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Searching for anyone who knew my father, William Andrew Smith (Smitty). He was at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Airbase, serving on the flight line in 1971-72. He spoke to us of being shot at and providing cover while working as an AGE during his time in the Air Force. My father passed away of lung cancer in September 2020. My mother has been denied benefits, as we try to establish that he died from Agent Orange exposure. The VFW rep has informed us that we have to prove he was on the security perimeter, and it would be best to have a written statement from him about that. Well, he is gone. I’d like to connect with veterans who served with my father. Contact: Tara Smith, 907-586-6838; 907-586-8114 (fax)  tsmith@chhcare.com

Looking for John Russel Campbell, stationed at Offutt AFB till being sent to Vietnam, 1967. I served with him stateside, as well as in Binh Thuy, 1966-69. He was born in 1946 and was from Sacramento. Contact: Jim Barker, jim.barker15@hotmail.com

Searching for Duke Conner who was at Pleiku, 1965-66. I was in charge of the tropo site within Corps Compound as the OIC. Duke was also a Signal Corps officer. We were good friends. Contact: David Glazener, texasbigfoot431@gmail.com

Looking for USMC members of my San Diego Plt. 3333 from the autumn of 1966. Contact: Mike Melroy, 479-244-6960; maaagoose@gmail.com

Looking for fellow members of Charlie Btry., 2nd and 17th Fld. Arty. I am working on a reunion for next year. I would like to have as many Charlie Btry. members as possible. Contact: Jeffrey Wilcox, 616-581-9659; wilcoxjsw1@att.net

Searching for friends in the 1st Aviation Brigade, 3/17th Air Cav., 1970-71: Mike Patrick, 1st Lt. in the Rangers and Larry Fitzgerald, maybe a Spec.4, from Venice, Louisiana, who used to work oil rigs. Contact: Joe Burgess, 304-433-9133.

Searching for hospital corpsmen who served on 3-South, Great Lakes Naval Hospital, February 1970. I am the corpsman behind the sheet of paper in the photo. Contact: Bob Eberlein, 12215 Ashland St., Granger, IN 46530; ebb23@att.net

Looking for Fidel Rodriguez. He served in Co. E, 1/12th Inf., 4th Div. and is from Puerto Rico. Contact: John Sweet, 101 Timber Heights Dr., Port Ludlow, WA 98365; sweetjohn069@gmail.com

Searching for anyone who left Fort Carson in July 1968 or who served with me in Vietnam, 5/4 Arty., 5th Inf. Div. Contact: Stan Shaffer, 313-506-6795; shafferandrea10@gmail.com

Looking for a man from Alpha Co., 1/5th, 1st Cav., 1970, who lived in Cleveland. He signed the company sheet at the Cav. Hospitality Suite at Fire Base Cleveland, 1988. He said that he had been ambushed twice in one day. Another man was wounded in one of the ambushes. Contact: James Meecham, 3067 Ervin Rd., NW, Dover, OH 44622; 330-343-5651.

Searching for Douglas George and James Bauer who served in the 18th M.P. Bde., 1972. Douglas was from Pittsburgh, and James was from Germantown, Tenn. Contact: Gary M. Fredenburg, 840 McKinley Pkwy., Buffalo, NY 14220; 716-783-7511.

Looking for veterans from the 212th M.P. Co. Senjay and 98155 M.P. Co., Senjay Dog, who were with me in Talat in the south during the Tet Offensive, 1968, especially C.B. Brooks from Georgia and Sgt. Dave Eriksen. My room was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade. Sgt. Eriksen was hit, and glass hit my leg. Contact: David Keeton, P.O. Box 414, Athens, MI 49011-1414.

Searching for any new members of the 553rd Engineers while in Vietnam or stateside. Also anyone from the 511th Engineers. Contact: Clyde Phillips, 530-622-6999; genephi213@gmail.com

I read that James Martin Hebron passed away in 2016 in the Philippines. I’m trying to determine if he is the same James Hebron who worked to organize the 1985 ticker tape parade in NYC. Our letters are mentioned in Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. Contact: Ellen Power Raspitha, ellenraspitha@hotmail.com

Searching for combat medics attached to HHC, 4/31st 196 Inf. Brigade, Americal Div.: Max Emberton, Bob Yost, Leslie Griffith, Dennis Mack, Jerry Wining, Ramon Carter, Ben Grimes, and Gerald Markuson. Contact: Jimmy Descher, 314-756-1359.

Searching for Gunners Mate (Guns) Petty Officer 3rd Class Williams who attended Navy GMG Class A School at Great Lakes during the summer of 1967, Class 2718N. Later, we met again at Cam Ranh Bay. He was on Swift Boats. I was on LSMR-525. Contact: Duke Carrington, 619-730-5610; slainte1861@att.net

Looking for J. Leeper. I have recently acquired a knife and shirt belonging to a man who served in Vietnam. I’d like to find out more about him. I know he was in the Army, 1st Cav. because of the patch on the shirt’s right arm and an 18th MP Bde. patch on the left arm. The name on the knife and shirt is “J. Leeper.” Contact: Jason Brown, jasonberrybrown1967@gmail.com

Searching for information about Joseph Hoak, probably from Pennsylvania, trained as a heavy equipment operator, Vietnam, 1971. Returning home, he went to Ft. Riley. He passed away a few years ago. He had “DAR” tattooed on his upper arm. His eldest daughter seeks any information about his time in the Vietnam War. Contact: C. Daniels, cdaniels67042@yahoo.com

Searching for anyone in B-1-12, 1966, Hill 41 south of Danang when John Wayne made a stop at our position. My own photos have been lost. Contact: Roger Conley, 96 Hartl Dr., Vernon, CT 06066; r-conley@sbcglobal.com

Looking for Capt. Jack E. Danel, CE, who was adjutant for the 169th EBC, Aug. 1971. Contact: Len Ignatowsi, 703-255-0353; grunt69@gmail.com

Looking for the RTO for A1/46 in 1971 who is on the right side of the photo. His name might be Hoak. I was the Company Forward Observer (on the left), and I’m looking for anyone who served with us under Capt. Joel Snow. Contact: Jim Wideman, jimwideman1111@gmail.com

Looking for James Fox from Redwood City, Calif. We were at Ft. Lewis, Tuy Hoa, and Phu Hiep, 1967-69. Contact: William Frey, 707-321-0262.

Searching for former members of the 3rd Bn., 508 Inf. Abn. who served at Ft. Kobbe, Canal Zone, Panama, 1966-68, for a possible reunion. Contact: James Proctor, 808-845-3200; csvcsa@twc.com

Looking for anyone who served in the 4th Admin. Co., 4th Inf. Div., Camp Enari, July-Dec. 1969 and Camp Radcliff, Jan.-Sept. 1970. Contact: Don Siemers, d_siemers@yahoo.com

Looking for Dave Hampton or others on LZ Center Ops, 1968-69. Contact: Bob Garrett, bobgobluegarrett1947@gmail.com

1st Bn., 3rd Marines: I would like the dirty rotten scoundrel who stole my Vietnam service photos and film from my c-bag during detachment at Marine Air Transient Facility, Danang, to return them. They’re my boots on the ground, not yours. Contact: Cliff Banks, 1441 Moccasin Rd., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815.




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