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Name: Robert l Fields
Email: bfields at bellsouth dot net
Hometown: ,
Date: July 30, 2003 - 01:10 PM (pacific)
I served in Da-Nang 1968 and part of 1969,with 7th engineers.I am proud to say i served!



Name: Hardy (Gene) Irwin
Email: muff121147 at msn dot com
Hometown: Brandon, Mississippi
Date: July 29, 2003 - 08:22 PM (pacific)
I went to vietnam in June 66 and left June 67. I served in 1st batillion and 73rd artillery 1st air tav. artillery. I am looking for a friend named Thomas Long. If you know him please have him e-mail me.

Gene ( corporal Irwin)



Name: Charles Edward Oliver
Email: koliver at pine-net dot com
Hometown: Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Date: July 28, 2003 - 06:52 PM (pacific)
I served in Vietnam in 68 and 69 with First Cav. it seems like it was only yesterday.



Name: Chuck Moses
Email: Mrmosie at aol dot com
Hometown: Kingsburg, Calif
Date: July 27, 2003 - 10:43 PM (pacific)
After being there in 68-69, I've still got the pain. But thanks its alittle easier now when knowing others have it too.



Name: JOHN R. CAUDILL
Email: jcaudill at globlenet dot com
Hometown: painesville, ohio
Date: July 27, 2003 - 04:00 PM (pacific)
please delete previous entry 07/26/03 enter new >served with americal div.26th engs home base LZ. BRONCO in duc pho july 1970 to july 1971 would like to hear from vets who was their



Name: johnr. R. CAUDILL
Email: jcaudill at globalnet dot com
Hometown: painesville, ohio
Date: July 26, 2003 - 06:17 PM (pacific)
serviced with americal div. 26th engs.C co.home base DUC PHO july 1970 to july 1971 would like to hear form vets who serviced on DUC PHO



Name: Geoff Dearie
Email: geoff dot dearie at btopenworld dot com
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Date: July 26, 2003 - 01:45 AM (pacific)
As i read this page, i had a sad heart, and a darkened mind. In a world of beaurocratic madness and political unstability, it's enlightening to read that true american heroes are willing to step up to the plate and stand together to try and piece together unity at what must be a insane and mind boggling set of memories, for all sort's of reasons, this site is one of the most enlightening and informative of it's kind, with the power to unite, god bless you gentleman, god bless all of you !!

Geoff Dearie
(journalist )



Name: David M Brown
Email: david dot m dot brown at kodak dot com
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Date: July 25, 2003 - 08:18 AM (pacific)
Duty Aboard The Command Ship By YNC David M. Brown Joining the service on 8 December 1972 and after 12 weeks of boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, I found myself 10,000 miles away on the USS Blue Ridge LCC 19, moored pier side in White Beach, Okinawa after requesting to be stationed on the east coast of the United States. It was 29 March 1973. I left her 28 December 1976. March/April 1975 Serving in the ships? print shop, in the role of Lithographer and having advanced to Third Class Petty Officer, I soon found myself sleeping in a helicopter on the main deck during the evacuation. I had volunteered as a ?searcher? on the main deck of the ship. This luck was preceded by my active involvement in creating the book of photos for use by the rescue pilots in Vung Tau, which was cancelled, and another one for the city of Saigon. Over 100 photos were turned into halftones, plated, printed on the 36? Miller, and then GBC bound. Both publications were Top Secret. The purpose was to provide the rescue helicopter pilots with a reference point to land their craft in order to evacuate personnel. The photos had landing ?bulls eyes? superimposed on each photo. After the pleasant experience of almost 24-hour days to complete the second of two OPORDERS, requiring many hours of prep, plating and printing of 300 page manuals for fleet operations, we printed large placards of instructions for the Vietnamese refugees to read upon embarking on the ships. One example, which was printed in English and in the Vietnamese language was, ?Do Not Defecate On The Deck?. These were delivered to all the ships in the area. Our ship received the evacuees, US military /government civilians and their families, while the other ships took on the refugees. During the time spent on the main deck as part of the inspection/search team, I saw things that are not so easily forgotten. The amount of weapons, gold, silver and paper money I saw was staggering. One evacuee was troubled that he couldn?t keep his unopened bottle of whiskey, so he walked to the handrail of the ship, opened the bottle, drank half, lifted it to observe the amount left, closed it and threw it overboard. On another occasion, at night with the helo pad lights off (not expecting any inbound flights), a helo sound was heard over the side of the ship near the water. Running lights were seen but not the shape of the helo. All of a sudden, after hovering over the water, the helo rose and landed right on the proper spot for a landing. This took place in the dark. All the people leaving the helo had wet legs from the knees down. Apparently, the helo was taking on water; and was about to sink. It was reported the pilot said he couldn?t see, was on fumes but he prayed to God for help. The next thing he knew the helo lifted up and plopped on the deck just in the right spot. On another occasion, while one helo was unloading passengers, another helo landed. This was a single landing pad. Needless to say, the rotors clashed, spewing chunks of metal everywhere. No one was injured. The pilot stated he was out of gas and was worried about crashing into the sea, killing all aboard. He gambled and won. I saw many weapons thrown overboard, along with two helos. Tossing the helicopters overboard stopped once it was realized two of the ships? antennae were broken off. We are a communications ship and couldn?t be without them. As a result, one helo operator volunteered to fly each subsequent machine, on its last trip to the ship with evacuees, off the ship, over the sea, set the controls and jump out then to be picked up by the ship?s motor whale boat. One such ?helo-dump? attempt ended with the helo flying on its own around the bow of the ship to its starboard side where it crashed, its rotor slashing a three-foot gash in the side of the ship just above the waterline. At that time, ?hit the deck, hit the deck? was announced over the 1MC and as I looked around to see what was happening, I observed a Vietnamese lady and her young child sobbing, crouched under one of the inspection tables. I crawled to her, putting my arm around both her and the child to try to reassure their safety. Many nights I remember seeing multiple rockets coming through the high clouds from the north, arching very, very high in the sky then down through the clouds in the south, but never hearing the explosions. CBS, NBC, ABC and a girl from Rolling Stone magazine were on board for both operations Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind. Being the command ship and evacuating all the dignitaries from South Vietnam must have been the reason for their visit to our ship. Twenty-five years after the event, I saw the evacuation documentary on TV for the very first time. I saw myself crouching next to the Vietnamese Mother and her child. It seems like only yesterday, but it was twenty-eight years ago April 2003.



Name: James F. Murray
Email: jfranklin0404 at comcast dot net
Hometown: ,
Date: July 25, 2003 - 04:05 AM (pacific)
Navy Corpsman, Chu Lai, 69/70.



Name: Tirza Girven
Email: phattykueen15 at yahoo dot com
Hometown: ,
Date: July 24, 2003 - 06:46 AM (pacific)
***O****M*******G*****
tHIS WAS THE BEST SITE EVER ON PICS!!!



Name: Roosevelt Brooks
Email: rvbrooks at aol dot com
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Date: July 23, 2003 - 01:47 PM (pacific)
Thank you for the article on Que Son Vally, I had put all of that out of my mind, but recently needed the information for several
VA claims. I served In the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1976. Served with 3BN 5th Marines 67 - 68 and was wounded on Operation Swift September 6th.
WELCOME HOME
Sempi Fi
Gysgt. R. Brooks



Name: Deanne ****** Nash
Email: chicadee_996 at hotmail dot com
Hometown: ,
Date: July 21, 2003 - 09:50 PM (pacific)
your site helped me in ways more than one:i understood the aspects,i learnt aboout the past,i found out what they went through and i just want to say thank you. i hope that one day you are read by many so the world understands the details and the truth. i hope and pray that those who fought are either at peace or have justice to their name.
by the way i'm using this foran article oone topic i want to cover is the Menzies Scandal if you have any info send it to me in the next few days, last date is wednesday this week. yoours sincerly deanne..



Name: bob forth
Email: bforth at adelphia dot net
Hometown: ,
Date: July 21, 2003 - 04:38 PM (pacific)
i need to talk with vietnam vets



Name: Harry Laural York 111
Email: hyork-2 at hotmail dot com
Hometown: Swanzey, New Hampshire
Date: July 21, 2003 - 03:42 PM (pacific)
I served in Vietnam with the United States in-country Naval forces from October 1969-September 1970. I was assigned to the Naval detachment in Nha Trang for about eight months and then I was transfered to Operation Seafloat in the Mekong delta for the remaining four months of my tour. I think that any organization that can help both the veteran of that war and the Vietnamese people is to be commended and honored for their work and dedication. If there are any of my former shipmates who remember me in either duty station please contact me preferably by handwrirren mail.



Name: Michael Bosick
Email: michaelbosick at sbcglobal dot net
Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
Date: July 19, 2003 - 08:22 PM (pacific)
I served Aug 69 to Aug 70 7th Air Cav 1st Bgde.out of Vinh Long.I just found this site in a news paper article,it is great.I have had some rough times,but appreciate very much what I have.Some 27 years after Vietnam my son was in an auto accident.He was in a coma for 3 1/2 months. The wonderful doctor who brought him back to me is from Vhin Long Vietnam. I am grateful all who served with me,for without you this doctor would not be here helping save our loved ones. My experience threw out all of this has taught many valuable lessons.
God Bless You All
Mike Bosick



Name: Joshua P Bender-Dubiel
Email: north40sound at earthlink dot net
Hometown: NY, NY
Date: July 19, 2003 - 03:22 PM (pacific)
Iam seeking all personnel who were in direct connection with the Meyerkord BOQ in Saigon during the first 5 days of the TET offensive in FEB 1968. My mother CWO2 Mary V Bender MI was holed up in the 3rd floor stairwell of this hotel with an M2 carbine. If anyone remembers or doesn't remember this woman please contact me immediately. Thanks to all those that served. God bless You!
-Josh



Name: Diana Khanh Nguyen
Email: namerbabe2002 at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia
Date: July 19, 2003 - 04:46 AM (pacific)
Thank you VWAM, for let me see Vietnam from a different point of view. I am so happy that I joined the group in 2000, this trip make me a better as a person. I hope that i can join the team in July 2004,
Hope to meet everyone soon on this trip.



Name: Michael Wayne Barrow
Email: mbarrow at gt dot rr dot com
Hometown: Lumberton, Texas
Date: July 18, 2003 - 06:45 PM (pacific)
Served with the 11th armored cav DEC68 to DEC 69



Name: LUIS VALLES GALAN
Email: l dot galan at sbcglobal dot net
Hometown: MIDLAND, TEXAS
Date: July 17, 2003 - 05:47 PM (pacific)
I SERVED IN NAM FROM 67/68 STARTED IN LONG BIEN MOVE TO QUI NOHN ON DUSTERS NAME OF DUSTER WAS JACK THE RIPPER. WE WOULD CHASE THE VC EVEN ON SOUTH CHINA SEA.ALSO RAN ALOT OF HIGHWAY ONE CU CHI TO TAYNIHN . THANK YOU ALWAYS SIGNING OF WALKIN WOUNDED



Name: MIKE L MOOMEY
Email: miko at texhoma dot net
Hometown: MARLOW, OKLAHOMA
Date: July 17, 2003 - 01:41 PM (pacific)
I WAS IN THE RECON PLATOON 3/12TH INF 4TH INF DIV 8-67TO 8-68. IA DRANG VALLEY TO DAKTO. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT WAS CLOSE BY.



Name: charles russell jackson
Email: RUSSELL dot JACKSON at MHMRAHARRIS dot ORG
Hometown: houston, TX
Date: July 17, 2003 - 11:10 AM (pacific)
charlie 1/9 3rdmardiv - quang tri
8/69 - 9/70

1stmpbn -danang
9/70 - 6/71



Name: Edward Larry Blum
Email: LARRYBLUM at AOL dot COM
Hometown: ,
Date: July 15, 2003 - 07:03 PM (pacific)
Served with the 2d Bn, 4th Marines in Dai Loc and Phong Dien and Quang Tri from June 1966 to July 1967.



Name: Charles Eugene Wilson
Email: cew846 at aol dot com
Hometown: Findlay, OH
Date: July 15, 2003 - 02:33 PM (pacific)
Bien Hoa Air Force Base, June 1967 to July 1968.
438 Field Maintance Sq. 3rd TFW, 7th Air Force
Tet was no fun



Name: John B. DONOVAN
Email: ELISABETHS222458 at AOL dot COM
Hometown: ,
Date: July 14, 2003 - 06:02 PM (pacific)
hI i SERVED AT THE DANANG MORTUARY FROM AUG. 31, 1969, TO AUG 30 1970. i SERVED WITH JOE CARRBONNEAU, TOM RAMSEY,john carney, donnie falk, ANY ONE REMEMBER????



Name: Tommy Strano
Email: trstrano at aol dot com
Hometown: Ballston Spa, N.Y.
Date: July 13, 2003 - 02:19 PM (pacific)
I seved with C-1-18 1st infantry div(Big Red One) March 68-March 69. i was a lightweapons infantryman 11-b.I have lived a good life since nam but still can not forget certain sounds and sites of the past, as like many of us grunts. i still greive for so many of our guys who came home in a body bag and also for all Gods children who died or suffer from this war. i wish mankind can learn from all his mistakes and settle differances with words instead of wars.Part of me died in Vietnam but my other half still continues to live and i continue to help,support and love my family,my friends and my God. Peace to all of you.



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