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  1. I’m Trying to contact the Historian – Leslie Hines to try and obtain After Action Reports etc., that I understand are available on DVD. If anyone could help me with this I would be appreciative.

  2. I am trying to find my brothers, we trained together in Chu-Lai x 2wks then sent to DaNang in 1971. We were in 1st Battallion 46th Infantry (Americal Division) Charlie Company. My brothers Gary Cockrell,Weston Tedeau ,Alan Little, Danny Ferguson, John Groff, Melvin Smoots, Danny Bishop, Ronald Schexnayder, Lee Parsons, Rodney Ryan, Raymond Hanisco; our medic Kowalski…if anyone knows them or of them- please contact me. A part of me I left with them and I will not be whole until I find them.

    • Mr. Rocha, there is a Daniel L Bishop on my uncles Unit Orders,
      RA11707121 to be upgraded to /Spec 4, HHC 1st Bn 46th Inf, Mos 63B20. 21st September 1968 if that helps you.

  3. My father, Steven Rucker, served in the 26th ENGR BN Americal DIV, USARV, inducted 9/24/68. He was in Chu Lai Vietnam. He passed away a couple of years ago. At that time, it was too difficult for me (emotionally) to try to piece together some of his history. Am trying to do so now. Have received his medals from the government, but that’s about as much info as I have, as he rarely would talk about his service. Looking for any history for that location/time of service. Thank you, and please forgive my ignorance. Thank you all for your service!

    • Hello my father knew a SGT Rucker that was his platoon SGT and that he helped him during his tour. He said he does not remember his first name and would have to see a photo.

    • My brother in law, Scott giguiere, served in the 1/6 during thar time period. He was injured in Jan or February of 1970. Trying to find someone who knew him.

  4. trying to find out about reunion..1st batt b company 1/6 198 inf..think i have it write.My brother was a medic in vietnam with 198 b co would like to attend reunion in 2014 need info please..i would like to add Thank you fot the service you gave…Just heard about Feb 7th thru 11th..God Bless You..

  5. I was 2Plt, Charlie Company 1/20, 11Bde OPCON to 198th and to C Troop, 1-1 Cav on
    September 25, 1971

    . At 1500hrs Charlie Company 1-1 Calvary at BT044391 while on move to Night Defense Position spotted 105mm artillery around with pressure type detonator, was blown in place. At 1800hrs Charlie Company at BT060390, while CROSSING A STREAM AT A VILLE with Charlie Troop 1-1 Cav detonated unknown type of booby trap (homemade) with the results of 6 US WIA (E) … Dust Off was completed at 1908hrs. Charlie Company reports SGT Michael J. Holien, SP4 Lenny R. Russell, SP4 Nick E, Rodriguez and PFC Orrin V. Johnson were attached to the 95th Evac Hospital. … WHO were the TWO 1-1 Cav WHA? A 2LT and his RTO. Please contact me. Thanks and God bless

  6. I would like access to any command chronologies or other history to pinpoint what the 198th was doing in April of 1969 (A company, 1 Battalion)

    Craig Blackman

  7. I was with 1st bn 18th inf Big Red One A co from nov 67 to nov 68. I was a medic. Im looking for anyone from my co or bn to contact me. The names and the faces are gone from my memory but what I saw and did has not. because I was a medic I have a lot of sad memorys. In dec 67 we were doing security for a fire base on hwy 13. One nite a bn of vc and regulars tried to overrun us. We were mortared first then using torpedoes they got through the barb wire. because of the armoured unit with us we were able to repulse them.That nite a fellow medic was seriously wounded and I kept him alive till he was evac. We became good friends when we met in Texas for training. We had one thing in common and that was we were not American citizens. Im Canadian and he is Mexican. I sure wish to contact him if possible. He was sent home because of his wounds and I never saw him again. that nite is forever in my memory. can anyone help me. my email is shanemark68@gmail.com

  8. im a vet from Afghanistan but im looking for my father his name is Kenny Owen and he was in the 666 transportation unit if you know anything about this unit could you let me know. He knows a couple of the guys names but hasn’t talked to them in a while and was also wondering if there was a reunion for this unit

    • Gary, this is Mike Twomey. I was the battery commander of Charlie Battery and with it Siberia from the first week of May through the end of October, 1970, which covers a good part of the time you were there. I was looking for something else on this website and found your note completely by accident. Doubt you will come back to find this response, but if you do you should go to the Americal Facebook and check in there. Best regards, Mike Twomey

  9. I was with the 196th LIB, 4th/31st, Charlie Company from June 1970 to Dec 1970 then rotating to an MP outfit at Hawk Hill…I’m looking for a guy who served with the 4th/31st, Charlie Company who was nicknamed “Crazy John.” Don’t recall his last name. I think he was from Texas but not 100% sure. He came in country and was attached to the unit either in late June or early July 1970. If by chance you see this John please get back with me. If anyone from this unit and time frame remembers “Crazy John,” please make contact with me. I’ve been looking for him off and on for about 30 years with no luck…..

  10. hello and thank you all vets for your service WELCOME HOME… I am looking for anyone that served with my uncle sgt. Donald Sidwell he was with Co B 1/46th 198 LIB 67-69 was in Tet of “68″ got malaria. During dust off chopper was shot down was told he was the only survivor. would like to make contact with anybody that knew him.

    • I knew a Sgt. Don Sidwell while I was in Vietnam. He was from Chicago, Arlington Heights I think. Could this be the same guy?

        • The Sgt. Sidwell I knew, I’m sure lived in Arlington Heights. He was in his early twenties in 1968. His father was a Plastic Surgeon and he had lost his wife in a car accident before he was drafted. Just want to be sure we’re talking about the same guy…

  11. Hi, my Name is Derick, I had a cousin who was in the 1st battalion 9th marines who was killed in Vietnam and I was trying to find out if you have any info about him. He grew up with my Mother in Gillette Arkansas and his name was Edward William Charles, he was a Lance corporal and his mos was a rifleman if that helps. He was killed June 18th 1969 in Quang Nam, I am much younger, I wasnt born when he was killed so any info or help in finding out more about him would be great and also Thank you for serving our country

  12. I was with HHC, 16th Combat Aviation Group, Chu Lai, May 71-Nov 71 when they stood down at which point I went to 101st Airborne. My twin brother, also a 101st vet and I are trying to restore a monument to american and British veterans of WWI at Brox Community College.

    are trying to raise funds to help restore a monument to veterans on the campus of Bronx Community College in NY City. This monument has a Civil War Dictator Mortar, 2 WW1 captured German artillery pieces, and a Brisitsh Naval deck gun on site which are in dire need of repair. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to the following address:

    Bronx Community College
    Attn: Fort No. 8/Monument Hill Restoration Fund
    Bronx Community College
    2155 University Avenue, PH 37
    Bronx, NY 10453

    You can email me with any questions, we also have a Facebook page with pictures of the cannons.

    Moderator, please delete if this is not appropriate but it is for veterans.

  13. I was assigned to the 3rd / 82nd Artillery in August 1970 and would like to contact anyone who served with me especially my RTOs. I had many different assignments. My first assignment was battalion motor officer at Hawk Hill, where I oversaw the dreaded CMMI. After my son was born in late September I was shipped out to B 1st 52nd (198th BDE) to replace the forward observer killed when the CP unit was decimated by a booby trap west of Quang Ngai in early October. After 3 weeks I was pulled back to serve as Battalion Ammo Officer shipping sling loads of 105 ammo out to firebases in the Son Valley for a week or two. Then I was pulled of there to take a platoon of M102 105s from A Battery to the ROK marine camp west of Hoi An when the rest of the Battery got socked in by the monsoon on Siberia or Marry Ann. I finally got a real job about a week later when I was assigned as the Artillery Liaison Officer (LNO) to the 2nd of the 1st Infantry. I stayed with 2/1 until I derosed in late May 1971. While with 2/1 we bounced from Hawk Hill to Baldy to Shirley in the Antennae Valley, to Marge SE of LZ east to Apha 2 north of Cam Lo on the DMZ to a hill between LZ Shepherd and Khe Sahn on QL9 during the Lam Son 719 debacle and ended up on LZ Nancy (Marine Hardcore?) west of Hoi Ann.

  14. I was in Co. C 1/46 196-198 Americal Division Sept-69-SEPT-70 AO LZ professional-LZ judy-LZmary ann-Que-Son valley and other areas we were grunts what more can you say it was tough.

  15. I was in co b 2/1 196 when we took over hawkhill as our LZ. It had just been Over run by the vc. I think in august. June 69-70

  16. I’m looking for Wilbur L Lee, Major and LTC Thomas J Ambrose from The First Battalion 6th Infantry Nov. 1969-Dec. 1971.

    • I was also researching a LtCol Wilbur L Lee and found your message. If he is the same person, sadly, I have to tell you that he passed away in 1995.

      I am researching the veterans cemetery where he is buried: Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The LtCol Lee buried there was born in 1935, was a former Corporal, USMC, and served during Korea and Vietnam.

    • Major Lee — who retired as LTC in 1978 at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin — died in 1995 in a work-related vehicle accident. I’m his son, now living in Florida.

      Chuck Lee

      • Sorry for the delay with response. If you are his son, please let me tell you thank you for your dad. I have a certificate hanging on my wall signed by him and from the stories I’ve been told growing up, he left part of his honeymoon to attend my grandmother’s funeral because of what my grandmother did for the unit while they were in Vietnam.
        I’m very sorry for his loss. I would love to talk sometime. I can share a picture of the certificate with you to verify where I’m coming from. I am just trying to put a picture to a man’s face who I never met but meant so much to my family for his actions.
        I hope to hear from you.

  17. Anyone that were in 123rd Avn Bn. 123rd Sig. Bn. or 1/46th 196th LIB. I served in those Battalions from August 1970-1971

    • I also was with the 123 Avn Bn.HHC, I was there from Oct. 70 to april 71. I was 84C MO PIC PHOTO. After that I was transferred to 525 military police out of Saigon as a motion and still photographer. Thank You for serving I know that you are not told that much. Tom Pearson 84 c mo pic photo

  18. Chu Lai 723rd Maint Bn CoA Generator Mechanic June 18 1969 — June 18 1970. Roomed with looking for Jackson, Rollins, Clark all in Generator Shop. Im looking for Lt Weil, Lt Weltner, Sgt Stroup, Sgt Curry, and other Generator Shop men. Vetter, Higgins, Parker, Mac. Im very active on Americal Facebook page check it out. I have some answers regarding PTSD and Agent Orange disabilities. I am recently 100% for both issues. Please Reply.

    • It’s been 44 years and I have never been able to talk with anyone from the 723rd Would love to hear from anyone that was there

      • I WAS WITH 723 MAINT HQ I WAS IN 3D SHOP TRACK AND WHEEL APRIL 68-69 WHEN YOU WERE WITH SER SECTION WAS CWO JACKSON STILL THERE WE WERE IN THE BON SON AREA WHEN HIS CREW SUNK THE M88

        • I was with the service and evac group in the 723rd maintenance btln 68-69, and a assistant driver of one of our M88′s when they sunk that M88. I was not with them that day, but on call as backup.

          • IT WAS A SITE SEENING THE CREW OF THAT STANDING ON THE 88 AND IT WAS COMPLETLY BELOW WATER AND WE HAD BEEN IN A FIRE FIGHT ALL THAT NIGHT . THEN MY SHOP OFFICER HAD A NERVIOUS BREAK DOWN RIGHT AFTER THAT . WE WERE RECOVERING A EXPERMENTAL MINE ROLLER ATACHED TO A 113 VC BLEW IT WITH A SELF DET 105 ROUND THEIR WAS A WRITE UP IN THE STARS AND STRIPS REF TO THE 26 ENGERS THE CO RED BARRON FLYING AROUND IN THE FEB 69 ISSUE.

  19. I was at Hawk Hill August, 1970 to April, 1971, then went to DaNang when the 196th. was relocated and Hawk Hill closed down. Co. A 23 S&T Btn. forward support group.
    looking for Lt. David Walden, Lt. Frank Boland, Robert Barbarissi, James Henderson
    or Roger Brinker.

  20. Hi and welcome home all vets. My older brother James S.Outterbridge was in Nam,August 1969 to August 1970. I believe he was with Supply and Ordinance
    265 Hq Americal 1st Div. or VO or Uo 813 or HHT 1st squad 1st Cav. I would appreciate if anyone remebers and can help,I am trying to help my brother get help for P.T.S.D. service connection.We are from Phila Pa. and I can be reaced at 215-877-1963 or my cell 215-882-4920. Thank you so much God Bless you all and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Was at Hawk Hill a lot at that time. Echo and then Charlie Co. Was our rear area. Did a lot of guard duty there and seen a lot of Tam Ki. That was our stand down area.have lots of pics from there. July 70-71

    • I was at Hawk Hill from Late August, 1970 to April, 1971 when all moved to DaNang. Co. A 23 S&T Batt. Forward Support Group. Ran ration breakdown, POL and Graves registratioin.

  21. I served with the 1/6inf, 198th, how can I find Americal Div special orders, so I can obtain a Bronz Star I never received before I left country in 1968?

    • I just found this site, realize it has been some time since you wrote about getting your bronze star. Did you write to National Personnel Records Center, 1 Archives Dr., St Louis, MO 63138
      Hope it helps, and if you got it great

  22. I was in Nam in 69-70.I was with C company 4/3 11 Brigade. I was a Point man for 3rd platoon for 6 months.Doe’s anyone remember me.

  23. am trying to find enough info to get my CIB. can anyone advise .tried records at st. louis didnt get much help. was in 2nd plt co.b 5/46th 198 lib co was capt. schoep.advise please

    • I once knew your brother Rex. Is he okay? I’m not online very much as life is so hectic now. Please respond when time permits.

  24. was in vietnam 1967 into 1969 . lost best friend during tet offensive. am trying to get time lines while there. any info appriciated. 26th engineers at chulai.

  25. Would like to know if anyone knew PFC Rodney Engel of C co. 2/1 196th LIB in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Rod died 8-18-1969. Would appreciate any info about that day. I knew him thru his whole life in Doniphan, Ne. I too was in Vietnam, Quang Tri Province, 1967.

  26. Echo Co. 5/46th 198LIB Still looking for “country Bob Lawler” – lots of the old platoon in contact with each other. If you run across this, E-mail me!

  27. I was with Task Force Oregon, and in advance party to set up classified message center in Chu Lai in 1967. Was NCOIC, and was also the classified courier.

  28. I was with the 39th combat engr HHC in country 6/67-7/68 I was with the group who first setup Battallion Headquarters on the back side of MAC 12 airbase. In Jan of 68 I was transfered to Company D 39th combat Engr just north of Quan Nhai at LZ Baldi were we covered one side of the LZ and a company of the 196 Lt inf company covered the otherside of the LZ. I would love to hear from anyone who was with either companies during that period. It was a hoping time that’s for sure.

    • Just found your posting. I don’t remember much about time in Nam. I was over there from March ’67 to March ’68. I was transferred from Co B, 39th Engr Bn to Co D, 26th Engr Bn on 12-26-67. Hope to hear from you.

  29. It’s been 41 years since I came home and put things aside and away. It would be nice to hear from anyone who was in the 59th scout dog platoon in Chu Lai 1970 / 1971.

    Gus A. Gonzalez

  30. Would like to hear from anyone who served with Ray in
    Vietnam in 1970/71. Ray was seriously wounded and lost
    both legs in a land mine incident. He passed away in 2007.
    Please reply……..Thanks and God Bless……..

  31. I was in Nam in 71, 723 maint. bat. I heard there is no sign of where
    the Americal Div. was located in Chu Lai.

    • It depends on what you mean. The Chu Lai air base is now a commercial airport. Many of the old roads in the division areas are open to traffic although the buildings and facilities are no longer there.

    • I would like to talk with anyone that was in 723rd For 44 years I never found anyone that was in this unit I have alot of memories, sometimes I wonder if they are real…………like the papa san that was the barber and was shooting rockets at us at night or Battalion XO Major Ely that got a little piece of shrapnel just under his forearm, went nuts in the bunker and got a Purple Heart

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