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Date Posted: 19:31:06 03/28/08 Fri
Author: Bill Lang
Subject: Re: 444th Engineer Detachment?
In reply to: Gary Wrestler 's message, "Re: 444th Engineer Detachment?" on 17:11:51 02/26/08 Tue

>>Welcome Home Vets.
>>I'm on mission seeking information of my dad's service
>>in Vietnam. He served with the 444th from 66-68 at
>>Pleiku and An Khe. Up til now, I've found no former
>>soldiers of the 444th, so I've been checking with
>>other units I know were in the same areas. These
>>would include "B" co 84th, 511th eng co., 630th eng
>>co., and the 937th eng group. Dad's name was SPC5
>>Jimmy Lang and he served as an asphalt equipment
>>operator. He started at Ft Leonard Wood and rotated
>>back through Ft Riley. He died in 1989 from Agent
>>Orange related lymphoma. Anybody who remembers the
>>444th would be of interest to me as I seek to get a
>>fuller picture of his tours in Vietnam. Thanks.
>I was with the 444th Eng.Det. from 1967- 1969 in
>Ankhe, I am sorry for your loss due to PTSD, LLC,from
>Agent Orange, and othermed problems I really don't
>remember a lot, hell, I've spent the last thirty some
>years trying to forget it.
> Sorry, I get a bit carried away. Our C.O. was Lt.
>Larry R. Booth, 1968-1969, Joseph (Joe) Graveling was
>our frist Sgt. an E-5 WE were a small det. about 26
>men, it seems like I remember Jimmy Lang, but at this
>point I really couldn't say for sure. Others were Sp-4
>Jagodzinski, Pfc Zurrubba, Pfc. Vanpelt, Childs,and
>Granny, My MOS 62D20 however, I was also the C.O.s
>jeep Driver, then gook honcho, over 65 civilions
>working on the compound, I was also with B co.84 eng.
>I hope this will help you in some way, if you should
>have contact with any others, Please ask them to
>contact me, Thank you, Gary
>remember, united we stand...

Hey Gary,
I almost forgot I posted this message a while back. Thanks for the response.

I have not found any other members of the 444th. In the "close but not quite category" there is a group of guys from the 70th who have a mail list on Yahoo Groups. While they don't know any guys from the 444th either, anyone who served alongside the 70th is very welcome. Look them up on Yahoo Groups.

Also, since I first posted I have also managed to get all dad's 8mm movies converted to DVD. I uploaded videos to Youtube. Enjoy them. You can find them by searching "444th" on Youtube.

I have one additional question. In one video it looked the unit was given the Army Commendation Medal, can you tell me what it was for?

Thanks for responding. Enjoy the movies. Take care

Bill Lang

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