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10/18/05

Dear Mr. Callison,

 

Thank you so much for your reply.  VERY interesting and the photos are great.  I'm sure that all of this information will be useful to our patron.

 

I will suggest that our researcher should write directly to you.

 

If I can ever help YOU with anything, please don't hesitate to write or call.

 

Thanks again for your help!

 

Jill Redington
Chief, Aviation Technical Library
Building 9204
Fort Rucker, AL 36362


10/18/05
My father was in Viet Nam 68 thru 69.  He was Crew Chief for UH 1H tail # 6616797.
I'm trying to find out any information on the whereabouts of this helicoptor for him.  Please let me know if you can point me in the right direction. 
Thank you,  Sandy Noonan


10/11/05
I've received a request for information from someone who is looking for lineage and heritage on D Troop, 3/5th Cavalry.  He specifically asked why D Troop wore a gray Cav hat (Stetson) instead of black. 

Can you enlighten us both?

Many thanks,

Jill Redington
Chief, Aviation Technical Library
Building 9204
Fort Rucker, AL 36362

Webby's response:

Thank you for the inquiry Jill,
 
Best sources explain that in 1968-69 time frame, some of the D Troopers were Civil War buffs and John Wayne movie fans. See "StageCoach", "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", "The War Wagon" and others.
They just got together and ordered some tan cowboy hats from the States. A couple of guys even had somewhat authentic looking, circa 1860 uniforms made, as in the photos below:

The Yellow Scarves appeared on the scene at about the same time. It is known that the Cavalry never wore yellow scarves, they were a Hollywood creation.
 
The notion was that the Tan colored (Not Gray) hat was the traditional "Working" hat of the Cavalryman. Like the the old "Fatigue" hat was in the 60s and 70s.
 
The hat color caught on and became the standard in the unit at Dong Tam then at Vinh Long until it stood down in 1972. Eventually, most of the hats were ordered from Stetson. The Stetson official color is "Silver Belly". The hat has been out of production for 10 or 15 years. It was the "Sherriff"s " model with 4 inch brim.
 
It is important to note that in January 1971 "Light Horse" D 3/5 exchanged unit designations with C 3/17. The members of the Unit continued to wear their Tan hats although they were now "Light Horse" C 3/17.
 
We are very proud to be the only unit in Viet Nam to wear the Tan Cav hat.
 
Occasionally we liked to jab at the other units by saying,
 
"The Cavalry wore Tan hats when they went to work.
They wore Black hats when they went dancing!"


10/8/05
Hi don, just thought i would drop you a line or two, gotta guestion too.  char and i couldn't make your party, with such a short notice we have to watch our $$s this time of year cause my work isn't there in the winter.But if it's on next year, we will give it our best shot to make it. How did the fishing trip turn out ? catch any big ones?
       Question, a few years ago at Bills you had a disc with the history or our helicopters, you looked up the two that i was crewchief on, 66-01197 uh-1h and i can't remember where you said it was, and uh-1h 69-15897 there was no recent info cause you thought was left for the vnaf. well anyway, i am trying to get a huey to mount on a pedestal at our vfw, tacom says there are none avail. at this time but they said that if i could locate one that was ready to be decommisioned from some guard unit or whereever that they would gladly see that we could get it, one of our old birds would be super but i'm sure next to impossible. now, if you were in my shoes where and how would you begin to locate one, does any one in the vhpa have any pull? any info you have don will be more than i have now.
              the weather is starting to turn wintery, won't be long and the snow will be flying again glad we got a woodboiler with the way the darn fuel prices are.
           hope all are well at your place, i'll see ya later
                            Russ Marsden

If you can help Russ out  please email me and I'll forward it on to him.
14


10/7/05
Chief,

I am looking to find some photos and some personal information regarding my uncle, SP5 James Dale. He was with D Troop 3/5 from 28AUG68 to 20NOV69 when him and his pilot W01 Blantin were killed when thier OH-6 exploded on the flightline during a pre-flight inspection. He was at Vinh Long airfield with 7/1 Cav when it occured.

I would really like to find out about my uncle as we now have the same bonds of combat as this is my second deployement overseas and my first in Iraq. We have been here since January and will hopefully be home for Thanksgiving; God willing. I am sure that he had friends that he worked with that might still be around that can send some photos or maybe share some stories with me and my family.

If you could help me out with this, I would be grateful. Also I appreciate the work that you have done with the website as I learned things already about him that I didn't already know.

Sincerely,

SSG John Dale
Intel/Operations Platoon Sergeant
250th Signal Battalion
Operation Iraqi Freedom III

Response:
Thank you for your service to our Nation John.

I have sent out a inquiry to the Troop requesting details of that tragic
morning. I've also requested info from anyone who may have known James
personally.
I will forward what information I recieve.

Don Callison
CWO4 USA (Ret)
War Wagon 14



10/7/05

Viet Cong Anti-Aircraft Claymoore Mine.

 

    This design varied with the materials available and the ingenuity of the “Little People.”   Basically the mine consisted of metal food container approximately 6” by 2” in size.  It’s bottom hand formed to a bowl shape. Then it was filled with C-4 explosive which had been packed with ball bearings, lead shot, bits of scrap metal, rocks, anything that was handy to use as shrapnel. The example we saw was about the size of a large Sardine can that was in a triangular shape.

         

    The fuse was adapted from a Com Bloc grenade fuse.  A trigger line (string) was tied to lightly fitted fuse safety pin.  The other end of the string was wound on the capstan on the propeller shaft.

      These Home Brewed weapons have observed set up in trees and on the ground in the grass.  The mines can be left unmanned and many times we set up at sites as Helicopter Traps, at places made to look like VC bunkers and weapons caches from the air.
 Or near anything that Charlie thought might attract US Army aviation's attention.

    These Anti-Aircraft Claymoor worked very simply. When the Helicopter hovered overhead to check out the supposed target, the down-wash from the rotor blades would start the bamboo blades of the Booby trap spinning. The string would wind up on the capstan pulling the pin on the spring-loaded fuse releasing the firing pin.

     The shaped charge then exploded sending a cloud of frags in a narrow cone more than 40 feet into the air.



10/6/05
Don,
       Does the net have a new addy or somethin'??
       Ain't nuttin' new since July .... I miss somethin'???

                            WW-13
                            Ed Gallagher

Thanks for the, "Get off your ass and do something on the website" prompt.
14


10/1/05
Webby sez- This is third guy who has contacted me about restoring one of our loaches then has a inop email address:

Hi, my name is Richard Kilby and my company name is Saturn Aviation and I own an oh-6a aircraft which I believe is 66-17822, my airframe says 0-17822 which I believe is the same and I will be restoring the aircraft to fly if your readers want to see the process, I thought that perhaps you might be interested in knowing this.
regards Richard Kilby
My response:
Thank you for the information Richard,
I've enclosed a couple of links to information about 822.
I'm sure the Troop members would like to see the progress of the Loach being restored. I will post pictures on the website if you send them.
Please keep in touch,
Don Callison
CWO4 USA (Ret)
EMS helicopter pilot in Orlando,Fl
 
http://lighthorseaircav.com/tnp-o-822.html
 
http://lighthorseaircav.com/tn-r-o-822.html

Next Commo:
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10/1/05
From Frank Sundquist
Crusader 36 70-71
Message
Good stuff...pass it on to other veterans!

Info - you can now access your DD-214 on-line. Please pass this
information on to retired military personnel you may know.

Pass to Every Vet - MILITARY RECORDS

The National Personnel Records Center has provided the following
website
for veterans to access their DD-214 online:
<<<http://vetrecs.archives.gov>>>> <<<http://vetrecs.archives.gov>>>>.
This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his
DD-214 for employment purposes. Please see the details below.

The National Personnel Records Center is working to make it easier for
veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of
documents from their military files.

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military
members may now use a new online military personnel records system to
request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must
still complete the Standard Form 180 which can be downloaded from the
online web site.

The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on
these requests by eliminating the records center's mailroom processing
time.

Also, because the requester will be asked to supply all information
essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur
when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be
minimized.

Veterans and next of kin may access this application at
http://vetrecs.archives.gov                        http://vetrecs.archives.gov

 

 9/23/05
Dear sir, I was a classmate,OCS, of Ace Cozzallio. He even dated my sister...once. I am deeply saddened by his passing. I found out only today and have yet to grasp the fact. Thanks for allowing me to write and express my grief.
 David L. Cross

9/27/05
From Long Knife CE Claude Stevens whose home was destroyed by Katrina.

 
The photo album that my daughter put together is pictures we took on Monday 26. It was the first time they let anyone back into St Bernard. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll see previous 1 thru 8 next, at the bottom right.  My house is numbers 5 thru 7. The guy in the blue suit is guess who. I don't know whose boat that is. That is about 5' of marsh weed where my fence once was. In two of the pictures you can see the only picture to stay on the wall was the one that they took of me in Basic Training and the document for my Air Medals 5 through 35. You will also notice the sheet rock missing from the ceiling. If you look at the outside of the house on the roof you will see the same marsh weed there as on the ground, that is the waterline after the wave. The water came in so fast that the water couldn't get in the bottom of the house fast enough, so when it got up to the overhang they have vents and the water went through them really fast into the attic bringing down the sheet rock and turning everything over in the house as you can see in the pictures if you study them long enough. No one told me that it happened this way; I figured it out on my own when I found my vent covers all over the inside my house.
  But take a look at all the pictures, they tell the story about Chalmette. I took some pictures of the levee that the 35' wave came over. Also some of the houses that were close to that levee were really hit hard.  
 
Claude Stevens


WHAT IS CONSIDER THE "USUAL" PLACE ?,  I WAS A TROOP OF THE CAV FROM 12/68 TO 12/69 IN DONG TAM AND VING LONG I WAS THE CREWCHIEF FOR MAJ. SWINDALE AND MY NAME IS CHARLIE SOLIS AND MY GUNNER WAS JIM DRIVER 


July 3/2005

Brothers

Anthony Piccioni Passed on to Fiddlers Green July the 3 rd 2005 at about 4;30 PM. Please keep his family in your Prays on this our Nations Birthday. One of his last wishes was to make the DC Reunion and he was there for it all. May he rest in Peace
Boots And Saddles
My Brother
Mike Cook


6/22/05
I was the crewchief  for Tony Ziemeckie on his UH-1C from {01-68 to 07-68}.He then switched to a Cobra (#550). Tony was a great guy and great pilot. I was sad to hear about him getting killed a few years ago. (For those who don't know, he transferred to the Air Force and was flying a refueling tanker when it exploded over California in the early 90's.)
 
I did fly with Ace a few times and fortunately, no major action when I did. I was lucky I guess. Ace and Tony both treated me like one of them and would occasionally have a beer or five with the crew guys. That's why so many enlisted guys liked them so much. They treated us with "respect" and made us feel like "a part of the team". Many of the crew members should have received medals when the pilots did but that wasn't always the way it worked.
 
My best friends there were Bruce Brogiotti and Dan Brophy which were both killed a few months apart. I still have photos of them hanging in my office.
 
I do have a lot of photos to share if I ever find the time to send them. They are pretty faded now but maybe I can get them enhanced enough to e-mail to you. I would like to get them on your website if possible.
 
Some day, I hope to make it to the reunion. As you know, memories never go away and as we said, "If you ain't CAV, you ain't S__T!"
 
James (Harold) Feltner, CIC, RHU, AAI, AAM, AIT
Spec 5 01-68 to 01-69
 
Tay-Par Realty
550 Blackburn Drive
Martinez, GA 30907
 
   706-860-2429 (Office)

2/22/05
Greetings Light Horse Troopers,
Sorry I diden't make the reunion this year - however - I am still building the D/3/5 page on the Legacy of Valor website at www.vhpamuseum.org . I have worked a great deal with Don Callison to make this happen and have shared images and information with him for his site. I would appreciate your input as you can see I still have a lot to add to "your" page!
 
The site is aimed at giving everyone an oppurtunity to share what the have in the way of photos, memorabilia and stories. This is not to compete with Don (or anyone else) but to give Lighthorse all the exposure we can. The site is visited by people all over the world and frequently used by Students, authors and family members. Please sign the guestbook! Hope to see you all next year!
 
Best Always,
John Conway
Kansas City, Missouri

6/20/05

Hello,

I came across your website of OH-6A serial numbers a few weeks ago.   You asked that if anyone has any additional information to e-mail you.   One of the helicopters that is listed on your site is 67-16071, also known as "BOO" - well, this helicopter is still around and currently resides at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA in the Aerospace Engineering Dept. research lab (the aircraft got here in 1995 from the Massachusetts National Guard as surplus).   The aircraft is in pretty good shape overall, although the flight controls and instruments were removed and given away many years ago.    However, the Navy is planning on getting rid of it (scrap or sell for parts), and I (along with several others on campus) are working to rescue "BOO," do the clean-up and restoration work, and put the helicopter on display here on campus as a memorial to Army Vietnam Veterans.

I would be glad to provide more information if you would please send a return e-mail to let me know you have received this message. 

Thank you -
Jeff

Jeff Crowson, Ph.D.

Operations Research Dept.
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA


2/8/2003
I'm looking for anyone who may have crewed or even remembers
UH-1H 69-15140
Les "Same Same" Smith has located the ship here in the states.
    Looks like the Huey was DEROSed after an accident in February 1972 while assigned to C 3/17th at Vinh Long.
Email me if you have info.
I was CE on 69-15140 from June 71-Nov 71, when We got all shot up west of Da Nang. She came home to Camp Evans under a Chinook just as I was preparing to leave for the south (the 101st was standing down). I would love to talk to Les Smith about where 140 was when he last saw her.
 
Gary Bowman
Lancer 140 CE


6/3/2005
I worked for Captain Cozzalio in 1976 - 1977. 

I had the pleasure of working for Captain Cozzalio at the Springfield MA Recruiting Office in 1976 through a work experience program for about three - four months.
 
During that time I was about 22 years old, on welfare and supporting two children.  Captain Cozzalio never made me feel anything less than a viable working member of his team even though I didn't even know how to type.  I recall one of the recruiters came in while I was trying to type a memo with two fingers and remarked, "You are really burning up those keys aren't you?"  I gave him a look that I hoped put him in his place.  I determined to learn how to type.
 
I am an African American woman who is now 51 years old, married, retired and living in Arizona.  I went on to get my General Equivalency Diploma, then my College Degree and held many important jobs. 
 
Three years ago I retired.  I had been an independent Human Resources Development instructor at a NC college. 
 
Captain Cozzalio encouraged me and I believe that some of his spit, polish and shine rubbed off on me.  In my opinion there is no greater thing that one human being can do for another and that is to encourage them in their endeavors and encourage them.
 
For the heck of it I typed in Captain Cozzalio's name and came to this sight.  I had hoped that he was still alive somewhere and that I could tell him all about my life and how he helped mould and shape me.   I was devastated to find out that he had passed away.
 
I believe that I still have the letter of Reference that he wrote for me when I left the Work Experience Program.  If I can find it I would like to send it to someone for them to put it with some of the other memorabilia.
 
I have only good fond memories  and respect for Captain Cozzalio.
 
I was Carla Hill at that time.  I am now Mrs. Carla Blango


5/30/2005
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your service to our
country in Vietnam, to welcome you home, and to thank those that have helped
me to find information and pictures about Mike.
 Joe Paonessa
<>
5/24/05
OH6A WAR BIRD TAIL NUMBER 67-16009

THIS HELICOPTER  SERVED IN VIETNAM  IN THE B/3/17CAV UNIT FROM 05/03/70. AND D/3/5 CAV.UNIT. I THINK TWO CREW MEMBERS WERE P W2 GS. SCHMITZ AND OB E9 CS FRENCH. IN 1971 THE SHIP WAS RETURNED TO HUGHES IN CULVER CITY THEN WENT INTO THE NATIONAL GUARD UNTIL 1975 WHEN IT WAS SOLD TO PRIVATE OWNERS. IN 2003 THE SHIP WAS RESTORED BY DUDLEYHUGHES 500 IN PENSACOLA AND SOLD TO ME. I BROUGHT THE SHIP TO AUSTRALIA WHERE IT WAS REGISTERED ON THE GENERAL REGISTER. IT IS THE ONE AND ONLY OH6A EVER REGISTERED IN AUSTRALIA. ATTACHED IS A PHOTO OF THE SHIP IN ITS CURRENT FORM. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY EX VIETNAM VETS WHO FLY IN THE SHIP AS I WOULD LIKE TO COMPILE A LIFE HISTORY OF THE SHIP AND THOSE WHO SERVED IN HER.I HOPE THERE IS SOME ONE THERE WITH A FEW MINUTES TO CONTACT ME AND IF VISITING MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA WILL CONTACT ME AND VISIT .
NOEL SELETTO, EMAIL: iint1497@bigpond.com.au
<> 
LETTER #2
THANK YOU FOR THE PROMPT RESPONSE. I AM MORE THAN HAPPY FOR YOU TO USE MY NAME  WHICH IS   NOEL SELETTO, I LIVE IN MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA, A SMALL CITY OF ABOUT 4 MILLION ON THE SOUTHERN MOST TIP OF AUSTRALIA., AND, ALSO THE PHOTO OF THE SHIP. I HOPED THERE MAYBE A PILOT OR CREW WHO FLEW IN THIS SHIP WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHERE IT HAS ENDED UP. ...WAY" DOWN UNDER." I WAS TOO YOUNG TO GO TO VIETNAM BUT MANY AUSSIES DID.,, BUT THE PHOTOS AND INFO ON YOUR WEBSITE GIVES A REAL IDEA OF WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE THERE.
I HAVE A LOT OF THE GEAR WHICH WAS USED WITH THE OH6A ,THE GROUND GENERATOR /STARTER, THE TRACK AND BALANCE GEAR( NO MINI GUN HOWEVER!) AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A DISPLAY FOR AIRSHOWS SHOWING THIS PLUS A RECORD AND PHOTOS OF THE GUYS WHO SERVED IN HER.
I HOPE I GET SOME RESPONSE.
AGAIN MY THANKS
NOEL SELETTO


1/17/05
Hello to all my old friends! Sure do miss everybody, even all these years later.
Vince Helmer
warwagon 11, 1970.           vjh49@iquest.net


1/14/05
For those of you Who was in D Troop in 1968, you will recall the Loss of Jim Tasker and Daniel Brophy.  Well I had always wondered about his daughter and if she wondered about her Dad.  On $ January while at my work desk, I got a call and on the other end was Kristen Dawn Tasker Davis.  She was 3 months old when Jim was Killed and her mother had thrown away any memorabilia of Jim to include his medals and refused to talk about him when she remarried.  So Kristen always did wonder about her dad.  We had a short emotional on my part talk that day and then a longer talk on Thursday 6 Jan.  I am in the process of copying my photos from that era and Quinn Sowell is copying a news paper article about the incident.  If any of you have any pictures etc of Jim, Please contact me so I can get copies of them and forward to her.  Also some of you may have gone to flight school with him and have stories you would like to share with her.  I invited her to come to the reunion, But she is not able to this year.  Hope some of you can fill in the gap for her.
JB West War Wagon 16


1/2/04
I flew longknives from 6/68 to 6/69. I can be reached at:

takeheart@sbcglobal.net

Ken Weiner


12/25/04
Pls provide info such as where is next Reunion.  I haven't been to any in the past.
  Sid Lyons "Yellowscarf Six 1967"

I am not sure where the Crusader name/call sign came from and will think on it some.
The "Longknives" name/call sign was my idea and was taken from the historical.
Native Amwerican reference to the saber bearing cavalrymen of the west.  The
design on the nose of our UH-1s was suppose to be a cavalry saber dripping
blood but turned out to look more like a machetee.  I also designed the
Longknife pocket patch.  During our deployment training at Fort Reilly, KS, I
was the Aero Rifle Platoon Ldr and probably for the first three months in-
country.  Later I was the Operations Officer and became Commander in July 67
when they pulled MAJ Billy Bob Kaylor up to the Divison staff. More later.

I turned the unit over to MAJ Neilson in Dec 67.  There is a 3/5 Cav Yearbookthat was put together at FT Rielly prior to our deployment.  I have one but it has been packed away since 1997 and I have no idea where to look right now.
Sid


11/20/04
(Anybody remember this guy? I Don't!

If anyone can vouch for him I'll get touch with him again. 14 )

How may I purchase the D 3/5 Cav crossed sabers?
 
I would also like to purchase the C 3/17 Cav insignia, as I was there when
the paper-change went through.
 
John E. Elliott
Cpt.-Inf
War Wagon 16


11/11/04
Can You Fly A Helicopter?
Try it here...

http://www.hurtwood.demon.co.uk/Fun/copter.swf


10/28/04
I am with Celebrate Freedom Foundation and we are getting tow AH1 and I am looking for history Here are the Tail No# 66-15352 and 67-15520  Thank you for any help
Robert R. (Bob) Decker
Assistant Controller
WBG

10/26/04
Don,
    As I get ready to depart again on the DA vacation ride to the sand pit. I thought I would drop a line.  I was doing other things this last spring and was unable to attend the get together, it appears it may 2 more years before I get to another. As fate would have it I will replace the 3/17th Cav and return to doing the same thing I was doing when I left Vietnam 35 years ago, diving/running fire in an attack aircraft.  Wish me well and I will be passing the attack way onto a new generation, the Army has excepted it as the way.
 
CW5 Jack Dalton
Crusader 33



7/28/04
Please add my name to the email list...
 
Larry Loftis,
Longknife 22


5/9/04
<>I just found the Lighthorse web site and saw that you had Larry Nobles callsign listed as unknown. 
Larry was my mentor in the unit when I arrived and was Longknife 21.
 I took the callsign when he Deros’d in early 72.
 I was saddened to read about his untimely passing.
Thanks for all your work.

  <>Regards,  <>
Wes

Wes Bartley

DC-10 Pilot, Gemini Air Cargo

Lowndesboro, AL  36752



8/15/04
         Haven't said must since the reunion because I had another Heart Attack in June with open heart surgery and triple bypass. The day they went to open me up, I developed an infected appendix and they had to pull that first. Finally got to the heart problem, all went well, kind'a. Developed "Atrium Fibrillation" or "screwed up heart beat" so they keep me a few days. Sent me home but had to go back due to "Deep Vein Thrombosis" or "big friggin blood clot" in my right leg. Passed a clot to lung (right) so another operation was done to insert a "filter" in the main return blood vessel from my lower torso ....... more hospital time. Gawd, Tri-Care's going pay through the nose for this outing.
        They got the last laugh though ..... no more drinking .... this could prove interesting!!!!! I'll try and keep in touch ........

                                                   WarWagon 13 .... "Dry"
                                                   Ed Gallagher  Sep70......Jan71    Tour #2

8/10/04
Don.
 You can put this on the D Troop site if you feel the guys would like to read it.
Hutch- D Troop Door Gunner -1968
Link to: "The Shovel"


7/22/04
Stumbled on your website today and would like to join up again. I was Longknife 26 from 10/69 to 04/70 when I Derosed. The website is superb, I enjoyed looking at all the departments and remembering alot of things I had forgotten.
  Lee Overstreet
   5525 S Staples A-1
   Corpus Christi, TX 784
    Tel 361 991 5911

7/12/04
Hey to all D Troopers, just want to let the guys of 1968-69 know I'm still
kicking. If any one lives around San Antonio Texas give me an e-mail.
Johnny ( Hutch) Hutcherson - LK door gunner

5/24/04
DON
TERRY DORONDO CAME OVER TO US FROM THE 7/1 HE WAS CRUSADER 36 FOR THE LONGEST TIME I CAN REMEMBER. TERRY WAS ALSO THE SNAKE PILOT THAT IN I THINK THE YEAR WAS 69-70 USED A COBRA GUNSHIP TO DUST OFF 2 DOWNED LOCH CREW MEMBERS ON THE AMMO BAY DOORS AGAINST ORDERS.
BILLY LARGE

5/12/04
Just thought I'd let you know my tour was 12-68/ 12-69.  Thanks.
 Larry Hecht

4/28/04
One of your posts was asking for information on UH-1H 69-15140.

I flew this aircraft when it was assigned to B/158/101st. When the 101st left Vietnam it
was reassigned to 3 17 CAV C TRP.

You can view the known records at web site address:

http://www.thelancers.org/ACdatabase/69-15140.HTM

John Donaldson

4/25/04
Hello, My father William Thomas Morrow started at Ft. Benning G.A.in july 66 with C company 4/69 Armor, and went to vietnam in sept 67 to july 68 and was the B troop 3/5 Cav 9 Inf I am looking for other who served with him Richard Block which I have been email back in forth served with my father at Benning, so if you could help It would be greatly appreciated thanks.
Shawn Morrow

4/16/04
I was at Vihn Long from apr. 70 to oct. 71. crewchief on 084, Lumpy was the AC then cobras 179, AC charly brown , then in july 71 went to war wagons till oct.wish i could make it to the reunion but i screwed up and crash my snow mobile march 28 ,,, broke my back ,still paralized from the waist down.. I will make it down next year. the Phone # here is 406-327-4118. will try and call down    .Rick, if you are done with my pictures I need some of them for the VA
.    THANKS EVERYONE  LOVE ALL OF YOU------TOM PORTER

4/12/04
I have a website with about 300 photos of the IV Corps region with lots of them in and around Vinh Long Airfield.
 I was with the 292nd Finance Section MACV.

 
http://communities.msn.com/Vietnam6970VinhLongAirField/home.html
 
Dennis Sheppard

1/12/04
Reminiscing
One evening after leaving Eric Blantin's hooch where I had listed the CE for flight with the pilots and LOH's, I ran into three of D troops finest. All three were blitzed, returning from the officers club. One of them I knew well, more than the other two. (captian, lieutenant and WO)
 
One of them asked if I had the key to the expolsive connex. I replied no, but I could get it. And when I inquired why, I was told that they wanted to get a frag as a present to the shithead CO. Itseems that after some discussion. they didn't want to get me involved and left it at that. Little did any of the three of them know that I would have helped shove that frag up the party's ass.
 
If I close in guessing the timeframe, I would put it as real late Sept. or very early Oct. because it was after the incident with Williams and Bloodworth, but Wheeler and Greeno.
 
The reason I'd have gone along with it was that I considered the individual
a true tested chickenshit coward ass third rate officer and he was willing to put somebody elses ass on the firing line. He wasn't the leader of having someone do what he, himself wouldn't do. (kinda wish he'd show at one of the reunions, cause after Mike got done, I'd like to have my shot)
 
You know. I wanted to go to Nam, so after I had eight months in I reenlisted for three years so I could go right away. Don't ask me why I did that. because it was a stupid thing, now. One guy I went through Rucker with stayed his whole three years in the states.
Don Langlois


2/20/04
Yes I do have some Charley Model pictures however it may take a while to
get them to you.  I haven't talked to Sonny since I left the troop in
'67. For anyone knowing Jon Swanson you can see a memorial to him at:
bullwhipsquadron.org and click on tributes.

Will get back to you with pictures after a get a few other fires under
control.

Jack Shields



My name is Mel Minney. On time-line for 68' you had an unknown gunner on
66-682. That person was James Mason. I was his crew chief and line chief.

Mel Minney
3101 Juniper Ridge Court
Bakersfield, Ca 93306
(661)871-3384
e-mail : safetyskills1@juno.com



Don,
Mason was a Sp4. to the best of my faded memory.
I do have some photos of Little Annie 682 and more that I would be glad
to share with the troop.
I need to scan them. I would be glad to share info. on Charlie Models. I
have a good picture of Dan Brophy in front of his war wagon with Bruce
Brogoitti.
I was in the Cav. in July of 67 to July of 68.
Mel Minney Crusader 682


5/11/2004
Great pictures.

Has anyone heard from Mike Howard, Garcia, the Rita brothers, Larry Hudson,
Applebee, or Mike Boron? Does anyone hear from Ace or from Nichols and the
Captain the Crusaders got from the 9th that was Nichols best friend when
they were over with "I forgot the call sign"

I saw Kim Crissman wrote some info, did he leave any contact info? He had
been my copilot on one that we got shotup on.

Paul Bielecki
LK27



Hi, please read my article about Ace, may want to post it,
click on my website and read it at bottom of my home page.
PS you did a great job with the website.
Thank you,
Billy Norman
Website:  http://www.billynorman.com
1-800-241-7118

5/7/04
Rooster is out of the hospital and on his way home to OK with his Sister.


Hi
 Just found this web page.
 
My name is Gil Adams (CW2)  (Crusader 9). Rotated to Bear Cat and transitioned into C model gunships Sept 68 and stayed thru June 69. Many nights flying convoy cover or counter mortar patrol in Tan An and Dong Tam
 
I was there but to "short" to transition to Cobras.  Had to extend to fly them. (No thanks).  Was going all night during Tet offensive and also took part in the defense of Cholon when Saigon was attacked. These battles should be on your timeline.
 
Knew Roger Herrmann and saw him right after he took one in the chicken plate.  He was PALE
 
Add me to the web site.


Posted 5/1/04
Here is the latest on Rooster:
First surgerical procedure (25 Apr) removed one blood clot.  Blood flow was returned to the foot but not totally.... Rooster had more tests which showed additional blood clots in his leg. After a second surgery and removal of additional clots, total blood flow has returned, however he is on a respirator due to some problems with his heart.  Pacemaker is fine, kidneys are back functioning properly.  If all goes well, one week after he is off the respirator, Rooster will be released into his sister's capable hands.  His spirits are high and he sends greetings.....    Even though he felt bad,,,  he still had a good time...  His sister, Stella, arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday (27 Apr) and will drive him home to Broken Arrow, OK upon his release. 
Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
Sparky



Hello everyone!  If you missed the 12th reunion you missed a great time.  If you weren't there be assured we talked about you, and wished you could have made the trip.  For those I got to see again, Hey what can I say, It was Great!!!! The reunion was hosted by Bill and Kim King, what a kind family.  Of course Don Callison, Rick Waite, and many others made it a success.  We owe them alot, it would have been so easy to not keep up with each other.  I worked for 12 yrs. in the VA with thousands of Vietnam combat veterans.  I can tell you I know of no other Unit reunions. Sure there are many larger reunions, Squadrons, Divisions, etc, but no other Unit reunions I know of, and certainly not held yearly.  So be assured we are a unique group and we are truly fortunate to get to see each other yearly.  I am in Pensacola, FL.  I hope if you are headed in this direction, or would just like to lvisit, that you will plan on staying over at my place.  My address is 1280 Mahogany Mill RD.  # 9, Pensacola, FL 32507-3941.  Telephone: 850-453-7670, email:   Hope to hear back from you,
 Pat Ross,  Crusader 3Duce 4/70 - 4/71

Don,
 
Sorry I never got in touch with you again before the reunion.  I got tied up here with some extra work and some volunteer work I wanted to get in.  I hope the reunion went well for everyone who was there.  As long as I'm around the area next year, I'll make 100% sure that I get to it!
 
I've gotta run right now but I'll try and keep in touch with you.  Hope all is well!
 
Always,
Tim Spielman



I had a great time at the reunion. I really felt welcomed to be with D trp 3/5 Air Cav. Even though there wasn't any oone from my time period I felt at home. Many new friend where made and many stories where told. From this point on I will always attend this very important reunion.As we talked about at the reunion,more D trp history has to be uncovered before a final draft can be submitted to the 3/5 Squadron as a whole.I will continue to try to contact as many D trp members a possible. I again thank you for allowing me to part of the Memorial service held to hornor our fallen commrades.I will wait to here from you.
Vern Delaware
BIA
 
P.S. I would like to purchase (1) each of the patches your daughter was selling

Posted 4/16/04
Webby note. Allen DeCook attended our 2002 reunion along with several other members of the Black Knights
This is Rita, Allen's wife.  I am sending this to you from his e-mail.  Please excuse me for sending you this news via e-mail.   Your names were in him address book.  I am sorry, but some of you I don't know who you are or how you knew Allen.  Some of you I do know from hearing him speak of you.
 
I just wanted to let you know that Allen passed away this passed Sunday morning.  He will be buried this Friday, April 16, 2004.  There will be a service at the funeral home, C. J. Mowell, 180 North Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, GA 30214.  He will be buried at Dawn Memorial Gardens, 4685 Glenwood Road, Decatur, GA 30035-1631, at 2:00 the same afternoon and there will be a graveside service, including, I have been assured. with a 21-gun salute.
 
Any of you who live close by, or far away, are more than welcomed to attend either or both services.  I know there are people who live a distance away and possibly couldn't come to one or the other.
 
If you didn't know Allen personally, and I am sending this to you, please accept my apologies.  But I wanted to make sure that everyone he knew or had known were informed and given the opportunity to attend.
 
In lieu of flowers, I am requesting, on Allen's behalf, that donations be made to the 3/5 Black Knights organization which helps other Veterans in need.  That address is
 
Tom Kell-Treasurer
Black Knights
475 E. Elllefson
Iloa, WI 54945

Posted 4/16/04
I was at Vihn Long from apr. 70 to oct. 71. crewchief on 084, Lumpy was the AC then cobras 179, AC charly brown , then in july 71 went to war wagons till oct.wish i could make it to the reunion but i screwed up and crash my snow mobile march 28 ,,, broke my back ,still paralized from the waist down.. I will make it down next year. the Phone # here is 406-327-4118. will try and call down    .Rick, if you are done with my pictures I need some of them for the VA.
 THANKS EVERYONE,  LOVE ALL OF YOU------TOM PORTER

Posted 4/16/04
IF THERE IS EVER ANY INFO ON 9th CAV PLEASE PASS IT ON.

MY SON CASEY IS W/C Co1/9 1st Cav.Div too & WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM HIM.
THANKS
Russ Knepp
C Troop 70-71

LETS THINK OF NOTHING BUT OUR TROOPS-FAR AWAY! 110 % SUPPORT"ALL THE WAY
EVERYDAY"



Posted 4/8/04
 Just wanted to let the troops know Chief and I are booked to arrive thursday morning April 22 approx 0530 hours.   We are going to try to get our rooms early and get a couple hours rest.  We then plan to meet up with Smittys parents , then go to his gravesite.  Bill and Kim said they will go with us.  Since it took so long to get the word on Smitty and he had no military presence at his service we can pay our respects the way it should have been.
 
   If any of you plan to come early and would like to go along, please let Bill or Kim know so we know how many are going and we can get it organized.  See you at the reunion.
 
Zeke



Posted 4/8/04

Mates! The "Freedom Bird" has landed 0400  Fort Riley, KS time.   The Wardawgs, 300th MP CO. has been repat'd.

      My Grand daughter SPC L'Heureux, Nicole is home after a year in Harms Way in the Iraqi Sand Pit.  Her job was much like a Door Gunner on a Charlie Model. She rode in the turette of Armored MP Humvee on Iraqi Hwy Convoy Security behind a Mk 19 40 mike-mike grenade launcher. They fought off many ambushes. and odd-out of place piles of rock by the road side.

   Her Mother Yva Marie and her Aunt Kathy were there to meet her. The Army had Wecoming ceromoney for them at 0630.  There are going to be a tired bunch of GI's by this afternoon. Tired, but darn sure happy.

     Cheers, I just wanted you all to know.  Tony O^Ng CO.p



Posted 4/8/04
Don, I am planning to attend this year'sr reunion, if all goes well. I may 
have to leave Saturday AM. Thanks for the info.
I am sending this to you guys 
that have contacted me about my brother, Mike. It would be good to talk to 
you.

Joe Paonessa, Brother of Michael



Posted 4/8/04
DELTA Reunion to be held at Fort Rucker
See web site at VHPA.http://www.vhpa.org/delta.htm Jim Burch



Posted 4/8/04
I have a website with about 300 photos of the IV Corps region with lots of them in and around Vinh Long Airfield.  I was with the 292nd Finance Section MACV.
 
http://communities.msn.com/Vietnam6970VinhLongAirField/home.html
 
Dennis


Posted 3/30/04

Hi Don:
  I got a call from Tom Porter's wife early this morning telling me that Tom had been in a snowmobile accident and broke his back and is paralyzed from his navel down.  If you don't know Tom he was a Long Knife crewchief and a Warwagon.  His wife told me that they don't know if he will regain the use of his legs. They won't know until the swelling goes down.
 His wife is going to call me Wed. to let me know how thing are.
 
Claude Stevens
You can reach Tom @
TAPWAR69@aol.com




Posted 3/14/04
I had the honor of meeting one hell of a couple flying from Sanford FL to Oklahoma City OK the other day. A fella named Don Callison and a his wonderful wife Cindy, Both made me proud of what members of the Army did for me right after the time I was born. I was also active from 87 to 96 and now (96-04) National Guard in Oklahoma.
 You men have a tight group which is rarely seen in society today.
 Keep the memory going and keep the brotherhood alive. SFC GrahamPlans and Teams NCOIC45th ROCOklahoma City, Oklahoma


Posted 3/15/04

You may add my name with Hagan and Delaware

Robet Comtois 67-68



 
Posted 3/12/04

Don, I served with "D"Troop with the Spook plt. from June 67 toJuly 68 as crewchief/doorgunner. I will be attending the Light Horse reunion foe the first time.I hope to see some of the old drivers like George Dyer, Jim Bell,Bob Groves Jim Bench. See you April 23rd.
Vernon Delaware BIA


Posted 3/12/04

I was one of the 67 n's transfured from B co.  Stingray's when the 9th
went home.  I crewed I think, if i remember correctly, (it's been a
while)  lighthorse 359.  I know that my a/c was Paul Balecki, and my
peter pilot was gary clark.  I would love to hear from one of them.
                                     Michael  D Wysocki
                                                            e-mail:BIDE-A-WEE4@juno.com

                 P.S.  does anyone remember drinking out of the skul????
(of course again it has been a while,  it might have been from stingray)


2/14/04Don: Just to confirm to you that my reservations are made at the hotel for  myself and Marie   ("Significant Other") I even bought a Cav Hat!   Now looking for a scarf. My evil ex burned the Orignal one ! Unfortunately my daughter won't be able to attend so it is just    me + 1 Really looking forward to meeting everyone. Jim McNameeWarwagon 14 ('71)



2\13/04Don, Larry and Lee Sprader will be at the reunion on April 23, 24, and 25.  May even come in early.  Looking forward to see everyone.  Hope you are doing well.  Everything fine here, youngest son left for Iraq this past Tuesday. Take Care larry


2/12/04
Frank Sundquist
Hello to my favorite War Wagons: Am planning on coming to Atlanta this year. Not sure if I can convince my wife to come and meet the people who were important to me in the most defining year of my life. Note: This is the same woman I left with three kids to go play in the Nam. Need address info for trip planning, etc. Rick: any luck in locating my old roomy, Jerry Jones,LKA Pampa,Tx? Don: in the photo's on file the Unknown Cpt/w a Cav Hat was Jerry! I sent you this info some time ago but received no acknowledgement. Jonesy was also the Awards and Dec's guy for the Troop, after coming over from Dutchmasters. Thanks for the Photo of your version of MediVac, and the scarf. Will be in closer touch in the future. (Don says "That's done".)                                               Love                                                  Frank (Crusader 36)                                                 AKA Snake to the 7th AF




2/12/04
Jack Shields
D Troop 66/67
Thanks for keeping my name on the 3/5 roster.  That last person I saw
from the squadron was Roy Alcala and several others, I can't remember
names but I think they were from the Florida panhandle, at Jon Swanson's
burial in Arlington.  May 3rd of '02.  My daughter is getting married the
weekend following the reunion and preparations keep us from making it.
Would love to be there, Stetson and all.

I'll introduce myself.  I got to D Troop at Ft. Riley right out of flight
school along with Sonny Kayser and Paul Osterlin in mid October of 1966.
I deployed with the advanced party and we got to Bearcat on Dec. 6th.
Hap Haszard and his happy band.  I was the only D Trooper in the group.
Several of the guys and I built the Round Table dragging a section of
Bailey Bridge behind an M-48 tank.  At that time it was outside the berm
so the tank was regularly exploding anti personnal mines. Thank God
nothing bigger. So for any D Troopers who griped about the close quarters
or the layout. It was my fault.  Before the main body of the troop
arrived, I flew LTC Haszard in an OH23.  Why we survived is for the man
upstairs to detemine.  With very little flight time and more bravado than
brains we herded the ground cav troops all around the AO from that
helicopter.  For those who were there on the ground they can probably
remember Hap raising holy hell with just about anybody within ear shot.
If anyone has a picture of me landing a 23 on an AVLB, I'd sure like a copy.

For those who remember Jon Swanson, he and I were in B Troop 1/9 Cav ,on
our 2nd tours, where he was killed in Cambodia.  He subsequently was
awarded the MOH.  The original submission was downgraded to a DSC because
we were where Nixon said we weren't.  Jon has two beautiful daughters who
are active young women. His widow, Sandee, is happily remarried. If
anyone would like to get in touch with her, please drop me a line and
I'll send you her e-mail address.

Keep the invites coming, we'll get there.  Always remember our fallen
comrades.

Jack Shields
D Troop 66/67
Crusader 76



1/23/2004
Randy Albright1969 Dong Tam to Vinh Long Scavengers


Delayed entry

Please add my address to the email roster. I was in Vinh Long from July of 1970 until May of 1971.
 Started as a Scavenger but was lucky enough to move up to Crusader
Jim Nelson

I was there from January 1970 until August 1970, in HQ Platoon. As a 31G40, (Commo Chief) my call sign would have included "40".
Unfortunately, I cannot recall what the call sign I was. I never was good at memorizing the SOIs. Regards, Sgt. Bob CatherwoodD Troop 3/5 CAV

Man Caught Peeping In Toilet

Police were called to a parking lot in New Hampshire, Monday afternoon where they caught a man identified as Billy Large. Apparently, he had dressed himself in clothing made of trash bags and crawled into a portable toilet. A woman discovered Billy vomiting on himself and gasping for air in the 130 degree temperatures. Police had to cut the toilet open to remove Large. "We don't even know how he managed to get in there in the first place." Said Officer Jack O'Conner. When asked why he was in the portable toilet, Large responded, "I was looking for treasure." Large will be sent to the Sunnydale Mental Health Facility in Sunnydale, California for mental analysis and observation. Officials suspect that he may have been hiding in the portable toilet for nearly 6 hours, until the midday sun heated it to nearly lethal temperatures. Why he was hiding in the toilet is still unclear. But, they do know that he was lucky to get out alive.

Deputies hosed Large off before letting him into the back of their car, where he was then escorted tothe police station for questioning.
 
 


Portable Toilet Similar to the one that Large was found in.

Sent in by Long Knife Bill Large


I was stationed at Vinh Long with MACV attached to the 292nd Finance Section from Dec 69 to Dec 70.  Russell Berris and Gene Mauley were with C troop 7/1 and attached with me at the 292nd....I have some photos on MSN communities go there and search Vinh Long Air Field  and also search 292nd they are seperate web sites with MSN...there are some pictures of an Unindentified 7/1 Cav who I would like to indentify and get in touch with....we ran around together but my memory has faded. Dennis Sheppard


Hi,

Just checking in now that the spam is gone. I see Feltner surfaced again. I would like to ask him how Spanky, the dog he sent home did.
He was one of Peppers pups.

Marty Schroeder

1968 - 1970



Posted 11/17/03
I was assigned to D troop 3/5 Cav in 1/70 as a 31G40 Communications Chief. Major Delmer Livengood was my CO.
 I was in HQ platoon.
 
I don't remember many names of people at that time, but Schultz and Igor stand out as those left over from the 9th I.D. from Dong Tam.
 
I do remember some of the steak roasts with the initiations into the 3/5 and the yellow scarves.
 
Bob Catherwood Sgt E-5



Posted 11/17/03
My name is Mel Minney. On time-line for 68' you had an unknown gunner on
66-682. That person was James Mason. I was his crew chief and line chief.

Mel Minney
3101 Juniper Ridge Court
Bakersfield, Ca 93306



Posted 11/16/03
 
Subject: Sevastion S. Stinnett
 
I am the daughter of Sevastion Stinnett.  I am trying to find anyone who served with him.  My father past away when I was two.  I have a box full of pictures and letters from Vietnam and would like to find out about them.  Mostly, I would like to learn more about my father.

Thank You,

J.Stinnett Bills
SLLIB@aol.com



Posted 11/15/03
Troopers,

   In my notice to you about Smitty's death I said I would get back  to  you  as to the cause, when I find out.
  Well, today I got another letter from his parents, along with  a copy  of the memorial sheet, a photo of Smitty and a copy of his death  certificate. It is listed as main cause of death as: ( Atherosclerotic cornary vascular disease)
Secondary cause listed as: (Acute bronchopneumonia)
Cause of death: Natural.

 I have had prelimanary talks with Chief and Claude about going to the reunion a day early next year.  I would like to go to Smitty's resting place and leave a reath for the troop.  Hopefully his parents can meet with us
there and we can let them know their son was loved and appricated by us all, even though many of us got to see him before he died.  Claude came up with a great suggestion, that we invite them to the reunion if, they can make it.
 I think that would do them a lot of good.  In their letter they talk about how much they still miss him.
Well just thought some of you would like to know, and maybe take better care of yourselfs so you will be around for a long time to come ( Waite& Cook ) and any of you other mocho guys.  I watched my Dad play that shit, not saying anything about the chest pains.  Well all that got him was an early Grave.  Two weeks before he died he looked at me and
said: I sure fucked up huh!   It was to damn late then.   We have all proved our courgage a long time ago.
 We don't have to prove Shit to anyone.

  Stay Healthy, Live long and prosper
     Zeke
A note from 14; Count me in for honoring Smitty and a visit to his grave as a group prior to the reunion. I'll handle the invitation to his parents. Anyone else interested please let me know. I'll track a list of participants.



Posted 11/15/03
Hi Don,
   My name is John Stenmo.I served with the Aero-Rifle platoon From it's 
inception at Ft. Riley until I rotated home January 11 1968.Great website.I 
almost feel petty about making a correction.The 1st Sergeantof D troop was 
Darrell E. Benson from the time I joined D Troop at Ft. Riley till I left 
Vietnam in ' 68.I had a chance to visit with him 2 1/2 years ago at the 
Black Knight reunion in San Antonio.I will say this-His heart is still with 
the helicopter assets of D Troop.Just between you and me,I believe he wants 
to hear from some of the chopper crews.He told me he felt "out of place" at 
the reunion.I think he would feel better around some of the chopper guys.You 
know,thinking back,I couldn't stand that guy! Hell,I was 21 years old.A 
draftee.By visiting with him I began to realize what a tremendous 
responsibility he must have had.He had a job to do but I guess I couldn't or 
wouldn't look at the flip side of the coin.It was nice to visit with him as 
an equal.Hell,I didn't know he could smile or laugh! I found out that he 
was't such a bad guy afterall. Anyway,before I bore you to tears his web 
address is: bambam1sg@aol.com
      Nice talkin to you,
                                John   M-16 # 192963



Posted 11/6/03
I have acquired a roster of Of/WO/Em as of Nov 71.
 I will retype and send.
Hugh Mills

Posted 11/3/03
Hey Dudes, Bullfrog here. I had a mini reunion at my house in Indiana first weekend of September. Had butch Cook and wife, Jim Blankenship, J.D. Butteroff, and a few local CAV dudes. We had a cook out, A drunk out, and a huge bon fire. Next Year Bill Hangeman said he will attend, And hoping Jim Nelson will come down from Michigan.
We have a few good pictures if you would like to add them to the web site.Bullfrog out.




HEY 14,
HOW THE HELL ARE YOU? SUPROCK AND I HAVE GOTTEN TO
SPEND TIME TOGETHER,BUT NOT AS MUCH AS WE'D LIKE..
CAN'T EVER THANK YOU AND BILL KING ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!
LOOKING FORWARD TO APRIL,BRINGING THE WIFE,GONNA TAKE
ABOUT 10 DAYS ON VACATION. CAN'T WAIT.

                              TAKE CARE
                                     GARY LARROW


Hello
 I would like to know if anyone could tell me how my brother died in combat? His name is SAM MORALES  died April 22 1968. I was only 4 years old when he went to Vietnam.
He was with the dough boys for a few months. Great website. Thank you
Raul Morales
bar70@plateautel.net

October 24, 2003
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Hello All:

I had a phone conversation the other day with Jim Driver.  A Longknife door
gunner.  We spent many flight hours together.  Our first contact since Aug.
'68.  He lives near Mt. Shasta in CA.  He does not have a computer, but I
have his phone # if any of you would like to contact him.

In the course of the conversation I told him I thought there was a memorial
to Ace somewhere around where he lived, but was not sure where.  Jim called
back last night to tell me he had located the site.  It's not just for Ace
and has grown into a Memorial Garden.  The picture of the plaque honoring
Ace in our D Troop website is just a small, although central part of the
Garden.  Ace was instrumental in developing the project in the early 80's.

Some of you may already know about this, and Gary I know you've been there,
but this project is far from what you remember.

Jim got the website info for me and I've surfed it pretty well.  Very
impressive.  Please take the time to look at
<LivingMemorialSculptureGarden.org>

My list of D Troopers is nowhere near complete.  Please forward this
information to those I have missed.

Thanks,  Les Smith


Rick:
(Webby note: People get Rick and I get confused all the time :-) I just re-discovered the new web site. I haven't looked in for a long time and would like to say that it's a great improvement. I sent info for the old site, signed the roster, etc. but, for whatever reason, I can't get my info up. I can answer a lot of the questions that are unanswered on the site for the full year of 1968. I have many pictures that I will scan and e-mail---only if they can get posted. The ones I will send show the choppers when they returned at the end of mission condition----many bullet holes, crashes, etc. I have (if I remember the tail #'s correctly) Ace's , Winslett's, Tasker's 770 (with pictures of my friend "Dan Brophy"), Bryan's and West's. My buddy, Fred Brester, shot on two different occasions (once in the mouth and later in the foot), flew much of the time with Bryan but was lucky to have not been with him when he was shot down. I believe he was still there when you were. I have "Longknife #26 (or what was left of it)which I believe was Sorensen's or Conrad's. Can't remember everything. My favorite gunship pilot and the one I flew with until the Cobras arrived ( totally nuts--Tony Ziemeckie) and wonderfully great guy, later in life transferred to the Air Force and was flying a tanker over California in 1993 when it exploded. In crazy stunts, many of us ranked him up there near Ace. ( He just knew he could roll a Cobra) He, by the way got the first Cobra which was no other than #550 (The Goodship Lollipop) It was the one with the eyeballs on the turret---I know because I put them there. Why don't you have Dave Aaronson listed with some of the others. Good pilot---I flew with him some as well. After the Cobra came, I grabbed rides wherever I could. If you or anyone else wants this stuff to put on the site, just let me know. I will scan and send with as much detail as I can remember. By the way, I just found the link to Bruce Brogoitti's sister and will send her his pictures. He, Brophy and I were close friends. Great guys. Thanks,James (Harold) Feltner, SP5Crewchief,Crusaders 01-03-68 to 01-09-68


Don,
  It has been some time since I have been on the website you have done
so well with.  I spent hours on it and appreciate everything you have
done with it.  I am truly impressed with it and all of the contributions
that have been made by others.
  I see in Locator that there is a Fran Minard that is trying to get a
Hepatitis C claim.  I was just wondering if anyone else has contacted
her or you as far as a incident that I remember in Dong Tam.  I was
pulled off the flight line one day to go to the 9th Avn medics to get a
Hep C shot due to one of the Viet girls working in our Mess had Hep C
and the flight surgeon that was visiting for lunch with the officers
realized it.  I remember thinking that it was very hap hazard the way
that I got my shot and that as far as I was concerned that I could not
have taken it and no one would have been the wiser.  I am not sure what
month that the occurred in and you and Fran may very well be aware of
it.  I was later injured when I was home and had a extensive amount of
hospital time with lots of surgery and emergency care.  I was under a
lot of drugs and had a major concussion but do remember the nurses and
doctors talking to me about Hep C and if I had ever had a shot as
something was in my blood work.  I do not know if this was just due to
the fact that they were dealing with a Nam vet or not.  I was very out
of it at the time.
  I don't know if this will help but hope you already know about all of it.
  Thanks for the great web site.

Mac McGuire
Longknife
68-70


Posted 8/30/03
I was stationed at Vinh Long with MACV attached to the 292nd Finance Section from Dec 69 to Dec 70.  Russell Berris and Gene Mauley were with C troop 7/1 and attached with me at the 292nd....I have some photos on MSN communities go there and search Vinh Long Air Field  and also search 292nd they are seperate web sites with MSN...there are some pictures of an Unindentified 7/1 Cav who I would like to indentify and get in touch with....we ran around together but my memory has faded. Dennis Sheppard
timelegend@comcast.net



I've linked your site to

CSM(r) Gary Huber
gary.huber@us.army.mil
 

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Good mornin'Don,
Thank you for cleaning up our AO.Those spammers were out of
control.Leave it to a scout pilot to clear out th' lz.
                       peace,
                        george

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william l. belcher
rock, wv USA - Friday, September 12, 2003 at 10:13:49 (MDT)
Don, Great site, keep up the good work. On 01 Sep, it will have been 33 years since I joined the Scouts of "D Trp" 3/5 Cav after being kicked out of the 175th OUTLAWS. Best thing that ever happened to me while being "in-country". With the grace of God and a little Irish luck, I'll see you again in April at Bill's place and the reunion. "Keep'em Flying" and Gary Owen. War wagon 13
Ed Gallagher
Bevercreek, OH USA - Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 19:03:16 (MDT)
Just checking in with a new EMail address, kenpendley@yahoo.com Can't wait till next April.....Still looking for Bruce Dorn......Scout Out
Ken (Pappy) Pendley
Denham Springs, La USA - Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 16:04:23 (MDT)
Hey 14, If there is anything I can do to help us to be rid of the low rent spammers,please let me know.Takin'fire,breakin'left.
charliehorse 962
Cave Junction, OR USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 21:18:01 (MDT)
I was in Vinh Long from June 1970 to May 1970. Started in the hanger and eventually got to crew cobra and fly as occasionally as a gunner. I was there when the ammo dump blew up. I hung out in the hanger at night playing cards and did get to fly front seat on a couple of night Firefly patrols. This site brings up some good memories.
Jim Nelson
Rochester, Mi USA - Friday, July 18, 2003 at 11:04:11 (MDT)

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