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David Knotts from Burlington Iowa wrote on December 14, 2018:
I was a medic in D, 3/47th in 1969. Just wanted to give a shout out to all my fellow Army and Navy team mates and wish you a Very Merry Christmas. Welcome Home!
Michael Light from Huntersville wrote on December 12, 2018:
Hello. I'm Michael Light. I served with the 9th MP CO - '68/'69. First at Tan An, then Dong Tam. While at Dong Tam, our 4th (I believe) platoon provided support & security for PSYOP'S & MedCap's in and around Go Cong & MyTho. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have also served with the 9th MP Co. Thanks!
Gerald Weiss from little Falls,MN wrote on December 6, 2018:
Served on USS Benewah from Sere School to Panama to Vung Tau VN . 10/66 thru 04/67. Then it was on to USS Asheville PGM84 at DaNang, VN till 02/68. I was in the company of YN2 now CAPT WC Wright (Ret). It was a year of diversity from doing ET work to cutting Hair.
Lynn S Beedle Jr from Highlands, NJ 07732 wrote on December 2, 2018:
I found a Zippo under the ocean beach pier in SD CA in 1973 It has on one side the 9th patch engraved and below that is CHIEF below that is VIETNAM below that is 68 69 CO/D 4/47 on the other side then MRF above that on the lid is another engraving anybody know its owner
Jack McCabe from Denver, NC wrote on November 20, 2018:
Brown Water Navy help sought I am doing research for a book about the crash of 242nd ASHC Chinook #65-0999 on 10 July 1970. It was delivering fuel bladders to Navy patrol boats on the Saigon River in the Mushroom area of the HoBo Woods. The aircraft was struck by 3 RPG’s, crashed and burned. River boats picked up the survivors and moved them to a safer area for medivac. I am looking for anyone on the two boats involved or know anyone who was there or witnessed the crash. Two crewmembers and seven passengers lost their lives in this crash. I am not real familiar with the Navy in this area as I am an Army vet. I don’t know which units were operating here. Any help would be appreciated.
Wendy Meeks from Reno wrote on November 11, 2018:
My father Wayne Meeks served from July 1969 to June 1970 as part of the River Assault Squadron, on the M-6 Monitor (Mekong Delta). Unfortunately, my Father is having memory issues. I would like to do something special to honor him. I remember him saying there was a monkey on the boat. I am looking for more information on the boat, pictures hopefully, and of course the crew. My Father had a camera shop, try to put all his pictures on a dvd, but they went out of business and we are still trying to locate the owners. Any help would be appreciated.
Gary Hurst from South Bend, In wrote on November 8, 2018:
I got to Dong Tam in September 1968. Went aboard the YRBM-17 as a 3rd class shipfitter. I would like to hear from guys from the shipfitter shop. Left country September 1969. Going to try to get to the 2019 reunion.
albert john lirette,sr from houma wrote on October 21, 2018:
MY NAME IA ALBERT J. LIRETTE,SR,WAS DRAFTED IN JULY 1967,WENT TO FORT PORK LA,FOR 8 WEEKS OF BASIC,FROM THERE I WENT T FORT SILL OLK.FOR FIELD RADIO REPAIR MAN,THTS THE P-25,USED IN VIETNAM,CAME HOME FOR 30 DAYS,AND WENT TO VIETNAM IN JANUERY 1968,BY THE WAY MY MOS WAS 31G10,GOT TO DONG TAM,I ASKED WHERE IS CO.B 3/47 9TH.INFANTRY DIVISION,I WAS AFARIED,NOT INFANTRY,WELL THIS SOLDIER SAID YOU SEE THAT SHIP IN THE DELTA,I SAID YES,THE LST PASS EVERY 1/22 HOUR,CAUGHT A RIDE ON IT.IT CAME WENT TO THE SHIP CALLED THE USS BENEWAH,MY BERTHING SHIP,REPORTED TO MY COMMANDER AND FROM THERE ALL HELL BROKE LOSE,WENT IN THE FIELD THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND MORE HELL BROKE LOSE,I WAS NOT INFANTRY,BUT WITH A INFANTRY UNIT,BY THE WAY I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO,IN MARCH,OF 1968 DONG TAM I WAS TERE AND GIT MORTAR AND I GOT SHRAP METAT IN MY LEFT RISK,IN JUNEIN THE FIED GOT AMBUSH BY VIETCONG GOT HIT INMY FOREAMY BY HANGERNADE,THE SAME DAY BUT LATER THAT NIGHT A VC POP A M-79 ROUND AT US AND GOT METAL ALONGE MY RIGHT LEG,YOU THINK THEY WOULD TAKE ME OUT THE FIELD OR SEND ME TO HHC,NO STILL OUT THERE IN SEPTEMBER 1969 WE GOT MORTAR AT CAMP DAVID,WE ARE IN THE NEWS LETTER,WLL GOT HIT IN MY BACK,AND MY 1ST, SERGENT GOT BLOWN UP HE IS THE KIA THAT NIGHT,THAT WAS MY 4 TH.PURPLE HEART,I WAS IN THE TET.OFFENSIVE THE MEKONG DELTA MOBILE RIVERINE FORCEBY THE WAY THEY MADE ME INFANTRY BY STAWINFG 6 MONTS IN COMBAT,THE BLUE RIFLE C.I.B.6 MONTHS TO ETS,WENT TO FORT RILEY AS A MP 508 MP,1 MONTHS LATER ,I WAS A BODY ESCORT,FOR KIA VIETNAM VETS.THATS MY 2 YEARS STORY.
Matt Long from Avondale wrote on October 15, 2018:
Son of Sgt Larry D Long, 9th Infantry Div. Bravo Company, 2nd/60th. Just looking to have contact with those who knew Dad.
William Mack from Green Valley, Az wrote on October 12, 2018:
Hi Ya Guys. I was Navy--70 to 71. Dong Tam. I work in the engine shop. Then I was TAD to Kien An for 3 months. I would really enjoy hearing from any one that was there. Take care my friends, there is not to many of us left.
Don Williams from Everett Wa wrote on October 12, 2018:
T-132-8 69-70
Ron Weir from Conroe wrote on October 4, 2018:
US Navy, YFR-885 based at Nha Be 1967-1968.
Russ Hallauer from Greensboro, GA wrote on September 20, 2018:
My name is Russ Hallauer. I was Seawolf 13 on Sea Float from October 1969 to September 1970. I'm trying to contact Robert H. Stoner regarding an article he wrote describing Sea Float/Solid Anchor in 2012. Please have him contact me at my email address. Thanks
Dave from Wilson wrote on September 17, 2018:
Hello. I was GMG 2 on Alpha 91-3 before transferring to Alpha 111-3 when we turned the boats over the Vietnamese’s navy during 68- 69. I just found your site and interested in joining the association. Please send Info.
Robert Hamilton from Junction City wrote on September 17, 2018:
I came across your web site while looking to see if there was a reunion for the MRF. I served 2 tours in country 66- 67 was in Danang I was attached to Harbor security in a mk5 picket boat. Second tour was in 69-70 I was attached to rivdiv 132 on CCB 2 as gunner then took over T 24 as boat captain.
Gerald E. Barney from Redmond, OR wrote on September 13, 2018:
9th Infantry 66-67 Anyone know of a contact # for the CCB-18 site in San Diego? We will be visiting there soon & would like to pay our respects.
Dr. Cheryl L. Smelley-Garrett from Baltimore, MD wrote on September 7, 2018:
Dear Friends, I am the daughter of LCDR Allan R. Smelley who served as CO of River Division 551, 'Delta River Devils' from OCT 69 - OCT 70. I am searching for information about Daddy for an article I am writing about him and also, for personal reasons. Daddy was killed when I was only 8 years old in the summer of 1972 while he was working at LLNL. It was a great blow to his entire family, but none more so than to my brother and me. If any of you gentlemen have photos of 'Big Al' or stories to share, please feel free to send me an email at drcherylgarrett@gmail.com. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much for your service to our great nation and for all your sacrifices. Cheryl L. Smelley-Garrett, PhD
Howard Wayne Robinson from Originally from Houston, now living in Austin wrote on August 13, 2018:
I was a clerk at HHC, 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division from November 1968 until July 1969. Stationed on the USS Benewah. Served under Colonel R.C. Rainville. My address is 2204 Mecca Road, Austin, TX 78733 This email address is not current but working on that. Would love to hear from some of these folks if they are still around.
chuck Wininger from ft myers fl wrote on July 26, 2018:
I am interested in joining the association, drove a small craft from the USS Oklahoma City and USS Cabildo
Jim Kaufman from Farwell minnesota wrote on July 21, 2018:
Was on alpha 132-1 in 1968 and 1969 looking for Melvin Ott and Bob Garza served in river assault squadron thirteen river division 132
ROBERT H GREEN II from Boulevard wrote on June 25, 2018:
from Uhrichsville Ohio live in CA were retired was BU3 in Naval support activity Saigon 1971 went throw out Viet Nam and Cambonia worked with a great bunch of guys.
John Sargent from Lakeside wrote on June 19, 2018:
I was a member of the Underwater Demolition Team 11 Detachment that rode the USS Nueces. On 15 Sept 1968 while I was riding on ATC 111-13 the group, RAD 111, got ambushed at 1110 that morning with automatic weapons fire and rockets about 5.5 miles SE of Ben Tre (Rocket Alley?). Myself and another team mate were medivac'd by helo once things calmed down enough and that ended my tour with the MRF. Great bunch of folks in that group and very courageous.
rob datres from butte,montana wrote on June 17, 2018:
I served as a commissary member on the USSCOLLETON from1967 to 1968.I would like to hear from other shipmates that served at that time.
Ailbhe Mcloughlin from Galway wrote on June 13, 2018:
Niece of Anthony P O Reilly 1sr Lt who served in Vietnam 1967-June68 9th div 39th when he was killed.He was Irish.He had a 2 yr old son with a German woman Alexa .son was born in Frankfurt ,possibly moved to U.S .His son Tony Jr would be 52 now.any info would be appreciated from anyone who knew him.Thank you! - Ailbhe Mcloughlin ailbhemcloughlin[@]gmail.com (remove [ ]'s)
Thomas Buckley from Lecompte wrote on June 11, 2018:
Served at sa dec ranPBR 84. Would like to find a photo of the painting that hung over the bar in EM club. Lt Laipilly knew that I commissioned an army guy to paint it so he allowed it to hang. Tom Buckley