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Date Posted: Sun, September 27 2015, 16:48:50
Author: Ron Boussom
Author Host/IP: 174.56.24.76
Subject: A1C KENNETH E BAKER JR, KIA MARCH 22, 1968 BINH THUY AB, RE: 632ND FIRE DEPT & DISPENSARY

My name is Ron Boussom. I'm a writer doing a book about my friend, A1C Kenneth E. Baker Jr., Weather Observer, 30WS, Det 13, Binh Thuy AB, killed in control tower by direct hit from 75mm recoilless rifle round in VC attack March 22, 1968. Searching for:

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

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

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

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