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May/June 2013


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Looking for Dwight Attaway or anyone who served with me in Bravo Co., 1st Bn., 39th Mechanized Inf., 8th Inf. Div., Baumholder, Germany, September 1977-80. Members of the unit may have contracted hepatitis c from getting a flu shot. Attaway was a Vietnam veteran, and also served with me at Ft. McClellan, Ala. Contact: Arthur Fryer, 1317 West Cardinal St., Lecanto, FL 34461; 352-503-2569; 

Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in Lima Co., 3rd Bn., 1st Mar. Div., Camp Pendleton, 1973-74. Contact: David Ferris 1026183, P.O. Box 7007, Warm Springs Correctional Center, 2B-5B, Carson City, NV 89702-7007.

Would like to reconnect with anyone who served with me in Alpha Co., 4th/12th, 199th Lt. Inf. Bde., Vietnam. I served as a platoon medic with the 1st and 3rd platoons and the CP medic. I was later assigned to S-5 doing Med-Caps. Contact: John “Doc” Bradley T29187, MCSP C-15-229L, P.O. Box 409060, Ione, CA 95640.

Trying to find Navy engineman EN2 Jerry Sihovic (from S.D.), who served with MSB Detachment Alpha, Minesweepers on MSB 31, Nha Be, August 1966-67. His last-known location was Minneapolis. Contact: Robert B. Beattie, 906 Peridot Ct., Carson City, NV 89705; 775-267-1508.

Looking for anyone who served with SP5 Chuck Marinos in Charley Co. and Delta Co., 1/5th Arty., 1st Inf., Quan Loi and La Khe, February 1968-69. Marinos was wounded in April 1969 when he and Richey Ceresa were hit by a 122 mm rocket at LZ Andy. Ceresa was killed. Marinos was awarded a Purple Heart by Lt. Brombaugh, but it never got recorded on his DD 214. I am a VA advocate for Marinos and was stationed at Quan Loi with the 1st Air Cav. at the same time. Contact: Chuck Bartlett, 805-300-1883;

Trying to locate Maj. James Randall, 562nd Tactical Fighter Sqdrn., Vietnam, 1965. He was shot down and rescued in the vicinity of Dien Bien Phu. I found his flight helmet at a market in Saigon, and would like to return it to him. Contact: Gary Gregg, 

Looking for information about Richard Holmes, Americal Div., 1967-68. Contact: Greg Donovan, 

Looking for Bobby Robinson, who was stationed at Beale AFB, 1962-63. Contact: Gladys Brown, 

Seeking information about the events surrounding the death of my cousin, 1st Lt. Robert Bruce Maddox, in Vietnam on February 11, 1969. He was an artillery officer, and was a graduate of Field Artillery OCS, Ft. Sill, Okla., Class 1A-68. Contact: William Maddox 152221, Crossroads Correctional Center, 115 E. Pence Rd., Cameron, MO 64429-8804.

Searching for my Basic Training unit photograph. I had Basic at Ft. Campbell with Co. E, 2nd Bde., 7th Bn., graduation in April 1968. I was the 1st squad leader, and the platoon leader was George Heatherly (KIA 1969). Our DIs were SSG Brown and SSG Cahoon, and the training officer was 2nd Lt. Mason. I am looking for the group photo. Contact: Mike Berzinsky, 1712 Crystal Spring Rd., Two Rivers, WI 54241; 920-794-8142;

Seeking information about the military service of my father, Lonnie I. Cawthra, in Vietnam, 1968-72. He passed away in February. Contact: Tammy Cawthra, 

Trying to find my uncle, Robert Garmany, a Marine Vietnam veteran from Pomaria, S.C. He was in a mental health facility in Florida for many years, but has been released. My grandmother would like to see him. Contact: Regina, 

Would like to hear from anyone who served with A Troop, 2nd Sqdrn., 17th Cav., 101st Airborne Div. We would like you to join us at future reunions. Contact: Mike Mabe, 336-782-6258; or Glen Veno, 

Need help for a claim. Looking for anyone who served with my brother, David Bolyard, attached to Btry. B, 6th Bn., 80th Arty., 7th Inf. Div. on the DMZ in Korea, 1968-69, and remembers Agent Orange use or any other incident. Contact: Larry Bolyard, Rt. 2 Box 482, Grafton, WV 26354; 

Looking for anyone who served with me in Co. B, 97th Sig. Bn., Mannheim, Germany, 1966-68, and remembers the 97th Sig. accident-free program or our generator refueling duties. Contact: Larry McFarland, P.O. Box 548, Burkeville, VA 23922-0548.

Searching for my Basic Training unit photograph. I had Basic at Ft. Campbell with Co. E, 5th Bn., 1st Bde., graduation December 9, 1966. Would like to hear from Drill Sgt. Moffett, Randal Lawrence, Piggy (from Chicago), and McNutt. Contact: Larry Orvis, 2144 Tor Ln., Las Cruces, NM 88005; 575-621-1738.

Searching for anyone who served with 70th Engr. Bn. Combat, Vietnam, 1965-69. Contact: Roger Rock, 3094 Paiute St., Winnemucca, NV 89445; 775-623-1029; 

Would like to hear from anyone who had Basic Training with me at Ft. Riley, Kans., on Custer Hill; Lt. Beachner, SSG Griffin, or anyone else who served with me in HHC 5th Bn., 60th Inf. Recon Plt., 9th Inf. Div., December 1966-June 1967; Lt. Herbert or anyone else who served with me in 716th Military Police Bn., 18th Military Police Bde., Saigon, June-November 1967, or Tommy, the Vietnamese orphan I took under my wing during this time; Capt. Poindexter or anyone else who served with me in A Troop, 1st Sqdrn., 11th Armored Cav. Regt., January-April 1970; anyone who served with me in B Co., 716th Military Police Bn., Saigon, April-July 1970. Contact: Charles E. Johnson V23552, California Correctional Institution, P.O. Box 608/Facility D, Dorm 5 Bunk 71L, Tehachapi, CA 93581-0608.

Looking for SP4 Daniel W. Dixon, who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War and knew Boonchoi Titasungkoon. He is from Oklahoma and was born on May 26, 1948. His parents were Oska and Jamie Dixon. Contact: Kanittha Adthasab, +66866873859; +66853652203; 

Would like to hear from Bobby Bailey (from Pampa, Texas), who went through AIT with me and then was stationed with me at USARV Sensor Facility, Cam Ranh Bay. We were then split up and sent to Long Binh, where I lost touch with him. Contact: Jack Walters, 

Trying to locate anyone who served with 611th Trans. Co., especially 458th Signal Det., Vinh Long, October 1969-April 1971. Contact: Gary Kirk, 807 La Grand Dr., Sedalia, MO 65301; 660-829-0755; 

My father, Frank “Ski” Schimansky, who served with G 2/7, Vietnam, 1965-66, is searching for Bill “Buzz” Gray, David J. “DJ” Jones, Nisang Tanguma, Dennis Ward, Gary Williams, and Oliver Gonzalez. Contact: Jennifer Chester, 4302 Lincoln St., Hollywood, FL 33021; 954-931-0388; 

Looking for anyone who served with B Co., 27th Engineers, Phu Quoc Island, 1967. Contact: Kenny Newcombe, 

Would like to hear from anyone who served aboard U.S.S. Midway (CVA-41), 1963-66, V-3 or V-1 Div. Contact: Robert Estill DZ7230, 1100 Pike St., Huntingdon, PA 16654-1112.

Would like to hear from anyone who graduated with me from MCRD, 1965, or served with me in Vietnam, 1965-67. Contact: David Shook, 

Looking for anyone who remembers the “tricolor parties’” when we would strip the rubber mats off the ET shop deck and soak the deck with trichloroethylene; or when I fell down a steel ladder and injured my tailbone when I was rushing to my battle station during general quarters. Contact: Martin E. Johnson, 935 Virginia St., Vallejo, CA 94590; 707-552-7522.

Looking for any veterans’ videos or photos from their service in Vietnam. I am making an audio video, “Sweet Dreams of Home,” for YouTube to be released around Veterans Day. Contact: Gary Dixon, 620-223-0728; 

Looking for Bill R. Holland, who served with me in 25th Inf. Div., Provisional Co., Nui Ba Den (Black Virgin Mountain). Contact: Buddy Bohager, 410-236-5151.

Searching for William Parker, Charles Byrne, Jim Wright, Larry Bonnett, J.P. Davis, Harld Davis, Ray Scherz, Dennis Medows, Clarence Sharp, Douglas VanNatta, Mike Dodge, Donald Burmeister, David Paul, Sgt. Carter, Sgt. Wade, and Virgel Baker, who served with C Co., 2/39th, 1966-67. Also searching for anyone who served in 39th Inf. Regt. Fighting Falcons, 1966-69. Contact: Cal Meyer, 406-600-0888; 

Trying to find Ed Britt (unsure of first name), my roommate from Bien Hoa, 1970. We worked in the post office (OL1505) there. He had just gotten married before coming to Vietnam. Contact: Neil Cole, or 

Trying to find SFC Jonathan F. Brown, NCOIC of the 589th Engineer Bn. personnel shop at Phan Rang, 1970. Contact: John Berglund, or Dave Sciara, 

Trying to contact Martin Glass (from N.Y.), who served with me in 8th Inf. Div., Wachenheim, Germany, 1963-64. We went on leave together in Amsterdam. When I was shipped back to New York, Glass’s parents met me at the dock. Contact: Philip E. Murphy, 146 Greenwich Plains Rd., Ware, MA 01082; 413-967-9232;

Looking for my cousin, Joseph Donato, a Vietnam veteran from New York. Our fathers are brothers, born in Aidone, Sicily. His father immigrated to New York. Contact: Tanino Donato, 

Looking for anyone who knew SP4 Gyulveszi, who was killed in Vietnam. I believe he was attached to the 101st Airborne, K-9 Unit. Contact: Chaplain John Petruska, 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904; 239-851-2283.

My boyfriend’s father is looking for a copy of an issue of the magazine The Hurricane that was published in 1969 or 1970. There is a photograph in the issue of a sign with a bullet hole in it that he shot. Contact: Stephanie Zerba, 989-763-2634; 

Seeking anyone who served in or knows of the medical unit at Vandergrift Combat Base, west of Camp Carroll on Route 9, in 1970. I was wounded and treated there while serving with the 515th Trans. Co., but my records were lost. Contact: Ronald Thompson, 20323 Coontail Rd., Aberdeen, MS 39730; 662-315-7126; 

Trying to locate David Griffin (from Boston) or anyone else from 1/18, 1st Div., Charlie Co., 3rd Plt., February 1966-67. In November 1966, during Operation Attleboro, Griffin was medevaced out. Contact: John Lubera, 401-724-2323; 

Would like to hear from John Rodriguez, a Marine whom I met in Singapore in November 1967 while he was on R&R. He was from Celina, Ohio, worked in a bicycle factory, and played drums in a band. I believe he married in 1970. He knew me as Cecilia Toh from Oxford Rd., but my full name in Chinese is Toh Siew Mei. Contact: Siew Mei Wegmann, 0041-79-778-4814; Postfach 13, 8462 Rheinau, Switzerland.  

Need corroboration for a claim. Looking for anyone who had Basic Training with me at Great Lakes, Ill., July-December 1965, and remembers when a training instructor kicked me in the head after I could not float on my back during a swimming exercise. Also looking for anyone who served with me aboard U.S.S. Fisk (DD-842). In March-April 1966 the ship fired heavily on Da Nang. While the big guns were firing, a hatch door always flew open, and I sustained hearing loss after closing the door. I also need verification that the ship’s steam lines were insulated with asbestos, and that in mid-July 1967 there was a fire in the engine room caused by an oil rag being laid on one of the steam lines. I extinguished the fire and was burned on both arms. Contact: Harry D. McPherson TDCJ #1435368, Pack-1 Unit, 2400 Wallace Pack Rd., Navasota, TX 77868.  

Trying to find anyone who served with me in 567th Trans. Co., 71st Bn. In 1967 I was working in the hull of a ship unloading metal. I was the forklift driver. The other men working with me put on the slings to pull out the load. One time, as the crane lifted the metal, it swung at me and hit me in both legs. Then the forklift ran over my feet. Contact: Bill R. Bilbrey, 772 E. Sweet Briar Ln., Monroe, MI 48161.

My brother, Edward Scott, Jr., needs verification of service. He was assigned to fleet duty as a Navy Corpsman and sent to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, in July 1961, where he believes Agent Orange was used during training. In January 1962 he was transferred to Pioneer Bn., 3rd Marine Div., Camp Koza, right outside of Kadena Air Base. In early February 1962 they boarded a land ship dock, landed near Bangkok, and drove a jeep to Ubon. They were building an airstrip, and wore plastic raincoats to keep from getting wet from the Agent Orange used to clear the jungle. Because his DD-214 does not reflect that he served outside of the U.S. in July 1961-62, my brother has been declared ineligible for compensation for his lung and brain cancer and his diabetes. Contact: Abby Scott Cutright, 101 Sierra Ln., Arcanum, OH 45304; 937-692-5030; 

Seeking Mike Alioto, William Arnt, Howard Bennett, Dan Bryan, Ray Buhler, Richard Burgess, Joe Cunningham, Ron Ely, William “Frog” Foley, Richard Neal, Tom Osborne, Jimmie Shannon, Scott Spina, Zeke Szweibaumer, Robert Wood, and any other grunts from B/1/501/101st Airborne, 1969-70 (or around that time). We would like you to join us at our reunion in September. Contact: Randy Shaner, 843-655-5862;

Looking for anyone who served with my brother, Gary Minkler, in 101st Airborne Div., Vietnam, 1967. Also looking for anyone who served with me in RRU, Phu Bai, March 1965-May 1966; or RRU, Americal Div., Chu Lai, LZ Baldy, September 1967-June 1968. Contact: Michael Minkler, 24311 Riverbank Ln. NW, Isanti, MN 55040; 763-753-7313.

Looking for photos of “Moose,” the M-79 man with Delta Co., 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Vietnam, 1969. Contact: Tom Morton, P.O. Box 3528, Vista, CA 92085.

Looking for anyone who served in Vietnam with Project Counter out of Ft. Lee in 1967, especially those who went over on the advanced flight out of Langley AFB in a camouflaged C-130 with stops in Hawaii, Wake Island, and Clark AFB, Philippines. Contact: Gary Gantt, P.O. Box 26813, Winston-Salem, NC 27114; 336-425-5931.

On May 30, 1968, in the area of Dak Pek, the 3rd Bn., 187th Inf., 101st Airborne Div. was on a recon mission when one man stepped on a poisonous punji stick and was airlifted to medical by being tied on a rope below a helicopter. I was the pilot, and was wondering, how was the ride? Contact: Milo Overstreet, 

Need to establish boots on the ground. Trying to locate PO2 Charlie Young, who went through a rocket attack with me when we stayed overnight at Da Nang AB, December 26, 1972, at 0605. We stayed overnight again on December 31, 1972-January 1, 1973. We were attached to CTF77 staff aboard U.S.S. Enterprise. Contact: Ken Pingatore, 1312 3rd Ave., Conway, PA 15027; 724-876-0335; 

Looking for anyone who was assigned to MSB, Detachment Alpha, Minesweepers, Long Tay River, Nha Be, 1966-67. Contact: Robert Bruce Beattie, Jr., 906 Peridot Ct., Carson City, NV 89705; 775-267-1508.

Dick Shultz and I are looking for Franklin D. McGhee, A Troop, 4th Cav., 1st Inf. Div., Lai Khe, 1965-66, Battle of Bau Bang.  Contact: Danny Slaughter, 10 Hy Vu Dr., Canton, NC 28716; 864-723-2753; 

Trying to contact the battery commander of 105th Btry., 101st Abn., in support of 3rd/506th, Phan Thiet, February-May 1969. Contact: Tom Lowery, 2338 W. 107th Pl., Chicago, IL 60643; 773-636-8346.

Looking for John “Mac” McFall, who served with 101st Airborne, 3rd/506th, 1969-70. Last time we spoke, he was in Cherry Hill, N.J. Contact: Pete “Sgt. Tee” Trentacoste, 

Looking for Freddy Conteras or anyone who served with me in 1st Bn., 26th Marines or 3rd Bn., 26th Marines, H&S Co., 106 Plt., 1966-67. Contact: James Fizer, 607 W. 4th St., Marysville, OH 43040-1013; 937-644-2952;

Looking for Sgt. Cruz, David Pacheco, Francisco Delacruz, Gary Biscieglie, and Walter Walzaks, who served with me in HHB, 72nd FA GP, A 3/35, Wertheim, 1972-76. Contact: Juan Cruz, 

Looking for all airmen from the Tuy Hoa air base for the September 5 reunion in Dayton, Ohio. I was with the 308th Tactical Sqdrn., the Emerald Knights. Contact: Paul A. Caimano, 412-897-1148; 

Looking for 3rd Div. Marines Lt. Enos, Kemp, Feaster, Garrett, Larsen, Costa, Bush, Jones, and Fred Swett, who were with me at Vandergrift Combat Base, 1969. Contact: Rick “Hoocho” Hollihan, Jr., AJ-0676, 1600 Walters Mill Rd. BB-34, Somerset, PA 15510.

Trying to contact Daniel L. Clark (from Chatham, Ill.), Dandy Jack (Little Rock), James B. Miller, Angel David (Sabana Grande, P.R.), Freddie Santiago (Castãner, P.R.), Luis Valentin (Bo. Obrero, P.R.), Johnny Rodriguez (Coto Laurel, P.R.), Orlando Roman (Humacao, P.R.), and Jose Orlando Santo Lopez (Cidra, P.R.), who served with me in Btry. C, 1st Bn., 94th Arty., Germany, 1968-70. Contact: Manuel Perez, 787-619-3305.

Trying to locate Herbert “Buzz” Bezner (unsure of spelling; from the Dallas area), who served with me in the SPS at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Contact: Doug Layman, 75 Graham St., Frostburg, MD 21532; 301-689-8773.

Would like to hear from the person who sent me the Christmas and Thanksgiving Day items from Ft. Bragg. Contact: Doug Berg, 4037 Dolbil Dr., St. Louis, MO 63125.

Seeking any Vietnam or Vietnam era veterans who want to correspond with an era veteran. I was drafted in 1969 and served at Ft. Jackson; Ft. Gordon; 3rd Inf., Ft. McNair; and Ft. Myer. I also spent six months at Walter Reed in the summer of 1970 after a war protestor threw a brick at my jaw. Contact: Tom Chapin, 1630 North 2nd St., Fargo, ND 58102.  

Looking for William L. Wise, James Bowerman, Thomas E. Bedford, Fred Bridges, Joshua Campbell, or anyone else who served with me in 4th Bn., 60th Arty. Contact: Glenn L. Snively, 281-904-8317; 

Trying to locate Vo Tan Si, who trained at Ft. Knox in the ’80s. My friend, Sybil Sneed, has died and left something for him in her will. Contact: Sharon McKinnis, 129 Sugartree Ln., Glasgow, KY 42141; 270-678-1727; 

Trying to find members of 608/1608 OMS, Charleston AFB, 1965-66; and 21st TAC, Okinawa, Thailand, Vietnam, 1967-68. We flew the Cam Ranh Bay shuttle and flare drops out of Thailand. Contact: Danny Simpkins, 325 Buffalo Ln., Evington, VA 24550; 434-534-8217.

Looking for Michael Huber (from Baltimore) or anyone who served with Stephen Boryszewski, H Co., 2nd Bn., 1st Marine Regt., Qua Nan Province, 1969. Also looking for anyone who served with Mark Vanderheid, B Co., 1st Bn., 1st Div., Quang Tri Province, 1968. Contact: Linda Jenkin, 

I have an item memorialized: “To The ‘Wizard’ Thanks. From 1st Sqd., 1st Plt., 11th ACR.” Would like to contact anyone with any knowledge of this individual or this item. Would also like to contact anyone who was assigned to the 369th Signal Bn., 1968-70. Contact: Jerry Howard, 406-377-6242; 

Looking for anyone who served with me in 4th Inf. Div., 4th Aviation Bn., A and B Cos., Camp Enari, Pleiku, 1968-69. Contact: Dan Little, 989-269-8993.

Looking for anyone who was in Hobo Woods or Cu Chi Base Camp on February 26, 1967. Contact: Cindy Morgan, 3934 Howe Rd. #6, Wayne, MI 48184.

I am a petty officer of the Italian Coast Guard and am looking for any relatives who also served in the military. I would like to contact my uncle, Angelo Candiano (from Brooklyn), who served in Vietnam and survived a helicopter crash. Contact: Erasmo Pinasco, +393316991771; or

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