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John Ellis from Arvada wrote on April 15, 2021:
Sit Rep: All's well. Echo Co. 3/60. Mar68-69. Cheers and Peace All My Brothers. John
Jane LeMond-Alvarez from Oxnard wrote on March 31, 2021:
First of all, thank you to all who served during this horrific war. I am honored to meet any Veteran. Secondly, I am looking for anyone who might have served with my brother. An officer asked BM3 Joseph Camara who my brother was and when asked why, he told BM3 Camara that he was going to recommend the Silver Star for my brother because of his actions. I've been told we need two witnesses. My brother, John Louis Green Jr., USN was in Vietnam in 1968 and served with the River Assault Division III. It is with great sadness that my brother, whom I always considered a hero, passed away on November 27, 2020, from severe heart disease. John is mentioned 11 times in the book, WAR IN THE SHALLOWS, U.S. Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam 1965-1968. "Seeing wounded emerging from the jungle, John Green and Engineman 2nd Class David Allen left the boat to administer first aid and get the men back into the ATC. One of the men told John that others were in need of help. Green grabbed a canvas and metal bunk frame to use as a stretcher, jumped off the boat with no weapon, and headed into the jungle looking for the wounded. Passing dead Viet Cong as he moved further and further away from the relative safety of his ATC, Green marched toward the sound of gunfire until 150 meters into the jungle where he found a small group of soldiers engaged in a fierce firefight. The fight suddenly ended when h e reached them. While administering first aid, Green learned that one of the men had jumped on a grenade to save the lives of the squad. That man, Sp4c Kinsman, had wounds to his head, chest and leg. Green knew that if they did not move Kinsman immediately, he probably would not survive, so he told two soldiers to load him onto a stretcher and move out. Green grabbed a rifle and led the group back to the river. The soldiers were disoriented, and several of them had minor wounds. Carrying Kinsman through the marsh and mud was exhausting, and the soldiers had to stop several times to rest. It took the men close to 20 minutes to reach the ATC. According to Engineman 3rd Class William "Tex" Donham, who tended to Kinsman on the ATC, "We applied battle dressings to his wounds, tied him to the litter and put him up on a helo deck and whoosh, he was gone - Dustoff." Thanks to the actions of Green and other members of Tango 111-8, Kinsman survived the battle and later received the Medal of Honor for his heroism on 6 February. Page 306/307 Again, thank you all for all you did for this country. Jane
jerome brunner from Pensacola Florida wrote on March 30, 2021:
My father served with river section 551 in the 60s, not sure of the dates. He is currently residing in a hospice in Pensacola FL and not doing well. I hope to reach out to anyone he served with to get messages to him before he moves on. I am also retired (Army) and know this would mean a lot to him. God bless you brothers in arms.
Gregory Gass from Sulphur, Louisiana wrote on March 30, 2021:
Was a plank owner in MRFA and served on A-91-7 and A-91-4 in 1968 as a 20mm gunner. Would like to rejoin if accepted 🇺🇸
Gregory Gass from Sulphur, Louisiana wrote on March 30, 2021:
Asking to rejoin association after absence due to hurricanes and loss of WiFi
Dick Brown (Rik Burkhart) from Portland Oregon wrote on February 10, 2021:
August 1968 on Benewah Barrics ship off Dong Tam. I survived the transport to Tigers Lair, 10/68-7/69, RTO point, two CO's, SIX booby traps, hot LZ's, Agent Orange, substance abuse, the PTSD, (a fact of war). ONE thing, I met the Buddha there. Almost 75, still here Feb 2021. Also: respects for Pete Bythener.
Allen Haugness from Pryor wrote on January 31, 2021:
My brother GM2 Leslie Haugness was attached to RivRon 112 passed away January 28 2021 from Panratic Cancer.
George Alan Reischling from Rutledge wrote on January 24, 2021:
"To those who have fought for it, Life has a flavor that the protected will never know!"-Vietnam soldier saying- Mission accomplished!! Courage on the Mountain-Captivating, True, Free on Amazon Prime- Glad that you made it home Brother! courageonthemountain.com
Ernest Saldivar from Fresno wrote on January 22, 2021:
I have been given several photos taken in the Tiger Lair during an operation in 1969. Peter Bythiner the photograhper for the Ninth Infantry Division who recently passed took the photos. I would love to submitt then to your association if they represent this Association. Peter and I became good friends when I locate him in the early 90's. With Honor and Respect, Ernest Saldivar, Second Platoon, Delta Company, 5/60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Divsion, Rach Kien, 1969.
Paul Ray from Mustang wrote on January 20, 2021:
To, Gene Dickey from Mocksville: on January 10, 2021 you asked a question about Howard Brown. I was there the night Howard Brown got killed. Were in different squadrons so I didn’t know him well, but I knew who he was. He was a PBR Sailor and I was on a Monitor so so we didn’t work together. We were working out of Ben Keo, A small ATSB (Advance Tactical Support Base), in Tay Nihn Province. That night we were about maybe 2 kilometers from the ambush site so when the fight started we were sent in to help. When we got there we sat in the middle of the river in between the disabled PBR and the other side of the river. We provided cover while other boats recovered the disabled PBR and moved Brown to a boat with a helicopter landing deck. He was in a gun turret with 2, 50 caliber machine guns. Fighting on the rivers at night meant shooting at muzzle flashes. We could see the shooters but we could see the muzzle flashes when someone fired a gun. When the shooting started, Brown lit up his 50s and someone shot between his muzzle flashes. He was a good Sailor, he went down fighting. I don’t know if this helps or hurts but this is what I recall. Somethings are hard to forget. Paul Ray River Assault Division 151 Paulray2@cox.net
Paul Ray from Mustang wrote on January 19, 2021:
For Gene Dickey... I was there the night Howard Brown got killed. I was in a different Squadron and a different type of boat. We provided cover for the recovery of the disabled PBR. I knew him but not well.
Gene Dickey from Mocksville wrote on January 10, 2021:
Friend and fellow Cub Scout member of Howard E. Brown, Jr. , KIA 9 January 1970. I know it is a longshot but I was wondering if anyone associated with this page would have any memories of him. He deployed on 16 October 1969. He was the forward gunner on a riverine minesweeper and killed by enemy fire. He was an only child and his father eventually committed suicide in despair. We maintained correspondence with his family for some years but eventually lost contact. From 28-yr Army veteran.
John Michael Black from Oakland, CA wrote on January 5, 2021:
On 5 February 1968, Petty Officer 3rd Class Vernon Parr Smith died in Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam. He was assigned to NAVSUPACT Da Nang, YFU-67, USNAVFORV. His is also the only name on the Wall in Washington, D.C. who is listed as being from the State of California who does NOT have a photo on the Wall of Faces. The wall of Faces project is trying to put a face to every name on the monument. We have been looking foe Vernon's photo for several years with no success. His parents are dead, his sister does not have any pictures of hin, his aunt has passed and his high school list him as no photo. Hopefully someone who served with him at YFU-67 in 1967-1968 will see this and be able to supply a photo. If so, it can be emailed to me or posted directly to his entry on the Wall of Faces website at https://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/48629/VERNON-P-SMITH/
Bruce James Rehm from Overland wrote on December 29, 2020:
On LST-1150 Sutter County servering on the ship March 1967 thru March of 1969. Home port was Guam when we were lucky. Spent some time with TF-117 at base "A" when we relieved the Pitkin County (LST-1082). Being from St. Louis, Mo. I thought the Mississippi was large but its not that wide, longer yes!
Jerry Keane from Mount Vernon WA wrote on December 28, 2020:
Charlie company 3/47 Jan 68-Jan 69 2nd platoon ... replying to John Ledsome - were you “blondie”?
ed hinojosa from irving texas 75060 wrote on December 17, 2020:
i,m like what haPPEned to the guys they medevaced out of the field in TAN TRU long an province? winter spring 1967? 2/60 battalion long an province/ saw thE duffel bags neveR sAw them again its sad having to find out december 16, 2020 .that we had a 60 percent casualty rate in vietnam amoungst 3rd bdge and we didn t know doing insertions and by choppers jitter bugging an lcts
Dave Jauhola from Duluth Minn. wrote on December 12, 2020:
Still hoping to hear from William Mack. We must have been at Dong Tam at the very same time. Anyone else know him?
Michael Day from Roanoke wrote on November 28, 2020:
3rd Bn. 34th Arty. C Batt. FDC 10/67 -- 12/68
Ashley houser from Taos, new mexico wrote on November 20, 2020:
I served from aug 1968-aug 1969 with the 1097th transportation Company out of dong tam. I was an LCM coxswain on a command LCM, prisoner LCM, supply LCM. and a 105mm arty barge towing LCM. I find nobody knows of the army’s part in riverine operations but most everyone has heard of the navy’s “brown water squadron’s. I am in the process of gathering facts and other information on the 1097th transportation company.
William F (Bill) Hoover from Las Vegas, NV, USA wrote on November 15, 2020:
USCG SQ1 Div 12 DaNang RVN 1967 - 1969. USCGC Pt. Dume, Pt. Orient, and Point Gammon.
William Reid from Bettendorf wrote on November 11, 2020:
I served on the YFU-79 May 69 until I was transferred to the YFU-70 to take it to Subic Bay for refurbishing.
Dan Miller from Red Bluff, California wrote on October 31, 2020:
I am not a veteran. A couple of years ago I contacted you about my cousin Steven M. Trivelpiece. I lost all of the info you had supplied to me. I want to reconnect with the person who was helping me, I think his name was Mike Harris. I would really like to finish what I started. I apologize for not following thru. Thanks for all of your efforts. Best Regards, Dan Miller
Bill Kaupas from Wimauma wrote on October 30, 2020:
Looking for Corpsman PO Evan, he was stationed aboard USS Garrett treated the many wounded the night of SOD attack....any assistance with his first name would be most appreciated
Harold Poff (Bud) from Sebring Fl wrote on October 22, 2020:
I served aboard the YFU 80 out of Danang in 1970. I was a 2nd class engine man We hauled ammunition and supplies to Chu Lai, Perfume River to Hue And the CUA Viet river to Dong Ha. Really missed my boat mates when I left. If anyone remembers me please get in touch!!
John Sabin from Fairhope wrote on October 21, 2020:
Naval Support Cat Lo 67 - 69