Military Memories/wardogs.com guestbook entries 2010

12/30/2010  Name: Wayne Dillon E-mail: dillonkw@yahoo.com Location: Clarksville, TN Comments: Very nice website! I am going to show this to my uncle (he does not use a computer). He is BM2 Carl R. Michel, USN. He was the Master-at-Arms at NAVSUPTACT, Camp Tien Shaw, early 1967-68. If you have any knowledge of him being wounded in a mortar attack, or being sprayed with Agent Orange while escorting prisoners, please contact me at dillonkw@yahoo.com. Semper Fi, Wayne Dillon SgtMaj USMC (Ret.)
12/29/2010
 Name: Chris Mike Molina US Army  E-mail: chmolina@dhs.lacounty.gov Location: Da Nang/ China Beach 1970-71
Comments: 62nd Transportation /5 ton Truck driver from China beach to Bridge ramp then to Ammo dumps.Buddy's names: James Boggs, James Jones Birdwell,Mattues ,Christian,Felts,Lurch
12/20/2010   Name: Tommy Ward US Army  Location: New Cumberland, Pa
Comments: I was with Brovo Troop, 1st. Squadran, 9th. Regiment, 1st. Cavalry Division, (airmoble), in 1967. The Blues as we were called, I was an infantryman, and a RTO (radio operator),for 3rd. platoon, 2nd. squad,(call sign Blue 3/2). I was occausionly platoon RTO for Dr. Rick, our platoon sergent in 1967. I have hidden my thoughts and feelings of the horrior, terrior, and divestation, etc. for 44 years. It is nice to see some of the nice things that people are doing now to allow us to overcome our thoughts and feelings that are traped inside us survivors. I to have severe PTSD, and just starting to get help. I have found many sites that are up lifting, about the Vietnam War. I still find it very hard to talk about the details of the war, but with nice people helping me I will be normal some day. Please visit the Brovo Troop 1/9 cav. 1st. Cavalry sites and see for yourself the worriors we were once to provide for the freedum that we have today. I like to think that us worriors at least did some good for the vietnamise. Each day I and others in my unit of 6 men would give up 1/2 of our food to the vietnamese children or parents, that is what keeps me sane today. Thank You, Tommy.
12/18/2010
 Name: Tommy Ward US Army Location: New Cumberland, Pa
Comments: I was with Brovo Troop, 1st. Squadran, 9th. Regiment, 1st. Cavalry Division, (airmoble), in 1967. The Blues as we were called, I was an infantryman, and a RTO (radio operator),for 3rd. platoon, 2nd. squad,(call sign Blue 3/2). I was occausionly platoon RTO for Dr. Rick, our platoon sergent in 1967. I have hidden my thoughts and feelings of the horrior, terrior, and divestation, etc. for 44 years. It is nice to see some of the nice things that people are doing now to allow us to overcome our thoughts and feelings that are traped inside us survivors. I to have severe PTSD, and just starting to get help. I have found many sites that are up lifting, about the Vietnam War. I still find it very hard to talk about the details of the war, but with nice people helping me I will be normal some day. Please visit the Brovo Troop 1/9 cav. 1st. Cavalry sites and see for yourself the worriors we were once to provide for the freedum that we have today. I like to think that us worriors at least did some good for the Vietnamise. Each day I and others in my unit of 6 men would give up 1/2 of our food to the vietnamese children or parents, that is what keeps me sane today. Thank You, Tommy.
12/09/2010  Name: Jackie R. Kays US Air Force   E-mail: Wanda@windjammercable.net Location: Missouri
Comments: I was stationed at DaNang in 1965, as an Air Policeman. I had 17 years in when I was injured at DaNang,  Med. discharged in 66. Welcome home to all! "I am forever honored, for I have marched with heroes!" (jk)
11/30/2010
 Name: Dennis Ahola US Army E-Mail: dahola@chartermi.net Location: Michigan
Comments: I was on Monkey Mtn June 69 with the 194th MP Co, pulling security on the signal site that had Big Micro wave dishs, then i 1049 into the 282nd Assault Helo Co at Marble Mtn Airfield around Nov 69 untill June of 70 as a door gunner with the Gunships AlleyCats
11/12/2010  Name: Bill Anwander US Navy    E-mail: anwander@bellsouth.net Location: Jacksonville Florida
Comments: Worked at Bridge Ramp Danang and both ramps at Dong Ha 1968 - 1969 driving R.T. Was at RVN amo dump early 1969 when charley droped some rounds in on us.
11/06/2010
 Name: Dick Martell US Marines:  E-mail: piasanopres@yahoo.com Location: Utica, New York
Comments: May 1966 to Feb 1968, Was with Comm Co. 5th Comm Bn. Our base camp was called Camp Hoa Long. there was a Vietnamese orphanage on our left, and MAG-16 on our right. we were right on the beach.
10/28/2010
 Name: Bud Clymer US Navy  (EA 2nd. Class SeaBees) E-mail: bjclymer@comcast.net Location: Nashville,Tenn.
Comments: Lived at Camp TienSha in the Frogsville building with UDT 11.Worked in the Road Patrol with the Marines patrolling all over creation.Worked with UDT 11 drawing hydrographic maps of coastline,rivers,and harbors from their surveys.Arrived in country early 1966, left late 1967.Went to Kenitra,Morocco from DaNang working in Public Works as a Engineering Aid Surveyor 2nd.Class
10/14/2010
 Name: Bruce G Hoffman US Navy   E-mail: podictic@hotmail.com Location: Maryville, Missouri
Comments: I was one of 5 survivors on the YFU-78 the night of February 27, 1969. Four of us were playing cards in the mess decks, with one man watching. He and I had the midnight watch and we were expecting to leave any minute. Charlie our cook was sitting beside me next to the starboard hatch when we were hit. He didn't make it and the other four of us swam out the port hatch. The boat sank in seconds and the last to come out was the gunners mate. He was in the PO3 compartment beside the port hatch. The 4 of us from the mess decks got to shore by the pilings near the ramps just before the gunner made it to shore. My leg had a sizable chunk out of my thigh and we were talking about what to do about it when our backload began to erupt. By then my leg was numb and the gunner put me over his shoulder and he and the other 3 ran. I watched as our boat was blowing up. I remember a lot more but there was a second or two between seeing my great hand of Spades and all went black. I had been sitting in the bench by the starboard bulkhead at the mess deck table. I next was sitting in my partners swivel chair looking back at the the torn starboard hatch and bulkhead, flames, smoke and disappearing emergency lights. Water was already up to my ankles before I stood up to see if my leg would work. During a brief yelling back and forth as to what to do, I had yelled to go out the port hatch and yelled for others to follow until I was under water. I had yelled when I went under and was out of breath. Boot camp training kicked in and I went up to the overhead between beams for air. When I pushed down and toward the hatch my left foot stepped on the lip of the hatch. The hatch must have been blown open and as I came out I looked up and could see the surface. I have always wondered about how that night went down. I have read several accounts of what some think happened. I can only account for the fact we didn't know anything was amiss and suddenly we were sinking and trying to survive.
10/04/2010  Name: Gary Coburn US Navy  E-mail: bosncoburn@msn.com Location: Oceanside CA
Comments: I was transferred to Camp Tien Sha in December of 1969. I spent time in a medical facility off of China Beach. My first night in Camp we were attacked by VC during a mortar attack
09/29/2010
 Name: Michael I. Phelps US Marines  E-mail: realityofficer@yahoo.com Location: McAllen Texas
Comments: Long story made short....I got to the Nam in early Aug,1969. On or about Aug.12th.69 while still at 1st.Mar.Div. HQ I was in my first combat when HQ was attacked by NVA/VC ground troops, Rockets, etc. The last rocket fired by the enemy hit within a few yards of my fighting position. We later collected the enemy dead and transported them to a location near the front Gate. The dead enemy were thrown off the trucks where me and some other FNGs lined them up in rows where we searched them for intel. A few days later after I went to NAC after which I went out to An Hoa Combat Base. Later to Hill 65, then Hill 52, then later to Hill 65 again until I left the Nam.
09/23/2010  Name: GEORGE SILVA US Air Force  E-mail: georgesilva08@comcast.net Location: WINDSOR, CALIFORNIA
Comments: I WAS IN 554 RED HORSE 2 NOV 1970-2 NOV 1971. HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, MOSTLY OPERATING THE CRANE. FIRST WEEKEND IN DANANG, ABOUT 14 OF US TOOK A MACK 10 TON DUMP TRUCK (12 IN THE OPEN TRUCK BED) FOR A LITTLE DRIVE UP TO MONKEY MNT. AT SOME POINT WE HEARD GUN SHOTS. WE ALL DUCKED DOWN INSIDE THE TRUCK BED. NO ONE WAS HURT, BUT WE ALL THOUGHT: "WHAT THE HELL KIND OF PLACE IS THIS!" WELCOME TO VIETNAM!! I STILL HAVE SOME PICTURES OF THAT TRIP UP TO MONKEY MOUNTAIN. WELCOME HOME GUY'S!
09/11/2010  Name: William (Ziggy) Siegesmund US Army   E-mail: ziggywaas@yahoo.com Location: china beach r and r center, 1970-71
Comments: I was the bar manager at the r and r center and also on two episodes of the tv series china beach. We could be your friend and talk while you enjoyed a piece of "home". Hope we made you a little stronger to get thru your tour
08/23/2010  Name: John Frew US Navy  E-mail: farmerjack1@windstream.net Location: Magnolia, KY Comments: Spent 18 months on YFU61 out of DaNang going to Dong Ha, Cua Viet, Tan My, Hue, Chu Li, and Sa Hueng Oct 1968- May 1970. That was then.....this is now. Never forget
08/12/2010
 Name: Thomas H. (Tom) Dunaway US Army  E-mail: grandpawx10@yahoo.com Location: Foxworth, Ms
Comments:  I was stationed with the 156th H.E.M. at Marble Mountain, Da Nang on May 5th, 1968 when we were attacked by a 122mm rocket that hit our tent. 5 men were killed, I was the only one standing up within 40 feet of the rocket impact and was not wounded "Physically" but still suffer memories and night mares from having to pick up body parts after that. Interseste in hearing from other vets in the 156th During May, 1968. My Mos was 34G20 (FADAC) Field ARtillery Digital Automatic Computer Repairman. Was sent first to Pleiku to a Signal Unit, by mistake, stayed there one month then on to Da Nang, another mistake, stayed there about a month, then to Phu Bai to the 578th L.E.M. for 9 months TDY. Anyone in the 156th H.E.M. or 578th L.E.M. would like to hear from you also on Facebook as Tom Dunaway from Foxworth, Mississippi
08/09/2010  Name: John Wood US Navy  E-mail: johnfredawood@yahoo.com Location: Springfield, Mo. Comments: In country Sept 68- Sept 69. Worked in commo at the triangle. Made trips by boat to Cua viet and Dong Ha. Spent last 6 mo. at NSAD Sa Huynh
08/09/2010
 Name: Jim Nesbitt US Navy   E-mail: nesbittjimmy@aol.com Location: Memphis
Comments: 69-70 tiensha security then literage. on the yfu52 (tarbaby) then lcm8 boats.whilke in tsp i rode jeep patrols around the perimeters and deep water pier and of course did my time in the bunkers and gates. while in literage we made runs to cua viet,tan my, sau wyn, hoi an, hue ramp, and then the actov program began. anyone remember the days at sams place, frogsville, or the acy duecy, 95th evac, san cha village, fisher ville, or mama san bai? remember the surf lines going into hoi an, the perfume, or any others? looking to meet up with old accuaintaces.
08/08/2010
 Name: Ronald Severt US Navy   E-mail: rsevert1@gmail.com  Location: Davenport, Iowa  Comments: Danang Vietnam 1967 to 1969 Stayed at Camp Tien Sha Craft Master of floating crane YD-221 Good times and Bad times and God Bless all Vets.
07/31/2010  Name: Larry R. Gies US Marines E-mail: duck6cms@aol.com Location: Bay CIty, Michigan
Comments: Graduated from M.C.R.D. San Diego in June '66 departed San Diego on board the U.S.N.S. Barrett arriving in Danang harbor about 29Oct.'66 . Was put on a c130 at about midnight for flight to Chu-lai. Next day assigned to Hdq. Btry. 4-11 just north of the Chu-lai airbase accross from "mike" btry. Put in comm. ctr. because i could type. 4 months later sent to "L" btry. about 8 miles further north sharing a hill "54" or "55" with i believe 1/5.  In April we went down to the beach at Chu-Lai and were transported up to Danang and then convoyed down to Hoi-An and added on to a large perimeter with i believe 1/1 other arty. ontos,and tanks. I volunteered for some security duty at the division c.p. not knowing what it would be. It turned out to be M.P. Co. with Hdq. Bn. inside the division c.p. which was right next to the c.a.p. headquarters and right behind the enlisted/nco club. I am trying to locate a GEORGE W. DIETZ who was in that unit when i arrived. I contacted him in the early 1992, he was living in Fort Luderdale, Fl. We exchanged some photos from the war. He was previously assigned to hotel 1/5 i belive, and the photos were from his time in that unit. Anyone knowing him or how i can return the photos to him would be appreciated. My wife and i returned to Vietnam in 1999 for 2-3 weeks, and again in 2004 and spent 4 weeks in country traveling from Sapa in the north to Saigon in the south. No travel guides, people are very helpful and friendly, we plan to return again in a few years. Excellent site, Semper Fi
07/22/2010  Name: Amy Kuehn E-mail: gasstp@live.com Location: Saint Paul, MN
Comments: The photos you took of the country side and war children were very moving. My uncle was a river rat in about '68 ,'69? He dropped navy seals behind enemy lines and played accordian in the navy band. He was on leave once when I was about 2 yrs old. He was bouncing me up and down on his shoulders in front of my grandmas living room mirror and I puked on his head, he will never let me forget, lol! Just so the story is straight I was told I had a fever earlier in the day. I love all my war uncles alive and deceased. Thank you!
07/22/2010  Name: Steve Bravar E-mail: a7847u7n@yahoo.com Location: TS and Monkey Mountain
Comments: Worked with a couple guys (Medford/LeDoux/Burnett) handling the MARS station near the UPS 1 radar and hawk missile sites up on the mountain. Based out of TS. Long time gone...now on a small farm in coastal NC
07/22/2010
 Name: Rodney K. Brown US Army  E-mail: rodbrown@embarqmail.com Location: Gatesville, Tx
Comments: I was in Da Nang May 68-Mar 69. Lived in barracks by the Army Depot on China Beach. Just up from the PX area, across from Army Hospital and mortuary. I worked at the Navy Supply Yard as a laison to expedite navy support to Army. Navy food was so much better than Army. Tried to get billets on Navy there to but my Sgt would only let me chow there. Knew a lot of Navy, Marines, AF and Army but can only remember a few. Mostly remember faces and events shared.
07/19/2010
 Name: Willis Spotts US Marines   E-mail: trspotts@verizon.net  Location: Pottsville, Pa
Comments: Hi, I looking for anyone who knew my father in Vietnam. His name is Willis Spotts. 1st Marine Division 1st Shore Party Bn B Co. Aug 68 to Sept 69 He was wounded twice but it wasn't put in his medical records. I am trying to obtain the purple heart for him If you knew him please contact me. Thanks
07/13/2010  Name: Don vonNagy US Air Force  E-mail: vonnagyd@yahoo.com Location: Waterbury CT - Fairport NY
Comments: DaNang Air Base May 69-70, Crypto Maintenance-Autosevocom Quonset Hut near flight line, 1972nd Comm Sq. Trying to find map of base showing Gunfighter Village and base layout. Also friends served with in DaNang RVN. God Bless
07/12/2010  Name: Jeff Eirvin US Army  E-mail:  e.eirvin@comcast.net  Location:  Red Beach / Camp Viking - St. Louis, MO
Commenrts: I was the evening shift radio operator for the 58th Batt, 142nd Trans Co. from 70-71. THere were some great memories there, however, over the years I think I forgot most of them!
07/02/2010
 Name: David E Toher US Marines   E-mail: detoher@nc.rr.com Location: North Carolina
Comments:  Served both w/USN and USMC. USN MCB-6, DaNang and Chu Lai. USMC 1/4, Vandergraff Combat Base.
07/01/2010  Name: HARRY PETERSON US Navy  E-mail: usnk9Brandy@yahoo.com Location: Ridgway PA
Comments: Navy Sentry Dog Handler. Based at Camp Carter, kennels were in the 5th Marine compound down on China Beach. Worked posts at Marble Mt. Monkey Mt. and the POL area at the base of Hill 327. Welcome Home Brothers
06/25/2010
 Name: Gene Baldwin US Army E-mail: mermaidwoman_2000@yahoo.com Location: Red Beach Danang
Comments: looking for anyone of the guys who volunteered for night security patrols outside of north perimeter from july aug 1968, to march 1969. this was cood with 1st marine div. i was radio man. I have a couple photos but no names and would like more or to know names and what has become of a great group of guys that rose to the occasion of night riders
update on last note...i was with 339th tc. then 142nd trans co. mar 68 apr 69. i was in commo, radio man. they asked for volunteers for security outside red beach perimeter. i was with security squad for almost 6 months. we liked the areas north and northeast of the big graveyard across hwy 1. hoping to hear from any of the guys in the squad or even the 339th. thankyou
06/22/2010
Name: George Martin US Marines E-mail: Location: Fairoaks,California
Comments: just found this site hoping to reconnect with some of my past.was in motor pool at 2nd CAG,Hq on the beach,69.also 1st Mar Div.7th motors in 68,Red Beach, then Dong Ha,also in 3rd mar. div.motor pool (Rough Riders ) at Quang Tri. ran convoys to LZ stud. stayed at Cam Lo,vilage for a while did the mine sweep in the mornings 
06/21/2010  Name: Richard Andrew Tarvin JR E-mail: mysterious_angel_face@yahoo.com Location: Austrlia
Comments: the proud son of MCB3 richard tarvin Sr known as DD ( duck dick) i never really had a chance to get to know dad i know a few stories he told me when i did meet him when i was18 now being 38 im trying to find pics of dad at china beach for my 7 year old daughter. dad never could tell me much but what he did will forever be etched in my mind and heart I am proud of all of you for what you did for us and will never forget , never. i pray tht someone out there reads this who knew dad ( D D) and help with some insight on dads life and who he was dad served 3 terms in nam ( w0w ) please if you can im trying to write my dads story , dads gone now im the only one left
06/16/2010
 Name: DAVID M VAUGHAN US Army  E-mail: dvaufab@aol.com Location: greer, sc now, before Ohio
Comments: was in the 156th hem co at marble mt 1/70 till 1/72, in Da Nang jan 05, 1970 till jan 05, 1972, returned cilv jan 15, 1972 till aug 31, 1973, returned in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 & will leave on july 3 rd 2010 again
06/15/2010  Name: Larry Kuster US Navy E-mail: : lkuster@hotmail.com Location: MN
Comments: Looking for anyone who was with the Bulk Fuel Division. (Danang) We were located by the Air Strip. We had one of our large tanks get hit by a rocket. Biggest fire works I had even seen. July 1967 to April 1970
06/10/2010
 Name: Nhan Thanh Hong ARVN  E-mail: nhaanxht@yahoo.com Location:  Soc Trang Vietnam
Comments: I was in Danang in 1970, first in Danang ICS site, the US 37th Signal Battalion, as detached ARVN Signal Corps soldier for on site training. Late 1971, I was transferred to Monkey Mountain ICS site (known as Tropo), a site on the side of the mountain. I was staying there to see all US troops withdrawing, the compounds some taken over by ARVN, some left abandoned, later until I ran away from the coming of NVA tanks on 29 of March 1975. I returned on the fireworks displaying night of March 28, 2010, climbing on the hill the next day upto the old site of AFVN.
06/08/2010  Name: Tom Sprowls US Army  E-mail: tdsprowls@aol.com Location: CA
Comments: I was enterned in 1969 at 156 HEM co. south of DaNang in between military a chunk yard and garbage dump below a mtn., can't remember the name and a charlie POW camp across the road from us
05/23/2010
 Name: DAVE MEGLEMRE  US Army E-mail: davidmeglemre@comcast.net Location: Seattle
Comments: June 1970-June 1971 - Red Beach, Da Nang - 58th Trans Battalion AM&S. HQ unit. Companies - 142 Trans Co, 610 Trans Co, and 263 Lt Equip Co. Part of Aviation Logistic Support - 34th Gen Support Group.
05/15/2010  Name: John Straskye Royal Australian Regiment  E-mail: webmaster@raamc.org Location: Australia
Comments: I am a Vietnam Australian Veteran (1970-71) who served as a medic with the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. This is a great site with interesting information. If you time visit our site at  www.raamc.com.au.  It has links to other Australian Units that served in Vietnam and are now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don't forget to sign the guestbook before you leave.
05/14/2010
 Name: J Patrick Trujillo US Marines  E-mail: blublur95@gmail.com Location: Danang
Comments: From Dec '67 to Jan '69 I was stationed at MAG-16 (Marble Mountain), Da Nang and recently I spent 2 plus years working in Sai Gon, July '07 - Sept '09. Today I have a much better understanding of my past Viet Nam experience, how America involved itself in a war with good intensions and a good understanding of how Viet Nam has moved beyond the war today.  My objective now is to share my experience then and now, and humanize Viet Nam for American Veterans.
05/12/2010  Name: Kim Wallace US Army  E-mail: dastatman@hotmail.com Location: New Orleans, LA
Comments: 62nd CAC Marble Mountain, then SP at China Beach 6/70-8/71. Pictures really bring back some memories. If anyone remembers Christmas 1970 at China Beach, I stole the CO's Jeep and used it to run guys to funhouse down the street. I didn't want anyone getting hurt by cowboys while on a drunk R&R skivvy run. The old man woke up and caught me on the last run. He was cool and only gave me an article 15. He knew it was the right thing
05/05/2010  Name: Craig Randolph US Marines  E-mail: bwanamogambo@hotmail.com Location: Weymouth, MA
Comments: Great photos and a great service to all of us, especially since my photos were unfortunately disguarded by family members. Was in Danang, Hue, Phu Bai 11/67-01/69. I returned to VN in 2006,7 and 8 to the Saigon area. Someday I will try to visit Danang again.
05/03/2010  Name: Jerry Jones US Navy  E-mail: navyblue32@sc.rr.com Location: Orangeburg South Carolina
Comments:  thanks for the information on yfu-78 i had a friend station on there that i went to school with back home in alabama. Melvin Sellers was a very good person who cared about every one.i went home to alabama to see his mother. I often wondered why his body was not in the casket. thanks again
04/29/2010
 Name: Tony Sanderson US Navy  E-mail: bean-burner6@hotmail.com Location: Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
Comments: 1967-68..Support Barge's for River Patrol 521. Mouth of the Hue River late 1967-68. Looking for anyone who was part of the whole Unit of both PBR's and surport teams.
04/27/2010
Name: Richard Rich Piragis 8404/8425 USN Ret. E-mail: rpiragis@roadrunner.com Location: Augusta, Maine, USA
Comments: Looking for Corpsmen attached to India Company,3/7, 1st Mar Div, Dec 68 - Dec 69. or Mike Company,Hill 10, 38, 30, 22, 55, Cobb Bridge, Tugboat and beautiful Quang Son Province, Operation Oklahoma Hills, Dec 68 - Feb 69. Doc's Steve Wright Ron Paulson & Palmi, and Dan Thompson...the Chelsea Connection..Navy Nurses Abby Bishop or Diane Sentinella, (sp?) USHS Sanctuary, triage. Thanks to our Field Med Techs (8404) for holding true to helping those in need in our Armed forces - and Civilians as well...pride and professionalism is outstanding.
04/16/2010
 Name: Art Glennon US Marines  E-mail: Artgle@yahoo.com Location: Boston
Comments: B Battery, 1st LAAM Bn. Monkey Mtn. Drove past that plane many times. Nixon's first Pull-Out in '69.
USS Tulare. What a party THAT was. Semper Fi
04/15/2010
 Name: Roger Lynch US Marines   E-mail: fe406@hotmail.com Location: Kingsville, Ohio
Comments: I was with Motor Transport Section 1st Division By Danang Vietnam from 4-68 to 8-70. I would like to hear from anyone who was ther or anyone I served with. Thank You, Roger. WELCOME HOME!
04/12/2010
 Name: Rachel Garcia E-mail: madrecitadel505@yahoo.com Location: Amarillo Texas
Comments: MY DAD IS A VIETNAM VETERAN HE SERVED FROM 9-15-71/04-05-73 HE SAYS THAT HE WAS IN DA NANG AS A CARRIER BUT HIS PAPERS SAY HE WAS A RADIO MECHANIC MY DAD HAS SUFFERED FROM A ILLNESS CALLED PTSD ME AND MY FAMILY WALK ON EGGSHELLS BECAUSE OF HIS PTSD HE DOES NOT ATTEND FAMILY EVENT OR EVEN GO TO THE STORES CROWDED AREAS OR LOUD NOISES ALL HIS GRANDKIDS HAVE TO B QUIET IN THE HOUSE THE OTHER DAY I TOOK HIM TO WAL-MART FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 11YRS BUT IT WAS LIKE 5:00 IN THE MORNING HE WAS LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE!! HE KEPT SAYIN WOW ALL THIS NEW STUFF THEY HAVE INVENTED I SAT BACK AND CRIED BECAUSE ALL HE HAS MISSED! WHEN HE HEARS HELICOPTERS HE DUCKS AND HAS TO SEE WHERE IT IS IN THE AIR.. AT NIGHT HE SOMETIMES GETS FLASHBACKS IM THE LITTLEST OF 4 BUT FOR THE LAST 6 YRS I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET HIM HIS BENEFITS AND ITS BEEN SO HARD FOR ME. HE REALLY SAYS THAT EVERYTHING IS A BLUR TO HIM SO I JUST GO BY WHAT HE TELLS ME. LET ME SHARE A STORY W/U ABOUT WHAT HE SAYS." HE WAS IN DA NANG AND TRAVELED TO ALMOST ALL THE LITTLE CITYS AROUND WHERE HE WAS ORDERED TO GO HE SAYS THAT HIS JOB WAS VERY LONLEY HE NEVER STAYED TO LONG IN ONE SPOT. SO HE REMEMBERS ON ONE INCIDENT HE WAS IN A HELICOPTER AND THE OTHERS TOLD HIM THAT HE NEEDED TO SIT ON HIS FLIGHT JACKET FOR PROTECTION BECAUSE THE ENEMIES WERE SHOOTING UP IN THE AIR. ANOTHER IS HE WAS DRIVING INTO COMPOUND IN DA NANG WHEN IN 3 CARS IN FRONT OF HIM A DEUCE 1/2 WAS BLOWN UP HE SAID THAT SOMEONE HAD PUT A GRANADE IN THE GAS TANK. HE TALKS ABOUT A FRIEND THAT HE HAD. HE GOT SHOT IN HIS HEAD IN FRONT OF HIM. MY DAD DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO READ OR WRITE BUT HE SAYS THAT ON HIS TAGS IT HAD A L ON IT HES NOT SURE IF IT WAS LOPEZ OR SOMETHING ELSE. MY REASON FOR DOING THIS IS TO HELP MY DAD IF ANYONE COULD BE ANY HELP TO ME I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT I FEEL LIKE IM AT A DEAD END. MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS madrecitadel505@yahoo.com
04/06/2010  Name: Ken St Charles US Navy E-mail: st67952000@yahoo.com Location: Michigan
Comments: Camp Tien Sha 1/17/68 -3/25/68. All hell broke loose 2/3/68 (tet). left Camp Tien Sha transferred somewhere south of Cam Ranh Bay. Naval supoort Facility. Welcome Home
04/01/2010  Name: Clifton Lancaster US Navy E-mail: twinrat@hotmail.com Location: Vanceboro, NC
Comments: Served aboard the Iwo Jima LPH-2 for operations Deckhouse 4,5,and 6,1966 Viet Nam. Served aboard the USS St Clair County LST 1096 Da Nang to Cua Viet and in the delta with Riverine Forces. 1968 I have a small collection of my photos on digital.
03/31/2010
 Name: Ronald Lee Barth US Navy  E-mail: ronaldbarth@aol.com Location: Newhall, CA
Comments: I was a seaman aboard the YFU 67 from about June 1967 to Jan. 1968. We had just returned form Cua Viet River when we saw one of our ships sunk in the river. The next morning at Da Nang they wanted to know if I wanted to go back to the USA early. They didn't have to ask twice.
03/31/2010
 Name: Donna Martinez E-mail: stephin@newmex.com Location: Taos Pueblo, NM
Comments:  I am not a veteran, but I am the pround decendent of one. My great-uncle BM1 Manuel Martinez died on the bridge ramp on 02/27/1969. He was my mother's favorite uncle and sadly our family lost touch with his wife. My mother was only 10 years old when he died and has no photographs of her beloved uncle. We are looking for anyone who may have served with him and has photos to share with our family. The state of New Mexico has put out a call for anyone who has pictures to help set up a memorial with pictures of every soldier lost from our state. Sadly, we have been unable to locate any photos for the memorial and our mother. Please feel free to e-mail me with any information you may have and may the creator bless all our service men and keep them in the circle of his protection.
03/25/2010
 Name: Martin T. Brasher US Marines E-mail: oldmarine58@aol.com Location: Vincent, Al
Comments: was in chu lai 1965,landed with first marines there ww 2 style. was in dong ha ,quang tri, vandegrift combat base,in1968, when the ammo dump was hit by incoming if not mistaken was the only marine in the dump wounded by incoming rockets. retired in 1979 as msgt. Enjoyed reading comments
03/03/2010
 Name: Connie Rice E-mail: csrice@mrtc.com Location: KY
Comments: I am not the Veteran, My Husband was. He passed away in 2000. Isn't Ironic, He did not recieve 100% disability until his death and I decided somebody was going to pay for his pain and suffering due to Viet Nam. he was seriously wounded in Viet Nam and lived with PTSD all the rest of his life. My family and I walked on Egg shells everyday, never knowing when he would become irritated or mad but I could not give up on him. Iknew the real Rick and I knew who had done this to him. The Viet Nam Veterans have been my pet Peeve since 1972 when Rick and I got together. I am so defensive when it comes to my veterans. This country should be ashame and could never give back what they took from you guys. He has been gone for over 9 years now, and my heart still crys for what he went through. I ask him once why did he volunteer to go to that God awful place, why not let them draft him or take off and dodge the draft and he remarked " to keep them off American soil and keep it out of our front door", now that 911 happened, I know exactly what he was saying. You vets hold your head high, sing it loud, sing it long, God bless each and every one of you. I send Love to all of you, I send you Hope and praise. God Bless our Vets.
02/27/2010  Name: Joel Leon US Navy  E-mail: brewski65610@sbcglobal.net Location: Manhattan Beach, Ca
Comments: Deep Water Piers-Oct66 to Oct67. Stayed on APA's first 8 or 9 months then moved onto APL's. Was SK3 back then off-loading Merchant supply ships. Looking for Don Marshall, Pat Williams, Jimmy Ray Heable, James Zaczek(Zac)
02/27/2010
 Name: Bruce G Hoffman US Navy  E-mail: podictic@hotmail.com Location: Maryville, MO
Comments: I was on the YFU-78 February 27, 1969. I was one of the wounded and one of 5 that survived that night. Still looking for answers and pictures and just recently stumbled onto things I never found before. We 5 made it to shore just seconds before the explosives went off. I decoded the message for that backload earlier that afternoon and in part it said - top secret, high explosives, destination Hue. From what I heard as we were being loaded there was a variety of plastic explosives, dynamite, caps, black powder, etc. I remember sitting in the mess decks playing cards with 3 of the other survivors when everything went black. I came to seeing fire, smoke and water coming up my legs. Before we got out we were completely under water but somehow 5 of us survived.
02/25/2010  Name: George York US Navy  E-mail: george_h_y@yahoo.com Location: 1964-65,65-66,66-67 navy cruse to nam
Comments: I was aboard the USS Seminole AKA104,and every time we off loaded our ship in da nang we pick up a sertain Marine group. I was told that it was the 1/st, m/d, camp 65,I-con camp Pendaltonon, CA . The cold name was Blue Diamond .I am looking for some Marine might remember us we took them to PI, Japan for there R,R,. Then take then back to Nam .Take to dun ha suply base or some other place. There Sgt got killed in 67,I was trying to think of his name I meet couple of the Marine that we became friend.My memory is not that good any more. I would to talk to some guy thanks  
02/23/2010
 Name: AL CAMPOLI E-mail: TATTNACAMP@AOL.COM  Location: Jamison, Pa. Comments: Was in Danang 11/66 thru 1/67 and then Dong Ha from 8/67 thru 7/68. Was their during the the Tet offensive that started January 1968
02/23/2010
 Name: Thomas H. (Tom) Dunaway E-mail: grandpawx10@yahoo.com Location: Foxworth, Ms.
Comments: I was in Pleiku for a month, then sent to the 156TH H.E.M. in Da Nang, Marble Mountain...was there on May 5th @ 3 A.M. for the 122mm rocket attack. Then to Phu Bai was in the 578th L.E.M. from about June 68 to April 1969, MOS: 34G20 FADAC Repairman (Field Arty. Digital Automatic Computer). SP-5 Welcome Home Brothers!
02/14/2010
 Name: John Reinhart E-mail: jjreinhart@cinergymetro.net Location: Seymour, IN
Comments: Great site, surfed in looking for those I served with 156th HEM Co 1968 Marble Mountain DaNang
02/11/2010  Name: Willie Vaden E-mail:  vipcargocc@sbcglobal.net Location: Coprus Christi, Texas
Comments: I was remembering my Christmas call home in 1968 from Monkey Mountain via a field radio, no answer on the home front. One call a year and no one answered. To my brothers of 1st. Mar Div. T co. 11M/T. I made it home O.K. took 6 years to forget/accept events of Oct. 68. Cpl. Willie Vaden   willievaden4congress.com
02/06/2010
 Name: John Shamy E-mail: johncshamy@msn.com  Location: Somerset, New Jersey
Comments: I was stationed with the army (362nd Signal Company) at a signal site near the air base. I would go to the China Beach R&R center for lunch a few times, and a few times to the beach with my troops. June 67-Nov. 67.  the beach. 
02/02/2010
 Name: RONALD W MILLER E-mail: RMILLER@ORI.NET Location: SURIN, THAILAND
Comments:  I WAS AT CAMP REASONER FOR 1969, THRU 1972 WHEN THEY LEFT VIETNAM, I AM GOING TO DANANG NEXT WEEK. THOUGHT I WOULD SAY HELLO. WORKED AS ADJETANT DRIVER AND MOTOR POOL, WORKED IN MESS HALL.  
02/02/2010
 Name: Alison Haston E-mail: alison.haston@sbcglobal.net Location: Norman, OK
Comments: My late great father in law, Richard L. Haston, did 3 tours in Nam, not exactly sure of the years but it was around 65-68 or so. He was called "Doc Haston" by many and was assigned to a Marine unit and did his 1st tour, went to dive school in Key West, and became a member of Force Recon where he served 2 more grueling tours. He saved a lot of lives and got shot 3 times in the process. He received 3 Purple Hearts. Richard died in 1989 of a rare lung cancer caused by Agent Orange. Me or my son never got to meet him but my 12 year old son is determined to follow in his footsteps. We think of Granddad Richard as a hero and are proud of him. My husband had a few paperback books where friends and fellow soldiers talked about Richard's bravery and mentioned him also as a good friend. Those books have been lost. My husband, Richard's son, had a rough childhood growing up in "boot camp" and with all that goes with having a super Marine dad (maybe a little PTSD?.) My husband killed himself in 2000 at 29 yrs of age. My son's namesake is Richard after his exceptional USMC granddad and we are very interested in hearing from his comrades in battle or those buddies that remember him. I have read your page and have shed more than a few tears. I didn't grow up in a military family so I didn't really realize the intensity and sadness of this war...just what I learned in school. I have to admit that as a mother I am afraid for my son to enlist. He has even mentioned wanting to be Force Recon. For you mothers out there, I would like some input on how to let your babies go away and you might never see them again. This child of mine is the last male Haston of this line of tough men so you can understand my concern. If you know the name of the books I've talked about or if you would just like to share your experiences with Richard Haston, please contact me at alison.haston@sbcglobal.net. Former and current military moms, I would like to hear from you too!! Thank you soldiers so much for sacrificing all that you had so that we can be here now.
01/29/2010
Name: Bruce H King US Marines   E-mail: BHKing@valley.net Location: Lyme,NH
Comments:  Was on Hill 10,34 and 55 God knows where else,because i don't.Was with Motor Pool also ran Bulldozer on search and clear mission's Mess for 30 day's,because i told a Capt. what i thouht.Was with Humphies,Foy,Marret,Armstrong and Paulson 68,69,and half of 70 Welcome Home to all!
01/24/2010
Name: Ed Orr US Navy  E-mail: VVspyder@comcast.net  Location: Washington State  Comments: Served at the Dong Ha bridge ramp in 1967 as a radioman. Lost all my DongHa photos in an arson fire last year. Later went all over Nam as an in-country photographer. Remember some large Marines at the ramp who served up fuel to boats stopping at the ramp, names lost in the fire
01/23/2010  Name: Mark E. Waterman US Navy  E-mail: mwaterman4@hotmail.com  Location: Dearborn, MI 
Comments: I was with the Seabees 68-70 @ Camp Tien Sha. Our offices moved from downtown Danang to  China Beach. Ran into someone today w/ a Seabee hat on and  brought back old memories.  When I got home I went to this site which I have never visited b4
01/15/2010
 Name: David Winstead US Air Force:  E-mail: davwins@aol.com  Location: Albuquerque, NM
Comments:  I received the Vietnam Service Medal because on four occasions in 1969 while a passenger in a C-54 aircraft we took small arms fire on the plane while landing and taking off at DaNang AB, RVN. I spent a total of 6 months in Southeast Asia supporting the war effort. My 6 hours spent in DaNang (3 hours each time we landed) was full of excitement and also fear of the unknown
01/13/2010
 Name: Rich  Doc  Raitano E-mail: docrichr@yahoo.com Comments:  Army Medic. In-country Dec 1967-Sep 68 4th Bn. 3rd Inf Rgt (Old Guard) 11th LIB Americal Division.I spent my first three months rotating between Bravo & Delta off of LZ Sue. Aid station on Hill 54 and LZ Bronco. In March was sent to Chu Lai as Casualty reporter for Bn and TF Barker. I evaluated, assessed and interviewed the wounded then headed to GR to assess and evaluate the KIA's, phone in a report to S-2 and send a hard copy to BN and Brigade by mail.I spent 3 weeks in Danang at the NSA Hospital and it has just occured to me that I may have been sent to do a little R & R as there were only 1 or 2 of our grunts in the hospital. I spent much time on the beach. I have a photo of myself surrounded by kids with Monkey Mountain in the background.
01/12/2010
 Name: Lonnie Morris E-mail: morrislau@att.net  Location: Georgia
Comments:  US Air Force:  366 Combat Support (POL) 1967-68. Thanks to all Marines for defending the base during TET 1968. I would not be here today without you. God Bless
01/11/2010
 Name: Rick Boutcher  US Navy:  E-mail: a_91_3@yahoo.com Location: Work in Saudi Arabia live in Philippines
Comments:  Was on top of Monkey mountain with COMSEVENTHFLT Det "C" for six moths in 1967. This is a nice site. Brought back the memories of travelling up that winding road. Remembered being told to never walk up! Rock Apes!! Left The mountain in 1968 and went down to the Mobile Rivine Force as RM3 on A-91-3 ASPB Patrol Boat on the Mekong River.
1/11/2010
Name: Vern Elder US Army  E-mail: v.elder@comcast.net  Location:  Edmonds WA State
Comments: Spent 4 yrs 1968 thru 1972 at Dong Ba Thin & Ninh Hoa RVN, US Army aviation Air Traffic Controller, 339th Avn Spt Det (ASD). Looking for members of unit 1971 - 1973 especially. Thanks to all for your Service to Country. Not a day goes by that I dont think of Vietnam and the great soldiers who fought there.
01/06/2010
 Name: Larry D. Ross E-mail: ldr224@sbcglobal.net  Location: Clever, MO
Comments: Thank you for all time and effort put into this site.  US Army 1 May 68 - 30 Apr 69 Assigned to Psychological Warfare Unit, Da Nang
01/04/2010
 Name: James Larry Martin E-mail: jlarrymartin@speednet.com Location: Valier, IL
Comments:  Seabee BUR3 at NSA DaNang Oct 66 - Oct 67. Stationed at DaNang Air Base Shop (DABS) with 1st marines at north end of air stripe. nickname "Weasel"