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Searching for a friend who is a Vietnam veteran, Donald Philpott, a Special Forces officer. We worked at Texas Instruments for about 20 years ago. He was a member of the Texas Wood Turners Association. Contact: Nick Bouza, nicolasbouza@outlook.com

Looking for help for a PTSD claim. Searching for information in unit records and daily journals from the following units: 101st Airborne Div., Co. A, 2nd Bn., Oct. 1967-June 1968; Advisory Group 100-581st M.I. Det. (CMAC), June-Aug. 1968; Co. A, 9th Sig. Bn., 9th Inf. Div., Aug.-Dec. 1968. Contact: James Everette III, P.O. Box 33028, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.

Searching for James A. Wykoff. I wish to return his pictures. Contact: R.M. Farrier, 13741 Thunderbird Dr., 50 J, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Searching for an Army buddy from Basic at Ft. Jackson in 1965. His name is so common that it’s difficult to locate him: Michael E. Jones, RA 14891579, from Fla. Contact: Bruce R. Griffith, grifi1944@gmail.com

Searching for anyone who served with USAF 4th EMS (TAC), 1975-77. Contact: James Dixon c/o L.B. Larsen, malia.green@vvsd.net

Looking for the owner of a Zippo lighter that was given to a soldier going to Vietnam in the 1970s. It was found in a storage unit in San Marcos, Tex. Engraved on the lighter: “George Duke: Viet-nam 70-71.” Contact: Kim R. Harmon, kimrheah@hotmail.com

Searching for Uriel Frank Gardner, a Vietnam veteran. He was my first supervisor in Garden City, Kansas, Aug. 1978. We shared an apt. for a while. He was from Redondo Beach and may have lived in Coarsegold, Calif. He was related to Kim Gardner and Paula Behmer. Contact: Tim Unruh, timunruh.reporter@gmail.com

Looking for James T. Knowles, USAF in Vietnam, Aug. 1971-72. He worked on the flight line, driving pilots to and from their aircraft and other duties. He was an Air Freight Specialist. His father owned an auto dealership in Miss. He would have known me as Tom Moulds. Contact: Tom Lahr-Moulds, 320-493-2022; tomlahrmoulds@hotmail.com

Searching for Sam Wright, formerly of 113 Aberdeen St., Rochester, N.Y. Sam was a medic with the 101st, 1/502, A Co. He was called Black Plasma. We served together in the spring of 1970. Contact: Dennis Devine, 6875 Lockhaven Dr., Lockport, NY 14094, 716-445-2499; dwdevine1@yahoo.com

Looking for anyone who may have known William George Martin from Titusville, Fla. He was KIA on Oct. 13, 1968. He was in the 1st Inf. Div. and lost his life in Bien Hoa. He was one of the Black Lions. He used to visit relatives in Cumberland, Md. Contact: Gus Caporale, cap1@atlanticbb.net

Searching for someone my father, David Young, saved from drowning when a helicopter crashed next to his ship, Oct. 18, 1969. My father was on the U.S.S. Whiteriver, an assault landing craft, but at the time he was with ACU 1 1616. Contact: Amy Mayfield Lusche, amy@groovykatz.com

Looking for two Marines from Lima 3/5 at An Hoa: Bob Bortz and Ronnie Flowers, 1969-70. We served together. Contact: Michael Marnach, Michael.Marnach@ks.gov

Looking for Larry Estevan Salazar, who served aboard U.S.S. Blue Ridge during the 1972 and 1973 WestPac cruises. He may have been from Alamosa, Colo. Contact: Greg Purtell, gisp1949@gmail.com

Searching for Marines who served in Vietnam with Kilo Co., 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, 1st Marine Div. in An Hoa, especially Sauer, McKinney, John Kelley (Jabone) from N.J., Mike Fitzgerald from Mich., and John Muir. Contact: s.magaddino@yahoo.com

Looking for Debbie Newell, RN, USAF. We served together at the 21st CSF/377th Disp., 1969-70, at Tan Son Nhut. She may have served 1970-71. We last saw each other at the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in D.C., Nov. 11, 1993. Her married name is Reams. Rita Ulin Shewmake and I are looking for her. Contact: Jane Madigan, jcmadigan1@aol.com

Searching for Bob Gardner, Dave Koza, and Lenny Zatoris. We did our Basic at Ft. Jackson, Sept. 1966, and then flew together to Ft. Polk Tigerland for infantry training. I am in touch with Roger Brown and would love for all of us to get together. I have a picture of the five of us sitting on the top bunk at Ft. Polk. Contact: Chuck Bauer, 215-722-3518; linedog716@yahoo.com

Looking for former members of MACV Advisory Team 56 stationed in the Delta, Phong Dinh Province, city of Can Tho, 1966-73. Also any MAT Team members assigned by IV Corps to Team 56 at that time. Contact: Patrick Gillis, pgilli20@yahoo.com

Searching for a man named Bryant, who was in the Army and later joined the Marines. In Vietnam he earned an Air Medal as a Helicopter Door Gunner. He is the reason I became a lawyer. After being pummeled by bigots (he was African American) and suffering severe injuries, I was asked to help him. He received a medical discharge and was going to go to college in Georgia. I remember saying goodbye to him in front of the Mess Hall. He was my first client. Contact: William (Pappy) Paparian, bpaparian@aol.com

A Btry., 1st Bn., 5th FA, BRO

Looking for members of A Btry., 1st Bn., 5th FA, BRO, 1967-68. I was on a 105mm gun until Sept. 1967. I am in the middle of the picture. On my left is Perez and on my right, our gun chief, Staff Sgt. Smith. I became RTO in the FO Team in B Co., 1/2 Inf. until July 1968. Contact: John (JJ) Adams, john_adams.jr@reagan.com

Searching for soldiers who served with Alpha Co., 2nd/28th Inf., 1st Inf. Div., Oct. 1967-68, especially those men who came as replacements immediately after the Oct. 17, 1967, Battle of Ong Thanh. Also anyone who came over in the following months and those who remained in the company after the battle. Looking for Willie Roderiquez, Johnny Wilson, Vanderbosch, Kline, McIntosh, Bobby Yarbrough, Tom Conley, and Lynne Walter. Contact: Mike Feldewerth, mikfeld46@gmail.com

Looking for Mike Wells from Cal. SP at Danang, Nov. 1966-67. Contact: Ronald Westering, ron1966.1967@icloud.com

Searching for Lt. Peter Banks who was in the 5th Maint. Bn., 1966-67. My email address has changed. Contact: Case Nelson, G.L.Case.Nelson@gmail.com

Looking for people who worked on Ward 4-A of the 4th floor of Ireland Army Hospital during Dec. 1970 and Jan. 1971, especially Luis E. Yepes, Mark W. Hinshaw, Roberto Cuesta, and Clark B. Williams. This is for my brother, Tim Christenson. Contact: Carol Siedlik, csiedlik@gmail.com

Searching for an original 362nd patch, a football-shaped patch. My brother, David Morgan, was in the first graduating class of troposcatter school, then went to Vietnam in 1962. Contact: Eric Morgan, el60morgan@yahoo.com

The 20th anniversary of the U.S.S. Cole suicide bombing is October 12. NSA Mechanicsburg Public Affairs is interested in contacting crew members who served on board U.S.S. Cole during the attack or those who served at a later time. The intent is to commemorate the event with the Navy community. If you would like to participate, please respond as soon as possible. Contact:
James E. Foehl, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command, Business Systems Center, 717-906-8098 (cell/text);
717-605-5504 (office); james.foehl1@navy.mil or go to https://www.navsup.navy.mil/public/navsup/bsc/

Seeking anyone who knew Michael R. Fitzmorris, USAF 820th Civil Engineer Squadron (Heavy Repair), later Red Horse, July 1968-69. Seeking evidence of him taken as VC POW in October 1968, Chop Chai, and released after a few days. Contact: Dr. Chuck Hovey, chovey417@gmail.com




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