery, 4th Inf. Div., Oct. 1968-Oct. 1969, or the friends we supported in 2/35th Inf. Contact: Tom Roman, 6382 Breckenridge Cicle, Lake Worth, FL 33467; 561-968-2115;

Searching for Joe T. Cruz and Tony Gresham (“Flipper”). We served together on swift boats, Qui Nhon, April 1967-April 1968. Contact: Ron Gagnon, 1618 Country Club Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990;

Looking for members of the 5th Plt. from DLI Vietnamese Language School in Monterey, Calif., July-September 1969. I lived in B-19. Len Boyd, John Doty, James Brown, Greg Duckworth, Steve Faer anybody out there? Contact: Warren Griffin, 54 Shaw Farm Rd., Holliston, MA 01746; 508-429-3002;

Seeking “Jungle Eaters” from 27th LCT and 60th Landclearing Co., 1968-70. Denton (“Denny”) Miller, French Camp (from Manteca, Calif.), Kurt Oltman (Pa.), John Geiling (Pa.), Gary Oenning (Ill.), and others. Reunion in June contact: Dave Minto, 165 Spooner Ave., Warwick, RI 02886;

Searching for family members of Frank Edward McClellan. Mac was KIA Apr. 6, 1970, at An Khe. I was a Sgt. at the time and Mac’s team leader, and remember that he was from Indiana. Contact: Mark J. Estopare, 699 Cunningham Rd., Cuba, MO 65453; 573-885-2744.

Looking for POWs/MIAs stationed at Sampson AFB, 3650th Basic Military Training Wing, 1950-56. Also welcome names of dependents who were stationed at Sampson with active-duty personnel. Contact: Chip Phillips, Sampson AFB Veterans Association, PO Box 331, Williamsville, NY 14231; 716-633-1199; 716-633-9118;

Looking for David Leroy Steele, who attended Chadron State College before entering the service. Contact: Christina Hendricks-Findley, 52 Hoover St., Newark, OH 43055.

Trying to find Roger Keese (from Pryor, Okla.) and Patrick Thompson (from Bradford, Pa.) from the 365th Trans. Co. (FORSCOM), Ft. McClellan, Anniston, Ala., from 1973-1974. Also would like to hear from Leigh Ann Hipp. Contact: John Beal, PO Box 278, Swan Quarter, NC 27885.

Want to hear from old friends James Ruiz (from Buffalo, N.Y.) and Paul Leahman (from Boston). We served together with Fox Co., 2/8, at Camp Lejeune, 1963-65. Contact: Chuck Poma, 6702 Bogusville Hill Rd., Deansboro, NY 13328.

Would like to find anyone with me at Chu Lai or Cu Chi in the 116th AHC, “Wasps” Plt., Nov. 1969-Apr. 1971. We flew HUEYs. I was the door gunner nicknamed “Single Shot 60.” I lost everything in a house fire, so would enjoy pictures of the company, flight line, or our hootches. I specifically recall an E-6 named Schnard (“Schoffy”). Contact: Mike Hilfer, PO Box 60, Newburg, MO 65550.

Anybody remember me? USAF Sgt. (medic) assigned to 1st Air Cav operating out of Cu Chi in Feb. 1968. Contact: Bernie Joe Pounds, PO Box 597, Gadsden, AL 35902; 256-312-6362 (cell); 256-435-4325 (home).

Need to confirm events of Dec. 1968 with 218th CCAS Co., Long Binh. I witnessed the death of Capt. Waddell during incoming rounds and an ammo dump explosion. If you were there and can verify, contact: Elmo McMilliam, c/o J. Stanley,, 501-324-2820 (fax). Or write me: 917A W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Trying to establish an Agent Orange claim. Anyone who served with me in the 4th Plt, Bravo Co., 2/12th Cav. Div., based at An Khe. We were sprayed by small cropduster planes on a trail near Pleiku in Oct. 1965. Specifically seeking Donald Stump (Lt), Glotfelty (Sgt.), John Boyce, John Reilly. Contact: Freddie “TJ” Slaughter, 1243 Sylvania Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44121; 216-789-7318;

Support for claim needed. Searching for information regarding a Marine who was shot while serving with BLT 1/9 aboard the U.S.S. Okinawa or U.S.S. Inchon in the Gulf of Tonkin, Nov. 1972-Feb. 1973. Reaching out for Clements, MacAlpine, Pedrick, Doc Wells, Williams, Townes. Contact: Thomas O. Rainsberry, 10395 53rd St., NE, Brocket, ND 58321.

Would love to hear from anybody who served with 7th Communications Battalion, 1st Marine Division during the Vietnam Era. Contact: David Haage, 80 Hawkinson Ave., Galesburg, IL 61401; 309-221-4740;

Searching for Samuel Allen, who served in 1968 or 1969. Contact: Priscilla Ashleigh, 910 E. Spyglass Place, Placentia, CA 92870; 714-655-5319.

Anybody serve on the U.S.S. Horne (DLG-30) during the 1972-73 deployment? I’m looking for you to set the record straight about the downing of a MIG, an incident since denied by DoD. The Horne’s deck logs are classified. Contact: Michael E. Lalancette, 5 Taft St., Essex Junction, VT 05452; 802-878-8892;

Want to find CWO Leon Muiczkowski, USA Ret., from Trenton, N.J. Believed to have moved to Perth, Australia. Our last duty station was Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Leon was the best man at my wedding. Contact: Fred Draper, PO Box 593, Eatontown, NJ 07724; 732-681-0711 or toll-free: 800-422-6909.

Trying to find anyone I served with 233rd, 321st, 352nd, 261st Transportation, 1969-70. Contact: Bob Romano,

Searching for “Lewis,” the Army mess cook at Cam Ranh. I’d love to get in touch. Contact: Yen Hoang, 3800 Herwol Ave., Waco, TX 76710; 817-514-0444.

Seeking John Bock, the chopper pilot who visited the Landmark Apts., 2100 W. Beach Dr., Panama City, Fla., in 1969. You were stationed in Georgia and on your way to Vietnam. Contact: Patricia Thoden,

Want to connect with any of my dad’s buddies from the MCB 71. I remember the name Arthur R. Morgan, part of the Phu Loc “Crusher Crew” with my father in 1968. Contact: Peggy Meade, 540-599-2995;

On the lookout for Romelio “Mike” Valdez, 2nd Bn., 12th Cav., 1st Air Cav. Div., 1968. Romelio lived in Atlanta at the time he entered the Army. Contact: Gary Jerald, 8600 A Springs Ln., Norcross, Georgia 30092; 770-447-6596;

Seeking Burl Bilyeu. Last-known location in California. Contact: Kenn Smith, 740 W. 15th St., Apt. 3, Merced, CA 95340.

I’m trying to find my son, John Michael Fallon. He served with the 9th Marines at Danang, 1965-66, and received a Purple Heart. Contact: James Fallon, 4902 Fairoaks Ave., Tampa, FL 33611; 813-839-7599.

Searching for former members of Bravo Co., 3rd of the 60th, 9th Infantry Division. Anybody out there? Contact: A. R. “Monti” Montillo, 1007 Black Rush Circle, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466; 843-971-7647;

Looking for Marine buddies from the Siege of Khe Sanh, Jan-April 1968. We were with HQ, 1st Provisional Howitzers, 3rd Bn., 12th Marines (3/12). Seeking Andrew “Stinky” Rocco from 116th St. in Harlem. You and Glenn from Detroit came to my house in the Bronx after we came home in 1968. Also love to hear from John Neves of Elizabeth, N.J. Contact: Rich Mandriota, 23 Disbrow Rd., Matawan, NJ 07747;

Seeking documentation of rocket/mortar hostile fire events at Phu Bai airfield flight line between June 1968-May 1969. I served with 45th MI Detachment (E Detachment), 1st MI Bn (ARS), billeted at Camp Hochmuth. Contact: Bill “Sleepy” Tower, 330 Sunderland Rd., Worcester, MA 01604.

My husband Ralph P. Lariviere served at Quang Tri in 1968 with Mobile Construction Battalions 9 and 10 (MCB 9, MCB 10). I’m looking for his buddies Joe P. Cunningham from Philly, Steven Erickson, many others. Contact: Celine at

Ex-Marine (E-5 Sgt) who served in Vietnam from (I think) March 1965 April 1966. My MOS was 1371, combat engineer. I was with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Camp Lejeune. I can’t seem to remember the exact dates we were in Nam and can’t remember who we were attached to while there. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Semper Fi. Contact: Charlie Colf,

Trying to find Mike Pyle (“Gomer”), 3/9 Kilo company, 1965-66. Contact: Doug Parker,

Would like to contact anyone serving with MAAG Vietnam from 1962 to 1964. I was with MAAG communications at HQ in Saigon. Contact: David Keen,

I am looking for those who served with me at Camp Eschborn, Germany in the ADM (Atomic Demolition Munition) Platoon, 317th Engr Bn., Jan. 1969-May 1971. Contact: Hoot Gibson, 200 Sunset Lane, Harriman, TN 37748;

Searching for my brother, Willie W. Reese Jr., who served in Vietnam 1968- 71. The last time I saw Willie was at our father’s funeral in 1978. I am his youngest brother, and I am now in L.A. Any information to help me would be most appreciated. Contact: Charles Reese,

Seeking Donnie Gault who was stationed at Camp Lejuene, N.C., in May 1966. He went to Vietnam shortly thereafter. He was from Maryland. Contact: Jo Anne Phillips, PO Box 831, Clyde, NC 28721; 828- 452-9130;

Looking for Ed Butler. He placed a locator notice in The VVA Veteran using this e-mail: That address is no longer valid. Ed and I would have served together with 11th Dental, 1st Marine Air Wing, Chu Lai. Ed, if you’re reading, get in touch. Contact: Harlen Brown,

Australian seeks Viet vet to return a memento. I have a lighter with the following inscription: “WAYNE YARBROUGH, When I die I’ll go to Heaven beacause I’ve spent my time in hell, 11th Infantry Brigade, Vietnam 68-69.” Contact: Peter Bretag,

Searching for Samuel Thompson, a Green Beret flight sergeant stationed in 1968 in Bad Tîlz ( Germany ). I believe he may have died in Vietnam in
1969-1970. Contact: Patricia Lohrey,


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