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  • 168th engr bn lai khe 1969 a co -- boyd lee bryant (sad), Sun, October 24 2010, 19:46:07 (205.188.116.12)
    i am looking for other combat engrs from nam i served with in the 20th engr brigade 168th engr bn combat at lai khe in 1969 who might remember me i went by my midd;e name my platoon sgts name was hamilton he called me boyd he was a real good guy iam looking other brother engrs who might remember me for a d a v upgrade im 40 percent d a v i go to out patient mental health every 4 months for pt s d have been going since 1987 then quit for about a year half but went back to out patient mental health was diagnosed with p t s d in 1994 but was never informed just given meds and sent on my way finall talked to another vet who told go see county vetrans service officer he filed letters etc with dav and they went to bat for me i only received for 2007 because i didnt ask what was wrong they didnt have to tell according v a rules if ihad known in 94 it would have been a different story i need lay statements from people who were there in this time zone dec before chrismas 1968 to 19 70 im having health issues plus work related problems i dont care if you were engr grunt medic chopper pilot if you remember lai khe the you remember all those rocket and mortor attacks then you remember rocket city thanks to all who served and are still serving Boyd Lee Bryant

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  • Freedom Hill -- Konrad Kottke, Fri, October 08 2010, 13:22:55 (67.158.26.77)
    I remember Freedom Hill very well, while assigned to the SP’s in 1971 at DaNang, I think the month was either Nov or Dec., my CO was looking for volunteers to go to Freedom Hill and assist the Army MP’s with the security of the gates and perimeter, I know, never volunteer, however, I was getting sick and tired of the Flight Line and Tower duty, so I was sent to Hill 327, my first day there the Army Sergeant of the guard I think that is what they called him handed me an Army Colt 45 ., which I had never shot or had not had any training with, we carried 38’s at the time in the Air Force. Anyway I educated myself on it real fast. We worked 6 hours on and 8 hours off, my second night on duty I was working the entry gate to the facility with another Army Private, I could tell that this private was disturbed; he had recently been in the bush and had been sent to Freedom Hill temporary for some reason I still don’t know what that reason was, anyway, he keep saying t me while we stood in the Gate Shack that he was not going back to the bush no matter what and he was scheduled to go back to his unit in a couple days, around 1:00 or 2:00AM in the morning I was making my rounds around the Cafeteria and I heard a “Bang” and it came from near the gate shack, I ran back and saw this private standing in the middle of the Gate shack with his hand half blown off, I yelled at him “What Happened” and all he said was I’m not going back, I called on the radio for the Sergeant of the guard who responded and said something like “Dam not Another” I had no idea on what he meant at the time, anyway I had to man the gate until 6:00AM by myself, the private was driven to DaNang AB for care, I never heard what ever happened to him, I hated staying in the gate shack, the mess was still left on the ground in the gate shack (bits and pieces of his hand and a lot of blood). The next day I called down to DaNang and talked to my CO., told him what happened and said I want out of here, I left back for DaNang AB.

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  • Jane Fonda' s Apology -- Joseph Bellantoni (Disgusted), Wed, October 20 2010, 11:49:39 (71.184.197.98)
    Jane Fonda's actions in Vietnam were and still are inexcusable....sorry...she should have know better at the time that what she was doing was wrong...and totally unpatriotic.
    No apolgy can ever make up for the damage she has done...perhaps she and her husband should set up a Multi million dollar foundation to help Vietnam vet's who are still suffering from their tour of duty in Nam.

    She is despicable...sorry and I will never forgive her for what she did. I have even saved some of the paper propaganda that the VC used to drop in our base camps and forward area's and I believe I even have one from "jane fonda".

    Joe Bellantoni
    101st Airborne Division
    Camp Evans and LZ Sally
    Aug 68-Aug 69

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  • FILM Review: "RED" -- Don Poss, Sat, October 16 2010, 15:51:32 (75.82.145.91)
    Gents: I just saw the just-released movie, "RED". A CIA Spoof that was hilarious! If you liked "Romancing The Stone", "Indiana Jones", or remember the first-time you saw "Home Alone", you will enjoy "RED". Filled with sight-gags and one-liners that will keep you laughing. An 'R' Rating for mild language, but I don't recall anything like that. You can take the kids and the significant other (there's a funny romance-angel to keep her amused), and she won't mind the two or three "tastefully killed" bad guys getting greased. Action, Humor, Adventure, Spies, Russians, Secret Service, FBI, USMC, black helicopters, Bannana-Republics, a million rounds fired (no body hit!) explosions, and a movie the Trailer Adds live up to. Treat yourself and check it out.

    Don Poss

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  • Anyone knowing Joe Tuck at BearCat 1969 -1970, gunner -240th Greyhounds -- Red Steiner, Mon, September 06 2010, 12:02:18 (99.184.48.43)
    Joe Tuck is trying to find his pilot for confirmation of a combat wound from shrapnel. Joe is a good friend and a fellow veteran. Anyone having any information or who knew Joe at BearCat please contact me and I will relay your message to him.


    Thanks,

    Red Steiner, USAF 1960-1972

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  • Oval Office Flag tradition. -- Don Poss, Tue, August 31 2010, 20:29:30 (75.82.159.66)
    It is a White House staff tradition to change the Oval Office rug and flag to reflect Peace or War. During peace time, the flag and rug are changed overnight to the Eagle facing its talon clenching olive branches. If there is a military action, or war, the staff changes the flag and rug to the Eagle facing the talon with arrows.

    I watched President Obama’s speech announcing U.S. combat action at an end in Iraq. I noticed the U.S. flag, and the presidential flag behind him, and was interested to note the Eagle was facing to the right at the olive branch.

    I hope the flag and carpet displayed are merely an error by staff (which I doubt), as peace is not yet at hand in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the U.S. is still at war with terrorists.

    Don Poss

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  • Recruiting Posters -- Gordon Calhoun, Wed, August 25 2010, 10:57:07 (75.82.159.66)
    Very good collection of recruitment posters! Been looking for a site like this!

    Sincerely,

    Gordon Calhoun
    Editor/Historian
    Hampton Roads Naval Museum

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  • FILM Review: Inception -- Don Poss, Sat, July 17 2010, 21:52:09 (75.82.159.66)
    Saturday: My wife said, "Come on...you're taking me to see a movie!" No room for arguement there. We looked at the film trailers and watched "Inception" which was five-star rated.

    If you watch the trailer, it is typical in that it sucks you in to the blackhole of hope that you will get your money's worth.

    To be fair, it was an action movie with plenty of action (just none of it made sense). It also had good actors in search of good-acting (a decent script would have helped), with a theme about dreams within dreams...which should have been plots-within-plots...or even one plot for that matter.

    The bottom line is that Inception was misnamed and should have been named 'Deception' in that its main attempt was to deceive you into think all the special-effects (which weren't so special) amounted to something worth seeing.

    I noticed people kept heading for the snack bar, or rest rooms, but no one seemed to return. What's with that? After forty minutes, even my wife couldn't take it anymore...and we walked out to the snack bar and kept right on going (following the crowd) to the car.

    Inception/Deception...you had best get your money this weekend. Sweet Dreams.

    Don Poss

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  • SP4 Merrel P. Whittington. -- James Whittington (???), Mon, July 19 2010, 19:36:08 (68.53.78.235)
    I am looking for information about my uncle, SP4 Merrel P. Whittington.

    He was an Army Medic with the 173rd Abn Bde B Co 4th Bn 503rd Inf. I believe that he was killed on Nov. 20, 1967 while B Company was trying to relieve the 2nd Battalion paratroopers on Hill 875.

    I was 9 years old when he was killed and never had to opportunity to know him. I am hoping to be able to communicate with anyone that knew my uncle and might know more about how he died. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Permission to print WWII Posters -- Frank Ryczek, Fri, July 09 2010, 10:24:23 (75.82.159.66)
    Ahoy there, Don- I was just surfing the web when I came across your fantastic site for vintage posters [at: http://www.war-stories.com/war-posters-usa-wars-menu.asp ]

    The reason for this e-mail is to ask you if perhaps I can have permission to copy some of these posters to use at our August 20th, 2010 Williams Family YMCA, Mandarin Jacksonville Florida Seniors Dinner Dance. The theme is something that I suggested, I being a WW II scale modeler of PT boats of the South Pacific theathers of operation and a local historian on PT boat history. I want to convert our gym into a USO 1940's Canteen, complete with historical posters and do the whole thing up in red, white, and blue. It will be billed as-" 1940's USO Canteen- A Salute to our Troops and Veterans". The Y has already given me a green light on this idea and our senior members, many veterans themselves are going to be attending!

    I would like to copy these WW II posters and then mount them on backing boards to be displayed in the gym and to save them for a possible future event at our YMCA.

    Thank you for a truly wonderful web site, Don! I have visited many sites relating to WW II Posters, but yoiurs is truly unique with many posters I have viewed for the first time. Thanks again!

    Frank Ryczek, Jr.
    Williams Family YMCA- Mandarin Jacksonville, FL
    Events organizer- "USO 1940's Canteen Dinner Dance"

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  • Iraq Terrorist War ending in Aug 2011 -- Victory or Defeat -- Don Poss, Fri, March 05 2010, 18:08:49 (75.82.155.89)
    Gents:

    A simple question in comparison as to how will Iraq be viewed in five years -- Victory or Defeat:

    If the United States brings home its combat troops from Iraq in August 2011, and then in 2013-ish, the Iraq nation is overwhelmed and defeated by the Taliban or terrorist units, will the Media then brand the Iraq War a U.S. defeat-- even though our combat troops left two years previously? Or does it matter which U.S. political party or president is in power come in to play as to defining what is Victory or Defeat?

    The time-span of two years (a 'decent interval' as Henry Kissinger phrased it) would be the same length of time as when combat troops left Vietnam in 1973, and Saigon RVN fell in 1975.

    Don Poss

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  • Names of lost men Liberty Bridge Vietnam 1967 -- Fabio Allodoli, Tue, March 30 2010, 12:53:39 (76.175.66.222)
    Hello,
    My Name is Fabio Allodoli.
    I am trying to locate two fellow KIA Veterans from Vietnam 1967, with I believe were with 3/7 India Co, or possibly Kilo. I have been trying to locate these men for 6 years, now and I have not been successful.
    I have tried this site in the past but no luck.
    I was in Nam in 1967, and 1968, with the Navy as a Seabee with MCB4 “C”. I was one of the original men of about 35 men who built the Liberty Bridge from the beginning on April 67 to the end of September 67.
    While there we knew most everyone of the Marines, as we worked with them. There were two men whom I had gotten to know each other somewhat, and on one evening myself and another men were talking to these two men as they were preparing to leave on an LP.
    We said see you later, and watched them disappear in the night. Later never came to them as they were ambushed about 1 click out. I was sitting inside a tank talking with one of the crewmen and listening to the chatter on the radio from the men to the CP. Last sound I heard from them was when they were reporting that they had heard some movements nearby. Seconds later we hear an explosions and the radio went silent I bailed out of the tank, as the rest of the crew boarded, and went out to support them. About a half hour later the tanks returned with their bodies, and we unloaded them to stretchers.
    I used to have their names but in a couple of moves I have made lost their names. I would like to be able to find their names for a couple of reasons.
    That particular Bridge was the longest bridge built in Vietnam, 2,040’ long. I know that there were many more casualties and KIA while there in Arizona Territory. But these two men I knew were attached as one of the companies with the bridge, I also believe there was Kilo Co, and Lima, I do not remember all of them. I know there was a sweep team that got wiped out around June July I think, but do not remember if they were also attached with the Companies providing security for us. If there were other men that where KIA or wounded, and you know how to get their names then I will list all of them on my web site and project.
    One, I belong to an Organization called Point Man International Ministries, which was started 26 years ago by Vietnam Vets for the purpose of helping all our Brothers who served in Nam and all past and present wars who struggle with the aftermath of war, PTSD. I have a web site, which also shows the Liberty Bridge, and I want to have their names listed by the Photos, and give them Honor.
    Two, I am in the process of constructing an exact scaled down replica of that Bridge, with all the surroundings and donate it to the new Seabee Museum which is now in very early stages of construction. The names of those Marines will also be listed on the Bridge info and all the casualties.

    So I need some help and hopefully you might be able to help me.
    The time that those boys died was either July or August of 1967.

    Thank you.

    In His service

    Semper Duris
    Fabio Allodoli
    805 983-3686
    fallodoli@roadrunner.com

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  • All my memiores -- Christopher Tammarine, Sat, July 03 2010, 7:52:42 (98.28.77.103)
    Just wanted to say how much i enjoy reading and looking at all the old photos of Da Nang and Ban me thuot and Tuy hoa,there are so many feelings after all these years that i still hold inside,so many are good and a few that are bad...I enjoy reading all the Christmas letters that were writen by my brothers that served in Nam,after readng them i just sit here for a few minutes with a smile on my face..

    God bless

    Tam......

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  • Tuy Hoa July 1968 -- Aletta, Mon, September 29 2008, 15:10:38 (64.136.27.225)
    A few months ago, I posted a message. I had the date wrong. My husband was a firefighter with the Army at Tuy Hoa. I am having trouble verifing an incident by goverment records. Does anyone know how I can get goverment records on the incident on July 29,1968 at Tuy Hoa? I read about it, but I need offical doc.

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  • Request Permission to post 'Warriors Last Prayer' -- Archie Parsons, Thu, June 17 2010, 8:31:08 (75.82.156.229)
    Good morning, I would like to ask permission to use your poem, Warriors Last Prayer (http://www.vspa.com/dn-poss-warriors-last-prayer-1966.htm) for posting on the Warriors Watch web page. This particular page is for posting for family members who have lost a loved one serving in the military.

    In case you have not heard of our group. We provide Motorcycle and car support. We are ask by loved ones to provide welcome homes and flag line support, we also provide flag line during wakes and escorts for the funeral and flag line support at the gravesite.

    I am an old Viet Nam combat medic who averages 3 to 5 missions a week doing these worth causes. I am also part Cherokee and Choctaw and wanna be I guess. Anyhow after the tears cleared from reading your poem I thought if allowed it could be used when I post condolences to family and friends of our lost Warriors. I will be sure to post full credit with your name each time it is used.

    Thank You for your time.

    Archie

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  • hill 327 68-69 -- mike nestor (rembering), Sun, June 13 2010, 9:31:09 (68.84.92.217)
    I was attached to a lamb outfit on top hill 327,was there when the ammo dump went off,also when we were attacked on I beleive mothers day 1969,they got inside our perimer,blew up one of the hawk launchers,wounded,and we loss cpl sickles,anyone remember that?

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  • War-Stories' Store Reopens Under New Management -- Don Poss, Wed, June 09 2010, 13:07:11 (75.82.156.229)
    Gents and Ladies:

    As you may know, Bob Kehoe, WS Store previous manager, passed away recently after an extended bout with cancer. His family decided to retire and not continue managing the store. We wish Bob's family the best as always, and pray that he is now a rest and in peace.

    Life goes on, and War-Stories is pleased to announce our Store has reopened under new management. We invite you to check out the thousands of military collectibles at War-Stories Store at

    <http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/shop/default.asp>, where the public is always welcome, and login is not required.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster at War-Stories.com, since 1995

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  • sp/4 Charles Carpenter -- Chelle Carpenter-Whitney, Mon, May 31 2010, 21:16:53 (97.92.60.219)
    I just found your site.My grandma gave me a letter dad wrote from the the LZ NORTH.My dad was SP/4Charles(chuck)Carpenter from Kalamazoo,MI..The info on the envelope read hhc 4/31 196th aposf 96374. dad never said much about his time in nam.

    dad died 5/5/2007 of cancer.they told us 2/19/2007 and he was gone in a blink of an eye.if anyone remembers my dad i would love to hear from you.i have two photo albums full of pic's but no names, but allot of empty beer cans.I'm sure they were all planted our boys would never drink...lol

    thank you chelle

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  • Death of War-Stories' Store Manager -- Don Poss, Fri, May 14 2010, 22:41:47 (75.82.155.89)
    Gents and Ladies:

    War-Stories regrets to announce that our Store Manager, Bob Kohoe died suddenly after an extended fight with cancer. The military store will reopen in approximately one week and continue under the management of Bob's family, which has helped with daily operation of the store since opening.

    Services will be private and the family askes that no flowers be sent, per Bob's wishes. Your thoughts and prayers for the family and friends are appreciated.

    Bob was a great guy and will be missed by all.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories Webmaster.

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  • Bob Hope, Da Nang, 1966 -- Philip Monteleone, Wed, May 12 2010, 21:42:09 (75.82.155.89)
    Don, This was great, it took me back to that exact moment in time, I was also there.

    L/Cpl Philip Monteleone, VMFA 115F-4s
    Danang
    1965-66
    Semper Fi

    See:
    http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/dn-poss-bob-hope-1966-2.asp?zoom_highlight=%22Bob+Hope%22

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  • Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-Z -- John Harter, Thu, May 06 2010, 9:02:13 (75.82.155.89)
    From: JOHN HARTER [mailto:jondonharter@verizon.net]
    Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 1:46 PM
    To: webmaster@war-stories.com
    Subject: Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-Z

    Thanks for sharing the picture, Francis was a great guy.

    John Harter

    http://www.war-stories.com/wall-h.asp

    http://www.war-stories.com/t_hart-ellis-bart-kethcart-1970.asp?zoom_highlight=Francis

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  • looking for contacts -- anderson, mark, Mon, May 03 2010, 17:42:52 (24.32.68.166)
    well long story short my dad served there in nam for the TET 1968 and under the comand of cpt pane! and since then im in the army know 13yrs. i just wanted to get some contacts from his commrads so he could talk to them. he was in the 120th assault platoon and at hotel 3. so if some one could point me in the right direction?
    heres my cell 580-354-6210
    thank you again
    SSG ANDERSON , MARK
    FT, SILL OK

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  • Suggestion for your web page! -- Elizabeth Bailey, Fri, April 30 2010, 11:45:55 (75.82.155.89)
    From: elizabeth@edu-student-mail.org [mailto:elizabeth@edu-student-mail.org]
    Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 11:02 AM
    To: Webmaster@war-stories.com; larry@larryposs.com
    Subject: Suggestion for your web page!

    Hi Don!

    My name is Elizabeth Bailey and I wanted to provide feedback on your page. I want to tell you that as a student teacher working on a lesson plan, your page was a great source of information.

    As a thank you, I thought I'd suggest an additional resource in case you were looking to replace it. I've been using material from this page (http://www.usa-people-search.com/content-a-timeline-of-world-war-ii.aspx). It has a ton of information on WWII that you may find useful.

    Thanks Again :)
    Elizabeth Bailey

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  • Warrior's Last Prayer -- Ben Quinney, Mon, April 26 2010, 12:37:09 (75.82.155.89)
    Mr. Don Poss,

    I want to thank you for your Poem “Warrior’s Last Prayer.” With your permission I would like to use it in a Memorial Day letter I would send to our Clients and Friends. Please let me know if you are OK with this. I would add the copyright listed on the website on the letter. It will not be used as a solicitation in anyway. It will simply go to honor those that have fallen to protect this great nation. Thank you.

    Thanks,

    Ben Quinney
    Director of Marketing, Mid-America Region

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  • OUTBACK Restaurant Veterans' Rip Off -- Don Poss, Fri, March 26 2010, 18:05:39 (75.82.155.89)
    Gents:

    My brother Larry is slow to anger but is royally pissed at OutBack restaurants. He went to OutBack because they are advertising a Veterans' Special menu from which they will donate One Dollar to veterans' groups. Sounds fine to me. While looking at the Outback's 'Special Menu' he noted the price was exactly the same as for the 'Regular Menu', and wondered what might be different. The Regular Menu comes with a Salad...the 'thank you very much Veteran' Menu--does not! So -- Outback -- just who the BLANK is 'donating' a Dollar to veterans? Seems to me you are RIPPING OFF Veterans while waving a Flag.

    It will be a VERY long time before either Larry or I go to Outbacks--and I hope you consider doing likewise.

    Check out their March Menu Veterans' Special at

    http://outback.com/companyinfo/thanksforgiving.aspx

    Don't bother looking for the Menu -- you won't find it!

    Don Poss

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  • Trying to reach Russ "Gus" Reynolds -- Mary Bell Lunsford, Fri, February 26 2010, 22:56:21 (75.82.155.89)
    Mr. Reynolds wrote a story about the Mother's Day POWs on May 11, 1969. My brother Malcolm Frank Bell was one of the 11 KIA that day. I would like to reach him via e-mail if possible.

    Respectfully,
    Mary Bell Lunsford

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  • American Warrior, Home at Last -- Justin Leow, Sun, January 31 2010, 22:57:11 (75.82.155.89)
    Dear Don Poss,

    I would like to use your essay "American Warrior, Home at Last," and cite it in one of my papers. I would give you proper credit and not claim it as my own . I would only be using a sentence or two of the essay in quotations. I would also be willing to send you a final copy of the essay if you would like to make sure it is used in a context that respectful of the monument. There simply is not enough
    written about the riverside memorial. I feel the essay has a certain first person account that I would like to include. I would permission to use it in my essay for a college art history class. Please get back to me when you can thank you.

    Justin Leow

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  • War-Stories' Memorial Wall -- Art Dembinski, Sun, January 31 2010, 13:40:34 (75.82.155.89)
    Attached is a PDF including a memorial I made to my cousin John L Burgess, KIA in Viet Nam in 1970. He was an Ottawa Indian, 2 brothers & 2 sisters belong to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians. He was not recorded as Native American because he was adopted as an infant. Full details are in it.

    Art Dembinski

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  • 24 Series - Review -- Don Poss, Wed, January 20 2010, 7:39:35 (75.82.155.89)
    24 TV Series Review

    Full disclosure: I am a 24 junkie and have all the released 24 DVDs. Unlike previous electrifying 24 Seasons, this year’s 24 Season Premiere (Season Eight, Episodes 1-4) failed to establish a reason why anyone should care enough to Tivo the rest of the season.

    It’s not too late to slip in a real reason viewers should want the just-another Arab president-king-dictator to live. How about: If Jack can keep him alive 24 hours the dictator will give us .29 cent a gallon gas? Or he wants to wear a sandwich board endorsing Sarah Palin and Rev Wright? Or, wants to open a carwash next door to General Ky's Am-PM? Or, he just accepted Jesus and wants to construct Baptist churches all over the Middle East? Or he wants to give every American a million dollars and bring back gas-guzzling American power-cars? Or more believable, the dictator doesn’t want the Israelis to turn his sandbox into a glass parking lot, and a signed treaty might delay for a couple of weeks the imminent and inevitable nuclear war in the Middle East?

    Currently, in Season Eight, the U.S. president wants a ‘deal’ with a good-guy Arab president-for-life-dictator who wants to give up his nukes. Yawn. Give me a break! Already the basic synopsis is flawed. I mean, really, ‘a good-guy Arab potentate’ who wants to give up his nukes while cheating on his wife and breathing-heavily with a blonde bimbo liberal reporter? And that is suppose to support all that follows?

    Nevertheless, CTU is still easily penetrated by spies and a sink-hole of government bureaucratic incompetence. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is doing what he does best by assisting various nasty-guys in assuming room-temperature (Yawn). Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), plays the same character overcoming obstacles and is perfect for her role. Katee Sackoff (Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica) plays a more sophisticated character and reinforces that she is genuinely the sexist lady on TV.

    The first 24 season was electrifying and cost me a lot of lost sleep. The bad guys were going to nuke L.A. (some parts could still use renovating) which would probably screw up rush hour traffic even more than normal but also, god forbid—take out the Hollywood sign—now that was a reason to TiVo.

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  • USAF Base Attacks -- Fred Shine (USN), Mon, December 15 2008, 8:35:13 (75.82.158.38)
    I happened upon your post. I have a friend who is listed as having been killed at Bien Hoa, January 31st, 1968, while attached to Company C 52nd, Inf, 95th MP BN, 89th MP Group, and listed as killed by Artillery, rocket, mortor fire. His name was John "Jackie" Fullerton Jr., from Wilmington Massachusetts. All the history listings, I have found, record only ONE man, from that unit as being killed, at Bien Hoa that day, but none of them list the individuals name. I believe it was Jackie, and have been searching for 40 years to find someone, anyone, who was at that base that day, and remembers Jackie. There are conflicting reports of "where" he was killed. Officially he is listed as killed at Bien Hoa, while the family has been contacted by men stationed at the Embassy in Saigon, who claim Jackie was actually killed (by rocket) in the alleyway, on route to BOQ#3, while T.A.D. to the 716th MP's. Jackie, we know, was wounded three times, and was sent to Saigon for discharge, He was scheduled to be discharged n February 11th, 1968, and perhaps he was sent from Bien Hoa, to Saigon. Does Jackie's name ring a bell?

    Does anyone who was stationed at Bien Hoa at that time that may remember him? Thank you for you time, and your service!

    Fred Shine
    USN Vietnam 1968-1970

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  • Permission to Reprint 'Three Sisters' -- Francisco Muniz III, Editor VVA-NYSC, Wed, January 13 2010, 20:09:34 (75.82.155.89)
    Welcome Home:

    I am the editor of the INTERCHANGE, Vietnam Veterans of America - New York State Council (VVA-NYSC) On-Line newspaper. I am writing to request Permission to Reprint the story by Michael Herrera, entitled Three Sisters.

    Many of our Vietnam members like to read on these types of stories. Full recognition to author and publisher will be posted at end of article.

    You could visit our web site at WWW.NYVIETNAMVETS.ORG and link to our INTERCHANGE site to view our paper. We have had the honor of being chosen twice the State Council Newspaper of the Year Award.

    I was based in Phuoc Vinh with Co B, 1st Bn, 2nd Inf, First Infantry Division in the years 1965 to 1966 in the Michelin Rubber Plantation. I returned to Vietnam, two years ago, but was not allowed to enter the village because the Vietnamese is using our military base as their own.

    Hoping to hear from you, in a timely manner, I remain

    Yours truly,

    Francisco Muniz III
    Editor
    VVA-NYSC

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  • Teaching 'Charity' -- Don Poss, Sat, December 26 2009, 19:00:47 (75.82.155.89)
    My daughter was trying to teach her 5 years old son what 'charity' meant at Christmas. She suggested to him that he had so many new toys that he should go to his room and put some of his old toys he no longer played with in a box, so they might be given to little boys that have nothing. This was a shocking concept with a simple solution. After a few minutes he came out of his room with the box loaded with ... his brother's toys. :-)

    Maybe next year...

    Don Poss

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  • Parallel between Afghanistan and Vietnam? -- Don Poss, Tue, December 22 2009, 0:48:53 (75.82.155.89)
    A friend today asked if I thought there is a parallel between Afghanistan and Vietnam. I thought you might care to read my reply to him:

    Jackie:

    We do not go to war to honor warriors. We honor warriors because they fought our country's battles. We are at war today directly because of Islamic-fascism’s 9-11 attack upon our country, whereas thousands of innocent Americans died.

    Many of today's fallen American warriors were only ten or eleven years of age on September 11, 2001. Many yet to fall have not even drawn their first breath of life. It is even possible our young grandchildren will be called to serve.

    Warring against another nation is never easy, but we did not ask for this fight, nor did we quake when it was thrust upon us. We must not despair. We must be certain of purpose to exact a measured-vengeance and lay waste to their lands-of-shelter. Yet such directed-certainty is possible only when the heart of an eagle and poet beats within the breast of our president.

    Warring against a sect of an ideology is to slice the air with a sword in hope of drawing blood. But strike-away we must until the heavens are free from their naked evil. There is no other choice than victory against a tyranny that would see our nation dead.

    Our sons and daughters will step forward to do what must be done. The question posed is whether we will stand behind them in support and with determined vigilance. I fear the answer our soft nation may soon voice, but the terrorists surely fear our warriors even more so--and well they should.

    I pray for safety and strength for our troops, and that our enemies will turn from their dark path of evil. Until then, I do not view Afghanistan as 'another Vietnam.' I do not see any parallel other than to recognize victory or defeat will be upon the heads of those who govern our nation. There were only imaginary dominoes falling before the Vietnam War. I do not need to see the annual TV replay of the twin-towers falling to understand why we are fighting today...and with the briefest pause I can see our fellow Americans falling in my minds-eye and hear the brutal slap of pavement.

    Afghanistan another Vietnam? I think not. We must win this one.

    Don Poss

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  • Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th 1941 -- Don Poss, Mon, December 07 2009, 12:03:24 (75.82.155.89)
    Gents:

    President Roosevelt described the Japanese's attack on Pearl Harbor as "a date which will live in infamy".

    Three weeks ago, my wife and I were at the Punch Bowl cemetery near Pearl Harbor, where hundreds of Dec 7th KIAs are buried, along with thousands of WWII KIAs. We placed our flowers on her uncle's gravestone, noting the Dec 7th engraved date. We also noted there were very few flowers on graves throughout the cemetery.

    Is it fair to say that 'December 7th' is not a date that lived in infamy? Just ask your kids, grandkids, or young adults for that matter, what happened on that date...and you will be met with a blank stare.

    Don Poss

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  • Major Elijah (Buddy) G. Tollett, IV -- Joan Odom (bittersweet), Mon, November 16 2009, 13:30:54 (63.135.183.23)
    Major Tollett was my Uncle Buddy. He was like a god to us kids as he could master anything. I know he was a bit ashamed of being navigator rather than pilot, due to color blindness which runs in our men. He was as handsome as a movie star and he loved me very much. I saw his widow, Aunt Polly, just a couple of weeks ago. She loves Buddy now as she always has. I have tears creeping out of the corners of my eyes. I was never fully informed re the particulars of Uncle Bud's death. It grieves me to think of that proud, beautiful head possibly removed from his precious body. I had to know, and I thank you. However, I choose to see him on the golf course, in the sun, drving the hell out of the ball and grinning...

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  • ARMISTICE SONNET -- Teddy Rex Patton II (HONOR), Sat, November 14 2009, 17:13:58 (98.228.22.243)
    ~~~ PEACE LIGHTS OUR EYES ~~~

    Peace walks a way more beautiful than moonlight.
    Bright, as from its own light; shines o'er land and sea.
    We must remember Peace, what it was and is:
    fearless in the face of Fate. Youth's pure courage.
    Striving, "Peace Must Conquer!" -— not just breaK even.
    The hope of our Age, Youth's brave eyes, smiles still bless;
    comforting focus warming: Joys from heaven.
    We're calmed: the quiet, soft blessings of God's Peace.
    Peace's tears drop softly; our salt offerings.
    As life grows older, our praying knees spring up,
    kept free, honored to salute Peace's sunlight.

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  • The Honor Goes To Them Where They Fell -- Teddy Rex Patton II, Sat, November 14 2009, 17:10:35 (98.228.22.243)
    NOT FLANDERS FIELDS
    In desert sands no poppies grow;
    unmarked, no crosses, row on row.
    3Young lives cut down; Youth tarries, dead.
    Hopes hover high; mem'ries un-fled,
    still held despite the fate we know.


    'Spite death, Peace lives--unbowed-- to show
    yon lives the way Justice must flow,
    for ardor and fervor have never yielded.
    In desert sands no poppies grow.


    Truth rose, fought darkness, met all foes,
    wrestled, won; failed, again rose!
    Guard Peace's journey through blackness wide.
    Take Peace's torch! Hold high with pride!
    Cowards lack the will that Heroes know!
    In desert sands no poppies grow.

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  • To Veterans Who Are Still Dying, From Viet Nam -- Teddy Rex Patton II (Teddy Rex Patton), Sat, November 14 2009, 17:05:22 (98.228.22.243)
    A SEASON FOR PEACE
    A season for Peace as Ages flow;
    Man's heart the Spring of Hope shall know.
    Pale death and war confined to one grave;
    Peace, Freedom, and Truth both humble and brave,
    Just Trio of Peace shall flourish and grow.

    Passively vanquished, Man's wrack and God's woe!
    Man lives together -- no rival, no foe.
    War gone, Life flourishes, to Summer a slave;
    a season for Peace as Ages flow.

    A debt to Summer Autumn shall owe,
    with Peace in full bloom, its harvest in throe.
    The calm Peace of Winter our homes will soon have,
    enjoying the sweet fruit Peace's preparation gave.
    Our sharp, burnished plow-shares no battles now know.
    A season for Peace as Ages flow.

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  • Honor to our veterans -- Teddy Rex Patton II, Sat, November 14 2009, 16:59:56 (98.228.22.243)
    Some heartfelt tribute to veterans who may have missed the honor due them.

    To Veterans and Fallen of All Wars

    O'er Countless Graves
     
    O'er countless graves our teardrops flow
    to earth to nourish mem'ries that grow.
    Cherished the place, beloved each face,
    each sparce, narrow garden is a holy place;
    those whose love turned grief now know.

    Strong word is "Love", despite Death's throe.
    'Tis sunrise there,  still  night here below.
    Peaceful Love with Stately Grief God doth replace,
    o'er countless graves.

    Take up their dream! They tell us, "GO !
    Liberty 's strong thread, run it ! So
    our hopes, dreams, fires of Soul may pace
    yet coming runners in Life's race,
    and win!" 'Though Death counts countless tears
    . . . . . o'er countless graves.

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  • Movie Recommendation: 'A Christmas Carol', iMax 3D -- Don Poss, Sun, November 08 2009, 17:50:11 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents & Ladies:

    If you liked the traditional 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, then you will really enjoy the just released version. I highly recommend seeing this new outstanding version that is in iMax and 3D. The 3D glasses worn are the polarized type and do not cause eye strain at all. The movie is animated, but if you saw the animated film, 'Polar Express', then you know the quality of animation comes very close to life-like characters.

    The film may not be suitable for very young grandkids, as some parts could be too scary for them.

    Check out the Film Trailer in HD at http://www.trailerspy.com/trailer/5347/A-Christmas-Carol-Trailer-HD

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories Webmaster

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  • Veterans Day -- Jay Gearhart (Thanks Brothers), Wed, November 11 2009, 13:45:41 (97.83.98.119)
    Thank you, to all Veterans, from all branches on this Veterans Day, 2009.Can you imagine how we would have felt, coming back from the Nam, to have the public treat us the way the the new veterans are being treated. Thank God we are treating them as they deserve , Hero's, every one.

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  • Blin Bats Lt Col Earl J. Fitzsimmons -- David Schachle, Wed, October 28 2009, 10:25:23 (68.157.235.226)
    My Grandfather was Lt Col Earl J Fitzsimmons. I wanted to know more about him as I was only 12 when he passed away. I know he was part of the Blind Bats, I have one of his Blind Bat hats. I would love to find out more. My grandmothes's health is failing and Im trying to get some info together for her as a gift. If you can help let me know.

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  • War-Stories.com - Always a Positive! -- Jay Gearhert, 299th CBT Engr BT, Sun, November 01 2009, 10:00:27 (75.82.158.38)
    Hey , Don. Just a little note too tell you that your site is ALWAYS a positive for me. Keep up the good work. Jay

    Jaybird

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  • FREE Adobe Products Updates -- Don Poss, Wed, October 21 2009, 17:58:14 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents & Ladies:

    Once more it is time to take advantage of War-Stories's Troubleshooting Pages and download the several recent FREE Adobe Products Updates <http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/ws-troubleshooting-2-2.asp> . I recommend that all IExplorer users do so asap as War-Stories.com's website uses the current versions of these products.

    Note: Make sure to check or uncheck optional boxes that may install a Google Toolbar or offer to check your system for errors (I uncheck those boxes).

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • Re: Co C 5th Bn 7th Cav 1st Cav Div (air) -- Miguel Bustillo (Cuban), Fri, October 09 2009, 12:04:31 (65.6.172.9)
    I had the privilege to have served in D Co. 5 Bn 7 Cav. June to Sept. 1967. You can be sure that your cousin was one hell of a guy and that he was a real American patriot.
    I never met him personally but I know... I knew his character for it was no different than thousands of other brave ones. Rest assure... your cousin was a true American patriot.
    To this day I pray every night for the souls of all those brave fallen Americans. My gratitude goes to all of them. They took care of me as I was also taking care of them. The bonding was incredible... after 4 decades I still cry for them. God bless their souls. Nicknamed: Cuban.

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  • Film Review: "DISTRICT 9" -- Don Poss, Sun, August 16 2009, 15:30:27 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents:

    It’s been a long time since I walked out of a movie because it stunk worse than Mamasan’s clothes washing-water.

    I was hoping to see a good action movie along the line of “Independence Day” and thought “District 9” might fill that bill. So very wrong! You might like the movie if you like events from the point of view of a drooling milk-sop liberal as portrayed by today's drooling milk-sop left-wing media types -- I don’t, and I didn’t like the movie. Every other word is the F-bomb, and in case you missed that, there are sub-titles spelling out the F-bomb for you in BOLD letters.

    "District 9" is without a coherent plot. There are no interaction between actors/characters. Even the nasty marooned space aliens want to leave Earth (and the theatre)! There simply is no reason to go and see the film. It is presented entirely from a media newscast viewpoint of those events, and worse yet, seen through the eyes of the news camera pointed at talking media-heads who are definitely a C-rated News-Team.

    I am not sure if the film was foreign made, but it certainly comes off at that low level of quality and feeling (perhaps if it were filmed in black-and-white it would have had a more artsy-trashy appeal?).

    I do NOT recommend going to see “District 9”. I do NOT recommend renting the DVD (it will probably be available in a week or two). And no, I still do NOT recommend reusing Mamasan’s clothes washing-water. Thumbs definitely Down.

    Don Poss

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  • Operation Juction City and Cedar Falls -- James Furney (curious), Mon, July 06 2009, 22:28:22 (174.131.27.170)
    I am looking for any Veterans who participated in these operations to share information about what it was like being there. I have an uncle who was killed in action in 1967 and he participated in these operations as a member of the 82nd Airborne. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks

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  • Two Vietnam veterans are welcomed home after serving in Iraq.... -- Bill Morris, Tue, September 29 2009, 20:32:21 (68.187.33.39)

    Two Vietnam veterans are welcomed home after serving in Iraq.

    Copy and paste the below for the video (there might be a short commercial first):

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/07/30/dunn.vietnam.vets.WZTV?iref=videosearch

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  • The haunting account of James B. Jones -- Rich Robbins, Sat, September 26 2009, 18:37:14 (75.82.158.38)
    Just read the haunting account of James B. Jones [http://www.war-stories.com/t_jbj-dn-poss-1966-1.asp], who died in 1966, the year I graduated from high school. I am a newspaper reporter and yesterday spoke to a Marine veteran suffering with PTSD. I noticed Jones was from Alexandria Bay, N.Y. When I was in the Army Reserves and posted to Camp Drum in Watertown in the early 1970s for summer training, a group of us made excursions to Alexandria Bay to drink and meet girls. It never crossed my mind that in that lovely setting resided a family which lost so much in the war. God bless them. God bless us all.

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  • Looking for SFC Kenneth Mason and SFC Jackie Keith -- George Slook, Mon, September 21 2009, 7:47:13 (68.38.106.252)
    Looking for SFC Kenneth Mason and SFC Jackie Keith, Team 22 Signal Advisors, with regard to the 1SG Janca incident of October 13, 1970.

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  • Memorial Flag Request -- April Brown, Sat, September 12 2009, 18:28:54 (75.82.158.38)
    Hi, my name is April Brown. I would like to have a Flag beside my Uncle's name. Here is the information:

    BEACH HAROLD DEAN CPL E3 A 19500828 19690509 BOONE NC 25W 027.

    Thank you so much. This really means a lot to the family.

    April Brown

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  • Re: operation kingfisher 1967 -- Peter, Fri, August 28 2009, 18:59:49 (67.82.12.254)
    Was the book publised? I was a 60's squad leader. One of my guys was the last Marine killed around 2-3 that night according to some reports I've read recently.

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  • Back from Vietnam -- Thomas Tessier, Thu, August 20 2009, 14:21:21 (75.82.158.38)
    Back from Vietnam in time to tip a legal cool one with Tommy my son on his 21st birthday today.

    As soon as I finish my written thoughts and daily diary of the trip and figure out how to sort the pictures I will get it out.

    The trip was interesting yet somewhat disappointing. Also experienced stronger emotions than I anticipated especially near the 051 bunker area where the battle for TSN TET '68 took place, and my friend Ric and I laid a wreath for all the fallen for both sides.

    Saigon, Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang and Dong Ha are beautiful where tourists travel, but poor areas are unchanged except for TV and internet. The heat and humidity was as bad or worse than I remembered.

    Happy to be back in the USA !

    Thomas Tessier

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  • Gloria Anne Redlin - Friendly Fire Casualty 10/21/70 -- George Slook, Sun, August 16 2009, 6:13:05 (68.38.106.252)
    George Slook, 4th Infantry Division, Central Highlands, 1969-70 seeks comrades, friends, and family of Gloria Anne Redlin. Gloria was shot in country on October 13, 1970 and died of her wounds on October 21st. All public accounts of her death indicate she died on June 8, 1969. There is also other misinformation about her in the public record. Any and all information would be appreciated.

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  • Re: VIETNAM -- william o. smith (grateful!), Fri, August 14 2009, 10:10:51 (74.214.179.60)
    i was at danang from 1972-1973 when all was over. ican assure you there was plenty of rocket activity as well as a squadron of off target f-4s that scored a direct hit on our fuel storage tanks (that burned for days) and a number of other structures. i believe an all out effort was made to utilize every unused remaining rocket before the cease fire went into effect.

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  • Military Ringtones? Sprint cell phone ring tones. -- Howard Yates?, Fri, August 14 2009, 12:37:55 (75.82.158.38)
    Don, Do you know of a web site that offers Military Ringtones?

    Howard Yates

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  • Ranking Value between Michael Jackson vs. KIA deaths -- Don Poss, Fri, July 10 2009, 10:34:09 (75.82.158.38)
    The debate continues concerning national priorities for dwelling upon the death of a social icon versus ongoing deaths of warriors fighting to defend the nation against another terrorist attack.

    I believe the heartland of America knows and values the difference. Consider that Fox News conducted a “man on the street interview” during the Michael Jackson media feeding frenzy, asking graduating students basic questions. Their answers were appalling. For instance, a few questions asked were:

    Q. What nations border the United States of America? A. Alaska; Australia; Florida.
    Q. How many stars are on the USA flag (pointing to a flag on a flagpole)? A. (Student looking at flying flag) it’s moving too fast to count them.
    Q. How many brothers did Michael Jackson have? A. Four (correct).
    Q. Who is the Vice President of the United States? A. Palin?

    The point being…the students questioned were the graduate-products and representative failures of our educational process and system. Any appeal to their collective common-sense to prioritize a list valuing and honoring deaths of a pop-hero and military heroes will always result in the drug abuser, child molester, and known pervert soaring to the top of the list. That is what they were taught.

    One solution is a return to a basic educational process whereas unrevised history, the King’s English, world geography, advanced math, a love of country and the principles of democracy and republican form of government as founded upon, and embracing Judeo-Christian beliefs, are instilled in students’ DNA and the hearts of their professors. That is unlikely to happen.

    We license drivers and in my opinion should license voters. An interpretation of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution could deny the above graduating college students permission to vote until obtaining a base knowledge in the above. Today, a high school diploma no longer assures a foundation-knowledge was taught nor achieved. Unfortunately, neither does a secondary-education nor advanced degrees.

    Don Poss

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  • Some Songs I Wrote -- Dwight Jenkins, Tue, July 07 2009, 19:27:22 (70.109.107.12)
    Hey Guys,

    I'm glad you're home. I've met many of you over the years and heard some stories that will stick with me forever. They demanded a poem, or a song. The attached link will take you to acidplanet.com, a legit music site for guys with day jobs, like me. It's not a sales pitch, the music is free for the listening. "A Man Named Clay," "Riverine Assault Flotilla," and "Bad Trip" are about you. I hope you like them. See http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs=617828&t=5595.

    Semper Fi,

    Dwight Jenkins
    USMC 1979-1991

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  • July 4th Holiday -- Don Poss, Sun, July 05 2009, 1:43:58 (75.82.158.38)
    I hope that everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!

    Don Poss

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  • A Veteran's Merry Christmas -- Caitlin Bea (Sad), Fri, June 12 2009, 4:41:06 (74.63.85.60)
    This poem is honestly extremely touching. It makes you think of when us, as kids are home on Christmas getting presents or eating or just spending time with family, this Vietnam soldier is surviving instead of enjoying Christmas. It should make us appreciate more, that we have Christmas at home and not in terror.I hope now, that these soldiers can have good Christmas's with their family, or loved ones.

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  • Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-Native Americans -- Richard E. Mayer, Thu, June 11 2009, 14:11:53 (75.82.158.38)
    Myron Johnson is from Mandaree North Dakota, and he is Mandan and Hidatsa Native American. James Levings, is also Mandan Hidatsa.

    Thanks,

    Richard Mayer

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  • Kaboom! -- Nick M (Interested), Tue, June 09 2009, 7:37:04 (74.63.85.60)
    I find it funny how seriously careful everyone had to be to avoid situations like this. It's interesting how his pin got pulled and set off some kind of domino type of explosion. Very interesting.

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  • Hand Jive -- Nick M (Surprised), Tue, June 09 2009, 7:21:37 (74.63.85.62)
    I was surprised to see how brutally serious the combat training for the soldiers were, and how they went out of their way to make some soldiers look like fools. I couldn't image being a soldier going through what Cook went through, dealing with all the stress, and on top of that embarrasment.

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  • tunnel rats -- j. clarkson, Mon, June 08 2009, 2:26:15 (98.217.41.248)
    as i read this i couldnt help to think that the tunnel rat would probaly be me in this kind of situation because of my size i would be a perfect canidit, the guys that went into these tunnels we brave.

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  • king rat- bunker bonkers -- j. clarkson, Mon, June 08 2009, 2:02:32 (98.217.41.248)
    I couldnt help to think if he migt of been losing well sitting in his bunker that night because i read war stories all the time and people start to see and do things to to keep time going and thats what seems to be going on here.

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  • hand jive -- j clarkson, Mon, June 08 2009, 1:53:18 (98.217.41.248)
    As i was reading this story i couldnt help to laught, it was interesting how the lieutenant colonel thought that cook would never go throught with acaully kicking him untill he finally did and sent the guy doen to the ground for good.

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  • dad...i'll meet you at the wall -- Kyle Ham (sad), Sun, June 07 2009, 18:30:20 (24.62.243.224)
    This guy was lucky to learn so much about his father. I like it that veterans consider themsleves brothers to those they served with whether they knew them or not.

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  • Chu Lai 2nd surgical hospital -- Kyle Ham (War isnt fair), Sun, June 07 2009, 18:21:45 (24.62.243.224)
    This guy got to witness two unfair personal deaths in war. It would be nice if a hospital would be a place to heal but instead it caused him more pain and anguish. I dont agree that the medic did not get his wish, he did die for a cause.

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  • Purple heart -- Kyle Ham (interesting), Sun, June 07 2009, 18:13:32 (24.62.243.224)
    It was kind of weird that the soldiers were more concerned about the cigarettes than this guys knee. I thought that he was brave to walk into the field while other people were firing at him. Its a good thing for him to wear a purple heart instead of his parents getting it.

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  • Blown up -- Kyle Ham (Inspiring), Sun, June 07 2009, 18:04:34 (24.62.243.224)
    This guy had a second chance at life handed to him by God himself. It would be nice to have that feeling that God exists no questions asked. This guy was really lucky and its nice to know that when death does happen its not a bad thing.

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  • Da Nang AB Airmen's Club -- Lee Anderson "Andy", Sun, June 07 2009, 13:55:24 (75.82.158.38)
    Hi Don: I greatly enjoyed reading your story about the Enlisted Airmen's Club in DaNang [http://www.war-stories.com/dn-poss-airmans-club-fan-jbj-1965-1.asp]; I was the aviation storekeeper aboard the USS Princeton and handled all of the Marine Aircraft parts and some Air Force; (also supplied the fleet with sunglasses traded for Whiskey in DaNang ha ha).

    Do you remember anyone like me at the club? I remember coming inside a place like you describe with the red lights and fans---I was a scared, 19 year-old in 1966 and vaguely remember watered down beer.

    Thanks for the memory (in the words of Bob Hope,

    Lee Anderson "Andy"
    USS Princeton 1964-1966

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  • medic and nurse -- dan s (pain), Sun, June 07 2009, 9:54:10 (69.21.83.36)
    I think some people only think that there are soldiers in war but there are other people to like doctors and nurse. In a way i dont think they get alot of credit just because there not running around the battle field shooting. I read an other article on a nures in the army her mane is Billie Thibodeau and she saw the same amount of actshion than anyone else. You can read her storie at www.thecamarilloacorn.com

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  • the few -- dan s (smart), Sun, June 07 2009, 9:10:47 (69.21.83.36)
    When i read this story the thing that went through my mind is how the military trys there people to do just what they did. I think when SSgt Jensen and A1c Al Handy fought off the attack they where doing what they where trained to do, the military trains you to fight with what you have.

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  • Vietnam Casualty: Rose Request -- Candy Clemente, Sat, June 06 2009, 15:43:19 (75.82.158.38)
    My name is Candy Clemente. Victor Manuel Yanez who was killed in Viet Nam on May 11, 1969 was my first kiss. We remained friends until the day he left for the war. I do have a photo of us before he left. I would like to add a Rose if possible.

    Thank you.

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  • My Enemy reply -- Cody Favata (sad), Tue, June 02 2009, 20:48:49 (24.60.51.163)
    It's nice to hear the side of the story from someone other then an american for once. I mean i'm all for american history being an american but its nice to get a change. This story shocked me but made me sad. Twsits and other happenings. . . It was a very interesting read.

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  • Red Cross Girls Reply -- Cody Favata (Laughing), Tue, June 02 2009, 20:43:48 (24.60.51.163)
    its been 10 hours since i read this story and i'm still laughing. Its a great bit of comical humor to kind of slow down the pain and suffering. I do however feel very very bad for this man. IDK how much it hurt and i dont want to. i just want to laugh. I'm sorry. :[ haha

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  • KABOOM reply -- Cody Favata (depressed), Tue, June 02 2009, 20:40:18 (24.60.51.163)
    the last line is what really caught me. "Just when you think your safe your not." Plenty of ties have i been in that situation and it sucks. Catch 22 is what seems to be a major theme of my life. I'm sorry this happened. I'm so sick of war.

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  • Thirteenth strike reply -- Cody Favata (sad), Tue, June 02 2009, 20:21:44 (24.60.51.163)
    This story broke my heart because my father is a veteran of the Iraqi War and i would be devastated if he died and would be completely and utterly crestfallen if his body was never found. He had his own dangerous situations that i always worried about him on when he was on them.

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  • Angel on my shoulder reply -- Cody Favata (Thoughtful), Tue, June 02 2009, 20:12:11 (24.60.51.163)
    I have also had dreams that came true that lead to both unexpected greatness and despair. This story connected with me in that way and i thought it to be a very good story.
    I have been having dreams about tornados recently occuring over and over most likley meaning life destruction of some kind is about to occur. i keep wondering what it means.

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  • War-Stories Memorial Wall-Native Americans -- Patricia Price, Sat, May 23 2009, 11:54:40 (75.82.158.38)
    Don:

    Thank you for recognizing our Native Warriors. My cousin Jay Allen Muncey was a Western Shoshone, can you please add that to your list? Thank you.

    Patricia Price

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  • Jean Baptiste Incashola: Army -- Francine Domonique, Sat, May 23 2009, 11:53:09 (75.82.158.38)
    Dear Webmaster:

    I am writing to let you know the tribe of my uncle Jean Baptiste Incashola so it can be added on your page. He was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana.

    May The Creator Watch Over You Today And Always,
    Francine Domonique





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  • The Wall -- Elayne Mackey, Pres. Associates of Vietnam Veterans America, Wed, May 20 2009, 18:59:06 (75.82.158.38)
    Hi Don
    Thank you for your service & Welcome Home.

    I am in the process of getting some material together for a Wall presentation we are having here in CA.

    I always print out the From the Other Side [http://www.war-stories.com/from-the-other-side-camunes-1967-1.asp], which people love and always want copies. I notice on your War Stories web site, permission is needed for reprint of your writing about The Wall.

    Also, I have visited your Autumn's Wall [http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/dn-poss-wall-autumn-1998-2.asp] many times and it is peaceful and beautiful and I like your humor that you put in ...in places.

    I especially like your description and your offer of assistance on your War Stories site.

    May I have your permission to use this in my materials? You know...that we never know who we will meet at a Wall and what requests they may have. Being able to offer some type of help is so appreciated by those visiting.

    Thank you so much,

    Elayne Mackey, President CA. Associates
    Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc (AVVA) CA. State Council & proud wife of a Vietnam Veteran 70/71 71st AHC Chu Lai Americal Division

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  • Help for a disabled Vietnam Veteran -- Mary Flandez, Social Worker, Tue, May 12 2009, 14:11:40 (75.82.158.38)
    I am Mary Flandez social worker for James .We are hoping that someone can help with this situation. My client James Louis Raphael Simi Valley California now has Agent Orange. His symptoms are Diabetes, amputation and on Dialysis Etc The VA can not find any history of James serving in Vietnam. The VA will not assist with the Agent Orange due to this fact. Please Is there anyone that can assist us with this matter? Is there anyway we can find out who has served with him?

    Army Info; Pvt. James Louis Raphael
    Started to service in the Army October 3, 1966 Fort Polk Louisiana. Training was at Fort Ord. California March 3, 1967 After training he then was flown out to Vietnam
    he served from 1967 to 1968. James is now in a Conversant Hospital.

    His wife’s e mail is jraphael3@roadrunner.com her name is Albertha.

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  • Ginny Kirsch's murder -- Marj Dutilly, Sat, February 07 2009, 13:49:11 (75.82.158.38)
    Hey, Don Poss- Just read the war story about Ginny Kirsch's murder and, as a Donut Dollie assigned to Nam the year AFTER Ginny, I thank you for those comments...how could the Red Cross have sent us there knowing they wouldnt/couldn't assure our safety, although they insisted they could! (I had assumed for years that they did everything humanly possible to find Ginny's killer...I guess not!)

    Marj Dutilly

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  • Story: Heavy Heart -- Rebecca Garrett, Tue, April 28 2009, 21:58:21 (75.82.158.38)
    Dear Larry,

    i read "Heavy Heart" [http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/dog-tags-poss-larry-1997-2.asp] for an assignment at school and it touched my heart so much. it was like i was there getting out of the car, seeing my reflection behind the returned soldier who was mourning the death of someone close to him. i was close to tears myself. some people just don't get how serious and life altering these kind of things are.

    you'll be in my memories and i hope you live the rest of your life to the fullest,

    Becca

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  • Re: Looking for Vietnam veterans -- Robert Rempel, Mon, April 27 2009, 17:06:18 (75.91.1.191)
    Was at Lane AH from 1967 and 1968, 19 months total. Was assigned to 394th trans. det. for the 129th AHC. Have lots of memories from then.

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  • Memorial Day Story - Catch The Wind.... -- Don Poss, Wed, April 15 2009, 22:09:12 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents & Ladies:

    Memorial Day is upon us once again. I've thought about the future Last Vietnam War Veteran, and his last day, and wrote a story about what he might feel. I invite you to take a minute and read, Catch The Wind, The Last Vietnam War Veteran, Memorial Day, 2062, at

    http://www.vspa.com/aspprotect/catch-the-wind-don-poss-2009.asp

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories Webmaster

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  • cbs documentary-1967 -- William Paulsen, Mon, April 13 2009, 20:53:26 (70.95.118.30)
    I am looking for a documentary produced in 1966 and aired on ABC in l967. It was narrated by Jimmy Stewart. The subject was the 31st TAC fighter wing at Homestead AFB, Fl. Col.James Jaberra was the commander before he was killed in a car accident. Col. Lewis took command before deploying for Tuy Hoa, Vietnam in Dec. 1966. Filming began before leaving Fla. and contiued with alert tents, R&R etc in Vietnam. Our family saw it in spring of 1967 and we would very much like to find a copy. If you have information where I might look please call me at 808-322-3723 or E-mail wpaulsen@hawaii.rr.com. Thank you so much. William Paulsen Ret.Maj.AF

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  • RE: War-Stories: Body Count, 1965 -- Tobby Baca, Tue, April 14 2009, 18:59:45 (75.82.158.38)
    tobbyb [mailto:tobbyb@aol.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:58 PM
    To: dlp@war-stories.com; larry@larryposs.com
    Subject: War-Stories: Body Count, 1965

    HI Don,
    I read with much interest your facts about the Viet Nam war. I have one question. You state that there was 304,000 WIA. I have four Purple Hearts and know many others that have two or more. My question is 304,000 the number of wounded or the number of Purple Hearts given out?

    Thank you for your help in this matter.

    Tobby Baca

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  • Mekong Delta area H-Battery 29th (SLT) -- G. Delaney, Mon, April 13 2009, 21:27:01 (99.3.104.238)
    Looking for any one who was with H-Battery 29th (SLT) out of Can Tho. I was with the 1st Platoon. Looking for a couple of guys who were there.

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  • Free computer updates -- Don Poss, Sat, April 04 2009, 21:09:34 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents & Ladies:

    Once more it is time to update your Free Adobe Java, Flash, Shock, and Media players. Go to War-Stories' Troubleshooting page at http://www.war-stories.com/ws-troubleshooting-1.asp and click on the icons. Once an update begins, do not stop it.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • Computer Tip -- Don Poss, Tue, March 31 2009, 21:37:36 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents:

    For those of you who have real computers (Windows), here's a tip you might find useful:

    Ever wonder what that funny Print Screen/SysRq button is for? Use to be you could click that key and it would Print Out whatever is on your screen. For your info -- it still does...sort of. Have you ever been surfing the web and wanted to capture a photo on some site that blocks downloading photos (like some War-Stories.com photos)? Well here's how to do that:

    WINDOWS USERS:

    1. Scroll to where ever the photo or text you want a copy of is located.
    2. Click your keyboard's "Print Screen/SysRq" key. That loads the page into your temporary copy area as an image.
    3. Open your Word Document and place your cursor on the blank page (or it can be anywhere on the page).
    4. Finally, press "Ctrl" and "v" keys, and that will paste the "image" of the screen you want in to the word document.

    MAC USERS:

    1. Go to the garage.
    2. Find the duct tape.
    3. Cover your computer screen completely with duct tape.
    4. Now here's the tricky part: you must rip off all the duct tape in one powerful RIP (just like when you do the hair off your back).
    5. Hold the duct tape up against a mirror to see the reverse perfect image of what an idiot looks like. (just kidding...well, almost)
    6. Sorry'bout that.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • DaNang on July 15, 1967 -- William B Leppert, Thu, March 26 2009, 11:05:45 (75.82.158.38)
    Don, I was at DaNang on July 15, 1967 as a member of the USN assigned to fly missions with VQ-1 on the EC-121Ms. Our barracks were destroyed that night when an ammo dump next to us ignited. Forty four guys in my unit were injured.

    I would appreciate it if I could review the photos that you have. They are for my personal interest only and I have no intention of marketing or distributing them.

    Thanks,

    William B Leppert
    St Joseph, MO

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  • Whers EVERYONE at??? -- Jay Gearhart, Wed, March 25 2009, 10:43:36 (68.188.157.114)
    Whats going on. There hasn't been a new post on this bulletin board in a month?? Come on you guys , I like reading the posts, so lets go. Jay

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  • US Sergeant give a motivational speech to "Lazy Iraqi Police" -- Don Poss, Sun, February 22 2009, 11:33:12 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents & Ladies:

    I don't know if anyone has seen this US Sergeant give a motivational speech to "Lazy Iraqi Police" at

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1GrdTakvl8

    but it is well worth checking out on UTube. No holds barred and tells it like it Should Be!

    Don Poss

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  • WWII Propaganda Posters -- Don Poss, Thu, February 12 2009, 22:43:05 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents & Ladies:

    Sometime ago I posted Communist Propaganda Posters of the Vietnam War at http://www.vspa.com/vspa-communist-vn-war-posters-p1.htm

    That project was the first of doing posters for all U.S. wars. If you are inclined to check out such things you might enjoy 91 of the best World War II Propaganda Posters at http://www.war-stories.com/wwII-posters-1.asp

    The times in America were much different back then, for good and bad, and the posters do reflect the desperate times of those war years.

    WWI and the Civil War will probably post next week sometime.

    Don Poss

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  • Need Agent Orange advice -- George de Randich, Thu, September 18 2008, 0:39:27 (75.82.145.99)
    Need a little bit of advice. Recently, I found a friend of mine; whom received many Medals for bravery in Viet-Nam, I have been advised that possibly the Department of the Army, The Department of Defense & the Department of Veterans Affairs have been less than helpful in assisting; my schoolmate in collecting what compensation he is due from exposure to Herbicides in Viet-Nam. I do not have the full story as of yet on my friend!

    I intend on digging quite a bit. But if anyone has some ideas please speak up!

    Respectfully yours,
    George Y. de Randich

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  • My brother Ron Moses a Kiowa -- Neil Kessler, Mon, February 09 2009, 15:34:56 (71.101.165.62)
    I wanted to give some credit to a American Indian brother of mine by the name of Ron Moses aka "Sasquatch". Ron was Army special forces in Nam 68-69-70. He did some unexplainable stuff from what I gather with his squad. Sorta a recon-do some dirty things to the enemy behind their lines group I guess. Captured once for about a week, and escaped from the NVA. Ron is a Kiowa warrior from Oklahoma, haven't seen him for awhile now, but have talked to him, and know his heart still runs true and he 100% for all his warrior brothers. Aho

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  • China Beach... -- Don Poss, Thu, February 05 2009, 19:02:28 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents:

    My niece, Lori, was an Army medic several years ago. She is now a civilian nurse. Lori and her husband just got back from a tour in Vietnam. Neither were old enough to have served their, but just wanted to go.

    I just received a package in the mail from Lori. Inside was a small plastic container with a note. Lori said she knew I served at Da Nang, and while there on 1-23-2009, she scooped up a tube of China Beach sand along the Da Nang beach. Ironically...42 years to the day that my tentmate, J.B. Jones, was kia at Da Nang.

    I will never return to Da Nang ... but I will keep this small token safe with my memories.

    Don Poss

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  • War-Stories' Grand Opening Military Store! -- Don Poss, Thu, February 05 2009, 15:59:21 (75.82.158.38)
    Since starting War-Stories.com in 1995, I have often been asked when "the store" would be opened. Now it is!

    War-Stories.com is Pleased to Announce the GRAND OPENING of The Military Corner Store at (link also on the homepage):

    http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/shop/default.asp

    TheMilitaryCorner.com is a 24/7 military store honoring all veterans, active duty military, retirees, family, friends, and first-responders. Featuring Thousands of quality military collectibles for U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, highlighting all US wars--at incredible low prices! Discover rare unit pins from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan, Gulf, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Terrorist War! Find that special gift or memory and display your pride.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories Webmaster

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  • Interview for my Project -- Anthony (curious), Wed, February 04 2009, 15:51:24 (24.240.17.206)
    I have been working on a vietnam project for school. Part of my project requires me to interview a vietnam veteran. If you would like to email me information and help out please respond. I really would like to hear about someone who was a dog handler or sniper.

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  • SFC Cecil A Meares -- Dorothy Phillips (sad), Wed, January 28 2009, 12:18:45 (76.3.124.165)
    My Dad was taken from me September 23,1967.He was murdered In Nha Trang vietnam.There are so many things that I want to know about my dad. He was in the Army and was with th 5th group. Please help me. I have never been able to get answers and evey child needs to know about there Dad even though we are grown now

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  • Film Review: Taken/2009 -- Don Poss, Sat, January 31 2009, 18:27:39 (75.82.158.38)
    Film Review: Taken/2009
    Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen

    Liam Neeson plays a retired spy whose job was to keep “bad things from happening.” He was very good at his job and no doubt was also Jack Bower’s (24) mentor in interview techniques. When Liam's daughter is kidnapped he considers that a “bad thing” and goes to Europe to rescue her. Liam is careful to assure only those mostly deserving-to-die do so with style and taste (not counting the guy electro-fried, the sudden bus hitchhiker, and maybe the fork-lift thing). Those not-deserving were only hospitalized or flesh-wounded. Within a very brief time there is a trail of tastefully-dead bodies rivaling a centipede’s foot prints.

    Short version: On an action-packed four-star rating, Taken gets five stars! You won’t want to miss anything, so skip the theatre’s soda. Take mama with you—tell her it’s a chick-flick.

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  • Three Days of Hell -- Peter Hutchins (Im proud to read these stories), Wed, January 21 2009, 19:25:38 (75.67.50.123)
    I am a student and I was given an assignment to read stories from Vietnam veterans. I am glad my teacher gave me this assignment because Ive learned so much. These men risked it all fighting for freedom. I read the story Three Days of hell and it really touched me. The story of this one guy named Al Handy. I wish I could think and react fast enough to save the lives of my fellow men. Your story is so moving it just blew my mind away. I don't know how those people could have accused you while you where trying to protect these people. You took The little ammunition you had and fought off the opposing forces, like they were nothing. Your a true hero, and its sad how few of people will know your great story. I couldn't imagine how horrible it would be to see a fellow comrade go down and from the bottom of my heart I just want you and all the other great hero's of our fine country that don't get any of the recognition that they should.

    Sincerely a true fan Peter Hutchins.

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  • Vietnam Brotherhood Delta Co: From the other side poem -- Ray Leclair, Tue, January 06 2009, 12:54:16 (75.82.158.38)
    Hi. The Vietnam Brotherhood Delta Co. Port Charlotte Florida have the honor of presenting the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall on Veterans Day 2009 at the new spring training home of thr Florida Rays pro baseball team in Port Charlotte Florida, Pat (Bernie) Camune's piece "from the Other side " is being considered to be read at either the Opening cerimony or the closing cerimony.How do we go about getting permission to do so if we indeed choose this fantastic piece?

    Ray Leclair
    Nam Vet--67-68 USMC

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  • Response to Confessions Of A CH-54 Pilot -- Ryan, Tue, January 20 2009, 18:56:58 (24.62.157.55)
    The story is very interesting. I don't know a lot about the Vietnam War but what I do know from school and movies doesn't really say much about pilots. It's nice to see these stories and hear what happened. Thank you Robert Archer for serving as a pilot and for posting your story.

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  • About Slow Boat to Vietnam -- Silvia, Tue, January 20 2009, 14:06:24 (65.175.148.235)
    Hi, I'm Silvia, I'm an exchange student from Italy in New Hampshire. Our American Studies teacher gave us this assignent: to find 5 Vietnam Veterans' stories and comment them. At first I was scared, I was worried about not succeeding in this assignment, because to be honest...I don't know anything about Vietnam. It wasn't my country's war, it's true, but I still wish someone told me what happened, the protests, the blaming...But then, reading several stories, I noticed that every single one of them was written for a purpose:let people know the truth...people like me, the new generations, to let us grow up a little bit while reading. Thank you
    Silvia

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  • Poem: Forget Me Not -- Tyler A., Tue, January 20 2009, 16:06:09 (75.82.158.38)
    Thank you for posting "Forget Me Not (http://www.war-stories.com/poem-poss-forget-me-not-1965-1.asp)" ... such a great poem. It really touches the heart when you say that you were there with the men on the Wall and that you are still with them now. My favorite part is when you say that you are there with them now, no matter how far the distance. It shows that you really care about them and that you can never forget them and what they did.

    Thanks for serving. Tyler A.

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  • MY EXPERIENCE, REGRETS -- ROBERT J. ARCHER (I NEED YOUR HELP), Mon, January 12 2009, 12:22:36 (24.23.234.140)
    SUBJECT: Suffering from PTSD and need letters vouching for my service as a Lancer who served in combat

    Dear Fellow Lancer,

    This is Bob Archer (formerly Lt. Robert Archer, Lancer 24) . I NEED YOUR HELP.
    Unless I can find one or more of my fellow combat veteran Lancers to vouch for my service with the Lancers in one or more combat assaults, I have very little chance of receiving any monetary aid for PTSD. I am sure that many of you have experienced the same thing.
    I also have reoccurring skin cancer, but because it is not multiple myeloma, they do not recognize it as associated with the fact Camp Evans and Quang Tri were cleared by heavy spraying with Agent Orange which contained Dioxin, a cancer agent. I did not know that until 2008. Originally, the areas that we occupied were heavily forested. The military cleared that whole area by heavy spraying with Agent Orange (2,4,5-T). Agent Orange has a long residual life (half life). So the soil in the areas we occupied were heavily contaminated with Agent Orange for years. That is why it was such a great defoliant.
    I have been disabled since 2006, and trying to prove to the VA that I served with the Lancers from Jan through most of May, 1970, and, most importantly served in combat. They rejected my appeal for monetary assistance because I could not prove to them that I was in combat.
    Since I do not have any medals of Valor nor Purple Heart, I am having trouble proving that I was in combat. I suffered brain damage during “routine” brain surgery several years ago, and my memory was affected. I can no longer work nor support my family. I have gotten some help from the City to fix my leaking roof, but that does not pay the bills. All my Social Security goes to the mortgage and property taxes. We have taken on one renter to help pay for the food; but it is not enough.
    I have the Lancer blue year book. Unfortunately, many names were left out; with the first or last name or both often missing. I still have the memorial pamphlets from James Burton (Twiggy), Bob Kirk, Bill Weisse (spl) and several other Lancers that were killed during one of our Bn combat assaults. I remember that the Cobras were firing so close that some of the tree limbs almost struck my helicopter and others. I remember one of the pilots shouting to the gunships to back off a little bit lest they bring one of our choppers down with flying trees limbs!
    I remember one of the Warrant Officers taped a combat assault. I am not sure if it was this one or not. I remember listening to it. It would probably be one of the best documentations of what was going on (at least for him) during one of those assaults. At the time, we listened to the tape and just laughed it off.
    I remember we sometimes referred to pilots and crew killed in a burning aircraft irreverently as “crispy critters”. I think we did this to get on with our lives. Even though is seems so irreverent today. We did not have time to brood over the dead. We had to get on with our lives. Taken out of context, that could sound calloused to an outsider.
    My description of my combat experiences were not enough because I could not remember the name of the mission nor the month that it occurred. All I could tell them is that it all occurred between Jan 3 and late May of 1970. That was not enough to prove that I was in combat. I remember my crew chief and flight engineer having to beat off excess ARVN’s on one mission where there were fleeing the NVA. I could not get off the ground with so many ARVN’s handing on to the skids and trying to get into the chopper even though we could not get off the ground with so many ARVNs hanging on. Then we had to go back (I’m not sure if it was the same mission, and pick up a bunch of dead ARVNs. They were still dripping blood. One of them was lying over a log and had rhigormortis. So we could not get him in the chopper easily. We had to put him in last. We flew back maybe once or twice to pick up bodies. Then the Crew Chief had to wash out the helicopter because the deck was covered with blood. I remember the blood (lots of it) running out the doors.
    I had a great deal of respect for all the Crew Chiefs and Door Gunners who worked long hours just to make sure that the aircraft was safe to fly the next day. They worked long hours. And were all good men. We did not have a big problem with drugs. I only had one “temporary reassigned crew member” who I know used drugs. He was not even supposed to be in our unit. He did not show up for a flight. So the Crew Chief and I went to get him. That was my first look at how destructive drugs could be. He as lying dead in his bunk from an overdose. It was awful. He had pissed his pants and snot was coming out of his nose. I will never forget that.
    I AM LOOKING FOR SOME “LANCER COMRADES” TO VOUCH FOR ME. WHO THINK THAT I AM WORTH THE EFFORT.
    I feel very guilty even asking for this request because I did not do anything to help support or communicate with Lancers very much over the years. I would get too depressed. I quit communicating onsite to put it out of my mind. So many people were still talking about the difficult time they had adjusting to back home.
    My job kept my mind off the subject for years. But now that I am stuck at home every day except when I go to the VA for medical care, I have felt very guilty for not doing anything to help any of my fellow aviation crew members or pilots. It was thoughtless and selfish.
    I had made a promise to myself that I was going to call Gene Miller’s parents when I got home to tell them that he was a swell guy, a brave soldier and leader and a good friend. I NEVER DID THAT. I finally did take a trip to the WALL in DC. I walked up to the wall and touch each name of the fallen Lancers who I knew. I cried without shame.
    My son is a combat medic in Mosul on his second tour. He goes out with the infantry motor platoon on patrol several times a week. He does not have to do this because in his the medic in charge since his boss and good friend was badly wounded when his MRAP was struck by two Russian RPG’s two months ago. He is coming home sometime in February after 15 months on his second tour. But he is already having some problems. When he can get to a public phone, he calls me. Losing his best friend (who is at Walter Reed recovering) has affected him more than the loss of any other medic. He is a brave soldier. He does not have to go on patrol; but if he does not take a turn, he feels is puts too much pressure on his fellow medics. There are only four or five medics supporting his company. And there are one or more patrols going out on a daily basis. He is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division even though his Division is the 4th Infantry.
    SGT Gregory Archer, my son in Mosul, has promised me that the first thing he is going to do when he gets home is go visit THE WALL in Washington D.C. and pay for me to go with him. I have written letters to all those guys who died when I was a Lancer. I am going to place each letter in plastic, and leave the letter and flowers to thank them for giving their lives at such a young age. Most of them were in their early twenties. They had their whole life ahead of them. And I am filled with guilt for doing nothing to honor them or contact any of their friends at home and tell them that they were great and brave soldiers who I highly respected. It took me years to realize that I loved all you guys. I was 25 when we were at Camp Evans and Quang Tri. I remember flying Rangers into North Vietnam at tree top level. Those guys had balls. I looked up Bruce Haskell this year. I did not realize that he had died at the early age of 39! Bruce gave me my orientation flight. It was not a very long orientation because Bruce responded to a LOH pilot calling for help. His Crew Chief has been shot while they were hovering around a tree line (scouting). He had fallen out of the LOH, so the pilot needed help retrieving him. We got three within five minutes. The Crew Chief jumped out and drug the wounded guy to our chopper and we did our first medivac. Bruce was “short”, but he did not hesitate to respond to the cry for help from that LOH pilot. I was too new to be afraid or even think about how many more enemy might be in that tree line. Fortunately, with the door gunner and LOH pilot firing into the tree line, we took no fire. That took balls. Bruce got nothing for it. But that was typical as you would know. It was expected.
    I remember hearing from one of my friends that Dan Lanier had rescued a Navy pilot in the Ashau Valley (right after I left in late May 1970). Dan was an excellent pilot. I heard that he received the Silver Star from the Navy pilot’s based on the Navy Pilot’s write up. That pilot figured he was a goner. There were NVA everywhere. I had just been reassigned to the 478th Heavy Lift Company in Red Beach, DaNang. CPT Gene Miller, our XO, was suppose to stop by and see me on his way out on R&R. He was killed right before he was scheduled to go on R&R.
    For some reason the VA is telling me that I did not participate in combat! I was a 1st Lt and Major Grant S. Green was the Company Commander. I can't remember the names of any of the combat assault operations and apparently, the VA review group won't or can't look them up. I was a Lancer from Jan 3rd to mid to late May before I was transferred to the 478th in Red Beach.

    I remember one LZ where we landed in a very large crater with the woods in front of us. The cobras were firing their rockets so close that some pilot complained of tree branches nearly hitting their choppers. Another combat assault, one of the Warrant Officers taped the radio conversations. Can you help me out. Even if all you remember is that I was there and worthy of your vouching for me.

    Warm Regards and Happy New Year.

    Bob Archer (1st Lt Robert J. Archer, Lancer 24 and Lancer 11)
    Home Phone: 925-855-0885
    Cell Phone: none
    P.S. Thank You for Your Service. Please feel free to pass on this letter to anyone who might remember me. My memory is not good anymore. VA has taken me into their medical program. I did not have any money to keep up my wife of 38 years insurance and my medical insurance and pay all the deductibles and prescriptions. I contracted spinal meningitis in 2006 during brain surgery which did a lot of damage to my sleep ability and memory.

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  • Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-Native Americans pages -- SREGON, Sun, December 28 2008, 11:51:39 (75.82.158.38)
    Harold Bradley Muller who died in Vietnam is a Yurok Indian. [This was a request to add the KIA's tribal information to the Native American memorial pages. Don Poss]

    SRegon

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  • Danang 7/1965-1/66 -- Gary Spahn MIUS-13/IUWG-1, Sun, December 21 2008, 22:03:47 (24.121.82.121)
    I was in Danang 7/65-1/67and am looking for anyone who also saw an execution by the VN of a VC in front of the White Elephant Hotel and any bombings taking place near Monkey Mountain.

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  • Christmas Giving -- Don Poss, Fri, December 19 2008, 12:46:01 (75.82.158.38)
    Christmas Joy: I am so proud of my wife, Kathy. Every year she organizes and collects money and toys for needy children and distributes them through her work at Loma Lynda Medical Center from family-names provided by the local Salvation Army. Loma Lynda Medical Center employees have big hearts and come through for the families year after year. Kathy always calls me afterward and tells me about the excitement of delivering the presents, all of which are hand-picked for the kids and parents. This year they selected two families: a single mom with three kids, and a single grand-father with two grand-children he is raising.

    Kathy just called, a little happy-weepy as usual, and said they finished playing Santa and taking the presents around. They phoned the old veteran grandpa and told him they were just around the corner, and he excitedly said he would be standing on the curb in front of his single-wide motor home waving. When they drove around the corner he spotted them and was waving his arms—more like doing jumping-jacks--at them! He thought they would give the kids one or two presents, but when they kept unloading presents he asked if they were sure all those were for his grand-kids. When they said, yes, and that there were still more, and these are for you, he then broke down and started crying. And that my friends, brings tears to my old eyes, joy to my heart, and understanding of what Christmas giving is all about.

    I just wanted to share this with you.
    A Merrier Christmas to all...

    Don Poss

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  • Capt Charles V. Donohoe -- Dennis J. Manning (Homicide Research), Wed, December 10 2008, 19:42:07 (71.171.118.140)
    I am the first cousin of Captain Charles (Charlie) V. Donohoe, killed in Vietnam on 7 Nov 1970. He was not killed by the enemy but at the hands of another american soldier. Is there anyone out there that knows what really went down? I want to know as I have waited so many year wondering and I want it in the family history so that everyone who sees it will know what he sacrificed and how his death came about. Thanks.

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  • First Contact... -- Marilyn K. Lynch, Sat, December 13 2008, 11:36:05 (75.82.158.38)
    Dear Mr. Poss,

    I am writing to you to make sure that this site is the right format for your venue. I will gladly donate money to your cause after I hear from you. I am a high school teacher at West Haven High School, West Haven, CT go to: http://www.hmm-364.org/mannion-d.html

    Today, Cpl. Dennis Mannion, a Vietnam Veteran Marine, came and spoke to our classes. I have never seen the students so moved and absorbed with a presentation. Life changing experience for these kids!

    Dennis created a slide show and his presentation is phenomenal. It really educated the students about this war and the truth about what it is like to be a veteran of a war. He is a retired English teacher and his presentation certainly showed how talented he is at presenting and educating students to the reality of Viet Nam.

    I showed Mr. Mannion a picture of a German Shepard we had (the family dog, Ringo). Ringo was a brillient, beautiful dog but was too protective of the family and bit neighbors. He was so intelligent and wonderful. My dad decided to send him to the Navy (he was a WW II Navy Vet) Apparently he went to Lackland.

    I also have a letter SN Stephen D. Thompson sent my dad from Nam. It is a wonderful thing that I will always cherish. I did ask Mr. Mannion if I should correspond (after all these years) with SN Stephen D. Thompson. I did some research and I believe SN Thomspon is 61 years old and lives in Augusta, Georgia. I called the number associated with his name, address. The person that picked up the phone was I believe his wife. She said he spent 9 months in the hospital because his truck was blown up. He now drives trucks and golf carts. I mentioned sending a letter and she was quite abrupt when I mentioned that. I have pictures of Ringo with my sisters and I that are so precious, when Ringo was a pup.

    Dennis Mannion encouraged me to forward a letter. You have so much experience. In fact, I have gotten letters from former Nam K-9 handlers that state that "Mr. Thompson is so lucky to have touched base with the roots of his brother", meaning the K-9.

    You have so much experience. What do you think? I have some beautiful pictures of Ringo that I would like to send him to and a copy of the letter he sent to my dad.

    Thanks for your time. God bless,
    Marilyn K. Lynch
    Guilford, Connecticut

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  • Free updates: Java, Flash, Shock, Adobe Reader -- Don Poss, Thu, December 11 2008, 12:08:27 (75.82.158.38)
    Gents & Ladies:

    It's time once more to go to War-Stories's Troubleshooting page <http://www.war-stories.com/ws-troubleshooting-1.asp> and click on the links to download and install the latest versions of your FREE JAVA, FLASH PLAYER, SHOCK PLAYER, and ADOBE ACROBAT READER.

    These Free download programs are essential to viewing War-Stories.com. They are self-installing, but may take a few minutes due to the size, so be patient.

    PS: War-Stories.com's new Military Store will open shortly!

    Season's Greeting to All,

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • Memorial Rose request -- Bob Davis, Wed, December 10 2008, 12:28:09 (75.82.158.38)
    My name is Bob Davis I am the son of Douglas O. Davis I would like to request a rose placed beside my fathers name,from my sister Linda and I.

    Bob Davis

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  • A chance to say goodbye... -- Jerry Poss, Mon, December 08 2008, 0:30:53 (75.82.158.38)
    Don & Larry

    Last October, when I was back in Norfolk visiting Josh [USN on his way to Iraq], we took a side trip to Rocky Mount North Carolina. That is where Rick, my best friend from the war, lived. We were both 23 years old, divorced and he had a son and me a daughter. When I came home I tried to contact Rick Rogers based on what information I had. I did find his parents phone number and phoned them. After explaining who I was and that I wanted to see Rick. His father told me Rick had died in a car crash while he was under the influence of who knows what. His father told me that he did not want anything to do with the war and that he blamed the war on his son not being able to adjust when he came home. Rick got involved in drugs and alcohol and never got over the horrors of War and the things he did at a young age. I did not pursue the matter and hung up.

    While in Rocky Mount North Carolina I looked up his father’s telephone and called again. I told Mr. Rogers I would like to stop by if it was ok and share memories of his son, my best friend. He said, "I thought I made my self clear that we want nothing to do with any part of the war” --and it would not be a good time for me to come over now or at any later date.

    I guess I needed the visit more that his parents. Maybe I needed to just say goodbye to a dear friend and brother for one last time. I did not get that opportunity to ease my own pain and guilt. My memories of Rick are vivid in my mind, only I am now 62 and he is still 23. The bond Rick and I shared was very strong and we helped each other get through our 365 tour. Every night we would say goodnight to each other, no matter if we were in our tent at base camp or sleeping on the red latte rite mud.

    I told Rick’s father that I would like for Rick’s son to contact me if he would like to know what his Dad did in the War. Rick’s father said he would think it over to decide to tell him, or not. As I was leaving Rock Mount North Carolina with my own son, Josh, I felt I was close -- but it does not appear I will break through the bitterness of the loss of a son to a War that was only supported by the young men and women who then served an ungrateful nation. With my son Josh serving in the United State Navy, USS Theodore Roosevelt, I pray and ask God that no soldier will ever come home without a grateful nation saying, Welcome Home and Thank You.

    [Don Poss' brother]

    Jerry Poss,
    USArmy, 18th Engineer Brigade
    84th Engineer Battalion
    Bong Son Valley

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  • Re: 821st combat security police squadron -- joseph cusimano jr (post tramatic--medic phan rang 68), Fri, November 28 2008, 9:16:05 (75.111.44.121)
    need help in info on vietnam,advanced party first to be sent to nam. filing disability hard to remember all that went down ,deployed troughout country,any info will help. sgt. joe cusimano jr. medic -821st csps.

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  • Use of copyrighted posters from Vietnam era -- Matthias Voller, Sat, November 29 2008, 12:08:31 (75.82.158.38)
    Dear Sir,

    I am currently teaching a course on "America's Vietnam Experience" to German High School students at the Waldorf School in Wolfsburg, Germany. While carrying out research on the internet, I happened to come across a variety of very interesting propaganda posters from the Vietnam era. Naturally, the original posters would be very hard to come by, but I would be absolutely grateful if I could copy them from your website and file them so I can make a handout for the students. Asking your permission to use the posters I remain

    yours faithfully,

    Matthias Voller
    Freie Waldorfschule Wolfsburg
    mvoller_68@hotmail.com

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  • Veterans Day at The Wall -- Jay Gearhart (Love those Nurses), Thu, November 27 2008, 7:27:46 (66.227.188.227)
    Returned from my trip to DC & the Vietnam Veterans Memorial last week. Veterans Day was the 15th anniversary of the Women's Memorial. What a great crowd, & the program was outstanding. We laid our Wreath at Panel 23/24 West.As it always is for me ,the experience was heart wrenching. For all of the nurses who attended ,& for all of us, who at one time or another during the war required there services, I sincerely thank you. Your service to all of us old Nam Vets in that God awful place will always be remembered.

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  • to the non combat vietvets -- Terry Godwin SP4 Army 68-70 (appreciative), Mon, November 24 2008, 3:26:58 (71.102.74.50)
    I don't care where you were during the war. If you were supporting us in any way, and there were many ways to do this, you deserve recognition. Even if you were bringing us toilet paper, hell we sure needed it! Without support we would have been worse off then we already were. So don't let anyone minimize the importance of what you did for the combat soldier. Every small job was bigger than you may realize. And sometimes a big job was smaller than realized. It was all crazy. Insane. And everyone was important, big, small, all significant to us. YOU were much appreciated, even miles away! Hell, someone had to be there, we couldn't all be combat! Thanks for your support!

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  • Permission to print THUMPERMAN in newsletter -- Gary Cooper (publish monthly newsletter for combat veterans), Fri, November 21 2008, 4:12:33 (75.175.38.9)
    Hi Dip?

    My name is Gary Cooper. I was with the 12th Marines in I Corps 1965-1966. I am now one old fart!!
    I print a monthly newsletter called WALKING WOUNDED for combat veteran's suffering from PTSD and TBI. I live in Portland, Oregon and crank the old rag out from my home. Needless to say, distribution is limited.
    I have been doing it for a few months now. I am doing a special Christmas Issue and have been researching Nam Christmas stories. I think the guys would really like Mr. Worthington's story.

    Is there some way I could get reproduction permission on other articles (assuming I get permission on this one!) from your site without a written request for each one? I'm a one man operation and just researching, layout, printing, and distribution keeps me humping.
    I am 71 years old. Enough said!

    My format in a "default" issue is:
    Total pages: 8
    Page 1 & 2 Lead story relevant to Mental Health issues for Combat Vets
    Page 3 & 4 Local VA stories, general militayr news.
    page 5 & 6 Military Jokes & Humor
    page 7 Column by me called RECOOPERATING, just human interest stuff
    page 8 Graphics and copy pertaining to Holidays, Upcoming events etc.

    The guys and gals love it as I don't hammer boring technical balderdash at them but stuff they like to know, the humor is really enjoyed and the personal growth stuff is not only tolerable, but sometime even palatable!.
    I do all my graphics in color. More expensive, but it gets their attention and holds it; also they realize you didn't take the cheap way out, it helps them understand that we care about them, not just cost.

    There are over a quarter million web sites on PTSD and TBI. I don't know many veteran's with their brain housing group messed up that are willing or that matter able to negotiate this labyrinth. A "Reader's Digest" format works best.
    Our goal is to help our brothers fight the demons, the survivior guilt, their sense of being "damaged goods", and to give them a good belly laugh, a slap on the ass and the belief that tomorrow can be better than today.

    Hope you read this, as a typist I am definitely a 2 finger, head down, back spacing, mumbling mess, and I'd hate to lose all the frustration for a deleted email.

    If you have any suggestions (ones you could tell your mother), about my newsletter, please pass them along. If you'd like a hard copy email me your address.

    Thanks for any help you may be able to give me.
    Welcome Home Brother
    GC

    Gary C. Cooper
    3047 SE Boyd Street
    Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
    503.659.5922
    503.659.5958 fax
    callalion@hotmail.com

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  • Melvin Andreas- 711th a/b Ord. Maint. Co. Sapporo Japan -- Kurt Andreas (Lost), Tue, November 18 2008, 20:16:16 (76.178.19.4)
    My Father served in Sapporo Japan during WWII for the 711th A/B Ord. Maint. Co. and was a member of the Enlisted Men's Club....but his record's were destroyed in a fire. He courageously died on Father's Day of 2007...without the due respect and honor's he so proudly deserved. If anyone remember's him or served in this Company...please contact his son, me....Kurt. God Bless and Thank You...Sir

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  • DD-214 and Applebees restaurant -- Don Poss, Sun, November 09 2008, 12:37:26 (75.82.190.196)
    Gents: My daughter works at Applebees and told me to drop in for a free Veterans "thank you" meal on Tuesday. She said any type proof of being a veteran would qualify.

    I started thinking what "proof" ID I could show at Applebees, and remembered that I have been carrying around a laminated DD-214 in my wallet since the day I was discharged and left Travis AFB in 1966. I recall a sergeant putting the fear of God in to me when he handed me the laminated DD-214 card, with words to the effect that if I ever took that card out of my wallet he would hunt me down and that I would therefore still be in the Air Force! It worked! I still have it, sarge, though it's tattered around the edges a little, but then again, so am I.

    Don Poss

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  • Veterans... -- Jerry Poss, Sat, November 08 2008, 17:21:55 (75.82.190.196)
    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people who no longer understand that.

    Jerry Poss

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  • Happy Birthday Marine Corps (November 10) -- Harry Larsen, Sat, November 08 2008, 12:29:41 (75.172.65.188)
    Happy Birthday Marine Corps!

    Thanks to all past and current Marines who've faithfully served this great nation of ours.

    Semper Fidelis,

    Harry

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  • Veterans Day at the Wall -- Jay Gearhart (Saying Thank You), Sun, November 02 2008, 10:04:39 (96.42.150.80)
    Nov . 11th, Veterans Day is quickly approaching. I & a few brothers I served with will attend the Veterans Day ceremonies at the Wall in DC.We will place a wreath in memory of our units fallen & all brothers on that Wall. It is our Day so try to make the most of saying thank you.

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  • Upgrade your FREE Java, Flash, Shock, and Adobe Acrobat Reader programs -- Don Poss, Mon, November 03 2008, 15:34:47 (75.82.190.196)
    Gents & Ladies:

    If you haven't upgrade your FREE Java, Flash, Shock, and Adobe Acrobat Reader programs in the last several months, it would be a good idea to take a moment and do so now by going to http://www.war-stories.com/ws-troubleshooting-1.asp .

    These programs are essential in viewing all that War-Stories.com offers.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories Webmaster

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  • 71-73 Ansbach Germany -- Diane, Mon, October 13 2008, 7:16:02 (76.235.194.245)
    I need some help. A pal of mine was at Ansbach Germany from 71 to 73. He needs info to prove that defoilants were used on the ammo dump and missle site. Possibly agent yello/ agent purple? I am doing everything I can to help him, he now has cancer and type II diabetes. The only way for him to get compensation is to prove that this area was sprayed during this time. Help me please! Thank you, Diane

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  • A Poem for My Husband -- Oksana Godwin, Tue, September 16 2008, 9:28:31 (75.82.144.167)
    I am not computer savvy, but I would like to submit a poem,
    It Was Only Yesterday, for my husband...SP4 T. Godwin (US Army, 183rd RAC 1st AVN, 1968-1970, War-Stories member).

    I wrote for my husband, a Vietnam Veteran. He was there from June 1968 to January 1970. He was drafted.

    I did not know my husband when he was an 18-year-old hippie who got drafted. I do have a brother who was drafted when he was 19. He ended up enlisting in the Air Force.
    But this poem is for Terry Godwin whom I met when he was a 45-year-old man.

    The Vietnam War (police action actually) was my war. I was a young teenager who saw her friends get drafted, go off to a place none of us ever heard of, and some never came home. It seems that every generation has their war, this one was mine.

    I have been asking Terry questions about his experiences during the war, but just like everyone else who’s been there, he won’t tell me very much. I say “very much” because I have actually managed to get approximately 4 things in 15 years that happened to him! Which of course I will not speak about either.

    However, because I do know the man, have been there during his nightmares, and have found myself part of those nightmares at times, I had this poem to write from my side of the street.

    When I read this poem to my husband he said “you got that so right, how did you manage to get into my head?” Well, I didn’t get in his head, I just happened to be a part of his nightmares, and I ‘v had some of my own. I felt his fear and terror during those nightmares he was having, and couldn’t help but be part of them.

    So this is where the poem came from. I was sitting at my computer one night and it just came to me. It took me all of 5 minutes to write, but even I was surprised at the outcome. I would like to share this with others because he said I had hit a cord. Perhaps this will help someone somewhere to place a finger on a feeling. I don’t know, I just hurt for all these men, who were young boys when they left. My heart still aches for their lost innocence.

    Oksana Godwin August 4, 2008

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  • 697th Korat, Thailand 1966 -- James Netherland, Wed, October 01 2008, 19:14:05 (70.246.102.68)
    My name is James Netherland from Louisiana. I was stationed Korat, Thailand Jan.-mid Aug. 1966. Then was sent with an advanced group to Qui Nhon, South Viet Nam from the middle of Aug. until the end of Nov. 1966 TDY with the 697th Engineering Company (Pipeline Unit) USARPAC attached to Company C, 19th Battalion, 18th Brigade. I am trying to find anyone who served with me. I remember a couple of guys names. Ernest French; Virginia, and Ludie Blevins; Kentucky; but, don't know how to contact them. My nicknames were: Swamprat and Swampy. If anyone remembers them or me, please contact me. I now live in Texas. Thanks, James

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  • 1965 Danang Air Force Base -- TSGT Crawford W. Garland, Wed, September 24 2008, 11:40:50 (67.236.14.62)
    Does anyone remember a sheet metal worker that came down from Okinawa to fix a hole in one of the C-130 wing. The night that the bombing took place I was out where the C-130's were working on some flare kicks boxes. One of the guys (a TSGT) from Okinawa came out and told me that a C-130 was coming in and he would get me on it to go back to Okinawa. It was right about darkness and I just had enough time to get my tool box and my air-hose.I didn't have enough time to cut the lights off, I just left the flood lights on, and the plane pulled in about the time we got down to terminal. When I landed the next morning in Okinawa the maintenance Officer and maintenance NCO meet the air-craft and I got off and they were shocked to see me, because they had got a report that I was dead in the attack. Now I am having trouble proving I was in Vietnam, and am hoping someone remembers me and can vouch that I was there at Danang. Does anyone remember the mobile homes that were built in Okinawa and were shipped on the C-130's to different bases in Vietnam, most were used for job control and elictronis buildings. I helped build them and delivered all but one of them.
    I would appreciate hearing from anyone who remembers me.
    TSGT Crawford W. Garland, retired

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  • Advice for the Troops coming home from Iraq/Afghn -- Don Poss, Wed, June 25 2008, 16:29:13 (75.82.145.89)
    Gents:

    I was blessed with a terrific father-in-law. A WWII career Navy veteran. Rarely would Anthony talk about the war, but there were times, when the women were not in the room (that’s just how it was ladies), and when it was a significant “Pearl Harbor” type anniversary, he would tell me about his war. Twice his destroyers (squids think of their ship as their own) were torpedoed and sank. He floated around for more than a day each time before rescue. He said that we all knew that you could hear the bulkheads collapse as the boat sank in to the depths, but that when floating in the oil-slick waters you could also “feel” the bulkheads give way with a trimmer or shockwave through the water as the boat broke-up. During the Korean War, his destroyer was shelled and damaged so badly while sailing too close to a shore battery, and was in for repairs at Japan for six months. He also said the memories, in many ways, were like yesterday and that “his dream” was that he was asleep floating in water. The family did not know he was awarded a purple heart until he gave me his “military stuff” in a box. He knew his keepsakes would be treasured.

    In a way, Anthony was telling me that veterans never forget what they experienced at war, and that it was okay. I do not think many veterans would push the magic-button that would erase their military years.

    My point in this too long preamble was initially to ask what you would pass-on as advice to the current military returning home from war and reentering civilian life, as how to cope with “their war” in the years to come. I know we all care and worry for their safety and future. I will start it off with:

    1. Find an association of fellow warriors who served and performed the same duties as you did. Join the association: Stay with it. And take care of each other.

    Don Poss

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  • New Cola Bill Approved -- Pat (Beanie) Camunes, Fri, September 19 2008, 13:55:24 (68.203.162.31)
    Rep. Ciro Rodriguez visited our post, VFW Post 76, San Antonio, TX, and helped answer many questions that we had concerning our (Vietvets) problems but also those concerning ChampVA and TriCare for dependants. He has openly invited us to personally visit him anytime with any problem/s we may have and promises to see that they get in the right hands. . . . . … . . Beanie
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    News from U.S. Representative Ciro D. Rodriguez (TX-23)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Josh Rosenblum, (202) 344-5904

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    House Approves Rodriguez Veterans COLA Bill: Allows for Cost-of-Living Increase for Disabled Vets and Survivor Families

    Washington, DC–Today House Veteran’s Affairs Committee member Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez (TX-23) announced passage in the House of the veterans Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) which increases disability payments to veterans and survivor families The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2008 (S. 2617) increases the rates of disability and survivor benefits for our nation’s veterans and their families.

    “Our veterans have made difficult sacrifices and helped ensure the safety of American families," said Rodriguez. “With gas prices high and our economy struggling, I am honoring veterans in Texas and throughout the country with my words and actions by helping to pass the bills which keep the promises we have made to our veterans. The COLA will help our veterans by providing a needed addition to compensation for disabled veterans and survivor families, some of whom depend on these benefits as their only source of income.”

    The adjustment is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which is to be determined after the third quarter of the year. The CPI has averaged a 4.39% annual increase from 1975-2007. Last year’s increase was 2.3%.

    “Congressman Rodriguez has done more than just talk the talk for veterans time and time again. By getting this bipartisan COLA sent to the President’s desk, he has shown that he understands the true meaning of taking care of veterans,” said Eddie Torres, Commander VFW Post 4815 from San Antonio. “To keep America ’s promise to us means more than just thanking us for our service. It means actually funding programs we need when we return back to civilian life and that’s just what Congressman Rodriguez has done.”


    Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez is a former social worker who currently serves on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the powerful House Committee on Appropriations. For more information on Congressman Rodriguez please visit http://rodriguez.house.gov

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  • Military Funeral -- Chaplin James Stastny, Wed, September 17 2008, 21:25:03 (75.82.145.99)
    Monday (September 15, 2008) I had the humbling privilege of representing the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association and the Vietnam Security Police Association at the funeral of a fallen warrior, SFC Gregory Rodriguez, a fellow MWD* handler. SFC Rodriguez died Sept. 2nd of wounds suffered in Ana Kalay, Afghanistan, when his mounted patrol came under small arms fire. He was assigned to the K-9 unit of the 527th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, Ansbach, Germany. As I approached the funeral home I saw several members of the Patriot Guard standing in front of the funeral home. Upon entering the building I found Army personal, from Sergeants to a General, filling the interior. I was overwhelmingly impressed by the excellent caliber of those who came to honor this fallen hero.

    While at the funeral home I had the opportunity to meet with SFC Rodriguez’s wife, to offer her not only my condolences but those of the VDHA and VSPA. I presented her with a framed certificate of appreciation from the VSPA. She was grateful and mentioned it would be something her boys would truly appreciate. The Rodriguezes have three young children, two energetic boys and a beautiful daughter, as I remember.

    In time we formed the funeral procession and made our way to Arlington National Cemetery. That in itself was quite impressive. Motorcycle police escorted the procession, holding traffic at every intersection. Once we arrived at the outskirts of Arlington the police stood at attention saluting the motorcade as we passed.

    Once at Arlington the family with friends gathered in a private room. There Brigadier General Philips,
    Deputy Provost Marshal General of the Army, presented the family with medals won by SFC Rodriguez. On his behalf the family received the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.

    Leaving there we went to the gravesite. Six Army pallbearers smartly carried the flag-covered coffin to the grave, and upon laying the casket on the bier they faced the coffin and stood at attention for the remainder of the ceremony. After a twenty-one gun salute the bugler played Taps. At that point the dam burst and tears rolled down my face and did so until the end. Moments like that make me so proud of those who serve this nation, and willingly give their all. The pallbearers then folded the flag. They handed it to General Philips, who then presented it to the family. A group of MWD handlers were present along with three MWDs. One of the dogs was the one SFC Rodriguez handled. Then one of the handlers read the poem “Guardians of the Night.” The poem speaks from the perspective of the dog describing the bond between a MWD and his handler. Then the Chaplain spoke, he offered some truly comforting and appropriate words describing the outstanding character of SFC Rodriguez and his genuine faith.

    As I left I overheard some very encouraging and comforting words. It seems that later in the afternoon the Army was going to present the family with SFC Rodriguez’s dog. Yes, the dam burst again and it took awhile for the tears to clear before I could head home.

    I can only say how proud I was to be able to represent two outstanding organizations, the VDHA and VSPA.

    *Military Working Dog

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  • WS adding Cross-browser compatibility menus -- Don Poss, Mon, September 15 2008, 0:04:18 (75.82.144.167)
    Gents & Ladies:

    You will be happy to note that I am working on upgrading the navigator menu program War-Stories uses, and it will be compatible with most browsers as follows:

    Cross-browser compatibility and menus will work with all popular browsers: Internet Explorer 6+, Netscape 6+, Opera 7+, Mozilla 1+, Safari, Firefox on all popular platforms: Windows, Unix, MacOS.

    It will take me a few days to get it setup, but will look the same for all browers.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories Webmaster

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  • TSgt Jackie D. Glenn, Mayaguez Operation -- Richard Glenn, Sat, September 06 2008, 22:26:28 (75.82.190.17)
    Dear Sir,

    TSgt. Jackie D. Glenn was my fathers younger brother and I want to thank you for the tribute. I am writing as I am asking permission to obtain a photograph of the crew in the helicopter with the names and numbers attached for identification. My father and a few brothers and sisters would deeply appreciate the photo. I printed one from the crew outside for them and would like to be able to give them the other. I know this would mean alot to them all. It means alot to me Jackie was a good man and matter of fact he was a hero to us all he seemed a giant of a man but I remember he had heart of gold when it came to us kids, I was 8 years old when the Crew went down trying to rescue the Mayaguez and had little understanding of it all but your website has opened my eyes to the Real Hero Jackie and all those involved actually were.

    Thank you,

    Richard Glenn

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  • Legit? Dog Tags sold in Vietnam -- Ledesma, Maricar, Wed, September 03 2008, 10:42:31 (75.82.190.17)
    Just wanted to inquire.

    I bought an American dogtag just recently in Vietnam while on holiday. The Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Museum claims it authentic relic from the Saigon War, The Museum sells each American dogtag for 200,000 dong. The owner’s name is RAFFERTY, RICHARD. 111-38-2498. Catholic . O Neg. It’s a bit uncanny, but this name is not registered among the dead currently listed under RAFFERTY.

    Marc

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  • Sleepless nights... -- Don Poss, Mon, August 25 2008, 22:43:34 (75.82.190.17)
    Gents:

    Although our bulletin board is not a poetry-bulletin board, it is often used for such. Late at night, like now, my sleepless brain dwells upon a comment or poem in that vast attic emptiness of mush, and for reasons known but to itself and for its own amusement. Personally, I would prefer to sleep, but "it" is still kicking around something from a couple days ago, and won't grant me rest until I deal with it in whatever unknown manner the ID wants, when I can correctly guess what “it” is.

    For instance ... a friend posed a question that compelled one to consider the good and bad experiences of war and life in general. My brain thinks that we are lucky to have fought and lived when so many fought and died. I think, overall, we would agree. That brings me to consider the life-experiences differences for those who lived, and those that did not. Obviously, “they” died by the thousands in their teens and twenties, and a few were older. “They,” for the most part, never had a family, or grandchildren, as most of “us” have, and still enjoy. And there is the what-if game my addled brain plays when it thinks I have not pondered “whatever” enough to deserve a little sleep. "What-if" the not-meant-to-be child could ask a question ... what would it be? So here goes, with a short poem:


    I Should have Been...
    Cherub thoughts of a veteran...
    © Copyright 2008, by: Don Poss


    What happened, grandpa
    Why can’t I hold your hand?

    Am I not alive
    because you died in that foreign land?

    What of my grandma
    Whom you never met?

    Does she have grand-children
    or unknowable regrets?

    I reach out my hands to you and her
    And grasp fleeting shadows...
    That never were...

    What happened, grandpa?


    Don Poss

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  • War-Stories.com website BANNED in CHINA -- Don Poss, Sat, August 16 2008, 1:08:47 (75.82.190.17)
    Gents:

    Something to think about while watching the China Olympics:

    War-Stories.com' website, and your stories posted within, are BANNED in China ... but honored in America. According to Harvard University, that has been the case for many years.

    Communist countries do not like US military veterans' web sites. As War-Stories webmaster, I occasionally receive requests from "journalists" in peace-loving Vietnam for permission to publish a story appearing at our website. The last time we received that request it was suggested to Vietnam they publish the accounts of several "rehabilitated" SVN soldiers, several of whom spent many memorable years in prison at the end of the war--after all ... their stories would convey warm human interest.

    Permission has not been granted to publish our stories in communist countries. Truth is, we simply do not know how they would use the stories, and in what "out-of-context manner" they would twist the story to paint us as baby-killers. And of course, they do that anyway ... just not with our help.

    Meanwhile ... I don’t think they picked up on our suggestion.

    Don Poss

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  • Story Title drop down comments -- Don Poss, Thu, August 07 2008, 12:50:28 (75.82.190.17)
    Gents & Ladies:

    You may notice as you surf War-Stories.com that if you place your cursor over the icon to the left of a story-title, a little drop down window will appear with a brief description/comment on that story. Hopefully, this will help you decide which stories you would like to check out. I am just getting started on this project and it may take a week or so before all titles have these comments.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories.com Webmaster

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  • Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-01 -- Lori, Sat, August 02 2008, 23:07:05 (75.82.158.228)
    I am not sure if you can assist me but here goes. My mother, Jena Wilde, was a reader of the names on the wall at the dedication in November 2007. I am wondering if any pictures were taken and if so whom I might need to go to to get copies.

    Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to offer.

    Lori

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  • POINTMANewsletter posted for AUG 2008 -- Don Poss, Sat, August 02 2008, 22:38:42 (75.82.158.228)
    Gents & Ladies:

    The Members Only POINTMANewsletter is posted for AUG 2008. If you forgot your password just click on the Login link and then the lower "Send me my Password" link.

    Don Poss,
    War-Stories Webmaster

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  • Da Nang Air Base -- Justin Sularz, Tue, April 01 2008, 15:58:52 (68.14.27.189)
    Da Nang Air Base
    I liked how informative this story was to the point at which it gave me a clear picture of it. It was quite disturbing being gunned down the way he did, that’s war. It was the first time that the US military saw guerilla warfare, where the VC ambushed, cut supplies, used its civilians as human shields and hostage taking, etc. Gone are the days when armies had moral and honor standards, now some armies are being just like the VC, if not worse.

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  • Where do I begin -- 1SG Lonnie Dotson (ret), Thu, July 31 2008, 16:10:36 (98.232.47.108)
    I just read Linda Patterson’s story or dedication page to the unit adoption program. I was amazed how it started in Nam and spread to today war...wow I was stunned! Thanks Linda where ever you are, God Bless you.

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  • Gettysburg Battlefield - Civil War -- Don Poss, Sun, July 27 2008, 21:47:06 (75.82.158.228)
    Gents:

    I toured the Gettsyburg Civil War Battlefield and saw the fields of battle where thousands died and both sides were broken. The necessity, and futility of war has at Gettsyburg has stayed with me since, and I share a poem with you:

    BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
    By: Don poss © 2008

    Grim Reaper rode hard to quench his thirst
    Urged Blue and Gray …
    To do their worst

    Cumulus bruised shadows,
    Dappled in delight and
    Danced a plague …
    A morbid sight

    Gray Artillery fell silent …
    Gray thunder echoed the fields
    As Twelve-thousand-five-hundred
    Advanced in to surreal.

    Blue Artillery took up the fright
    And boomed their horror
    In gleeful might.

    Rifles fired a hundred-thousand rounds
    Bullets smite bullets, and
    Fall to the ground.

    A mile of bloodshed
    A mile of gore
    Marked the Gray tide’s wake
    As it rushed distant shore.

    Bodies broken
    Bodies torn
    Bodies silent
    Felled and scorned.

    Thousands dead …
    Heed the Reaper’s Call:
    Stir the war caldron brew …
    Red stew of mirth and
    Froth of insane,
    Consume until the
    Last blood does drain.

    Shouts for glory …
    Shouts of pain …
    Cannon airbursts cause
    Limbs to rain.

    Drummer boy tattoos before the cannon.
    Now vapor …
    Now mist …
    Now drifts o’er the field.

    Stars and Bars flag snapped and waved,
    Carried by many in to the fray
    And leapt upon the cobble stone wall
    Shredded by steel … spattered in blood.

    Hurrah! We Won!
    Shouted Blue and Gray.
    Death all about … so who’s to say?

    Look back to the field …
    A lake of dead shadows …
    A scarlet mirage ….

    Reaper is sated on
    Blood rich earth …
    Souls dance to the bugler’s dearth.

    What of the men who fell to eternal rest?
    What of those who lived?
    Where lays the glory?
    Where lays the valor?
    Where lays the honor?

    Thoughts of their families,
    Loved ones, and home, now
    Fade to mist …
    Soon dust …
    Soon bone.

    Who can answer--
    The Why or The Jest--
    About the soul-breaking
    Battle of Gettysburg?

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  • PREVIEW link for members only -- Don Poss, Sat, July 26 2008, 21:04:55 (75.82.158.228)
    Members:

    If you did not receive email notification concerning the new PREVIEW link for members only, then please up date your email address, or change your spam-filter so that it will accept emails from "webmaster@war-stories.com".

    The new link permits members to "preveiw" stories prior to their being posted publicly.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster@war-stories.com

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  • DaNang Attack (Death of SSgt Jensen) -- Lamar Miller (angry frustration), Tue, July 22 2008, 12:18:58 (72.155.89.201)
    If what I just read is true about the circumstances surrounding SSgt Jensen's death during the VC attack on DaNang, then I believe A1C Handy did his job in an exemplary manner and deserves consideration for a medal commensurate with his valiant actions to defend a vital position that night.

    The OSI was way out of bounds in their behavior toward Airman Handy. I don't understand why they would accuse him of killing Sgt Jensen. Sounds like the OSI I remember so well. Sometimes we were our own worst enemy when it came to internal discipline and punishment. But to insinuate his guilt and cause Amn Handy grief throughout his life while not officially charging him with ANY crime is particularly hard to understand.

    Best wishes to Mr. Handy and his family. Sounds to me as though you did your duty and I hope you are formally recognized for your actions on 1 July 1965.

    Respectfully,

    Lamar Miller, MSgt, USAF (Ret '88)
    AP, SP

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  • Qui Nhon 6/66 to 6/67 -- Anthony Siniscalchi (Looking for 71st tran co), Thu, July 17 2008, 18:00:42 (65.34.130.143)
    I served in Qui Nhon with the 71st transportation co, I was at the Bob Hope show in Dec "66", Looking for any of my old buddies, I'm now in Fla, looking for Frank Leone, Tony Tempesta, Mike Higgs, Eddy Davis, Eddy Matan, Danny Alverez, Welcome Home Brothers

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  • Roger Sletten Cameron -- Margaret Ann Sletten-Behrens (Looking for Information), Mon, June 16 2008, 18:27:20 (64.136.27.226)
    A great person was helping get information about my dad's cousin Roger who was killed in 1968.
    My computer system went down and all was lost. I'd like to resume my research and contact with this person who helped my family so much. Thank you!

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  • Re: Co C 5th Bn 7th Cav 1st Cav Div (air) -- Jerry Bigalke (Vet), Tue, June 24 2008, 7:27:09 (165.234.251.7)
    Looking for the present address for the 5/7 lst Cav (airmoble). I work in the Vet Service office in Wahpeton, ND. Info for Kenneth Frolek Lidgerwood, ND. Served 1968-1969.

    Thanks
    Jerald bigalke
    Vet Service Office
    418 2nd Ave N
    Wahpeton, ND 58075

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  • 2nd brigade, Co D, 1/501, 101st airborne -- Jimmy Stephens, brother of Danny, Sat, June 07 2008, 4:58:00 (67.72.98.118)
    Looking for anyone who remembers my brother PFC Danny Lynn
    Stephens of Logansport, Louisiana. Danny was KIA on March
    31, 1968 in thua thien, Northern I corps. Danny was a front line grunt, and loved the 101st. He was in a cemetary battle in Hai Lang. He served in the 2nd platoon, 2nd squad of 2nd brigade, company d, 1/501. Would like to hear from anyone that knew Danny. His tour started on Jan 5, 1968.

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  • My dear cousin -- Richard Talley (endless missing), Tue, June 17 2008, 21:25:33 (71.208.165.89)
    I am as lonely as you in your grave. Everyone is gone now that knew you. I am at the end of my life, but your memory is still alive. How I miss you, today is still yesterday. Come on, Donald... let's go fishin'!

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  • The Wall Symbols? (Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-H) -- Mike Adler, Fri, June 13 2008, 21:38:13 (75.82.145.89)
    What does the symbol next to a name mean? I'm looking for information on a friend I served with in Viet Nam. His name is on the wall.

    John Hartman - incident number 19690109

    Thanks
    Mike Adler

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  • "the death of combat" poem -- kyle, Fri, June 13 2008, 8:19:22 (66.90.103.188)
    After reading and listening to this poem i can only imagine the struggles and hardships of dealing with the terrors of war. I can only imagine this has made you into a stronger person. After reading this I can almost see how you felt and your pain of dealing with many struggles every day. I thank you for posting this poem.

    In regards, Kyle G McGarr

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  • Regarding War-Stories Memorial Wall-01 -- Dominic Scala, Mon, June 09 2008, 13:46:25 (75.82.145.89)
    Dear Mr.Poss

    I was wondering if you can help me out a buddy of mine was a Vietnam Vet. and Two years ago he passed away. My question is how can I put his name on the Vietnam War Memorial.He served in Nam was in the Air Force as a Plane mechanic. When he passed it was not from wounds from Nam it had to do with his heart.

    I would appreciate your help in which way to turn and put his name on the wall. His Name was Vincent J Pellizzi he is interned at Calverton National Cemetery as I stated he was in the Air Force and this is my gift to him.

    Thank You

    Dom Scala

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  • Students posting a WS Bulletin Board -- Jim Morris, English Department, Pembroke Academy, Fri, June 06 2008, 15:01:16 (75.82.145.89)
    Hello, Don.

    This is Jim Morris from Pembroke NH again. I am again asking permission for my students to access your pages to complete our literature unit that accompanies Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried in our American Studies English class. You may recall I contacted you a few years ago to describe the Challenge I proposed to students. I am attaching the insructions I have created for this Challenge, so you can see the goals I have placed before my students.

    I hope all is well with you, and I look forward--as always--to viewing your site and absorbing more of the great additions from your members. As before, any responses from students can be deleted if you deem them inappropriate or disrespectful, and you or contributors may respond to students through the email they provide. I have included a verbal caution for students to be wary of the personal information they provide on the Internet.

    Thank you for your permission these past few years. I appreciate your willingness to help educators like me give our students some real-life learning. If you have any suggestions, I would wlecome them--not having served myself, I'm sure I've forgotten something! Also, if you can recommend other good literary links, I would be grateful for that input.

    As before, with my utmost respect and thanks,

    Jim

    Live! Do not merely exist.

    Jim Morris
    English Department
    Pembroke Academy

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  • Tuy Hoa -- Aletta, Sun, June 01 2008, 13:29:51 (64.136.27.231)
    I am looking for anyone who was at Tuy Hoa in May- Aug 1969. My hubby, Clarence, was there. He was in Army serving as a firefighter. There was only a handful of firefighter there. He is having a hard time with his stressor letter which his VA therapist is going to help him with. I was shocked when I found the story about July 29,1969 with youtube videos. The VA wanted exact dates and this matches pieces of one event my husband has told me. The only name he remembers is Rasine. A buddy statement would be most helpful if anyone was there. Thank you in advance.
    Aletta Drummond

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  • Vietnam Documentary benefits veterans charities -- Ty Ponder, Sun, June 01 2008, 12:40:48 (63.167.255.152)
    Hi,

    I would like to tell you about a documentary film and book that I believe your members may find interesting and relevant. We are screening the film in several locations over the summer time and all proceeds from these events will go to veteran’s charities. A short synopsis is below. Our website is at http://betweenthelinesfilm.com/

    SYNOPSIS

    BETWEEN THE LINES explores the Vietnam War through the prism of the surfing sub-culture. The film offers unique insight into the dramatic effect that the Vietnam War and draft had on young American men who rode waves.

    Narrated by JOHN MILIUS (Apocalypse Now – Big Wednesday etc.), Between the Lines explores the choice that most draft age surfers faced during the Vietnam War era: either go to war or evade the draft. It was one or the other. Between the Lines delves into the lives of two surfers who choose opposite paths, Pat Farley and Brant Page.

    While following the lives of these two surfers the film chronicles the impact of the Vietnam War on the surfing lifestyle. From the peaceful shores of Hawaii to the canopy jungles of Vietnam, Between the Lines excavates the surfing cultures response to an extraordinary circumstance.

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  • My story posted for ten years at War-Stories! -- Kerry Myers, Sat, May 31 2008, 23:39:11 (75.82.145.89)
    From: Kerry Myers [mailto:kilowhskey@charter.net]
    Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:28 PM
    To: webmaster@war-stories.com
    Subject: Attn: Mr. Don Poss


    Don:

    I was delighted to receive an e-mail note from you announcing updates and upgrades to your war stories website. I had posted a couple of stories about ten years ago and promptly lost your web address. As a result of your note, I have re-registered and become a life member. It is wonderful to be back!

    Best regards,
    Kerry Myers
    Reno, NV

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  • Great Screen Savers! -- Jay Gearhert, Mon, May 19 2008, 12:56:42 (76.93.49.49)
    From: Jaybird [mailto:jaybird718@charter.net]
    Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 9:57 AM
    To: editor@war-stories.com; larry@larryposs.com
    Subject: Email Your US Coast Guard Association's Reunion Information


    Hey Don, Great Screen Savers!

    Jay

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  • Dak To 1969 -- Jay Gearhart, Thu, May 22 2008, 12:05:16 (24.236.212.184)
    Well brothers, its been 39 years now this May that we fought that seige in Dak To. All of those dates still & always will remind me that we paid a terrible price that Spring of 69.So many friends lost & I remember every one of them.Rest in piece brothers, Someday I hope to be with you.

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  • Remembering Theodore F. Mangum, Jr. -- Jennifer Heyser (:`)), Thu, May 22 2008, 6:37:43 (205.188.117.136)
    It's coming up on 39 years (July 27, 1969) that Teddy was taken from us. He was only 18 years old and a beautiful person. I miss him so much. God blessed him the day he died and I know that he's been in a good place with no pain or suffering. If anyone reading this knew Teddy (he was a Marine), please feel free to reply or write to me.

    May God bless everyone who's been affected by this war, other wars and all wars to come.

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  • Agent Orange Update - Navy -- Bruce Thompson, Wed, May 14 2008, 23:01:46 (76.93.49.49)
    Agent Orange Update:

    I do not know how many vspa members this Agent Orange update applies to however I will post it for INFO purpose.
    Received via email agent orange update from VA today: Will mostly concern vspa members who served in Thailand and Navy Ships Crew members.

    AGENT ORANGE LAWSUITS UPDATE 12: On 8 MAY the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit unfortunately reversed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Haas v. Peake. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims had previously found that Vietnam War blue water veterans who had served on ships off the coast of Vietnam but had never set foot within the land borders of Vietnam were entitled to a presumption of service connection disability if they suffer from one of the listed diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure. Also, they had ruled that the VA's regulatory interpretation that the veteran needed to have set foot within the land borders of Vietnam was unduly restrictive. The higher Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and ruled: We hold that the agency’s requirement that a claimant have been present within the land borders of Vietnam at some point in the course of his duty constitutes a permissible interpretation of the statute and its implementing regulation, and we therefore reverse the judgment of the Veterans Court.? This was a 2-1 decision with a thoughtful dissent by Judge Fogel so the Claimant may attempt to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which Commandeer Haas has said he will do.

    You can find the full 57 page decision in the list of decisions at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/dailylog.html Most likely VA will now move quickly to resolve (decide) claims that have been placed on hold awaiting this decision. These claims will almost certainly be denied unless they can show that their ship operated within the inland waterways of Vietnam or entered port in Vietnam. While ships logs do not routinely show crewmembers leaving their ship, they will show whether the ship entered an inland waterway (e.g. the Saigon River) or put into port. VA will generally concede the issue if service records show a veteran was attached to a ship during the period that the ship put into port in Vietnam. The negative decision in the Haas case does not relieve VA from the responsibility of making a legally correct decision that discusses all pertinent evidence and the reasons and bases for the decision. The VA in their written decision should specifically address the evidence of service in or visitation to Vietnam. They must discuss ships ' movements either shown by ships' history or logs. If the veteran has admitted never setting foot in Vietnam, VA must also discuss whether evidence shows that the ship operated in the inland waterways of Vietnam. The Haas decision does not apply if a claimant has alleged exposure to herbicides on a direct basis, such as loading drums of defoliant on board helicopters or decontaminating aircraft or helicopters, VA must discuss such allegations and resolve them.

    Claimants who are denied have several legal moves available to them. They can ask the Court of Appeals to review the case using all the judges on the Court. While the Court may decide to conduct an en banc review it does not have to. Failing that, they could appeal to the Supreme Court. During any given year the Supreme Court takes up only about 1 in 20 cases to decide. Success at the Supreme Court is a long shot.

    [Source: TREA Washington Update & NVS Update 9 May 08]

    Bruce Thompson
    Nha Trang 68 69

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  • War-Stories Troubleshooting pages -- Don Poss, Fri, May 16 2008, 8:27:50 (76.93.49.49)
    Gents & Ladies:

    Check out War-Stories Troubleshooting pages at

    http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/ws-nav-index-menu.asp

    and download the latest FREE versions of Java, Flash, and Adobe Reader. There is also some basic info on tuning your computer.

    Don Poss

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  • War-Stories opens with a new total website redesign! -- Don Poss, Wed, May 14 2008, 0:33:44 (76.93.49.49)
    Gents & Ladies:

    War-Stories has gone through many changes since July 1, 1995. Today, my brother Larry and I are pleased to open War-Stories with a total redesign. There is a Public Area and also a Members Area with expanded features. We hope you like it, and find it useful in researching and reading about the Vietnam War years.

    Don & Larry Poss,
    War-Stories Webmasters

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  • Post Flag -- Jay Gearhart, Tue, May 06 2008, 8:39:51 (24.236.144.40)
    Could you place a flag by the name Donavan R Fluharty, KIA 05. 20. 69, Dak To, Vietnam. We served together & I still, to this day miss him so. Thanks . Jay

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  • To post AFlag beside a Vietnam War Friend -- Vicki Meloncon (Zimmerle), Sat, April 26 2008, 17:46:50 (63.17.199.67)
    To:Don Poss,
    Could please put a American Flag next to Gary Lynn Stevens name. I went to school with him. He was a super Guy.
    Thanks alot.

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  • Looking for a fellow Marine, KIA -- Gary A. Nowlin, Wed, April 30 2008, 13:09:47 (64.12.117.136)
    I am looking for a Dear Friend that was killed in Viet Nam, and I cannot find his name on the Wall. His name is Danny Paul Reeseberg, I think that is the way he spelled his last name. He was killed in 1968, South of the Marble Mountain . He was in the 1st Marine Division , Fox Company 2/1.. He was from Minnesota. Could you Please Help Me.. I served with Him. Thank you, .

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  • Robert Grow -- Robert P. Hilldrup, Mon, April 28 2008, 12:14:31 (209.240.206.191)
    Looking for anyone who might know anything about Col (?) Robert Grow, possibly in army aviation, tho that is by no means sure.A friend and I served under then Capt. Grow in the mid-50's at Benning when he was CO of A Co., 9th Inf Bn, 7th Inf Regt, 3d Inf Div, and even after all these years, we remain impressed with his leadership(Grow's father was a Maj. Gen and CO of the 6th Armored Div in WWII, if that helps).Thanks

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  • War Stories is up -- Don Poss, Mon, April 21 2008, 23:50:38 (76.93.49.49)
    Gents:

    War Stories is up and running. I hope to have the new total redesign completed within one week.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster

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  • War-Stories.com is updating -- Don Poss, Sat, April 19 2008, 21:42:13 (76.93.49.49)
    Gents:

    War-Stories.com is updating some files and may be down for a few hours.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster

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  • James or Jim Hopkins (could be hawkins or hobkins also) -- Lynette Smith (hopeful!!), Fri, April 11 2008, 11:00:44 (69.92.237.18)
    I am looking for the above mentioned vietnam vet-I have heard he may have been killed in Vietnam but I am not sure-I do know he was a trail guide at the Grand Canyon in 1963 and was possibly from Texas-definately was a cowboy! If anyone can give me any info please email me it to me I would surely love to know more about this fine man

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  • Vets -- Jacob Bailey, Thu, April 10 2008, 14:48:47 (68.101.20.65)
    Hello everyone, my name is Jacob Bailey I am seventeen and I live in Pensacola, Fl. As of now i am trying to get in contact with any Vietnam Vet THAT lives in Pensacola. The reason for this is that fellow students and I are doing an interview of a Vietnam Vet for a project. If anyone has any information please send it to me at my email address.
    Ankharhoarstlaka@yahoo.com, Thank You

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  • Sniper: Michael E. Duncan, U.S. Army -- Don Poss, Tue, April 08 2008, 12:56:01 (76.167.251.93)
    Gents & Ladies:

    Sniper Michael E. Duncan, U.S. Army, is credited with 39 confirmed sniper kills. Some who read his story and poetry (http://www.war-stories.com/rain-duncan-1968.htm) believe he should be silent about his exploits as a sniper. I do not. Those who believe his story a "stumbling block" for today's soldiers should ask how many Americans would be dead today had Michael E. Duncan's courage flagged or his aim was untrue? How many Americans would those 39 enemy troops have killed? How many American families were spared the grief that never ends? One is too many, and it is certain Michael E. Duncan's valor saved lives.

    For those recent posts asking him to be silent ... I ask why? I encourage you to ask today's soldier if they would like to have an American Sniper protecting their unit on patrol.

    Michael E. Duncan should be honored to the heavens for the unknown number of American lifes he has saved. If that offends you, then you do not understand that killing the enemy saves American lives. I recommend you visit "Snipers (http://www.snipercentral.com/snipers.htm)" for a list of heroes who do understand, and whose duty it was to protect his comrades.

    Thank you, Michael E. Duncan, for your service to our country, and for those Americans alive today because of your valor.

    Don Poss,
    Webmaster, War-Stories.com

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  • North Vietnamese communist ~ South Viet Nam -- Hoi B. Tran, Wed, April 02 2008, 10:36:46 (76.167.251.93)
    Dear Mr. Poss,

    The last U.S. troops left South Viet Nam in March thirty-five years ago. On April 30, 1975, South Viet Nam fell into the hands of the North Vietnamese communist.

    After the fall of the South, the communist propaganda machine brazenly bragged about defeating American Imperialists and the Republic of Viet Nam. They also have been trying very hard to obfuscate the facts pertaining to Ho Chi Minh and the evil courses the communist party and Ho had pursued from 1945 to 1975. To make the matter worst, our biased media had connived with the communist in this effort to put a stain on our U.S. military annals and denigrate our honorable veterans and the RVN while praising Ho Chi Minh!

    Young Vietnamese Americans born in America are being confused with contradicting perspectives of the war in Viet Nam and Ho Chi Minh by distorted and slanted information. Being an old soldier who had fought the communist from the North to the South, I feel compelled to tell the younger generation what I had seen in hopes to alleviate some confusion.

    Please review my essay below and post it on your great website if the content is acceptable to you.

    http://www.vietamericanvets.com/Page-Records-GraspPast.htm

    [which in part says]

    "And to my American brothers in arms:

    Through negotiation, our politicians settled with major world powers to end the war in Viet Nam politically. Following orders, you must withdraw from Vietnam. The last U.S. military unit left Viet Nam since March 1973. The final collapse of the RVN occurred on April 30, 1975. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the U.S. did not lose the war in Vietnam militarily. You have fulfilled the call of duty admirably. We salute you. We thank you for serving and for helping us in Viet Nam. Ironically, politics dictated the outcome. But don’t be bothered; only ignorant or misled individuals would buy the notion that America lost the war in Vietnam militarily."

    Many thanks for your time. Have a wonderful day.

    Hoi B. Tran

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  • Big Cojenes -- Barry, Fri, April 04 2008, 9:51:57 (158.123.138.50)
    I like the story Big Cojenes because it showed the courage of one man trying to save a fellow soldier. I think this story represents the courage of all vietnam vets.

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