196th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE
GUESTBOOK ENTRIES FOR
Happy New Year to all of the Brothers of the 196th. I would like to
wish everyone a prosperious new year and ask that we not forget the brothers
that are no longer with us. (Doc) John Clough (D Battery 3/82)
I served with 3/82 FA from July 67-68. Served in order LNO w/321 Inf
(2 Mo.); Bde LNO for BG Linnel (2 Mo.); Bn FDO (2 Mo.); (I know, couldn't
hold a job); Then formed up D Btry on LZ Pony and commanded same for 6
months till rotation. Would love to communicate with any 196 Vets esp
any one from D 3/82. And thanks for the web site Mr Web master et al!!
Father (Rudy Shotts) was with the 196th, 3/82 Arty B Battery on LZ
Center 1967-1968 as a gun chief. Looking for fellow vets, and also if
anyone has photos to share of their time at LZ Center. I am in the beginning
stages of developing a web page for LZ Center, and am looking for as much
info as I can. Thanks, Pete
Pete Shotts-I have a picture of Center taken in the period your father
was there. It shows the FDC bunker with antennae, and the tallest thing
in the btry-the shower stall with 5o gal. barrel on top. Will send a copy
if you want it.Contact my e/mail address.
Father (Rudy Shotts) was with the 196th, 3/82 Arty B Battery on LZ
Center 1967-1968 as a gun chief. Looking for fellow vets, and also if
anyone has photos of the LZ to share. I am in the beginning stages of
developing a web page for LZ Center. Tnanks, Pete
I have failed to send my great appreciation & thanks to "REDHORSE"
82d Arty ChuLai, and I know I speak for all members of the flight crews
of 68th & 54th Med. Detachments which made-up ChuLai Dust-Off. My tour
with the 68th was Jul 69 to Apr 71. REDHORSE often provided flares in
leap-frog fashion during our urgent missions at night during horrible
weather, usually with cloud cover below our flight minimum of 300ft or
the intense rain during the monsoon seasons. You would get us to the desired
coordinates and shut the flares down when we could see a flash light of
the ground unit and if necessary bring us home the same way. Many of these
missions were "volunteer", I could never say no because I new what it
was like on the ground; I was especially motivated if it involved a unit
of the 196th even tho our primary responsibility was to the 198th and
11th LIBs. Without doubt, REDHORSE kept us from hitting a mountain and
expidited the mission and saved lives on the ground as well as those of
our crews Once more, THANKS, you guys were the best. "out-here" Doc Brassfield
I was in A Battery 3/82 Arty from May 1970 to April 1971. Was a RTO
with the Fo in C Co 2/1. Then into FDC untill i left for home.
My unlce served with the 82nd Artillery from 1967-1969. He was with
3rd Battalion, C batry in the end. Served as an FO with 4/31st Infantry
from 67-68. He was Lt. Steve Mason seriously wounded at LZ Siberia, September
69. Anyone who was with the 82nd Art or 4/31st Inf, I am looking for more
information about these units. My unlce died two months ago and I am attempting
to find out what I can before it's lost. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Where are all of the 3/82nd brothers. Would like to here from them.
I was a medic in the aid station at Hawk Hill and when we moved north
then spent most of my time with D Battery on LZ Linda. God Bless to all.
This is my new E-mail address if anyone from C 3/82Arty
wants to correspond.Have a good one.
Still Looking for buddies ,anyone that served with
me in Nam,Lz Center,B-Btry 3/83FA Feb 68 thru Feb 69.Would like to hear
or know what happed to Mike Rosa(New York),Bear (chicgo)Cpl.Lopez,Lt.Wilkerson,White(Tenn?)or
any one that i can't remember their name.
Joseph Qinnn,you E-mail address has too many letters
in it for aol to accept.They say no more than 16 characters-I hav e long
letter for you-I was ssg.bill russell,asst chief computor of 3/82
New e-mail address - served 2/68 to 11/68 HHB 3/82
in FDC on LZ Baldy, West. Maj. Clarke, Andy from Big Sky Country I was
radio operator working in FDC clearing grids and providing ears for FO's
to supply artillery and Air support. Anyone out there
I was with C Btry,3/82 from the first day forward.I
went to Ft Dix & picked up 46 new kids & went with them to RVN.I was the
commo chief & Aerial resupply nco,Had a terrific crew and many memories,some
good,some not so good.Thanks for this site.I peek in often.
HI WAS IN THE 196 TH FROM FORT DEVENS MASS C BARTY
3 82 ARTY FROM1965 TO 1967 ALSO WAS A RTO WITH A CO 4 31 INF IN TAY NINH
FROM DEC 1966 TO MAY 1967 THEN TRANFORTED TO 9 TH IN DIV HHC AT BEAR CAT
HOME JULY 14 1967 LEFT VIET NAM SP4 WELCOME HOME TO ALL THE 196 TH LIGHT
INF BRIGADE CHARGERS
I was with como HHB 3/82 arty on LZ Baldy . I was
there 8/68 to 8/69. Need info on reunions for 3/82 and any guys in the
unit. SSG Pack, SSG Gangi , Ledo, Semanisin , Phalen. Capitain Stark And
Colnel Knight were officers.
Servered as a medic with 3d/82nd arty D battery
in 71 on Hawk Hill and LZ Linda most of the time. Looking forward to hearing
from anyone from the gun crews or From Steve Lowe. our Chief of smoke
was Sgt. Wommack
I was the commo chief of C btry from our arrival
in country till I rotated out of Chu Lai.Arrived back home on 10 July
67.Any of the commo crew out there,or Walt Sherrett,the ammo daddy.
Confusion and a question: The unit history says we stood down in June,
1972. However, at least one company of 3/21 Infantry and B Battery, 3/82
Field Artillery remained. B Battery took over a different Hill and assumed
coverage for an area previously covered by RVN's. I was first stationed
on Hill 260 (LZ Linda), then at HHB 3/82 FA compound (morning report clerk)--CO
LTC Orren Widdon, and finally, in June, was assigned to the residual force
(B Battery) as RTO/Clerk at the airbase. We did not ship out until August
13, 1972. This is important because we claim that our organization was
the final ground combat unit in country, but The Cav was also operating
down south, and they only stood down about a week before us in August.
I have the copies of the Associated Press Black & White photo prints of
the final FA round being fired (a ceremonial WP). So, the question is,
does anyone know if the residual force was officially 196th Infantry Brigade
or not (no one told me to change my shoulder patch), AND does anyone have
knowledge of the terrible "friendly fire" incident that the residual force
infantry troops suffered as a result of rounds fired by B Battery? It
was likely in July, with a minimum of 3 casualties and 10 wounded. A Major
Ward was in charge at headquarters operations at the DaNang Airbase, and
the CO at LZ Scott was a CPT. Picket (?). Feel free to e-mail me. (SSG;
9 1/2 years, SMOS 13E30 (primary in RVN), PMOS 91C30)
I served with the 3-82FA, 196th LIB from Mar 71 to Jan 72. Initially
as an FO with C/1-46 Inf (Mar 71 to Jun 71); then Arty LnO with 2-1 Inf
(Jul 71 to Sep 71); and finished up my tour as CO A/3-82FA (Oct 71 to
Jan 72). Interested to hear from anyone with whom I may have served.
I did a short search on LT Tierney and found nothing of use. I have
heard though if you know someone at the VA this is an easy job to find
a name. Because of privacy concerns they will mail him a letter saying
that you wish to contact him. They will give him your address/phone number.There
is a document and process for doing this at the VA, I forget what it's
called. Others , as you probably know are looking for him also. Looking
for all men who served with Delta - 4/31 & HHC - 4/31. 196th. Lt. Anderson
- 70 & 71, 2nd. Plt. Sgt. Phillip Madlang - 69, Lt. Tierney - 68 ( FO
) Beadle Bailey - 68 & 69, 2nd. platoon gun Sq. Capt. Solo - 66 & 67,
Capt. Baxter - 71, Medic's, F O's, Chaplains, 1966 Boat People to Stand
down 10/71. We have contacted approx. 450 of the guys and about 370 are
on a current roster. Contact Vance A. van Wieren 6654 - 122nd. Ave. Fennville,
MI. 49408 or 269 - 543 - 3661 or email@example.com Welcome home my Brothers
and may God richly bless you & your loved ones. Vance A. van Wieren Fennville,
MI USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 23:59:59 (EST)
I am still looking for LT.Tierney 3/82 Foward Observer Delta 4/31
67/68. We were wounded by land mine Febuary 28th,1968 west of Tam Ky in
the Que Son Valley. We had just cleared a village and were walking out.
I was a fng and Lt.Tierney was pointing out were an ambush could be sprung
on us in the tree line. When the land mine got us,Lt.Tierney lost both
legs and I was blinded,his rto was wounded. Doc Eder,God love him took
care of us and we where medevaced out to NSA Da Nang. When Captain Mellon
got wounded he saw him in San Francisco at the Army hospital that was
last anybody has seen him. No one knew his first name so I can't do a
search to find him,I have tried the VA and the Army no luck. If anybody
would know where he is I would appericiate it. Doc La Palio HHC,Delta
and Charlie Co's 4/31st 68/69
I was with the 3/82arty i 70-71 and served as an FO and a Bn Liaison
Officer w/ 2/1. I'd be interesting in hearing from anyone else who served
Looking for anyone that served with me B-Btry,3/82FA,Feb 68 thru Feb
69.LZ Center.Mike Rosa,Bear from Chicago,Lopez, Tanner,Ect.
I am looking for anyone who remembers Lyle Tiili. He was assigned
to 3rd Battlion, 82nd Artillary, B Battery, D Company. If anyone recalls
being in Vietnam with him please reply. Thank you.
Hope the new year finds everyone well. I served with B 3/82 arty 67/68.
Heard that center was over run sometime after I left B battery, any info
would be great. Danny Jordan
Looking for anyone that was in B-Btry 3/82 F.A. Feb 68 thru Feb 69.Was
on Gun 4 ,FDC then Gun 3 Base Piece.Looking for Mike Rosa(N.Y),Bear(Chicigo),Lopez,Whitie,Tanner(kick
out of Inf to Arty),hipper red headed medic,or other Nam buddys that i
can't remember their names.
I was just sitting here thinking about Christmas' past and thought
about the time we were out preparing for the infiltration course at fort
devens in 1965. I remember singing christmas carols in a tent with one
of our commo sgt. Cant remember his name I was with C Battery 3/82 Arty.
Anyone remember the sgt name Merry Christmas to all Chargers and please
keep those in harms way now,in your prayers.
I was with C battery 3/82 arty in 1965 out of Fort Devens. Was in
FDC from Fort Sill Okl then straight to Devens. Worked with John Flynn
(the cook) also M Collins (Killer)in FDC. Was in country Aug 66 to June
67. I knew Capt. Dearlove, Lt. Clarke, and Lt. Gibson (Hoot). Looking
to find anyone who was in country at that time.
note correction on posted Email address. I was asst.chief bn. computor,
3/82 atry,jun67, jun 68. Glad to see in Vietnam mag article complaint
about Gen. Linnel. Sent any more choppers to Danang for your fresh veggies?
I was FO for B Battery 3/82 (LZ Center) and FDO with A Battery (Hawk
Hill)69-70 after getting out of field.Got pics of both units and recording
of fire missons.Come on redlegs in my time. Let's get our stories out!You
guys where a class act!
I had the priviledge of being the first CO of "A" Batery 3/82 from
it's inception at Ft. Devens. I must say it wasa priviledge as I served
with some of the finest young men I had the pleasure of being associated
with during my long career. Both active and reserve. Feel free to contact
me regarding any inquiries on Agent Orange.
Does anyone remember a Johnnie Cox "Wally" I believe he was in A Bat,
3d Bn, 82nd SLD ARTY. Any help would be appreciated If you knew him I
would appreciate you emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will
explain what I am trying ot do for him
I was with C-Battery, 82nd Artillary, 196 Light Infantry in Fort Devens
October 1965. Went to Nam with Brigade, stayed until May 1967. (Cook C-Battery).
FYI 3rd BN 82nd FA FDC: I was in the 3-82nd Bn FDC from Feb'70 to
Apr'71. I spent most of my time on LZ Hawk Hill, LZ West, a whole lot
of little 2 gun LZ's overlooking LZ Professional and my last 2 months
on LZ Alpha2 on the highway just before it crossed over the DMZ into North
Vietnam. I was the Bn guy for Charlie on LZ Siberia and B 1/46th on LZ
Professional. Was on the other end of the radio for Hiep Duc & LZ Mary
Ann. (I knew that one was going to happen the minute I drew the range
fans for all the supporting artillery units and none of them could range
the LZ. I tried to point this out to my S3, but since I was a sp4, I didn't
know what I was talking about.) After I got home, I joined the WI National
Guard, and retired in 1998 as the 1st BN, 121st Field Artillery's Command
Sergeant Major. I really would like to know what happened to all the FDC
guys from that time period. Gary Weller 3405 Parkside Dr Brookfield WI
5005 262-790-9561 email@example.com
Made one of the first reunions @ the wall what seems like a hundred
years ago, had some trouble for awhile after that. But it seems like recent
events made me feel that I needed old friends back around me. B-btry 3/82nd
I want sent to Fort Devens, MA in Aug 1965 as part of the training
unit. I was with Btry A 3/82. Took the boat trip with the BDE to Nam.
We got to Tay Nien when the base camp was still full of farmers, we had
no 105 guns as the ship they were on got stuck somewhere or other. Stayed
with Btry A as XO, them went to BN HQ as the Comm Officer. Moved with
the Bde to Chu Lai and was shipped home in Jun 67. Glad I found this web
sight. It sure brings back memories
Was with 82 nd Field Artillary Hq Co 3rd Gun Btn Giessen Germany 1958-1961
Trying to get in touch.
Looking for anyone from artillery liason on lz professional or maryann.
You guys are hard to find!
Hey,don't give up. Just made contact with fellow f.d.c. 3/82 arty
member after trying for years on this site.We are out here-
Would like to hear from anybody who was in Battery B 3rd BN 82nd Arty
during periods August 1966 to August 1967.
I served in HHB 3/82arty-coomo section from 1/68 to 6/68. Iwas still
in the in country orientation in Chu Lai the night the ammo dump blew
up. What a sight! I spent most of my time at LZ Baldy. Our unit was sent
up north of Phu Bai for a while. I think it was Camp Evans. It was mostly
a 1st Air Cavalry Div. base. We were just packing up to return to LZ Baldy
when the Fuel dump at the Camp Evans airfield was hit and blew up.
i served with b btry.3/82 f.d.c.section from sept.67-sept.68.would
like to hear from any fellow vets.
I served with HHS Btry from Oct. 65 July 67. I was known as Charlie
. I am attempting to find the name of a Lt. who was with C Btry 3/82 arty
FDC and was kiied at FB French Fort in April of 1967 during a mortar attack.
I just received the 196th Association in the mail. Thanks very much
to all of the volunteers who keep this Association going and publishing
the updates. The publication had a request from Steve Miller of A/3rd/82
asking anyone to contact him. It was a pleasure being able to "see" someone
from A Battery in the news asking to be contacted. A smile was brought
on my face with Steve's reference to Sgt. Joe Stewart. Sgt. Stewart is
in everyone's memory from A Battery. A truer individual could not be had.
Not sure if anyone know of Sgt. Stewart today as the last I saw him was
11-12 years ago and he was as feisty as ever. Please continue the great
work that you are doing. It is very much appreciated.
Iwas one of the org.members.Trained in Ft.Devons.and was on the USS
PATCH.Looking for anyone in my unit from 65-67.I was with ''A''Batt.3/82Art.
Was in HHB 3/82nd Arty. Was at Ft Devens when 196th was activated
in 65 and went to Nam by ship with the equipment. Was motor mule for the
Bn. There are a couple of us here in Lawton that went over with the 196th.
Would like to hear from any old buddies from the Bn. If any one remembers
Bill Irwin and should have his address please email it.
Not sure if I am listed however I was with HHB 3/82 p/o 196th from
Feb 68 till Nov68. Worked in Fire Direction Center (FDC) as radio operator
clearing air space for Artillery. This is a great vehicle to find someone.
I have never been able to locate anyone from HHB 3/82.
It is Christmas day 2002 and I just checked this site for new entries,
nobody I knew in Nam has signed on. I know that there are plenty of "cannoncockers"
from B3/82 out there but not many seem to post messages. Iwould like see
more from you guys, I served 67/68. Come on guys lets get arty represented
my name if fraklin silas from Minto alaska, serve on hawkhill with
jump battery. I am living in Minto now, and working as a Water Plant Operator.
here are some of the people that I remeber: gould, and louie. I know there
are more, but am unable to remeber at the moment. I woulnd't mind hearing
from anyone, I dont have an e-mail address yet, but my adress is: Franklin
Silas P.O. 53 Minto, Alaska 99758 907-798-7713 Waiting to hear from you
Served with the 3-82d FA, Oct 71-Apr 72, as LNO, 1st Sp Bde (ARVN)
and as an FO with 1-1 Cav. Nickname 'Cherry'. Would like to hear from
SSG James Pack or anyone else I served with!
I WAS IN 3RD BN 82ND ARTY FROM SEPT.1965 TILL JULY 1967. I WAS A AMMO
HANDLER TRUCKDRIVER,ALSO DID MY SHARE OF WORKING ON THE 105 HOWITZER.I
SPUN YARN IN A FACTORY FOR SEVEN YEAR TILL IT CLOSED. THEN I WENT TO WORK
AT A TRUCK BODY AND TRAILER MFG PLANT. i AM WORKING ON MY 29TH YR,WITH
THE SAME COMPANY, WITHTHE LAST ELEVEN YR. BEING FULL TIME TRUCK DRIVER
DELIVERING THE PRODUCTS.
Joined the 196th. after the 101 stood down in the spring of ' 72.
Started in S-2 of HHB 3/82, later on Hill 55 with B/3/21 till stand down.
Been a long time and best to all. wayne
I'm in the Air Force, stationed at RAF Lakenheath in England. I'm
searching for info. on/for my step-father Virgil W. Wilson, who was 196th,
82d Artillery. Does anyone out there remember him? Thanks
I was in the 196th Lt. inf. brigade 3rd bn 82nd arty A btry sept.1965
to july 1967. i was a truck driver in the ammo section , then after we
got to vietnam they put me to sp/4 and i went on a 105 howitzer.After
i got home from nam, i spun yarn in a factory for seven year, then it
went under. i have been driving 18 wheelers all over the country ever
since.i really enjoy reading the comments in the yearbook,thanks a bunch
I WAS WITH C BATRY 3RD 82ND ARTY CAME FROM 2ND ARMOR DIV FT HOOD TX
WITH WARD,ADKINS,ADKINS,BREVARD,BROWN,COMPTON,JEW, BATCHELOR, CUNNINGHAM,FERRELL,KAUPPINEN.
LEFT ON ADVANCE PARTY FROM FT DEVENS TO TAY NINH ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE
BOAT ARRIVED. WAS IN FDC WITH SEGRUE, MCBRIDE,LT GIBSON
I would like for someone that was in Abtry 3/82nd from sept. i966
till july 1967 to contact me. i would like to hear from you.
served with B-3/82 arty 8-67 to8-68.Spent a lot opf time at LZ Center.I
do not remember very much about the last move we made,I believe it was
called LZ Oconner. If any one remembers and can help I would like to hear
I served with C & HQ Batteries 3/82nd Arty from Oct.1965 to April
1967 when I was transfered to the HQ Battery 1/84th Arty.,9th Inf.Div.at
Bear Cat. I was stationed atFt. Reilly, Kansas after Viet Nam, where I
Served with 67th Signal Bn. I keep in touch with Jeff Dillon who was in
fdc., and Joe Dussault who was a Bn. medic with the 82nd Arty. I have
been a Veterans Service Officer for the State of Massachusetts for the
past 14 years. I have attended several of the reunions but missed Gettysberg
last year. Looking for anyone who was with C or HQ 3/82 65-67.and/or was
transfered to the 84th Arty with the infussion program. I am headed for
Hawaii in September and I am looking forward to visiting the new 196th
HQ. For those who took basic at Ft. Devens, it is gone. It has been turned
into a commercial business zone. Very little remains of the post as we
new it. What a shame. Would love to hear from anyone who may remember
me when we were young.
Served with B Battery 3/82 Artillery, April 67-68. In some ways it
seems like yesterday, in many other ways it was a almost a lifetime ago......
I was in A Battery 3/82 Artillery from 66 to 67 Would like to hear
from anyone from my unit and time frame.Awesome web site. Welcome home
Served with the 196th from jan.67 thru nov67 batt.b 3/82 arty. are
gun unit was called automatic one. guys in my unit,were- danzey from fla.
woodward,minn. o grady,kc.mo. ramberg,ill. d.burk,ind. smith,tenn. and
seyler,nj. guys if you see this, would like to hear from you all, its
been a long time.
I'm going to follow the suggestion in the December 2001 newsletter,
and include more info about me. I was in HHS Battery, 82nd Arty from 10/65
to 8/67. I was a Spec 4-was a clerk in Bn HQ and a clerk for CW4 Bill
Martin in BN Supply. Was also an RTO when we first learned how to hook
up the Chinooks. A lot of chopper pilots knew me as Masher 4 X Ray,or
even Zulu. Worked for Captain Jackson when he was S-4, and before he went
to A Btry, also Lt. Kelligrew, Capt. D'Aileo.
As the assistent chief computor of 3/82 arty, I was witness to many
things. I started out in Chu Lai in a very secure TOC ,watching Brig.
Linnel screw things up. We moved north and then things really got tough.
Iwas sent to LZ center, with B battery. They had just relieved the entire
officer group of their jobs. Myself and a Lt Henry assumed the fdc. We
were inm direct support of 3/21, but the fight in front of us was the
whole bridge. LZRoss and LZ Leslie went down then.I went to west for a
while, and then formed D btry on LZColt. From there, I went back to bn.,
and on to
I am now a memeber of the 196 LIB Association and proud of my Charger
and Gimlet service. I deployed for my second tour with the 3rd BDE 82nd
ABN February 1968 and a few weeks later found myself, along with others,
infused into the 196 LIB. Served proudly with A 3/21 and B 321 until June
1969. Don't for get to join Classmates.com; it is one of the greatest
Internet tools to locate former military buds.
I was with 3/82 Arty. I have been to several reunions, but I missed
Gettysburg. Sounds like I missed a great one. Thanks to all of the Associaton
officers for their hard work. This site is fabulous. All of this takes
time and hard work. I am from Madison Wisconsin, and I pushing to have
the next reunion in Madison. You may contact me for information. I go
by Michael D. because we have a son here in Madison named Mike B. Someone
(Jeff Dillon remembered) may remember me as "Wingnut." It was a nickname
given to me by Bob Annen, who passed over to the other side quite a few
years ago in Chicago. There are still a lot of 3/82 guys I haven't seen
at the reunions. I have a little info about the 196th at my website, www.interviewresearch.com.
See Table of Contents, then look for "Letters Home."
Looking for anyone who served with me in Viet Nam Feb 68- Feb 69,B-Btry,3/82
FA,LZ Center. FDC or Gun# 3.
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