DATE:31 Mar 98
RANK:
NAME:George L. LaValley
CALL SIGN:VetGunner
UNIT:
E-MAIL: VetGunner@aol.com
MESSAGE: Was a volunteer door gunner Jan-Aug 1966, 75th & 283rd DUSTOFF Units, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, RVN. Trying to contact any crewmembers that remember two USAF Staff Sergeants that volunteered to shoot those who were shooting at you and our wounded. Every crew I flew with were volunteers when we went into a "hot zone" combat assult mission. We crashed on a mission April (I believe 6th) 1966. A Warrant Officer Soper (I believe was his name) had just received his AC orders that day. Any information would be appreciated since the VA states there isn't anything in my record awarding badges, decorations, etc. We didn't do it for recognition and we were USAF and not eligible for Army specialty badges (gunner wings). I would like a set of the old ones if they are different, and of course I'll pay. I have two jackets I wear, ranger black and gold with my RVN info, an American Eagle, the USA flag and the words Vietnam Veteran, proud of it. Anything that I can assist anyone with let me know. I'm beginning to become an expert, fighting the VA and Social Security for PTSD and other in-service injuries which have left me cripple. By the way the adjudication judge asked the question "what was so stressful about being a door gunner". If there are any pilots or crewmembers that would write a letter of facts to him (the VA), please do so. Address it to the United States Government and send it to me at 2101 Sandy Lane, Apt N-3, Las Vegas, NV 89115-5239. Anyone visiting the area here for the first time contact me, and I'll do my best to protocol you.


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DATE:30 Mar 98
RANK:SGT
NAME:Matthew S. Miller
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:82nd Med. Co.
E-MAIL: MSMILLER@oz-online.net
MESSAGE: Great site!


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DATE:29 Mar 98
RANK:LTC
NAME:Rich Pecoraro
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 87
UNIT:82nd Med. Det.
E-MAIL: txpec@aol.com
MESSAGE: 1-69 to 1-70. Ed Taylor, John Matt, Don Bissell, Wayne Aoki, Mike Novosel, Sy Simmons...


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DATE:29 Mar 98
RANK:
NAME:Raul "Bean" Herrera
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:
E-MAIL: civil@insync.net
MESSAGE: I served aboard PCF-79 (a Swift Boat) out of Chu Lai, RSVN from April '67 to May '69. During a PsyOps mission along the shore on the south side of Cap Batangan in Quang Ngai Province (south of Chu Lai) on Dec. 6, 1967, we were ambushed from three bunkered positions on the beach. Our boyson, Bobby Don Carver, was mortally wounded. I personally called in for Medevac/DUSTOFF assistance using FLASH Radio Traffic. I am conducting research for the book I am writing titled, Skunk Alpha. This portion of the book is extremely important, for obvious reasons. I want to interject as much as possible about the work you gentlemen did during the Vietnam War. I also would like to make contact, if at all possible, with the crew that rendered as much assistance as possible to our fallen comrade. Please put me in touch with the correct outfit that would have helped us that day. I know that they came out of Chu Lai and they rendezvoused with us as we came along side a destroyer. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. P.S. The e-mail address is an office address. If you reply to that address, please title the subject as [Raul Herrera] OR you can e-mail me at home at BeanPCF79@aol.com You also have my permission to forward this message to any Internet location you believe will lead to possible assistance. Thanks!


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DATE:29 Mar 98
RANK:E-5
NAME:Ron Bussey
CALL SIGN:Magnet Ass
UNIT:82nd Med. Det.
E-MAIL: mgrissom@orlinter.com
MESSAGE: We were winning when I left!


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DATE:29 Mar 98
RANK:
NAME:Ron Holcombe
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:
E-MAIL: dustoff@gwi.net
MESSAGE: I was just surfing the ICQ and found your Web site. Am excited and nearly breathless to have found you guys. I am former Air Force but was loaned to an Army DUSTOFF unit in Vietnam. Hope I am acceptable for membership in your organization, I am submitting my application tomorrow. Thanks so much... after 30 years I'm finally home. God bless you.


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DATE:28 Mar 98
RANK:Civ
NAME:Mike Thompson
CALL SIGN:Breezy One
UNIT:
E-MAIL: breezmktg@aol.com
MESSAGE: If anyone has any questions on rescue equipment, feel free to write.


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DATE:28 Mar 98
RANK:
NAME:Kevin Donoghue
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:57th Med. Det.
E-MAIL: dono@net-thing.net
MESSAGE: I was a medic with the 57th Med. Det. from Nov 70 to Nov 71. Our sister unit was the 82nd Med. Det. and I flew with them also. I would like to here from anyone I served with.


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DATE:28 Mar 98
RANK:2LT
NAME:Patrick Zenk
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:
E-MAIL: zenk0006@worldnet.att.net
MESSAGE: Just wanted to stop by and thank everyone who assisted me with my senior thesis on DUSTOFF. I am currently a Medical Service LT in flight school at Fort Rucker. Took me 8 years to get here and I'm making the best of it. For those who know my father Bruce, (the 57th & 82nd in 1964) he says hello. Drop a line when you get a chance.


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DATE:27 Mar 98
RANK:CPT
NAME:John Chisholm
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 512/Medevac 6
UNIT:45th Med. Co. (AA)/571st Med. Det. (HA)/15th Med. Bn. (AAP)
E-MAIL: jachisholmsr@earthlink.com
MESSAGE: Joined the 45th Med. Co. at LBJ 20 July 1967 where I spent 3 months as a Peter P. Infused into the 571st Med. Det. in Nha Trang in the fall of '67 and moved to Hue/Phu Bai during Tet '68. Returned to RVN in June '70 and assigned to 1st Cav., 15th Med. Thought the second tour for us guys was supposed to be "plush" but found out the Cav. had first dibs. But where in the world could the times be so bad but the company so good?! Got to come home in May '71 because of the Cav's stand-down. I look forward to hearing from all DUSTOFF and Medevac comrades.


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DATE:22 Mar 98
RANK:SFC
NAME:John A. Carpenter
CALL SIGN:Shotgun Jack and Aircat-10
UNIT:IV Corps Mike Force, 5th Special Forces Group
E-MAIL: shtgun@snowcrest.net
MESSAGE: EXCELLENT SITE!! Just found you. I served in Vietnam from Sep. 69-Nov. 70, at A-402, A-404, and A-442 (close and moved to B-43, Chi Lang, 66th Vietnam Border Ranger Battalion). I still have a card from "DUSTOFF 80", WO1 Patrick R. Hayes, Washington, D.C., with the 82nd Med. Det. (Hel Amb) Binh Thuy. At this point I can't remember WHO he dusted off for me, but this is my THANK YOU FOR A JOB EXCELLENTLY DONE, FOR ALL OF YOU!!!! Highest Regards, Shotgun Jack.


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DATE:22 Mar 98
RANK:SSG
NAME:Troy F. Kiister
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:571ST, 36TH Med.
E-MAIL: troy@worldnetla.net
MESSAGE: I was with the 571st Medevac from Feb 94 to Mar 96, from there to Turkey and back to the States to 36th Med. Neither unit was I a crewchief but I pulled phases at 571st and doing the Platoon Sergeant thing at 36th. MAJ Ricardo A. Glenn is my Commander and probably one of the best I've had. We are going TDA in June so the Optempo will go down a little at least we won't have to worry about the motor pool. See ya!


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DATE:22 Mar 98
RANK:CPT
NAME:Gary Stahlhuth
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 72
UNIT:57th Med. Det.
E-MAIL: garjan@sprintmail.com
MESSAGE: I flew DUSTOFF with the 57th from July 68 to July 69 out of Long Bihn, then out of Lai Khe. Although I've been out of aviation for 15 years now, that year in Vietnam is the most memorable period of my life. We certainly went through some tough times, but we had some good times as well. I'd enjoy hearing from anyone who served with me during that time. Thanks for the Web site, you've done a great job!


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DATE:22 Mar 98
RANK:
NAME:Larry D. Kimmith
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:2/421ST Med. Co.(AA)--Schweinfurt, Germany
E-MAIL: dustoff739@yahoo.com
MESSAGE: Vietnam 42 months with 2/27TH Infantry Wolfhouds, CU CHI, 755th Med. Det, 94th Med. Det. and the 52nd Security Det. at Camp Holloway in Pleiku, and the 85th Evac. Hospital in Phu Bai, 1966-1970.


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DATE:18 Mar 98
RANK:LTC (Ret.)
NAME:Ed St. Clair
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:MACV, 21st Infantry Division
E-MAIL: ramled@ris.net
MESSAGE: I was the senior engineer advisor to the 21st Infantry Division, stationed in Soc Trang, from Jan 68 to Jan 69. I became friendly with a black DUSTOFF pilot, whose name I can not remember. And, it strikes in the back of my mind he was killed in late 68 or the first week of 69 when his chopper supposedly dove into the river near Can Tho. Does this strike a bell with anyone, or am I remembering things that didn't happen?


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DATE:18 Mar 98
RANK:CW2
NAME:Thomas Grubb
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 159
UNIT:159th Med. Det.
E-MAIL: toma4@ix.netcom.com
MESSAGE: We are looking for all men who served with the 159th. We now have a Web site at http://www2.netcom.com/~toma4/dustoff159.html there is a form there to enter info for all unit members. We are trying to find everyone to have a unit reunion.


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DATE:15 Mar 98
RANK:CW2
NAME:Robert O. Hill Jr.
CALL SIGN:DMZ DUSTOFF 711
UNIT:237th (also 571st, 421st)
E-MAIL: bluebird@ptd.net
MESSAGE: I am looking for folks from the 237th, 571st or 421st (in Darmstadt, Germany), who may have known my oldest brother Bob Hill. I have been searching for people since April of 97, and have had tremendous luck, but want to keep trying. There is a webpage up about Bob at: Bluebird's Nest. I am sooo proud of what all you Medevacs and air ambulance guys did!! Be proud..and Welcome Home!! Miriam Knight (Mindy)


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DATE:12 Mar 98
RANK:SFC (Ret)
NAME:Terrance Meyer
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:336th Med. Det. (RA)
E-MAIL: Terry336@worldnet.att.net
MESSAGE: Hey guys, I started out my military career as a CH-47 crewmember guy. After spending 40 months on active duty with the regular Army, I got out and stayed with Chinooks until 79. From then on, I went to Hueys. I was one of the founding members of the 336th Med. Det. (RA), out of SWF, Newburgh, NY. We started just doing site support at a lot of CONUS sites such as Drum, Bragg, AP Hill, Pickett, etc. In 87-88, the unit deployed to Honduras. We spent the next 6 months doing site support down there. I spent 2 tours down in the dust and the mud as the Powderhorn DUSTOFF, In 90, we mobilized, and deployed to the Gulf region for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. We served there until relieved in May of 91, when the Huey's couldn't fly anymore in the heat. (We only had 2 left flyable anyhow). In 96, the unit folded its colors, and retired from the Army. Most of us did the same at this time. Right now, a lot of old guys come together at the O Club, and relive the days that have come to pass. I know my folks would love to join your organization, just to keep a lot of what we did alive.


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DATE:12 Mar 98
RANK:SP5
NAME:Gerald Luce
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:82nd Med. Det. and 57th Med. Det.
E-MAIL: Luce2811@aol.com
MESSAGE: Was, in those days, SP5 Gerald Luce. With 82nd Med. Det. and 57th Med. Det. (Sister detachments) at Navy Binh Thuy and then at Can Tho Airfield. Was there from September 1970 to April 1972 (18 months). Would be interested in hearing from anyone who served there at the same time.


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DATE:12 Mar 98
RANK:
NAME:Charles Gallipeau
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:
E-MAIL: MRShorty3@webtv.net
MESSAGE: Hellooo..I was with the 498th Med. Co. from Nha Trang to Lang Field (from 1966 to 1969) when I ETSed. Looking for old friends that knew me there. Searching for, MR. MERCER, MR. JENKINS, CO. SCOTT, BOB BEERS, SGT NUSKY, and possibly MED BROWN (DOCK SOUL). Last assigned to chopper 025 (GOLIETH) which unfortunately ended my flying north of DMZ. Any replies are appreciated (WHAT ME WORRY) was written on my helmet. Which was painted black down one side and gold down the other. By the way, I still don't worry, I still leave it to big brother. Chow, day have one.


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DATE:9 Mar 98
RANK:
NAME:Don (Hoss) Caldwell
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:498th and 50th 67-68
E-MAIL: fltdocvn67@aol.com
MESSAGE: I would like to find out if anyone from the 498th has heard from Connie Hibbs since the 1967 crash in RVN that resulted in him receiving severe burns and being evaced back to the states. I am also looking for any pictures of Harry W. Brown from the 50th Med. Det. whose aircraft crashed outside of Ban Me Thout on Feb 12, 1968. The pictures are for a memorial. We would also like to have any biographical information you can provide. I am still (HOSS) only somewhat crazier. Still looking for any info. concerning the crash of DUSTOFF 90 on Feb 12, 1968. Harry took my place at Ban Me Thout that day. Don't give up hope. We STILL want them home -POW/MIA never have a nice day.


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DATE:9 Mar 98
RANK:Civilian
NAME:Mike Thompson
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:
E-MAIL: BREEZMKTG@aol.com
MESSAGE: It was an honor attending the DUSTOFF Reunion on 21 Feb. My hat off to you and the Association on a well run conference. I was deeply touched by the remarks on the Vietnam rescues during the dinner. Breeze-Eastern looks forward to many years of participation in support of DUSTOFF.


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DATE:8 Mar 98
RANK:SP5
NAME:Terry Geremski
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:247th Med. Det. (HA)
E-MAIL: terry.geremski@gmills.com
MESSAGE: Originated with the 247th at Ft. Riley, KS, left for RVN as a unit. Served as Flight Ops Spec in secondary MOS, primary MOS, air traffic controller, did some defensive patient protector flights before DOD required MOS to be crew chief or medic. Arrived in RVN Nov 68 to Dong Tam in support of the 9th. What a time...


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DATE:3 Mar 98
RANK:CW4
NAME:George C. Arzente
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:
E-MAIL: gcarzente@knightwave.com
MESSAGE: Very good site. Found it very interesting. Keep up this very good and important work. I was the detachment safety officer for the 214th Medical Detachment (AA) in Panama from Jan 1990 - June 1991. It was a great unit with many fine people.


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DATE:26 Feb 98
RANK:SP4
NAME:JACK W. BLUNDELL
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:82nd Med. Det. (HA)
E-MAIL: jblun@sunherald.infi.net
MESSAGE: Served with the 882nd Med. Det. at Soc Trang from 1964-65. Would like to hear from unit members who were there. Also served in the 498th at Ft. Sam in 1964.


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DATE:18 Feb 98
RANK:SSG
NAME:Mary Alice Meyer
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:336th Med. Det. (RA)
E-MAIL: Terry336@worldnet.att.net
MESSAGE: Was assigned as a flight medic to the unit in September 1988. Deployed to the Gulf for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in November of 90. When unit folded it's colors in 96, I transferred to my current Reserve Unit, (4217th Army Hospital), where I am currently the Med. Supply NCOIC. Loved the Hueys, though, and was sorry to see them go, although, I am still an active member in the 336th Med. Det. Association with my husband Terry, and a lot of the other old retreads that don't want to let a good thing die.


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DATE:18 Feb 98
RANK:
NAME:Terrance Meyer
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:
E-MAIL: Terry336@worldnet.att.net
MESSAGE: Ya know, I flew a lot of missions, with no exclusions, flying DUSTOFF was the most rewarding part of my career. But, then again, DID ANY OF YOU FOLKS FLY with YOUR spouse? I did in the last war. It is a heart rendering situation. Especially when you know you're going down. Even when everything turns out AOK, try to go home and live with this one,  Love You Guys..


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DATE:18 Feb 98
RANK:
NAME:James Van Doren
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:498th Med Co. (AA)
E-MAIL: handyvan@worldnet.att.net
MESSAGE: Was with the 498th Med. Co. (AA) in II Corps, 65-66.


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DATE:18 Feb 98
RANK:CW2
NAME:Michael Gort
CALL SIGN:Crash
UNIT:125th Medical Detachment
E-MAIL: gort@mail.com
MESSAGE: Flew with the 125th (or 115th) DUSTOFF Detachment out of Chu Chi in late 1969.  Wounded 23 Dec 69 and air evaced out of RVN 30 Dec 69.


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DATE:15 Feb 98
RANK:SFC (Ret.)
NAME:Terrance Meyer
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:336th Med Det (RA)
E-MAIL: Terry336@worldnet.att.net
MESSAGE: Hey guys, I started my military career as a CH-47 crewmember guy. After spending 40 months on active duty with the regular Army, I got out and stayed with Chinooks until 79. From then on, I went to Hueys. I was one of the founding members of the 336th Med Det (RA), out of SWF, Newburgh, NY. We started just doing site support at a lot of CONUS sites such as Drum, Bragg, AP Hill, Pickett, etc. In 87-88, the unit deployed to Honduras. We spent the next 6 months doing site support down there. I spent 2 tours down in the dust and the mud as the Powderhorn DUSTOFF. In 90, we were mobilized, and deployed to the Gulf region for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. We served there until relieved in May of 91, when the Hueys couldn't fly anymore in the heat. (We only had 2 left flyable anyhow). In 96, the unit folded its colors, and retired from the Army. Most of us did the same at this time. Right now, a lot of old guys come together at the O'club, and relive the days that have come to pass. I know my folks would love to join your organization, just to keep a lot of what we did alive.


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DATE:15 Feb 98
RANK:SSG
NAME:Gerhard Ruben
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF
UNIT:283 Med. Det.
E-MAIL: fpruben@sprintmail.com
MESSAGE: Medic on Dust Off Hel. Amb. Saved lives, didn't have time to fight.


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DATE:14 Feb 98
RANK:SSG
NAME:Bud Harton
CALL SIGN:Robin Hood/Crossbow
UNIT:173rd AHC
E-MAIL: budharton@indianvalley.com
MESSAGE: Project Director for UH-1 restoration of three UH-1H, one of which will be restored to 57th Med Det (68-16125 Aug '69- Feb '72) need photos, former crew members, etc. to restore to original VN markings and configuration. Museum is Air Classics at the Aurora (IL) airport. Two other A/C are from 191st AHC and C/158 AHB.


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DATE:11 Feb 98
RANK:CW4
NAME:Ronald H. Wells
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 33
UNIT:45th Med. Co.
E-MAIL:firepow24.aol
MESSAGE: Arrived Long Binh April 18, 1970 and departed April 15, 1971. Flew as DUSTOFF 33 for 45th Medical Co. Since then flew 2 years commercial while part time in MS Army National Guard; 123rd Medical Co. Went full time with Guard in 1973. Quality Control Supervisor and Test Pilot until now. Am greatly interested in hearing from other 45th personnel.


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DATE:8 Feb 98
RANK:SP5
NAME:Brian Schwalen
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:498th, 237, 68th (70-71)
E-MAIL:n1jaguar@value.net
MESSAGE: Trained by Dale Grebe at Quin Nhon. Rat Pack, 498th 1970-71. Then to 68th for a short time with 237th. Then took 68th home after Chu Lai was destroyed by typhoon.


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DATE:7 Feb 98
RANK:MAJ
NAME:Joseph Gwyer
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 14
UNIT:498th Med. Co.
E-MAIL:JoeGwyer@aol.com
MESSAGE: Flew with the 498th from Nov 68 - Nov 69.


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DATE:7 Feb 98
RANK:S/SGT
NAME:Larry D. Kimmith
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 739
UNIT:2/421ST Med. Co. (AA), Schweinfurt, Germany
E-MAIL:DUSTOFF739@YAHOO.COM
MESSAGE: Still looking for former members of the 2nd Plt/421st Med. Co. (AA) who were there in the late 70s or anyone who remembers the crew we lost in a mast bumping accident. The crewmembers were Johnson and Downey (pilots, CE Rankhorn, and Flight Medic Salaz. Fly safe guys. Doc Larry


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DATE:3 Feb 98
RANK:SSG
NAME:Mike Boler
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:364th Medical Det. (HA)
E-MAIL:mboler@juno.com
MESSAGE: Served on active duty for 11 months at Fort Polk, LA during desert storm.


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DATE:3 Feb 98
RANK:WO
NAME:Donald G. Study, CSP
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 712
UNIT:237th Med. Det. (DMZ DUSTOFF)
E-MAIL:dstudy@mosquitonet.com
MESSAGE: Flew with 237th Med. Det. 69-70, Quang Tri, I Corp. 617th Engr. Co (PB), 65-66 III Corp. Survived but always remember those friends who didn't.


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DATE:3 Feb 98
RANK:E-5
NAME:William James Palmer Jr.
CALL SIGN:Golf Romeo
UNIT:Army Air Traffic Controller
E-MAIL:liam@svn.net
MESSAGE: Just a comment or two. I have a webpage on Army Aviation in Vietnam. I am seeking more information to add, and pix etc. http://www.svn.net/liam/aviation-rvn.shtml Also a moment to remember DUSTOFF 46 of 4th Plt 45th Med Co (AA) Lai Khe DUSTOFF. Major Ballenger and crew where KIA'd while doing a night host of a SF Capt., April 68 Bhin Long Prv 3Corp Vietnam. Although I was and Air Traffic Controller at Quanloi Tower, I volunteered may hours as a "patient protector" with crews of 4th Plt. Welcome home all RVN DUSTOFF Crews. Liam, aka Golf Romeo Quan Loi Tower 2-11/1968.


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DATE:1 Feb 98
RANK:Sp5
NAME:Robert R. Long
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:236 Med. Det. (HA)
E-MAIL:JLJJEC@aol.com
MESSAGE: 236th DUSTOFF 1968 to 1970. Took 2nd place and went home.


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DATE:27 Jan 98
RANK:CW2
NAME:Timothy J. Wagner
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:148th Med Co (AA)
E-MAIL:cwotwagner@sprintmail.com
MESSAGE: I am the AASF #1 Operations Officer and the Unit/Facility  SIP/IFE.  The 148th Med. Co. (AA) has supported several state disasters and operations such as the floods of 1994 in the southern part of Georgia, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  Most recently, the unit was mobilized to support Operation Roving Sands.


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DATE:27 Jan 98
RANK:CPT
NAME:Spencer W. Robinson
CALL SIGN:"TINY"
UNIT:172nd Med Co (AA)
E-MAIL:Spencer.Robinson@gte.net
MESSAGE: Air Ambulance Platoon Leader of UH-1V equipped MEDEVAC Company, in Arkansas - we're National Guard.  Looking to get UH-60s in JAN 99.  ARMS in Apr 98.  Need help on TACSOP!!!!!!!!! and other ARMS help.


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DATE:23 Jan 98
RANK:CW4 (RET)
NAME:Gene Manning
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 31
UNIT:498th Med. Co.
E-MAIL:genemanning@compuserve.com
MESSAGE: Flew with 498th at Lane AHP Sep 1969 - Sep 1970 and Air Crash Rescue Ft. Wolters, TX 1971. Retired from the Army in 1995, currently an Airline Pilot. RVN was an incredible experience for me, made me grow up quickly. Fantastic crewmembers who truly went above and beyond!!!!


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DATE:20 Jan 98
RANK:CW4
NAME:Dave Borrell
CALL SIGN:DUSTOFF 23
UNIT:498th. Med. Co./78th.Med.Det./571st.Med.Det./68th.Med.Det.
E-MAIL:dborrell@msn.com
MESSAGE: Flew with 498th. Med. Co., 1970-1971, Lane Field, Anson RVN.


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DATE:19 Jan 98
RANK:E5
NAME:Brenton Witherspoon
CALL SIGN:Spoon
UNIT:159th Med. Det. (HA)
E-MAIL:bspoon@apex.net
MESSAGE: Was with the 159th Med. Det. (HA), Cu Chi, RVN, 1969-1971. I wish to take this time to welcome home all the pilots and crews of the above.  Your dedication and service to your country is now a part of history.


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DATE:14 Jan 98
RANK:E-5
NAME:Sherman Breeden
CALL SIGN:Snore
UNIT:15th Medical Battalion, 1st Cav.
E-MAIL:snore@vabch.com
MESSAGE: Hi! To all interested parties and welcome to the First Reunion of the 15th Medical Battalion. All past members of the 15th are encouraged to participate in this joyous occasion. We will be expecting a large turn-out and if you haven't visited the site please do. We have acquired a large number of past members and we will welcome all members from whatever background and year you came from. Hope to see you all there soon. For complete information and links, please visit the site at http://www.vabch.com/mssb/snore or go directly to the reunion page http://www.vabch.com/mssb/snore/reg98.htm Have a nice day from the Snore Man.


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DATE:13 Jan 98
RANK:CWO
NAME:Bob Black
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:326th Med. Co.
E-MAIL:boboo7@swbell.net
MESSAGE: Flew with 326th Med. Co., Eagle Dustoff, 68-69. Previously with C battery, 4/77 ARA.  Would particularly like to hear from John Whitaker, wounded 1969, Eagle Dustoff pilot.


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DATE:12 Jan 98
RANK:CW3
NAME:Joe Bell
CALL SIGN:Hercules 32
UNIT:B CO 159 AVN HAAF, GA
E-MAIL:H1994@aol.com
MESSAGE: Previously in 507th Med. Co. at Ft. Sam, 86-89, at Hondo 92-93 with B 4-228th. Looking for Dave Lowe in AZ, Jerry Gray possibly in S.A., TX, or any member in 507th form 86-89. Spoke with Jose Salazar at Xmas. Enjoying life in South America.


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DATE:12 Jan 98
RANK:Corporal
NAME:Don Petterwood
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:8th Field Ambulance
E-MAIL:donaldp@iaccess.com.au
MESSAGE: I was a Corporal serving with the 1st AUST TASK FORCE HQ, Nui Dat [Medic] my unit was 8 Field Ambulance which was also based in Vung Tau. There must have been many of the guys who made friendships in Vietnam during April 1967 -May 68. I am now the President of 8FD AMB, a postion I have held for ten years since we had our first reunion. The unit was comprised of aprox. 132 in April 67. We have a membership of 65 [paid], contact with 101, with many now deceased. 8FD stayed in Nui Dat until 1972. While I was there I thought some of the Yank pilots were gardeners, [only joking] because they pruned the rubber trees, blew our tent to pieces, and showered us with branches, leaves and dust not forgetting the bloody rain. Our tent was right along side the DUSTOFF pad where the lights would be turned on at night. Must admit we Aussies admired the courage of the Medevac chopper crews. Seen some stuff while I was there but had a lot of mates whom I'm full of praise for, even the cooks and the drivers did their turn in playing the medic. Our Government has just decided to award us with another medal; a pity for the guys we lost, but at least we still have a chest to hang it on! Anyhow the call sign from DUSTOFF was "Vampire', which if true was from the USA DUSTOFF in 67. That's what my old, loveable SGT has told me (and he knows everything, doesn't every SGT?). We hated his guts but we now love him, even the bloody Officers [Sorry sirs!]. We are all mates now and I suppose we were then. If any of the guys want to contact me looking for a lost mate, you know where I am. Be good....if not then pretend.


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DATE:12 Jan 98
RANK:E-4
NAME:Gerry Rawles
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:498th Medical Company
E-MAIL:nam064@webtv.net
MESSAGE: I was with the 498th (AA) as a crewchief on a Huey a/c no. 064. Flew over 1800 c/b hrs. from October 1967 to July 1969. Located at Lane Army Heliport. I HAVE NOT WON YET. CHOW.


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DATE:5 Jan 98
RANK:LTC (Ret.)
NAME:Jim Walsh
CALL SIGN:Dustoff 06 (among others)
UNIT:See below
E-MAIL:walshj@voicenet.com
MESSAGE: What a great find for DUSTOFF Alumni. 1978/82 - 3rd Plt, 498th Med. Co. (AA), Ft. Stewart, GA; 1982/84 - 159th Med. Det. (RA), Garlstadt FRG; 1992/94 - 431st Med. Det. (RA), Ft. Knox, KY. Where is "Big Al and Nurses Pal" Vianni?


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DATE:5 Jan 98
RANK:PFC
NAME:Dave Vice
CALL SIGN:DVice
UNIT:3/498th, Ft. Stewart
E-MAIL:davevice@flash.net
MESSAGE: Flew with Mr.Dixon, Mr.Denmark, and Mr.Doyle. We were MAST (Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic). We flew all over Georgia; mainly in the the SE.


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DATE:3 Jan 98
RANK:SGT
NAME:Kelly Boudria
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:229th Med. Det. (RA)
E-MAIL:krb4@usmo.com
MESSAGE: Was a flight medic with the 229th Med. Det. from Jun 1992-Jan 1996. Already know where Tim Porter and Joel Cloakey are. Looking for anybody else that flew with Mountain Dustoff during that period.


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DATE:3 Jan 98
RANK:1LT
NAME:John Goldsmith
CALL SIGN:Medevac 11
UNIT:15th Med., 1st Cav.
E-MAIL:jgoldsmith@insolwwb.net
MESSAGE: From Dec 70 to Dec 71 I flew with the 15th Med., 1st Cav. in Phuoc Vinh and Bien Hoa, Vietnam. From Jan 72 til 1974 I flew with 421st Med. in Stuttgard, Germany and got my instrument rating under CPT Bill Stahl. In Vietnam I flew my early missions as a peter pilot with Ron (Huey) Huether. He was a great teacher and mentor.


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DATE:2 Jan 98
RANK:SP4
NAME:Marlowe Hain
CALL SIGN:
UNIT:82nd Med. Det.
E-MAIL:marloweh@aol.com
MESSAGE: Binh Thuy Jul 70-71; Operation's Clerk, "Patient Protector"; draftee.