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1 16 Jan 2018 08:57 AM       Sam Mazzola               From: Clinton Township, MI
Dennis Passwater, on the home page of the web site scrow down to the regiments. Click on 3/21 theres your regiment crest.

Sam, Alpha 4/31

2 15 Jan 2018 02:23 PM       Vance Van Wieren               From: Fennville, MI
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of Joe Ellinger, Recon Plt. Delta - 4/31st. 196th. LIB. Joe passed on 5/21/2015. aka " Boat People "

David Hulshoff 2nd. Plt. Delta - 4/31st. 196th. LIB. passed away on 1/7/2018. Dave was in 2nd. Platoon 4/69 to 10/69.

Both of our Brothers will be missed.
May God Bless us all.

3 15 Jan 2018 01:12 PM       Jim Armstrong            
I was in 2/1 and was not familiar with the 3/21 Coat of Arms you mention.
There is much information and probably sources available with a Google Images search.
The Army link has some good stuff on it.

4 14 Jan 2018 08:08 PM       Dennis Passwater               From: Georgetown, OH
Is there anyone out there that remembers the crest that we wore on our dress green epaulets? They had a blue top with a star in the middle, below that was a white background with a green tree in the center. Under that the word "DUTY" I have the "Ahead of the rest crest, but would like to find the other one to wear on my 196th. ball hat. Please let me know. Thanks Co.B 3/21 65-67.

5 13 Jan 2018 11:25 AM       George Reischling               From: Tennessee

I came upon your name while surfing the net and knew that the above statement would have special meaning for you. Helicopter units carried us into battle, prepped our landing zones and wrought devastation upon the enemy when we needed help. Your support was invaluable and the heroic Dust-off choppers saved many thousands of lives. I served with 3/22nd, 25th Infantry Division out of Tay Ninh as an infan...

6 09 Jan 2018 11:57 AM       Stephen Tanner               From: Ohio
Tanks for the info!

7 09 Jan 2018 10:29 AM       William(Bill) (Doc) Karp               From: Pasadena, Texas (Republic of Texas)
Today 50 years ago Jan. 9th, 1968 My (Longest Day) Alpha Co. 3/21st, 196th LIB operating off of LZ Center, West of Tam Ky in Heip Duc Valley (Death Valley to many of us) just below LZ West, we were ambushed by NVA on their way to the coastal cities for TET of'68. Many died that day some were captured and 10-12 of us were MIA/Presumed dead, for 24 hours. As luck would have it I paired up with my lucky charm, Gene Tilson and he and I made it back to friendly troops.(Doc Karp) karp45@yahoo.com

8 09 Jan 2018 12:48 AM       Frenchie 68-69 Co C 4/31               From: California
Bleier was with Co C 4/31. I was the "greeter" at the company tent on Baldy...I DEROS in Feb 69 and i missed him by about 2(?) weeks in 1969 ...Yea oliver stone was with the 25th INF Div...i dont know why but I doubt Bleier has been to a reunion...but ive only been going since the seattle reunion so he has never met the one and only Frenchie...lol
ROCKY this is your formal invitation to the 2019 Reunion in LOMBARD, ILL...more info in early 2019. you can pick up his book FIGHTING BACK

9 08 Jan 2018 08:08 PM       Salvador R. Pilo               From: Holly Springs, NC
50 years ago today my unit along with HCC engaged in a combat force of NVA in the valley. On that day we lost our Capt.,my platoon Lt Seibert and our first sergeant along with men from Kelso and HHC. Today is the 50th anniversary that they gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. AMEN

10 08 Jan 2018 03:47 PM       Michael Wicke               From: Ocean, NJ
Bleier served with the 4/31 Infantry, 196th LIB, I believe Stone served with the 25th Infantry Division

11 08 Jan 2018 02:03 PM       Stephen Tanner               From: Ohio
Question: Did Rocky Bleier (Pittsburgh Steeler) and Oliver Stone (Hollywood Producer) serve with 196th Brigade? If so have they been invited to be guest speaker at National Reunion? just wondering

12 31 Dec 2017 10:08 AM       Charles Philip King               From: Kansas City Missouri USA
Looking for anyone who served with F Troop 17th Cav 67/68. Does assn still exist? I used to belong & lost all contact.

13 28 Dec 2017 11:10 PM       Gary O'Neil               From: Harrisburg Pa
I was browsing through the comments on the website and noticed the comment from Charles Van Natter on Kham Duc. I was there during that period of time. We made it out of there by the grace of God. I am thankful to be here today. I was also with D/2/1.

14 25 Dec 2017 09:20 AM       Hank Ferraioli               From: Rochester, NY
Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

15 22 Dec 2017 09:49 AM       Sam Mazzola               From: Clinton Township, MI
Billy Ray Harp, another source for info for your cousen is the Coffelt Data Base of Vietnam causalities. This site will give you more info than the Virtual Wall, use both sites.


16 21 Dec 2017 06:31 PM       EDWARD J. LATINI               From: Evergreen
Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year. A/4/31, 67-68.

17 19 Dec 2017 09:37 AM       don maxfield               From: n.j.
just wanted to wish everyone a merry christmas
just wanted to wish everyone a merry christmas

18 17 Dec 2017 03:47 AM       Frenchie 68-69 Co C 4/31               From: California
ATT: Billy Ray Harp
Francis Allen Hughes is listed on our Honor Roll..i dont know how much you know (dates/unit etc) you may want to Click on the HONOR ROLL tab and look for his name (alphabetically listed) and of course the online VIRTUAL WALL will have more details about him.
If you ever come to Fresno give me a call or text me at 559-392-3729

19 15 Dec 2017 04:54 PM       Billy Ray Harp               From: Gilroy California
I visited the site to learn about my cousin Francis Allen Hughes (KIA Vietnam), whom I never knew but for whom I have come to find the deepest respect and a sense of honor for. He is survived by his brother Mike, my whom I researched Francis for based on the memorial wall in Washington DC.
I am as well, the son of a Vietnam Veteran and I served in the US Army, so this has come to mean a great deal to me as well as my cousin.

Thank you for this site open for the survivors

20 12 Dec 2017 11:26 AM       don maxfield               From: n;j;
i was with the the 175th cbt. engs. 66-67. i went home and joined then national guard in 68 and got out in 89. during that time i was told the patch on the right sleeve was called a combat patch.

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