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    01/14/2016 / 12:28PM
    Frank Gibson / fgibson1911@yahoo.com

    Just found this website and wanted to add a comment.

    I was stationed in Nha Trang for the first four months I was in country. Assigned to the 55MID and worked in the TOC. I live in Summerville SC now.

    Was in country 1968-1969.

    Frank Gibson
    10th SFG (A)
    Vietnam 1968 - 1969


    12/31/2015 / 5:46PM
    CW3 Tamara Gardner / tamarag35@cox.net

    Hi I’m researching an incident that I would like to learn more about. My Dad was a crash truck crewman with the 14th ACW and he was one of the guys that was helping an orphanage build a well and build some structures – naturally he was able to feel some comfort in helping the local children in such conditions. Apparently the story goes, that the team he was working with went to continue with their digging or building and found that the children and staff had been targeted by the enemy and killed or taken away. It’s very sad and since my dad doesn’t talk about it much I don’t have many details – just bits and pieces.

    Anyhow It’s funny though that he was there in Nha Trang as an Air Force guy but when he came home he went Army and got in the Special Forces. He retired as a CSM and still keeps close ties with SF. I don’t Know if you would have ever bumped into him but his name is Terry Dillon and he’s my hero of course.

    Happy New Year!

    CW3 Tamara Gardner
    Yorktown Va


    12/02/2015 / 9:59AM
    Angela Shoemaker / veteransmuseum@hotmail.com

    Hello,

    My name is Angela and I am the Projects and Events Coordinator for the Veterans Museum of Mid-Ohio Valley located in Parkersburg, WV. I am sending this email to see if you can help me in my research of a veteran so that I may find him and return to him a piece of trench art that is his. I had a gentleman walk into my museum today with a piece of trench art, it is an ash tray made out of a 105 mm shell and a 50 caliber bullet. On it it has a picture of a hornet and it says green hornet, Chuck Carroll Mini Gunner, Nha Trang, Viet nam, 67-68, Ban Me Thout, and finally it has a picture of a helicopter on it also. I was just looking for anything and everything you could possibly tell me. Thank you in advance for your help. If it would be easier to contact me via phone my number at the museum is 304-420-0332.

    Thank you,

    Angela Shoemaker
    Projects and Events Coordinator


    11/24/2015 / 2:51PM
    Duane Mclean / duane.mclean@maryland.gov

    I was stationed at Nha Thrang July 1970 to June 1971. I was in Security Police. I would like to locate anyone from Security Police during that period, especially James Gibson. Thank you

    Duane Mclean
    Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist
    Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
    Maryland Department of labor,Licensing & Regulation
    7480 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Suite #100
    Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
    duane.mclean@maryland.gov
    410-424-3248 Work
    410-913-0776 Cell
    410-508-2002 Fax


    11/11/2015 / 8:54PM
    Ed Humphreys / ed.humphreys@comsouth.net

    I was assigned to the 14th Air Commando Wing/14th Field Maint Squadron in Jun 1968…….. First as the OIC of the Fabrication Branch (MSgt Jorgensen was my NCOIC) –our office was next to the wash rack with all the Agent Orange barrels …..a few months later, I was moved to be OIC of the Aerospace Branch. Maj Smith was the Commander. Lt Col Riley was the Chief of Maintenance and after the AC-119G Reserve unit rotated back home after transferring their mission/aircraft to the Active Duty folks, I was selected to be the first active duty Squadron Maintenance Officer for the 17th Special Ops Sq. for the AC-119G “Shadow” Gunships. Our office was close to the runway in the vacated Helicopter Rescue SQ that was deactivated. Stayed exactly 365 days leaving in Jun 1969. My e-mail address is ed.humphreys@comsouth.net.

    Ed Humphreys


    10/20/2015 / 8:59PM
    Theresa Hoernle / modelmaheim@yahoo.com

    My name is Theresa Hoernle. My uncle is Charles McDill. He was in the Air Force, possibly in 418th MMS(PACAF) or 4th ACS (PACAF) I know he was stationed at Nha Trang AB RVN during 1968 as he reinlisted there. He was a SSGT when he reinlisted. We, his wife and I, are working on a shadow box as a gift for him. His ex wife burned all and anything from his time in the military. I was hoping that maybe someone from your site might remember him or even have photos of him. I'm working off partial DD214s. I know from conversations with him he loaded bombs on the A-1 night shift. He also was a gunner on Spooky for a short time. If you can assist me in this it would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    Theresa Hoernle
    modelmaheim@yahoo.com
    919-343-8462


    10/17/2015 / 9:45PM
    Stan Walkowski / stan.walkowski@cox.net

    AGE Technician, 14th FMS AGE Shop, January 1969 – October 1969 would like to contact other AGE guys who were there at the same time. Please contact me at stan.walkowski@cox.net

    Stan Walkowski


    09/17/2015 / 6:58PM
    Bruce Logan / bruce.logan@gmail.com

    Bruce Logan. SGT, September 66 September 67

    Was USASTRATCOM on arrival changed to 1st Signal Bde, Nha Trang Facility shortly after. Worked in the Teletype Relay Center. SGT that replaced me was also my replacement on prior assignment.


    08/28/2015 / 9:04PM
    Patrick Mc Laughlin / pjmclaughlin54@hotmail.com

    I was stationed at Nha Trang Sig Bn in the Long Van Area from May 67 to May 68.

    I would like to hear from veterans who were there at this time.

    SP/4 Patrick Mc Laughlin


    06/19/2015 / 8:47PM
    Gary Wall / garywallnut1@gmail.com

    I was rotated to serve as a dentist for a few months at the 10th Helio Attack Batt. Sometime around 1969. Served with a Dr Plowman and another Doc when we got mortared one night following a movie.

    Forty rounds or so and the last one hit in the hootch next to me injuring an Army Cpt whom we treated and medevaced out.

    Anyone that remembers this and when it approximately occurred would be greatly appreciated. It seemed forever till the gun ships were allowed to return fire!

    Cpt Gary Wall


    05/25/2015 / 5:39PM
    John Hess / jhess1@optonline.net

    I was stationed on Nha Trang AB from 1970-71 attached to the 1879th Comm squadron. I worked in the Crypto shop on the flight line. I only remember a handful of the guys I knew but made some good friends there.

    I have a bit of a treat for some of you. I took a few Super 8 movies while I was there and moved them over to digital and put them up on Youtube. Here is the link:

    http://youtu.be/kzf9GF324fI

    The quality isn't great but it shows the base, the beach and the orphanage that we supported. Maybe you'll see someone you recognize.

    Thanks!  John Hess


    03/16/2015 / 4:50PM
    Roy Tyson / RJTcu123@aol.com

    I was In Nha Trang Vietnam from Nov 1969 until Dec 1971. My name Is Roy Tyson and I proudly served with some really outstanding guys In G3 Chemical and later G3 Tactical Operations. My email address Is RJTCU123@AOL.Com. God bless you all for your service.

    03/06/2015 / 7:36PM
    Homer Lartigue Jr / preacher_3@msn.com

    Was in Nha Trang in 1970-1971: Z Oasis. Worked the ANPPS 5 radar system on the perimeter. Silent Sentry. I was Sargent in charge of that 3 man squad. Worked at nights only.

    Homer Lartigue Jr.


    02/24/2015 / 2:07PM
    Glenn Olsen / ac47usaf@gmail.com

    Hi RVN Vets ,

    Welcome Home

    My name is Glenn Olsen. I was stationed at Nha Trang from 7-4-67 to 7-4-68. I was a Airframe Repairman working out of the Big Hanger ( north west corner ). My main job for some time was to beef up the floors of the AC-47's to support the Mini Guns. We also worked on the Black Birds that were right next to the Hanger. In Oct 67, when the new AC-130 came in, we were mortared that night which destroyed one C130 and one C123. Serviced A1E's, O2B's, Hueys, small Cessna's, C123's and anything else that came in.

    In August 67 I went TDY with SSgt Buckley to work on a Flash Fire of a Huey fuel tank that was at Dak To. We slept at Pleiku and every day the Huey pilot would shuttle us back and forth. Nothing like flying tree top level with no doors on the Huey and only 10 rounds in my M-16. Some of the best food I had on my tour was at KonTum just east of DakTo.

    As to anyone that says there was no surf at Nha Trang, they didn't go down to the beach around October; granted the waves weren't huge but they were fun to ride. I have the scars to prove it.

    I was a Airman 2nd Class for my entire tour, didn't get Buck Sgt till Nov 1st 68 at Charleston AFB, SC...Discharged Feb 1970. I wanted to reenlist but my wife at the time wanted to go back to CT. Retired from Submarine Construction in 2002 at Groton, CT.

    Thank You for your Service.

    Glenn Olsen
    ac47usaf@gmail.com


    02/18/2015 / 3:43AM
    Steve Brodsky / ponderer@att.net

    Can anyone tell me, who was the Unit Commander for the 14th FMS Nha Trang AFB between Nov. '67-'Nov.'68? I believe it was Maj. Elbert L. Smith, but could not find any information on him. He was in the Base Ops during Tet -'68, and was listening on the radio when a C-130 made an emergency landing.

    I was the guy that cut the hole under the flight deck to pound the nose gear down.

    Thanks,

    Steve Brodsky
    ponderer@att.net


    02/05/2015 / 11:56PM
    Steve Brodsky / ponderer@att.net

    Did anyone work at the hospital in late June 1968, when I came in because I took a round to my right foot? We just got off the helo from a long ground fight, and was taken there. There was only one person attending that night, but wrote me up as being hurt in the gym??? I have the dated photo showing the large bandage, but the VA said I needed a witness.

    Thanks,

    Steve Brodsky
    ponderer@att.net


    01/22/2015 / 8:42PM
    Joe Moraida / striperhntr@aol.com

    I was at Nha Trang from August 68 to August 69, I was with detachment 1, 14th Aerial Port and loaded airplanes. I now suffer the effects of my time in country.......

    Thanks
    Joe Moraida


    12/06/2014 / 4:19PM
    Diamond Vu / Diamond.vu1@gmail.com

    Looking for a "Bill" or William stationed in Nha Trang from 1966-1969? Was possibly a pilot. Had a girlfriend/wife named Nguyen Thi Nam from Saigon and had a daughter named Phuong born June 1967 and possibly a son after. He lived and had family photos with his Vietnamese girlfriend and daughter. All of his photos and contact info back in the States were stolen so daughter lost all contact with him.

    If anyone knows of a Bill that may fit this description, please contact us.

    Diamond Vu
    (858) 633-6115
    Diamond.vu1@gmail.com
    San Diego, CA


    11/18/2014 / 5:14PM
    Duane Lanoue / aerbus96@yahoo.com

    I worked at the AF bomb dump across from areal port, serviced AC-47 Spooky and AC-130 Super Spooky and some FAC planes, Aug 1967 to March 1969. Would love to hear from of my workmates. I saw Sgt Patterson on here, if you visit this site again please email me at aerbus96@yahoo.com. I have already sent you an email to the address you submitted in 2011. I also worked at the Catango Lounge at the Army club across the runway. Also did some driving to Cam Rhan Bay with Green Berets behind the airbase Would to hear from anyone.

    Duane Lanoue, Sgt then.




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