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  • Were You There? Qui Nhon South Viet Nam 1966 -- James Netherland, Mon, September 01 2008, 17:32:46 (70.246.117.144)
    There was a small Vietnamese boy who came into the American camp and helped us do small jobs. We gave him food and small amounts of money to help his elderly parents. He was their only child. We had become close to this little guy. One day we were working on Hwy. 19 between Qui Nhon and Ahn Khe on pipeline. He ran across the road suddenly and was struck by an American military vehicle and killed. This happened some time between August 1 and November 30. Anyone who was there, please contact me. By the way, my nicknames were: Swampy, Swamprat, and Webfoot because I was from Louisiana. If anyone remembers me, please let me hear from you. Thanks, James Netherland (697th Engineering Company, Pipeline Unit)

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  • C-130 crash at An Khe, June 17, 1967 -- Jim Bailey (jimbo), Wed, May 30 2012, 18:15:01 (70.232.167.42)
    I witnessed the crash of the combat loaded C-130 that crashed on takeoff at An Khe in the evening of June 17, 1967. I helped others pull some of the injured soldiers out of the plane until the front of the plane started burning. Aware that the plane was combat loaded with 105/155 and small arms ammunition, and had landed on an ammunition dump, we finally had to stop pulling the guys out. I think there were about 60 on board and do not recall how many we pulled out. It was a horrible experience that I will never forget.

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  • A Proud Vietnam Vet until I Die -- Matthew F, Wed, June 21 2017, 11:59:26 (23.25.226.69)

    I would like to thank you for your service in Vietnam and to extend a hand of thanks for you spreading the feelings and emotions of vets in order to help us civilians to understand how it feels to be in those conditions and to try and help returning vets. We may never understand, but it helps for you to write these poems as it gives us an understanding that you guys sometimes need help.

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  • War -- Evan, Wed, June 21 2017, 8:46:34 (23.25.226.69)
    For my English class,I read a poem that is titled "The Nurse One," written by Jeanne A. Urbin Markle
    I like how this was told from the perspective of this nurse. Clearly shows that soldiers aren’t the only ones that go through bad times during war. It’s very heartwarming to know that she would go to a place where she could very likely die just so she could be with her husband.

    I also read another written by Garwood Bacon, a soldier story
    My name is W. Garwood Bacon, I was born June 26, 1920 in Camden, NJ. I enlisted in the Navy on Navy Day, November 11, 1941 as E-5 which is in the Naval Intelligence Branch in Philadelphia. My rate as E-5 was 2nd class yeoman.
    On December 7, 1941 I called the custom house in Philadelphia where I was to be assigned and they told me they would be in touch with me for active duty. I went on active duty in February, 1942. I served as a driver for the officers investigating waterfront activities, I also boarded Spanish and Portuguese speaking vessels off of Lews, Delaware going out on the pilot boat and then going up the Delaware to the port of Philadelphia and ask questions of the crew. I examined all the way into the bottom of the ship to see whether there was any evidence of them possibly refueling German subs.
    At one point, I thought it would be more exciting to be a flier. I applied and passed the physical and mental for Navy air, but then was told because of my importance to the Intelligence Branch that I would have to be put on a long list. So at another point I decided I would want some action and it just seemed like I'd entered the service early but yet the other kids were leaving, coming home and going away and I was coming home in civilian clothes and not very understandable to the neighbors.
    Anyway, in 1943 I was transferred by request to the fifth Naval District and got boot training at Bainbridge, MD where I was assigned by request to the beach battalion program in Virginia. Because of my rate I was in the leading naval beach battalion which had about 50 officers and 500 men. It was my responsibility to take care of all of the paperwork of the transfers, incoming people, captains mast, court martials and so forth.
    Commander L.C. Leever was our commanding officer, the man came from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was an enlisted man in WWI, owned a good sized boat and was in the flotilla in the Hudson River and he became an officer to lead our group. We had many practice invasions besides the normal workout to stay in shape on the beaches at Solomon's Island, Camp Bradford, and then we went to Fort Pierce, Florida, began for similar training and to Ledapees, New York where we were for a short while before leaving for England in March 1944 on the Maritania which is sister ship to the Felicitania.
    It was an English ship and I was quartered in the fourth deck below and it was only my guitar that saved me from being seasick the whole trip. We finally landed in England and was stationed in Devonshire, England where we did some combined exercises with the army at a place called Slapton Sands which had similar surface and ties that we would be landing in Normandy.
    Actually it was shell and rocks anywhere from 2 inches to four inches in diameter and it was impossible to dig a normal foxhole. On one of the live ammunition practice landings at Slapton Sands. We saw what was to be one of the surprise weapons of the war. There were some tanks which had canvas bottoms so they would float but when the got in the water they actually did look like a small boat.
    There were 32 of them on the invasion and I believe only 4 made it to shore. The rest were either sunk or shorted out because of the heavy waves.
    May 15, 1944, 7th Naval Beach battalion left our training bases for the marshaling area for the invasion of France after 9 months of intensive beach battalion training and dry runs at Camp Bradford, Fort Pierce, Solomon's Island and several practice invasions on the English coast, under realistic conditions of live mines on the beach and naval gunfire from supporting ships of the British and American navies.
    As the trucks loaded down with the battle clad men and tons of medical communications, boat repair and hydrographic gear rumbled noisily out of the strangely quiet and vacant camp the feeling of "this is it" was evident on the grim faces of the veterans of previous invasions and all of the inexperienced men. We could all sense the fact that this is not just another dry run but would be the test for all of the training and individual initiative that we possessed in a battle to obtain a foothold on a European continent.
    As we careened crazily down the narrow country lanes of Devonshire towards our unknown destination some of us started to sing some old songs to break the tension. Since most of our battalion consisted of young men averaging about 19 or 20 years old, it wasn't long before our entire company of trucks and jeeps were yelling away lusty on such refrains as Marching Along Together, and a beach battalion song some of the boys had composed a few months before.
    It was a relief to get rid of the pent up energy caused by the weeks of waiting. At Painton we disembarked from our trucks and boarded an awaiting troop train. Everywhere the British people gave us the "V" for victory sign and they too saw that something was up. They had been waiting for a long time for this occasion since 1939.

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  • Vietnam War Poetry -- Cameron Goduti, Wed, June 21 2017, 7:42:40 (23.25.226.69)
    Dear Mr.Rosario,

    I really enjoyed your poem. It was so different and original the way it was setup, that I really looked into it. I've never seen a poem like this,setup with no rhymes, and no sentences. The names of the things that you saw really made me think about what it all looked like, and put a very clear picture into my head.

    I would like to say, Thank You for your service, and Thank you for sharing your poem with me. I really enjoyed it.

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  • IT IS THE SOLDIER Charles M. Province -- Jenina Melvin, Wed, June 21 2017, 7:44:12 (23.25.226.69)
    While reading the story I got a little bit mad because Province was proving so many points and actually opening my mind and my eyes up a bit. I think everyone at one time or another take advantage and tend to forget about everything these soldiers are doing for us, but after reading this I will never ever forget or take advantage of them again. I would like to let the troops know that i’m very thankful for everything they have done for us.

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  • The Nickname ''BOZO'' -- Alexandria Bachelder (amused), Tue, June 20 2017, 10:15:36 (23.25.226.69)
    This story starts off sad but towards the end it gets happier in a way. I like how you handled things and how you wear it proudly now. I would honestly not be able to do that myself. What amuses me about this is that people called you this and you got over it and started to be proud of it.

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  • War is Never Over by -- Mercedes Tether, Mon, June 19 2017, 10:57:55 (23.25.226.69)
    As I read this poem,I had so much respect for each and every person who had fought in a war and for those who are still fighting. It had left me knowing that it is so hard to get over what had happened in a war they have been fighting in.I could relate to this,about wanting to let go of the pain that had once came but not being able for it to go away.

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  • It Is The Soldier -- Tim Pitman, Mon, June 19 2017, 7:32:30 (23.25.226.69)
    The soldier in this case does not actually mean a man in the army. More likely the soldier is the persons that do the work and fighting behind the scenes. The “politician” or the “poet” the person that brings the soldier, as well as themselves to fame. In this poem it is explaining how the soldier is the one who brings about change not the scapegoat. By scape goat I mean credit thief.

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  • War Charles Wagenor -- Tim Pitman, Mon, June 19 2017, 7:30:53 (23.25.226.69)
    The meaning of this poem is quite clear. There is no point to war. It will always end badly, and people will die. In the text it says the only way the man will return home is by leaving the war and to do that the war needs to end. If there is no end to war than why would he fight? He fights because he feels he has to because somebody at sometime said it was heroic.

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  • War Is Never Over By Cecil L. Harrison -- Tim Pitman, Mon, June 19 2017, 7:29:19 (23.25.226.69)
    The meaning of this poem is that war will never stop, and peace will never fully be achieved. War will always present itself in the world and there is nothing anyone can do to stop the constant feuds. Even if there is a person trying to stop the feuds, he is creating a feud. In the poem the author shows different viewpoints and how they feel that war will never end.

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  • PTSD By Kim Bautista -- Tim Pitman, Mon, June 19 2017, 7:27:35 (23.25.226.69)
    The meaning of this poem is clear. It is to show what PTSD does, and how easy it is to have after a war. It makes great examples of how PTSD takes over the mind and then the rest of the body.

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  • Dog Stories By Paul Cameron -- Tim Pitman, Mon, June 19 2017, 7:24:47 (23.25.226.69)
    This poem gives great examples of what war can to any sort of being. War is stated to have an effect on the dogs that fight alongside the troops in Afghanistan. PTSD is not just in human being but also dogs meaning there are more things affected by war and fighting.

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  • English project-Ryan sheppard -- Joel Drown, Fri, June 16 2017, 10:28:07 (23.25.226.69)
    I read a story written by Captain Ryan Sheppard, of the 2nd Canadian Horse Artillery, on https://afghanistan.nationalpost.com for an English project for school. His story tells about surviving an ambush in Afghanistan, and how he had resigned himself to being shot; however, he escaped the situation unscathed but thankful.
    Dear Ryan sheppard my name is Joel Drown and i writing to you about your story of you being ambushed in june of 2007.Your story was amazingly written and so exciting i felt like i was there.i have members that have served during this time period and currently and they tell me story's such as the one i have read. Its amazing how the simplest mission can be the one that takes the turn for the worst.When you were in the heat of the moment and you described how you kept your head when you thought you were going to be shot. its amazing how such little time it take for something like that to become the normal thing running through your head.Your story has showed me what to expect when i hear story's about ambushes on soldiers.
    Thank you for your time and service,Joel Drown

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  • Welcome Home Soldier by Ed Blanco -- Joel Drown (suprised), Fri, June 16 2017, 10:05:22 (23.25.226.69)
    Dear Ed Blanco i'm writing to you about your story about your first day back to the states.When i read your story it hit me close to nome because i have had many family member go and fight over there and they would tell me how badly they or there brother in arms were treated.None of you brave men deserved any of that how you young men at the time were treated was wrong and inhumane. That man in the suit at the airport bar was one of the few that truly was an american patriot that understood what it meant to serve.
    Thank you for your time and service, Joel Drown

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  • Was I there? -- Justin Carter, Tue, May 16 2017, 9:30:39 (23.25.226.69)
    This poem was quite confusing at first but after a while of re reading the poem, I completely understood everything that was going on. It must be extremely scary to even fight in a war and see so much violence going all around. If I were in battle, I’d probably as scared as the guy in the poem if I were in a battle like that. It's just shocking how awful a war can do to the person's mind especially when they are very close to death's gate.

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  • SCOUTS! OH-58A KIOWA -- Justin Carter, Tue, May 16 2017, 9:20:12 (23.25.226.69)
    This must’ve been an extremely scary time for you Glen due to the fact that you were almost killed. I’m glad you are even alive to this day because we wouldn’t of heard your story. If you haven’t survived, nobody would’ve even heard of your times in the war other than the fact that you fought in the war and served, but you fallen as a hero to this wonderful country. Hope things are doing good and peaceful nowadays for you.

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  • Dog soldiers (Poem) -- Justin Carter, Tue, May 16 2017, 9:17:33 (23.25.226.69)
    I really liked this poem that you made because you showed that even creatures such as dogs can help us fight for our freedom. Sure their role in a battle is little to none, Although when they are needed in the specific mission such as finding something hidden that they can smell, than their presence is vital. Their help can also rescue soldiers in battle as well. THere are some other reasons that I can explain your poem is true but to make things short, all I gotta say in the end is great job on the poem.

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  • Freedom Is Not Free! (Poem) -- Justin Carter, Tue, May 16 2017, 9:15:38 (23.25.226.69)
    I really liked this poem due to the fact that our army is the main reason why we have our freedom and you explained that really well. You basically said that nobody besides the person that fights in the battlefield is the one that fights for our freedom and in many ways, and that's true. I love how the poem was short and simplistic as well since it explains the meaning of the poem so easily. Just hope my cousin will be a hero in the army as well since he just joined the Marines last year.

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  • The Night Before Christmas -- Sara B. (It made me sad but also thankful), Mon, May 15 2017, 12:15:08 (23.25.226.69)
    When I read the poem it gave me an idea of what it was like for them while they were there. As I was reading it I could picture it in my head. It shows that when everyone else would wake up to a tree all decorated and gifts under the tree and stockings with candy that they wouldn’t wake up to that, they would wake up and have to fight. So I just have to say thank you for risking your lives to fight for our freedom and fighting for our rights.

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  • War Article Responses -- Hunter Hart, Mon, May 15 2017, 7:54:06 (23.25.226.69)
    Infantry Assault: Dear Mr.Hawkins, Thank you for sharing your poem it is truly incredible to read. Your poem really describes what it is like before a battle, during a battle, and after a battle. It really shows all that a soldier must go through during war. All the sacrifices that soldiers give for their country should never be overlooked.

    I joined the Navy Because. Dear Mr.Keefe, Your story was very interesting to read. It helped me to get a better understanding on why people joined the military and what they did while at service. Thank you for your service in the military and for sharing your story for the public to read.

    Fight to the End: Dear Mr.Camunes, Thank you for sharing your story about the struggles during war and after going to war. Struggling soldiers who come back home after the war should be treated better and should have a setup life when they come back. Your story is very inspirational and everybody should have the mindset that you have. Again thank you for your service and for sharing your story.



    The Joker: This story was all about showing how small the world is and how much people have in common. It was all about meeting a war icon named “The Joker” who was not publicly named as an icon but by the people who knew him.

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  • A proud Vietnam vet I am until I die -- Macey Cotnoir, Sun, May 14 2017, 16:15:28 (173.44.69.182)
    When I read this poem, I had so much respect for every man and woman fought in any war. It really explained what was used in the war and how it's not easy to hear cries for help and not being able to do anything about it. I will always have respect for soldiers and this poem especially how proud you are to be a part of this and a retired Vet.

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  • I remember -- Kati Cummings, Sun, May 14 2017, 12:23:50 (64.222.183.2)
    After reading your story I remember it had given me another point of view that everyone had to go through while being away. It had shown me that you shouldn't take your family for granted and the time you have with them. Your story had really stuck with me even after reading the other stories that were written. Your's stuck with me because of how things had changed just being at war then coming home. At the end of your story you had mentioned that "death was something you had to put up with occasionally and not as an everyday occurrence" it had made me realized that you had to be brave and knowing that you and the guy next to you may not have the same outcome but you had to be ok with it. You have a well written story and I like how you had put all of the emotions into one story.

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  • "Night Quiet" By: Jerre D. Divelbiss -- Alyssa Lambert (Nostalgic), Fri, May 12 2017, 17:25:57 (73.100.152.169)
    This poem depicts the yearning of a soldier's heart to get back to the people he loves. It shows that he wakes up every morning and fights for love, just to go back to sleep dreaming of one day returning home to his love.

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  • "Who Cares" By: Louis G. Parrillo -- Alyssa Lambert (Forlorn), Fri, May 12 2017, 16:38:17 (73.100.152.169)
    When reading this poem, I felt the loneliness that the mother was enduring. The description of her praying to God that her son makes it home safely really shows a mother's love. "Who Cares" proves that the only person who will ever truly care and remain caring for us is our mother.

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  • The Wall By, Michelle Magnuson -- Cody G (Sad), Fri, May 12 2017, 15:24:08 (24.62.158.60)
    This story made me sad because it's all about the wall where soldiers who died names are on it. People go their to remember and honor the fallen. Thank you for your services.

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  • Freedom Is Not Free! By, Charles Province -- Cody G (Sad), Fri, May 12 2017, 15:12:49 (24.62.158.60)
    This poem made me really understand what these soldiers were fighting for. They were fighting for our rights. For us to live free. Thank you for your service.

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  • Forget Me Not -- Mason I, Fri, May 12 2017, 11:47:59 (23.25.226.69)
    First off I would like to say thank you for your service. I especially liked this poem due to the format and the repeating stanza. The format of the poem allowed each sentence/ word phrase to have an emphasized meaning. If it was all in one line it would be easy to look over the words as a simple list, but the extra emphasis allowed me to understand that each line was its own small story in a way. Also the beginning and ending stanzas being the same gave a very pleasant ending to a very unpleasant plotline.

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  • PTSD by Kim Bayes Bautista -- Macey Cotnoir, Fri, May 12 2017, 9:46:56 (23.25.226.69)
    When reading this poem I really got hooked and felt the hurt and fright described. I wanted to keep reading but there was no more to the poem I loved it so much! PTSD seems very scary and what he went through must have been even scarier. I felt as though you really connected to this boy and described his emotions and feelings very well.

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  • The mad dash of Mike Hanks by James Clark -- Macey Cotnoir, Fri, May 12 2017, 9:42:04 (23.25.226.69)
    This story is very graphic and puts very detailed images into my head because the battle scenes described are very detailed and I can just imagine men carrying larger men and dashing across a battlefield. The subject really came across and how much running the Sgt., Cpl., and sargent did to help the injured soldiers.

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  • Freedom is not free -- Jared Dupuis (true), Fri, May 12 2017, 9:01:05 (23.25.226.69)
    The poem Freedom is not Free by Charles M. Province is a poem based on truth. The soldiers that have fought for our lives everyday. Soldiers do not get enough credit for the things they have done for us and it is time we start appreciating them more.

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  • PTSD Marked by the Sword by Don Poss -- Kevin L, Fri, May 12 2017, 7:07:40 (23.25.226.69)
    Your poem made me think about all of the horrific sites of war. It's hard to visualize how terrible war really is without living through it. But I think you did a good job painting a picture in my head of the horrific scenes you have experienced. Thank you for you service.

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  • Freedom Is Not Free! by Charles M. Province -- Kevin L, Fri, May 12 2017, 6:53:20 (23.25.226.69)
    Your poem really made me think. I could relate to the audience you were trying to address. Sometimes people take their freedom for granted and don't even take a second to think about how lucky they are to have it. Soldiers like you risk their lives to protect our freedoms and are hardly acknowledged for it. Thank you for your service and for keeping our country free.

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  • First Kill,by Louis G. Parrillo -- Kevin L, Fri, May 12 2017, 6:45:49 (23.25.226.69)
    Your poem really spoke to me. It really made me try to look from a soldier's perspective on the war. It made me realize how much pressure was put on soldiers to kill and defeat enemy. It also made me think about the permanent scars that are left on every soldier and the memories that can never be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

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  • It is the Soldier by Charles M. Province -- Brandon Jawidzik (Thank you Charles), Fri, May 12 2017, 5:43:22 (23.25.226.69)
    It is the Soldier by Charles M. Province is a poem that has showed me and has explored more of what a soldier is fighting for us. Not just to be safe but freedom and rights. This gives me more reasons to thank soldiers and give me more of an open mind on this topic. Thank you for all that you have done to help us succeed this free country.

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  • War Story Article Response -- Griffin Furlotte, Fri, May 12 2017, 5:39:11 (23.25.226.69)
    Griffin Furlotte
    War Veterans
    Mr. Morris
    5/11/17

    Love and War
    By Ovid

    The poem love and war us about relating love to the theme of war. In the way of the effort put in by a couple compared to a squad of marines or a lonely lover and a lone wolf. Either way these struggles are made out to be very similar in this piece. The word choice leads you to believe love is only for those willing to struggle, as if love was only hardship. It seems that way sometimes and the relation is visible and apparent.
    To prove the claim the author uses quotes such as “Lovers all are soldiers. Youth is fit for war,” (Ovid). This quote stands out because it’s claiming love and war have a direct correlation. “Both stay up all night long, and each sleeps on the ground; one guards his mistress’s doorway, one his general’s.” (Ovid). This is apparent evidence that the statement made by this author is correct. Overall a good peace with a decent amount of truth to it.






    Griffin Furlotte
    War Veterans
    Mr. Morris
    5/11/17

    A War Song To Englishmen
    William Blake

    The poem “A War Song To Englishmen” by William Blake is about any amount of soldiers making preparations for war. A hype chant if you will. The poem consists of multiple things soldiers should do to prepare. This chant probably takes place before battle a sort of “bloody glory filled” battle. The language is nice and it’s formatted well. The punctuation isn’t lazy.
    Sort of dark and gloomy.
    The poem has it’s hype quotes like “Prepare, prepare!” to sort of amp them up I assume. The dark gloominess comes from things like “Prepare your hearts for death’s cold hand!” (Blake). Or “Prepare your souls for flight and your bodies for the earth” (Blake). Almost as if death was eminent and they should most definitely not come home so they must make preparations for their final moments in life. The author conveys tragedy and thrill into this battle chant esk poem. The poem itself is great and flows nice.





    Griffin Furlotte
    War Veterans
    Mr. Morris
    5/11/17

    Experiencing War
    By Jeanne A. Urbin Markle

    Jeanne A. Urbin Markle was in the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1975. She married an officer before he was shipped away and she became a part of the Army Nurse Corps. She was in the 93rd Evacuation Hospital Unit and the 24th as well. The 93rd was in Fort Sam Houston, Texas and the 24th was in Fort Carson Colorado and she had also been to Vietnam. She was a First Lieutenant. She had joined the army as a way of seeing the world but had never expected the horror of caring for the wounded and ill soldiers of the Vietnam War.
    This story has some feelings to it, she doesn’t want to deploy and be separated from her husband. The loss that war can scare you into thinking you’ve obtained is frightening. Quotes like “We ran out of bandages one week and had to use the Stars & Stripes newspaper.” (Urbin Markle). This quote helps to visualize how horrific it was to be a nurse in this bloody conflict. Also the whole time mentally this woman is thinking about her husband and where he could possibly be, If he’s injured or dead or even ok. This story conveys emotion from the war directly instead of boring history lessons.



    Griffin Furlotte
    War Veterans
    Mr. Morris
    5/11/17

    ‘Real Combat’ Stories
    By Joyce Faulkner

    This article is about the combat stories of Patrick Nelson. He found it very difficult to explain these stories to his family and friends and say them multiple times. He decided to make his stories public on a blog. This blog was used for him to vent the horrible things that happened to him whilst he was in combat. The tragic stories he put on his blog as a way of relieving his pain was a huge success. The idea was also met with loads of support and even had funds raised towards the cause. It inspire other veterans to also commit to posting stories on the blog site.
    This is a semi heroic story. He is a veteran which is honorable enough, but he also created this public way for veterans to express their emotions through stories they find hard to say in person. The blog was a healthy alternative for these veterans to get support and vent their stress and any other emotions like anger etc. This article is a good read and really restores any lost faith in humanity, something most people commonly lose.




    Griffin Furlotte
    War Veterans
    Mr. Morris
    5/11/17
    Help
    By Richard Dieterle

    This article is about a military force with a new captain moving under the cover of darkness. This is not easy as it’s easy to fire on your own troops in the dark, the soldiers were hesitant. They moved anyway and in the dark kept hearing things and going in circles. It’s said they all feel deja vu whilst on this night operation. They come across a loud boom in the distance. A member of another platoon had stepped on a landmine. This usually meant the loss of an arm or a leg or sometimes even death. The person had lived though as they began screaming for help. The squad began taking fire as they moved to assist the platoon that had been ambushed. The other platoon had been carrying this soldier who tripped the mine because there was no medevac, which is a medical evac like a airlift. The new platoon set up a new perimeter in the wrong area. Nobody else was hurt and in the end “that’s what it was all about: relying on one another for help.
    This article is a bit longer but nothing short of exciting and utterly terrifying. The dark in a place like that with booby traps everywhere. Hidden forces ready to ambush you at any moment. You have to be on guard at all times and keep your wits about you. This article conveys how war really is and tries to elaborate on how not fun it is to be out in the dark always on watch, and always at risk. This was a good article to read for its informational value and also valuable lessons to be learned. That is to never be afraid to rely on one another for help.

    Thanks to all the veterans who serves

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  • Almost Home -- Kati Cummings, Fri, May 12 2017, 5:04:22 (23.25.226.69)
    The story that was written had given me a few impressions. Some of those being that they were happy and excited to go home but also nervous and anxious about it. I felt like they were excited because they got to go see their family after being away for sometime. I know that if I were away for some time I would be excited to see my family again. But also I felt like that he was anxious to get home and see his family because how he was describing what he was feeling and how he got nervous and started crying of joy. After reading the story it had left me feeling happy that he got to see his family even if it's not the same how he left it. I thought that it was well written and gave imagery to go along with it.

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  • A Time of War by Jackie R. Kays -- Connor Manteau, Thu, May 11 2017, 19:14:02 (24.218.47.174)
    Jackie R. Kays,
    I enjoyed reading your poem. I like how you talk about how there is this important item that's is passed down throughout your family. I always wished I had something that my family could have down that with. I also like how the item was labeled, "Freedom at all cost!" That's a very inspiring quote that I will go by in my life.

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  • Sky Gunners by Johnny Hubbs -- Connor Manteau, Thu, May 11 2017, 19:09:30 (24.218.47.174)
    Johnny Hubbs,
    I was very interested with your poem. the title was the first thing that caught my attention. It really made me want to read more into it. I liked in your poem how you talk about how as a soldier you go out there thinking that this very well might be the last day you live. It really made me see what soldiers out in combat are really thinking. I also like how you say that as a soldier you must trust all the other soldiers around you. At the end of the day your life is in the hands of the people around you so you have to be able to trust them to protect you. Overall, I enjoyed reading this.

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  • Remembrance by Patrick Casper -- Connor Manteau, Thu, May 11 2017, 19:03:25 (24.218.47.174)
    Patrick Casper,
    I read your story Remembrance and it really caught my eye. I like how you talk about how every person that died while in service deserved to go to heaven for what they did. I also like the imagery you used to describe what it was like to be in action. It was overall a great poem to read

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  • Thoughts of You by Jerre D. Divelbiss -- Tyler Smart, Thu, May 11 2017, 18:05:32 (24.62.150.189)
    Jerre D. Divelbiss,
    Your poem Thoughts of You was interesting for me to read. I found it interesting how you compared negative emotions you feel, to the positive ones that a person brings you. The rhyme scheme of your poem also made it feel easier to read and more interesting. The only question I have after reading the piece is, who is the person that you refer to as “you” in the poem?

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  • Freedom is Not Free! by Charles M. Province -- Tyler Smart, Thu, May 11 2017, 17:58:50 (24.62.150.189)
    Charles Province,
    The poem you wrote about freedom was very thought opening for me. Although I had always known that soldiers and veterans were responsible for many of my rights as an American citizen, I had never really stopped to think about it. Your poem opened my eyes to how crucial veterans really are. Thank you for your service.

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  • 2nd Place T-Shirt by Forrest Brandt -- Tyler Smart, Thu, May 11 2017, 17:48:32 (24.62.150.189)
    Forrest Brandt,
    I enjoyed reading your poem about the T-Shirt you bought. The memories that came along with the shirt of your old friends were sad but also interesting. It is impressive that something meant to be a joke could bring back such powerful memories and emotions.

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  • Lockheed F-35 fighter-bomber - Joint strike fighter . JSF - A construction yet to prove its success -- Knut Holt, Mon, May 01 2017, 5:48:49 (179.53.164.218)
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    During the early phaces of the project Lookheed Marin and Boing were each engaged in developing their own prototype version of JFS, and eventually the version from Lookhee Martin was chosen and got the name F-35. It was intended to be fully developed by 2008, but the project is so far 7 years behind the schedule, and is not expected to be combat ready before 2015-2018. The project is working however under a philosophy of beginning the production and test of the planes before fully developed with new details installed on existing planes as they get ready. The plane is therefore by 2013 under test in several squdrons in USA and UK, and pilots are under training.

    The plane which is intended to replace most existing fighter planes now in use by USA and allies, is produced in three versions, all only manned by one pilot. The simplest and cheapest one is for use by land based forces. It takes off and land in ordinary mode. Another is for use by the US marines and similar corpses. This can take off vertically by low load and after short run by heavy load, and it can land vertically. The third is for use on greater aircraft carriers. It can take off by the help of a catapult and stop after landing by the help of a hook and wire.

    The plane has stealth capabilities, which means that it is little visble on radar and thermal detectors and is thus supposed to be able to approch near to a goal without being detected. These properties are achieved with a coating that absorbs much of the radar waves, with a shape that reflects the remaining radar waves in other angles than stright back to the radar, by shielding of hot spots in the plane and by hiding weapons in intarnal bays. But by full weapom load, much of the weapons must be mounted under the wings and then much of the stealth properties are lost.

    The plane is powered by one single motor especially constructed by Pratt and Whitney for this plane. This motor is the most powerful in the world of its size, but yet this heavy plane is concidered somewhat underpowered and the motor is concidered somwhat ineconomical. A new motor is therefore under construction for future versions of F-35 and other planes, that wil exploit the fuel better, and therefore allow higher speed and longer range.

    The plane has a top speed of around 1.6 mach fully loaded, which is below the top speed of many of the planes it shall replace. It is however capable of flying in a supercruice mode during a limited time, which is flying above the speed of sound without using the afterburner. It is capable of swing radiuses that excert a centripetal force of 4.5-6 G which is also below the capabilities of the planes it shall replace, and below the original requirements for the plane. It has a mission range of 1200 nml (2200 km) or combat radious of 584 nmi (1,080 km) on internal fuel, but that can be extended with outer tanks and by fuel refilling during flight.

    The plane has only one single seat. The stearing functions of F-35 are easy to use and highly utomated, which allow the pilot to use more of his skill on strategy and use of weapons. The plane is also equipped with highly efficient and long reaching capabilities of keeping overview, detecting targets and threats and aiming at the targets.

    Also functions like aiming and fireing are easy to use and higly automated. he system can detect possible targets automatically, and hold aim at these until the pilot decides to fire. A key component of the pilot's equipment is a helmet with a vizire that gives him a 360 degree overview and which allows to aiming at a target by merely moving his head. These functions can also be controlled with voice. The plane is also equipped with advanced functions to take down information from satelites and sharing information with ground based command and other aircrafts in the air.

    The plane has internal bays for up to 8 missiles, or bombs, depending of the size of each unit. It also has an internal gatling gun with 4 barrels. Further loads of bombs or missiles must be mounted under the wings, and for that it has 12 pylons. all types of missiles and bombs up to a certain size can be mounted in or on the plane, including nuclear weapons.

    The fairly low dynamic properties like acceleration, speed and turning radius are a direct consequence of the construction properties needed to make a stealth plane. One does not yet know if the stealth properties are worth sacrifising top dynamic perfomance, and one will not know before the plane has been proven in real combat situations.

    The plane is constructed to be easy to maintain and key komponents can be replace within an hour. The estimated cost of each plane is $137 million which is an doubling since 2001. this is high, but the project claims that ease of pilot training and maintenance, and the fact that on single plane can perform several tasks, will spare overall money throughout the plane's lifetime.

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  • Airlift Da Nang 1972 -- kenneth snyder (Upset with the Gov.), Wed, January 04 2017, 8:47:48 (65.24.163.193)
    While landing at Da Nang AB 30th MAY 72 in a C130 we had an air-burst right in front of the windshield and when we was landing five more round's went off all around us. The good LORD above was looking over us as we made it thru it all . I quickly unloaded my truck's for the VNMC and before i shut down the second truck they was taking off to keep from getting hit. Five more rounds overshot us and went into town and killed 12 civilian's. If any one can remember all this early morning at 0330 on 30th MAY 72 at Da Nang AB you may be helpfulll with my appeal . I've tried to get the information about it and i can't find nothing i know it was early and the comm's was down and they took off and left me there.I was exposed to dioxin AO and have a number of diseases. the latest is Chronic Kidney Disease and all is getting worse . I could use my medical and medicine . I was forced to retire from my career job when a couple heart attacks hit me hard and damaged bottom half of heart. My appeal is coming up and after 17 years of diseases I really need some help thank you for your voice. A fellow brother.
    Kenneth D. Snyder , viperman54@gmail.com

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  • LZ Oasis, Mother's Day story -- Ronald Squires, Sat, July 11 2009, 23:37:19 (75.82.158.38)
    I was a Loach and Cobra pilot with D Troop 1/10 Cav (68-69). In the early dawn hours of May 11th, '69, our loaches and Cobras were scrambled to LZ Oasis, which was under attack. I don't remember the details of the attack, but after we strafed the wire and there was no more enemy movement or fire we were cleared to landed on the PSP ramp for a briefing in the TOC. There were burned enemy bodies and body parts strewn all over the ramp.

    I only vaguely remember the Listening Post action, but it is starting to come back now. I do remember there were a lot of bad guys everywhere that day.

    I will never forget that morning and the God awful sight and smell on the PSP ramp. Didn't remember it was May 11th. After reading your story this is the first time I ever knew it was Mother's Day. I was born on Mother's Day, but part of me was lost forever that morning.

    After the briefing we went after them with our Air Cav Troop and the rest of the day was just another war story.

    Ronald Squires
    D 1/10 68-69'

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  • The Flight of The Sparrow -- Robert Baker, Fri, October 14 2016, 18:49:45 (98.17.136.199)
    What happened to the Sparrow air-to-air Guided Missile when we tried to use it Vietnam in 1964 and early 1965?

    The first Navy Battle Group there had a heck of a time solving this problem that led it's Guided Missile Crew into Vietnam and other places a Navy Swabby-Tech has no business going.

    A good read for anyone looking for an altogether different view of the beginning of war.

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  • Re: 168th engr bn lai khe 1969 a co -- Gene Brown, Wed, February 24 2016, 16:12:15 (184.3.118.200)
    I am in the same Boot from B Co 168 Engr in Lai Khe
    I got Shrapnel wounds from a rocket and they never got put doun in my Medical reports, I was sent to the 18th Surgical Hospital near Lai Khe with two others by aircraft and from this day there is no report but only the day I got out of the army that was one day out from Vietnam, I put on my ETS
    Medical History report about my Right knee and my skin diseases, The VA said there is no report from on the Medical list from 18th and can't do anything for me, so who has the same thing that happen like me, any help from a friend thanks.

    PVT Brown
    Co B 168 Engr Bn Laikhe 1969

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  • Looking for a Black man name Maj Moore from Lai Khe -- Gene Brown, Sat, August 13 2016, 10:20:20 (184.3.117.224)
    I am looking for a black MaJ or Col Moore he was in Lai Khe
    with the 2nd 28th not for sure, He had a girl friend name Hoa "Y" from Lai Khe, He had a boy with her back in 1966 about that time, He come back to Lai Khe the 2nd trip to see his boy and give him a pack of M M's candy and said good by to his girl friend and left her holding the bag and a BLACK boy, Who is now in North Carolina his mother has passed away back in 2000 from Southport NC, he has never seen his father, what a person would do something like that,

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  • Help Needed to Prove In Country Vietnam 62-63 -- Joy Litchfield, Fri, January 30 2015, 9:03:44 (72.190.33.150)
    I have been searching for the last 4 years for "proof" that my dad was in Vietnam so he can get the long overdue recognition and disability approval he has deserved and needed since 1981. My dad have 5 massive heart attacks before age 45 that were directly correlated to Vietnam. He has been permanently disabled since. I didn't know he was in Vietnam until I was an adult. He never said much until the last few years. He said most all of his pictures that were in albums were stole after he got back, as well as his uniforms and much of his military jacket. Crazy???
    Dad has had more cancer than I care to write about. Every year it comes back somewhere else and more times than the previous year. He will be 79 in May. The doctors have told us time is not on his side. His medical bills are more than his rent each month. With all that said I would like him to know that We, Us, Our Country, appreciates his service, what he did, his time in Vietnam.
    I am asking everyone to look at these pictures that he took in Country and write letters supporting the location, and/or if you knew him or anyone else in the pictures, or where they are now. I'm not sure how many I can post here so I may post more messages. I hope that's ok.
    His tour information:
    Orders: TDY POPE AFB to TON SON HNUT
    arrived POPE 1 OCT 62
    Arrived back at 305th 22 MAR 63
    oddly he was TDY OCT 61 until.....TDY as well - anyone else have this?

    He served in the 6220th TDY as MAAG outfit under the CIA (Prior to that he was from the 305th bomb sq - SAC). We only found out he was under CIA orders in the last 6 months or so. Dad was an excellent recip/jet engine mechanic. So I assume thats why they chose him for TDY. His job was Acft recip field maintenance. (He worked out of a Hanger where they stored loaded small arms). He mostly kept the C-123's running and flew into bases as needed then walked through jungle to their location and either cannibalized or repair and retrieve downed aircraft. He told us that when they flew him back to Hawaii they had the guys spread to different planes and change clothes before they taxied all the way in, told them routine keep your mouth shut or and let them off the plane.

    1 more vital thing that may help - He and a fellow soldier and friend, Elmo Baruker, were working on a C-123outside the hanger on Ton Son Nhut; removing markings on the aircraft with paint remover that was stored on a 55 gallon barrel. Elmo opened it and the paint remover exploded and burned both of them pretty bad. James had 2nd degree burns to his stomach going up his neck, left arm and legs. Elmos burns were worse as he remembers. They both went to the base hospital which then was 2 tents, one next to the other. James stayed 2-3 nights and Elmo stayed an additional 2 or 3 more. He also remembers that they put oil soaked gauze over burns and gave him pain medicine. As his memory serves this incident took place in early December 1962 as he said it was before Christmas.
    He was stationed at Ton Son Nhut but went to Da Nang, Tan Can, Soc Trang, Nha-Trang, Bien Hoa, Kon Tum, Doc To.

    We do have a few pictures, only because they werent developed until years later.

    I can't figure out how to post pictures here. If someone can help with that I would appreciate it.

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  • Re: 66th Engineer Co Topo -- Hunt, Thu, April 28 2016, 14:42:11 (97.83.3.140)
    Yes I many health issued related to RVN

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  • Phu Loi Vietnam 1965-66 -- Robert Jueckstock (searching), Sat, March 12 2016, 11:40:41 (104.240.13.146)
    I was a Air Traffic Controller in the tower at Phu Loi. 1965-66. Other engagements took me to Quan Loi; Lai Khe; Cu Chi; Ben Cat; mostly in the Iron Triangle. I was with the 1st Infantry Division; 1st Aviation Battalion (Bulldogs), spending a considerable time moving around the country attached to other units needing controllers, etc. Names like Dave Miller; Ernie Foster; Will Hutchins; Sgt. Timmons; Sgt. Takata; might give a clue. Would love to connect!

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  • POW/MIA Message -- Gene Brown (Would you like to know), Mon, February 29 2016, 11:50:58 (184.3.112.2)
    Sure I have had a lot of troubles when I was in Vietnam
    and there is no Medical reports about my Shrapnel wounds on me but that is OK,What happen to it ?. I would like to tell you about me I was a PVT-E1 in the Army and I am the person that was Solving The MIA Mystery Inside Hanoi's Secret Archives back in 1990 and 94,When our Gov could not get any Information on our POW's and MIA's for over 30 years,So one day I went to work on this and come up with over 10500 Photos of our POW's from Hanoi Vietnam, I know what you are thinking how did a PVT E1 get all them Secret photos, I had made about 200 some trips to Vietnam with no help from anyone, It was hard on me and the conditions with the Vietnames made it hard to do this,But I did and lost everthing also my name was change becouse of John Karry and others I will stop at this point due to it is not a War Storie and troubles it could get.

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  • Re: 168th engr bn lai khe 1969 a co -- Gene Brown (I am in the same boot), Mon, February 22 2016, 10:07:31 (184.3.114.214)
    I don't understand what is going on,There was a rocket and mortor attacks one night next to Co B 168th engine bn Lai Khe,And I got hit in 3 places, me and two others were sent to Pho Loi or some place near there but not sure, it was that way by a UH1 aircraft, there were a red cross on the tents I could see from the air when the lights from the UH1 made a turn , And from this day there is no Medical report that can befound from the 18th Surgical Hospital about my Shrapnel Wounds in 1969, no one knows but the two men that was with me.in 1969 My mouther got a letter from the CO telling her that I was OK and would be back on duty in one week not to worry about me, But there is no report in my file of any of this,My mouther passed a way at 90 years old and I can't find that letter from the 168th Commander he sent her,I was told by a Army Capt that all war wounds don't go on some reports all the time,So If you have the same thing happen to you please email me or call 910-904-0445 I am near Fort Bragg NC,

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  • USMC BATTALION/DIVISON -- ALICIA MUTI (HELP!), Tue, October 13 2015, 16:40:43 (50.177.253.161)
    Hoping someone may be able to help me. My father, USAM Sgt. Ronald S. Muti (from Cambridge, MA) passed away 3 years ago. While alive he never liked to talk about his time in Viet-Nam. I am trying to find out what Battalion/Division he was in while there ('68-69). I can remember him talking about the 3rd Marines but I can't remember. I'm hoping for any help I can get.

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  • War-Stories.com -- Don Poss, Tue, January 05 2016, 4:56:31 (104.173.63.147)
    Gents,

    I have recovered from my second left-eye surgery. This Thursday, 7 Jan 2016, I will have my third eye surgery but on the right eye this time. I am glad war-stories.com is moving along smoothly, but really regret that I have not been able to keep up with new stories and photos, and major projects. I am told that I will have cataracts removed from both eyes in mid year, and that afterwards, I should be in good shape visually. Meanwhile, I will do what I can as I can, and thank you all for your understanding.

    Don Poss

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  • NEW BOOK details cultural influence on the war -- Hector Ramirez (Ramirez), Fri, January 15 2016, 8:58:41 (50.154.42.160)
    As a US Army Medical Corps officer, I have always been interested on the human and cultural aspects of the war.
    Members may be interested in a book that I recently read entitled,"A Different Face of War." It is the most recent book to be published on the Vietnam War, having been released by the University of North Texas Press on November 15, 2015. Written by a retired U.S. Army officer, James G. Van Straten, who served as an advisor to the ARVN. The book in my opinion is one of the very best to be published about that tragic war. It describes with poignancy and relevancy the early days of the conflict in the upper five provinces of the Republic of South Vietnam, the area from the DMZ to below Quang Ngai City.

    I learned more about the culture, the values, and the traditions of the Vietnamese people from reading this book than I did from all of my previous readings combined. Van Straten's book may well become one of the iconic books about the Vietnam War. I would give it a five star rating and recommend it to all who have any interest in the history of that war.

    Sincerely yours,

    Hector Ramirez, M.D.

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  • 50 Years after Vietnam action, SSgt Kays receives Air Force Commendation Medal -- Don Poss, Wed, December 30 2015, 6:37:04 (104.173.63.147)
    Gents and Ladies,

    Fifty years and one month after SSgt Jackie Kays was medically discharged from the Air Force, following his heroic and career-ending rescuing of crewmembers from a crash landing short of Da Nang AB's runway, and in the world's largest minefield (21 Nov 1965), Jackie received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his actions.

    Jackie Kays reported that on 20 Dec 2015, his doorbell rang and a representative of Congressman Sam Graves presented him a letter and certificate awarding him the AFCM.

    Please read Jackie Kays' letter, Congressman Graves' letter, and the Air Force Commendation citation signed by Maj Gen B. Poore, at:

    http://www.vspa.com/review-book-to-die-alone-kays-1-2007-afcm-cert-and-letter.htm

    Don Poss
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • BINH THUY AB 1968 RE: MORATORIUM ON OUTGOING R&R FLIGHTS FROM THE BASE AFTER TET OFFENSIVE BEGAN -- Ron Boussom, Wed, October 14 2015, 18:40:13 (174.56.24.76)
    My name is Ron Boussom. I'm a writer doing a book about my friend, A1C Kenneth E. Baker Jr., Weather Observer, Det 13, 30WS, Binh Thuy AB.KIA in control tower by direct hit from 75mm recoilless rifle round in VC attack March 22, 1968. A fellow observer returned from his birthday R&R too tired to work his scheduled midnight shift that night, and asked Kenny to take it for him.

    However, the weatherman claims he scheduled the change in advance with Kenny, so he could take a week's leave in Hawaii to meet his wife and celebrate his birthday there. Tet hit Binh Thuy February 2, 1968. If he left a week prior to March 22nd, that would have been approximately March 15th, 5-1/2 weeks after Tet began.

    If there's anyone out there who was at Binh Thuy during 1968, and remembers how long that moratorium on outgoing R&R flights lasted, please contact me ASAP. This book is for Kenny's family. I'm just trying to find the truth of what happened. My sincere thanks to VSPA for the opportunity to post this notice.

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  • 1970-19871 173rd 2/503RD DELTA COMPANY Medic james"pat" murphy -- April murphy, Tue, September 29 2015, 4:34:01 (107.221.64.243)

    If anyone has information on James Patrick "Pat" "DOC" Murphy. He was with 173rd Airbonre Birgade 2/503rd Delta Company. He was a Medic, we are trying to get a medal that was never awarded for him. Was in Viet Nam from 2/1970-2/-1971. Looking for anyone that might have been with him during this time but anyone that was with him September 13th 1970. The date is important, since it is the day that he was put in for the Silver Star. If anyone can help us with getting this for him we would appreciate it. Or if Gary "pecan" lampkins from California rings a bell we have contact information for him also

    April murphy
    99 murphy st
    benton ky 42025
    125murphy@bellsouth.net
    270-252-4990

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  • A1C KENNETH E BAKER JR, KIA MARCH 22, 1968 BINH THUY AB, RE: 632ND FIRE DEPT & DISPENSARY -- Ron Boussom, Sun, September 27 2015, 16:48:50 (174.56.24.76)
    My name is Ron Boussom. I'm a writer doing a book about my friend, A1C Kenneth E. Baker Jr., Weather Observer, 30WS, Det 13, Binh Thuy AB, killed in control tower by direct hit from 75mm recoilless rifle round in VC attack March 22, 1968. Searching for:

    1.) One of four 632nd firemen ordered up to tower to bring Kenny's body down. Found two, searching for third: A1C Charles White. Description of him from other firemen: big, beefy guy, thinning white hair; oddball, eccentric. Minimal med training; wanted to transfer to AF med. Spent time at Can Tho Hospital, volunteering work with wounded. Went out periodically on rescue choppers with VNAFS to assist.

    2.) 632nd Dispensary doctor and two medics on duty night of March 22nd. They attended Kenny's body. Always 2 medics on night duty, always 2 doctors on staff. In 1968, doctors were Charles Caton and Ben Bivins. Bivins left mid-February when replacement arrived. On March 22nd, Caton was in SaigonBivin's replacement only doctor on base. He would've have attended Kenny's body. Not Caton, Bivins, or anyone else I've found remembers what his name was.

    Hoping someone from Binh Thuy in '68, knows names of this doctor and two medics. Apart from that, if anyone out there was at the base then, were treated for something at dispensary after mid-February, and have papers from it in their records, the doctor's signature on those could be the one I need to find. If you have any info on the three med men and fireman above, please contact immediately. I'd be very grateful, as would the Baker family. My thanks to WAR STORIES for the opportunity to post this message.

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  • LOOKING FOR PJ'S 40TH ARRS NKP THAILAND 1972 TO 1973 -- chuck phillips, Wed, March 25 2015, 22:49:36 (76.224.209.124)
    I AM TRYING TO LOCATE MSGT JOHN CARLSON, PJ, STN WITH 40TH ARRS NAKHON PHANOM RTAFB THAILAND 1972 TO 1973. I WAS WITH THE 40TH ARRS PERSONNEL/ORDERLY ROOM DURING THAT TIME. WHAT WERE THE NAMES OF SMST PRUITT AND HIS WIFE CAPT PRUITT. PLS CONTACT ME RIGHT AWAY AS I NEED A STATEMENT THAT JOHN WAS STN WITH ME AT NKP.IF ANYONE WHO WAS STN THERE THAT KNEW ME PLS CONTACT ME. THANKS.

    CHUCK PHILLIPS, TSGT, USAF RETIRED

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  • Christmas card -- ceirra, Fri, January 23 2015, 7:54:21 (23.25.226.69)

    Christmas card

    I loved your Christmas card from vietnam. I know it seems such a simple thing, but meaningful. The fact that you are in the middle of war, yet strive for the simple comforts of things like Christmas cards is amazing. I can just imagine being in barracks, with a war going on, and there you sit, trying to send happy Christmas messages home. I loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Christmas 1965 -- ceirra, Fri, January 23 2015, 7:45:15 (23.25.226.69)

    Christmas 1965
    I enjoyed reading your post. It is interesting that you met back up with your friend in the middle of war. I can just imagine how odd that must have felt, something so normal in the middle of war. Then, only to have him ripped from you like that must have been devistating. I can just imagine what the image of that Christmas tree decoration must mean for you. Thank you for sharing your moving story with us.

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  • 24 Hours In Vietnam -- ceirra, Fri, January 23 2015, 7:37:01 (23.25.226.69)
    24 Hours in Vietnam

    I really like your story because it shows in details what it was like to be in Vietnam. The end kind of makes me mad because there girl that had been writing to him stopped because her fiance was protesting the war so she couldn't write, or chose not to. I think it was interesting that you actually shared your schedule. It is funny to think in the middle of war you still have to stick to a schedule and be organized like that! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I enjoyed reading your post!

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  • Quiet Warrior -- Ceirra, Fri, January 23 2015, 7:32:32 (23.25.226.69)
    The Quiet Warrior

    This Warrior seems to have feelings that he doesnt want to express with people. He doesnt want to take credit for everything he has done. He doesn't see himself as a hero, when really anyone else that reads his story does. He probably see's it as "hey, I had to do it so how does that make me a hero?" Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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  • Last Flight -- Ceirra, Fri, January 23 2015, 7:30:30 (23.25.226.69)
    Last Flight

    I thought it was very nice of the vet to listen to what the other guy had to say about his dad. It just shows that people do care about other people and their war stories. Reading this makes me think that even though vets see alot and can suffer through different things, the families members have a big impact on what happens to them. They feel something that no one else can feel or explain to something. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

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  • Christmas Day 1965 -- Don Poss, Thu, December 25 2014, 9:03:36 (142.136.156.153)
    Subject: Christmas Day 1965

    Christmas Day 1965
    (c) 2014, by Don Poss

    Two thousand and more Christmases
    have passed, and round the world Christians
    pause to consider its meaning.

    As a boy, Christmas was presents
    and family and great food, and Silent Night.
    A happy time; even joyous.

    As a young man, Christmas was away from home
    in service to our country. Friends, good food,
    a little homesick.

    Then came the war where scores of thousands would die.
    A foreign land, languagepeople.
    Still, we tried to regain the memories of Christmas past.
    C-rats sprinkled with Christmas cheer, and tabasco sauce.
    Shared cookies from home.
    Silent Night sang nearby, drifting on the wind.
    Everyone listened, remembering better times, with family, loved ones, and
    knowing the Christmas tree was decorated at home.

    And we remembered those fallen, perhaps for the first time,
    faces still crystal clear, whose last Christmas on earth was last year.
    And wondering, knowing, this would be the last Christmas for many.
    A deeper meaning and understanding of life and Christmas was felt by all.

    Nearly a half century has passed since the Vietnam War, and as many Christmases.
    But the Christmas of 1965 is the one I most remember...in that foreign land
    where even the faint shadow of Christmas past was a living reminder of old times...
    and a prayer to just survive and once more share joy at home, with family, fireplace,
    great food...and for times to come with children and even grandkids to be...
    on the day the world joins in holiday, for many reasons,
    and Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ
    on this Christmas Day.

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  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year -- Don & Larry Poss, Wed, December 24 2014, 13:04:33 (142.136.156.153)
    Welcome Home, and may you and yours find health and happiness this Christmas Season.

    Don & Larry Poss

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  • Cookies for Beau -- Kyle J, Fri, December 19 2014, 10:15:07 (24.62.144.193)
    I loved your post. I love dogs and are such an important part of my life. I am so glad to see that they are useful to our military and keeping us safe. People often underestimate the importance of animals in human lives. Thank you for sharing. And I am glad Beau got the extra cookie.

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  • Vietnam Christmas 68 -- Kyle J, Fri, December 19 2014, 10:11:24 (24.62.144.193)
    Thank you for sharing your card. It was so simple, but a great reminder of all those sacrificing and missing out on so much, even during the holidays. I feel it must be lonely to be in such a different place and with different cultures and especially during war time. Thank you for your post.

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  • Where should I start -- Kyle J, Fri, December 19 2014, 10:06:31 (24.62.144.193)
    I really enjoyed reading your post. It was interesting to read one that was from a family member, not the verteran. It reminds me of all the people effected by war, not just the people fighting in it. Thank you for your post, I enjoyed it.

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  • "Christmas Star" By, Don Poss -- M.Wirchansky, Fri, December 19 2014, 7:17:22 (24.62.144.193)

    Dear Mr.Poss ,


    I have just read your story Christmas Star I have also read your poem Forget Me Not And I Enjoyed that poem this story was no exception. This story brings up questions.Questions that I don't want to offend you with. I am grateful for what you have done for me and i want to thank you for all of what you and your group have done . I hope to hear back from you .Thank you for your time



    Sincerly ,


    M.Wirchansky

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  • Dad...I'll Meet You At The Wall -- T. Wheeler, Fri, December 19 2014, 5:18:43 (24.62.144.193)
    Hello Joan Cox, I enjoyed this story. It touched my heart and was very upsetting. Were you close to your dad? Did you ever visit the wall again?
    -T. Wheeler

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  • After You I Insist -- katlynn, Thu, December 18 2014, 19:39:27 (73.167.27.114)
    After You I Insist
    I like your story a lot. I feel really bad that you had to go through that and see your friend die. And you couldnt b your loved ones that you could only think about the memories that you guys have had together. I would not want to have to go through what we had to with seeing your friend die right in front of your very own eyes. I could only imagine the pain that you have gone through just to protect us. Thank you soo much for everything you have done.

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  • "I Was Not There" By. Win Norwood -- M.Wirchansky, Thu, December 18 2014, 7:30:02 (64.222.135.152)

    Dear Mr. Norwood,

    I Am intrigued of your poem. Its different to see someone who didn't serve write. I like it this shows your how you honor our veterans and am glad to see that.I have been wondering if other people have been on this site who aren't veterans and it looks like I have found someone.I hope to hear back from you .

    Sincerly ,


    M.Wirchansky

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  • Cookies for Beau -- Katlynn, Thu, December 18 2014, 7:20:48 (24.62.144.193)
    I loved your post about Beau. I never thought about service animals at war time before. They play such an important role, with both moral and duties. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is a great reminder that animals are there too, and playing an important role!

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  • A Season Of Sorrow by Ed Kozak -- T. Wheeler, Thu, December 18 2014, 7:19:04 (24.62.144.193)
    Dear Ed Kozak, I really enjoyed your story. It also made me sad that your friend Dave was killed. I would have been really upset to find out something like that. I probably would have never been able to overcome my emotions and I would not have been able to ever get a christmas tree again. How did you overcome your emotions?

    Thank you for serving.

    -T. Wheeler

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  • Silent Guns -- Katlynn, Thu, December 18 2014, 7:14:43 (24.62.144.193)
    I really enjoyed reading your post. I felt sad for the boy in your poem. I know how much he probably wanted is whole family home for his birthday. It must have been so hard to be away from family like that. It really made me think about how much and how many people are effected by war, not just the soldiers. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Mess Hall Christmas -- katlynn, Thu, December 18 2014, 7:04:37 (24.62.144.193)
    Mess Hall Christmas
    It is sad how they had to be outside and freeze. I feel bad that they were looking forward to eat real food but they didn't get it. They got served the stuff that they always have to eat. They don't even get warm stuff to wear or beds. I am very thankful that they are doing this for our country.

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  • A veterans Christmas -- katlynn, Thu, December 18 2014, 7:00:13 (24.62.144.193)
    A Veterans Christmas
    I love this poem. It is sad how he had nothing. how he had to sleep on the floor. when santa started to cry when he was thinking about how they can't be with there family or loved ones and how far away from home they are. The solder says to santa when he heard him crying that it is ok it is my choice it made me said I love how other people will fight for our country to protect other i think that is the best thing that has ever happened for us.

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  • AS FAR AS I CAN SEE -- Justin McCrea, Wed, December 17 2014, 17:13:03 (66.31.254.129)

    Dear Bill Kernoczy and Terry Nolan,


    Thank you for posting this poem. I like how the poem shows the metaphor of the light chasing away the darkness. I also like how it shows that not one of the soldiers is alone and they are all together. If I may ask a question I would like to ask how did you two meet? Were you both friends growing up? Thank you for posting this poem.

    Sincerely, Justin McCrea

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  • Again and Again -- Justin McCrea, Wed, December 17 2014, 16:35:10 (66.31.254.129)

    Dear Jim Van Doren,


    Thank you for sharing this story with me Jim I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the love of the medic giving his life to save another. I dont know if I would do it right away because I would be putting my life in danger but I would probably would save the wounded soldier/ person. If you dont mind me asking but Jim what branch where you? From your story it seems like you are from the army. Again, thank you for sharing your story.
    Sincerely, Justin McCrea

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  • Sky Pilot Poetry -- Justin McCrea, Wed, December 17 2014, 8:34:38 (24.62.144.193)
    Dear Don Poss,

    Thank you for sharing your story with me it made me think about what it would be like to fly a plane. I have thought about flying a plane before but I dont know about it because I am scared of heights. I have seen the show *M*A*S*H* it is a cool show but I never got into it. That is interesting and pretty awesome that your brother is in the show *M*A*S*H*. I had an old teacher that used to watch it a lot. I am going to go to my old school in a little while with my friend so that should be fun. Again thank you for sharing your story with me.
    Sincerely Justin McCrea

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  • christmas 1966 -- Tae'h (thoughtful), Wed, December 17 2014, 7:29:45 (24.62.144.193)
    I really liked this letter home. I loved how he let out his feelings instead of holding them in and letting them build up. It is really interesting to be able to hear the thoughts and questions of those actually in the war at that time. It is such a simple letter home, but is loaded with so much feeling and emotion. I had no idea that the men fighting in Vietnam felt so lost and confused, that they too questioned why they were fighting. It must have been so difficult to fight under those circumstances. I thank you for your service, and all you must have gone through. I am so glad there are men like you who can do the hard work.

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  • Freedom is not free -- Quinton (Meaningful), Wed, December 17 2014, 7:16:16 (24.62.144.193)
    I read your poem. I thought it was really meaningful. It makes people realize that the reason we have freedom is because of all you soldiers. It also makes me want to join the army when I get older. I wanted to know if you were in the military and if so what you did. If you served thank you for putting your life on the line and protecting our country.

    Sincerely,
    Quinton

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  • After you i insist -- Mike, Wed, December 17 2014, 7:03:42 (24.62.144.193)
    i read this article and really liked

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  • Bien Hoa -- Ta'eh, Wed, December 17 2014, 7:18:28 (24.62.144.193)
    Thank you so much for your post. I never thought about the civil services that our troops performed in Vietnam. You hear much about the fighting, the depression, the horrors of war. It was nice to hear we were there to do so much, including help. It was a new perspective for me to consider about the war, and I thank you for sharing and highlighting some of the good!

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  • Christmas Card -- Ta'eh, Wed, December 17 2014, 7:11:40 (24.62.144.193)
    Thank you for sharing your card. Thank goodness for moms who keep cards. I find it interesting in the midst of war the government felt it important enough to issue Christmas cards for the soldiers to send. I wonder if they still do that? I always wonder what it must have been like for the soldiers, already away from home during the holidays. It must have been hard, and it is nice to see you kept a sense of humor! Thank you so much for your service and sharing this part of your life.

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  • "I Never Felt" -- M.Wirchansky, Wed, December 17 2014, 7:00:59 (64.222.135.152)
    Dear Mr.Camunes,


    The poem I Never Felt caught my eye.When I read it I was amazed at what the story was telling. I have always wondered what it was like to be in the service but it always occurred to me that I could die and it will all be gone. This poem told me how hard and how crazy it can be and how scary it is to take someones life.The pain you're inflicting on someones body and their loved ones at home seems traumatizing and could scar a their loved one at home for life .I hope to hear from you again I loved to hear more from you

    Sincerly ,


    M.Wirchansky

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  • Respons -- Tim C, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:51:52 (24.62.144.193)
    First things I want to say thank you for putting your life on the line so that we could receive the right of being free. I hope from here on out no one has to go through the pain you went through of being sick and getting 21 shots in the stomach and coming from a family of ww 2 vets and family in the military knowing how hard it is for the family and the member in the military.

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  • Don Poss -- Matt P, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:54:54 (24.62.144.193)
    I read Warriors Last Prayer and it was good. I was wondering if he was talking to a priest or god during the deam. I was also wondering does he die at the end of the story or is he already dead. I thought that it was a very deep story and had good meaning.

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  • Anger -- Timmy C, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:53:28 (24.62.144.193)
    Anger

    What I get from this is that this soldier wants to go to sleep, but he is just too busy thinking about what's going on around him. Having a dream well he is awake. Feeling emotions and taking everything he is feeling and hearing and putting it into a story and feeling for himself.

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  • Night Before Christmas -- Timmy C, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:50:48 (24.62.144.193)
    The Night Before Christmas

    The fact that this soldier can put how he feels and the experience he had in to a great story like this one, is a great and emotional thing for someone. I sit here and wondering what would happen to me if I had to deal with something like this and how it would affect my future. How did it affect yours?

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  • War and Children -- Timmy C, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:47:32 (24.62.144.193)
    War and Children

    Im sorry that they lied to you. Something that I have learned is to always ask questions no matter what Im doing. Hopefully everything worked out for you and your war experience. The one good thing that you can focus on is that you did this to protect the children and the family that you love.

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  • Christmas 1996 -- Timmy C, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:45:29 (24.62.144.193)
    Christmas 1996
    Letters Home

    I feel bad because Frank is not home to be able to spend Christmas with his family. It sucks that you guys couldnt just relax on Christmas and try to enjoy the day with your friends even though you couldn't be home with your family. Hopefully the day didnt go to bad. Merry Christmas.

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  • I Never Felt by Patrick Camunes -- J.A., Wed, December 17 2014, 6:43:54 (24.62.144.193)
    In the short story I Never Felt written by Patrick Camunes, shows the hard things that people need to be able to withstand to be able to do get the job done. Patrick shows readers like myself the things that is felt forced upon the soldiers. In this short story, one soldier did everything that was told of him , before he entered the war he didnt know how horrific the sights he was going to have to witness were going to be as gruesome as it was. I believe that this short story shows readers this one soldier that entered in to fight for our country did not know the tasks that were expected of him and how the things that he was taught to do as a soldier would cause anguish to his soul. This makes me feel sad that this is what the world is coming to. To be in the war now and days people have to be told what to do. The short story I Never Felt by Patrick Camunes makes me feel disappointed that the soldiers are being told who to shoot no matter the situation. The part in the short story where it says I never felt.. the taking of a life and the spill of blood would be what was expected of me but it was my duty to accomplish the task . That part in the short story makes me feel sad that it is the soldiers task to kill people when they are told to do so.

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  • If I could Change One Thing -- Timmy C, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:42:12 (24.62.144.193)
    If I Could Change One Thing
    We Lived. They Died.

    I thought that The Centipede sounded cool at first but then when I went on reading it started to get a weird feeling like something bad might happen. If I was in your position I would have jumped out of my bunker faster then anything. Im very sorry that your friend got hurt and hopefully he is okay. Hopefully no one else gets hurt.

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  • Christmass 1966 -- Brittany, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:12:12 (24.62.144.193)
    I really enjoyed reading your notes from Christmas in Vietnam. I had no idea that the men over there and actually fighting were questioning what they were doing. That must have been so hard. To have to go and fight in a brutal war, and you are not sure why you are even doing it. It is clear being away from friends and family was difficult, and the holidays seem to exacerbate that. Thank you for sharing these notes. They help to show just how complicated and hard war can be on everyone in so many ways.

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  • Christmas Card -- Brittany, Wed, December 17 2014, 6:00:06 (24.62.144.193)
    I wanted to thank you for sharing this card. At first it appears so simple. A simple Christmas wish. But with one small note, 134 days left. With all that was going on, with all he probably had to say, is speaks volumes that he he noted that. I can just imagine him there, in a strange land, thinking of his friends and family back home. He is counting down the days like children counting their advent calendars to Christmas. It brings a striking image to mind, and reminds me of all those who sacrificed so much for this country. Thank you!

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  • Blackie the dog -- Brittany, Wed, December 17 2014, 5:41:36 (24.62.144.193)
    I really enjoyed reading your post about Blackie. With so much to worry and sorrow and surrounding war stories I really enjoyed reading one that made me laugh. I love animals, especially dogs, and appreciate how they are part of your journey even in war times. It is funny how a simple dog could take away the worries of a war, even if just for a minute. I am glad for both you and Blackie that you found each other. Dont we all deserve an extra treat once in a while? Thank you for your post!

    Brittany

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  • Don Poss -- Nick F., Tue, December 16 2014, 7:28:10 (24.62.144.193)
    To don poss from a 16 year old who enjoys your stories. I really enjoyed your poem. I found it very moving. I like the way you used descriptive language. You showed us your point of view that these soldiers, brothers, fathers, lovers, should not be forgotten. They were all somebody. Someones child, someones friend, and are dearly missed. Thank you for your post, and your reminder.

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  • "Forget Me Not "By .Don Poss -- M.Wirchansky (Touched), Tue, December 16 2014, 7:24:19 (64.222.135.152)

    Dear Mr Poss,

    Your poem Forget Me Not touched me.The way you explain the story just made feel weird inside. As I read it my mind is painting an image of what you are saying as if it sees what you are saying in perfect sync. I have seen the memorial you are talking about and i say names upon names and families laying stuff to remember their fallen loved one. I hope to go back one day and read all the names on that wall and memories theme all. one by one column by column ,row by row . I hope to hear back from you .

    Sincerly ,


    M.Wirchansky

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  • Christmas, 1966 Letters Home -- Justin McCrea, Tue, December 16 2014, 7:18:34 (24.62.144.193)
    Dear Frank Pilson,

    I liked the story and I also do wonder who the soldiers are fighting for also. Sadly, the only person I think we are really fighting for is our country, our friends and families. I am glad you got rest and you had a pretty good Christmas. I hope you got home safely with your family. By the way if you see this post I have a couple questions to ask if you want to answer them. How are you now that you are home with your family? How was your trip back to your home? Also, how is your family doing?
    Sincerely, Justin McCrea

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  • Christmas Cookies for Beau -- Te'ah, Tue, December 16 2014, 7:16:39 (24.62.144.193)
    I really enjoyed reading your post. I love animals and love that they are able to serve along side our soldiers. Animals can be a serious help to man, especially during times of crisis and war. It is important that people understand that these animals are working, and take their work very seriously, even more so than humans at times. Thank you for your post and reminding us there are all kinds of people and animals alike serving to make this country great!

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  • "Death"By.Jerre D.Divelbliss -- M.Wirchansky (Life Changing), Tue, December 16 2014, 7:11:36 (64.222.135.152)
    Dear Mr Divelbiss ,

    Your poem Death has has put a impact in how I think of life. At first I was someone who took life for granted and did not appreciated the little things like being alive. So much in fact that I have spent some nights thinking of what life is like on the other side, and what life is like on the battlefield. Some days I think of how tragic it must be for you guys ( soldiers ) and knowing that today could be your last day on land that is not your soil and that your life to flashes before your eyes--it must be crazy stuff. I hope to hear back from you because not only did you serve your country--and I thank you for that--but you also changed my way of thinking about life.

    Sincerly ,


    M.Wirchansky

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  • Three Bronze Men by Chuck Hawkins -- J.A., Tue, December 16 2014, 6:58:05 (24.62.144.193)
    This short story Three Bronze Men written by Chuck Hawkins shows readers that soldiers stick together while on the battlefield and also at home. Chuck Hawkins wanted to show readers that the soldiers that fight for our country are like a community and they stick together and watch each others backs. Chuck Hawkins, I believe tells readers about the memories of the Vietnam Memorial positively. Chuck tells readers that the three men of the Vietnam Memorial are always watching and protecting our country. Chuck Hawkins , I believe wrote this short story well and shows other readers that the Vietnam Memorial is there to protect and is continuing to watch over throughout the years. This statue makes me feel protected and safe , even though the Vietnam Memorial wall is a symbol to some people as baby killers. When other people think of the Vietnam Memorial wall of those people that have fought for our country as baby killers it makes me feel ashamed of our country. This short story makes me feel conflicted, as some points I feel protected and proud to live in this country , but at the same time I also feel ashamed that this is what those people that have died fighting for us, as baby killers. The way that Chuck Hawkins wrote this short story was to make readers feel like they are protected by the Vietnam Memorial.

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  • A sister's post -- Ta'eh, Tue, December 16 2014, 7:07:29 (24.62.144.193)
    I liked the way you formated this post. I liked the pictures and the background you give to the war. I especially liked that this was not written by a veteran. I liked that this was from the point of view of the sister. In war there are many people left behind and effected by the veteran who is missing in their everyday life. You highlight this, and show that there are so many people effected by war, not only the verterans. I was also moved by the fact that they were asking for poeple to write the veterans and need help boosting moral. I had no idea this went on, or how much a simple letter can do. Thank you for your post!

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  • Story of Blackie the Dog -- Brittany, Tue, December 16 2014, 7:03:54 (24.62.144.193)
    I really enjoyed reading your post about Blackie. With so much to worry and sorrow and surrounding war stories I really enjoyed reading one that made me laugh. I love animals, especially dogs, and appreciate how they are part of your journey even in war times. It is funny how a simple dog could take away the worries of a war, even if just for a minute. I am glad for both you and Blackie that you found each other. Dont we all deserve an extra treat once in a while? Thank you for your post!

    Brittany

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  • Guardian of Honor Night Before Christmas -- Kyle J., Tue, December 16 2014, 6:52:56 (24.62.144.193)

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I liked how you wrote it like the Nite Before Christmas poem. Your pride and sacrifice for our country is obvious. I like how you made it Santa who in the peace and calm of Christmas recognizes the sacrifices of our soldiers. It is the soldier who consoles Santa, not the other way around like one might expect. It brings the harshness of war face to face with the symbol of peace and love for me. Thank you for your post.

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  • Dad... I'll Meet You At The Wall by Joan Cox -- Elizabeth Penny (<3), Mon, December 15 2014, 16:37:41 (75.67.51.219)

    Hello Joan Cox, I really LOVED what you wrote, It really touched me.
    Ive lost a dad as well. My dad past away in February on the 10th. I never knew about all the people my dad knew and changed. At my dads funeral lots of people I didnt know came up to me and told me how my dad helped them or changed them. Your dad sounds like he was a very great person and I bet he is proud that you went and called others who were in the same incident as him, just to find more answers. Reading how you met someone youre father knew was amazing, and Im happy I read this. I would like it if I could hear from you, and learn more about your father, and the relationship you guys had.


    -Elizabeth Penny

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  • Warrior's Threat of Death by Patrick Camunes -- Elizabeth Penny, Mon, December 15 2014, 15:41:26 (75.67.51.219)

    Hello Patrick Camunes, I enjoyed what you wrote. I have some questions to ask you.
    My first question is, what were you most afraid of. Were you ever afraid of death, or were you afraid of something else like never seeing love ones again or see others die?
    Next question, did you ever kill someone. If you did, did you ever feel like you accomplished something, or did you feel regret that you killed someone? If you didnt kill anyone, are you happy that you didnt?


    Thank you for your service.


    -Elizabeth Penny

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  • A Soldier's Thought by Jerre D. Divelbiss -- Elizabeth Penny (<3), Mon, December 15 2014, 15:20:28 (75.67.51.219)

    Hi Jerre D. Divelbiss, I really enjoyed the poem you wrote.
    A Soldiers Thoughts, really touched, which is funny because Ive never been in love before. I have written love poems before but none are as good as yours.
    I have a question, Was it heard to be so far away from the one you loved. Were you ever afraid you would lose her? Or did you just believe that you and your love would see each other again soon? I just want to say again I love this poem.

    Thank you for your service.

    -Elizabeth Penny

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  • Christmas 1966 Letters Home by Frank Pilson -- Elizabeth Penny, Mon, December 15 2014, 15:00:54 (75.67.51.219)

    Hello Frank Pilson, my name is Elizabeth Penny, I really liked your letter home. I have some questions to ask you, I would really enjoy it if you would answer them. First, did you write to anyone else than your family?
    Next what else did you talk about in your other letters you wrote to your mom and dad? Ive written some letters to family members before, but I wasnt in the same situation as you were. I never really wrote about the hard times, I would usually write about something funny that happened to me, or someone new I met and became good friends with. So my last question is, when you were in Vietnam did you ever write about something funny that happened, or someone you met?

    Thank you for your service.

    -Elizabeth Penny

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  • We Wore The Same Dog Tags by Larry Poss -- Elizabeth Penny, Mon, December 15 2014, 7:25:20 (24.62.144.193)
    Hello Larry Poss, my name is Elizabeth Penny and I really enjoyed We Wore the Same Dog Tags. I would like to ask you a few question and I would love if you would answer them. First, if you could have chosen to go to Vietnam instead of being in Germany would have you? Next, you said So all of those Combat Veterans, I would like you to remember those non-Combat Veterans who served just as honorably as you served. throughout We Wore the Same Dog Tags, you said that non-Combat and Combat Veterans are the same, don't you think there is a little difference between both of them.

    Thank you for your duty.

    -Elizabeth Penny

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  • A Veterans Merry Christmas -- Justin McCrea, Mon, December 15 2014, 7:24:01 (24.62.144.193)
    Dear John R. Hawkins IV,

    Thank you for submitting this story; it is a well written story, but very sad. I do wonder how many veterans are out there that own little or nothing for possessions. I thank all of the veterans that have kept me safe and free. I like how the author relates the story to A Night Before Christmas. It made me think of this Christmas and how close it is and what my family is going to do. I hope you have a great Christmas.

    Sincerely, Justin McCrea

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  • Christmas Letter Home -- Tae'h, Mon, December 15 2014, 7:17:39 (24.62.144.193)
    I really liked this letter home. I loved how he let out his feelings instead of holding them in and letting them build up. It is really interesting to be able to hear the thoughts and questions of those actually in the war at that time. It is such a simple letter home, but is loaded with so much feeling and emotion. I had no idea that the men fighting in Vietnam felt so lost and confused, that they too questioned why they were fighting. It must have been so difficult to fight under those circumstances. I thank you for your service, and all you must have gone through. I am so glad there are men like you who can do the hard work.

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  • All Baby Die by Paul Kaser -- J.A., Mon, December 15 2014, 6:55:02 (24.62.144.193)
    In the short story All Baby Die by Paul Kaser it informed me of things that I was not aware of that actually happened in the war. This short story shows imagery, it not only tells people what happened but it also shows you what happened in the war. Paul Kuster wrote this short story to shows readers , what the soldiers fighting for our country have mentally seen and physically been through. Before reading this short story I never knew how bad the soldiers that fought for our country had been through, also what they have seen. This short story gives me a different outlook on how the soldiers have gone through and even after the war , what they had to deal with mentally afterwards and have those memories for the rest of their lives.

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  • Where do I began? -- Brittany F, Mon, December 15 2014, 7:06:18 (24.62.144.193)
    Dear Linda,

    I was really moved after reading your posting "Where do I begin?". I liked that you wrote it from your perspective. So many people are affected when a loved one goes into the armed services and especially during war time. I feel sometimes we forget about those who are left behind when our loved ones go to war. Your posting reminds us that there are those of us fighting in our own way, supporting, loving, and missing those fighting for our rights.

    Sincerely,
    Brittany

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  • 67th evac. Hospital Vietnam Qui Nhon... -- Christopher Sager, Sat, December 13 2014, 0:14:28 (108.70.20.165)
    Just thinking about the 67Th. Evac Hospital in Qui Nhon, 1969.
    They Patched me up after being in the March 1969 Ammo-Dump explosion when hit by VC. Love all the great medical personnel there who were so nice to me..
    God Love All Of You....

    Chris//1968-69 and 1970-71 in country....

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  • VSPA start page is Awesome -- Good Job!!!!! -- Dan Odom, Fri, November 21 2014, 13:34:39 (142.136.156.153)
    Don,

    VSPA start page is awsome good job !!!!!!

    Dan Odom

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  • Have a wonderful Veterans Day -- Hoi Tran, Mon, November 10 2014, 20:53:36 (142.136.156.153)
    To my brothers-in-arms,

    Remembering you all on Veterans Day, my family and I want to thank you for your service and for your help in our fight against the North Vietnamese communist invaders in the 1960s and 1970s. Have a wonderful Veterans Day.

    Hoi Tran & family

    [Gents, Hoi Tran is a true patriot who earned his way from enlisted to VNAF fighter pilot, and toward wars end was the selected pilot for the peace-negotiators. If you get a chance, I can heartily recommend that you check you his book, A Vietnamese Fighter Pilot in an American War, and his escape from NVA capture and struggle to reunion with his family:

    http://www.vspa.com/review-book-a-vietnamese-fighter-pilot-hoi-tran-2011.htm

    Don Poss]

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  • A Rose by Any Other Name... (PTSD or PTSI) -- Don Poss, Wed, November 05 2014, 18:16:30 (142.136.156.153)
    Gents,

    I am interested in your opinions regarding the growing interest in changing the name Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).

    Before replying, please go to the link and read the article at:

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/military-july-dec11-stress_11-04/

    The name-change request, changing PTSD to PTSI, comes from Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff. The Generals point is that 19 and 20 year old soldiers resist counseling for PTSD because the label includes the word Disorder, and they think they are invincible at that age and dont want their buds to think theyre weak or crazy by asking for or accepting help.

    Heres an excerpt from the article:
    The nations second-highest ranking Army officer is calling on mental health professionals to change the name of the condition that has afflicted hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers. But some of those doctors are resisting the change.

    The term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, carries a stigma that has discouraged too many soldiers from understanding the condition and seeking proper treatment, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff told the PBS News Hour. He would like to see PTSD called Post Traumatic Stress Injury, or PTSI, instead.

    Part of the full article describes how the name PTSD originated; because by placing the D-word in the label it would be more likely Insurance Carriers would pay for it.

    If you have an opinion, please make it a consider opinion, remembering this is on the public BB, and young troops may read your response. Also, the topic has not yet risen to the level where Veterans groups are being asked for collective opinions, but it may come to that, and this is an attempt to determine if others than myself have an interest or opinion in this subject.

    Don Poss

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  • KIA A1C KENNETH E. BAKER JR., WEATHER OBSERVER, 30WS DET 13, BINH THUY, MAR 22, 1968 -- Ron Boussom, Sun, March 20 2011, 20:47:47 (75.226.49.9)
    My name is Ron Boussom. I'm a writer doing a story about my friend, Kenny Baker, who was stationed at Binh Thuy AFB and killed in the weather observation cab of the control tower Mar 22, 1968. He was scheduled to fly home for 30-day leave on Mar 25 before returning for his 2nd tour. On the day of Mar 21 another observer returned from R&R too tired to work his midnight shift in the weather cab and asked Kenny to take it for him. On Mar 22 at 12:30am, hostile fire broke out. A 75mm recoilless rifle shell struck the AC unit on the side of the cab, exploded through the wall and hit Kenny, causing massive shrapnel wounds to his torso. Men from Det 13 said there were fingerprints in blood on the intercom, indicating an attempt to call for help. Medics retrieved him from the tower to the dispensary within minutes after the attack, but doctors were unable to save his life. His body arrived home intact, but there was a small surgical incision scar at the base of his throat from a tracheotomy, apparently an emergency procedure to try and save him.

    A. James Moyers, USAF Historian/Kirtland AFB, NM said medical personnel might have been a small contingent assigned to 632nd Combat Support Group at Binh Thuy. He also thought 9th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron might have been assigned to Binh Thuy at that time and possibly played a part on the night of Kenny's death. I'm trying to find the medical personnel who:

    1. Retrieved him from the tower to the dispensary
    2. Attended and operated on him in the O.R.
    3. Prepared his body for transport to Tan Son Nhut mortuary facility

    B. There was an individual who came down to the weather cab from the tower's eagle nest after the attack and found Kenny. That person very likely radioed medics for help. He might have been an air traffic controller from 1880th Communications Squadron that arrived at Binh Thuy Feb 12, 1968. If anybody has any information on the names of the ATC's from the 1880th, or knows what medical unit was operating on base in the early morning hours of Mar 22, 1968 would you please contact me?

    C. Kenny's family has a 42 yr old sympathy card signed by eleven members of Det 13. I've found all but two of them:

    -Cecil H. McGregor Forecaster (?) Tech Sergeant or Master Sergeant (?)
    -James S. Wernert - AWS Equipment Maintenance (don't know rank)

    Am also searching for:

    -Bruce Campbell, AWS Observer
    -Ron Rider (or Ryder), AWS Observer

    Two other men were acquaintances of Kenny's at Binh Thuy, but I'm not sure if they were AWS:

    -Ron "Frenchy" French
    -Richie Keeney

    If anybody from Binh Thuy in 1967-1968 remembers any or all of these men and knows where they might be, please contact me. The smallest detail is valuable. I'm writing this for Kenny's family. There are missing pieces of his life and death at Binh Thuy they have wanted to know for 42 years. They knew him in one world but there were parts of him that grew as a result of his experience in Vietnam they'll never have a chance to know. Combing over the past won't bring him back, but knowing the whole truth of it may help bring further closure and greater peace to them in the aftermath of his loss. My heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude to VSPA for providing me the opportunity to post this notice and to those compassionate vets who have responded thus far.

    Ron Boussom

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  • info for nkp thailand 1972 to 1973 -- charles r phillips (need info help), Sun, September 14 2014, 23:11:54 (76.224.209.124)
    request enlisted pj's, flt eng, first sergents names for 40th arrs nakhon phanom rtaf thailand from 1972 to 1973. i need someone who was stn at that time please contact me. thanks

    charles(chuck)phillips, tsgt retired usaf

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  • a photo or location of James Newsom -- irvin mercado (hopeful), Thu, August 28 2014, 10:13:47 (112.198.82.240)
    I am looking for my father who's name is James newsom who was assigned at Mactan air base during the year 1966. All the papers my mother use to have were thrown away because of her anger towards my father. My mother is nasing mercado.

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  • Let Freedom Ring (My Country 'Tis of Thee), by Abby Anderson -- Don Poss, Fri, July 04 2014, 8:35:42 (107.185.104.161)
    Gents & Ladies,

    For a very special, inspirational, heart-stirring rendition of "Let Freedom Ring (My Country 'Tis of Thee)", I encourage you to take a minute, watch the video and listen to Abby Anderson's incredible patriotic song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CabLh8jJ_Lk

    It is a most appropriate song on this 4th of July.

    Don Poss

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  • Happy 4th to All -- Don Poss, Fri, July 04 2014, 7:34:24 (107.185.104.161)
    Gents and Ladies

    Happy 4th of July to all, and Welcome Home!

    Don Poss

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  • Collapse of Iraq immenient? -- Don Poss, Thu, June 12 2014, 9:21:38 (107.185.104.161)
    Gents,

    South Vietnam fell 763 days after the U.S. withdrew from SVN (29 Mar 1973 - 30 Apr 1975). With the fall of Saigon in 1975, the Vietnam War was been branded a "Defeat".

    As of today, it has been 907 days since 18 Dec 2011 when U.S. military withdrew from Iraq, and the country has not yet fallen to Terrorists/fanatic forces. As you probably know, terrorist forces are on the verge of marching on Baghdad Iraq. If Iraq falls, will the Iraq War be considered a "Defeat" for the U.S.?

    The United States left the defense of both South Vietnam and Iraq in the hands of those two countries. A country unwilling to fight for its own freedom will not long survive. When will our country understand that point, and not brand a war a Defeat when such a country collapses years after our military have returned home?

    Don Poss

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  • D Day -- Jay Gearhart (God bless them), Fri, June 06 2014, 10:07:41 (24.180.199.235)
    Let us , on this 70th anniversary , never forget what the Greatest Generation for all of us! God Bless Them all.

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  • Pow -- Jay Gearhart, Mon, June 02 2014, 11:16:00 (24.180.199.235)
    Just my personnel feelings concerning the recent release of our only afghan pow. No politics no bullshit ,,I think back to the nam . God bless him and his family after enduring what was the ultimate nightmare! I don't much care who did what , or how it was done,( pow exchange). All I know is he is free at last and coming back to the world! Hurray for the USA .

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  • Eye surgery last month -- Don Poss, Mon, June 02 2014, 9:38:26 (107.185.104.161)
    Gents,

    FYI: I was unavailable in the month of May due to a sudden left-eye retina tear that required emergency laser surgery. The tear was repaired, but I am left with what are called "floaters" and light-flashes in that eye. I was told that I had come very close to going blind in my left eye. My vision went from 20/25 in both eyes, to 20/50 in the left eye, with double-vision and a "bright glow" effect, which caused a vertigo and nausea problem.

    I have new glasses now, which helps a great deal. I am able to work on the PC again, and enjoying that. And yes, eye-strain can contribute to eye problems but you don't just quit life because you don't like the disclaimers on medication. Life goes on and I am greatful for being able to see.

    For the future, I have resumed my webmaster duties and getting back in the groove.

    My point is to tell you that what happened to my eye is not rare at all. If you ever suddenly see "floaters" in an eye (which look like fuzz on an old projector movie), AND light-flashes, it is a very real medical emergency and you must phone your doctor right away (my doctor sent me directly to the surgeon).

    Don Poss

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  • I was stationed @67th evac hosp. jan1971 -- BENITO PATINGO (S/P4), Thu, March 13 2014, 5:47:31 (66.87.96.21)
    Would like to hear from anyone who as there.I lost my photo album in Hurricane Katrina.I am from Chalmette,La.

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  • Happy Memorial Day! -- Don Poss, Mon, May 26 2014, 11:10:42 (198.228.216.15)
    My brother Larry and I wish you all a happy Memorial Day, and Welcome Home.

    Don Poss

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  • Use of poster -- Anders Christensen, Tue, April 22 2014, 7:56:57 (107.185.104.161)
    Dear Sirs

    Danish educational publishing company Systime A/S are in the process of making a new educational publication (both printed book and online locked iBook) titled "Ideologiernes kamp" (Translated The battle of Ideologies)

    In this publication our author would like to include this poster from [your] website

    Would this be possible and do You have a high resolution scan of the poster?

    Thank you for your help and kind regards.

    Anders Christensen
    Rights Assistant
    Systime
    Denmark

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  • F-Jezebel -- Clear for Take-off -- Don Poss, Wed, April 09 2014, 22:12:49 (107.185.104.161)
    Gents,

    Vietnam was full of surprises...both ugly and beautiful.

    I've posted this week's War-Stories.com graphic photo composite of an 'unusual event' I witnessed in the Da Nang AB ammo dump area.

    I'm curious if anyone else saw something 'different' from the norm ... if norm was a possibility for that time.

    Check out the story at

    http://www.vspa.com/dn-ammo-dump-f-jezebel-don-poss-1965.htm

    Don Poss

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  • Vietnam War Resources and links -- Don Poss, Fri, March 21 2014, 8:41:21 (107.185.104.161)
    Gents,

    I would like to pass on a link to one of the best Vietnam War Resources compilation of links on the web:

    http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html

    Don Poss
    War-Stories.com

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  • Re: 1970 Danang-MAG-11 Hooch Area Rocket Attack -- Ron Morris, Sun, March 09 2014, 13:30:11 (71.61.145.209)
    I have info and pictures of the hooch hit by rocket on date mentioned. I think I may have worked in the avionics complex with Dave Stevens.

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  • Re: LOOKING FOR INFO FOR JOHN GIDDINGS -- Tammy Quaal (Daughter), Tue, March 11 2014, 18:45:20 (75.134.180.204)
    Hello,

    He died two months before I was born. My mother has told me very little about him. I think that it may be hard for her.I do know that he is buried in Caro, Michigan. He is in the Indianfield Township cementry. If you have any stories about him would love to hear them. Thank you.
    Tammy

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  • LZ Oasis -- Judy Davis, Sun, February 23 2014, 12:44:47 (76.167.43.208)
    Dear sir,

    I stumbled upon your LZ Oasis [posted since 1998 at: http://www.war-stories.com/lz-oasis-reynolds-1969.htm] story by complete accident. My father, SFC (retired) Larry L. Davis was present at LZ Oasis on Mother's Day, 1969. He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star during that action. One of the few things that he will share about Vietnam is his sadness for that very night. My question to you is, do you still have contact information for Lenard Daugherty or Thomas Horio? I am wondering if you could pass on my information to them? I think contact with them might put some closure together for my father. Thank you for your time.

    Judy Davis

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  • directions -- boston, Sun, February 02 2014, 4:41:46 (174.58.91.145)
    need directions to spookies house.boston.

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  • TET 1968 -- Don Poss, Wed, January 29 2014, 18:18:33 (76.167.43.208)
    Where were you at during TET 1968, or anyother Tet year?

    Don Poss

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  • Don Poss - Phu Cat Air Base 1968-1969 -- Marlou Spry, Wed, April 06 2011, 19:55:42 (173.20.164.175)
    My father, Fred Campbell, was also in security at Phu Cat during 68-69. Did you know him then? Would like to chat with you if you did.

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  • kenneth walker -- johnhanie (ok), Thu, December 05 2013, 18:43:41 (72.152.38.2)
    kennth walker was in my squad in vietnam 1969-70 he was wounded july 8th 1969,just out side tam ky. but the lighter i dont know about because he did not smoke he myself and 3 others were left for dead in kill zone of ambush,i can get more imf ,if you think it is him.

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  • Rudy Sedillo -- James, Fri, February 26 2010, 11:04:22 (63.123.150.65)
    This is a reply to the below. i too am next of kin to my dad Rudy sedillo and i would also like to hear any stories about his time in the military. i have a few written stories he provided me during school. he actually came to my history class and did a presentation on Vietnam, i have an audio recording of this. anyway, please contact me with any info you have. thanks again,

    James



    Date Posted: Sun, May 07 2006, 13:34:44
    Author: Jeff Northridge
    Author Host/IP: 4.131.215.204
    Subject: Re: Rudy Sedillo
    In reply to: Nancy 's message, "Re: Rudy Sedillo" on Sat, May 06 2006, 14:49:23

    Howdy Nancy;

    Since you qualify as a next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, you have the right and privilage to request copies of your father's Navy and Army personnel files from the National Archives and Records Administration (see http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html for particulars). You may also request a copy of his DD-214 (discharge paper) and a set of replacement medals (except foreign awards which must be purchased commercially). The most important, however, will be your father's personnel files because they will reveal what units he was in and when he was in them.

    After determining what ships/units that he was in, then we can help you get in touch with others who served with him or you can do it yourself with a search engine. There is a CPT Rudy Sedillo listed in a DOD record on the Military.com website, but it doesn't say much--only that this particular CPT Sedillo was in the National Guard and that his MOS was 91D (Operating Room Specialist). Does that make sense?

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  • Looking for my Bio Dad -- Keith Kuzala, Fri, October 25 2013, 12:42:59 (50.77.211.226)
    Hello! I am looking to find my Bio dad. I had never met him and he doesn't know I even exist. His name was James or Jim Joyner or Joiner. I know that he served with the 101st airborne div in Vietnam. The only thing that I have of his is a 101st challenge coin. He was from Ecorse Michigan I believe and was out of the service in 1970. thanks in advanced for any help!
    Keith Kuzala.
    USAF Vet.

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  • info on nkp rtafb thailand 40th arrs -- chuck phillips, Tue, September 17 2013, 23:32:49 (76.224.209.124)
    I am trying to get info for my appeal to the va. I was stn at 40th arrs nkp rtafb thailand from 1971 to 1973. Request the following:

    location of 40arrs hq; location of tiger village(hootch);distance from flight line to perimeter; list of names i can contact that was stn at 40 arrs 1971 to 1973.name of first sergeant 1971 to 1973.Thanks.

    also, anyone in the 40th arrs that played softball from 1971 to 1973.

    Sincerely,

    chuck phillips, tsgt ret, usaf
    e-mail: chuck.phillips785@gmail.com
    ph #: (317) 973-5533

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  • station in nkp 1971 - 1972 -- chuck phillips, Thu, August 01 2013, 23:03:00 (76.224.209.124)
    I was stn at NKP Thailand with the 40th arrs from 1971 to 1972. If there is someone out there that was stn with me in NKP< I would appreciate the following: Perimenters close to tiger village and location of 40th arrs orderly room from the perimenter. Having a battle with va concerning my exposure to agent orange. I was assigned to the orderly room as the 40th personnel tech and was in daily contact with pj's, pilots, equipment. So, if there is someone can furnish this info to me, I appreciate it. thanks.

    chuck phillips, usaf
    TSGT

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  • Have a Safe Fourth of July celebration! -- Don Poss, Sun, June 30 2013, 12:48:13 (76.167.43.208)
    Gents and Ladies:

    Have a Safe Fourth of July celebration! Check out War-Stories.com homepage Holiday Weekly Graphic at:

    http://www.war-stories.com


    Don and Larry Poss, War-Stories.com Webmasters

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  • looking for Marine... Jimmy Joe Shelton -- Geri Lynn Shelton- Cooper (lost my Marine father.. help me find him), Mon, December 06 2010, 8:14:28 (12.2.239.160)
    I am Looking for U.S. Marine Nam Vet Jimmy Joe Shelton. He was born in Arkansas. Married Theresa Przybylinski and they had me in 1970. A friend of my Uncle Gerald Przybylinski: H BTRY, 3RD BN, 12TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF. Not sure if they were in the same unit or not. Thanks

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  • Camp Campbell -- Jeffrey P. Caine CET 2, Wed, May 01 2013, 10:25:28 (209.248.152.20)
    I was with MCB 7 in 1966 and was on the front line communicating with the main CP when the call came stating that "Stoney Campbell" was shot. Stil vivid in my mind almost 47 years later.

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  • Posted: Da Nang AB photo display -- Don Poss, Sun, June 09 2013, 19:39:24 (76.167.43.208)
    Gents, check out War-Stories' homepage (http://www.war-stories.com) graphic and link to a 9-part Da Nang AB photo display:

    DA NANG AIRBASE Photo Displays, 1965-1966: 9-part Photo Display: Airbase, Tent-City, Gunfighter-Huts, Flightline and Posting, JBJ, K-9 Growl Pad, K-9 Posting, DEROS, and Sounds of Da Nang (Rocket City recordings). Da Nang AB, K-9 Growl Pad and Guardmount.

    Don Poss

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  • Bruce Leo Carey -- Paul F. Sheehan, Sun, May 26 2013, 22:58:29 (71.164.104.50)
    Bruce was KIA February 1968. He was next street over neighborhood guy who spent a lot of time in my back yard with my older brother. Mountain View area Troy, NY. I remember to this day when our Sacred Heart Church Priest told us Bruce was killed in Vietnam. It brought the war home to our community. There is a plague in his honor in the back of that church. I was twelve years old at the time and looked at the plague every day for years. Today I will post an American flag on his grave at ST. Jean's Cemetery as I do every year. I will never forget. God bless you Bruce and all your comrades who were called to duty and gave us their all.

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  • christmas 1967 ton son nhut vs binh thuy basketball game -- herbert johnson, Mon, April 08 2013, 19:00:28 (108.92.196.11)
    looking for anyone who played in that game from binh thuy or ton son nhut, and later in march of 1968 in the af wide vietnam tournament. email or phone me at 713-494-6451.

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  • Tony Palumbo -- joe ciarlo (grateful), Thu, April 04 2013, 17:56:39 (67.253.222.34)
    Trying to contact Chuck (Doc) Stewart, who posted a memory of Anthony Palumbo KIA may 1968. I grew up with Tony in Buffalo NY and would like more info on Chuck's association with him or anyone else who knew him as a soldier.

    So if you see this Chuck, email me at lovejoyjo@gmail.com

    joe ciarlo
    Buffalo,NY

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  • Homepage graphic image and story: O1E Birddog boneyard and MIA -- Don Poss, Sun, March 17 2013, 0:20:21 (76.167.43.208)
    Gents,

    Check out this week's homepage graphic and story either from homepage http://www.vspa.com or directly at:

    http://www.vspa.com/dn-in-plane-sight-o1e-birddog-crash-don-poss-1965.htm

    :) Don Poss

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  • War-Stories.com web site -- Larry Eley, Sat, March 16 2013, 10:56:21 (76.167.43.208)
    [Larry Eley has stories posted at War-Stories.com]

    I am pleased to tell you that many of my non veteran friends who have read my stories are taking the time to read the many other fine stories on your site.

    Some are telling me it is opening their eyes to things we all knew 45 years ago.

    Some of the guys from my unit have read the Dragon [http://www.vspa.com/poem-don-poss-dragon-the-long-night-2013.htm], thumbs up; I have made them aware they can comment to you.

    Thank you,
    Larry Eley

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  • New Story posted from homepage: Agent Orange and the Dragon. -- Don Poss, Mon, March 11 2013, 7:02:12 (76.167.43.208)
    Gents,

    Check out the homepage (http://www.war-stories.com for a new poetic story about a veterans struggle to survive Agent Orange. Or go directly to:

    http://www.vspa.com/poem-don-poss-dragon-the-long-night-2013.htm

    Don Poss

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  • I also wish I could remember a man's name -- Steve Richey, Thu, March 07 2013, 21:10:51 (173.60.53.109)
    I too can't remember this one soldier's name. Had such strength of character. He was wounded. We were at Bu Dop. We'b been shelled all night. He was out on the slingout pad waiting to be medivaced out. There were a lot of body bags and a lot more wounded on stretchers. He was scheduled to leave in one of the first Medivacs. When they came to pick his strecher up, he said, "Put me down" and the stretcher guys, still lifted him and this time he said, "Put me down" and they did. He sat up, grimmacing in pain, then stood, picked up the bottles attached to him, and slowly walked to the chopper to get on. When he sad down in the chopper he said, "No man carries me.."
    The bird left with him in it... That man was a soldier's soldier. I wish I knew his name.

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  • Reply to The Quiet Warrior -- Kolby, Tue, January 22 2013, 11:52:32 (108.34.144.82)
    the lines of this poem that stuck out to me the most were the ones when Bautista described the quiet ones. I liked this because i am frequently described as a quiet one. I also liked the line “Never again let a veteran be scorned” because i is true vets should NEVER be scorned

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  • Reply to Tet 1968 -- Tan Son Nhut -- Kolby, Tue, January 22 2013, 11:23:47 (108.34.144.82)
    I would like to thank Den Cook on the behalf of the soldiers who you did not shoot. In your one split minute of hesitation you saved the lives of two fellow American Soldiers.These soldiers were your Air Force brothers. You talk about what if they were the enemy if they were the Viet Cong. If they were you would of shot them dead. I have complete faith in this...in you.

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  • Reply to Guardian of honor the night before christmas -- Kolby, Tue, January 22 2013, 11:00:00 (108.34.144.82)
    The poetry used by the author made me feel the same as Santa did when he saw the veteran alone in his house asleep on the floor. The mood of the pome was very dark and depressing I pictured the house cartoonish it was colored with only black and shades of blue, the Veteran in a ball on the floor with a dark green tinted poncho over him trying to keep warm. The author goes from talking about the solider to talking about kids and families on Christmas day. Sadness to Happiness in just one stanza. The solider says to Santa “Santa don’t cry I don’t ask for more my life is my god, my country, my Corps.” These solider fought Americas enemies keeping us safe and he gets no thank you. But to him it’s ok. This veteran and all veterans deserve thanks and appreation for doing what they do without hesitation and for asking for nothing in return. I would like o say thank you to all who served, are serving, and will serve

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  • trying to contact Bob Neener -- Andrea Polzin, Mon, March 17 2008, 9:54:45 (152.133.6.4)
    I'm trying to contact Bob Neener, but none of the email addresses on the 3rd Marines in Vietnam website are working. My brother was Larry Borschel. He was the marine who died in Bob's arms on 9Dec65 during Operation Harvest Moon. If anyone knows how I can get hold of Bob, please email me. Thanks for your help and thank you all for ... everything.

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  • A quick poem: 'No, After You, I Insist' -- Don Poss, Thu, January 17 2013, 22:14:07 (76.166.238.211)
    No After You, I Insist
    January 2013, by Don Poss

    Too many years to think and wonder
    why I lived and you died.

    I dont think we planned it to happen;
    its just that we suddenly were there
    and suddenly I fired and you did not.

    I wonder why?

    You were alone.
    I was on point.

    Unexpected. But that is silly
    considering the fact we were only
    there because of the war and
    searching each other out.

    Still,
    I knew you could be there,
    but you had never just appeared
    like a sudden slap.

    If I could undo it
    If I could be certain you would
    never kill my friends, and
    If I could believe you,
    I think I would undo it all.
    Ive wished for that so many
    sleepless nights.

    Ive seen you fall
    blown backwards really,
    and not get up nor
    breathe again.
    Too many holes to even
    think of trying to stop your
    life draining away, even if I had
    wanted to.

    I didnt.

    Your spirit fled so fast and
    your eyes took on that look only dead
    eyes can acquire to mock the irony of life
    and so easily give up the ghost without
    any fight to live.

    No 'by your leave'
    No 'sorrybout the mess'
    No 'just deal with it.'
    Just gone.
    Checked out.

    Did God see you fall, like a sparrow, that day?
    Did He care?

    Pats on my back
    defensive laughter
    cursing your body and believe me,
    many did that.

    Going through your stuff,
    discarding photos with rude
    remarks.

    Posed photos as if you were a
    hunting trophy.
    I could not bring myself
    to throw mine away after
    all these years. Until finally,
    I realized my eyes looked more
    and more like yours. So I left
    your crinkled black'n white soul
    at a Buddhist temple in LA.

    They were scared and
    I was terrified at what
    just happened to you
    what had just happened to me.

    How easily I had fired in reflex, and how
    easily you fell, just like the movies, and
    I, oh how easily, just walked away,
    forced grin macho,
    forever changed.

    Better you than me,
    so Ive told myself Lord knows
    how many times.

    Would you have felt the same?
    Would you have still wondered why?

    What the hell were you doing
    out there alone?

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  • BINH THUY: MARCH 22, 1968 SEARCHING FOR DOCTORS AND MEDICS FROM 632ND CSG DISPENSARY -- Ron Boussom, Thu, January 17 2013, 18:57:42 (70.199.215.178)
    My name is Ron Boussom. I'm a writer doing background research for a book about my friend, A1C Kenneth E. Baker Jr., Weather Observer, 30WS, Det 13, Binh Thuy AFB.... killed in the weather observation cab of the control tower by a direct hit from a 75mm recoilless rifle shell during an artillery attack in the early morning hours of March 22, 1968. TSgt Billy Wayne Gentry, ATC, 1880th Comm Sq was on duty in the tower with VNAF controller Sgt Phat. After the attack, and wounded by shrapnel from the same blast, TSgt Gentry was first to respond and called down to the 632nd Fire Station next to the tower for emergency assistance. Four firefighters were sent up to the cab to retrieve Kenny, who was killed on impact.

    After the firemen carried him down from the tower, medics arrived in an ambulance and took him to the dispensary, where a doctor(s) and/or medics prepared his body for shipment to Tan Son Nhut the next day. There are no existing records for the 632nd CSG Dispensary unit in any of the semi-annual periodic histories sent from Binh Thuy to Tan Son Nhut, or anywhere else for that matter. I'm hoping the actual medical staff on call that night will see this and similar postings on other websites and respond. Short of that, I'm hoping to hear from airmen in any unit at Binh Thuy during 1968 who might know the names of those men, or have medical papers from the dispensary with their names/signatures, or names/signatures of those who knew who they were. If they're still alive, I need to know what they saw and heard that night.

    This book is for Kenny's family. They've been missing details of his death at Binh Thuy for the past 45 years. If there's anyone out there who can help, please contact me at the phone number or email address below ASAP. My heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude to War Stories! for providing me the opportunity to post this notice and to those compassionate vets who have responded thus far.

    Ron Boussom
    (505)990-9441
    ronboussom@aol.com:

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  • War-Stories.com's Master Server moving to new technology -- Don Poss, Tue, January 15 2013, 18:47:22 (76.166.238.211)
    Gents and Ladies:

    The Master Server that houses War-Stories.com's is migrating 'everything' to a newer server. This is not an upgrade, nor an update, but newer technology that when completed will run faster and smoother.

    We were told that it should be 'transparent' to the user, but history shows when those hopeful words are used it really means to 'fasten your seatbelt and hang on.'

    What this means is War-Stories.com will be up and down until they complete the move. My brother, Larry Poss, is constantly on the phone with the techies and they really are working on it.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster War-Stories.com

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  • Commander VFW Post 295 - Request to use poem -- Terry Pieper, Sat, December 22 2012, 8:53:36 (76.167.44.218)
    Dear Mr. Poss

    My name is Terry Pieper Im writing to you in regards to your poem Forget Me Not [http://www.war-stories.com/poem-poss-forget-me-not-1965-1.asp], and requesting permission to use your poem in a program book, for an event to raise money for the Vietnam Veterans Education Center. Im send you the Mission Statement of our State Commander of the Department of Minnesotas Veterans of Foreign Wars. Thank You and I look forward to your response.

    Terry Pieper
    Commander VFW Post 295
    State Commanders Project Chairman

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  • CT shooting at elementary school -- Don Poss, Sun, December 16 2012, 18:38:21 (76.167.44.218)
    The CT school shooting just gets worse. What a horrifying event to read about or see on the news as it is disclosed to us on T.V. Families, the cities and state of CT, and the nation at large once more struggle for a solution to deranged and purely evil people in our midst who kill others. Society reacts to tragic events by demanding action and new gun laws. An irony for those wanting to ban firearms is that laws passed attempting to control firearms, when applied to the latest outrage, rarely if ever would have prevented that recent shooting. We also hear demands that the mentally ill should somehow be screened to determine those 'likely' to harm others -- Really? Rarely does anyone suggest that we look at how to prevent shootings, such as in CT, but in the end, all potential solutions boil down to 'there's no money' to pay for safe-rooms or whatever on such a national scale.

    Gun-banner-types don't want to apply their banning type action to banning-autos which have killed millions since the Model-Ts first fatality -- because that addresses the user rather than the tool used. Traffic Fatalities in the U.S. are at the lowest number since 1939, at 32,367. For years, the numbers on annual vehicle deaths were at or above 50,000. Nevertheless, no one wants to ban motor vehicles.

    Here are some gun-death stats on Firearm Related Deaths: "The majority of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides, with 17,352 (55.6%) of the total 31,224 firearm-related deaths in 2007 due to suicide, while 12,632 (40.5%) were homicide deaths." [Wikipedia]

    Motor vehicles are essential for todays society -- no argument there. Firearms are essential to the defense of our nation and as stated in the 2nd Amendment plenty of disagreement there. All should recognize that motor vehicles and firearms can be misused. Vehicle and shooting fatalities are often committed by crazed or chemical-abuser people in control of a car or a firearm. However, mass-predicting who will misuse one or the other in the future is unrealistic. Motor vehicles will never be banned, but there are those who would willingly shred our constitution and ban firearms.

    So -- What to do? We are not going to mass institutionalize the obvious loons in our midst, nor try to 'predict' who might do something bizarre in the future. Politicians will give outrage-speeches to like-minded choirs; the news-pukes will move on to the next media event; the people will shake their heads and try to make-sense of the incomprehensible; society will continue mass-killing unborn babies by the millions, complain about the cost of gasoline, and buy ever larger wide-screen televisions. The Supreme Court will continue failing to support the constitution, our students will know more about who won Dancing with The Stars without being able to name the countries bordering the USA. Partial birth babies will continue to be harvested for parts, Death-Panels will proclaim that you dont need an expensive organ transplant take a pill -- and the cycle will conclude once more: nothing will change.

    Don Poss

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  • Christmas mall shoppers surprised with carols -- Don Poss, Thu, December 06 2012, 14:38:09 (76.167.44.218)
    Gents & Ladies,

    A lot of Christmas shoppers are out at the malls now. If you're not yet in the Christmas mood, then this should help. Thought I would pass along two really great links that surprised mall shoppers:

    * http://youtu.be/f7baFMmSv4k

    * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gwHx_LhdWA

    :) Don Poss

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  • Oldies Music -- Don Poss, Tue, November 27 2012, 6:43:19 (76.167.44.218)
    Subject: Oldies Music

    Gents,

    I enjoy listening to '50s, 60's, and 70's Oldies music a lot. If you do, then you will like the hundreds of oldies at "The 60s Official Site" at: http://www.the60sofficialsite.com/

    It's worth a visit!

    :) Don Poss

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  • Lost Pilot: This week's homepage graphic image -- Don Poss, Sun, November 25 2012, 12:22:43 (76.167.44.218)
    Gents,

    Thanksgiving weekend is drawing to a close, and I hope all enjoyed family and friends.

    I have thought about the POW*MIAs this season, and it is easy to rationalize that very few could still be alive. Over 1,600 are still unaccounted for.

    This week's homepage graphic image is about a lost pilot, long dead, whose last thoughts were of confidence that he would be found and returned home.

    Check out the photo and brief story on the homepage at: < http://www.war-stories.com >.

    Don Poss

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  • Happy Thanksgiving -- Don Poss, Thu, November 22 2012, 11:45:02 (166.137.119.35)
    Gents and ladies,

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Today is also our 45th anniversary and our son and daughter in law's 18th anniversary. And, my father's birthday (rip).
    Dad was the greatest and getting married on his birthday was a way to honor him.

    :) Don Poss

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  • Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-Z: LZ Oasis on Mothers Day 1969 -- Kenneth Jules, Tue, November 13 2012, 11:21:48 (76.166.233.13)
    I would like to thank everyone for sharing their memories. My father, George Henry Jules, was one of soldiers KIA at LZ Oasis on Mothers Day 1969 [http://www.war-stories.com/lz-oasis-reynolds-1969-1.asp]. My admiration to all those who have served this country proudly.

    Mr. Poss, thank you for providing this forum and your time to support this site.

    Kenneth Jules

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  • 1/44 duster crew, rockpile, vietnam, 1967 june-august -- john p. miller, M.D., Mon, November 12 2012, 8:11:05 (174.18.183.129)
    1/44 duster crews accompanied us on MEDCAPS to villages from ca lu to cam lo when i was the Bn surgeon, with 2/26. very fine group of GIs!!!! i am specially interested in an ambush, 8/21/1937 at a village midway between the rockpile and CA LU. 2-3 duster men were killed or wounded---do you have the names of any of them, i traged wounded from the ambush at the rockpile, am writing a book of my adventures in Vietnam. thanks, john p. miller, md

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  • Veterans Day stats: 1,326,612 KIA/LOD -- Don Poss, Sun, November 11 2012, 8:53:57 (76.166.233.13)
    Gents,

    Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. As veterans, we do Welcome Home all who served. However, for most of us we cannot help remembering those we served with whose lifes were lost. We also recognize that of those serving today many will also fall in service to our country.

    Here are some stats that I am sure most Americans are unaware of concerning the numbers of men and women who died in combat or line of duty, or were wounded in action:

    * Killed In Action or Line of Duty: 1,326,612. If each of the 1,326,612 KIA/LOD stood in formation, shoulder-to -shoulder (every 36 inches), the line would extend 753 miles.

    * Wounded In Action: 1,531,036.

    Don Poss

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  • Bob Hope and The Original Golddiggers, NKP 1968 -- Don Poss, Thu, June 21 2012, 8:41:51 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents,

    A follow up to the email below this one:

    I received an email from Nancy Ray, who was with The Original Golddiggers and the Bob Hope tour show at NKP in 1968. This was in response to Bill Paddock's photo story on the 1968 NKP Bob Hope show with Ann Margret and The Original Golddiggers at http://www.vspa.com/nkp-paddock-bob-hope-ann-margret-1968.htm

    Nancy Ray added some names to Bill's photos of the Bob Hope entertainers and included a link to a photo of the group today. WOW!

    Just as God has blessed Ann Margret, He has truly blessed The Original Golddiggers with being stunningly drop-dead gorgeous to match their beauty within! That's exactly how it should be for their performances in Vietnam and Thailand. Do yourselves a favor and check it out the above link.

    Thank you,

    Don Poss,
    VSPA Webmaster

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  • Welcome Home Michael Valadez, LM 93 -- Don Poss, Tue, February 21 2012, 21:19:00 (76.166.233.185)
    Welcome Home to Michael Valadez, LM 93.

    Michael served in the U.S. Army at Camp Evans, SVN, with Cav C Battery in 1967-1969.

    Michael is also a Charter Member of War-Stories.com.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • April 6, 1968 G/2/26 Hill 700 -- Julie Rader (Alexander), Wed, October 24 2012, 5:03:49 (69.23.217.170)
    Hello everyone. I was saddened to learn of Jimmy Everly's passing. He was a great man and talked to me and had helped me in every way that he could but we never could come up with the answer.

    I've been trying to determine the name and location of the Gunny Sgt. that saved my dads life on April 6, 1968 Hill 700. My dad was the radioman with Overstreet that day though he was not supposed to be. When he was hit with a grenade he had just called in Mortor rounds and this Gunny, whoever he was, risked his own life to save my dad.

    I've been trying to determine who he is since around the Spring of 1998 I believe and I've had no luck. If anyone can remember who the "new" Gunny was at this time I would be grateful!

    The only thing my dad remembers is that he was new, to him anyway as he had just come in off a "sick" navy ship. He also thinks he may have been hit in the face from flying debris from either enemy fire or the mortars that were hitting down around them.

    Thank you so much and Eric Smith if you see this, long time no talk to, lost your email address please write!!

    Julie Rader yeah married a 3rd time but was Boruff, and Hayes and of course Alexander ... my dad James F. Alexander.

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  • Info Request RE: C-47 crash killing 7, Da Nang AB, 25 Jun 1966 -- Don Poss, Tue, October 23 2012, 13:21:55 (76.166.233.13)
    Anyone stationed at Da Nang AB recall a USMC C-117D (C-47) crash on take-off killing seven of the 31 persons aboard and injuring most of the rest? Date was: 25 June 1966.

    Don Poss

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  • iPhone 4, update to 6.0 is now available (free) -- Don Poss, Wed, September 19 2012, 23:30:29 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents,

    If you have an iPhone 4, and have not done so, there is a new Update 6.0 that is ready to download. This takes about 25 minutes or so, and is an easy process. Open your iTunes, connect your cable to the iPhone and PC, and approve the upgrade.

    Don Poss

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  • Company C 19th Engineer Battalion (Combat)-Sa Huynh, Vietnam -- Charlotte Thomas, Fri, December 04 2009, 9:17:06 (74.166.27.39)
    I am looking for any LZ Lowboys who served in Vietnam with Company C, 19th Engineer Battalion (Combat) from July 1968 to July 1971. My father, David Nelson Boyd entered the Army as PVT. E-1 from Ft. Campbell, KY graduating class Co. B 10th Bn2b Bde on Feb. 1968. He was honorably discharged in July of 1971 as Specialist Four, Service number #RA 12968041. He received an Army Commendation Medal of Heroism, with a V Device for the act as stated:
    For heroism in connection with military grounds operations against hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Aug. 17, 1969 while serving as a member of a mine sweep operation in Sa Huynh, Vietnam the sweep came under fire from a company size enemy force, a three quarter ton truck serving as an ambulance was hit by several rockets and began burning then completely engulfed in flames .Exposing himself to enemy rockets, grenades and automatic fire he ran to the ambulance & retrieved the medical aid bags and supplies. Frank E. Ruggles Major AGC Adjutant; as ordered this day 29th of Dec., 1969
    He is retired and still lives in Ashland City TN. When he enlisted he lived in Nashville, TN. I am searching for anyone who served with him or knew him while he was in the U. S. Army, stateside or Overseas; Vietnam.

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  • Welcome Home to Steven P. Blumer, LM 100 -- Don Poss, Mon, July 16 2012, 15:19:07 (76.166.233.185)
    Welcome Home to Steven P. Blumer, LM 100,

    Steve Blumer was a pastor at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas, from 1979-1988.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • Army helicopter art work -- John Brennan, Tue, August 07 2012, 23:29:39 (108.66.3.58)
    I've often wondered if many Vietnam vets took pictures or recall unofficial markings that were painted on Army helicopters? Myself, I was with the 114 AHC during 1970-71 and have counted over 100 names noted in logbooks, diaries, interviews and photos. I guess you could call it folk art which to me was a wonderful way to bring some color and humor to very stressful event.

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  • Reunion -- Jay Gearhart (Memories!!!!), Sun, August 05 2012, 13:59:43 (97.83.39.184)
    Just returned from our ( 299th Cbt Engr , Dak To Defenders ) yearly reunion in the DC AO. Great time had by all . Saw some brand new faces from 43 tears ago. Who would have thought??? Still kicken .

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  • PICTURES 379th TC 68/69 ERA -- ROGER ASHWORTH (REEFER KINGS), Mon, July 30 2012, 9:55:04 (174.134.97.208)
    Date Posted: Mon, July 30 2012, 9:43:56
    Author: Roger Ashworth (1968/69)
    Author Host/IP: 174.134.97.208
    Subject: 379th TC , Orient Express "REEFER KINGS"
    In reply to: Don Poss 's message, "Welcome Home to Steven P. Blumer, LM 100" on Mon, July 16 2012, 15:19:07

    Welcome home . Hey we need to get our old pictures from Nam out here.. Any you have .. You might think the ones you have don't mean anything. But they will help us out here. Some have PTSD and need to release picture to get them in a better place.
    I was with 379th TC , 48th Group, 7th Tc BN, 1st LOG, USARV.. Lot of convoys.. Please dig through you old dusty picture and get them out here.
    Thank You,
    Roger Ashworth REEFER KINGS , ORIENT EXPRESS

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  • Oasis 1969 -- Frank Rosa, Mon, July 09 2012, 9:18:08 (76.166.233.185)
    Don,

    I too was there that night. I was the Platoon Sgt for the 3d platoon, 124th Sig Bn. We were the ones with the 45 foot tall antennas. We were able to keep the communications going through the ordeal. I can still remember all details of that night, and keeps me awake sometimes.

    Thanks for the memories and hello to everyone,

    SGM (RET) Frank J. Rosa

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  • We The People, homepage 4th of July Graphic image posted. -- Don and Larry Poss, Sun, July 01 2012, 13:52:57 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents and Ladies:

    Larry and I wish you all a very special 4th of July 2012 ... 236 years of Freedom. We've posted this week's holiday celebration graphic image, and hope you enjoy the symbolism of America's real strength: We The People....

    http://www.war-stories.com

    Don and Larry Poss

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  • Homepage graphic -- Don Poss, Mon, June 25 2012, 21:49:05 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents and Ladies,

    Check out this week's homepage graphic image at http://www.vspa.com , about PTSD and never ending dreams.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • Welcome LM 99, Harold Hartford -- Don Poss, Mon, June 25 2012, 8:24:38 (76.166.233.185)
    Welcome LM 99, Harold Hartford.

    Harold served with the 7th Air Force, 635th SPS K-9, U-Tapao, RTAFB, and at Andersen AFB Guam, TDY 1973-1974. He was a dog handler, and his MWDs were Sport and Tiki.

    Welcome Home to War-Stories.com,

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • Bob Hope show, and name spelling -- Nancy Bonetti Ray, Tue, June 19 2012, 18:12:27 (76.166.233.185)
    Hello Don:

    Thank you for posting the photos of the memories of the Bob Hope 1968 tour to Viet Nam. Please note that my name is spelled Bonetti (not Bennetti). If you could correct this, it would be much appreciated. Thank you for your help!

    Nancy Bonetti Ray

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  • Time to Double-Check you Have Current version of JAVA -- Don Poss, Mon, June 18 2012, 11:16:45 (76.166.233.185)
    It's time again to check and see if you are running the most current version of Java. One indicator that you need to check is that you may be receiving a "runtime error" when opening a PDF file.

    Recommendations:

    Copy/paste the direct War-Stories.com link, http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/ws-troubleshooting-2-2.asp and open the page, and double-click the install/check for CURRENT JAVA version. If necessary, Install the current version, then reboot. JAVA-things should then work fine for you -- Remember to Reboot!

    Don Poss
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • A Welcome Home ... like we didn't have -- Don Poss, Wed, June 13 2012, 8:18:19 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents & Ladies,

    I almost didn't watch this short Welcome Home video. Your loss if you don't check it out:

    God bless our troops past, present and future!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2L3skZ7FEw&feature=youtu.be

    Welcome Home ... like we didn't have,

    Don Poss

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  • War-Stories.com's new Store is open! -- Don Poss, Tue, June 05 2012, 10:44:09 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents,

    War-Stories.com Store is open with new coffee mugs and other military items.

    Check it out at: http://www.war-stories.com/ws_shop/index.php

    :) Don & Larry Poss

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  • Missing Vietnam Service Medal -- Tom Lorr (Requesting help to verify Vietnam medal), Thu, April 26 2012, 11:33:27 (98.155.42.247)
    I flew with the Blind Bats out of Ubon Thailand in 1967 and have many great memories of my service there. I was an airborne Nav Aides Technician, USAF SGT, E-4, on TDY rotations out of Naha, Okinawa 374th Troop Carrier Wing, PACAF. I got to volunteer to fly on our C-130 Blind Bat flare missions flying out of Ubon RTAF Base over Vietnam.

    It wasn't until I applied for VA medical benefits last year that I realized that my DD-214 does not list me for a Vietnam Service Medal but only the National Defense Service Medal.

    I have my original AFTO 781 Forms and letters documenting that I flew on "...fragged out of country missions subject to hostile fire..." and the dates; however, these do not specify the name "Vietnam." I sent these in with the DD Form 149 to correct military records to Randolph AFB Personnel Center; however, they are not allowing award of the Vietnam service medal without specific documentation that states the location Vietnam or affidavits to that affect. Where else would we have been flying out of Ubon at that time other than Vietnam, but the reviewing staff there are is seeing it that way.

    Has anyone run into this problem or know of other service members who have? And were they able to get it corrected somehow?

    I would appreciate any advice on this that anyone may be able to provide to helping me out. Thanks! tomlorr@yahoo.com

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  • Erick W. Miller B-Co 1st Plt 1st 327th Inf 101st ABN Nov 69- Nov 70 -- don poss, Sun, April 22 2012, 15:06:54 (76.166.233.185)
    Welcome Home to War-Stories.com new Life Member #97, Erick W. Miller.

    Eric Wrote:

    I am now a lifetime member! Carl Schneider (Maj Gen USAF Ret) turned me onto this site about 2 months ago. If only someone would write Carl's war stories. He was a Fighter Pilot in war time Korea with 100 combat missions as well as many combat missions in Vietnam. He was one of Bush 43's flight instructors.

    Erick Miller, WS LM #97

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  • A1C KENNETH E BAKER JR, 30WS BINH THUY KIA 1968 RE: 1880TH COMM SQ, 632ND CSG FIRE DEPT & DISPENSARY -- Ron Boussom, Tue, April 17 2012, 14:28:40 (75.211.184.236)
    My name is Ron Boussom. I'm a writer doing research for a book about my friend, A1C Kenneth E. Baker Jr., Weather Observer, 30WS, Det 13, Binh Thuy AFB. He was killed in the weather cab of the control tower by a direct hit from a 75mm recoilless rifle shell during an artillery attack on March 22, 1968. I have been searching for the past 18 months to find those who responded to Kenny after the attack:

    1.) 1880TH COMM SQ
    MSgt Billy Gentry, ATC, 1880th Comm Sq was on duty in the control tower March 22, 1968 with VNAF controller Sgt Phat. After the attack, and wounded in the hand by shrapnel from the same blast, MSgt Gentry was first to respond to Kenny and radio for emergency assistance. MSgt Gentry was described as tall, lean, sparing of words and spoke with a slight Southern accent. If anyone knew him, or knows what state he was from and/or where he went after leaving Binh Thuy, please contact me asap. I'm also looking for the following 1880th ATC's who worked with Gentry in that unit:

    -MSgt John Messenger
    -TSgt or MSgt Robert L. "Woody" Wood
    -TSgt Richard "Dick"Tucker
    -SSgt Richards or Richardson (no first name)

    2.) 632ND CSG FIRE DEPARTMENT
    SSgt David "Rosie" Rosenbeck of 632nd CSG Fire Department received the emergency call in the fire station beside the tower and sent three firemen up to the cab to retrieve Kenny. However, he doesn't recall their names. If anyone knows the names of those three 632nd firemen, or names of any firemen in that unit who were there in March of 1968, please contact me asap.

    3.) 632ND CSG DISPENSARY
    I'm looking for the dispensary doctor and medics who attended Kenny after he was brought down from the tower. Capt's Charles Caton and Benjamin Bivins were doctors on staff early 1968. Caton was off base March 22nd. Bivins rotated out March 5th. His replacement might have been the physician on duty. Neither officer remembers who he was. Caton recalls he was tall with a Jewish surname. If anyone was at Binh Thuy in 1968 and knows the names of that doctor or those medics, and/or still has medical papers from dispensary visits with physicians' signatures other than the names mentioned above, please contact me asap.

    I'm writing this book for Kenny's family. They've been missing details of his death at Binh Thuy for the past 44 years. MSgt Gentry, the three 632nd firemen, dispensary medics and doctor were the last people to attend Kenny in his final moment. If they're still alive, I need to know what they saw and heard. My heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude to War Stories! for providing me the opportunity to post this notice and to those compassionate vets who have responded thus far.

    Ron Boussom

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  • Army A team VN 1964-65 -- Tony Markl, Fri, March 27 2009, 5:42:16 (72.60.99.115)
    In May 1964 I brought the first USAF A-1E Skyraider to Bien Hoa, SVN. I am writing a book about my experiences during this time. Many of our missions were Night Fort Defense and I would like to find someone who was in an A team or spent time in these forts. Even better would be someone who was inside a fort while it was being defended by aircraft.

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  • Photo Request: War-Stories: Bob Hope, 1966 -- David Kaplachinski, Fri, April 13 2012, 18:09:10 (76.166.233.185)
    To whom this may concern,

    After reading through the article [http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/dn-poss-bob-hope-1966-2.asp], I noticed the caption next to the photo, from a Thomas J. Blagg requesting a copy of the photo. What can I do to get the same? My father is in this photo as well. Thank you in advance for your time.

    Sincerely,
    David Kaplachinski
    (USAF 1995-1999 SrA)

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  • China Beach photos - How can I get them? -- Jim DeArment, Mon, April 09 2012, 18:16:21 (76.166.233.185)
    Don ... I really liked those pictures [recently posted on the homepage] of China Beach ... man did that really bring back memories .... I bet I made it down to the beach at least once or twice a week .... I took my in-country R&R there ... the R&R center there had the best cheeseburgers and fries ... the bridge was not the same [as in the pictures] ...they change that old one out.

    When I got there I would walk ... hitch a ride ... or take the bus ... till I asked the question ... what's the chain link fence on the windows for? "so they don't throw grenades through the windows" ... ah, hell no ... I walked and hitch rides from then on.

    For me it was a place to go to get away form the real reason I was there. I was on vacation in the daytime and in the land of a thousand dances at night ... I worked Tiger Flight ... It really was the worst of times and the best of times.

    Is there some way I could get those pictures sent or not? It's just that those were really good!

    Thanks,
    Jim DeArment, 366th SPS Tiger Flt, Da Nang 1968/69

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  • War-Stories Welcomes Home Life Member 96, Gary Macchioni! -- Don Poss, Mon, April 09 2012, 18:04:59 (76.166.233.185)
    War-Stories Welcomes Home LM 96, Gary Macchioni!

    Gary's Vietnam tour was in 1970-1971, with the 483rd USAF Hospital, Flight Surgeons Office at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base.

    Welcome Home to War-Stories, Gary Macchioni!

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • War-Stories Welcomes Home LM 95, Newell Swartz. -- Don Poss, Mon, April 09 2012, 18:00:15 (76.166.233.185)
    War-Stories Welcomes Home LM 95, Newell Swartz.

    Newell served with the USAF, and later with the USArmy as a Warrant Officer. Newell wrote, "I was in Vietnam from 1966-1967. In 1968, I took an inter-service trasnsfer to the US Army CID. Retired in Oct 1976 as CW3. Retired AZ Highway Patrol in 2002 as Sgt after 25 years." During his military tours, Newell served at: Phan Rang AB, 35th SPS; Phu Cat AB, 37th SPS. Also served in KS, NB,NH, England, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Libya, and Korea.

    Welcome Home to War-Stories, Newell Swartz!

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • By The Light of The Silvery Moon -- Don Poss, Sun, April 08 2012, 15:04:58 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents and Ladies,

    This week's homepage (http://www.war-stories.com) graphic image, "By The Light of The Silvery Moon" also is linked to a new story of the same name:

    http://www.vspa.com/dn-by-the-light-of-a-silvery-moon-don-poss-2012.html

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • Re: LOOKING FOR NMCB 71 SEABEES -- SUSAN MEADOR, Thu, March 22 2012, 22:14:42 (98.197.193.247)
    Hello Kathy,

    My Grandfather was on the ship SS YOUNG AMERICA. He passed in 2002 and I am not 100% sure of the date he enlisted but I believe it was late 42 early 43. After talking with my Grandmother & reading a time line from Howard Landon about the SS YOUNG AMERICA I believe that my Grandfather was on the ship during the time it was hit by a Japanese low fighter plane. The ship sailed to Noumea, New Caldoneia for repairs. Do you have information on the ship prior to it returning to San Francisco in March of 1945?

    Thanks so much!
    Susan

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  • LOOKLING FOR LOST FRIEND -- STEVE (TRYING TO FIND HIM FOR 40 YEARS), Wed, March 14 2012, 0:34:05 (216.215.18.202)
    My name is David (Dave) Marrs, I served with Bravo,2/502 PIR, 3 platoon, 3rd sauad Alpha fire team leader, 101st Airborne Division oout of Camp Eagle South Vietnam, from 1968 July to June 15, 1969. I walked point at time and Steve unknow last name, walk slack. we both got wounded on fire support base currahe in the A Shaw Valley. I saw him again in Dang as we exchanged planes for Japan. I think he lives in Ohio, no real sure. Sure would love to find him. If you know or think you know him or his family please contact me. 509-633-1121. Thank you Dave

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  • Military Justice influenced by media and politics? -- Don Poss, Tue, March 13 2012, 15:55:43 (76.166.233.185)
    Like most veterans, I am concerned with the recent killing of what appears to be innocent women and children in Afghanistan, by an American Army Staff Sergeant. The questions asked now by the country is why, and what actually happened. But the major concern I have is the troubling comparison of the official response to both Fort Hood shootings and the current Afghan shooting.

    I urge all veterans to be pay attention to the unfolding Afghan shooting news, official and media responses, and their sudden rush to circumvent justice and ignore the orderly progress of an investigation for the Afghan incident, while the Fort Hood shooter has not even gone to trial.

    Please consider my above intent and do not respond with a pro or con political statement regarding the political election events in progress. I am concerned with a fair and balanced application of military justice with an unimpeded investigation.

    Concerns:

    Details are now emerging as to the 38 year old Army SSgts background and events leading up to the Afghan civilian shootings. One issue concerns The SSgts injuries in Iraq during his third tour, as a trained sniper, his being wounded, traumatized, and suffering PTSD after an IED blew up his Hummer resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Yet to be answered is the extent of brain injury from the IED explosion, and what medical procedures (if any) were used to determine his state of mind and suitability to reenter combat. We shall see.

    Consider this:

    A comparison of the Afghan killing of Muslims by an American soldier, and the Fort Hood killings of innocent Americans by a Muslim American Army Major.

    I was impressed that the US government and military had not leapt to conclusions concerning the Afghan shooting, and spoke in measured terms such as alleged and other carefully worded comments that can set the tone for investigators, media, political groups and military prosecutors in the official position and direction.

    Nevertheless, President Obama showed an even hand when he remarked in his weekly radio and internet address on the Fort Hood [planned and executed] shooting, as follows:

    Its difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas, it is horrifying that they should come under fire at an army base on American soil in the meantime I would ask all Americans to keep the men and women of Fort Hood in their prayers.I want all of you to know that as Commander in Chief that there is no greater honor but also is no greater responsibility for me than to make sure the extraordinary men and women in uniform are properly cared for and that their safety and security, when they are at home, is provided for themI hope in the meantime all of you recognize the scope of this tragedy and keep everybody in their thoughts and prayersgiven the potential warning signs that may have been known prior these shootings, we must uncover what steps -- if any -- could have been taken to avert this tragedy."

    The Fort Hood shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder [and wounded 32 others] for allegedly going on a shooting massacre at the Army base. Again, Obama presented a balanced statement:

    "There is an ongoing investigation into this terrible tragedy that investigation will look at the motives of the alleged gunman, including his views and contacts." The next day he ordered the military and intelligence community to undertake a full review of the sequence of events that led up to the shootings."

    Just as importantly, President Obama remarked:

    "The purpose of this review is clear: We must compile every piece of information that was known about the gunman, and we must learn what was done with that informationIf there was a failure to take appropriate action before the shootings, there must be accountability."

    But It is with todays news and official comments that I fear for an even handed approach and investigation as to what happened; why; who is at fault or blame; actions leading to the shooting; and why the SSgt was returned to combat at suffering a traumatic brain injury.
    Consider these news releases and bold statements such as the alarmist phrase and use of death penalty:

    WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials insisted Monday that the weekend's Afghanistan killing spree was an isolated incident and said that a 38-year-old Army staff sergeant would soon be charged in connection with the deaths of 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children. The soldier could face the death penalty if convicted in the unprovoked attack, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Monday.

    President Barack Obama is calling the alleged slaying of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier "absolutely tragic and heartbreaking" and said that he is still "proud generally" of what U.S. troops have achieved in Afghanistan while working under "enormous strain.

    WASHINGTON (KABC) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to do a full investigation into the shooting of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier, calling it "outrageous and unacceptable."

    "The United States takes this as seriously as if it was our own citizens, and our children, who were murdered. We're heartbroken over the loss of innocent life," Obama said.

    The president is working to calm tensions in the wake of the massacre. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the American soldier could face the death penalty if convicted.
    What concerns me mostly about the official response to the tragic killings of women and children in Afghanistan, is the commander in chief having labeled the incident a massacre and murder of innocent women of children, whom this country will seek out and punish the guilty, sparing no expense, while alluding to a potential death penalty before the full investigation of circumstances are even known. These statements and positions prematurely signals those in charge of military justice as to what is expected of them, and sounds a bugle-charge mind set forward to prosecute the accused shooter [Afghan...not Fort Hood].

    How does a balanced scale of justice, play for the yet unnamed SSgt in Afghanistan, compared to the opposite direction flagged to the prosecutors regarding Foot Hoods planned and executed murders? Especially when considering to date that neither Leon Panetta nor the commander in chief have called the Fort Hood Muslim shooter a Muslim, Terrorist, nor even a Murderer of innocent Americans -- In fact the shooter at Food Hood, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, is yet to come to trial.

    Nevertheless, will veterans and current military draw further confidence in the USMC legal system from their commander in chiefs statement that he is still generally proud of our troops.

    U.S. military Veterans should expect a balanced and fair investigation of all circumstances and effects regarding the Afghanistan killing of civilians and Fort Hood massacre. Only then should the appropriate charges be filed befitting the cause and effect. It seems the media and politicians on both sides have forgotten a truism in the American legal system: the seriousness of the accusation does not outweigh the evidence and facts of a case.

    If it turns out the Afghan civilian killings by an American SSgt, or the Fort Hood killings of Americans by a Muslim, were performed as a planned and evil act by a sane man, without mitigating circumstances, then the harshest justice would be perceived as just and fair by veterans and our citizens. However, if traumatic brain injury, or serving four tours of duty in the ants nest of Muslim nations played any part, then the public must be made aware of the role it played, and related questions asked and answered as to why the SSgt was placed in a combat zone, and permitted to simply walk out of the military compound alone and engage in such conduct. These details are yet to be discovered and must be answered if the necessary perception of justice is to be reached.

    Don Poss

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  • War-Stories Welcomes Home LM 94, Steve Miller -- Don Poss, Sat, February 25 2012, 19:42:34 (76.166.233.185)
    War-Stories Welcomes Home LM 94, Steve Miller.

    Steve served with the USAF 100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB, Osan AB Korea, U-Tapao RTNAF, and Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, 1972-1976.

    Steve also contributed to War-Stories' fund that assures no Vietnam Veteran with financial hardship will go without a membership.

    Welcome Home to War-Stories, Steve Miller

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • Welcome Home: 3 new War-Stories.com Life Members -- Don Poss, Wed, February 08 2012, 17:58:02 (76.166.233.185)
    Welcome Home to:

    LM 89, Frederick Dupont, USMC, Delta Company, 9th Engineer Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, Chu Lai, 1967-1969.

    LM 90, Joseph Abodeely, US Army, 2nd Platoon Leader, D Dompany, 2/7 Cav, 1st Air Cavalry Division, Camp Evans, 1968.

    LM 91, Joseph Connelly, USMC, 1st BN 3rd Marines, RLT 26, 1967.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • Locate info: D Battery, 6th Bn, 56th Art (HAWK) missile unit. Bien Hoa Airbase -- John Mayfield, Sun, November 01 2009, 10:47:20 (75.82.158.38)
    Hello,

    My name is John Mayfield I am trying to location information on D Battery, 6th Battalion, 56th Artillery (HAWK) a HAWK missile unit station at Bien Hoa Airbase from Sept 1965 to Sept 1968. The missile battery was located in the north west area of the base. I am trying to located pictures, maps or other items that would give the location of the battery.

    Thanks for any help you can give.


    John Mayfield

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  • Article on Miss America -- Katherine German, EMNRD, Wed, February 08 2012, 18:10:13 (76.166.233.185)
    Hello Mr. Poss,

    I saw an article on your Vietnam War Stories web site about the visit in Vietnam by women from the Miss America pageant in 1970. We are putting together an exhibit about the two visits made to Vietnam by the pageant and I'd like permission to use part of your story. It would be wonderful to have something from the point of view of the men these women came to visit.

    I tried to contact the author via email but was unable to get in touch with him. Can you help me? If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.

    Kate German
    Heritage Educator
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park
    Angel Fire, NM

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  • Vietnam Dog Handlers -- Caroline (Goodwin), Tue, February 07 2012, 6:48:22 (76.117.253.148)
    Hello,
    I'm trying to learn more about the dogs and handlers who fought in Vietnam and are fighting today. Please share anything you want. Just email me at houndygirl@gmail.com

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  • Phu Cat AB photo: Just outstanding! -- Jay, Mon, January 30 2012, 9:13:45 (76.166.233.185)
    jaybird718@att.net [mailto:jaybird718@att.net]
    Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 1:55 PM
    To: DonPoss-LM37@VSPA.com
    Subject: Yo

    Hi Don. That photo of Phu Cat AB [http://www.vspa.com/images/week-03-05-2006-pc-1st-tiger-division-base-perimeter-night.jpg]brings back some real pleasant memories.

    In 1970, I was on a second tour and with the 299 Cbt Engrs supporting the 173rd out of LZ North English. Once in a while we would go back to our base camp in Phu Tai and ALWAYS stopped at Phu Cat AB. Im telling you the Air force knows how to live. They let us (if properly attired) use there NCO club and open mess. Ice in the drinks and the best grub we ever got. Also had the opportunity to visit the on-site Korean Steam bath. Just outstanding. Jay

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  • War-Stories.com will be moving to a new Linux Server IP on 1/25/2012 -- Don Poss, Wed, January 25 2012, 9:19:49 (76.166.233.185)
    Gents & Ladies,

    For your information, War-Stories.com will be moving to a new Linux Server IP on 1/25/2012 through 1/26/2012, and may be off line during this process.

    You will note broken links/images until the full upload to Linux has completed. When service is restored, all URL addresses and links will remain the same. War-Stories.com emails will NOT work during this move.

    For updates, check the bulletin board.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • 1962 -- Don Poss, Sun, January 01 2012, 1:35:07 (76.166.233.185)
    1962

    Eleven days out of High School I enlisted in the Air Force. John Kennedy was president. Khrushchev wanted to bury us. Dee Dee Sharp was doing The Bird; The Chiffons sang Hes So Fine, and The Crystals whaled Hes Sure the Boy I Love. Ozzie and Harriet slept in separate beds and Ricky Nelson was wondering Where Oh Where Can My Baby Be.

    School kids played duck and cover. B-52s tag-teamed photo-ops with Russian-Bears, and half the world hated the other half. Arabs hated the Jews. The Jews hated the Arabs. Soviets hated everybody, and Americans wanted everybody to like us. The ground was still radioactive in Hiroshima. Life was great! Gas was cheap. The Cuban Missile Crisis lit the fuse to end humanity on earth. I dressed like an eskimo while freezing on Montanas Minutemen Missile silos. Martin Luther King was marching and regularly getting bailed out on the daily 15-minutes of black and white TV news, and Mahalia Jackson sang goose-bump gospel songs just before the TV Test Pattern of an Indian wearing a war-bonnet signaled several hours of non-broadcast static.

    Nave Times. Innocent Times. Dangerous Times. Vietnam loomed just over the dark horizon, like a cancer whose twisting tentacles would embrace and rip the nation a new silo. The first lines of 77 Names destined for a distant Wall were shadows upon uncarved marble. Things would never be the same again .

    Don Poss

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  • Three New Stories, by USMC Fred DuPont -- Don Poss, Thu, December 29 2011, 13:15:15 (76.166.233.185)
    Welcome Fred DuPont, War-Stories.com Life Member #89. Fred served with the USMC Engineers, 1st MARDIV, III MAF, Chu Lai, 1967-1968.

    Check out Fred's three new stories and photos at:

    * Ambush at Calu! 1967, NVA RPGs, grenades, mortars, small-arms:
    http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/pdf/cl-fred-dupont-ambush-at-calu-nov-1967.pdf

    * Bad Day at Dien Ban! August, 1968, NVA walking in mortars:
    http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/pdf/cl-fred-dupont-bad-day-at-dien-ban-aug-1968.pdf

    * The Ba Ren Bridge! Sep, 1968, 3rd Pltn marines pinned down by snipers:
    http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/pdf/cl-fred-dupont-the-ba-ren-bridge-sep-1968.pdf

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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