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  • Big Conjones -- Marissa, Tue, June 12 2007, 13:53:23 (24.62.241.203)
    I think that it is important for everyone to have a hero. It puts a smile on my face to know that you hold a man who saved your father's life as the highest honor. If my friend had done that for me, I could safely say that I would consider them to be my hero as well!

    Respectfully,
    Marissa R

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  • Vietnam's Apocalypse Shadow -- Brit S, Tue, June 12 2007, 13:20:59 (66.30.102.227)
    I am sorry to hear that you lost your friend. That must have been really hard on you and his family. To hear how he died really is what the sad part is. It is too bad that he was so harsh on himself and always held a grudge that was not meant to hold. Once again i am really sorry for hearing about your friend. Thank you for serving.

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  • smiling faces -- Brit S, Tue, June 12 2007, 13:16:19 (66.30.102.227)
    That is really funny how u ran into him of all places the club bathroom. That really makes me chuckle and hearing stories that make you laugh about vietnam because there was some fun times is really good to hear. thanks for serving.

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  • Last Patrol -- Brit S, Tue, June 12 2007, 13:03:11 (66.30.102.227)
    I really respect what you guys did that is probably the nicest thing i have heard. I was really touched hearing that. I hope you will beable to once meet that woman. People like that really put a smile on my face. Thank You again.

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  • Forget Me Not -- Marissa, Tue, June 12 2007, 12:19:17 (24.62.241.203)
    I loved your poem. It's touched me in a way that a story would not have done. The way you simply describe the way that you treasure the men that you fought beside and how their loved ones are greatly affected and how people should honor the men who went and fought bravely for this country

    Respectfully,
    Marissa R

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  • Death -- Brian, Tue, June 12 2007, 9:44:09 (24.62.241.203)
    wow thats a really sad poem.but your right death is a part of life.

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  • I Never Felt -- Brittany, Tue, June 12 2007, 5:05:06 (24.62.241.203)
    Wow, this poem was very touching and it made me very sad to think that soldiers like you would of had to take a 15-year old girls life. It must of been very hard, and I know I will never understand but I am sorry you had to go through that.

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  • The Power of a Name -- Andrew, Mon, June 11 2007, 16:35:43 (24.60.51.185)
    i have seen pictures of the wall before but i have never visited it before i would like to though

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  • First Mission! -- Andrew, Mon, June 11 2007, 16:15:52 (24.60.51.185)
    i enjoyed that story i can relate i have a dog that can not sit still eather. all my dog wants to do is play day and night.

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  • Jack Understood -- Marissa, Mon, June 11 2007, 14:58:31 (24.62.241.203)
    While I was reading your story at first, I though Jack was a real person you had made friends with after you had come back from the war and started having all of those horrible memories come back to you. While I continued to read, I was asking myself how your friend could have been so selfish and keep you away from your family and ask for money just to have him comfort you when you needed it. I thought that he was a bad friend to be having around. I was surprised when you had attended your Veteran's Day parade and found that the men who had been through the war as well were more comforting to you than your friend Jack had been. I'm also happy that you have not turned to alcohol again to try and solve your problems.

    Respectfully always,
    Marissa R

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  • Camp Zamma Phone Call -- Brit S, Mon, June 11 2007, 12:18:27 (66.30.102.227)
    That is very nice of you to help the people that could not walk to the x-ray room or other places they needed to be. I know you were asked to, but you could have said no and not do it. I think that even though it was a Jeep that the patient was hit by a jeep and others got body parts blown off. Others still don't have to right to make fun of him for it. That is my opinion, but that is just not right.

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  • I respect -- Tom, Sun, June 10 2007, 18:16:05 (216.222.245.106)
    I respect all of you vets greatly. I was born during the conflict and can only read about your heroric acts which inspires me deeply. I served as well but during peacetime.

    Thank you
    Tom

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  • Corpsman up, I called - Whisenant -- Brandon, Thu, June 07 2007, 12:42:11 (24.62.241.203)
    Thats got to be the hardest job to do. Healing people that just had limbs blown off or shot and bleeding. By the sounds of it you were the person who had to tell that person and that is wicked hard also. You see a buddy get shot and you hope and pray they are healed and safe. I couldnt of done either of those jobs and I thank you for doing that for the US.

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  • responce -- Matt Shahrestan, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:50:10 (199.230.48.44)
    After reading the story Camouflage I really found it interesting how you explained every bit of what happened with great detail. I enjoyed reading how you crossed the paddy past the large tropical plant using its leaves for a strap for your helmet. When you explained how you carried a pistol in one hand and a k bar in the other I realized how real war is. It is not fun and games but a battle between life and death. I thought it was also really funny when you told your officer ďSir, you mean you can see me Sir? I am camouflage!Ē I found that really funny just because of what the officer said, breaking into laughter. It was also funny that never again during your duty ask you to camouflage. He really got tired of you, ha-ha. I really enjoyed your story overall it gave me a great idea of how war is in some form.

    Matt Shahrestan

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  • response to story -- Elise, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:55:52 (199.230.36.246)
    Camouflage: This story stuck out to me because it emphasized the personalities of the soldiers. It was meaningful in that it shows that the soldiers who went to Vietnam are people too through sense of humor. Between many tragic accounts of veterans itís nice to read a story with some humor in it. Itís great to know that you returned home to tell the story. Thank you for going to Vietnam.

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  • Camouflage -- Josh W, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:04:37 (199.230.36.246)
    Dear Billy Whisenant,

    I am currently learning about the Vietnam War in History class. I am also reading the book The Things They Carried by Tim O`Brien in my English class. I really enjoyed reading your story Camouflage. I cannot believe that your Officer actually wanted you to Camouflage yourself when you had all that equipment on you. No matter what you do people are going to see you. I am surprised that your officer did not laugh when he saw you wrapped up in the leaf. It must have taken a lot of self control to not burst out laughing. There are not many war stories that actually make people laugh, so this one was a good change from the usual.

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  • Read your story! -- Justin, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:07:38 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Billy,
    Hello! I am a student from Aragon High School in San Mateo, California. I read your poem Corpsman Up, I Called! In the poem, you called for a corpsman because you saw a man get hit with a rocket blast. You mentioned he was in a lot of pain and he was bleeding. You witnessed the medic run up to the wounded man and helped him. He risked his life for the man that got hit. By reading your poem I understood that the only friends and brothers to you guys were the men next to you. You guys helped each other no matter what the situation was and that touched me. I enjoyed reading your poem very much.

    Sincerely, Justin

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  • Response to your story -- Dean, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:43:36 (199.230.48.44)
    After reading your story I was amazed at how serious people had to be during a war. It was very interesting how he was able to keep a completely straight face. It also must to have been very scary to be six foot six and trying to hide. Not only that but you had to carry a ten foot antenna on your back to even further hurt your chance of being camouflaged. This story I feel is able to show how soldiers would just do what they were told. This also helps to display how soldiers began to seem almost like robots, due to the way they had to act in war. I was also surprised that you were able to try to joke around with your officer. For example, to call yourself camouflage and pretend to be sneaking up on him was just not something that I expected to hear about in a war story. Currently in my English class we are reading a fiction Vietnam war story novel. The novel contains many different war stories from Vietnam and our class wanted to read about some true stories and then compare them to the ones we read about in class.

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  • the corpse man up -- Christian Spremich, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:48:38 (199.230.48.44)
    The corpse man expresses the valor that was shown in Vietnam. This story is an icon of courage. The corpse man displayed an amount of courage that Iím not sure that I could express. To tend to a dying man, while being attacked by rockets, takes an amount of resoluteness that Iím not sure I could muster up. When people say thereís no such thing as a hero, they are wrong. Heroes appear everyday, and the corpse man was definitely one of them. They donít need to be fast, or strong, but their status is determined on the selflessness of their deed. I hero is someone who puts aside their own well being for the safety of others. This story showed me the true meaning of a hero.

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  • TLC Mission Water? You Want Water? -- Jon Gattuso, Thu, June 07 2007, 18:44:01 (66.31.253.174)
    Its really great that your troop could find some humor during that period. Its a very honoring thing to serve in the army and have millions of people back home wo are very proud of you. This story reminds me of something me and my friends would do. Thank you.

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  • Jim Ives from Augusta, Georgia -- Anne, Fri, June 01 2007, 17:16:19 (69.114.80.202)
    When I Was in Highschool in the early 90's, I was a pen pal with a man by the name of Jim Ives. My name is Anne and I live in New York. I know that Jim was a Marine and spent alittle bit of time in the Veterens Hospital. The last letter I received from Jim was in Feb. 1991 and he was living on Wheeless Road in Augusta, Georgia. If anyone knows Jim or if you are him please email me at fully1112@netscape.net, I would love to find out how my old friend Jim is doing.

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  • Information on Ronald Norman Keller HM3 E4N -- Cait Comeau, Sun, May 20 2007, 17:32:32 (64.140.235.234)
    I am looking to contact anyone who served with or knew my Uncle, Ronald Norman Keller, who served as a Medic and was killed on 02/09/68 in South Vietnam. He was killed 9 years before I was born, and I would love to hear about him from the guys he served with.

    Your time and service is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you;
    Cait Comeau

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  • Looking for members of 36th Signal -- Fernand J. Martin, Fri, February 23 2007, 12:01:06 (135.245.8.35)
    I shipped out to Vietnam from Fort Bragg in August 1965.
    I was in Tan Son Nhut and Bien Hoa until December 1965,then
    was sent to Japan to repair a perforated eardrum.
    I remember Delaney, and Acra. Went to the Van Khan and
    My Khan Clubs in Saigon. I was a telephone lineman.
    Remember driving the Leutenant from Saigon to Bien Hoa in darkness, with no lights on. What a crazy trip that was.

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  • Place Flag -- Allan L. Mosher, P.S.M., Mon, May 28 2007, 19:36:26 (71.101.188.221)
    MOSHER ROBERT LLOYD CPT O3 A 19380205 19670526 NEWPORT RI 20E 122
    Please Place a flag next to my Dad's name.

    We love and miss you Dad.
    I always walk and talk proudly of you. At some time we'll be together again.

    Your Son,
    Allan

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  • class -- luis, Thu, April 26 2007, 10:12:01 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Don Poss,
    My name is Luis and I live in Northern California. Right now we are learning about the Vietnam War and I have learned a lot of interesting stuff, such as booby traps and how they had the upper hand in territory. I think it is interesting how you stayed in a ship because so did my history teacher. Your story is very interesting, I think itís cool how you guys went through all of what you did. It seems like an experience. I wonder what your political viewpoints, since you had more contact of the world, unlike the soldiers on the line. I have considered joining the marines but I didnít know what it would be like and your story has helped me a lot. I will still consider it a possible option of my future. I myself like steak and eggs, you can never go wrong with steak and eggs, that reminds me of dining at Dennyís. Well I think your story influenced me and your story also made me have a clearer view of what the Marines did in the war, which was huge.

    Sincerely,
    Luis Martinez

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  • pictures of vietnam and poems written -- jerry grace, Sat, May 26 2007, 19:18:34 (75.104.192.56)
    I gave these to the men at denison texas 2 yrs ago, I just want to know what happened to them.

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  • in search of -- mark herring, Thu, May 24 2007, 18:27:11 (68.94.185.116)
    I was at Ft. Lewis from August '69 to Dec. '69.lookin for Clarence Caston(or Gaston and Bernard Gorum(The Gump).Also looking for Al Dunham,Cricket from Baltimore and Phil from Colorado.We were all in the nam in 1970.Send me an email if you know of any of these characters.I think Al married a Vietnamese woman but I left country before he did.

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  • looking for info on relatives of Willis Cormier -- Anthony Frank, Mon, May 21 2007, 21:55:40 (205.188.117.12)
    Would like to find family of Willis Cormier, KIA Mar. 22, '69. he was a medic assigned to HHT, 3/5 Cav. 9th Inf. Div. He had a daughter born shortly before his death. I'd like to express my appreciation for the lesson in character that this medic demonstrated on numerous occassions. He demonstrated courage in the manner that he lived his life and the compassion he possessed for all. The bravest individual I've ever known personally. I was there the day he died.

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  • hi -- leonard j oconnell, Thu, May 17 2007, 19:47:10 (222.153.41.53)
    hey jeff just wanted to thank you for all the information you have posted on this site right on brother u have helped so many people to find relitives and friends and given closure to many a family mystery
    i thank you for your the time you have taken to help

    leonard j oconnell 227th air mobile cav

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  • Richard Cole -- Rosita Slider, Sat, May 19 2007, 13:00:05 (68.3.127.234)
    Desperately searching for anyone that knew Richard Cole, after all these years. He was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison Indiana in February 1967. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • A CO 3/12 4TH INF DIV -- LARRY, Fri, May 18 2007, 11:07:12 (71.1.240.85)
    Hey Jeff, Hope this helps, Looking for anyone who served with pride in Vietnam Nov 1968 - Nov 1969.

    Please e-mail me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF WORLD WAR III -- Tom Zart, Fri, May 18 2007, 6:46:30 (4.244.117.24)
    SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF WORLD WAR III



    Our sons and daughters serve in harms way
    To defend our way of life.
    Some are students, some grandparents,
    Many a husband or wife.

    They face great odds without complaint
    Gambling life and limb for little pay.
    So far away from all they love
    Fight our soldiers for whom we pray.

    The plotters and planners of Americaís doom
    pledge to murder and maim all they can.
    From early childhood they are taught
    To kill is to become a man.

    They exploit their young as weapons of choice
    Teaching in heaven, virgins will await.
    Destroying lives along with their own
    To learn of their falsehoods too late.

    The fearful cry we must submit.
    And find a way to soothe them.
    Where defenders worry if we stand down
    The future for America is grim.

    Nowís not the time to fight one another
    Or kiss our enemyís cheek.
    All through history it remains the same
    The strong enslave the weak.

    May God continue to bless America
    Refusing evil, the upper hand.
    Itís up to us to stay resolute
    Defending the liberty of Man.


    By Tom Zart

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  • Daughters of Vietnam Veterans website www.dovv.net -- Laura Milczanowksi, Thu, May 17 2007, 9:19:20 (72.190.43.168)
    This is my website that I created after 10 years of frustration of trying to find information about how to help my Dad.

    www.dovv.net
    We also have a theme song you can find on
    www.myspace.com/30thparallel
    It is the JFK Speech, Freedom of the Press remix.
    We are not selling it, using it only for educational purposes.

    Peace out.
    War is hell.
    This illegal war is hell.
    Depleted Uranium is hell.
    Agent orange is killing my Dad.

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  • Mrk L. Morgan -- C D Allen, Wed, May 16 2007, 13:50:44 (216.76.165.197)
    I would like to request a rose for my cousin Mark L. Morgan Lcpl USMC kia Thua Thien SVN 2-28-66. Thank You C D Allen

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  • A CO 4th inf -- Larry, Tue, May 15 2007, 20:12:15 (71.1.240.85)
    Looking for anyone who served with pride in Vietnam 1968-1969 with A CO 4th INF. Please e-mail me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • DaNang 71-72 40th Ordiance -- Davis Chatman, Tue, May 15 2007, 22:04:37 (66.25.112.121)
    Anybody stationed in danang, 71-72 right on the beach, did gaurd duty night shift at the danang ammo depot. the movie china beach is living proof. I was there. helicopter pad on one side hospital on the other. I was there when the sargent major drowned going swiming in the south china sea, had two days before dros. if anybody recall get in touch with me.

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  • Re: i need to interview someone that fought in vietnam -- Erin McNerney, Mon, May 14 2007, 13:11:29 (198.160.250.2)
    I need someone to answer a few questions for today please?
    Here are the questios:
    1.What were you doing before going to war?
    2.When did you enroll for the service?
    3.What kind of training did you receive?
    4.What did you do during war?
    5.What did you do after war?
    6.How long has it been since you been out of the service?

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  • Looking for relatives -- Alexandre Moreira, Fri, May 11 2007, 16:58:23 (201.5.212.252)
    My name is Alexandre Moreira, from Brazil.
    Iīm looking for any relative in USA.
    I know about one of them named Ralph Angelo Moreira Jr, from Beaver Falls Pennsylvania. He was killed in Vietnam War.
    If somebody help us, weīll be very happy.
    Thanks you.

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  • Vietnam -- Jim Paris, Thu, May 10 2007, 11:36:59 (216.78.233.57)
    Aco.S&T Bn.4th ID.Aug68-69/Feb70-Nov.I did recon for Battalion one month CA team,Drove truck last 5 months.Looking for Captain Wright,Bill Gamble&Pomalow.Im so glad that your web is providing a service for VN Vets & others.It helps me put the peices together.It is ashame that others abuse it.God Bless and keep up the good work.

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  • Place a Flag -- Jay Gearhart, Thu, May 10 2007, 7:32:56 (68.188.157.31)
    Please place a flag by Donald R. Fluharty's name. He was KIA 5-20-69 in Dak To.We were as close as you could get in the Nam. I will always remember him & the other brothers who gave there all.Thank God they are at peace.

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  • TSgt. Jimmy F. Williams (USAF Ret) -- Kathy Hadley, Tue, May 08 2007, 14:01:17 (69.95.150.250)
    Looking for any one who may have served with Ssgtr. Jimmy F. Williams (a.k.a. Jim or Willie). He was all over SEA (Tiailand and Viet Nam) from 1969 to 1971. He stayed in the Air Force for 20 years. Was a security police and also talked about being with the Air Commandoes and doing helicoptor recons. Please emaill me direct if you can give me andyhelp. I have been looking all over the web. I know there is a web site out ther some where that I can find out when and hwere he was stationed and how he ws wounded.

    Kathy Hadlye

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  • Joaquim Vaz Rebelo, B-1-1 KIA 5/13/67 Quang Nam, S. Vietnam -- Madelyn, Tue, May 08 2007, 9:50:39 (68.36.246.85)
    As I turned around
    We had just graduated High School
    As I turned around
    You were my friend to see
    As I turned around you were call to fight
    I turned again and you were gone
    It will be 40 years ago that you were called away
    It was time for you to go
    It was time for me to stay
    When I am called away
    I hope that when I turn around again it will be you I see
    I hope that when you turn and look you will recognize me

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  • Thanks to Everyone -- John R. Darling, Mon, May 07 2007, 19:33:59 (69.207.239.165)
    Thanks to everyone who responded to my message regarding Dennis K. Blain and Richard Matthews. They were two of my best friends from elementary school through high school. I had no idea that the kind of information I received was available. I have often thought about Dennis and Dick and what happened to them. It was such a loss of two very good soldiers and people. For so long I haven't been able to get thoughts of them out of my head. Special thanks to Bill Thomas who was with Dennis when he died. He was in Nam for such a very short time and he probably hardly knew anyone. To have someone confort him and be with him when he died was a blessing and sense fo comfort to him.

    Got some information on Dick Matthews but hopefully there is more.

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  • Rose Request -- Carolyn Bradley Threatt, Mon, May 07 2007, 14:52:00 (208.104.107.21)
    Please place a rose by Cpl Charles M. Goude's name. 12E 59
    Thank you very much.

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  • My Book " With Love Stan: A Soldier's Letters Form Vietnam To The World" -- Karen Ross Epp, Thu, May 03 2007, 17:41:21 (207.69.137.39)
    I have recently published a book, a tribute to my brother Sp4 Stanley D. Ross, 199th Light Infantry Brigade 2/3 Charlie Co. "With Love Stan: A Soldier's Letters From Vietnam To The World"
    He was killed in action on October 20, 1969.
    My book is a compilation of Stan's letters, photos, recollections from the men who served with him in the 199th, and my writing. I have dedicated this book to the brave men and women, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, during this controversial war.
    It is Stan's story, but also the story of a family who struggles with the loss of a son, brother and friend.
    You can access my book at authorhouse.com, amazom.com and www.withlovestan.com
    I would welcome comments. This book would be a valuble tool for educators, who teach history, social studies, and writing.
    Respectfully,
    Karen Ross Epp

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  • My Lost Friend -- John R. Darling, Mon, April 30 2007, 8:12:40 (24.97.230.114)
    I have been looking for a site like this for some time but never seemed to find what I want. I have two good friends, Dennis K. Blain (9/25/68)and Richard L. Matthews 11/21/68 and haven't been able to find out any information on either of them as to their experience in Vietnam. For some time I haven't been able to get them out of my thoughts and hoped that knowing more about their experience and what happend to them might help me. I went to both their funerals and it seems like such a blurr and not even real at the time. I was in the Army from 4/68 to 6/71 but never went overseas, just the luck of the draw I guess. I actually considered volunteering but fortunately it never came to that. If anyone has any information on either of these heroes and wonderful individuals. In all my time growing up with them I can't ever remember a harsh word, fight or confrontation and her they die in this crazy war. Thanks for any information.

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  • Bunker 051 -- Blaze master jam, Thu, April 26 2007, 10:13:44 (199.230.36.38)
    Dear Dan McKegney,
    I am a student at Aragon High School, in Northern California; the bay area. My junior class has been recently studying the Vietnam War. We were assigned to read war stories, and I stumbled upon yours. I enjoyed your story of bunker 051, the men in that bunker seemed like titans in that bunker. The forces kept coming, but the men in 051 were not concerned with their own lives, but with the fact that if they were to keep up a strong enough fight. The fight would allow the other forces deeper in the base to assemble in order to fend off the incoming enemy soldiers. I really do think that these people are extraordinary because of the fact that they disregarded their own lives in effort to prevent the attacking waves to reach further into the base. I thank you for sharing this story, and story sharing to me is one think that is honorary; you could let it die with you but instead you pass it on.
    Sincerely,
    Joe

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  • Agent Organge -- Patricia Schultz, Tue, May 01 2007, 12:28:16 (66.233.108.59)
    My husband who served in Vietnam in 1967 - 1969, died of Kidney Cancer in April 2004. I am trying to find information that links kidney cancer to Agent Orange. A few years ago, when I was on this site, two people posted messages about their diagnois of Kidney Cancer and their attempts to file a VA claim. Wondering if anyone has had any success with claims with the VA?

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  • Cancer from Agent Orange -- Jo Ann Romaniszak-Sanchez, Mon, March 05 2007, 11:01:34 (74.134.144.42)
    My husband Sgt. Nic Sanchez was a Marine. He passed away on January 1, 2007. He was in the SU#1, H&SCo, 5th MEB,CamPen. I am looking for others who may have lost someone who was in North VeitNam to pancreatic cancer. I have to show that his exposure to Agent Orange caused his disease and eventually his untimely brutal death. He was too ill to fight himself. The VA here in Illinois said that I need three sources. Call anyone help me. thank you. Sincerelt Jo Ann Romaniszak-Sanchez

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  • Die Hard -- Danny, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:12:32 (199.230.48.44)
    DIE HARD!!


    I am really impressed with this story! This story is like a morale for people to learn from. It shows a lot of bravery and courage . I am a student at Aragon high school and we are reading a book about war . The book is called The Things They Carried and two of the things they carried are bravery and courage. So I found your story very interesting. Iím very glad of the outcome that you didnít let this punk try to take your wallet and youíve been in war situations which you survived , like you said it would be bad if you get killed from this punk and you survived the war! I respect the fact of what you did for our country in the war and how you protected your self from some punk on the street and I really admire your story.

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  • Vietnam War -- William, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:15:23 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Don Poss,
    In the course of fighting the Vietcongís, I am fascinated by the fact that many U.S. soldiers carried out their missions and kill lots of soldiers during missions such as the Operation Rolling Thunder. However, I was wondering how the air pilots of the B-52ís felt when they massively killed tons of innocent civilians along with VCís during the bombing of North Vietnam because there were people that did not want to have anything to do with the fighting. I understand and admire the soldiersí burden to accomplish each murderous mission, but was there a sense of denying the missions because they didnít want to kill anymore?
    Sincerely,
    William

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  • Bulletin Board Spam -- Pat (Beanie) Camunes, Mon, April 23 2007, 23:38:58 (66.25.82.92)
    I have gotten some email concerning the growing spam on this board. Some of our ďregularsĒ may have noticed that along with oneís email address is also an IP address. Voy Forums has provided us this option to ban certain IP numbers and even though it may seem like we are getting more than usual spam lately, I have previously deleted and reported up to 52 in just one day! . . . So spammers beware!

    Iím trying to keep up the best I can in deleting and reporting such spam and with the help of Voy Forum, hopefully this will cease being a problem. I appreciate your patience and continued participation.

    Also, something I have added is when older threads or discussions are replied to, they will be brought back up to the top. I hope this will be something to help those that want to respond to an older post and not have it get lost down the list.

    Thank you all for you co-operation and any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. All I ask because of my high volume of email is that the topic of the subject be War Stories or Beanie so that my spam blocker will not kick it out. . . . . . Thanks . . . . Pat (Beanie) Camunes

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  • response to story -- Rochelle and Elizabeth, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:15:09 (199.230.36.246)
    Dear Patrick Camunes,
    We are reading a story in English class about the Vietnam War. The book is called The Things They Carried by Tim OíBrien. In this book there are many perspectives from different soldiers about their experiences in the war. Unlike your story most of their stories are about their life in Vietnam other then actual battles that they faced. One of the chapters was about how to tell a true war story. From what we got out of it your story seems very realistic. After reading your story it made us feel grateful for our lives. It must have been very overwhelming to have been in your place when you were faced with death. We would have just given up. We really admire your courage to continue on sharing your story so people can learn and educate themselves from your experience.

    Sincerely,
    Rochelle and Elizabeth
    San Mateo, Ca

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  • Patrick Camunes -- Aya, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:03:45 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Mr. Camunes,
    My name is Aya and I am a junior at Aragon high school in San Mateo. We are currently learning and reading about the Vietnam War. To learn about what some Vietnam veterans went through, we are reading war stories and trying to interpret the experiences that veterans like you went through. I found the story about your son and your combat interesting because it seemed very lucky and personal. Although you werenít with your, you were lucky enough to have a new baby boy and to be saved from being hurt on that patrol. I would call that a miracle. I think itís great that you still celebrate that day and thank God that you lived through the rest of the war and got home safely to share your life with your family.
    Sincerely, Aya

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  • letter -- Ilona, Wed, April 25 2007, 22:20:14 (67.118.246.71)
    Dear Mr. Patrick Camunes,
    I am a student from Aragon High School and in our Junior English class this semester weíre reading The Things They Carried by Tim Oí Brien, the story of Vietnam. In order to get better associated with the true history of the ĎNam war, our teacher wanted us to research stories that veterans, like yourself, have wrote. I would first want to start off with this: Thank You. Your flashback story titled Shadow Fields is a real eye- opener. Its amazing how after so many years past the war you still remember the vivid picture as if it were right in front of you. But I also find it sad. Sad how you canít go back to the way your life used to be before the dreadful Vietnam War. I know this probably wonít mean much coming from me, a person who wasnít even in the era of the Vietnam war, but through your inspirational writings, hopefully youíll be able open the eyes of far more people than me, as Iím sure you have. Its just disappointing how it has to happens due to your personal suffering. I wish you all the best in life, and your wife, and hopefully some day soon, you will be able to cope with the awful flashbacks of that historically monumental war.
    Sincerely,
    An Aragon Donnette

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  • To the Aragon HS Students -- Pat (Beanie) Camunes, Thu, April 26 2007, 23:19:22 (66.25.82.92)
    Iíd like to thank all the students from Aragon High School that took the time to access War Stories and read the many stories and poems and especially take the time to respond to them. I applaud your English teacher for allowing all of you to see the ďWarĒ through the eyes, thoughts and memories of those that were there.

    I am going to strive to respond to each and every one of you personally that referred to a story or poem that I have written. The choice of reading Tim OíBrienís book was excellent. I have read much of what he has written and as from so many other authors I have learned a great deal about writing and expressing my inner emotions. He lives a mere hour from my home in San Antonio and yet we have never met. Glenn Beck did a super narration of an excerpt from his book, ďThe Things they CarriedĒ combined with my own, ďFrom the Other Side.Ē You can find it at:
    http://www.glennbeck.com/audio/free-audio.shtml, halfway down the page entitled ďMemorial Day Essay.Ē

    As Juniors in High School you should be able to associate with what many of us went through during the Vietnam War because of the similarity of ages . . . then and now. I left High School during my Junior year to join the Army and as so many others that write their memories down here on this site, the memories are those close to your age and not from the present old warriors that we now present ourselves as.

    The question or statement is brought up many times that, ďIf I had been there, I donít know how I would have reacted.Ē . . . Believe me, the love of your fellow man/woman, your family and traditions and especially your love of the freedoms we sometimes take for granted will shine through unwillingly. Actions that you thought youíd never be capable of doing will come all too easily with good training and especially the inner pride everyone has within themselves thatíll distinguish itself before dishonor before their brothers and sisters at arms!

    As Iím sure your teacher has taught you, history frequently repeats itself so take heed to want you have to learn. As we ourselves become a part of history, at the same time we have present warriors fighting a war of terrorism. Politics aside, support our fellow Americans that are willing to take on a very important part and sacrifice so much for our continuing freedom we all partake of. May they all return home safely and God bless this Countryís freedom that does not come cheaply without honorable sacrifices.

    Pat (Beanie) Camunes . . . . . . Olí grunt at heart.

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  • Searching for anyone who was a friend of 1LTStephen Carl Beals, 15th Medical BN., 1st CAV. DIV. -- Annie Beals, Thu, April 26 2007, 21:51:20 (70.48.154.253)
    Stephen was my brother.He was a medic helipoter pilot. His helicopter was shot down with seven wounded on board in Viet Nam on November 26th, 1968. He is being given a Military Hall of Fame award on May 31, 2007, and during the resurgence of thought I wanted to find someone out there who knew him.

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  • Blacks in the War! -- Shawn Williams, Thu, April 26 2007, 10:50:49 (209.158.179.194)
    Dear Mr. Poss, and other Veterans:

    My name is Shawn Williams, a young New York City actor from Cleveland, OH. I am currently in the process of writing my own one-man show. The show consists of several African American male characters--one being a vietnam vet. This particular character is based on a real vet that I knew back home. While I recall some of the stories that he has told me, I have lost a lot of details over the years. I am mostly interested in the "Black experience" during the war, and would like to get feedback from anyone on how blacks managed, were treated, interacted, etc. "I respect your position as soldiers, and human beings. With that said, I assure you that anything you share will only be used as reference." I thank you for taking the time to read this, and hope to hear from you soon!

    Sincerely,
    shawnwilliams1@hotmail.com

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  • Heavy Heart -- Seta, Thu, April 26 2007, 10:20:17 (199.230.36.5)
    Heavy Heart by Larry Poss is a great example of a story telling what a survivng soldier goes through after the war.Meaning, how on Memorial days, how a survivor of the war goes back to weep for their fellow comrades who fought side to side with them on the battle field. Bringing so much emotions eat weakens them.Like larry Poss sais in his story "as I approached the black granite wall, I felt a lump in my throat as the stamina left my legs". This shows how much this wall full of fallen soilders names can affect a person

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  • green bugs -- Aya, Wed, April 25 2007, 23:10:02 (64.121.64.110)
    Dear Mr. Schueckler,
    My name is Aya and I am from Aragon High school. We are currently learning about the Vietnam War in history and English. We are reading veteran war stories to learn more about how life was and experiencing people went through during the war. Your story stood out for me because it shows that you, as a soldier, are human. You make mistakes/donít know everything about everything. Itís good that you noticed those ďlittle green bugsĒ because if you didnít you would have been shot at. I think that its great that you have the courage enough to say there are little green bugs following you. I respect you.
    Sincerely, Aya

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  • Response -- Kevin Razavi, Wed, April 25 2007, 18:37:00 (70.137.175.44)
    It really must have been hard trying to treat all those wounded soldiers. It was very brave of you to do that. I really like your nick Donut Dollie, it just sounds like a joyful name. I couldnít understand how you must have felt after the war. Itís not a easy thing to get over when soldiers are wounded and dying left and right. Iím glad to see that they had a anniversary for the people who are or were in the war. It must have been hard to go back and see the people who survived. It must have been even harder to see all those young people who just about to go to war. They donít know what they are getting into. It was really nice of that young soldier to say he would want a nurse like you.

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  • Interpretation -- Katie, Wed, April 25 2007, 18:24:26 (76.211.245.163)
    Dear Don Poss,
    I am a student learning about the Vietnam War. In English we are reading the war memoir The Things They Carried. In order to understand the effects of war, and different hardships we decided to check out war stories. After reading your short entry about the waterfall you encountered while in the war was really nice. Many people donít realize some of the little things in life that make you keep going on. The way you described the mist as heavenís mist was nice. I can understand how small things like this help give you hope, and make you think for a moment about whatís going on in life. Thank you for providing a nice entry of hope.

    Sincerely,
    Katie

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  • The Worm -- Semour Butts, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:07:30 (199.230.37.135)
    Dear William D. Dean,
    Your worm story was really funny and it made me chuckle. That doctor tied a worm in a knot, I donít think the worm appreciated that too much, haha. That silly worm shouldnít have been in that kids stomach anyways lol
    Sincerely, Todd

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  • war -- todd choi, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:07:07 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Mr. Gearheart,
    I am a high school student studying the Vietnam War. Your story was not only interesting and factual, it was also humorous. It taught me new things and made me laugh. I think your story shows a more personal side of war and what went on behind the scenes. It showed the life in the soldiers and the way they lived. It introduced us to the kind of things they had to get the war off their mind.
    Thank you again!

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  • response -- Claudia, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:06:53 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Johnnie Hubbs,
    Well I read your story ďSmiling FacesĒ and it seemed really nice and interesting. It really moved me I couldnít imagine what you went through while you were at war. If I were in war I would want to take some time off. It seemed that you felt uncertain when the Sergeant asked you those questions. I wouldnít know what to say either but it was nice how you saw him there since you havenít seen him since boot camp. What was going through your mind when he asked you ďHow do you like Vietnam?Ē In your position I would have told him the truth like how the war took away many lives and that you couldnít believe what you were doing there. I could see how he helped you in life and in war.

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  • class -- luis martinez, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:06:19 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Don Poss,

    I believe that your story has many points to it. I think that you are showing how you are coming back to the real world where you have to follow certain rules and how you had forgotten those rules and set your own. I believe that you felt kind of weird coming back, that you were kind of in shock that you were actually out of the war. You probably wanted some time alone when you got back so it could sink in and you could then realize that you were back. I wonder why you werenít cheering when you got back. Was it because you werenít exactly home in California and that you still had a long flight to New York? Or was it because you felt bad about something regarding the war? We are learning about the Vietnam War in history class. It seems that the soldiers were unhappy to be there. I know that the public didnít support it but did you? How did you view politics while you were in Vietnam? I donít support the war because it seems pointless if one more small country becomes communist, it seems non-important to me. I liked LBJ more than any of the other presidents that were involved in the war. I really liked his points of view. How did you think the people were going to receive you, were you pleased to see the man in the suit offer you the beer, Iím asking a lot because it seems amazing to me to hear stories about war. I like to hear them because itís something that stays with you and that you helped in.



    Sincerely,
    Luis Martinez

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  • Brother love -- Jane, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:06:19 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Thomas C. Utts,

    Sibling relationships are important to me too. I am a younger sister of a brother that is four years older than me. We have a close relationship, that I could call him my best friend. You being a captain, and doing anything to see your younger brother sounds like something my brother would do for me. Also, you saying that he died to pay for your sins also sound like something my brother would think. I think, as an older brother, looking out for their younger siblings, they feel guilty for the things that happen to them, thinking they were responsible for everything bad that happens to them. I just respect the idea that you made a phoney leave to see your brother, and to see how he was doing in the war that he didnít want to be in. all I have to say is, donít feel guilty for his death, I would think he would have died happy just to see his big brother, and have a nice time catching up with you.

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  • Hang 'Em High -- Barry Manilow, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:05:52 (199.230.48.44)
    In your story "hang 'em high", I was very affected by your experience. I can relate to being new in a group, team, or even a school so it is kind of the same thing. I am a 11th grader at aragon high school in San Mateo, California. I'm currently learning about the Vietnam war and reading books on the subject. One of the hardest things i think in the world is to be accepted. Once accepted, you can go on to the next thing but it is always that first barrier. When the crazy guy took the match to the C4 and u dropped down, it was very funny. I once got tricked and scared by some prank like that in football practice. I was mad at first but got over it and it was all laughs after that. It's cool that you went through something like me.

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  • The worm -- Joe aquila, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:03:49 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Mr. Deam
    My name is Joseph Aquila, I am in the 11th grade at Aragon high school and my class is currently studying the Vietnam War. I read your story on war-stories.com. Your story had caught my attention due to my interest in grotesque events. While reading your story I did not know what sutures were until the end where I had fought out that they were medical ties. I was astonished to learn that a previous surgeon had found the worm in the boys intestine and had thought it part of him. This was a good story because it did not involve people being mercilessly harmed.
    Sincerely,
    Joe

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  • Camouflage -- Josh W, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:03:24 (199.230.36.246)
    Dear Billy Whisenant,

    I am currently learning about the Vietnam War in History class. I am also reading the book The Things They Carried by Tim O`Brien in my English class. I really enjoyed reading your story Camouflage. I cannot believe that your Officer actually wanted you to Camouflage yourself when you had all that equipment on you. No matter what you do people are going to see you. I am surprised that your officer did not laugh when he saw you wrapped up in the leaf. It must have taken a lot of self control to not burst out laughing. There are not many war stories that actually make people laugh, so this one was a good change from the usual.

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  • Kool- Aid -- Harry Balsagna, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:02:14 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Mr. Gearheart,
    I am a student at Aragon High School. We are currently reading a book about The Vietnam War. After reading your story, I am surprised of the light hearted attitude you have towards some of your experiences in Vietnam. I canít imagine how afraid I would have been if I was an American soldier in Vietnam at that time. But inspite of everything going on around you, you were able to find humor in the bleakest of situations. It is truly inspirational. It takes a strong person to not lose their composure and to stay cool. It was really humorous when you talked about the kool-aid tasting lik soap.

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  • Wonderful Poem -- Katie, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:02:09 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Don,
    After reading your poem I was very moved. I am a student studying the Vietnam War, and reading the book The Things They Carried. Many people often donít realize the actual effects of war. Having family back home that is waiting for you to come home safely is another story. I can only imagine the sadness of finding out that a close relative has died in war. I really appreciate this poem because I write a lot of poetry myself. The way you wrote everything created almost an innocent feeling. Many soldiers must have gone through a similar experience in their mind as they passed away. Thank you so much for providing a wonderful piece of writing.

    Sincerely,
    Katie

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  • response to story -- max w, Wed, April 25 2007, 15:02:02 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Mr. Poss,

    My name is Max and I got to Aragon high school. I am writing to you to compliment your great poem. Your poem has touched my soul and it showed me how a friendship could grow and disappear in one day. It also showed me how you are still connected with them without even being around them physically. Your poem puts lots of things in perspective about my friends and how my connection is not nearly as much as yours. I felt like I was in the war when I read your poem and was losing friends also. I liked the part about your poem when you would rhyme the two words that explained your time there and explained how you felt. This story has inspired me to take friendships and life more seriously in stead of treating this like a big joke. I also realized if I was in your position I would not be driven enough to write this type of poem.


    Sincerely
    Max W.

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  • cheers to red cross girls -- mike hunt, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:59:33 (199.230.48.44)
    Hello, my name is Sam and I am in high school studying about the Vietnam war and I read your story. Red cross girls was pretty funny from your perspective. Form the man you got snipped im sure it wasnít that funny. All the stories I have read on this website are sad and kind of boring but this one is funny and silly

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  • thank you -- Jane, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:50:31 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Joan Cox,

    A father is a big role in a girlís life; like the saying, ďdaddyís little girl.Ē Reading this story, made me think of my dad and his near-death experience. Back in freshman year, my dad had a stroke, a blood-clog in his brain. Always seeing my father in deep sleeps after work, I couldnít picture him being in a deep coma. Amazingly, he woke up after 13 hours. Knowing it was a miracle for him to wake up again, I was thankful that I could have another chance to catch up with him and try to be the perfect daughter he imaged me to me. Reading this, you having the courage to look up fellow soldiers that worked your father, amazed me; how they were willing to open up the scars from the past and help their friendís child. Also, you having the courage to walk up to the wall and feel the love from the wall and the vets, makes me realize how loving everyone is with each other over one moment. Makes me think of that song, ďlean on me,Ē no matter who you are, as long as you need a friend, Iíll be there for you to lean on.

    Thank you for me posting up this story of your life, also letting me realize how much I love my father.

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  • LEtter -- Ilona, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:16:30 (199.230.48.44)
    THANK YOU!!!!!!

    Dear Julie,
    I am a junior from Aragon High School and I am writing to you in regards to your heartfelt letter of awakening. In our English class we are currently reading The Things They Carried, by Tim Oí Brien and our teacher would like us to get better informed about the real life matters that occurred in Vietnam. I particularly got caught by your letter because it was captioned as saying ďFrom the HeartĒ by Julie Wagner. While reading your letter, I could really associate the fact that your inspiring words came from the heart. I canít say that Iím sorry about your brother because my words can not touch upon the pain about your brother, but Thank You for your thoughts and putting yourself out there.
    Sincerely, an Aragon Don

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  • response to story -- Rochelle and Elizabeth, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:16:21 (199.230.36.246)
    Dear Joan Cox,
    We are reading a story in English class about the Vietnam War. The book is called The Things They Carried by Tim OíBrien. In this book there are many perspectives from different soldiers about their experiences in the war. Unlike your story most of their stories are about their life in Vietnam other then actual battles that they faced. One of the chapters was about how to tell a true war story. From what we got out of it your story seems very realistic. Although we donít know how you feel, because we havenít lost our dads, but we are very sorry for your lost. It was very touching to read about how you tried to find people who could tell you stories about your dad. It is almost like gaining a piece of him that you feel you lost. We are grateful that you can share your story with us so that we can learn from your experiences.

    Sincerely,
    Rochelle and Elizabeth
    San Mateo, Ca

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  • Christmas 1969 -- Neema Bahr, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:15:29 (199.230.37.136)
    Dear Mr. Murphy,
    I am a 16 year old high school student currently learning about the Vietnam War. We are reading The Things They Carried, by Tim OíBrien. I am sure you have heard about it. We were assigned to go to war-stories.com and read a few stories and reflect on them. I read your story, ďChristmas 1969Ē and have a few comments about the story. How are flights on Christmas? Are their Christmas Trees on flights? It must have been a huge relief to come home after fighting for a few years in the war. Seeing your family again must have been awesome. I just have one question for you. How long did you serve in Vietnam? Thank you for fighting.

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  • Three Bronze Men -- Jericho, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:15:16 (199.230.48.44)
    I am a high school student learning about the Vietnam War in English by reading the book called, The Things They Carried. I also learned about the war in my US History class. I really like this poem because it is about soldiers that didnít fight in war but soldiers made out of bronze that encourage soldiers to do their best. The three men in bronze commemorate all the soldiers that fought in war and are going to fight. What I really like is that the poem really influences soldiers to do their best in war and fight with honor. Also, how the poem gave the three men in bronze human like characteristics even though theyíre bronze statues. I also like how the poem is written from the bronze mení perspective and how the author made them seem like real soldiers. Itís a really nice poem that is dedicated to all the other soldiers that fought in war.

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  • Slow Boat to Vietnam -- robbie armstrong and greg o'neil, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:14:45 (199.230.37.106)
    Dear Mr.Scott,


    I am a 16 year old student in high school who is learning about the Vietnam War. I am reading a book in English class called The Things They Carried by Tim OíBrien. I read your story it is showed me of what you guys had to do in Vietnam. I think it must have been a tough 21 day trip. I know it would have been scary for me. All I would have been thinking about was the war. Then when you get there you donít know if you would be one of the ones who died, or one of your friends. It must hard to be in a tropical place and not be able to relax. Instead you would be fighting a war against people you donít know. I would have been wanting the weapons too, because I would of wanted to end this war. I appreciate what you did in Vietnam.

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  • Your True Story... -- GiNA, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:14:16 (199.230.37.80)
    This story is really, actually, inspirational. It really brought to my attention how emotionally affected soldiers are after they leave the war. It showed me that soldiers could be fine right after they leave, but eventually, they will reminisce, and remember the war and the tragic experience they went through. It also shows how strong of a person you are to have overcome ďJackĒ.

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  • RED CROSS GIRLS -- Ricky, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:14:14 (199.230.36.40)
    Dear David Roberts,

    Hello my name is Ricky San Bartolome and I am a student at Aragon High School and I am studying about the Vietnam War in my English class. We have talked about plenty of stories in class but know we are doing an assignment on reading war stories and writing to the authors. The Best part of your story to me was that the title was Red Cross Girls. That pulled me right in, then when I started to read it I was pretty interested. Then as the story progressed it got boring but then when you started to describe what the Red Cross Girl looked like I was very interested again. That basically sounds like a spitting image of how I talk sometimes. Then it was all good till you said what happened to that guy, dam that must have been painful. But thatís karma if your going to break the law then you have to pay the price. That was a great story thank you for your time I didnít really check but if you got anymore on the website then let me know ok thanks.

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  • Helicopter Hopping -- Ryan Shi and Karen Jarnagin, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:14:12 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Jim Groeger,
    We found your story very vivid. It was very easy to picture what was going on in this hectic landing zone. We thought it was extremely brave how you volunteered to stay behind if needed. This was important for the evacuation process. We hope that you do not get offended if we say that we thought the image of the helicopter hopping over the boulder was amusing. The pilot must have had considerable skill to perform this maneuver. The story was enjoyable because there was a slight sense of humor to it. We truly appreciate what you have done for our country. Without people like you, willing to fight we would not be where we are today. Hope all is well! And we hope that you will not have to do anymore helicopter hopping in your lifetime.
    Sincerely,
    Karen Jarnagin and Ryan Shi
    San Mateo, CA

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  • Response To Your Storie -- Kyrolos, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:14:06 (199.230.36.131)
    Dear Paul Cameron,

    Hi Iím a student at a high school and we are reading a book about the Vietnam War. I read your poem and itís kind of weird to use animals in a war like in the book I read a soldier blows up a dog and the dog had nothing to do with the war and the dogs arenít meant to fight in a war, itís for humans. So I think itís bad to have animals in a war because they will just end up dieing.

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  • reflection -- A Warrior's Threat of Death, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:13:46 (199.230.37.135)

    A Warriors Threat of Death is a short story that is very emotional. It makes the audience very sympathetic toward the soldiers in war that have died and for the heroes that did not live through the war. Camunes describes how much sorrow the people who did not have to face death in war feels after the war. To imagine the feel of death and the cries for help around you. That makes the reader shiver and think about death in war. This story affects us because it creates an image of how war really was. It also digs in us because the story says that death can be awaiting us anytime whether it is silent, loud, or very gory. We appreciate this story because it creates a thought in our mind about how lucky we are to not fight in the any gruesome war.

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  • english assignment appreciation -- amanda and alex, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:13:42 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Paul Cameron,
    We are students from Aragon High School who are reading a Vietnam War story. We read your poem, Dog Soldiers, and wanted to let you know how we felt about it. We think it is very honorable that you think about others in the war, specifically animals. It is amazing how war can scar animals, not only people. We feel like your poem is the first to acknowledge the damage war can do to animals. It was very touching to read and inspiring. While we continue reading our English book, we will remember that the war is affecting more than people. As of being in the war, we wonder if other soldiers such as yourself also think about animals, dogs, and the way you have. It is good to know that dog handlers are honored for what they do in war. Before your poem, we didnít know that dogís were involved in the war. We deeply appreciate your poem.
    Sincerely,
    Amanda and Alex

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  • Reflection -- Seta, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:13:41 (199.230.48.44)
    1) A Warriorís Threat of Death
    By: Patrick Camunes
    This story shows the readers the meaning of death; that we know for sure that everyone is going to die, but people remember how you die. For example how Camunes sayís ďDeath is a part of life, yet those oppose it in battle are the ones to be called heroesĒ. That soldiers risk their lives everyday that they are on the battle field for our rights therefore they are the ones that are known as heroes. Also for those soldiers who do survive the war they are the ones who live their lives remembering those horrid memories on the field. In addition for those who do not experience these things live without remembrance. For example how Camunes sayís ďIt is though our minds are installed with this memory, while those not involved will never endure the remembrance.

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  • english assignment appreciation -- amanda and alex, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:13:41 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Paul Cameron,
    We are students from Aragon High School who are reading a Vietnam War story. We read your poem, Dog Soldiers, and wanted to let you know how we felt about it. We think it is very honorable that you think about others in the war, specifically animals. It is amazing how war can scar animals, not only people. We feel like your poem is the first to acknowledge the damage war can do to animals. It was very touching to read and inspiring. While we continue reading our English book, we will remember that the war is affecting more than people. As of being in the war, we wonder if other soldiers such as yourself also think about animals, dogs, and the way you have. It is good to know that dog handlers are honored for what they do in war. Before your poem, we didnít know that dogís were involved in the war. We deeply appreciate your poem.
    Sincerely,
    Amanda and Alex

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  • Response to your story -- Shannon and Hannah, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:13:40 (199.230.48.44)
    repsonse to the I Never Felt poem:

    In this poem the soldier was horrified and disappointed of what was expected of him. He was expected to shoot and kill people. He was expected to live through the pain and torture. We never thought that a soldier who is to be saving our lives and country would be feeling these feelings of guilt and disappointment.

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  • english assignment appreciation -- amanda and alex, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:13:38 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Paul Cameron,
    We are students from Aragon High School who are reading a Vietnam War story. We read your poem, Dog Soldiers, and wanted to let you know how we felt about it. We think it is very honorable that you think about others in the war, specifically animals. It is amazing how war can scar animals, not only people. We feel like your poem is the first to acknowledge the damage war can do to animals. It was very touching to read and inspiring. While we continue reading our English book, we will remember that the war is affecting more than people. As of being in the war, we wonder if other soldiers such as yourself also think about animals, dogs, and the way you have. It is good to know that dog handlers are honored for what they do in war. Before your poem, we didnít know that dogís were involved in the war. We deeply appreciate your poem.
    Sincerely,
    Amanda and Alex

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  • Response to your story -- Shannon and Hannah, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:12:47 (199.230.48.44)
    repsonse to the I Never Felt poem:

    In this poem the soldier was horrified and disappointed of what was expected of him. He was expected to shoot and kill people. He was expected to live through the pain and torture. We never thought that a soldier who is to be saving our lives and country would be feeling these feelings of guilt and disappointment.

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  • Jimi Hendrix -- shane, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:12:39 (199.230.48.44)
    Hi, my name is Shane and im a junior at Aragon Highschool in San Mateo California. I was interested in your stroy because i have a personal liking for Jimi's music and it was interesting to see how it related to your story. i know it must have been hard to see those kinds of things happen and I'm sorry for what you've been through. In a way though I'm sure you may feel glad you went to war because of the way it has made you today. Even though the war was a horrible thing it is responsible for all these people coming together and being able to remember where they were, and were they were going. I want to end this note by saying Thank You to Jimi Hendrix for his music, but most of all Thank You for fighting for our country even if you thought it to be wrong.

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  • class assignment -- amanda and alex, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:12:10 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Patrick (Beanie) Camunes,
    We are students from Aragon High School who are reading a Vietnam War story. We read your poem, A Warriorís Threat of Death, and wanted to let you know how we felt about it. Although you talk about death in your poem, we agree with how you think that death is a way of life. Those who died in the war are heros. Those who didnít die in war are also heroes. We agree with how you think that the soldiers who died went to an afterlife. That also brings the idea to not be afraid of death. Your poem shows an aspect of the war, which is helpful to our current English book. We felt that your poem was touching and inspirational. We honor those who died in Vietnam, as well as those who served in the war.
    Sincerely,
    Amanda and Alex

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  • Response -- Simia, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:12:04 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Mr. Patrick Camunes,
    I am a high school student. We are reading a book about Vietnam in our English class and for an assignment today we had to go to the website war-stories.com. We read some of the stories on the website and pick two to respond to. Yours came up and through reading it I felt something. I felt your fear and also the bravery you had to experience. Knowing every day you had to face death and everyday you had to be the one who might have to take another life away. Your experience of seeing death in your friends and fellow soldiers was something I could never imagine and must have been very difficult to endure. But the one thing that stood out the most to me was when you said ďDeath is a part of life, yet those that oppose it in battle/ Are the ones to be called heroes.Ē It is something I fully agree. By killing hundreds of people doesnít make you a hero, cherishing your life and otherís life make you one. I would like to applaud your work and hope you continue your life with the same attitude.
    Sincerely,
    Simia

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  • war stories -- DJ, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:11:56 (199.230.36.121)
    In regards to James Murtaugh,
    I have now read the story Once More, Before I Die. I would like to start by saying that Iím happy that someone could attempt a positive outlook on such a lifetime altering event. Iím not saying that it is justifying the Vietnam War, but turning Vietnam into a place of peace and not hate. I know Iím being vague, but you see, the thing is that we are discussing Vietnam in my class and I am responding to war stories I have read. I would like to continue in saying that it is great that someone could go back. Iím not sure everyone could do that. My father fought in Vietnam, and though I have never asked him, I am almost positive that he would not want to go back. It is just not something my dad could probably do because of his view of Vietnam through past eyes. I think that it is great, that someone has basically ďcorrectedĒ the past by trying to see things in a different way. I am happy for this attempt at making peace.

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  • dropped from a helicopter -- luis, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:10:03 (199.230.48.44)
    Dropped from a helicopter
    Iím very glad that I read this story because I am currently learning about the Vietnam War in school and I am also glad that you had time to write this story so that everyone could read. It seems to me like this really happened and it was a really intense combat zone. This affects me a lot because I personally want to go in to the marines. I feel that this tells me what to expect but in a less way because war back then was very worse then it is now with all the technology you had it bad. And everyone should appreciate what you did for this nation the protection on our freedom.

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  • I never felt -- Michelle Schaffer, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:08:20 (199.230.36.247)
    Hi. Im a student that is reading a book about the Vietnam War. I really enjoyed your poem about your experience in the war. I could never imagine what it would be like in that position to have to take another human life. Let alone a little girl. Iím glade you were able to find it in yourself to ask for forgiveness. There could be no greater guilt in your life then having that on you. How was war in your life? Did you not think that you would ever be in the spot to have to take another life? Did you get drafted? Did they do anything for you when you returned home? I hope that you do get the forgiveness you long for.

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  • Response to your story -- Shannon and Hannah, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:07:03 (199.230.48.44)
    My reflection to jack understood:

    In Jack understood, the story really touched us, for many different reasons. The biggest thing that touched us was that he found a group of men which are Vietnam vets and was able to connect with them and share experiences and talk about his problems. This touched us so much because we know how it feels to have friends that you can rely on and know that they are always going to be there for you. Over all this war story made you realize how important friends are and you canít always depend on alcohol to take your problems away but you can depend on your friends. Hiding all your problems and fears of your past by drinking is not any way to help them going away. But then finally when he realized this and confided in friends and family, he got rid of Jack and focused more on his more important priorities.

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  • Tet '68 Tan Son Nhut! -- robbie armstrong and greg o'neil, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:06:35 (199.230.37.106)
    Dear Mr. Coe

    I am a 16 year old student in high school who is learning about the Vietnam War. I am reading a book in English class called The Things They Carried by Tim OíBrien. I read your story it is showed me of what you guys had to do in Vietnam. I know I probably couldnít have done that, going half way across the world to fight. I am very sorry that you lost so many people that were close to you, like your best friend. I want to thank you in doing what was best for America. You must have been brave to not stop during the war and that you needed to be pulled off because you needed sleep. You never stopped and kept on going even though people around you were dieing. That was very brave of you. You were one of the brave men who were there to stop communism. I think is admirable of what you didnít saving and protecting the people.

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  • Response To Your Storie -- Kyrolos, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:05:36 (199.230.36.131)
    Dear Patrick Camunes,

    I like your story because you showed how war is when it comes to death. This affected me because of the book Iím reading in English class about the Vietnam War
    and how a lot of people die in the book and how they face death like you did. A lot of them were scared of death. Like when they were in the battlefield. They had to kill others to save their own lives. I like how you say how you ask those who never faced death. A lot of people think war is just fun and games but once your really in it its not, you do have to face death because u can get killed any minute in a war.

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  • 2nd Place Shirt -- Neema Bahr, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:04:48 (199.230.37.136)
    Dear Mr. Brandt,
    I am a 16 year old high school student currently learning about the Vietnam War. We are reading The Things They Carried, by Tim OíBrien. I am sure you have heard about it. We were assigned to go to war-stories.com and read a few stories and reflect on them. I read your story, ď2nd Place T-Shirt, A Reflection on the Anniversary of the fall of Saigon.Ē I was taken aback by how many people that you had become close to had passed away. I feel horrible and couldnít imagine what it feels like to have a loved one lost. Thank you very much for fighting in the war and protecting our country. You are truly a hero in my eyes. I can understand how the shirt brought so many emotions ran through you when you saw that shirt. You must have been so hurt by the deaths, and to have persevered through the pain is truly amazing. Thank you for your service.

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  • As Far As I Can See -- Ricky, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:04:33 (199.230.36.40)
    Dear Bill and Terry,

    Hello my name is Ricky San Bartolome and I am a student at Aragon High School and I am studying about the Vietnam War in my English class. We have talked about plenty of stories in class but know we are doing an assignment on reading war stories and writing to the authors. In your poem As Far as I Can See I understood that it was about the Vietnam memorial, it also to me means that they are passing on to heaven. It got me thinking that a lot of people died in that war. I already new that but a lot of people lost there love ones. I also want to know how do you think of the words that you put in your poems. How do you talk about the war times were you in the war, did u have a family member in the war, or is it just a passion. In the last line of your poem you wrote ďPeople feeling with there fingers now I know Iím not aloneĒ. I really have thought about it and just canít get what you mean by that. First you start out kind of talking about the wall, then you go on to people going to the sky, then you finish it off as is you are the wall. I get that youíre talking about the wall but I donít get the moral to it. Thank you for your time I would really appreciate it if you wrote back to me ok thank you.

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  • class book -- shane, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:04:28 (199.230.48.44)
    I would like to start this off by telling you that in our 11th grade English class we have been reading the book "The Things They Carried". this book got me interested in the Vietnam war and what people who had fought in it had to say years later. the incident you've explained sounds like something that for one you could never forget for loosing some of your good friends and second you may be wondering why it had to happen to you. I guess you could say it was just a case of wrong place at the wrong time, but do you ever think about how the war would have gone, had you not taken that route on the ambush. I think if i had gone through this sort of situation i would think about what could have happened everyday. either way I want to thank you for fighting for our country even when the motives may not have been so clear, so once again, thank you.

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  • Sgt. Coggins -- Karen Jarnagin and Ryan Shi, Wed, April 25 2007, 14:02:45 (199.230.48.44)
    Dear Sgt. Coggins,
    We found it amazing that you were able to survive so much. You were attacked by enemies and friends. You nearly died, but somehow made it back to where you were safe, and survived. We also thought that it was a little bit ridiculous that you did not receive any recognition for thirty one years. Even though you were surrounded by the enemy you were able to support our country by giving enemy positions. That from a man who is nearly dying is just amazing to us. We fully appreciate what you have done for our country. What you did was important because you were able to stall the enemy until reinforcements were able to come. If not for your bravery the battleís outcome would have been very different. You are a prime example of American bravery.
    Sincerely,
    Ryan and Karen
    San Mateo, CA

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  • Amazing Story! -- Michelle Schaffer, Wed, April 25 2007, 13:59:00 (199.230.36.247)
    I was truly taken back by your story! The minute you introduced "Jack" I was just comparing him to my best friend. How you needed him to get over hard times when you could no longer deal with them yourself. But to see that you werenít so much referring to a person in the end, wow. You completely took me by surprise! I see how the effects of the war had more then just mental strains on the people involved. But it also caused after shocks when returned home (ex, turning to alcohol) But Iím glade you were able to ban with your brothers and let go of the bad Jack in your life! I was truly amazed by your story!

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  • cool aid it tastes like soap -- kenji watanabe, Wed, April 25 2007, 13:48:08 (199.230.36.132)
    Dak cool aid! It tastes like soap

    This story I read was really funny and I was glad there was some amusement in the war. I guess the men at war needed some laughs as soon as they could get one. With all the men dying itís still nice to know that their humanity was still there. I knew that they needed to bathe to stay clean to feel better and refreshed so they needed do what they had to do. I thought it was funny when the other men drank those guys bath water. When all those soldiers laughed they kept there humanity and there sanity. Thatís how most of the men survived in Vietnam and how they kept the sadness of there fallen friends at bay.

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  • Great Charecter -- Kesia Carter, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:53:29 (199.230.48.44)
    Hello my name is Kesia Carter and my English class is currently reading The Things They Carried. I canít imagine how horrible it must have been for you to witness something so traumatizing. It makes me see that I shouldnít take little things for granted. The fact that you were able to survive an extremely futile situation and have the courage to tell the story over again makes you a stronger person. I donít know how you felt about fighting the war, but I myself want to let you know it takes a lot of energy and power to go into war and risk your life for people you donít know. I wouldnít know how to handle myself it that kind of situation, but from your story I have concurred that you handled your self with a sort of loyalty and discipline. Both of which, not a lot of people possess these days. I wish you the best in your life, and sympathize for your loss.

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  • life -- williams, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:50:53 (199.230.48.44)
    This story really hit me because now a days, people are about gang bangers and

    killing one another. I am afraid to walk my dog at night knowing that one of these types

    of people will come out of no where and ask me questions or they just might kill me

    without even saying anything to me. So many people in this world are not thinking about

    anyone elseís needs or why they are here on this earth. They are all about what they are

    supposed to do in order to stay a gang member besides knowing that peoples lives are in

    danger because of their actions. You made me think that no matter what can happen, god

    will watch over you and he will give you advice. I liked how knew that god was by your

    side through this process and how you kept calm. I donít know what I would have done

    because when I am in a close situation like this I just panic. Knowing that someone like

    you can go through this without showing your emotion really inspires me. It shows me

    that everyone can really be apart of their country in a good way and knowing that we are

    living in a freedom world.

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  • korea -- kevin fukuhara, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:50:14 (199.230.48.44)
    There are many monumental walls like Korean monumental, Lincoln memorial, Washingtonís and Arlington. Their only goal was to come home alive. I wonder how you guys felt when you first entered these memorials. How did you feel when you looked at the excretions in the monument soldiers faces? Were you influenced by these brave looking soldiers? How did you look at the faces on the walls? I would have probably been scared and interested. If you were in the Korean peopleís shoes, which were looking at these walls, how would you feel? I would be proud of my people who fought in the war. Thank you for your time and I will wait for a response.

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  • Charlie -- Joe, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:50:20 (199.230.48.44)
    After reading your story i was shocked to see what soldiers actually went through during the Vietnam war. It shocks me everytime I hear a new story about the war but your particuarly touched me. I not only learned from your story, but I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for taking time to share your experiences so that people like me can be thankful and better my knowledge about what you and others have done for the world and for our country.

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  • the guns are silent responce -- kenji watanabe, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:49:48 (199.230.48.44)
    The guns are silent

    This poem was very sad and I canít even imagine what kind of things he has to go though but he still had to suffer and see all his friends and comrades die in front of him. I thought the end was the best when he was with his granddaughter was the saddest part he mourned his friends but still was glad he wasnít on that wall. I thought the title the guns are silent was very fitting because when all the guns stop lives are gone and when John Johnson had to watch his friends die must have been so hard to do. Now he understands better on how life unfolds and he is much stronger but understands how precious life is. Right now I am in English reading a book called the things they carried and this has a lot to do with this story. Reading both of the stories I realize that the events that occurred are heart breaking and hard to deal with. I think that in this story is eye opening to the fact that any person can go to war and die because in the begging they tell his childhood and watch him be good and he is just sent away and die.

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  • Vietnam -- Miyou, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:49:40 (199.230.48.44)
    It must have been hard to stand in front of that war and read the name of your loved one. Among all those people, it is hard to imagine what the soldiers went through. It is hard to imagine what it feels to go to war or loose someone in a war. In our time, most people talk about sports games, whoís hot, whoís not. We donít talk about what gun fire can do. We donít realize what the violence adds up to. To loose someone in a war is unimaginable. Iím sorry for your loss. I hope that someday, somehow we have a world of peace. Itís hard to imagine it now, especially since everyoneís view of peace is different. But I believe that some day, one day, we can achieve peace and remember the loss through wars that destructed millions of lives.

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  • your story -- Phil, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:49:29 (199.230.48.44)
    I found your story on water very funny. I did not know about this Thai tradition and the fact that this happened during the Vietnam war made it even more humorous. I know that the Vietnam war was a horrible experience but this story made it seem a little less bad. While I was reading your story I found it very interesting that everyone got water on them no matter who they were. Whenever I hear about Vietnam I get very negative connotations in my mind but your story gave me some new light. I really enjoyed your story and I hope you are now living a peaceful life after your experience in the war. I am also proud and honored that you fought in this war for this country.

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  • cool aid -- danielle, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:49:27 (199.230.48.44)
    I thought your cool aid story was pretty funny. If I were there I probably would have done the same wash myself in the water tank. I like to hear what kind of memorable war stories Vietnam soldiers had during the war. I think itís very interesting and cool to hear and read all the different war stories veterans had. I couldnít imagine what I would do if I was being shot at day and night. In my English class Iím reading a book could The Things They Carried and itís about the war in Vietnam. It talks about the kind of things they did in the war. What they brought with them and what kind weapons they used. Also how they felt and what they went through.

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  • Heavy Heart -- Amanda C, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:49:10 (199.230.36.47)
    I would not be able to hold myself from crying right as I got out of the car. Even though the memorial is not in Vietnam, I would feel as if I was right back there with the soldiers. It was beautiful to know that friends and family could find the name of their loved ones of the thousands on the wall. The names seem to stand out with so much power, and give off love and memories. Your poem was not short of amazing, I really felt as if I had been there at the memorial looking for your friends names. You are somewhat of a living symbol for the strength of your friends. You went through the same things, and now can carry on their name. I really honor you for putting your life on the line for our country. The way you described your story, it was so real. Thank You.

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  • Response To "Payback . . ." -- Danny, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:49:09 (199.230.37.80)
    I am really surprised by what you have written about your past experience in the Vietnam War. I am sorry what have happened to your fallen comrades, it must have been very difficult for you to just stand there watching them in pain while there isnít much that you can do at that time. Revenge can be a deadly thing; I know how you wanted revenge on what happened to your combatants. You were scared of dying which then changed into pure hatred for revenge. Our teacher, who has assigned us this task to read your stories, has demonstrated how during war you cannot have any emotions and I was wondering if that was true. People can only tell you what happened but that is only half of the real story because the other half is how you felt and overall emotions. The hatred is still with you and wonít go away, I am sorry for what has happened to you. As you said life does go on and I hope yours was better than it was in the past. You still have the memories kept dearly to yourself of all the great people you fought along. You must have been proud to fight along side of them.

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  • Response -- Jan, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:48:42 (199.230.48.44)
    I read your story in my English class for an assignment. As I read it, I didnít really understand it, but as I went on, I realized, you were writing as you where one of those people who died in war. You saw your mother, your wife and your son visiting you. You described how you son was trying to be a man and not cry, but in the end he saluted you and wiped away a tear. This affected me because I saw how a solider, died from war is remembered and can possibly see things from the other side of the wall. People usually donít think about the wall, and what it represents, but you changed that. You showed me how a solider would think about the lives we live in now thanks to them. I appreciate how you wrote from the perspective of the wall and the soldiers within because I now see how the soldiers where affected by war after death, and seeing into the eyes of their love ones.

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  • war story -- jeremy abramson, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:47:53 (199.230.48.44)
    Jeremy Abramson
    4/25/07

    Taking A Bite out of Crime
    Dear Mr. Herrera,
    I admire your story so much. It also amazes me how there are evil people in our country who take advantage of all of the liberties we grant our people. The way you stood up to this man is a lesson for everyone. If you wouldnít have done what you did, this man could still be on the run and killing innocent people. I think your story also proves that God does exist. I also agree with when you say that our country has been extremely patriotic since September 11th. I also admire the fact that you havenít been traumatized after your experiences in Vietnam. So many soldiers who fought in Vietnam were mentally destroyed after the war that they couldnít do anything to help society. You, however, bounced back from tragedy and are a hero for this country.

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  • Vietnam -- Miyou, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:47:37 (199.230.48.44)
    It was sort of amusing reading your story. I have never read a war story quite like this. The ones in the book, ďThe Things They Carried,Ē OíBrien mostly talks about violence. The things they went through and how they dealt with pain. He expresses how messed up war is but how itís also beautiful at the same time. Reading it is sometimes hard because the violence is hard to belive or digests. I liked your story for some reason. I canít put my finger on it. Thanks for your willingness to share your memories with my generation. I hope that we never forget the past because I think that it is full of precious memories.

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  • Hidden -- Joe, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:46:03 (199.230.48.44)
    I interpreted the story by thinking that while the author was at war he could only see death and more and more men dying. The more men that died the more men that came to die. He saw no end to it. Towards the end of the story I believe the author is talking about the Vietnam wall. He talks about the names and how he feels that he is not alone in his suffering. Just as the men on the front line and then enemies attacking he saw no end to the names on the wall. Thank you for writing this short story. Its hidden message is very meaningful to me being that I havenít fought in a war and appreciate what you and others have done for me and out country.

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  • Dog -- Kevin Razavi, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:44:56 (199.230.37.14)
    I totally know how you felt when your dog got hurt. It was a good thing that you stayed came. I would have been freaking out. The pilot was very nice to take you in the helicopter to the hospital. I was very surprised that the hospital let you bring your dog in. The medical staff, who laughed at you, was very rude. They donít know that your dog is like your very own kid. The nurse that cut Samsonís gauze around his paw was very nice. She truly understood how Samson wasnít breathing. She truly was angel because nobody else would help Samson until the vets came.

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  • response -- Nikko Hipolito, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:42:56 (199.230.36.131)
    In my English class we are reading a fictional war story that has many stories about how it was like in war. It is very nice reading your story which is true. After reading your story it made me think about the other things that happened in war. War seems to be very intense. Which leads everyone into having a bad time? Or, just being mainly focused on surviving is the fact that it doesnít let you enjoy life. So your story contradicted the idea of how focused you have to be in war. Itís nice to see that you served your country well and that your experiences werenít just full of fighting but also had some fun in it. I donít think I would have the courage to go to war. And if I did end up having to go to war I think Iíd be paranoid every moment of it. It would also be weird so I wouldnít be able to take baths guys.

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  • They served too -- Amanda C, Wed, April 25 2007, 12:41:16 (199.230.36.47)
    Hello, I wanted to say that was a really nice short story. It was crazy how you knew right away what the look on the nurseís face meant. It also had not occurred to me, after learning about the Vietnam War that women had served in it. I mean I knew they had but most of the time it slipped my mind. I didnít even think that any of the women would have bad flashbacks like that of the men. To have to go through something like that is horrible along with it re-occurring in your mind everyday. I am sure you have to those thoughts in your mind also, and respect that you can live with those memories. I do believe by you writing those stories it really helps you to relieve any tension you have up inside your head.

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  • Re: Vietnam Vets and drug use -- tiffany, Thu, April 19 2007, 7:28:54 (208.182.75.11)
    i need to know drug information about the vitnam war.
    i am doiing a research paper
    thnaks

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  • Viet Cong or VC -- Rea Allen, Tue, April 24 2007, 1:41:21 (67.181.156.18)
    I am writing a short story on a POW in VietNam, and I referred to the VietCong as the VC. I had a snot nose 20 year old tell me that was incorrect as the VC were only addressed to the South VietNam soldier and that the North was not. My deceased husband was a POW and he referred to his North VietNam captors as the VC...My brother was in the invasion into Cambodia and he referrs to the enemy as the VC too..could someone shed some light on this please..

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  • Re: Petition for Concurrent Receipt of Military Retired Pay and VA Disability Compensation -- Eugene Smalls, Tue, April 24 2007, 6:53:15 (71.99.80.202)
    I agree with those American veretans I am also service-connected with 100% and still as of to date I can't get the Board for Correction Of Naval Records to correct the records and to show that I should have retired from the Marine Corps with 30% or more for my service-related injuries. From the President on down I, have not received help from anyone. These days a Disabled Veterans is own his/her owned

    Please reader this new election pick the one who support Disabled Veterans and their family we only have one life to live. God bless you all.

    Eugene Smalls

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  • Reunion 14th Transportation Bn. -- Dan Quackenbush, Fri, April 20 2007, 6:27:29 (72.90.85.238)
    The 14th Trans bn. was active in country for most of the war in helicopter support. We had our first reunion last Nov. in Reno and our next one is Nov 2008 in Nashville. contact me for information. All companies in the battalion are welcome and needed.

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  • operation kingfisher 1967 -- BILL SELLERS, Thu, April 19 2007, 10:52:36 (75.117.7.176)
    I WAS WITH G 2/4 FROM 1/67-2/68.A BOOK IS BEING WRITTEN ABOUT THE BATTLE ON 9/21/67 DURING OP KINGFISHER.IF YOU WERE THERE WE NEED YOUR STORY.
    SEMPER FI
    BILL

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  • Re: Agent Orange at Da Nang -- Bill Chew, Mon, April 16 2007, 13:32:04 (24.251.195.114)
    I was hospitalized in Da Nang / China beach in July 1967 and believe that I was exposed to Agent Orange there!?!?!? Any info would help.

    Thanks

    Bill Chew

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  • I m looking for a man who went to school in Gault california -- bober Pitcher, Tue, April 17 2007, 9:58:40 (76.192.48.66)
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  • Search for 'Tom' Payne (Paine) -- Rita Rawlings, Mon, April 16 2007, 3:46:45 (195.93.21.69)
    I am searching for:
    'Tom' Payne (Paine)
    He was stationed at South Ruislip in 1964/1965. And was about 31 years old then.
    He was an airman 1st class at the time, and possibly a hygiene inspector.
    I dont know what happened to him after this time as we moved home. I do know that he tried to contact us but was not given the new address.
    If anyone has any information it would mean a great deal to me.
    yours sincerely
    Rita
    ritarawli@aol.com

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  • 65 th Engineers in Cu Chi on March 1, 1966 -- William (Bill) Jerden, Sat, April 14 2007, 10:38:43 (71.94.13.138)
    Welcome Home to Everyone!!!

    I served with the CoA and HHC 65th Engr BN (InfDiv) during my first tour of duty. I am looking for anyone who was possibly in my unit or remembers this incident that occured on or about March 1-5, 1966. We had just gotten in country when we were told to do guard duty, when we went to relieve them we found them all dead. That is the best to my recollection that they were all dead. I am looking for some exact dates and if you can help me with this I sure would appreciate it. Or if you just want to talk feel free to email me at ddj1946@charter.net.

    AGAIN JUST A BIG OLE "WELCOME HOME",

    Bill Jerden

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  • KC-135 Crash On Guam -- David, Wed, April 11 2007, 11:32:42 (64.136.49.226)
    I was wondering if anyone remembers a early morning pre launch accident in 1969 or 1970? I was tdy to Anderson AFB and the accident tore off the #4 Engine on the Tanker after it rammed into the back of a F-4 Phantom that had apparently flamed out and was stalled on the runway. The two F-4 pilots did not make it out of their plane and were killed outright. Our Tanker from the 380th FMS out of Plattsburgh, New York had dropped out of launch rotation and would have been the one that hit the stalled F-4 if we had stayed in position during launch.

    Watching two people burn to death is something that leaves you speechless and helpless. We were fully loaded with fuel and the fire that night will stay in my memory forever. I was never able to find out anything else about the details. Anyone remember?

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  • Sacrifice, Transformation, And Unrestricted Warfare -- Tom Zart (Love,war,faith,death,fear and more), Wed, April 11 2007, 14:14:26 (4.244.117.62)
    Sacrifice, Transformation, And Unrestricted Warfare



    The Japanese hadnít lost a war since 1598
    Each man carried 400 rounds of ammunition
    (twice as many as an American infantryman)
    With five daysí rations and fearless determination.

    The men in the badly wrapped brown uniforms
    Since their early childhood had been taught
    That to die for the emperor and oneís country
    Was the greatest of all glories to be sought.

    Moreover, the hardware backing them was awesome
    As sharpshooters they were accurate up to a thousand yards and more.
    Their ships were faster, their Guns bigger, Their torpedoes better,
    And their plains matchless in quality, aerobatics and score.

    Only by sacrifice, transformation, and unrestricted warfare
    Was America able to overcome and prevail.
    Again America must stand firm to survive
    As we face a new monster from Hell.


    By Tom Zart

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  • Rose -- Bill Stiver (SGM Ret), Tue, April 10 2007, 10:02:51 (69.45.53.57)
    Don Poss,

    Could you please place a rose next to the name: Howell, Dwight S. (Seymour, TX)? Dwight and I signed up on the buddy plan. He was killed 5 days before I arrived in country. I never got to see him after basic training.
    Thanks, Bill

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  • Media Outrage -- David, Mon, April 09 2007, 13:46:18 (64.136.49.226)
    The obvious bias expressed in news media outlets was a particular aggrivation to me when I was in the service. I mentioned Morely Safer previously because in his rush to leave the base he was just a few feet away from the real story happening in the WAR! Just behind a walled in area was a holding area with injured troops waiting to be flown back home and on the outside of that holding area was the active loading area that was noisy and boistrus activity was taking place. Contrary to to that in the holding area you could have heard a pin drop by comparison minus a few moans and groans, herein lies the real story Safer chose to ignore. Rushing to the jungle to interview pot smoking derelects bragging about fragging their officers and snorting dope out of a shotgun barrel made for better press I guess! I hope we never let him forget this, I was there and I saw what I reported here. Typical news Hack!

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  • Vietnam veterans that wanna go back to Vietnam -- Brian, Sun, April 08 2007, 23:47:36 (81.236.135.250)
    Vietnam Veterans that wanna go back to Vietnam
    Im planned to go for Vietnam in july,if there are any vietnam veterans planning to go there for the first time after the war,and might need help. Then contact me at:
    www.fatherfounded.org or email:brihj@hotmail.com

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  • The War Got Another OneÖ -- Jim Parkinson, Sun, April 08 2007, 6:00:44 (66.222.59.162)
    Back in the fall of 2005; my brother-in-law, sister, wife, and myself went down to Fort Campbell to visit with my brother-in-law's son (Josh). Josh is with the 101st Airborne and their unit was preparing to deploy to Iraq for a second tour. I had been talking (via e-mail) with a co-worker (Robin) about this trip and the upcoming deployment of my bother-in-lawís son to Iraq. The following is one of the e-mails sent to me (watch, talk, and listen).

    Hi Jim,

    I hope your nephew is still back home, safe, and doing well mentally. My son is doing great! However, Thanksgiving day, my cousinís son couldnít take the torment and anguish any longer and shot himself.

    Tim was 23, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard and a volunteer fireman. He was in Iraq with the Fort Hood, Texas group and they came back this past Easter. Last September 21, another gunner (Dusty) wanted to take Timís place on patrol of the Baghdad airport highway and told Tim to stay back and relax. A suicide car got through and Dusty was thrown into a pool of burning diesel fuel. He survived and is still receiving treatment/therapy in Texas, but both hands were burned off (and half of one of his arms), 2/3 of his body was burned, and one of his legs (ankle to hip) was crushed. Miraculously, he survived and is actually somewhat walking now. Evidently, Tim couldnít get over the guilt he felt that he let Dusty take his place that day. The family knew he came back changed (very quiet and more serious), but he never let on how upset he really was. He didnít seek professional help, and I know itís much more difficult for non-fulltime military to get appointments anywhere.

    Iím not telling you this to bring you down and Iím not looking for any sympathy, only for you to tell your nephewís parents/family to watch, talk, listen and do whatever they can to get assistance if they notice any kind of depression or if his behavior/moods havenít returned to normal yet.

    Robin

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  • Personal Outrage Observed -- David, Sat, April 07 2007, 19:25:15 (64.136.49.226)
    I believe this occured in 1969 or 1970 at Anderson AFB. Morely Safer of CBS News passed by me on the ramp one day during the war. He was on his way to Vietnam to broadcast his infamous jungle broadcast. Jane Fonda and him we can do without!

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  • looking for info on captain Harold l Harris -- Brian H, Fri, April 06 2007, 13:21:25 (81.236.135.250)
    Im looking for info on Captain Harold l Harris,served in 7th US Airforce in Tan Son Nhut ab from 1966-68,occupation pilot

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  • Guffey S Johnson/ Attn Jeff Northridge -- Jennifer Blankenbeckler, Wed, April 04 2007, 21:41:11 (67.41.157.11)
    Jeff,
    Umm I am not sure about the company and what not you show him being in but I do know how he died and that he was an MP. We have pictures of him in his uniform. However still more information would be nice to have and if you have any other suggestions I would appreciate it.
    Jenn

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  • Thanks -- Chuck, Thu, April 05 2007, 1:15:57 (199.76.163.28)
    My Dad was in Vietnam, he will not tell alot about what he saw when he was in country. I know he was a corpsman during his time and understand that he does not want to talk about what happened. I would like to thank everyone who has posted stories about there time and what is was like so that I stand a chance of talking to my Dad. If anyone has advice aboud how to talk to him please tell me at Carterc85@yahoo.com I would like to know since I have never known how to talk to him about what he saw and did.

    Sincerely
    Charles C.

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  • Veteran Interview -- Confidential, Sat, November 11 2006, 18:37:01 (68.5.46.95)
    Hello. Are you able to direct me as to where I may obtain information on how to contact a Vietnam War Veteran. I am conducting a mandatory research project for a course I am currently attending. Thank you for you help. I would rather not leave my name or email adress at this point, so I will check back on this website to see if anyone replys. If you are able to help me, I will be willing to provide contact information. Thank you very much!

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  • Vietnam School Project -- Brianna Trotter, Thu, March 29 2007, 10:44:42 (72.78.36.168)
    I'm a student and my history teacher is teaching us about the Vietnam War and gave us an assignment to interview a Vietnam Vet or someone that was old enough to understand the war. I didn't find anybody I knew, so I would appreciate it if someone could post their story (if they would like to). Not just a war story but your whole story. Example: why and how you were called into service, if you married etc. then what you experienced there in Vietnam.
    thank You.

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  • searching for fellow veterans who served in nam with brother -- robert j brown jr (angry because the records dept has no record), Wed, February 21 2007, 8:25:24 (65.27.204.27)
    if you served with him please contact me any and all info will be appreciated

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  • Vietnam Veterans at the Alamo -- David Kieran, Mon, April 02 2007, 7:36:08 (128.164.212.157)
    I am a graduate student in the American Studies program at the George Washington University, and I am researching how the Alamo has been used by Vietnam veterans, especially in the 1980s. I am interested in talking to any veterans or others who marched with the Last Patrol or who used the Alamo as a backdrop for gatherings or demonstrations. I am also interested in any photographs or documents that were produced or distributed for these gatherings.

    Thank you in advance for any help that you can offer as I continue my research into this important, but perhaps forgotten, aspect of the Vietnam Veterans movement.

    Regards,

    David Kieran

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  • Christmas Away From Home -- Jim Parkinson, Sat, March 24 2007, 7:00:32 (66.222.59.162)
    I have been read almost all of the war stories on the War Stories site (passing on Jan Fonda stories, so far).

    I just finished reading all the Christmas away from home stories and I was wondering if there are other vets out there that felt the way I did about being away from home at Christmas time.

    Until I went into the Army, I had never been out of the state of Wisconsin. I did not really miss not being home at Christmas time, I was experiencing life away from home (join the navy and see the world, actually joined the army).

    Jim ďParkyĒ Parkinson

    Helicopter Mechanic
    128th Assault Helicopter Company (Phu Loi)
    11th Combat Aviation Battalion
    1st Aviation Brigade
    October 1968 - October 1969

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  • FLY BOYS -- Tom Zart (Where do we get such brave souls of chance>), Fri, March 30 2007, 20:53:07 (4.245.24.192)

    FLY BOYS


    World War I gave us the fly-boys
    Who flew by the seat of their pants.
    Many would never return from war
    While others survived by chance.

    Their planes were mostly canvas and wood
    Gasoline, bullets, bombs and poison gas.
    Every pilot carried his own pistol
    Wearing leathers, scarf and goggles of glass.

    Aviators had no Parachutes
    To escape their burning plane.
    Many were forced to jump to their death
    Or self inflect a bullet to the brain.

    Blimps where known as battleships of the sky
    The roar of their engines gave reason for fear.
    They flew so high they were hard to shoot down
    Hiding above clouds till their targets drew near.

    Tracer bullets for the first time were used
    In the guns of airplanes to set blimps a fire.
    The skies became manís highway of death
    With duty and honor their driving desire.

    How many Fly-boys have we lost since then
    Those days of the Great War and more?
    Where do we get such brave souls of chance
    Who rise from the rest in the battles of war?

    By Tom Zart

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  • THE ALAMO -- Tom Zart (sacrifice and tradition), Fri, March 30 2007, 20:46:50 (4.245.24.192)
    THE ALAMO



    The leaves of the cottonwoods hung motionless
    As outside the walls Santa Annaís horde closed in.
    A small band of Texans watched and waited
    Preoccupied by combat and how life would end.

    The battle raged from building to building
    Till the old missionís chapel was the last to fall.
    Over 180 Texans died fighting to the man
    Never to yield, surrender or crawl.

    Six weeks later Sam Houston rallied his forces
    With ďRemember the AlamoĒ as their battle cry.
    Attacking and defeating Santa Annaís army
    To win independence for Texas or die.

    The Spanish word for ďcottonwoodĒ is ďAlamoĒ
    The long time popular name for the mission.
    Today the stout-walled old chapel still stands
    Preserved as a shrine of sacrifice and tradition.


    By Tom Zart

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  • Fire Mission Film B-Btry 6th/27th FA -- Kevin L. Zitterich, Wed, March 28 2007, 12:09:04 (66.172.209.24)
    I am looking for a fire mission film of Buffalo Bill an (M110) 8 inch self propelled howitzer from B-Btry 6th/27th FA. Film was from 1971 (Xuan Loc area maybe) we were in the process of relocating when the fire mission came down.
    Filming was done by convoy personel(maybe).
    Any help/information would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Buffalo Bill driver/tail puller Z/

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  • VSPA WEBSITE?? -- Jim Markson, Sun, March 25 2007, 7:35:32 (24.184.232.86)
    What happened to the VSPA website I keep getting directory access denied...contact the website administrator

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  • looking for Susan Bradshaw Mclean -- Linda Burdick (questioning), Tue, December 19 2006, 0:25:38 (72.131.25.13)
    Would like to know a lttle more about your friend Jenny Kirsch's murder. What allowed this soldier to get away with murder. It is so hard to know that this person may soon be walking the streets again and yet he was never charged with this crime

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  • Jerry Peter Wynne KIA Aug 1967 -- Michelle Wynne, Thu, March 22 2007, 8:22:24 (66.35.170.50)
    I am looking for any information on Jerry Peter Wynne. He is my husband's father. He was a marine and KIA on Aug 27, 1967. My husband was 3 weeks old when he died. My m-i-l will not speak about him because it causes to much pain. I would appreciate any help.

    Thank you.

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  • Vietnamese -- J. Klabenes (Presence in Vietnam anywhere from 1950-1979), Wed, March 21 2007, 10:01:27 (66.115.218.158)
    I am looking for a Vietnamese War Veteran to interview for a research project on the view on the war from the side of the Vietnamese. This is proving harder than I thought. So please any North or South Vietnamese person (Veteran or not)contact me so I can learn more about this important part of history.

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  • Raymond L Moore -- Chanda Hudson, Sun, March 18 2007, 19:31:17 (71.158.221.37)
    My father served approx. 25Oct69-23Aug70. From the best of my knowledge his last duty assignment and major command was 1stBrdgCo47thEngrBn,1stMarDiv. When Daddy was diagonsed with cancer he threw everything away he had that even remotely pertained to the Military. I'm searching, for anyone who can help me understand where he was, kind of person he was, memories and/or photos. I have almost nothing to go by. Please. If you can be of some help to me or need more information I'll do what I can to get it. Thank you so much for your help!

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  • Search -- Jack Shepherd, Fri, March 16 2007, 10:10:50 (129.170.23.221)
    I am looking for any information about Sgt. Jessie Charles Alba, 101st Airborne Division, who was killed during a patrol in Thua Thien, South Vietnam on 25 May 1968. I am especially interested in locating anyone who was on that patrol or the med evac from that action.

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  • Re: Gloria Redlin Shot To Death June 8, 1969 Pleiku -- ****, Fri, March 16 2007, 2:43:35 (68.55.2.82)
    I was a Special Agent (US Army CID) in Pleiku during 1969 and I have never heard of Gloria Redlin being Shot To Death June 8, 1969 in Pleiku. As a senior agent, I would have known of this, especially as I was involved in the invetigations of matters as such...

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  • Looking for information -- Jaimie, Fri, March 09 2007, 12:57:29 (64.12.116.133)
    I am looking for information about what it was like to go through Basic Training and what it was like in Vietnam during the war. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated and I would like to take a minute to thank all veterans for your service in protecting our country.

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  • Info on William McKnight Jr. -- dave huczek, Sun, March 11 2007, 15:46:52 (71.194.211.198)
    Hello
    I am Trying to find out info on William Mcknight.I've gone to no-quarter and got the basic info but i was wondering about how he was killed.I know that you can look up morning after reports but i don't think it will tell you what happen.I was just wondering like time of day on patrol or on guard duty or what...If you have a site that i can use and explain on how to use it, ihave no problem doing let work or if you want to write the info it would be great thanks He was in the army,date of death 8/28/68.lived out of new york was in about year...thanks everybody dave

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  • Re: the marines -- mmachi (very sad), Wed, March 07 2007, 14:38:46 (69.149.54.45)
    I am so sad for the soilders I hope they are ok Im so sorry for all of them Im glad they did that for us So I love all how surved!!!!!!

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  • Looking for buddies I served with on Phantom Flight, 12th Security Police, Cam Rhan Bay 67-68 TET -- Dale W. Harding (Looking and Hoping), Sat, March 03 2007, 14:23:59 (152.163.100.137)
    I would love to hear from any of my buddies that I served with on Phantom Flight, 12th Security Police Squdrom, Cam Rhan Bay, during the years 67-68, would love to hear your war stories and your TET experiences. I was on Charlie Five, an observation Post on the mountain overlooking the runway at Cam Rhan the night we got hit. Making all the reports to CSC as they happened. My main buddies were Sgt. Charles Cart, Sgt.Gene Reeves,Sgt.John Pope,SSgt. Tom Farley, SSgt. Troy Mace,Airman Richard Lype most of these men were hootch mates, our barracks was directly in front of the shitter with the banana tree.

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  • Dissing Veterans -- Harry Larsen (LA TIMES is SICK), Wed, January 24 2007, 6:31:19 (130.76.32.23)
    Can it get any worse?

    You won't believe the depths to which some in the media will sink to diss Nam vets until you read this in the LA TIMES.

    Perhaps it is time to protest?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-modestproposal21jan21,0,1717035.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

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  • Poem dedicated to the brave men and women who served in Vietnam. -- Lou Sacco (Very Proud), Sun, December 10 2006, 17:59:44 (161.215.18.51)
    First off, I would like to commend Jeff Northridge for his wealth of information that he has researched for those looking for answers. Wow, he has replied to almost all of them. KUDOS to you Jeff.
    Secondly, I have written a poem to honor all the Vietnam Vets who served and died in that war.Mr. Poss, I would be honored if you would add it to your web site, War Stories.

    I wrote this after watching Jane Fonda give that pathetic apology for her actions during the war.It enraged me because i have several close friends who served and it is criminal how they were treated when those brave men and women returned.
    I did not serve, as I was born in 1967, so this is for all of you....you can also google my name, Lou Sacco and it will lead to the other site that this poem is published on.

    Unsung Heroes
    By Lou Sacco

    You went to war... no questions asked of it
    How did you know...you'd return in a casket
    Vietnam was the place you were sent
    A year tour... digging foxholes and pitching a tent
    In country... you will serve
    Displaying courage and raw nerve
    Sheer boredom replaced with sheer fear
    Enemy mortars... were all you could hear
    You made it through, by the skin of your teeth
    As you dove for cover... under and beneath
    Search and Destroy... was your patrol
    Many booby traps inside a covered hole
    Rat a tat tat... you are caught in an ambush
    To the limits your valor... you will push
    Hit by an enemy bullet... then you fell
    As life slips away, you'll leave this hell
    Tagged and bagged... you're finally going home
    The journey is over... your soul will roam
    Protestors claim you died in vain
    You join the thousands... who were also slain
    You gave your life for your country... and answered the call
    Your name is one of 58,000... etched on the Wall
    For fear not... about the life you gave
    In Arlington Cemetary... flowers cover your grave
    The hand you were dealt was nothing short of rotten
    Every Vietnam Vet... will never be forgotten

    I have received several positive replies to my poem by Vietnam Vets, all thanking me for this tribute. I hope that all who read this will feel the same and know that there has been and is now, people such as myself, who have nothing but love and admiration for all of you.
    So if you are a Vietnam Vet and never heard or maybe heard too late; I have but one thing, long over due, to finally say:

    " WELCOME HOME!!!!!!! "

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  • Anyone that knew George W. Weldy Jr. -- Ruby B., Mon, February 26 2007, 17:42:40 (64.13.118.24)
    On this, the 38th anniversary of my brothers death, I am looking for anyone who knew GEORGE W WELDY Jr. (DATE OF BIRTH: Jan. 7, 1950);PFC - E2 - Marine Corps - Regular; Length of service 5 months; His tour began on Sep 27, 1968; Casualty was on Feb 25, 1969; In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM; HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY; GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE; Body was recovered.

    He was killed when I was only 8 months old. Please contact me if you can share anything with me about my brother. I would greatly appreciate it. I am praying that someone out there will recognize his name and be willing to share some memories
    with me. May God Bless Each and every one of you.

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  • looking for Richard A. Randall, Cpl USMC -- Ben POquiz (Must hear from you), Sun, February 25 2007, 20:58:04 (75.45.120.0)
    Served with Richard A. Randall with Kilo Co. 3/3 from April 1966 till he transferred to other unit. We met in May 1966 while in DaNang. Call me anytime and live in El Dorado Hills, Calif. (916) 933-4765 or (510)919-9651 cell

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  • Dean W. Borrousch -- Jim French, Jr., Sat, February 24 2007, 20:06:39 (24.247.90.83)
    I'am looking for anyone who may have served with Dean when he was KIA.

    Thank-you, and God Bless America,

    Jim

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  • Looking for AFVNers -- Hank Nevins, Wed, February 14 2007, 7:04:57 (24.97.194.161)
    Dropping in to "War Stories" to say hi to anyone who served in the Central Highlands circa 1970. I was with AFVN/Pleiku as a broadcast specialist (Army). Have reconnected with many AFVNers via that site. Memories of Camp Enari (4th Inf Div),
    9th Sig Btn, Dragon Mountain and more. Welcome home!

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  • SO DEAR TO MY HEART -- Tom Zart (Faith,Love,And War), Thu, February 22 2007, 12:43:04 (4.244.129.109)
    SO DEAR TO MY HEART


    So dear to my heart are my loved ones at home
    As I toss and I turn in my bunk all alone.
    Everyday I see death, hate, and corruption
    Combat is Godís proof of manís malfunction

    For family, comrades, and myself I pray
    To my love with this poem I wish to convey.
    I knew I loved you though never how much
    Till by war, Iím forced beyond your touch.

    Where violence thrives, thereís the stench of death
    With the taste of fear on every breath.
    Who shall prevail, who shall die
    As the sadistic kill beneath Godís sky.

    Baghdad has become manís highway to hell
    Where the hearts of darkness are alive and well,
    I count each day till itís time to come home
    And be with my love and never alone.

    Love You
    Your Marine


    By Tom Zart

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  • Looking for friends of Sp4 Lawrence Joe Crawford -- Gerald L. Crawford, Tue, February 20 2007, 19:40:19 (70.128.99.197)
    Joe was my brother and we have yet to hear from anyone who was with him in Vietnam. We would really like to hear from anyone in the time we have left as our mother is still alive, and would like to know anything more we can. He was a great guy, and anecdotes and rembrances would be appreciated.

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  • vietnam , iraq, n affganistan, ww11, ww1 all veterns -- Leland Beston (just to say thank you), Mon, December 25 2006, 11:11:09 (69.55.32.75)
    to start let me say thank you all veterns n to say welcome home to all of you veterns who were never greeted at that big airport or even that little airport of your small home towns. with all your sacrifices n all your pain you endured all i can say is im sorry theres people out there who dont understand what you did for your country, i am also a vetern but i wasnt in combat i was born in june of 1964 i was in the navy for a few years then was in the arng to me that is so small what i did compared to all of you, yet in my heart i know we all did it for our country we love n hold so dearly to our hearts.thank you to all of you who put there lives on the line to protect our country im also native american our tribe just lost a soldier in affganistan cpl. nathaniel GoodIron he steped up to protect his country i have the utmost respect for him n i m also saddened for his familys loss say a prayer for all our fallen heros n burn some sweet grass for all our brothers n sisters out there doing there part for there country i love n respect all of you past n present solidiers/warriors. thank you for your time....Leland Beston.

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  • 1970-1971 173rd 2/503rd Delta Co Medic James "Pat" Murphy -- Tim Murphy (looking for help), Mon, February 19 2007, 7:10:42 (68.217.146.2)
    If anyone has information on James Patrick "Pat" "DOC" Murphy. He was with 173rd Airbonre Birgade 2/503rd Delta Company. He was a Medic, we are trying to get a medal that was never awarded for him. Was in Viet Nam from 2/1970-2/-1971. Looking for anyone that might have been with him during this time but anyone that was with him September 13th 1970. The date is important, since it is the day that he was put in for the Silver Star. If anyone can help us with getting this for him we would appreciate it.

    call 270-527-9932
    write 125 murphy St
    Benton Ky 42025

    or email 125murphy@bellsouth.net

    Thank you
    Tim Murphy

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  • Larry Waltz -- Tracey, Sat, February 17 2007, 12:21:43 (151.205.231.115)
    Looking for anyone who served with
    Larry Waltz, HN - E3 - Navy - Reserve
    Company: Hotel 2/5, 1st MARDIV
    KIA Nov. 1, 1968, Quang Nam, South Vietnam

    Larry was my first love, and after all these years he still has a huge part of my heart.

    Thanks in advance for any information.

    And to all of you who came home, THANK YOU! You are all heroes.

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  • LOOKING FOR INFO FOR JOHN GIDDINGS -- DAN CURTIS (PLEASE HELP !!), Sat, February 17 2007, 9:26:18 (68.42.127.17)
    WE ARE LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT HAVE KNOWN JOHN GIDDINGS.HE SERVED IN THE 1ST CAV DIVISION 1967-1968 IN QUANG TRI.WE HAVE BEEN TOLD SEVERAL STORIES ON HOW HE DIED,AND WOULD JUST LIKE TOO KNOW THE TRUTH!! I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP !! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU WHO GAVE SO MUCH FOR FOR ALL OF US YOU ARE TRULY HEREOS !!

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  • Wilbur Jerry Siegrist -- Rebecca Marsh, Sun, February 11 2007, 16:54:14 (141.158.223.132)
    I am looking for anyone who served with my brother. His name was Wilbur "Jerry" Siegrist. Killed on January 9th 1969. C co. - 1st Bn - 5th cav. - 1 cav div. Phuoc Long, South Vietnam. He was only there for 4 weeks. Would like to know who found him and made sure his body made it home. And just anything about him. I was almost 5 when he was killed.

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  • looking for any one from 8th gp 27bn 444th 2nd Trans June 69 / July 70 -- bobby jr, Sun, February 11 2007, 16:07:09 (68.46.165.246)
    Welcome Home !!

    I am Interested in contacting any one that was stationed :

    184th ord Prov guard, Phu Tai

    Phu Tai , Qui Nhon Vietnam

    &

    HHQ 8th gp, 27th bn, 444th , 2nd , 597th Trans
    during 06/16/1969 to 07/18/1970..

    bobbyjr
    444th
    2nd platoon
    Camp Vazquez,
    Phu Tai
    Qui Nhon

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  • Historical Research & Assisting Others -- Loyde P. Snake Arender, Sat, February 10 2007, 10:56:39 (65.54.97.186)
    I served as a Marine in Vietnam from December 1968 until March 1970. Since retiring in 1996, I have helped locate many Marines & Corpsmen who served with the 26th Marine Regiment. Our webpage is located at http://www.tpbe.net/26thMR/index.htm I enjoyed my visit to your website and I sincerely appreciate your time and work dedicated to assisting others and Remembering our Buddies who paid the ultimate price. I render a special Hand Salute to Jeff Northridge and Bruce Swander for their service to others.

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  • Joaquim Vaz Rebelo, B-1-1 and Leon Earl Bell B-1-9 -- Madelyn, Thu, February 01 2007, 12:40:57 (68.36.246.23)
    I am trying to locate anyone who may have served with the following two Marines. We were very close friends thru school and until that insane war too them from us, we would still be friends today.
    Joaquim Vaz Rebelo,Marine, B-1-1, KIA 5/13/67 Quang Nam, S. Vietnam, hailed from Newark, New Jersey.
    Leon Earl Bell, Marine, B-1-9, KIA 7/2/67 Quang Tri, S. Vietnam, hailed from Newark, New Jersey.
    They both (like so many thousands) paid the ultimate price. But they are at home now at a place of peace.
    I hope someone will recognize the names or units.

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  • Re: 374th Tactical Airlift Wing at C.C.K. and Clark AFB 1971-1975 -- Tony Powell (( T. P. )), Tue, January 30 2007, 11:01:18 (64.12.116.131)
    Hey Everyone,
    Hope all are well. I am Tony Powell; I was in the 374th at CCK 72-73. I was again in the 374th at Clark AFB P.I. 76-79. I worked in the Jet Engine Branch/ Flight Line at CCK. At Clark I worked Jet Engine Branch/ Flight Line, on C-130, C-141, C-5, C-9, and CH-3 Choppers. I enjoyed both trues of duty, all the TDYís to all those places. I Came to Clark from The 463rd at Dyess AFB Texas. I used to sing at the Air mans Club (Coconut Grove) had fun with that too. Look forward to hearing from any of you.

    T. P

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  • Re: Rudolph "Rudy: Guverous -- Teresa, Fri, January 26 2007, 7:34:26 (207.41.32.34)
    Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. The information your requesting I do not have. My mother's not forthcoming with too much information she does not remember too much.
    I'm not sure if he is deceased or not my parents weren't married. My mother received a letter from a buddy of his stating he had been wounded and that was the last contact.
    I do know my father was married and had a son I believe his name is Robert. Any help or info is appreciated.

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  • chopper pilot -- oconnell leonard J, Sat, November 25 2006, 12:11:30 (222.152.202.71)
    can anyone tell me were i might find the silver wings for pilots im looking for any one who new a pilot a flew with in nam thank you

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  • 26th Marines -- Jeffrey Jay David, Sun, January 21 2007, 18:47:25 (66.25.147.234)
    Hello my name is Elyse and I am a junior in high school. For my English class, I get to research Vietnam through the life of a soildier. I was "drafted" as Jeffrey Jay David and now am trying to find information about his life and service in Vietnam. He was in I Co, 3rd Bn, 26th Marines, 3rd MarDiv. He died in Khe Shan on June 27, 1967. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share information about this Battilion or any information about what was going on during 1967 in Vietnam. Thank you so much.

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  • LZ Oasis - 11 May 69 -- Mike Greenberg, Sun, January 21 2007, 20:06:50 (68.192.129.146)
    I want to update your info about the attack on the Oasis. Four of the KIA in that attack (although, technically, 1 died 3 days later from his wounds received in the 11 May attack) were from the 366th Avn. Spt. Det., 165th Avn. Grp., 1st Avn. Bde., the guys who ran the airfield (http://www.geocities.com/Rocktman1/lzoasis.html). I was a member of the 366th until it was xferred to LZ Oasis. I wound up at Camp Enari.

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  • any one that knew him -- Lee-Ann (wondering), Tue, January 16 2007, 5:44:45 (216.220.208.232)
    His name was David F. Black he was twenty when he died. I don't know much about him because my mom hurts to much, but I need to know somebody that new him,I was only 2 when he left and 3when he passed I have the medals,& a flagg and one picture while he was in Vietnam. He was my brother. 101st 3rd battalion, my son looks just like him , he's in Iraq serving now. Walking in the footsteps of a man that shaped his life, please anyone that knew him will be greatly appreciated.

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