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From: Russell Widener email@example.com
Sent: Mon 5/8/2017 2:12 PM
CAN ANYONE FILL IN THE BLANKS FOR ME ON THE EVENTS OF NOVEMBER 12-13, 1969? I was on the hilltop with the mortar platoon, B 1/61. We were reinforced late in the evening by A Company - later we were hit by a large NVA ground attack. I have intermittent memories of the events of that night but desire to fill in many blanks before I depart this earth. I have read radio logs as well as a few accounts of that firefight, but I would like MY logbook filled in if possible. I remember sitting in our FDC track when an RPG deflected off the side of it hitting the ground about 20-30 feet away, later throwing trip flares out to our perimeter to mark the safety zone for the Spooky gunship, getting knocked off my feet by a bomb dropped by our air support, shouting into the radio handset at the FAC (Barky), bandaging some wounded soldiers, etc. What really bothers me is that 4-5 months later, I received a medal for actions that, for the most part, I do not recall... I just need to fill in the blanks. Many thanks to everyone that night... and all of you are superb soldiers in my book.
Wade Stolz firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Mon 4/17/2017 2:58 PM
Found your page as I was looking back at my deployment to Panama in 1989.
Company: HHC 1/61 inf
Operation: Nimrod Dancer
Name: Stolz, Wade
Spent half my time at the big white bubbles then the rest at / around Empire Range. When we first deployed we were known as 1/61st Inf then changed to 5/6 Inf. Great times, beautiful place.
From: Isaac Koch email@example.com
Sent: Fri 2/24/2017 6:09 AM
I just stopped by your website this morning. My girlfriend is in basic training at 1-61 now.
From: Woodrow Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Tue 9/27/2016 3:56 PM
Anyone assigned to unit at Ft. Carson 1971 to Nov 1972
I was in recon platoon assigned to S4 under Sgt Jewelry I was in evolved in a accident down range of PC turned over. Looking for anyone that was in evolved or remembers it
From: Wayne Mullen email@example.com
Sent: Tue 8/16/2016 12:38 PM
My name is Wayne Mullen. I served in the 5th Infantry Div (Mech), 1st of the 61st Infantry Battalion, "C" Company from 1965 to 1967. I was an armorer and trained troops on their way to Viet Nam. I trained in all small arms, however, primarily in the M-60 machine gun. I did my basic training at Ft. Carson, as well as AIT...and spent the rest of my Army time with the 1st and 61st training. I have fond memories of Ft. Carson and Colorado Springs... I hope you will all keep me informed of up-coming events and news concerning the 1st and 61st.... Thanks, Wayne L. Mullen firstname.lastname@example.org Chico, CA. 95928
From: Robert Cutting email@example.com
Sent: Wed 8/17/2016 8:42 PM
My name is Bob Cutting and I served w/A Co. 1/61, 5th Mech Inf. from Nov 68-Feb 70. I found your site while Googling on my smart fone. I found a familiar name, Jimmy Trestrail, and wrote him an email, but it was rejected. Other names that I remembered are Carl Craigholm, Larry Kinslow, Billy Scarborough (doc), Barry Lutz, and JoJo (3rd plt apc driver), all met at LZ Tombstone. I would like to hear fm anyone that might remember me.
From: Kristine Tait firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Mon 7/25/2016 10:22 PM
I’ve been reading your website with great interest and thank you for compiling it with so much amazing detail. I was looking for information about a very dear friend of ours, Lt. William Louis Long, from El Paso, Texas who was a member of this outfit and was killed in Vietnam on June 20, 1969. Reaching the end of the Vietnam section, I clicked on the link for the “Band of Brothers” page and was disappointed not to see his name under “B” Company, so just wanted to point out that he’s been omitted. I can’t think that the “Band of Brothers” would only include those who lived through this terrible war, so hope “the fallen” would also be included – but perhaps not. He’s listed in “We Remember” and there was a “Memories” submission for him which was very nice for the individual to submit – hard as it was to read. Thank you again for all the incredible effort on the website which our family will find of great interest – and much sadness and the tragic loss of so many terrific people. . Kris Tait
From: Pat Kilburn email@example.com
Sent: Sun 7/24/2016 7:24 PM
I was with Co C, 1/61 5th Infantry. First EOD with them in Oct 1969. I was in the horribly firefight of Nov 11-13, 1969. I was an infantry man and then became the HQ RTO. Pat Kilburn
From: Tony Delawter firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thu 6/2/2016 7:01 PM
My uncle, Vernon Wiggins was in B Co. 61 Inf. 5 Inf. Div. From August 1969 until January 25, 1970 when he was KIA in Quang Tri. Was trying to make contact with anyone who may have known him. I am a Marine Corps veteran who served from 1984-1992 and I'm not too familiar with many Army unit designations. Any help would be appreciated.
From: Kyle Harvey Kyle.Harvey@tlc.texas.gov
Sent: Tue 5/17/2016 1:19 PM
My dad SPC Terry Lee Harvey was in C Company 1st Bn 61st Inf 1st Bde 5th inf Mech. He served from 1968-72? I'm looking for his fellow brothers that may have served with him or remember him. Looking to exchange a few pictures and stories. Thanks, Kyle Harvey "proud son"
From: Bruce Moohers email@example.com
Date: Wed May 11, 2016 1202PM EDT
I served with 1/77 Armor 1970-71. Trying to find air units. I was shot down in Sept-Oct. Messed my back and need information on the incident but can’t find what init supported us.
From: Bill Ruby firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: May 11. 20116 at 4:50:31 PM EDT
I was in C Co 2nd Bn/61st INF when E3 or E4 Price was killed in a 2 ½ ton rollover at Ft Carson in the fall of 1962 or 63. I’m trying to find out what the dates were and where he was buried. Don’t know where to look. Any Help would be appreciated.
Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016 4:27 AM
From: "Bert Ovitt" email@example.com
I returned from my forth tour in Vietnam and reported into Fort Carson around the 1st of December, 1971. They assigned me to HHC 1/61 Scout Platoon. SSG Hatcher was my platoon sergeant. I had gone to grade school and middle school with SSG Hatcher, who left the army a few months after I arrived there. There were few of us assigned to the platoon when I arrived. It seems like somewhere between 7 and 11 soldiers total. They had most of their vehicles in storage. I think we had 1 APC, 2 M114’s and 1 or 2 jeeps. Later when they created Combat Support Company CSC 1/61 Inf, we had received a few more soldiers and started getting some of our vehicles out of storage. I think we ended up with 4 M114’s. 1 APC. and a jeep. While I was assigned to 1/61 from December 1971 to August of 1974 (when they were sending 1/61 back down to Fort Polk to the 5th Infantry). We did a lot of training up, to make up for the lack of personnel and equipment the first year I was with them. I whole Scout Platoon went to Recondo School along with two other scout platoons and one Engineer platoon in February 1973. I had gone to the 5th Division Track Master School for combined arms training in April 1972 down range at the Recondo training area. I then went to Basic Non Commissioned Officer’s course at Fort Benning for 16 weeks from June 8, 1972 to September 16, 1972 . In July or August of 1973, our Scout Platoon went out to California to be trained by the Marines for “Beach Recon’ training. I had received orders to leave the army just before we left and had to stay back to get that corrected as I had just moved my wife out from Virginia and made no plans for a civilian life. It took a few days to get that all changed and I missed the training, but it was pretty crazy training from what the platoon told me. I was transferred to Scouts CSC 1/10 infantry when the 1/61 transferred to Fort Polk in August 1974. I ended up going to Germany in June of 1975 to May 1978 and came back to Fort Carson. I had gone to Redeye school on my way to Germany and picked up the 11b redeye MOS. Just before I left Germany to go back to the states, they made me either drop the Redeye qualifier and stay infantry or become a 16P30 air defense man. I chose the latter and went back to Fort Carson to the 4/61 ADA Battalion for two years then back to Germany as air defense for a 2 year unaccompanied tour. I was then sent to Fort Polk, LA to 1/55 ADA Battalion. I visited the 1/61 a couple times while I spent my last 3 years there at Fort Polk.
Date: Wed 3/30/2016 11:13 PM
My name is Mike Thornberry. I was squad leader of the 2-1 track B 161 5th INF MECH from June 70 to Apr 71. I would like to thank all who served in Vietnam and would like to hear from anyone who served with me or knew me. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: March 26, 2016 at 2:19:48 AM EDT
From: "Tom Haynes" <TomHaynes@hawaii.rr.com>
I am trying to find out exactly what happened, when and where to Spec4 Joseph Polasek, track driver with Flame Platoon, HH Company, 1st Bn/61st Inf. KIA 3/30/69. I researched an after action report re: Operation Task Force Remagen (16 Mar 1969 to 29 Apr 1969) which indicated Joe may have been killed when his tracked vehicle (tank?) ran over an AT device. Joe and I became friends in BCT at Fort Knox, Aug-Oct 68. I was assigned to HD 5th Training Brigade at Fort Knox and Joe went with most everyone else to Fort Polk. We exchanged letters until early spring 69.
Thank you -- Tom Haynes
Date: February 20,1969 at 8:57 PM EST
To everyone visiting this website: It has come to my attention from one of our brothers that there is an individual named William Ripley that has emailed individuals that leave emails on this sight and is claiming that he is an historian. He has a questionnaire with 25 questions on it that he is asking us to answer. He is also asking for a picture. He may in fact be an historian but I have no positive proof of it. He also contacted me last year and I refused his request. With the constant threat of identity theft today, I would be very leery of answering any questionnaires of this sort and would certainly not give out personal information and photos.
Lou Pepi: Webmaster
Date: January 27, 2016 at 6:10:27 PM EST
Roadrunners! I'm currently serving as the BN S3 NCO and was also the A/1-61 1SG. I'm looking for the name of a platoon sergeant from 77-78 in Aco. That was LT Rodriquez's platoon sergeant. Any information would be great. Thanks!
Tue 1/26/2016 4:15 PM Eastern Standard Time
“LOOKING FOR A BUDDY” I am looking for Lt. Rodriguez’s Platoon Sgt. (sorry I can’t remember his name) or anybody else who served in Alpha Company 1/61 Inf. 5th Inf. Division at Ft. Polk July 1977 to June 1978. Thank you for your assistance. If you have information, please respond to the above email.
Wed 1/6/2016 4:07 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Howard D, Tuter - email@example.com
Hi, found the site sometime back and enjoyed reading the posts.. My name is Howard D Tuter I served from 2/1970 thru 12/1970 spent most of my tour at C/2 with delta co. 1/61 I was the company commanders jeep driver, jeep was named (Strawberry wheels forever) I Lived in the orderly bunker with first Sargent Unggowa, the mail clerk Daluka and orderly room clerk Ski and the company commander who's name I I've forgotten, the last month or so I spent at the motor pool back in Quang Tri... I was sadden when I read about the guys lost in the rocket blast at C2 in 71 ...can't believe that it's been 46 years.
1/4/2016 1:46:40 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
From: Karrie Dukefirstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Karrie Duke. My Dad, Larry Duke served in Vietnam as a track vehicle mechanic from October 1968-September 1969. B Company 1st BDE 61st INF 5th Mech Div. In assisting my parents with my Dad's VA claim I have been researching the 61st Infantry 5th Mechanized, Task Force Remagen, & Operation Maine Crag. Using the Vietnam Memorial Wall Website I now have names to attach to the 10 men's bodies my Dad had to I.D. when most of his Unit was wiped out on June 18, 1969. The hardest was when he had to view the body of his close friend Melvin Lamar Mize. My Dad was in the hospital the day Mize and the other men were killed in action. He was being treated for wounds from grenade shrapnel. My Dad new that Mize’s father had passed away 6 months prior and the thought of his Mother losing her husband and now her son cut deep. When the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall came to town my Dad went down and was told which panel and row Mize’s name was listed on. He carried a card with the location written on it for the next 30 years in his wallet. What has given me the best understanding & most touching information are the entries here submitted by the Vietnam Vets recalling their experiences, their memories, their nightmares, & their remembrances of fallen brothers they bravely fought alongside with. As I read these accounts tears roll down my face as I think of the hell my Dad & these young men lived & died for. My Dad does not speak very much about Vietnam. I think the disrespect & disgust that many Americans had for the Vietnam Vets when they returned home had a severe psychological effect on the veterans. There was no ticker tape parade. No transition period from the war in the jungle to the protests & the lack of respect shown to the men & women who fought so that we could keep our freedom, so that protesters could protest. The bloodshed & the threat of being killed in the worst conditions are not memories my Dad chooses to relive. But the truth is that even though the soldiers leave the battlefield, the battlefield never leaves the soldiers. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all that served. I am proud to be the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. The love my Dad has for me & the care & responsibility he has always provided me with is beyond measure. As is the love, respect, & gratitude I have for him as my father. He is the husband you want as your life partner, the son you can be proud of, the friend you want by your side. He is my world. It is with Honor that I fight for the benefits & care that he needs & that he rightfully deserves. To the friends and families who lost loved ones in Vietnam, please know that the memory of these brave men are alive in the hearts of brave men like my Dad.
If anyone served with my Dad, Larry Duke, please feel free to contact me. My email is email@example.com - I have 2 albums of photos to share.
Thank you Col (US Army Ret) Jack Swaren for providing this website. It is an incredible tribute to the 1/61.
I would also like to thank Ed Davis for sending me the list of websites he has compiled to assist Vets with the VA Claims process.
1/3/2016 6:30:33 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
From Bruce Kefauverfirstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Bruce Kefauver.I was with the 363rd light truck company. I went from Saigon to Danang on an lST and drove from Danang to Wunder Beach by truck with the rest of the unit. Five months after I got there I et'd and left on May 28.Since 1002 I’ve been looking for something about Wunder Beach and just heard from a friend about the site.
December 15,2015 at 12:40:29 PM EST
My name is Anthony Simenas, I was in 5th Mec.Div.Jan.70 to Sept 70.1st Bat.1st 61st.Co.B. Adolph Borysko was my Co.He always mispronounced my name. He called me Sgt.Simenzik.I used to get xtra ammo for him when Div.started rationing 81mm.Mortar ammo
Comments: I thought I sent an entry a few years ago but didn’t see it so will resend now!
was with B 1/61 from July 69 till May 70. Started at LZ
Sharon, Quang Tri, till we took over C-2. I was track mechanic and VTR
TC when it was running and BN didn’t borrow it or our parts! I served with many
brave men who sacrificed every day and we were brother through thick and thin!
Meeting a lot of you all now has restored my hope and faith. Counted
many 122 rockets till I lost count from Rocket Ridge.
Welcome Home Brothers. “We Will”
Dennis G Wood, Sr on Face Book and YouTube, serves as a Veteran's Advocate and DAV Service Officer.
Comments: Not sure if this will help but I’m looking for either pictures or information about my time (August -November 2003) in 1/61. Like many I know that Facebook and Camera Phones were a dream of the Future. I would love to connect with My old Drill Sgts if possible. DS grantham, Tubbs and D’toboda. Not sure if that is possible but thanks.
Charlie CO 1/61 4th Plt August -November 2003
Certified IT Professional
Comments: I am writing on behalf of Bob Morton of B Co. 1st Bn 61st Inf 5th Mech Div serving in RVN May thru Nov 1969. Bob is trying to locate information pertaining to a friend named “Hooks” and a Lt. named Dierich(Sp?) Bob was there when the Lt lost an arm and would like to know if the Lt made it home and what happened to him. Hooks was his only friend in the unit and would like any information on him.
you, Gary Lipowski
Bob and I are in the same Vet Center group located in Gainesville, Florida
Comments: I have been reading the posts in the log book and was struck with a reality. Many of have posted over the years but I'm coming to the realization that there are quite a few that are no longer wth us. The Viet Nam group is getting on in years and sadly are passing on, if only from "natural causes" not to mention those who may have passed from combat related injuries. I haven't posted in quite some time and was reading backwards to 2009, page 9, seeing names of people I recall. Unfortunately I attempted to contact some and the email bounced. That could be for many reasons, I know.
A quick up date on me.
I went to Nam in July of '69 as an 11B. I was assigned to C Company 2nd platoon, 1/61. I managed to have a quite first month until we were on a platoon sized ambush one night in August, northeast of A4 and were hit. Not a major hit, but we did have a KIA and a few wounded. As I recall the LT had a meltdown that night as well. At some point in late September back in Sharon, our driver had the opportunity to take a permanent KP position to burn his remaining time in country. Frazier from Syracuse if I recall. I was able to finagle my way into the drivers seat and became 23D from then on. That meant that I was fortunate enough to avoid patrols most of the time, although sitting in the hole wondering if there was amine under my tail has its own excitement.
After a second R&R in May '70 (it helped to be buds with the CC) I was able to remain in Quang Tri pulling bunker guard until my DROS date in July.
I attended a reunion of the "Society of the Fifth Division" once in DC several years ago and did see some faces from the past. They have a list of members, but you need to join in order to be identified.
I'm still looking for Terry Lee and Frank Abrams, two names of people that I did keep in touch with for a while after 'Nam. I did find some other via the Society membership.
I'm personally preparing for retirement, having spent a career in a family owned business.
Welcome home to everyone!
Paul Tabone (T-Bone)
Comments: "Help needed from C company originals to assist with VA claim from Ted Nordin, Zippo 6. Either 2 or all 4 flame tracks were attached to C company when we left Wunder Beach for the field. In the afternoon of our the 1st day out, we lagerred on a hill top where Red Devil was to be built. The CO, CPT Popham??, called the platoon leaders over to his track to plan the NDP, fire-plans and defensive sectors. I and others were standing on the lowered rear ramp when BOOM and I flying through the air and then eating dirt in a face first slide. Clear as a bell to this day, I remember the thought going through my head in mid-air, "This is going to be a long F***ing year."
I starting having hip problems in the mid 70's but didn't know the source at the time as hurt was usually in knee or groin. Most of you know the drill, by now. VA immediately denies claims, then says we don't have proof of the incident, that my 2 eyewitness statements are not enough etc blah blah. Can anyone of you provide me with addtional statements to verify the mine explosion under the command track. Not sure of exact date but we were at Wunder Beach for about a week before moving out and we got to Camp Carroll on or just before Aug 10, 1968, so I'm guessing first week of August. Any and all help appreciated. I will try to find incident reports from 1/61 for that period but who knows if any exist in archives. (any suggestions for dealing with them also appreciated) Thanks, Ted Nordin email@example.com
Welcome home to all from 5 Mech, best unit the Marines made sure no one knew about.
Comments: Wayne Bieszczat 298th Signal Company, 1st Siginal BDE in support of 1st BDE 5th Inf (Mech)
Spec 4 Inter Speed Radio Operator
Phone number 630 437 0678, call me if you remember, I am his son, Keith.
Comments: Gary Fox -RTO- A 1/61 Aug 69-Oct 70
I wish to contact Kevin McGrath - FO for A 1/61. I had his contact information and lost it on my phone. His e-mail address I have is no longer good. Can someone help me out here?
Comments:1983-1984 C Co 1/61st, 5th mech @ Ft Polk
I was a track driver and am looking to find folks from C Co who may be able to link me up with documentation such as a company roster from my time in the unit.
Specifically looking for a SGT David Gibbions.
Any help let me know.
Comments: Anton j Arimas Company C, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry 1975 - 1977
Looking for Pvt Gooch, Sgt Tom Loehr commo track, Thomas McNalley, Sgt Coleman (Squad Leader, 1st Plt) and Spc 4 Sammy Agee, CO's track driver.
Comments: Joel W. Williams Company A, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry 1972 - 1974
New email address.
Comments: Jim Taylor 2/B/1/61 1970 - 1971
Looking for Banks, Tex, Hearn, Shorty
Comments: James Thompson 1/61 1969 - 1970
My handel was Alabama
Comments: Bernie Muller, Captain Inf Jul. 69 to Jul. 70 HHC 5th Inf Div Mech
69 to Jul. 70 Co B 1/61
Please update email address, no longer with Comcast.
Still visit site every now and then !!
Comments: Greetings, my name is Keith Rowland, myself a veteran and am searching for information regarding my Grandfather, Sgt Harry Pinkerton (Red) Rowland who served in 61st Inf 5th Div during WWI. Our family has been attempting find specific information in order for him to receive his Purple Heart. His records were destroyed in St. Louis fire. We know he was injuried near Paris by mortar fire, spent several months in a hospital and went to a school for disabled veterans. Any information is greatly appreciated.
Keith Rowland, US Army Retired
Comments:Found your sight very interesting. I served with 5/4 Arty, HHB as a radar crewman on C2, A4 and Mai Loc 1969/70. I was on your sight a year ago and found a picture of 11 men taken at what I believe is the Repo Depot. I am in that picture front row, bottom right. Searching today I could not find that picture.
Sp5 Robert R. Brunette
HHB 5/4 Artillery
2620B Crosscreek Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Comments: I was assigned to Company B, 1st of the 5th Mechanized Division in early Feb of 1971. I had a computer repair MOS but they did not need one in Quang Tri so I volunteered for armament support work in Khe Sanh. I spent most of my time repairing bunkers and riding shotgun on a M113 with the contact team for temporary fire base support. Most of the armor was stripped off the M113 and the weight was replaced with 6 layers of sand bags on the floor. Sometimes we hauled parts and sometimes ammo at night by truck. We often passed the mine sweepers on the way out to the fire bases so every trip was like a crap shoot.
I have some photos of the crew from our base at Quang Tri but none of Khe Sanh. If I can contribute any photos please let me know.
Comments: Took Basic and A.I.T. 1st 61st, Bravo, Nov. 1965. I am trying to contact anyone that was there at the same time especially: Roy M. Oliver, Ronald Farringer, William Powell etc.
Comments: Looking for Tom Loehr 1976 -1977 Ft Polk LA or anyone involved during NATO exercise at Peason Ridge where CO and gunner where hurt in a M113 wreck. The track rolled onto its side. Anyone who remebers it plz contact Tony Arimas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 224-639-0797. Sam Agee driver, CO Tom Loher Commo Track, and Tom McNalley Armoured Recovery Vehicle crew.
Comments: I am Bob Z ... Robert H Zeissler... I served in A Co 1/61 Inf. 5th Div.... I was in Nam Dec 68 to Dec 69... My Email is BobZ9@aol.com ... I am on Facebook as Bob Zeissler...
I and Louis Pepi will be at the Reunion this Year... My First... I am Hope to find some guys from A Co. or B or C... I am going back to Vietnam in Jan... and I am looking for any and all information about our Firefight on April 28 1969.... Anyone with info please get back to me... I hope all are doing well.. I have made many contacts on Facebook and also found a few guys not on Electronic Devices... LOL ... Just Phone numbers.... I am looking for ( and one set of numbers ) the exact coordanance of the April 28th battle... I want to .. will put a stone on that spot to Honor the guys we lost in that fight... again.. anyone with the name of the guys we lost .. PLEASE get back to me... Most important is the exact spot of that fight... Like to have anyone who was in that fight get back to me...
Also I am looking for the tankers of 1/77 who were with us that night ... Especially the tank that was destroyed and the on next to me that one of the guys got hit with some scrap metal from a Grenade that I throw to close to them... Sorry about that... Never got to say that that night...
Home Brothers !!!
Comments: HHQ. 1/61. 1968. Combat wounded October 1968 during Operation RICH
Comments: My name is David Wood. I'm doing research for a presentation on my Great Uncle, Henry Russell Wood, who served with Co. A, 61st Inf in World War I. He was KIA Nov. 7, 1918. I have a letter that Russell wrote to his family dated Aug. 25, 1918 in which he states that he was still in Co. F 330 Inf 83rd Division. The 83rd was a depot & replacement division. I'm trying to determine when Russell was transferred to 61st Inf. I've checked foldthree website & put a request in to St. Louis (OMPF) archives but with the 1973 fire there chances are slim that I'll get anything. I've looked at your excellent website for any additional information which may be helpful for my presentation. Is there any way to find out when Russell was transferred?
Comments: SGT/SSG Bert Ovitt. HHC 1/61 Recon Platoon 5th Inf Div 12/1971 to around 4/1972 then CSC 1/61 Inf 4th Infantry Div until 6/74 served as 1st Section Leader and later as Platoon Sergeant from about June 1973 to May 1974. The Battalion trained basic/advanced Infantry and then we trained 10 or 12 members as scouts to fill out the platoon. We had a great platoon that went to Recondo School in February 1973 as a group at Fort Carson and most went to Beach Recon in San Diego with the Seals. Summer 1973
Comments: Jack, I enjoyed the site. I was in Vietnam from Sept. 1970 to Aug. 1971. I was in HHC the whole time. I was the S1, Mike Littrell 1LT. Worked under LTC AS Stallman most of the time. He was a crazy dude. I was at C2 during the rocket attack that hit the Pizza bunker and killed so many. We were giving an award that day to a kid for bravery. I went into the Command bunker when the rockets started, what a day and night. I knew most of the guys in the unit due to being S1, SFC Musgrove was the S1 admin. Thanks for the memory. Mike
Freundliche Grüße / Best regards
Comments:My name is Thomas Parsons and I served with HHC Flame and Recon 61th on firebase Charlie Two from 1970 -71. I'm looking for anyone who served with me during that time period. Thank you.
Plus can you give me info about joining your association.
4001 E. Sahara ave. #32
Las Vegas, Nv. 89104
Comments: I was in B Co., 1/61 from March to November, 1969. I was in 81 Mortars, FDC. I was to go out to lead a mine sweep (road) from A4 to C2 (?) when I was stopped at the last moment because I was needed to be FDC for the mortars. I cannot remember the man who went in my place but he got just outside our gate heading south when he stepped on an anti-tank mine and was killed. If anyone remembers this incident, please let me know his name. I think it was around September or October of 1969.
SGT Russell Widener
Comments: My name is Robert Poublon, my nick name was Zorro.
I was with the 1st BD, 5th Div Mech. Mortar Platoon C/1/11 from Oct 69 to May 1970. I served at C2 and A4.
I would like to to find the men I served with in this period.
Comments: My name is Henry Geib and I was assigned to D Co 75th Spt Battalion from 1970-1971. I got reassigned to Quang Tri Camp Red Devil after standing down with the 4th Inf Div in An Khe, Camp Radcliff. I'm looking for anyone that might remember the time (I'd say around January-February 1971) when the D Company 75th Spt Bn company area took mortar fire and as an end result the ammo dump got blown up. As I remember it was 52 tons of ammo going up all at once. I was sitting on a perimeter bunker and go blown off the bunker. The next day I drove my shop officer (CW3 Olds) around the ammo dump to check the damage. Anybody remember CW3 Olds, Sp4 Kenneth DaViega, Sgt Greg Freyler, SSG Joe Creati, Sp4 Bob Lang or SP4 Tommy Landis? If anybody remembers me, I always had two dogs with me, Ralph and Shep. I had to give them up when I came back to the states, however an E-7 asked if he could have them and he promised he would get them back to the states. I would like to know if they ever made it back. I still have pictures of those two dogs and got them enlarged and they hang on my wall today. I did return to Vietnam in 1972 and stood down as one of the last combat troops to leave Vietnam in 1973. The last official combat troop departed Vietnam on 23 March 1973 and I departed 22 March 1973. At that time I had another dog and I did get her back to the states. She survived with my parents and lived to be a ripe old age in comfort. For anybody wishing to contact me you may do so by email: 1SuperTrouper@gmail.com Prior email address containing 593rdSandSCo is deactivated.
Comments: LZ Sharon 1968-1969 A Co 1/11 2nd Platoon
Comments: Sgt. Loehr. Tom, it's Tony Arimas, the guy you saved after the f/u at Peason Ridge late 76.
Drop a line 224_639 /797,
Comments: I found the website today, via a link in Facebook. It shows things just as I remember them.
I was a platoon leader with E Co. / AT Co. 1985-86 Cpt Rob Murray / 1SG Ernest Scott, C Co. 1986-87 Cpt. Jeff Jochow, and S-3 Air 1987-88 S-3 Maj. Les Albers
I have pics I would like to contribute if you are interested.
Comments: I discovered your site tonight 2-21-2014--I came to C-2 in evening in early October 1970(I was one year past my internship--spent first year in Army at fort bliss--they never bothered to send me to basic training)--I was super scared and almost immediately upon settling in the battalion aid station bunker we got call from TOC BUNKER indicating an EM had just walked into TOC with frag with pin out and demanding to be sent back to "WORLD" and so began my tour--I was battalion surgeon 1/61 1/5 from oct.1970 till first of may 1971
I would enjoy talking with anyone (but particularly any of the medics that were with me).
T. Kien, M.D.
Cpt. US ARMY, retired
Comments: Fred C. Bouser III, Spec-4, Buck Sergent, HQ Company, Flame Platoon, 1969 - 1970, RA1145382 I think?
Served only one month on Zippo 58, was used as Base Defense RTO and later NCOIC at Quang Tri.
Comments: My name is Bruce Kruger, I served with the 532 sig plt which deployed out of Ft. Carson CO in 68 . THE 532ND THEN BECAME THE 298TH SIG CO. l spent most of most of my tour of 21 months in the field in 3 different locations, C 2, A 4 and Wonder Beach. I am trying to locate Mitchel, Kennedy and Ramerz who serves with the 298. Email address is email@example.com
Comments: I served in HHC 1/61 infantry. My name is Patrick Walker. I served 1981-1982. I was a medic in Headquarters Company. Please enter me in log.
My name is Joe Shallcross, I served with the 20th TAAS (Forward Air Control) in 1969 attached to the Americal Division out of Chu Lai. I stumbled across a picture on your site of Joe Shallcross at Wunder Beach in 1969. I’d really like to get in touch with him and compare notes. I was amazed to find a guy with the same name as mine! Many thanx.
Comments:I GOT THERE IN MARCH 1969 TO 1970 ISAAC CHADWELL RECON HHC /1/61. I KNOW ABOUT 60 FT SNAKE. AND I LIKE YOUR SITE. IM TRY TO FIND SOME GUYS (ROBERT McCARTNEY) (MIKE VANDOIAH/DOC) (DAVID CLOUGH) (DAN PLAPUS) (BILL BRUNER)(RIGSBY)(ANDY MASSEY HE HAD A BROKEN LEG)(AND I CAN"T REMBER THE GUY NAME THAT SHOT HIS ANGLE BONE OUT.) WE ALL WAS IN RECON AND WENT TO KHE SANH AND JONES HE WAS A TRACK DRIVER GOT NAIL WITH A RPG. I KNOW A LOT PEOPLE ON YOUR WEB SITE BUT THEY'RE NOT KEEPING IT UP DATE. I MIGHT KNOW YOU IF I SEE OLD PICTURE OF YOU. NAMES ARE HARD. AND THINK YOU SO MUCH FOR WEB SITE.
Comments:My name is Bill Cunningham. Bob Moore was my older half brother and my hero. I don't know if you knew him or not. Guess I'd like you to put his name on this site. Maybe some of his fellow army buddies might be wondering what became of him. Bob passed away in July 2012. If anyone would like to contact me they're more than welcome.
Bill (740) 777-8174
Jan (740) 277-9648
Comments: Nice site. The pics brought back some memories.
Thanks for putting this up!
Christen, Sp. 5
526th Eng. Det. (U)
April 1, 1968- April 4, 1970
Wunder Beach, LZ Sharon, Quang Tri, Camp Evans
Wounded 2/8/70, Quang Tri, Friendly fire (and what the hell is so friendly about it??!!)
I found this web sight by pure accident today. Seven hours later and I am still navigating through the sight. I was a member of 3rd Platoon, 1st Squad, A Company of the 1/61st, 5th mech. I was taken back emotionally as I read the communication logs and battle reports of the fighting near the DMZ on 11-13 Nov 1969. I was part of the force that was choppered in with Capt Gallagher into a night position. Along with the maps, and radio communications it blew me away to relive this today. I can't even start to thank you for what this has done for my overall piece of mind. It is as a great weight has been lifted off me. This time has been buried inside me like a bad dream. But it did happen and I can deal with it. I am so grateful that this history has been put down for all to read. You have done us all a real service.
Some of the information is not 100% correct in my estimation but that is for later.
Please use this email below for anyone who wishes to respond.
I am not sure if am at the right place here. I found your webpage just now, and I would like to get something on it - if it is the appropiate place for it.
During the Yugoslav wars, American soldiers were stationed in Hungary, Taszár air base. They have sometimes traveled over to my city Dombóvár. I was a little girl then (I am not sure, around the age of 7 maybe, I do not remember so clearly) and I was the only one to speak English in our street that time. Some soldiers who came over, wanted to visit a club, but could not understand the keeper of the place, so I translated for them. This happened a few times, and once, one of them gave me a pocket-watch. I do not remember his name or anything about him, but I would like to find out if he is still alive or that if he even remembers this little encounter. It is a nice memory, despite its fogginess.
Best wishes, Judy Györffy
Comments: I served with recon in 1969 and I recently received an e-mail from our old Lt.He would like to hear from ex recon soldiers. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Was at Tay Ninh in 1970?, maybe part of 69 too. Actually I am looking for anyone that served with me especially Howard Caracciolo . We were all grease monkeys for the most part. I can be reached at email@example.com
Comments:Hello, my name is Matt Lavicky. I am trying to find anyone who might remember my uncle. He was in Vietnam from November 1970 until November 1971. He was a Squad Leader on a mortor track in C/1/61/5th Mech. His name is Jerome Havlovic and he was from Brainard, Nebraska. He was in Charlie company and operated in Quang Tri. He was also a Bronze Star recipient.
My uncle passed away a few years ago and I am interested about his time in Vietnam since I didn’t really know much about it. I thought I would email you in case you knew guys from other companies.
Thanks for reading my email,
Comments: I was known as christmas.I served with co b 1st of the 61st 5th inf from nov 68 to jan 70.I was in the mortar platoon.Russontheroad asked about a land mine incident. I was there. It happened on aug 24 69 outside of con thien... about ten or twelve of us left early that morning and only went a few hundred yards when Roy Mc clennan stepped on a mine. we were in a group of four,Roy..Jimmy Steen... Gilchrist and myself. Roy and Steen died ..Gilchrist was wounded ..and I was unhurt. awhile after that an engineer stepped on one a few feet away followed by one of headquarters men exiting his jeep stepping on another.both died. I dont recall we ever went looking for land mines before or after..seems so strange..that and that i did not get a scratch. I can be reached by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: I'll be in San Antonio, TX during the VHCMA gathering this next June, 2014 between the 18th and 22nd of the month. All three helicopter books will be available at a deep discount: "U.S. Army Helicopter Names In Vietnam", "Vietnam War Helicopter Art" and "Vietnam War Helicopter Art, Vol 2". Also, I'll share what info I have on surviving VN War Army helicopters (approx 1,000) that are presently on display in public museums, military bases and memorial parks across the 50 states. I've compiled a database list which you can view and luckily can help identify an old in-country bird. Hope to see you there.
John Brennan, 114 AHC, 1970-71