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Name: EUGENE E RICHARDSON
Email: ERICHAR100 at AOL dot COM
Hometown: OMAHA, NE
Date: August 09, 2003 - 07:53 AM (pacific)
I WAS A MEDIC IN THE ARMY AND SERVED WITH 2/35TH ARTY AT XUAN LOC 1966/67


Name: Joe McCoy
Email: jmccoy at tampabay dot rr dot com
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Date: August 09, 2003 - 04:21 AM (pacific)
USMC '67-71
RVN 69-70 Phu Bai / Marble Mtn. HMH-361 & HMM-161 Helicopter electrician/doorgunner


Name: Gerald L Hubbard
Email: hubbardgerald at hotmail dot com
Hometown: El Cajon, CA
Date: August 08, 2003 - 09:08 AM (pacific)
I was in Nam Jun 68 - Jul 69 with USMC 1st Force Recon Co. I was a scout/sniper. II came home for almost 10 years and acted like it did not happen. Then I started getting help for PTSD and agent orange, mainly. Please, you Viet vets, get to the DAV and the VA and get treatment. Get your claims in and get the treatment and compensation you need and deserve. Time will pass and it will get worse if you do not. Be aware. God bless you all and I pray daily for all of you who are still suffering from events of 35 years ago. Email or call me if you need help. Semper Fi. Thanks for making this site available. It matters. Gerald


Name: charlie marvin kelton
Email: ckelton at taii dot net
Hometown: richmond, texas
Date: August 07, 2003 - 02:26 PM (pacific)
i was in country from july69 to july 70. i served with b battery 6th/27th artillery base camp song be.


Name: Carl William Eastridge
Email: ceastridge at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Texarkana, TX
Date: August 07, 2003 - 10:10 AM (pacific)
Hello Vets, I too am a Vet of the conflict during Sep 1967 thru Oct 1968. I was what is know as a CAP Marine. We were stationed in the Villiages and helped with the Security of the Villiages, did Medical Care and helped with building and re-building of schools, homes and emergency centers amoung other duties to long to list. We basicly helped where we could. Sort of like what you guys are doing now. The only exception is that we had to kill and/or get killed to help them. Your way is better. Keep up the good work." Semper Fi" Carl ( aka "Tex")


Name: Vanessa xxx
Email: hope_f_germany at yahoo dot de
Hometown: ,
Date: August 07, 2003 - 10:02 AM (pacific)
Hello, im Vanessa 15years old and iam searching for my dad, all informations that i have are in my homepage. Please take a minute and read it, maybe you can help me! Here is my url: http://www.freehomepage.de/members/vanessafreier


Name: Humberto G. Garcia
Email: sbsgar at aol dot com
Hometown: Copperas Cove, Texas
Date: August 06, 2003 - 08:46 PM (pacific)
Hello Vets I was in Vietnam 68-69May B-Btry 5/4th
Arty, 5th Inf div.Mech We had the 155mm How SP
The last fire base I was in before I left in 69 was
called LZ Sandy,it is up north in I corps,close to
the DMZ. I am looking for anyone that was in my unit during this time,Please e-mail me....


Name: Patrick McNulty
Email: mcnultype at aol dot com
Hometown: ,
Date: August 06, 2003 - 03:31 PM (pacific)
Looking for any one that served with E Co 2/4 67-68. email me @ mcnultype@3mawcpen.usmc.mil
Thanks and SEMPER FI


Name: samuel richard hannah
Email: sam-janice at camden dot net
Hometown: kershaw, s.c.
Date: August 04, 2003 - 12:38 PM (pacific)

I SERVED IN VEIT-NAM
69-70 WITH B CO.2ND BATTALION 7TH BRIGADE 1ST AIR CAV. AT TAY NINH PROV.


Name: FREDDIE L HEARD
Email: heard_f at uapb dot edu
Hometown: PINE BLUFF, AR
Date: August 04, 2003 - 09:45 AM (pacific)
SERVED IN THE MARINES


Name: William David DeCosta
Email: decosta713 at msn dot com
Hometown: Dublin, Va
Date: August 02, 2003 - 07:15 AM (pacific)
I SERVED IN VIETNAM 68-69@70-71,I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF MY OLD BUDDIES SKIN HEAD ARE YOU STILL OUT THERE SOMEWHERE IF SO CONTACT ME SIGHNING OFF WILD BILL @decosta713@msn.com


Name: Brandy Anderson
Email: pebbles_bja04 at yahoo dot com
Hometown: ,
Date: August 01, 2003 - 09:34 PM (pacific)
thank you for providing such enlightening information. i am a student who know next to nothing about the vietnam war, so i read a lot of the information that was on your website and i have a much better understanding of what occured during our battle with vietnam.


Name: Oren Calvin Barclay
Email: icvmchillbilly at aol dot com
Hometown: Talladega, Alabama
Date: July 31, 2003 - 05:11 PM (pacific)
I am a retired Command Sergeant Major from the U. S. Army. I served In County in Vietnam in 1971 with B Troop of the 10th Cav and E Troop 2/11th ACR the Blackhorse. I am originally from Western Pennsylvania and am now a High School Teacher and Coach here in Alabama.


Name: H. David Bryant
Email: brendadavid at netwitz dot net
Hometown: Centralia, Illinois
Date: July 30, 2003 - 09:13 PM (pacific)
Was stationed at Tuy Hoa, Vietnam from Dec. 68 to Dec. 69. The men I served with were the best I have been around. Not a day goes by and I don/t think about those days. Every day I hope and pray that Col. Whittford and Capt. Carrol will be brought back home. I try each day to live up to those who were not able to come home and to those who served before, during and after my time.


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


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