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Date Posted: 20:54:50 11/02/12 Fri
Author: David Kizer
Subject: Re: 557th (LE) Co. "Earth Eaters" Support we shall
In reply to: Charles Barton 's message, "Re: 557th (LE) Co. "Earth Eaters" Support we shall" on 14:16:08 01/20/08 Sun

I served with the 557th from May of 1969 to Dec 1970. I was in the motor pool technically 63B20 and I don't believe I ever worked on a wheeled vehicle. Never was in Phouc Vinh[ home base] much. I ran a Contact Truck service truck. Spent time at npd we built about 40 klics north of Phuoc Vinh, Nuey Ba Dinh, Lai Khe, and Song Be. I do remember on one of my trips to home base that the 1sgt got fragged on a regular basis. I also recall a short fellow who played guitar named Leon Fain and a fellow named Harold Way. All the other fine people are kind of a blur. Just thankful I got out of there OK and God Bless America! >I served in the 557 LE CO in 1970. I was a sp/5. I
>work mean on QL 13 between thunder 1 and thunder 2 and
>Quin loi. I remember a specialist that fist fought
>with the CO when they were drunk, do you remember
>them. I remember the 1st Sgt at base camp got fraged
>with CS gas almost every night, do you remember that.
>I remember a short guy from tenn. but I cant remember
>his name. I am having a hard time with my memory maybe
>you can help with this when you reply. What equipement
>did you operate there?
>
>>I know I've been slow getting on line, but since the 8
>>track tape technology folded, I didn't think computers
>>stood a chance. Anyway, it's good to see that there
>>are so many interested Viet Nam vet Engineers out
>>there. I've been signing every guestbook & bullitin
>>board I come across in hopes of finding others of the
>>557th (LE) Co. I was in the 2nd platoon during '69,
>>'70 & '71. Most of the time we provided "equipment"
>>support to the 31st Engineer Bn. To any of the other
>>veterans, if any of this sounds familiar to the point
>>that you may beable to provide a contact or other
>>information, please send an e-mail. PAUL, thanks for
>>the leads ! Hope the years have been good to you and
>>yours. Take care, and have a great summer. Rusty

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