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Subject: Re: 618th HEM GS

Fred Garnes
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Date Posted: 07:58:55 10/25/14 Sat
In reply to: Larry R Miller 's message, "618th HEM GS" on 20:25:32 06/25/14 Wed

Hello Larry,

I just wanted to say that I too served with the 618th HEM from 7-67 to 7-68. However, for 7 months I was TDY. At the 618th I was a mechanic. I was in the first maint. platoon with SFC Little as platoon SGT. I remember the second platoon was headed by SFC Bozell. Other than that, I can't recall much in the way of names.

When I returned to the 618th about a week before DEROS, in July 68, no one in the orderly room knew who I was. They dug around and finally found my TDY orders. I was TDY to a small Combat Support Unit, Task Force Finstad then Task Force Moroz, that supported elements of the first brigade of the 1st Cavalry in I and 2 corps. This duty was waaay different from the state side BS of the 86th and the 618th.

To this day, I am glad I was away from the 86th, as I was able to be witness to what horror war really is and not the benign view from a rear area as Cha Rang Valley.

On the 5th Maint BN's site, they have posted a few photos I supplied them from my 86th/618th days (daze).

Best regards, Fred

>I was in the 618th from 4/67 to 4/68. I was the co
>supply clerk, then driver when sp5 Cardoza left. SSgt
>Salsbury was the supply sgt. warrant officer Hill was
>the motor pool officer.sgtWalker mp sgt and Vernon D
>Filbert the dispatcher.the 2 mp mechanics were
>Anderson and Polatowsky,Lt Benn became the CO just b/4
>I left. Labar /mailman and Brink/generater mech.That
>about does it for name recall but I remember a lot
>that went on during my year in paradise.I noticed the
>site is predominantly 526th guys .Iwas in there yard a
>few times finding parts, Well gentleman it was a
>pleasure reading your stories and finding this great
>site. The very best to u all.

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