Vets With A Mission Guest Book
Name: Marshall (nick name-Jamie) Jameson
Email: marshall dot jameson at seymourjohnson dot af dot mil
Hometown: Seven Springs, NC
Date: December 23, 2004 - 12:45 PM (pacific)
Good sight, much information. Operated with the 1st Marine "grunts" and Amtraxs South of Marble Mt. as a tank crewman '67 - '69, "C" Co. & HQ (Zippo's) 1st Marine Div. tanks. "Kim Village" at Marble Mt. was a frequent sight. Never knew their history. Thanks! Semper Fi
Name: JOHN BARNES
Email: lbarnes at elmore dot rr dot com
Hometown: wetumpka, AL
Date: December 22, 2004 - 08:08 AM (pacific)
I was in RVN nov 67 to dec 68. My nickname was Barney. I was a peon in 3rd herd, C Co, 7th Engr Bn, 1 MAR DIV. We were on Hill 60 just before going over a small river, guarded by tanks, into the Happy Valley. Wounded 2 July 68 just outside the hill.
I was also in Iceland Feb 69 to Feb 70. Welcome Home.
Name: Gerald D Whitehead
Email: whitey at vista-express dot com
Hometown: Ecru, Ms
Date: December 22, 2004 - 05:29 AM (pacific)
I served in B-Btry 7th Arty 1 Inf Div, from may of 66 until Jan 67. I was the Ammo Sgt for our Btry.
Name: tony muniz
Email: vmuniz2000 at aol
Hometown: , calif
Date: December 21, 2004 - 08:33 PM (pacific)
Was with 1st div army 67-68 mos 11b10 mech unit
Name: ryan c watson
Email: rcwats at hotmail dot com
Hometown: terrace, british columbia
Date: December 21, 2004 - 05:37 PM (pacific)
my father was a vietnam vetram, roger burton watson, 1967- 71
Name: larry edward myers
Email: lsmyers at ptialaska dot net
Hometown: anchorage, alaska
Date: December 20, 2004 - 08:53 PM (pacific)
I arrived at the 22nd replacement batt. @ cam rahn bay in feb. '68. what a shock, straight from alaska and -20 f. to 114f. i learned quickly about the value of life and the b.s. the politations fed us, young-dumb and full of c--! we all thought we were bullet proof--ha--i was stationed at tuy hoa.
Name: Gary Edward Little
Email: usmcsgt at shentel dot net
Hometown: Strasburg, Virginia
Date: December 20, 2004 - 05:47 PM (pacific)
Vietnam March 67 To April 68, 2/1 Golf Co. Machine gunner.Dong Ha, Con Thien, Khe Sanh.Would like to here from old buddies. SEMPER FI
Name: Forrest Fred Flemister
Email: drdooley_2000 at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Date: December 20, 2004 - 12:59 AM (pacific)
HM2 (E5) United States Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 12. Camp Adenir, East Da Nang. Across Highway 1 from Marble Mountain Air Fac (MAG 16). MCB 12, a reserve battalion from New England, was called to active duty in April, 1968. I was a reservist on active duty with only 9 months left when I was sent to complete their complement of Medical Staff. The Medical Officer was Lt. Gerald Nowak,D.O., of Michigan. HMC Fred Healey, HM1 Charlie Clegg, HM1 Richard (Dick) Lemieux, HM3 John (Jack, my MedCAP partner)Richford were some of the people I served proudly with. At the time, I had been serving on board the USS Raliegh (LPD 1) which has since been stricken from Naval records and sunk by torpedo and Naval gunfire.
I was one of two petty officers who volunteered for Medical Civic Action duty with and without an interpreter, from Covered Storage to Sao Bien Elementary School near Dog Patch.
I spent a lot of off duty time at the Sacred Heart Catholic Orphanage located off the road at the north end of MAG 16's runway. Came home in March '69. My adoptive daughter Xuan was sent from the orphanage with a flight attendant on a Pan Am flight from Saigon in October 69. She is now 36 and has daughter who looks exactly like she did as an infant. She also has a 12 year old son. USN(R)MCB 12 has also been deactivated though I don't have that date.
Name: Lotte Leerschool
Email: lotteleerschool at hotmail dot com
Hometown: , The Netherlands
Date: December 19, 2004 - 07:52 AM (pacific)
Thank you for the information I have got from this site. We're are doing a project about the Vietnam war for school. What happend to the soldiers and the country after the war was over.
If anyone would like to share their story with us, feel free to mail,
Name: Clif E. Stone
Email: cstonejr at cox dot net
Hometown: Norman, Okla
Date: December 19, 2004 - 12:39 AM (pacific)
I served as a Marine Corps grunt (0311) with the 3rd platoon, Delta Company, 1/9. I landed with 1/9 in June of '65 and served through March of '66. 1/9 was known as the 'Walking Dead" and suffered numerous casualties. Most of our time was spent in I Corps, around Danang.
I greatly respected the Vietnamese people and would like to help in some way.
Name: Ray Barth
Email: raysmail2003 at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Date: December 17, 2004 - 06:56 AM (pacific)
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.
THE NIGHT I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas is here and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.
Name: Rich JOYCE
Email: smser5 at msn dot com
Hometown: Norwood, MA
Date: December 16, 2004 - 02:34 AM (pacific)
Served in Vietnam Feb 66 to Oct 67, most of that time @ III MAF HQ in DaNang, have often wondered how a Sgt. Wojcak of Pittsfield, Ma recovered from his wounds and should a Jimmy McHale of Queens NY read this, why don't you give me a call, seems like history repeating itself with this war in Iraq, let's pray this war ends soon and our guys get home safely.God Bless all who served.
Name: Youngster MISFITS NOMAD 1%ER VIDA CAL
Email: youngstermisfitsnomad at hotmail dot com
Hometown: Ironwood Mich & Hurley Wis,
Date: December 15, 2004 - 02:33 PM (pacific)
I Wish You All And My Step Father Retired 5th Special Group A Merry Christmas And A Great New Year.--- VIVA ROJO Y ORO --- M.F.F.M NOMADS 1%ERS
Name: Ronald L Collins
Email: rc1232 at aol dot com
Hometown: Hammond, Wisconsin
Date: December 15, 2004 - 11:15 AM (pacific)
A troop 2/17 Cav 1st Brigade 101st Airborne 1966
Name: Justin Lee Hambright
Email: www dot hambright21 at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Hart, Mi
Date: December 14, 2004 - 09:54 AM (pacific)
thanks for the information it helped me out. Me and my friend are doing information on the vietnam war and you gave alot thanks
Name: Walt Griffin
Email: wmgriffin at insightbb dot com
Hometown: Lafayette, Indianan
Date: December 14, 2004 - 06:42 AM (pacific)
Please put Vets With A Mission on your donation list. All donations are tax deductable.
I've seen the wonderful work they do in Nam first hand.
They have completed around 30 projects since 1988.
They have many exciting projects plan. With the help of donors, VWAM will continue to help the poor of Vietnam.
If all who read or sign the guest book would give a few dollars per month VWAM could help more of the poor.
Again Merry Christmas!
2/26 and 7th Marines 69-70
Name: David William Griffin
Email: basiarain1949 at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Date: December 13, 2004 - 11:45 AM (pacific)
Just found web site, love it. I use to be from Oswego New York moved to Ohio 5 years ago. Served in the 864th Eng Bn Whiskey Mountain fromNov 1970 to July 1971. Good luck and God Bless all.
Name: WILLIAM M KENDALL
Email: BILL dot KENDALL at CITYOFMEMPHIS dot ORG
Hometown: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
Date: December 13, 2004 - 08:44 AM (pacific)
I left Viet Nam on Nov 10 1970 after 16 months. I will never forget that day I lifted off or the time I spent over there with the US ARMY, Sig Corp. I spent time in Bien Tre, Go Cong and Me To(sp). I seem to think about it more now (34 years later) than I ever have. I guess it's just getting older. I came across this site accidently and just wanted to say hello. God bless all vets and their families. Try something different this Christmas and go visit a VA hospital!
Name: Roland "BRUCE" Wintersteen
Email: nuin2it4me at Yahoo dot com/wingnut77 at comcast dot net
Hometown: Owings Mills, MD
Date: December 11, 2004 - 07:54 PM (pacific)
Groundcrew EC47 assigned 362nd. Det1 TEWS at
Pleiku 66/67 tail# 43-48871 also at Nha Trang prior to our planes arriving in country.Anyone from this unit feel free to contact me.
Name: Lowell Carpenter
Email: neusslein at hotmail dot com
Date: December 11, 2004 - 09:54 AM (pacific)
Looking for the crew chiefs and pilots at Chu Lai in 1969.
21st RAC, 212 Aviation Bn. (Black Aces).
Name: Loyde Snake Arender
Email: kaybran at webtv dot net
Hometown: DaNang, Vietnam
Date: December 10, 2004 - 09:41 PM (pacific)
I served in Vietnam from December 1968 until March 1970 as a machine gunner in the Marine Corps infantry with the 26th Marines. See my webpage at http://www.combatwife.net/mmsnake.htm
Name: john c pinder sgt, usmc
Email: dezaray 391
Hometown: dover, de
Date: December 10, 2004 - 07:11 PM (pacific)
nam 68-69 tet, sgt usmc c company 7th eng,bat 1st marine div,,
Name: Burce Warren Trenholm
Email: skycruiserbruce at aol dot com
Hometown: Ridgecrest, Ca
Date: December 10, 2004 - 06:21 PM (pacific)
Great read! 67-68-1st tour, served with Delta 1/7 (hill 41) as forward observer (FO) and OP Lou (The tower). 68-69-2nd tour, served as FO with Lima 3/7. We moved alot. Got wacked a couple times and caught maleria but lived through it. My nickname in Nam was "Sunny". When you go to bed at night, say a prayer for the guys in Iraq. They're gonna need it.
Name: James P Guiducci
Email: twitybear at yhoo dot com
Hometown: Napa, Ca
Date: December 10, 2004 - 03:32 PM (pacific)
1966 572le Tuy hoa 18th engineer 35th grp 1968 to may 1969 610th eng 18th engineer brg 35th grp
Name: james mccready
Email: jmamcc at bellsouth dot net
Hometown: homestead, fl
Date: December 10, 2004 - 03:15 PM (pacific)
i was in country from jul 65 to jul 66 1 st bn 9th mar 3rd mar div.