196th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE
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GUESTBOOK ENTRIES FOR
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Just wanting to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Every day is a GREAT day!! It is a great pleasure to me when I get to hear from anyone from the olden day at C/4/31 67-69 ....I think we were involved in building and tearing down LZ WEST at least twice.... Frenchie
Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian <namrats@hotmail.com>
FRESNO, CA USA - Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 15:57:40 (EST)

Looking for Bob McFarlin who served in Charlie Company, 4th/31st. Came across your April 21, 2002 post describing an incident of a Kit Carson named Ky tripping a booby trap. I was there that day when it happened Bob. I am also in contact with two other guys who were there. Harvey Van Hoven and Ron Heimerl. Tried to e-mail you with the address you submited on that 2002 post but it wouldn't go thru.
Greg O'Neil <goneil90804@yahoo.com>
Long Beach,, CA USA - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 23:15:18 (EST)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All.Does anyone from Charlie Co 4/31 remember the Christmas of 68, I hope this one is BETTER. My best to everyone this coming year. Ralph
Ralph Urrutia <ralphurrutia@bellsouth.net>
Miami, Florida USA - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 15:46:09 (EST)

Served with 4th/31st, Charlie Company, 3rd Plt., 3rd Sqd., June 1970 to Dec 1970 before rotating to REMF job at Hawk Hill for rest of my tour. Looking for a guy nicknamed Crazy John. Have made contact with a few guys from the unit over the past few years. Attended a reunion up in San Francisco this past September with guys from Charlie Company.
Greg O'Neil <goneil@yahoo.com>
Long Beach, CA USA - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 01:35:38 (EST)

As of the posting of this message, I am committing $1000.00, from the sale of copies of the book "One-Zulu", towards the "196th L.I.B. Association Schorlarship Fund" (to be awarded to college-age student family members of 196th L.I.B. Association). [If a 'Scholarship Fund' is not yet in existence, then this commitment will be met when/if the Officers of the 196th Association establish such a Fund.] I make this commitment in honor of the men of 2-B-4/31, and A-4/31 who fought the 'Ridge Battle' [7-11 May, 1968] in an effort to save '1st AirCavDiv LRRP Team One-Zulu'. I hoping you all have a Happy Holiday Season, and for a New Year of re-uniting with your buddies. Randy
Randy Kimes <e52inf-at-yahoo.com>
Auburn, CA USA - Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 23:37:20 (EST)

would like to hear from all my fellow bro. in arms b.co 4/31 196th americal division aug1969 /aug1970 i have lost some email address due to hard drive crash. merry christmas to all and happy new year russ
russell fenton <russfen at wmconnect.com>
reeds, mo. USA - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 19:00:35 (EST)

This is for Richey (Co C 4/31 196th) from KS i believe...Heyllo guy, We spoke recently and it was great talking to you. I have a question send me an email. Much appreciated Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian
GILBERT "FRENCHIE" MANASSELIAN <namrats@hotmail.com>
fresno, ca USA - Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 14:46:05 (EST)

To all Polar Bears, if you ever visit Michigan, Michigan's Military and Space Museum located at 1250 Wise Street in Frankenmuth "Michigans Little Bavaria" has a Polar Bear exhibit, a wall of display cases devoted a group of World War 1 Detroit area soldiers who engaged the Bolshevik Army in Russia. I'm still looking for all members of A Company 4/31 from Fort Devens to stand down. I have a roster with 180 names,addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, also a list of all KIA,s with panel and row numbers on the Vietnam Memorial. There is also a listing of looking for names. If you are on my roster please stay current, if you are not please contact me so I can add you or if you know how to contact a brother. The roster is not used for commercial purposes.
Sam Mazzola <sammazzolaathotmail.com>
Detroit , MI USA - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 15:17:28 (EST)

ARMY (11C20) JULY '71- APRIL '72 I WAS AT FIREBASE RAWHIDE 4/31-196TH LZ MAUDE 1/46-196TH--OUTSIDE OF DANANG--FOUR-DUECE MORTARS RIDGELINE-DANANG OUT IN THE BUSH HUMPING 81 MM MORTARS LOOKING FOR ANYONE THAT WAS THERE AT THAT TIME.
TERRY JORDAN <TERRY.JORDAN@MNDULU.ANG.AF.MIL>
DULUTH, MN USA - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:49:03 (EST)

A friend asked me to look for anyone that knew Thomas F. Hutchek (Hutch). He was D. Co. 4/31 67-68. He has cancer and doesn't have much time and wants to talk to his 196th buddys before it is too late. E mail me, have his address and will have his phone # tomorrow.
Kenneth McParland <knmcpr@aol.com>
Sioux City, IA USA - Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 00:08:31 (EST)

This is to convey my sincere THANKS to those May, 1968 grunts of 2/B/4-31, and A/4-31. Randy
Randy K. <e52inf-at-yahoo.com>
Auburn, CA USA - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 22:23:47 (EST)

I WAS WITH THE 4/31 196 LIB FROM DEC.67 TO DEC.68.I AM GOING TO THE REUNION.I HOPE TO SEE THOMAS,ZUMA, REEDER,RINGER,MILLER,GOODWIN,DAD,DOC,PETTY,FRENCHY,MAPLE,BIN,JOHN,TOM,HILLBILLY,AND ALL THE REST OF YOU BROTHER.I DIDNOT FORGET YOU LATIN,OR,ANGELO,SMITHTY,LACY,OR MY JEWISH FRIEND,I CANNOT RECALL YOUR NAME AT THIS MOMENT. LOVE YOU BROTHERS MAC
DANIEL P. MACDONALD <DPMACDONALDINS@AOL.COM>
LANSDALE , PA USA - Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 23:06:18 (EST)

Frenchie, The booze run "Johny Walker Red" was only to Guam for gee whiz sakes, The upper crust ok just because you 11 Bravo's had to make appointment with me on Mellon does not make me a bad person, I had tennis matches to go to, improve my golf swing and get alittle sun tan time in, then there was an afternood nap after a buffet spread of ham and mothr f*******, and a B-3 can whoopee. I did appericate the Johnny Walker Red you 11 Bravo's took real good care of me. See you soon Doc La Palio
Doc La Palio <aml(at) vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 12:58:26 (EST)

Doc, Ill never forget that adult beverage run you sent me to Guam on the way to visit the family...LoL...true story..Im still humping the hills...in fact last year i went to Mt Whitney (14,493ft el) on my "farewell" backpacking trip but my brother in law calls me, from Chicago, out of backpacking retirement because he wants us to go to Yosemite and backpack to Half Dome....hmmm ... mabe i better dust off that excercise machine... Well Doc I do remember you clearly even tho you hung out with the upper crust....Thanks for the kind note...Im lookin g forward to the visit... That Sgt Gutierrez and his guys were a bit much...i wanted to sleep at night! not hunt bad guys!!!! LOL. Frenchie PS hear anything about Lt Proffitt? my 26
Frenchie <NamratS@hotmail.com>
fresno, ca USA - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at 23:47:37 (EST)

Brother Frenchie, I received your e-mail and I responded when I get up your way for the inspection I told you about I will get together with you and talk about the charlie companies zapper squad when Sgt.Gut would run down into some vill and create more havoc than anyone could believe. Good God where does America find such warriors. Doc La Palio HHC,Delta and Charlie Co's Senior Polar Bear 68-69.
Doc La Palio <aml(at) vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at 13:35:25 (EST)

SERVED 2/68 TO 2/69...C/4/31 from Camp Evans to LZ Mellon. Drop me a note if you remember me...Ive connected with several of the guys from this website. THank you webmaster ... Doc Lapalio check your email... They called me FRENCHIE...I wonder why...LoL
GILBERT "Frenchie" MANASSELIAN <NAMRATS@HOTMAIL.COM>
FRESNO, CA USA - Saturday, November 06, 2004 at 22:43:57 (EST)

C 4/31 Oct 68-69
Ralph Urrutia <ralphurruti@bellsouth.net>
Miami, Fl USA - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 13:44:47 (EDT)

How can I get maps of the old AO's for all the US Forces in Vietnam? I'm living in Saigon and volunteer to take guys back to the field, but the Vietnamese have few maps. I need maps of AO's to include LZ's and FSB's. I served as a SSG with D/4/31 196th oct 69-70 grunt Ranger. Now I'm in Macon, GA helping an old Ranger Buddy get re-elected to congress. Will be returning to Vietnam Nov. 15th and need maps. Will pay for the maps. Also, if any of you want to stay at my house in Saigon for a few days, rent free, no problem. I can assist you with coming to Vietnam if you wish or be happy to answer any questions you have about Vietnam now. Iv'e been living in Saigon for over 2 years. Bob Delzell
bob delzell <bobinsaigon@hotmail.com>
saigon, vietnam - Monday, October 04, 2004 at 14:47:54 (EDT)

I was In The Nam 1970-1971 Oct23 -Oct 24th. Co. D 4/31st. 196th.Americal 23rd.Lt.Inf.Div. Was around Chu-Lai & Da-Nang Welcome Home to all of US And God Bless.....
Carl A Petersen <low_life53atcharter.net>
Twin Lakes, WI. USA - Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 07:35:47 (EDT)

I Served in Vietnam from 7-9-68 to 7-8-69. I was with the 23d MP CO. in Chu Lai. HHC 196th 4/31 INF Americal Brigade. Charlie co. 4/31 196th INF Americal and Delta co. 4/31 196th Americal. I was a weapon inspector and Armorer. I'm trying to find another guy that may have witness a event in May of 69. When the NVA's tired to over run LZ Baldy. When a good friend of mine was Kill. If there's anyone with information please e-mail me. thank you. God Bless, Billy
Billy Johnson <boo@icountry.net>
Oakwood, TX USA - Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 19:06:07 (EDT)

We are still looking for all who served with Delta / HHC - 4/31st. 196th. Lib. Captain Solo, Captain Baxter, Lt. Anderson, plt. sgt. Madlang & Beadle Bailey both from 2nd. platoon, all Chaplains, Medic's, Boat people, ALL who served with us. We have a great reunion coming up in Kokomo, IN. ( 50 miles north of Indainpolis )on Sept. 16th. to 19th. A great camp out style reunion,( the biggest basecamp I have ever been in ) and lots of vendors selling all types of 196th. gear and great food. God willing this will be my 13th. straight year. You will not be sorry if you show up for this one. May God bless us all.
Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431" at " i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 23:10:37 (EDT)

4/31 Polar Bears from West and Siberia 70-71 see y'all in San Antonio. Purple Haze, I'm comin', don't give up. Most the men we knew in-country can't make it. We must. We'll eat ribs at Dick's Last Resort and talk about that last patrol. From grunts to cops, ain't it strange. The strangest life I've every known. Thank you Jesus.
Chuck "Indianhead" Reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.net>
Hammond, LA USA - Friday, August 20, 2004 at 23:32:03 (EDT)

Saw some 196 lib shirts in reunon pictures. How can I get some or any 196th LIB memorbila? served Oct 68 to Oct 69 in 3rd platoon A co 4/31
Bob Barth <bobbyb1146@aol.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, August 20, 2004 at 23:02:12 (EDT)

Just a quick entry. Returned from Vietnam recently and saw many of the sites I read about over the years..Cu Chi, Hoi An, Hue City and the Citadel, Phu Bai, Vung Tan, and got a good dose of Saigon. Returned to Hiep Duc and saw from a distance LZ's West, Karen, and Siberia and even "Million Dollar Hill". Took a step back in time and went into "hootch areas", seeing Mama, Papa, and Baby Sans. Viewed the Nui Choms and in all I saw in this area, I thought of times past and the sacrifices made but so many ever so long ago. "Ranger Bob" Delzell is for real. He was a young E-6 Ranger who was with Delta in October 69 on. He now teaches English to the Vietnamese in Saigon and was a tremendous help. He did a lot to make our trip pleasant and he can be reached via a review of the Web Site where he has an entry. One word of cauction, get all financial arrangements in writing particularly from any travel agencies. They tend to try and screw you. Must go -- will have many pictures in San Antonio. Any questions please email me back. A former LT., platoon leader with both Alpha and Delta Companies, 4/31.. God Bless all you Polar Bears and Chargers always.
Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezulegerat msn.com>
Litchfield Park , Az USA - Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 07:00:48 (EDT)

FYI. There is a story about the 2nd Platoon, C,4/31st on the web site www.thehistorynet.com. This is a site of a publishing company that has many military magazines including ont called Viet Nam. Go to that magizine and then go to Defending a Hamlet. The story is from May 23, 1967 . God bless all of you who made it easier for those of us in 1971. 1st Platoon,Co. D. 4/31 Jan 71 to stand-down. BYW there is no mention of the 4/31 reunion in Tacoma on their reunion page.
Dan Griffin <dan.griffin343.sbcglobal.net>
Palatine, IL USA - Monday, August 09, 2004 at 23:01:10 (EDT)

31st Infantry Regimental Association (Polar Bears)Reunion at the Tacoma Sheraton Hotel 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 27-29 August 2004. Hotel reservations 1-888-627-7044 rate $79 say you are with the 31st Inf Ass'n. Registration $20. Banquet $33. Ft Lewis Tour w/lunch $20. All 4/31 Inf Polars Bears please come. Even though 4/31 is in Iraq for their third deployment, the 4/31 colors and color guard from Ft Drum and the Punch Bowl will be there. See you there. Sam Wetzel 4/31 Cdr Vietnam '68-'69
LTG (Ret.) Sam Wetzel <wiint322@aol.com>
Columbus, GA USA - Friday, August 06, 2004 at 10:36:29 (EDT)

Hello to all members of the 196th LIB. My name is Brent Reidenbach and I'm looking for anyone that might have served with my father in 4/31, Robert L. Reidenbach. He served from June '67 to December '67. You may email me at coachr_71 "at" yahoo.com or brent.reidenbach "at" hoffman.army.mil v/r Brent Reidenbach SGT, USA
Brent Reidenbach <coachr_71@yahoo.com>
Lorton, VA USA - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 19:19:22 (EDT)

I served as a Medic with B 4/31st 196th Bde from Feb 68 till Aug 68. Usually roamed the Que Son Vally, Hoi An, Antenna Valley and Camp Evans on a Big Operation with the 1st Air Cav and the 101st into thye A-Shaua Valley. Our Company found one of the largest Weapons Caches of the I Corp after capturing 2 NVAs eating breakfast near a large Hosp and Storage base for Lots of Weapons, it was in the hundreds of things from AK 47s to Anti Aircraft 30 MM and 50 MM Guns and explosives from every Communist Eastern Bloc Country there was; sometime around June of 68 out of LZ Ziberia way back there in the Boonies. Don't regret 1 minute of what we had to do. Later Bros---Jeff from Morro Bay, Ca.
Jeff Baca <jb196inf@charter.net>
Morro Bay, Ca USA - Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 04:00:12 (EDT)

Hello all; Just checking to see if all, are aware of the upcoming reunion ? 4th./31st. Aug.27-29th. In Seattle Wa. Rooms@ $79.99 . Spread the word. Mr. Kimes author of "ONE ZULU"( a must read for all "Polar Bears" )will be speaking. Sam Wetzel (Lt. Gen. Ret.)has put this together. I'm not really sure!! But I think it's because we were the best fighting unit he ever commanded ! Sure would be great to see all you over the hill Gladiators. Sincerely, Ed. P.S Major Faux-Pax, I think I spelled his name wrong! Art. 15 ??
Ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 20:31:12 (EDT)

4/31 Polar Bears please note: 31st Infantry Regimental Association Reunion 27,28 29 August 2004 Sheraton Tacoma Hotel, 1320 Broadway Plaza Tacoma. WA 98402. Tollfree call 1-888-627-7044 say making reservations for "31st Infantry Regiment Association".Hotel $79/night plus tax.Reunion Registration $20.Banquet cost $33. Tour of Fort Lewis to include Fort Lewis Museum and Lunch at the American Lake Club is $20.All 4/31 invited to come. If you want to join the 31st Infantry Association, Annual dues are $10; Life Member age 49 & under is $60; age 50-59 is $45 and age 60 & over is $35. Make membership checks out to "31st Inf Regt Assn" and send to Jack Considine, 144 S. River Rd, Tolland, CT 06084. See all you Polar Bears in Tacoma in August and also at 196th in San Antonio next summer. Sam Wetzel '68-'69
LTG SAM WETZEL <wiint322@aol.com>
Columbus, GA USA - Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 09:54:12 (EDT)

First to our former Bn Cdr. Sam Wetzel if the men in the 31st Inf 10th Mtn Division are being led by men with your honor and dedication and care they will be allright. If you lead I will follow anytime and any where! Second the SMC Fans that I told you about have been recalled by the CPSC on June 10th 2004. If you have one of these fans contact SMC (800)527-3675. They will refund your money if you are not aware of the fan fires scroll down and you will find the information. God Bless you all. Doc La Palio HHC,Delta and Charlie Co's Senior medic 68-69 "Pro-Patria" 4/31st 196th LIB
Doc La palio <aml(at)vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Monday, June 14, 2004 at 16:18:46 (EDT)

Hi guys how the hell are you ? There is a 4/31 reunion the 27th. of Aug. It's being held in Seattle. Randy (author of "One Zulu" and I just made reservations. Sure would like to see some Brovo guys whom shared a Ridge with us. I know what a loss you suffered that night, we are all survivors. Let's meet and toast the brothers we lost. We have to tighten up our shit, be one large group of voting Vets! We are getting older and the Gov.(V.A.)are trying to take more and more. We still have brothers fighting and dying every day, for the same reason we did..NONE!! I now understand the 4/31st are going back into the jaws of the beast. There are millions of us, enough of this stragic withdrawl bull, it's time for an on-line assault. We cannot allow any more chipping away at our health care, or any other care for that matter, Ruck-Up. Sincerely, P.P. Ed Latini.
Ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 22:29:29 (EDT)

Hey Sam! I remember you well. I'm the N.C.O. Whom 1st.Lt.Kevin Burke assigned me to be Battalion Post Master. He never gave me an explanation. I believe it was because I had fewer than 30 days left in country, and 2 P.H.s allready, and the position called for a Sgt.E-7. You dressed him down, and told him he could keep me. You said "In the future you take care of the officers,and the Sgt.Maj.handles all enlisted men". Which is exactly correct! I'm proud to have been a "Fighting Polar Bear". The awards I recieved, all bear your' signature. If you have not read "One Zulu" please do so, I was the team leader of 2nd.Squad, team 'two'.Lt. Mansfield has a record of where and what we did. Best wishes and good luck. Yep I remember you and the bottom of your'chopper, even better!! After all, I was a draftee. Pro Patria, Ed Latini,Sgt.-Ret.
Ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 18:50:22 (EDT)

My Dad was wounded on July 11th, 1967, On his general orders from San Francisco, it says HHC 4/31Inf.196th LtInf Bde APO 96256 , My dad says he kept to himself during his time there ,I feel now he wouldn't mind some encouragement. He is not in the best of health. I love my dad , is their anyone who may have known him. His name is Christopher Christy and he was a medic with the 196th light infantry. I believe his company commander was Lt. Boatwright. If anyone remembers my dad, your kindness is welcomed. He is a strong man, but I would love to see your compassion , thank you.
robert christy <RobertC706@aol.com>
grovetown, ga USA - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 23:07:44 (EDT)

was Bn Cdr of the 4/31 Polar Bears in 68-69. Last weekend I spent 3 days with the 4/31 at Ft Drum. They were preparing to deploy for the third time to Iraq after serving also in Afghanistan. All of you would be proud of these young fighters as I am proud of all of you who fought with me in Vietnam. The Dept of the Army made me the Honorary "Colonel of the Regiment" and the 31st Infantry Regiment Association has annual reunions, the next one this August 27-30,2004 at the Sheraton Hotel in Tacoma, Washington (1-888-627-7044). As we in the South say, Y'all Come! I would like to hear from any who served with me in 4/31 in 68-69. All the best to you great Patriots for the Memorial Day weekend. Sam Wetzel Lieutenant General, US Army Retired 1425 Dartmouth Road, Columbus, GA 31904
LTG Sam Wetzel <wiint322@aol.com>
COLUMBUS, GA USA - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 09:43:58 (EDT)

co.b 4/31rst aug69 aug70 miss all my bro.
russ fenton <russfen@earthlink.net>
reeds, mo USA - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 20:43:31 (EDT)

In going back through the archive files...I read an entry that intrigued me...then things clicked inside the brain and the story matched with my recollection....This is about Dennis Cannito...We were both part of C/4-31/196th ...i was with Sgt Payne and Lt Crockett in the 2nd platoon and he was i believe in the 1st Platoon.. the only thing i knew of him for sure is that he was from NY. My other memory of him was that he wore glasses, soft spoken and carried an M-79 like i did back early on in my tour and thats how I met him. We both packed the M-79 and on rare occasion where our path crossed we waived at each other...rarely spoke to one another.. If im not correct I hope someone lets me know...he was mortally wounded on LZ Mellon. Our platoon was on night patrol and we were just on the outside of the perimeter when the NVA attacked the company that night in August 1968. As I recall, he was the ONLY fatal casualty that night...the company was very concerned since we were told we were out of artillery support range.. Both of us were at Camp Evans (i believe April 1968) and I do have a slide of him sitting on the rear corner of an APC going down highway 1. God Bless him and the other men who paid the ultimate price.... The other fatal casualty I been racking my brain about was from the east coast also...he was KIA in Antenna Valley and if my memory serves me right it was around Nov 68 --prior to Nui Chom. I knew the guy a little bit also...he was in another platoon...I recall that when i left the field to go to Baldy permanently I gave him my chrome bolt for my M-16...we traded...the tought was that chrome bolts were less apt to jam...this heroic trooper got separeted from the company while on an assault/firefight and got surrounded by the NVA and fought until he ran out of ammunition. they found him eventually with spent shell casings all around him. I want to say he was also from NY but I dont recall for sure.......anyone know the man? thanks. Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian PS Doc Laplio, drop me a line if you know...mucho thanks.
Gilbert "FRENCHIE" Manasselian <NamratS@hotmail.com>
Fresno, Ca USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 22:31:16 (EDT)

C 4/31 196TH Feb 68-69...Second platoon...looking for Big Carl Johnson and i do mean BIIIG (m-60) from houston, Brad Homer our squad leader, our LT Crockett, "Twiggy" Moffitt ...these names pop up to me.....Ive already located a few over the years and of course our C.O Lt Cantrell.. Thanks Guys.......everyday is a great day!!! Gilbert "Frenchie" Manasselian will respond to all email.....PS I loved the Chu Lai Hilton...LOL
Frenchie <NamratS@hotmail.com>
fresno, ca USA - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 23:58:59 (EDT)

I served with Delta company 4th and 31st from January 67 through Dec of 67. 3rd platoon. I went by "Jackie" then. Would like to hear from anyone who knew me. Jack
Jack L. Walker <reklaw47@yahoo.com>
Nacogdoches, TX USA - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 11:11:11 (EDT)

was with Co C 4/31 196th LIB...served from Feb 68- Feb 69. 2nd platoon....any one hear from Brad Homer (our squad Leader) or "twiggy" MOffitt? or Big John (Carl Johnson from Houston)??? I was the M-79 on Hill 112...Missed the Nui Chom shoot out...was on west, mellon, oconnor, Camp Evans, LZ Polar Bear, HIll 112.....I FOUND that Base Camp below LZ Mellon...rubber suits,flame throwers etc... I will answer all email. Gilbert "FRENCHIE" Manasselian
Gilbert "FRENCHIE" Manasselian <namrats@hotmail.com>
fresno, c USA - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 20:53:23 (EDT)

FYI, the Polar Bears will be back in harms way soon. The 4th Battalion 31st Infantry will deploy to Iraq as part of a Brigade Combat Team from the 10th Mountain Division in July of this year. No matter how you feel about this war as an old "polar Bear" please keep these youngsters in your prayers.
John L. Mansfield <arctic6@aol.com>
USA - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 08:27:58 (EDT)

aug68 to about may of 69 b4/31 the rest at hhc aviation brigade. the names of the vallys queson antenna, nuichom. and others are haunting to me at times. most times i'm proud to have been a grunt at a cost i'm sure you know. more later. .this kind of communication is new to me after sooo many years. god bless ,terry kanzler
terry kanzler <terryksticksathotmail.com>
selah, wa USA - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 23:15:32 (EDT)

Pro Patria are the words written under the 4/31 Polar Bear Crest, are our motto. They stand for, "For Sombody's own Country"[Formal}. From Latin [literally] " For The Fatherland". P.P. Ed.
Ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 20:50:37 (EDT)

hey I found out what my dads place was in the 196th he was in 4/31 B. I didn't actually have to do anything. One of his buddies was Glover Harold SILER CITY NC CPL 4/31 B. Glover died on 11/23/68
Ryan Kanzler <canzlerr@earthlink.net>
Selah, WA USA - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:13:18 (EDT)

To all of our 196th. Brothers. I maintain a current roster of 400 Delta / HHC - 4/31 Vets. Ranger Bob is a Brother in good standing from Delta - 4/31 and his offer is good. Saigon will always be Saigon to me even if I was only there once. ( Old School ) It was to long of a hump from our Friendly surroundings of Que Son Valley, Antenna Valley, LZ West, Siberia and Nui Chom Mt. May God bless " US " all and enjoy your visit. Vance A. van Wieren
Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at'i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 11:32:14 (EDT)

D/4/31 Oct69-70. Airborne Ranger. Have been living and teaching English in Saigon, Vietnam for 2 years. Will provide room for 5 days or more free of charge to all 196th vets. Have large house in Saigon
Ranger Bob Delzell <bobinsaigonathotmail.com>
Saigon, Vietnam - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 00:28:24 (EDT)

New email address. U.S., A Co., 4/31, Oct. 70 - Jan. 71. AKA "Indianhead", 11B10, 11B20.
Chuck Reed <chuckreed49@bellsouth.net>
Hammond, La. USA - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 02:15:17 (EDT)

HELLO BROTHERS, I WAS WITH A&D COMPANY 4\31 196 LIGHT INFANTRY FROM 12\66 TO 12\67WITH BEAN,RHONES MILLER,OGDEN THOMAS,REEDER,RINGER,LACY,SMITHY, PRETTY BOY,FRENCHY,DAN ZUMA,MAPLE,REBEL,DADS 1&2 YOU WALKED THE LINE ANDI CARRIED THE BODIES TO THE LZ.WE DIDN'T KNOW WHO WAS CRAZIER THAT DAY.HOPE TO HERE FROM YOU SOON.
DANIEL P. MACDONALD <DPMACDONALD2@CS.COM>
LANSDALE, PA USA - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 19:54:38 (EDT)

Hard to believe, today is the 36th. anniv. of the battle for the ridge. One Zulu, Bravo, Alpha and all else involved, One more year we never expected. God Bless All! Pro Patria; Ed Latini. A/4/31.
Ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 17:49:03 (EDT)

HI LACY;it was it was good to see you are still punching.we were in d company 4\31 196 light infanty.i was there from 12\66 to 12\67.Thomas and dan zuma and i suppose to meet on new years 1968 but they didn't make it to the club in philly.reeder met my son at fort dix he was a sgt major.hope to hear from you .your brother dan
daniel mac donald <dpmacdonad2@cs.com>
lansdale, pa USA - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 13:18:26 (EDT)

ON MAY 1ST, 67 A LITTEL KNOWN BATTEL SOUTH OF CHU-LIE WAS FOUGHT BY MY PLATOON FROM "B" 4/31, ON THAT DAY BOBBY HUNT WAS KILLED SEVERAL OTHERS WONDED,,BOBBY WAS MY FRIEND AN I STILL MISS HIM,,,,,,
porter harvey <jsh@elbertonga.com>
elberton, ga USA - Friday, April 30, 2004 at 14:42:40 (EDT)

To Tom Bedient 4/3 Inf 11th Brigade Americal Division 69/69 Thank you for finding Lt.Gary Tierney for me.It was so good to hear from him he is doing fine now,and is retired from the VA after thirty years. It took thirty six years but I knew someday I would find him. God Love you! Doc La Palio HHC,Delta,and Charlie Co's 4/31st "Pro Patria" 68/69.
Doc La palio <aml(at)vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Friday, April 30, 2004 at 12:46:45 (EDT)

Echo company medic's I received a e-mail from Deb Hackman who is assisting Bert Selness an 11Bravo with Echo Co. March 1st 71 to August 71 he carried the pig. He needs help with the VA he banged up his ankle and needs someone to verify that he was injured. I hope any of the Echo or HHC Medic's on Baldy,or West will help out. You can e-mail me or reach Deb Hackman at hackman@acegroup.cc Thanks Doc La Palio HHC,Delta and Charlie Co's 4/31st 68-69
Doc La palio <aml(at)vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 at 15:22:50 (EDT)

Just finished "Through The Valley" Good read, misses much of what othrs did during the resulting reinforcement by A/4/31. The last page states A/4/31 sustained causualties during attack on fortified position! B.S. It was a cluster %$#@. We stumbled into a Batallion sized ambush. I set my team, then went too the kill zone and pulled out S.Sgt. Hunt and one other wounded. The battle lasted all night and into the next morning. We got out with about 30 guys who were not causualties, I've got the records, I'll send them to Lt. Mansfield, where you can check them out, If you doubt. Ed Latini.
Ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Monday, April 26, 2004 at 11:41:06 (EDT)

I do not know how many of you have seen this web site its www.DustysPoetry.com The titile of the poem is"Hello David". Dusty is one of our Nurses, I beleived served at the 91st Evac. Brother's George Lee and Amoes Sheppard sent it to me. Have a soemthing to wipe your eyes with. God Bless you all! Doc La Palio, Delta & Charlie co's 4//31st 68-69
Doc La palio <aml(at)vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 13:45:26 (EDT)

To all of our Delta & HHC - 4/31 Brothers, please note that we have been forced to change our e - mail contact to basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com Please use a normal @ instead of the "at". The phone number is still 269 - 543 - 3661 & the street address is still 6654 - 122nd. Ave. Fennville, MI. 49408. May God richly bless us all. Vance
Vance A. van Wieren <basecampdelta431"at"i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Friday, April 16, 2004 at 00:10:42 (EDT)

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 vw196nam@i2k.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)
mike
USA - Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 21:29:14 (EDT)

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
Doc La palio <amlatglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 12:37:44 (EDT)

Have contacted Phil Baus, John Nover, Larry Leisman and John Gentry. Still looking for Jerry Novotny, Phil Thomas, Mike Garcia, DiMico, Ron Steiber, Willis, Brinson, Mays, Doc Hassbrook, Lt. Campbell, Benny Lara, William Featherston, Thompson, Ernie Torres (Chico), Tom Christopher and anyone else that served 1969-70 4/31st RECON. Please contact me, wanting to plan a reunion.
Dave Jackson <davesharonj@aol.com>
Mt. Zion, IL USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 20:20:48 (EDT)

To all those who served,THANK YOU. I have a freind who served with Bravo 4/31 68 69,Names Tim Richer was from chicago. He's just starting to talk some about it. Told me about Indian guy who carried the pig,called the CHIEF Any info on this, Drop me a line
warren chambers <wchambers@aol.com>
covington, ga USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 01:00:21 (EDT)

I received this from Vance Van Wieren the glue that keeps Delta company together. It is the web page for the 31st Infantry www.31stinfantry.org "Pro Patria" Doc La Palio HHC,Delta,Charlie co's Senior Polar Bear 68-69
Doc La palio <amlatglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 15:44:28 (EST)

D 4/31:10/69-10-70. LZs Siberia & West. AO: Hiep Duc. CURRENTLY LIVING IN SAIGON, VIETNAM. Have visited Hiep Duc 3 times
Bob Delzell <BobinSaigon@hotmail.com>
saigon,Vietnam, ca USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 12:41:13 (EST)

Hey Brothers,I just recently found this site and joined the Association. What a great welcome I got. I was in country 10/67 - 9/68 HHQ 4/31 commo, any more commo guys from my time out there?
JOHN (MICKEY) VANDIVER <mickeyva@cox-internet.com>
Bella Vista, AR USA - Sunday, March 28, 2004 at 21:34:49 (EST)

I served w/HHC, 4/31 from Devens through January '67 when I transferred into 8th Support - Awards and Decorations Section. Most of you may not know it, but the Brigade was NOT scheduled to go to Vietnam. Our ORIGINAL mission was to take part in a forgotten moment of American 1966 history. The U.S. had the 82nd Airborne in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC to quiet down political unrest. They were scheduled to rotate in Summer of '67 and we were to replace them! I was involved in the planning of barracks accomodations (HHC had an intelligence section of which I was a part). There was an election held in the Spring of '66 that went the way Washington wanted it to go. We were then redeployed to Vietnam. And there you have it! Jay Brick, New York City
Jay Brick <jayleland@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Sunday, March 28, 2004 at 16:39:21 (EST)

I've read a bit about the ice cream fiasco. I've got a picture of it, I'll be sending it off to Dave G. after recovering from minor wound, a few of us were trying to get back to West. A pallet of 5 gal. boxes of ice cream, we waited and waited..no birds! told everyone in rear to help us eat it before it melts. I guess when you're stationed in the rear, ice cream doesn't mean that much!! The few of us tried, but, most(120 gals.Melted where it stood). We got a flight out the next day, the looks we got after telling our tale, were usually saved for the NVA.Pro Patria; Ed.
Ed latini <sargent196infantry"at"msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 16:55:38 (EST)

I was With C-4/31 From July 20 1968 To July 20 1969. I was in 2nd platoon with SFC Robertson and LT Stan Cantrelle.
Edward J. Suchy Sr. <edsrsuc@hotmail.com>
Kent, OH USA - Friday, March 26, 2004 at 13:49:17 (EST)

While denigrating REMFS and the Air force is a well-honed infantry skill, consider this: would you rather assault an NVA bunker complex a)with or b)without the fast movers? In May of '68 A 4/31 tried it both ways. Option a was best.
Byron Dare
USA - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 15:58:15 (EST)

Served whith 4/31 196th in 1968 just found your site good work.
Lonnie L. Leech <lonnieleech@hotmail.com>
Denver , Co USA - Monday, March 15, 2004 at 17:08:58 (EST)

Co B, 4/31st. Nov 68-69 LZ West, Siberia, Nui Chom, Hiep Duc Valley
Richard Allison <rickanna31621@msn.com>
Winchester, CA USA - Monday, March 08, 2004 at 11:38:00 (EST)

Hey great site, I was with B 4/31 196th Inf Bde Americal Div. 11-70 to 6-71, Chu Lai, LZ West, Siberia, Da Nang, I have been in contact with SSG Stan (Rosie) Rosenstien, SGT Bruce (bad ass) Fulton, Leo (grampa) Bourdelais. I am looking for Gary Kromenacker, Doc Brochard, Jack Rowley, Krechi, Jack Lambert, Lt.(Lt. Fuzz)Walsh, SGT Hatcher, Tucker on 81mm mortars on LZ West. our pointman Kabot. Taco, Ruiz, Lewis (Shakey), Wilson, Mike Miller. I've got a bunch of people photos from the bush, LZ West, Company and Platoon photos in Da Nang, be glad to send them to any of you. Replace the "at" in my email address with @ and "re:B 4/31st" in the subject line. Hope to hear from any of you. Regards to all. Al
Al Miller <a_v_miller"at"hotmail.com>
Seattle, Wa USA - Sunday, March 07, 2004 at 12:50:28 (EST)

I am looking for a Jere Riggs who was a member of 4/31 in HHC and was an original with the 196th. He and I served in the 196th but also attended Advanced Course, Mata and DLI. Please get in touch with me. You can also contact me at my e mail address by searching thru the Archives. Thanks.
Charles Rowell
Zumbrota, MN USA - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 21:54:43 (EST)

Looking for Bill (Billy) Adams with 4/31 Nam, early 66-68. I think he was in motor pool. Are you out there Billy? Denny
Denny Passwater <thepasswaters@hotmail.com>
Roseville, oh USA - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 16:44:08 (EST)

Looking for anyone with photos from LZ West,LZ Siberia,Qua Son Valley from 10/69 to 10/70. Echo Co.....recon 4/31. Trying to find out whatever happened to PFC Kim Johnson and Squad Leader Sgt. Simpson. Just can't remember all of the names of the guys I served with. Searching for a guy from Cleveland, Ohio, who was on a radar unit that picked up movement. Last seen, late 70's early 80's working at SOHIO gas station at W.117th St. and Trisket Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ronald James Johnston <Ron1@zoominternet.net>
Medina, OH USA - Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 12:00:01 (EST)

Hey D 4/31 HELP! Last summer at the reunion in Branson, someone at your table had a map with the grids across the top and down the side, does anyone know where it came from or where I might contact to order? Any help really appreciated. Thanks
Peggy <plreider@aol.com>
Dover, PA USA - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 14:21:23 (EST)

Looking for any info on Sgt. James C. Allen from Michigan. He served in country with me from 5/67 to 5/68. We were in 3rd squad, 3rd platoon Alpha Co. 4/31 196 LIB, Sgt William (bill) Hall
William Hall <nanettehallathotmail.com>
des moines, ia USA - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 22:17:37 (EST)

Jerry J. Johnson, please e - mail me to be hooked up to many of your 3rd. platoon buddies from Delta - 4/31st 196th. Jim Brock, Gary Folk, Jake Van Loon, John Kisner, Ed Clinger, Lt. Wilson, Lt. Lenheim & more. I tried your e - mail but it does not work. God bless you & your loved ones. Vance A. van Wieren - Delta - 4/31 Base Camp, 6654 -122nd. Ave. Fennville, MI. 49408 vw196nam@i2k.com or 269 - 543 - 3661
Vance A. van Wieren <vw196nam@i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Monday, February 16, 2004 at 22:17:53 (EST)

is there anybody from 4/31 lib from bravo co. March67 to sept.67.. during the time we lose Mangino,nidds an two other.... (Editor's note: There is an article on this incident in the latest Vietnam magazine)
lewis leoce <lou@us.ibm.com>
newburgh, ny USA - Monday, February 16, 2004 at 13:10:33 (EST)

Dear Mike. We who were "one of us" know it! We never turned our backs toward any enemy. If we got run off a hill, we regrouped and attacked incessently, until we took it!!. I look at the dates on my awards, it's funny but they coincide with every mission we were involved in. I have been corrosponding with LT. Mansfield, providing info to check the official rrecords; they missed a lot, but the Lt. thinks my info accurate. I was involved in every action of A-4-31, 2nd. plt. 2nd. squad from nov. 67-11/68, Point man 3 mos. thumper 2 mos. Fire team leader, at the ridge??Keep the faith, We Know who wwe are Pro Patria Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn.co>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 13:17:14 (EST)

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 vw196nam@i2k.com Welcome home my Brothers and may God richly bless you & your loved ones.
Vance A. van Wieren <vw196nam@i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 23:59:59 (EST)

Brothers, Forgive me please for sending a political message. However, I feel a heart-felt passion to give a call to arms for one of our own. U.S. Senator John Kerry. It appears we will come out of Iowa with momentum in the Democratic nomination. John is one of us, and I believe we should give our efforts to his candidacy. Please consider the Silver and Bronze Star and Purple Heart bearer. Although I'm from the South, I can work like a mule for this man from Mass. Join me. Chuck "Indianhead" Reed, 4/31, 196th LIB, Americal 70-71 Hammond, La.
Chuck "Indianhead" Reed <chuckreed@i-55.com>
Hammond, LA USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 17:30:14 (EST)

Looking for information on CPT Bill Mercado. I was the Arty LNO and bunker mate with him. He was the Bn S-2 of 4-31 in late 69. As I recall he took over as Co of B company in 70. I heard he was wounded pretty badly but I cannot find anything for sure. Would appreciate anything anyone could tell me
Don Boito <saildon@aol.com>
Akron, OH USA - Friday, January 02, 2004 at 21:45:38 (EST)

Hi again, looks like I did not get my 3rd request on the system, I'll blame "operator" error for that. Here goes. Former members of the 2nd Platoon B-4/31 that were on the ridge line southwest of Camp Evans, May 8-9, 1968. I am loking for your help with information and personal accounts of that action. I was the 1st Platton Leader for A-4/31 at the time and we were the fisrt to link up with you. I am writing a manuscript / book about A-4/31 from March to May 1968 and would like to include as many personal accounts as possible. Thanks in advance for your help.
John L. Mansfield <arctic6@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 07:38:17 (EST)

i was with the 196th lib from fort devens and was with the 4/31st a co 66 67 like to know how to get to the reunion at branson mo please if any one can let me know thank you
joseph gernert <jgernert@columbus.rr.com>
USA - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 20:09:56 (EST)

Hello, I'm currently writing a manuscript / book about A-4/31 during the period of March to May 1968. I am looking for help from former members of D-4/31 who were near us on May 17, 18 and 19, 1968 during our fight on Nui Lon. I would like to get any personal accounts you would be willing to share of what you observed of that fight, what you remember from May 19 when D Company went to the top of Nui Lon and what you remember from the night of May 18th when we (A Company) stayed in your perimiter. Thanks for any and all help.
john mansfield <arctic6@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 13:13:35 (EST)

Hello everyone. I am currently writing a manuscript / book about A-4/31 during the period of March to May 1968. I served as the 1st Platoon Leader at that time. I am interested in personal accounts from members of the company during that time, especially in regard to FSB Sooner the base we built in Antenna valley, the bridge north of Camp Evans, the booby trap of May 1,the 3 day fight on the ridge south west of Camp Evans on May 9 to 11, and the fight on Nui Lon May 18th. Thanks in advance for your help with this project.
john mansfield <arctic6@aol.com>
- Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 13:08:53 (EST)

d 4\31 1\plat. was at hill 63 know what i know. know much less. would like to know more. delta co. 67\68 .
david smith <polarberars 196@aol.com>
brooks, ga USA - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 12:19:29 (EST)

sorry for the mistake, Randy. Was one of four survivors. PRO PATRIA; Ed.
edwardd latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
evergreen, Co. USA - Monday, December 22, 2003 at 09:43:33 (EST)

Hello guys.,Just finishth ed "One Zulu" , if you were in the action at the Ridge May 8 Th,---12th.This is a must read, especially B/4/31, IST. CAV. A/4/31, written by Curtis Randolf Kimes, E Company 52nd. Infantry, the lone survivor of LLRP team One Zulu. I'm looking for Lt. or Capt. Mansfield, not sure of rank, he was a platoon leader with Alpha Co. 67-68. Happy Holidays and a great new year.PRO PATRIA, ED.
edward latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
EVERGREEN, co USA - Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 22:46:35 (EST)

First, Great site. Come on, there has to be someone out their from Recon 4/31 LZ West November 1969 November 1970. Willis, Thompson, Stieber, Da'mico, Lt. Campbell ,Colonel Mays, Sgt.Thomas, Phil Baus, Lt.Rapp. After Nam, every day is a good day. I think of you guys everyday, and will the rest of my life. John Nover
John Nover <customcamerarp@aol.com>
pace , fl USA - Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 20:07:00 (EST)

Heads up--especially to A and B 4/31 and the rest of the Camp Evans crew May 1968. Randy Kimes is one of the surviving 1st Cav. LRRPs from that fight on the mountain overlooking Evans 8-10 May. He has written a book about it entitled ONE ZULU. Contact him via e-mail at pmarche@jps.netif you want a copy; price is $16.75. Happy holidays--stay safe. Byron Dare
Byron Dare
USA - Saturday, December 06, 2003 at 14:48:50 (EST)

I was with Dave Larrick when he was wounded. I was wounded trying to carry him out. I spent a year in Army hospitals recovering. I have exchanged letters with hhim, but have not seen him since Nov 20, '68. Anybody else out there? I'd like to hear from you. Jim, "Guner Will" Willard
JIM WILLARD <jimwillard@charter.net>
Walla Walla , WA USA - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 21:58:27 (EST)

This is a Question for this Doc.La palio person, how do you know about what happened to mike and dave not [larry] larrick on Nui Chom before thankgiving [68]? Were you there are what? I sent you a e-mail no response from you. I checked the guestbook I can't find your name? If I'm wrong I will apologize to all. Dave was hit 3 times not 6 and Mike got the Medal of Honor for his sacrifice, which was greatly appreciated by all of us. Dave was only out there 1 night and the next day ME and my squad got him out alive. If anyone has any questions feel free to e-mail me, and I will contact the people who know especially Bob Poliski, who recevied a Bronze Star with Valor to get him out that day. There were many more of us that know the truth of that day and this was Alpha Co. only. Where were you in Branson with everyone else? I want to say "HI" to all in the 4/31st 196th Inf.
Dennis Weaver <inf196@mindspring.com>
Mesquite, Tx 75150 - Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 18:57:07 (EST)

November 17th 1968 Delta 4/31st slashed a steep trail up NUI CHOM Mountain Captain Sid Ordway and his Chu Hoi size up the trail and realize it is for at least a company size unit. Delta started takin fire going up the trail when the point man saw a squad of NVA Regulars coming down the trail. Walking 200 more meters walked into a NVA Base Camp Captain Ordway and First Sargeant Neely where both wounded Captain Ordway was blinded and FSG Neely was shot in the hand. Hubie Harris aka Butch was Sid Ordways RTO and grabbed the PRC-25 and made contact with LTC Sam Wetzel and gave him the set rep Sam was in his Charlie Charlie with Sgt Major Meyers who where taking machine gun fire from the NVA LTC Wetzel called in "Blue Ghost" gun ships of F trp 8th Cav who laid down some awesom firepower. We then started getting support from the 105 and the 155 from the 3/82nd Arty. Alpha and Delta hook up and made it into the base camp Pfc Mike Crescenz killed 6 NVA and saved the lives of many polar bears by his action of attacting machine gun positions one after one. Charlie Company along with Delta and Alpha made a three prong attack up Nui Chom one of the steepest moutains I have ever been on! The miracle occured on November 22nd when Sgt Larry Larrick was wounded five times he crawled into a bunker with some dead NVA and laid there for two days with maggots and leaches eating the wounded tissue on his five wounds many men tried to reach him but he yelled at them to not try to save him because they would be killed or wounded. On the morning of the 23rd the miracle occured Alpha,Bravo and Charlie companies assaulted the base camp and the bunkers and found Sgt Larrick alive it was a real true miracle "Larrick's alive" was the word coming in over the PRC-25. I took care of most of the wounded and sat up with the dead in Charlie companies lagger it is amazing how hot it could be in the day and how cold it was at night we sat back to back to stay warm. It will be the longest seven days I have ever spent I saw so much heroism by such brave men who where and are still the bravest warriors I have ever known. To all of us that made it back we where just lucky and to all that did not make it back God Bless You and Keep you in his arms. Doc La Palio, HHC, Delta,and Charlie Co's 4/31st 196th 68-69
Doc La palio <alapalio@vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 15:13:19 (EST)

TOBY MELONE I LOST YOUR E-MAIL OR IT HAS CHANGED. IF YOU CAN GET BACK TO ME. MUST NOT BE MANY OF US LEFT FROM CO. B. 4/31. 196TH FROM 1965 TO 1967. THANG AGAIN FOR THE COME BACK
CHARLES DOLLY <CED1DAD@WMCONNECT.COM>
FAIRMONT, WV USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 14:38:23 (EST)

Hey guys, as usual I'm checking in to see what condition our condition is in ! Still thinking of Branson, something happened to me there, the guilt I've always felt. Looking into the eyes of comrades and still see that 1000mi. Stare. The eyes that reveal nothing. The absulutely rediculess(?) to become involved in another no win action, If you're going to do it, DO IT!!! If they don't get out [i think it's too late already] or put on the full court press, and turn that place into rubble or glass, we're doomed again as so many times before.This political, and big-business crap is leading us to ruin. If they had used everything; and you know what I mean, we could have taken Hanoi in 4mo??? All we needed were leaders with balls larger than peanuts did any of you notice any of them in the bush? I sure didn't probibly they would use the paths,BANG! Keep on Keeping on. Pro Patria; Ed 2Plt. 2nd. Squad A/4/31.
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
evergreen, Co. USA - Sunday, November 02, 2003 at 21:37:36 (EST)

the new edition of Vietnam mag(dec.2003)has a well researched article on C 4/31's action aroundVan Tuong1 in May 67.
bill russell <rwill60@aol.com>
norman, ok USA - Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 14:35:05 (EDT)

I was i the como platoon HHC 4/31 from 67 to 68 does anyone out there have any insight as to what happened to Terry Crump? What does a guy have to do to get on the mag list?
Don Quarterman <dqkq@merr.com>
Janesville, Wi USA - Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 01:06:52 (EDT)

Once again I check in to see what's happening? How are you guys from a/31,doing? I still think of the reunion, and how nice to see you all doing well. Things are finally melowing out here, I'm doing well. Pro Patria; ED.
Edward J. latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 13:39:26 (EDT)

Anyone from A 4/31, in country between May and Nov, 68, I have been able to track down a few of us. If you have not been in touch, drop me a line. I have pictures that I would be glad to share. I will be in Washington D.C. during the first week of October. If you live in that area, I am meeting a couple of our guys there. ou could be there too. If not God's speed to you.
Jim willard <jimwillard@charter.net>
walla walla, wa USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 01:56:10 (EDT)

Just like to see I'm a former 4/31 196th Infantry 1969
Ernesto Rangel <avmmge505@aol.com>
Aransas Pass, tx USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 22:38:51 (EDT)

hey guys, what's happening?? Just checking in. Reunion was great, looking foward to 2005. I was never prouder of my unit at Branson, especially A-4-31, great turnout. PRO PATRIA. You comrades. Ed latini
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn.com>
EVERGREEN, co. USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 01:02:17 (EDT)

With deep sadness I report the passing of a "good man and a good soldier" -- Captain Stanley F. Yates -- the CO of Alpha Company, 4th of the 31st -- from February to June 1969. Information is second-hand but reliable. Jim McDowell learn from Chaplain Lovelace that he (Chaplain Lovelace) contacted Captain Yates' mother recently and was told Captain Yates passed away 19 years ago -- a survivor of Nam, but defeated by cancer. Life is so short -- make the most of HONORABLE Opportunity for we know not when or how.. PEACE to all and Pray for those "doing their duty" in uniform today in Iraq and elsewhere.
Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
Litchfield Park, Az USA - Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 11:51:41 (EDT)

Co C, 4/31st, 196th. Left Ft Lewis, WA with a lot of great guys in Feb 68. Seemed like we had 4 or 5 "Smith's" in the company. We all cut our hair short in the day room at Ft Lewis. Went over on C-41's with most of our gear (including winter sweaters, etc.) and dropped into Chu Lai, RVN. No Repo-depo BS. I still have orders, but I can remember some of the names of the old guys who had several months in-country. Slim Olson was one. Charlie Harger bought it in July 68 because of a pot-smoker from New York; had to ship him to the rear before he became a casualty. Ron Barnett was from Cincinatti and Gerald Patrick was from Beaumont, TX. I could type the required 30 WPM, so after being wounded in May 68, I reenlisted to go to the rear and become a clerk typist in the Reenlistment Office. Sgt Reid informed me of the advantages of taking a "short" reenlistment after only 11 months on active duty. That info may have saved my life, who knows. When I left the company, we had a black captain (and I think he wasn't even infantry branch - seems like he was finance corps). We all remember how all company grade officers wanted a little command time in the field to "get their cards punched" for promotions. I left RVN and served a 2 year tour in Bangkok, then on to Germany for 3 years. I didn't return to the USofA until April 1974. My infantry background served me well as I volunteered under the "Sky Marshall" program (early 70's), then served the USACIDC for 6 years. I retired as a 1SG E8 in 1989 after 22 years, but the year in Nam, and especially the 6 months I served with Co C, 4/31st will always stick with me. By the way, the Polar Bear Regiment (31st Inf) was in Korea in 1986, under the 2d ID at the DMZ. I talked to the Commander there at Camp Casey when I served as 1SG at Camp Coiner. Don't know if they are still active or their configuration now. We had a lot of good people in Co C, and I would love to know what happened to you guys. A large blond headed yankee named Klein got wounded just a few days after me, and I never got to see him again; but we were friends. I have been in touch with a couple of friends I knew back in Division at Chu Lai - Eddie Kent and Steven Adams - but no one from Charlie Company.
Benny G. Seals <b.seals@charter.net>
Grant, AL USA - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 21:49:02 (EDT)

Just checking back. Iam still looking for some photos of LZ West. looking for Doc Chatterton from NY I here he moved to NJ We flew back to the states on Dec. of 70 for R/R. Also looking for Ralph Jones and the rest of the commo section,of HHC 4/31 196 th
Pete Campana <peter.campana@verizon.net>
Ludlow, Ma USA - Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 11:21:09 (EDT)

GREAT REUNION IN BRANSON. THE PEOPLE OF THAT CITY ARE TRULY WONDERFUL. IT WAS GOOD TO SEE GUYS FROM CHARLIE 2/1 AND TO THANK THE MEN FROM ALPHA 4/31 THAT CAME IN THE NIGHT TO RESCUE US ON 5&6 JAN 68 WITHOUT YOUR COURAGE WE ALL WOULD HAVE DIED IN THE HEIP DUC.THANKS
MIKE SENIUK <JSENIUK2@.COM>
FT PIERCE , FL USA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 15:47:05 (EDT)

Thanks to all for a great reunion; is it true that A 4/31 had the largest turnout? I am making a presentation to the American Anthropological Association in November entitled "The Internet as Healer: Reinventing Memory and Brotherhood Among Vietnam Veterans in Cyberspace." The meeting theme is "Peace: Affinities, Divisions, Transformations," If you want to share any experiences re the process of reconnecting with your brothers please send me your story and let me know if I can use your name. I am also very interested in hearing from any family members/friends who lost a loved one in Nam and have been in touch with someone who knew him. Did this connection help to bring some closure? Something very important is going on here, and I want to share it. E-mail responses to Dare_B@Fortlewis.edu. Thanks, and welcome home. Byron Dare, A 4/31
Byron Dare
USA - Saturday, August 16, 2003 at 12:27:10 (EDT)

What a GREAT time in Branson... saw guys that were ther the same time as me.. Dennis, Ed, Jack, LT Zuleger, LT Dolan, Frank, Chaplin Lovelace, Nd Top and His wife. Met new friends from A 4/31... Tom, HillBilly, Sam, Byron. Can't wait until the next one. Byron, my wife really liked the fancy tequlia. HillBilly, we were on the balcony when ya'll got off the bus Saturday night. Hope we can convince others to come in 2004. WELCOME HOME.....
Jim McDowell <jmcd4749@bellsouth.net>
jackson, tn USA - Friday, August 15, 2003 at 19:50:21 (EDT)

Served in B Co 4/31 from 9/70 to 9/71 attached to the 81mm mortar group on LZ West and later on hill 350 outside of Danang. Looking for anyone who might have served during that time and location. Anyone remember Nate Schrader, Lee Lantz, Dan Goodgine, Dwight Goodall, Vic Kornaski?
Leo Bourdelais <leoffski@aol.com>
Manchester, MD USA - Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 12:05:26 (EDT)

THANKS (for the memories)!!! First and certainly will not be my last reunion. The guys who put the reunion together are remarkable -- so much work is required to put one of these together and they did a fantastic job. It was especially rewarding to see TOP PRICE (and wife Veda)again and see others for the first time after so many years ie: Lt.John Dolan, Lt. John Mansfield and Chaplain Lovelace. I also will never forget other Alpha-4/31's who linked up with me and remembered me --- Jim McDowell, Dennis Weaver, and Jack Bisbee. Nice to see others who I've emailed with back and forth over the months prior to the reunion ie: Sam Mazzola, Richard Reger, and Vance VanWieren. I had a great time "singing" with the guys who 1st went to Nam on "the boat" -- Ed Boss and company... All and all --- not only did I have a great time but so did my wife, Cindy... To those who missed it -- please catch the next one -- you won't be sorry... Eddie Z....
Eddie W. Zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
Litchfield Park, Az USA - Monday, August 11, 2003 at 10:35:26 (EDT)

Great seeing the turnout for Branson, especially a/4/31,hope you enjoyed the photo's I know a lot more of you are gracing your walls with my shot of West and the Ch-47. Let' keep in touch, waiting to hear from you Weavers?
edward j latini <sargent196infantry>
evergreen , co. USA - Monday, August 11, 2003 at 03:08:04 (EDT)

just found the site glad to be here was with the 196th from 1965-67 devens to da nang with co.b 4/31 mortor pattoon. anyone around? drop me aline. i'm not good at this i'm just getting started. kind of hunt and peck thank for one hell-of a ride. life is good.
charles e dolly <ced1dad@wmconnect.com>
fairmont, wv USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 22:17:06 (EDT)

Does anyone remember Sgt Roy Bright who was was killed 4/69? He served with D Company 4/31, I would like to get information on where I can contact his family and write them a note. He was my friend.
Jim brock <jbrock620@wmconnect.com>
Vero Beach, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 16:46:34 (EDT)

i served with D CO.4/31 196 LIB from 3-16-68 to 3-69.I am looking for some of my friends that were there at this time I hope to hear from you soon. As always take good care and God bless us all.
David V. Cardona <rmcrod@juno.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 18:55:58 (EDT)

I AM DOING THIS FOR MY HUSBAND LARRY RILL - HE IS LOOKING FOR CHARLES BRILL - 196TH, C - 4/31 - YEARS 68 & 69 - THERE WERE FOUR GUYS THAT WERE THE GUN SQUAD - BRILL, HILL. RILL AND STANLEY - HILL WAS KILLED WHEN LARRY WAS ON R & R IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFO ON CHARLES BRILL PLEASE EMAIL OR TELEPHONE LARRY AT (815) 544-3705. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS. VALERIE RILL
LAWRENCE (LARRY) C. RILL <VRILL@RIWS.COM>
ROCKFORD, IL USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 12:58:07 (EDT)

I just want to wish every one a good reunion in Branson, I was planning to go but it just did'nt work out. I was with A Co.4/31 Nov.67 to Nov.68. Would like to here from any one.
Delbert Higginson <delpamhigg@cs.com>
Cedaredge,, Co USA - Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 13:26:27 (EDT)

It has been a while since I have been to this sight. To date, thanks to it, I have found 4 Nam buddies. If you were in "A" 4/31 between May and Nov. '67, and have not found any of our company, contact me. Also, I have several pictures from Nam with (maybe) you in them. Most I remember at least nic-names, some I remember only faces. Write, and I'll see if I have anything you might remember. If you don't remember me by name, I was called "Guner Wil" I'm watching for your reply.
Jim Willard <jimwillard@charter.net>
Walla Walla, WA USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 02:04:32 (EDT)

I served with B Co., 4/31 in the 196th as part of the Americal Division in the 'Nam. Looking for my best buddies at the time -- Reggie Conn and Bob Villapando. I was the pig-man, remember? Both of them kept me sane and we made it through the 'Nam and back to the World. -- Fred
Fred Castaneda <fgcast@us.ibm.com>
Austin, TX USA - Monday, June 30, 2003 at 20:04:01 (EDT)

Acey Robinson, Charlie company, 3rd platoon, 4th and 31st, looking for Ernie Delion, Peterson, Jack Holmes, at the reunion in Branson, MO July 2003. Chuck Plummer will be with me and we are looking forward to meeting up with old friends and fellow chargers. God Bless.
Acey Robinson <robinsonacey@hotmail.com>
St. Joseph, MO USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 12:38:28 (EDT)

As a vet of A Co. 4/31, 70-71 I cherish the heritage of my grunt ancestors. Being from Louisiana I take pride in the "Louisiana Tigers", the six La. regiments that helped Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson make his reputation in the Shenandoah Valley and Chancellorsville, Va. Currently there is an attempt to sell 273 acres of the Chancellorsville battlefield for the construction of "upscale" residences. If this bothers you too, visit: ==> http://www.politicaloutreach.com/Outreach/cwpt/ See y'all in Branson.
Chuck Reed <chuckreed@i-55.com>
Hammond, La. USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 22:42:10 (EDT)

Looking for Capt. John Long from Charlie 4/31/196. If anyone has any info, please respond.
Summer Meetze <smeetze@gwm.sc.edu>
Columbia, SC USA - Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 08:56:26 (EDT)

Hi guys, just checking in. Getting ready for Branson, hope to see you there. Pro Patria, Ed.
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn>
Evergreen, Co. USA - Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 11:41:52 (EDT)

Thanks Harry, SFC Marshall Robertsons daughter is who I have been in touch with,drop her a line I have sent you her e-mail address Pwilson@wilsonmedia.us. If you want to see the web site for the sons and daughters of or fallen brothers go to www.SDIT.com. Its quite sobering. Doc La Palio HHC,DELTA,Charlie Co's 4/31st 68-69
Doc La palio <alapalio@vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 13:19:54 (EDT)

I was in C Company 4/31, 2nd platoon (I think), from Oct 68, to Oct 69. My platoon sgt was Marshal Robertson, who was killed in the summer of 69. Also killed the same day was a young man by the name of Dennis Canito. I have just found this sight and would like to talk to anyone who might remember me or was in my outfit. I do remember a guy by the name of Trimble but my memory is fading. I have many pictures of my many pictures of my squad but can not remember the names....I was one of the blonde quys. Hope this finds someone.
Harold (Harry) Lee <hle3@amfam.com>
Rhinelander, Wi USA - Monday, June 09, 2003 at 12:48:35 (EDT)

Well Brothers, Memorial Day has come and gone and its one more year since 1968, thirty five years later. Pushing close to the big 60 and I still think of you guys allmost everyday,I think of the guys who did not make it back more often than not. But most of all I think of the kids and grandkids that find this post and ask if anybody remembers their dads or grandfathers and that is the part that really makes me hurt even more,I received an e-mail from SFC Marshlls daughter he was with Charlie Co 4/31st and was KIA in August of 1969. She just wanted to know something about her dad anything about her dad that she can pass on to her children. If you know any of these kids or read an email from them let them know how much we cared for our brothers and that they payed the ultimate price not for anything else but for us. In a week it will be Father's Day and I hope that one e-mail to one of these kids will make them feel allot better,knowing we have not forgotten nor will we ever forget their dads! Doc La Palio HHC,Delta,Charlie Co's 4/31st 68-69
Doc La palio <alapalio@vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 15:24:12 (EDT)

Just an e-mail address change, in case Buytaert or PeeWee need to contact, or any others of A 4/31 from Nov. 68-69. Will see all at Branson.
Jim McDowell <jmcd4749@bellsouth.net>
Jackson, TN USA - Saturday, June 07, 2003 at 16:52:48 (EDT)

"Joe" Mancha, drop me a line. Sgt. John "Mike" Long is doing well along with others from B co. 4/31.
John "Doc" Lysinger <doc101@inter-linc.net>
Lowry City, Mo USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 21:19:18 (EDT)

looking for anyone who operated out of first LZ Baldy then went to rear area Chu lai June 69/June70. I was with B co 4/31. Trying to find out what happen to Sgt John Long believe he was from Ill.also Top Sgt. Enrique Avalos from Ft.Hood
jose mancha
san aantonio, tx USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 13:20:40 (EDT)

WAS WITH D COMPANY 4/31 RECON FROM 1965 T0 JULY 1967 WISH TO HEAR FROM ANYONE FROM THAT TIME
EMIL COLLINS <EACCOLLINS@AOL.COM>
WINCHESTER, KY USA - Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 09:12:44 (EDT)

Was with Alpha Co 4/31st Feb 1968 right after the Tet Offensive 2nd gun (M-60) 3rd pltn. Ammo bearer for Higginson and Gimble, asst gunner, then gunner. Willard I emailed you and Gimble....Higginson you out there?????
Jim Tanner aka "The Wop" <ziojimi@myway.com>
St Louis, MO USA - Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 18:48:40 (EDT)

Just trying to find out If there is anyone from 4/31 A co. 70-71 out there thats going to Branson
Ron <rufraod@aol.com>
Fontana, ca. USA - Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 14:09:09 (EDT)

Looking for Black Magic from Shreveport, LA in A Co 4/31 late 70 - early 71. Indianhead and Purple Haze are lookin' for the magic man...
Chuck Reed <chuckreed@i-55.com>
Hammond, LA USA - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 00:14:10 (EDT)

My,my! My wife hits the 196th Site and I find three or four other guys in A Co. 4/31 during the winter of '70-71. One was The Purple Haze (Joe Hayes)! I'm celebrating now...remember that smell? "Indianhead" Chuck Reed
Chuck Reed <chuckreed@i-55.com>
Hammond, LA USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 01:21:42 (EDT)

STILL LOOKING FOR ANYONE I WAS WITH IN VIETNAM FROM JULY'71 TO APRIL'72. I WAS IN CO A 4/31, C0 E 1/46, C0 B 1/46, AND HHC OF THE 196TH. FIREBASE RAWHIDE, LZ MAUDE, ETC AND OUT IN THE BUSH HUMPING MORTARS. HERE IS A POEM I WROTE AND READ AT A MEMORIAL DAY PARARDE. I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT WITH ALL OF YOU. TOGETHER, BUT ALONE IN VIETNAM I REMEMBER ALL THOSE HOT DAYS AND LONELY NIGHTS. THE UNCERTAINTY AND THE FRIGHT. FOR HOURS STARING AND LISTENING, SOMETIMES HOLDING MY BREATH. THE WIND MIGHT BLOW AND MOVE THE GRASS. YOUR MIND PLAYS GAMES AND SOMETIMES NOT. HOW LONG CAN THIS NIGHT LAST? EVERYDAY THAT GOES BY, IS ANOTHER DAY IN THE PAST. THE RAINS COME DOWN, CARRYING PART OF A MORTAR AND YOUR PACK, YOU WALK, BUT DONíT DARE TALK. ITíS DARK AND WET, LAYING IN MUD, YOU TRY TO REST. MOSQUITOES, SPIDERS, SNAKES, AND RATS. I CANíT WAIT TO BE HOME AT LAST. EVERY MORNING SOMEONE JUMPS UP AND SAYS ďI QUIT, IíM GOING HOMEĒ. ALL OF US ARE TOGETHER, BUT WE EACH FEEL SO ALONE. I NEVER LOOKED AT THE SKY SO MUCH. THE SUNSETS, THE STARS, WHATíS GOING ON BACK HOME? DAMN, I FEEL SO ALONE. I HEAR THE SOUND OF A CHOPPER IN THE DISTANCE. IT BRINGS A SMILE TO YOUR FACE. SUPPLIES AND MAYBE A LETTER OR TWO. I FEEL BETTER NOW. I CARRY MY LETTER AND READ IT OVER AND OVER. TEARS COME TO MY EYES, BUT I CANíT LET ANYONE SEE ME CRY. FINALLY MY DAY HAS COME. I HEAR THE CHOPPER IN THE DISTANCE I GRAB MY GEAR, READY TO GO LEAVING BEHIND MY BUDDIES THAT I WONíT SEE ANYMORE. IíM STILL YOUNG, BUT FEELING OLD. IíM PROUD OF WHAT IíVE TOLD. IíM GOING HOME AND NEVER AGAIN DO I WANT TO FEEL ALONE. Msgt Terry ďChopperĒ Jordan 29 May 2000
TERRY JORDAN <TERRY.JORDAN@MNDULU.ANG.AF.MIL>
DULUTH, MN USA - Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 16:27:00 (EDT)

Attention 4/31 Bravo company! I'm looking for anyone who knew CPL Joseph (Joey) Houtz. He was KIA 7/3/68. I'm looking for anyone who knew him, photos and any info regarding his death. Joey was the only member of our class of '66 who died in Vietnam. He was the only child of elderly parents. He was my friend and I want to make sure his memory is never forgotten.
Paul Bailey <pbailey@prosort.com>
Bedford Park, ILL USA - Monday, April 28, 2003 at 17:59:29 (EDT)

"B"4/31 196lib,,,transplant from "A"2/12 4TH ID, IN MARCH 67,,,,,LOOKING FOR ANYONE FROM THAT TIME,,,,,,WELCOME HOME ALL
HARVEY <jsh@elbertonga.com>
elberton, Ga. USA - Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 10:03:58 (EDT)

looking for anybody the served in March 67 until sept 21 from the 196th lib 4/31 charlie company. also looking for the greek from texas. we went to hawaii together on R&R
lewis (butch) leoce <lou@us.ibm.com>
newburgh, ny USA - Friday, April 25, 2003 at 08:49:11 (EDT)

i have been talking to a lot of dudes that have served together, made no reservations. i think i,m going to drive. my love of 26 yrs passed away 12/10/02. I'm trying to keep things going on at half the income. but: i'll make it by hook or crook. fuck france, Pro Patria,ed.
ed,latini <sargent196infantry@msn>
evergreen co., co. USA - Saturday, April 12, 2003 at 12:39:15 (EDT)

Came from the 4th ID in march 67 to B 4/31. Left May 18 67 with a lot of other guys medi-vac. Looking for Mitch Malpi from Long Bch.Calf. and another transplant from the 4th Joe Berry from MD or VA
Robert Plante <cccorp@adelphia.net>
Oak Bluffs, MA. USA - Friday, April 11, 2003 at 15:11:27 (EDT)

Originaly from New York was in Alpha company 4/31 196th LIB From October 68 to 69. Was in the 3rd platoon gun squad. Was wounded in June 69 on LZ West spent a week in 95th Evac in Danang then 30 days in 6th CC Cam Rahn Bay. Looking for people like Dave, Kenny, Joe Zunno, Paul Sweetman, Ed Anderson, Bob Blewit, Justice, Tex, and Todd. Lewis, Strickland, and Biggie Rat what was his real name. He and Lewis went to the engineers on Baldy after the 196th. Hey how's Doc Stafford.
Bob Barth <bobbyb1146@aol.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 20:21:01 (EDT)

I was in the AT Platoon HHC 4Bn 31th Inf. from 1967-1968. I also was attached to F Troop 17th Cav. We had a 106 recoiless rifle mounted on our Personal Carrier. I was the Gunner my call sign was 38 alpha. Our track was nicknamed TARGET. I would like to hear from anyone who remembered me. Thanks Jo-Jo.
Joseph S. Corona "Jo-Jo <TJPLUMB@comcast.net>
Quakertown, Pa. USA - Tuesday, April 08, 2003 at 19:12:58 (EDT)

I was with A 4/31 third platoon from November 67 to November 68. i have talked to several of the guys over there at that time. i would like to hear from the rest of you . If we haven't talked yet---send an e-mail or give me a call on 703-491-9249. looking forward to seeing you in Branson
Thomas Gimble <tfgimble@comcast.net>
woodbridge, va USA - Sunday, April 06, 2003 at 20:41:31 (EDT)

last night i talked with my old plt. leader, A/4/31. I'm new at this crap.so please e-mail me so i can get some #s. i was with 2nd, sq. 2nd plt. nov 67-nov 68.
ed latini <sargent196infantry@msn>
evergreen, co. USA - Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 19:07:22 (EST)

took me awhile to find you guys. i was assigned to a-4-31 in november 67. 2nd squad 2nd platoon.i walked point the first 3 mos.then i had the 79for 3mos. then a fire team leader. sent many pix to the assoc. i also sent some stories that i wrote. not sure about branson, fta pro patria. ed.
edward j latini <sargent196infantry>
evergreen, co USA - Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 00:01:59 (EST)

Am still searching for any information on Jim Nance, Dave Randolph, Bill Johnson,Melvin Holmes and Ken Schrader. Served in C Co. 4th/31st in '69/'70. If you have anything on where they are now or what happened to them I would appreciate any info.Thanks for any help.
jim sipe
USA - Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 17:05:34 (EST)

I will be going to Branson for the reunion. Is it posible to have a list of the guys that are going to be posted? thanks Ron A 4/31 70-71
Ron Davison <rufraod@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 18:50:00 (EST)

my mind is all fucked up need help with figuring out what happen to me in 68-69 hiepduc valley got all shot up with recon unit a/4/31
david price <davbigheart@cox.net>
oklahoma city , okla USA - Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at 21:47:04 (EST)

I was withCo.B4/31 upon my arrival from the processing station at FT. Knox and was with the Brigade through all the various training phases from FT.Devens to Camp Edwards to Camp Drum and onto Vietnam. I sailed on the Darby and arrived in-country with the main body of the brigade in August of 1966. I am looking to find a fellow soldier by the name of Terry Schultz from Elgin Illinois. Anyone having knowledge of his residence please contact mevia E-Mail or by telephone. My home phone number is 304-344-9144. This is a great web-sight. Best of luck to all my fellowBrigade members . Let me hear from you. Sincerely yours, Tom Aubrey/PO Box 20244/Charleston,WV 25362-1244 E-Mail address:us52628158@aol.com
Thomas A. Aubrey <us52628158@aol.com>
Charleston, WV USA - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 22:19:47 (EST)

had to make an adjustment to my previous note..... i was with 196th lfb from march 67 until sept 67.. i was with the 4/31 C company over looking the ocean. looking for help in locating a guys name phillips from Texas... i came over from the 4th infantry A company 3/21 hope to hear from somebody....
lewis (butch) leoce <lou@us.ibm.com>
newburgh, ny USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 08:10:44 (EST)

I was in A-4/31 from May-Nov '68. I have pictures of most of the guys in the weapons sqd, and the platoons we were attatched to. If this is you, please contact me.
Jim Willard <jimwillard@charter.net>
Walla Walla, WA USA - Monday, March 03, 2003 at 23:40:05 (EST)

I was known as Z,I was with 4/31 196 Americal Recon 70-71, patroled off of LZ West,LZ Siberia and then 4/31 went to Danang. Whould love to here from anybody in my unit or knows about my old unit.
Danny Zunino <ReconDan196@aol.com>
Gridley, Ca. USA - Monday, March 03, 2003 at 17:00:33 (EST)

Well I made my plane and hotel reservations.I hope to see some guys from Alpha 4/31 70-71 Im really looking forward to this reunion. See ya all in July Ron
Ron Davison <rufraod@aol.com>
ca. USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 22:34:37 (EST)

Does anyone remeber illy or his buddies? We rotated out of LZ Eagle, Center, West while doing recon with Co C/4/31. I was walking lots of point and slack plus 2nd gunner with the M60. I was in country 5/70-8/70. WIA walking slack with a new guy from Iowa on the way to Heip Duc. I went to LZ/DC and had the greatest time. Sorry can't make it to Branson. Thanks to all involved with putting this site together and keeping the newletter going. I even payed dues for the year! Remeber faces, but not names. I used to make movies with a small camera but lost all of that when I was dusted off to the rear, then on to Japan, then DC. God Bless you all for giving so much for your country. More than anyone has done in quite some time.
John Boye <jboye@carolina.rr.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 19:24:23 (EST)

served with c/4-31/196 from 12/68 to 7/69. was wounded on LZ west. I walked point for 1st plt. sgt. martin was wounded on LZ west 4/69. by sappers. served a short time with capt. Murphy and Rocky Bleier.
gary bussell <gbussell20@yahoo.com>
sandersville , ga USA - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 19:31:23 (EST)

From about august of 1969 I was a medic with the 4/31, charlie Co, 2nd platoon. Then for 3 months I was the sr aidman.
Steve Sheriff <stevexsheriff@hotmail.com>
Waterford, MI USA - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 18:32:09 (EST)

Was in Vietnam '70 with Co.D 4/31st Inf. Stationed at LZ West.
Stephen Eanes <seanes@tampabay.rr.com>
Clearwater, FL USA - Friday, February 21, 2003 at 18:56:11 (EST)

Dear Brothers of the 196th LIB, I received my 196th LIB magazine yesterday and read the article by Sgt,George Hawkins (former PIO for Brigade) and close friend was in the packet from Ft. Lewis Washington Feburary 68 arrived Chu-Lai. The story was about a friend Sgt.Goodbody who was a well educated, college degree grunt humping the boonies with the rest of us. Who was killed taking Hill 554 or one of the other stupid hills we took gave back and re-took. The way he wrote the story was as if he took the words out of our mouths and wrote them down of how we felt when a friend or buddy was wounded or killed. If you have not became a member of the 196th LIB organization then join if you have not made reservation for Branson make them. Take it from the old Doc you will not regret it! Who is covering your back now? You knew who was covering it when you where in country. Doc La Palio HHC,Delta and Charlie Co's 4/31st 68-69 "Pro Patria"
Doc La palio <alapalio@vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 18:18:40 (EST)

was in co B. 4/31 67/68 tam key,chu lai,Camp Evans.was Rto for lt/cp Griffin
Frank V. Filippella <pwrlftr49@aol.com>
fishkill, ny USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 09:40:14 (EST)

Hillbilly,4/31 196, 67-68, I tried to respond to your message. You no longer seem to reside at tbshanklin@yahoo.com. If you are still looking at this site, I have pictures of you and several other of our platoon. Contact me. Jim Willard AKA "Wil" jimwillard@charter.net Anybody else out there? Maybe "Crazy" Cogins, "Wop" Tanner, "Hig" Higgenson, Tom Gimble, the "Wop Doc" (NY City)? I'm here and looking for the rest of you.
Jim Willard <jimwillard@charter.net>
Walla Walla, WA USA - Friday, February 14, 2003 at 22:45:35 (EST)

I was looking through this sight, and to my surprize, I saw the name of one of the veterans that I served with. I never would have been able to find himotherwise. I only remembered him as "Hillbilly" I have e-mailed him, and am eagerly looking forward to hearing from him. If you were in A co. 4/31, annd in country between May and November of '68, contact me. I have not heard anything from our unit since I left. God Bless
Jim Willard <jimwillard@charter.net>
Walla Walla, WA USA - Friday, February 14, 2003 at 20:28:06 (EST)

Was with the original 196th, 4/31 Mortors, would kile to find Larry Brown, Chic. Ill
Dave Hahn <dhahn@ins.state.ny.us>
Lakeview, NY USA - Friday, February 14, 2003 at 13:31:10 (EST)

I WAS WITH DELTA CO. 1ST PLATOON 4TH BATTALLION 31ST INF FROM DEC.67 TO APR.68 WHEN I WAS WOUNDED IN MY LEFT KNEE.I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE THAT WAS THERE AT THAT TIME IN THE QUE SON VALLEY, ALSO LOOKING FOR JACK WEAVER WHO WAS THERE AND ALSO AT THE CAMP OJI HOSP. JAPAN WITH ME BEEN ALOT OF YEARS JACK
ROGER D. JACKSON <AMERICAL_D@MSN.COM>
BREMEN , GA USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 13:57:02 (EST)

I SERVED IN VIETNAM WITH THE 196TH BDE FROM 31 JULY 71 - 23 APRIL 72. CO A 4/31, CO E 1/46, CO B 1/46, AND HHC 1/46 (MOS 11C10) I WAS ON FIREBASE MAUDE (HILL 350), FIREBASE RAWHIDE, AND ANOTHER LZ I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OR WHERE. I WAS IN A 4-DUECE SQUAD ON HILL 350 AND THEN HUMPED 81 MM'S OUT IN THE BUSH UNTIL I LEFT THE END OF APRIL, 72. I REMEMBER RAYBON FROM CHICAGO, A BUDDY I CALLED BB, A BUDDY FROM FLORIDA THAT GOT BURNED FROM CHEESE CHARGES, RUSS NORLUND FROM MINNESOTA, A BUDDY FROM TENNESSEE, STEVE THOLL. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU GUYS OR OTHERS FROM OUR UNIT.
TERRY A. JORDAN<terry.jordan@mndulu.ang.af.mil>
DULUTH, MN USA - Monday, February 10, 2003 at 13:18:58 (EST)

a co 1st plt 4/31 196lib from dec 69 to dec 70 humped all of heip duc reff village we spent our 3 days each month on l z west and siberia saw it all little hill big hill bananna groves who can forget the gap and crossing the river looking for gerry colon tom devlin john (large one) megaley tom bolin steve mcneil jim nedlner doc allen recon ric duke howard brother maham weird howard dan simmonns bill powell jim switzer arkey spooky tooth ray stark phoom nate dick oswald cpt crockett lt esterly john houghsons bob huberman dick timming moe phillips chuck mamm mike knutson robert porlanski hope to hear from some of you great guys see you at the convention
richard frain <richye@webtv.net>
wilmington, ma USA - Monday, February 10, 2003 at 10:54:08 (EST)

Looking for all C/4/31 from 12/68 to 12/69. Reunion planning in progress. Recognize the following names?? LT. Josey, Ernie, Lazio, Haskins, Peterson, "20", Capt. Murphy?? Please reply soon!
Summer Josey Meetze <smeetze@gwm.sc.edu>
Columbia, SC USA - Friday, February 07, 2003 at 11:16:44 (EST)

I WAS IN HHC 4/31 INF 1965-66,FT DEVENS MASS LOOKING FOR PHOTO ALBUM, ANYONE OUT THERE WITH THAT INFO? PLEASE CONTACT ME AT 205-785-2736/E-MAIL ME.
Rosevelt McCoy <jeg2628@aol.com>
birmingham, Al USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2003 at 21:14:35 (EST)

great outfit,am proud to have been a member.served in 4/31 65-67
raymond cutting <raymondcutting@aol.com>
manville, ri USA - Wednesday, February 05, 2003 at 13:29:05 (EST)

Looking for anyone that may have pictures of my brother Edward J. PIANTKOWSKI (KIA 13 Nov 66) 3rd Platoon, Co "C", 4/31, while "proudly" serving with the 196th. My heart and my prayers go out to ALL our veterans. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!
Al Piantkowski <SgtAl@webtv.net>
Chicago , IL IL USA - Monday, February 03, 2003 at 20:47:01 (EST)

I was with 4th/31st co c 1st plt from 7/69 to7/70.Am trying to find out what happened to a guy named Jim Nance on LZ West in May '70 when Spooky hit by mistake. Am also looking for whereabouts of Bill Johnson, Dave Randolph and Ken Schrader.(Ken lived in Olean, NY back then) Would appreciate any info on what happened to them after they came home.Thanks for any help.
jim sipe <jdsipe2dogs@yahoo.com>
palmyra, pa 17078 - Saturday, February 01, 2003 at 12:46:15 (EST)

Peace all, I was with D 4/31 from Nov 67 tru July 68..have many memories of good times and bad..Squad leader for awhile, and a tunnel rat...the battles we fought, and the men we lived and died with...helped set up L.Z.West...ran the golf course in Chu Lai second tour, last three months with F-Troop 17th Cav..God Bless you all.
Gary Ausmus <miyagishima@msn.com>
Dexter, Or USA - Saturday, February 01, 2003 at 03:39:09 (EST)

I was in coB 4/31 196th LIB.from Dec."69 to June "70,Then pulled Med Cap in Heip Duc from LZ Siberia till Nov."70. I tried to contact veterans from that time period but they would not go thru,It came up that the computer could not locate them .I would like to hear from any one that knew me,Or anyone from that time.Welcome Home to all of you veterans.
(DOC Mahaney) Tom Mahaney <fred7724@yahoo.com>
Saint Marys, PA. USA - Friday, January 31, 2003 at 04:22:35 (EST)

MY ENTRY BELOW STATES 1st PLATOON MEDIC.THAT SHOULD BE CORRECTED TO 3rd PLATOON.ORIGINAL A CO. 4/31 MEDIC UNDER LT.TUCKER.GLAD TO SEE A LOT OF FAMILLIAR NAMES ON THE WEB SITE.
BILL LOUGH <wlhammer@cs.com>
SAN ANTONIO , FL USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 22:56:55 (EST)

HELLO TO ALL.MY NAME IS BILL LOUGH OR "DOC" LOUGH.ORIGINAL MEMBER A CO. 4/31 1st PLATOON MEDIC UNDER LT.TUCKER & CAPT.BOULDIN.ALSO HELLO TO ANY OTHER ORIGINAL 4/31 MEDICS.GREAT TO SEE HOW MANY RESPOND TO THIS SITE.IF YOU KNOW ME,CONTACT AT WLHAMMER@CS.COM
BILL LOUGH <wlhammer@cs.com>
san antonio, fl USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 04:01:30 (EST)

My name is Ernan Gutierrez "Sgt G", Company C, 4/31, 196th Light Brigade, 68-69. Looking for any or the following members of our PLT 3rd Neives, Baum, and Calbo. Any information where I can locate them, I don't have there first names. I also had then, LTC. Wetzel, as my BN. Co. great man to work with.
Ernan "Sgt G" Gutierrez <nos4atu13@hotmail.com>
Kingsville, Tx USA - Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 15:50:18 (EST)

was original "charger"; left Ft Devens around July 1966 to Vietnam on the "Darby"(took a month). Assigned to HHC Company, 4/31. Built up Tay Ninh till it was livable and then they moved us. Don't remember where it was but when we landed we got mortered and took many hits, including myself. Eventually ended up doing escort patrol on thunder road. Have the list of members of my company and many pictures. Go vets!!!
Bob Kenefic <bobkenefic@yahoo.com>
Hamburg, NY USA - Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 17:25:16 (EST)

Thanks to the guys who made this website. Last weekend I was able to meet with LT. Dixon the Co of Charlie Co. September of 68 LZ Mellon until Febuary of 1969,through the Battle of Nui Chom Moutain and all the other crazy stuff that we did there. Our familes finally got to see the other guy that we talked about. So far this year because of this web site I have met with Amoes Sheppard Echo and Alpha companies George Hawkins PIO for the Brigade and Top Sergeant Harpin Myers,HHC acting Sgt Major for the 4/31st Inf. And Last week Lt. Dixon, I am looking foward to Branson Mo. I have e-mailed our Chaplain Lovelace and Battalion Commander Sam Wetzel and they will be there. Take Care my Brothers and I will see you in Branson. Doc La Palio, Delta 4/31 and Charlie 4/31 196th Lib 68-69
Doc La palio <alapalio@vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 17:09:04 (EST)

Was With Alpha Co. 2nd Plt.4/31st May 68-69, I would like to hear from all at that time.I can remember a few names and I have some phone numbers.The next reunion is in Branson Mo.in july
Dennis Weaver <inf196@mindspring.com>
Mesquite, Tx USA - Monday, January 20, 2003 at 09:05:18 (EST)

Co. B, 4/31, in country August 1969 - August 1970
Lyle "Pete" Peterson <petedav@aol.com>
Davenport, IA USA - Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 20:44:06 (EST)

I am looking for Bob Yost, US Army Medic 196th Light Infantry, 4/31. He served in Chu Lai RVN approximately 8/1969 to 8/1970. His last known home town is San Luis Obispo CA. I served with him and want to find him. My name is Jimmy Dischert from St. Louis MO. Just want to make contact and talk.
Jim (Jimmy) Dischert (per Morrison email) <bumpers@earthlink.net>
St. Louis, MO USA - Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 09:23:01 (EST)

My father is Jerry J. Josey of Bishopville, SC. He was a Lt. in the 4/31 C company from 12/68 to 12/69. As a child my bedtime stories were the days and nights of the Vietnam war. I would like to help him find some of his vietnam buddies. Please help. HAPPY 2003
Summer Josey Meetze <smeetze@gwm.sc.edu>
Columbia, SC USA - Friday, January 17, 2003 at 11:18:40 (EST)

I was a medic--Doc Glenn--with 2platoon,C co., 4/31, 196 LIB from 4/69 to 8/69. Was senior medic for about a month until I was hit twice and med evac'd to Japan, where I spent about 90 days, then was dicharged.
Glenn Kovanda <gkovanda@hotmailcom>
Rossmoor, ca USA - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 20:43:45 (EST)

Does anyone know/remember Battalion CO 4-31 for the period 6-10 May 1968? Would also like to know CO A/4-31, and Plt Ldr 2d Plt/B Co/4-31 for the same period. Got any contact email addy's? Interesting facts coming out of replies from you fellows...THX! Randy
Curtis (Randy) Kimes <pmarche@jps.net>
Auburn, CA USA - Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 22:20:07 (EST)

196th lib B co. 4/31rst. grunt aug.1969/aug.1970
russ fenton <rfenton@ecarthage.com>
reeds, mo. USA - Thursday, January 09, 2003 at 01:45:45 (EST)

I was a medic and started out in Ft. Devens with the original group. Aprox. April/May 1966 to July 1967. I was assigned to A company in Tay Ninh and Chu Lai. Don't remember which platoon but a Sgt. Teal was a squad leader there.
Tom Alexander <tea207@hotmail.com>
Jacobstown, NJ USA - Sunday, January 05, 2003 at 00:21:03 (EST)

I was a medic in the 4/31st at Ft. Devens when we first went over to Tay Ninh. Served with headquarters company for a while then was assigned to a platoon in A company for most of the stay in Tay Ninh and Chu Lai.
Tom Alexander <tea207@hotmail.com>
Jacobstown, NJ USA - Friday, January 03, 2003 at 18:17:22 (EST)

I was with A company 4/31 1st. plt.from 6/67-6/68 searching for all members from the company, have located approximately 27 members of the company for that time.
Sam Mazzola <sammazzola@hotmail.com>
Detroit, MI USA - Friday, January 03, 2003 at 15:44:54 (EST)

Looking for any members 1st Plt A co 4/31. Was E-7 Plt Sgt, with Lt Zuleger, Lt Rice. From Feb 69 thru Nov 69. LZ West, LZ Siberia, A-K Valley, Que Son Valley, Heip Duc.CO Cpt Yates.
James F Price <MR.PRICE@att.net>
Overland Park, ks USA - Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 22:02:00 (EST)

Looking for anyone who might have known my father, SFC Marshall Robertson who was killed in action in August 1969 in Que Sohn Valley. He was with 4/31 C company. I was 9 years old.
Patricia Robertson <pwilson@bayless.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2003 at 23:16:02 (EST)

I was with A Co. 4/31 196th from 6/68 to 6/69 Que Son, LZ West etc.
David Beard <dbeard@iwvisp.com>
Ridgecrest, CA USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2003 at 20:48:12 (EST)

I was with 4/31 196th from Sept 69 to Sept 70,LZ Siberia,West,Heip Duc Valley, looking for anyone who remembers when we were on LZ West bunker guarding and Spooky hit us.
jim constantine <jimcon@insightbb.com>
clarksville, in USA - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 22:20:33 (EST)

Bravo Company, 4/31, 196 LIB - 7-9 May '68 SW Camp Evans I would appreciate contact from anyone that made it off the ridge in the above action. I'm trying to 'put to paper' a full, accurate account of that action. I was one of the LRRP's you were sent to 'recover'... Thanks for your help, guys! Randy E Co/52nd Inf (LRRP), 1st AirCavDiv
Curtis (Randy) Kimes <pmarche@jps.net>
Auburn, CA USA - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 16:49:30 (EST)

Looking for Lt.Ed Henry, Lt.Dickie Dixon, Lt.John Hagon, and Dan Pratti aka Spider. All served with the 4/31, 196 LIB. 1968-69.Operations in Hiep Duc and Que Son Valleys. Thanks in advance.
George Hawkins <hawk@got.net>
Santa Cruz, CA USA - Friday, December 20, 2002 at 16:18:28 (EST)

I was with 4/31 D sep/69-sep70.......At lz west and siberia
Calvin Wynn <bojack49@aol.com>
la USA - Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 21:23:41 (EST)

Was asigned to Aco, 4th/31st from 6/68 to 5/69. I wanted to thank the 196th for making this web site available. Through it I have had the opportunity to make contact with some of my nam buddies . I'm still hopeful of contacting more. Thanks again 196th.
Bill Cobler <bcobler@twcny.rr.com>
Tully, NY USA - Friday, November 29, 2002 at 10:56:14 (EST)

served with B 4/31 from sep 70 thru jun 71 as a grunt out of lz west and siberia. would like to hear from ron suker,john lambert,james kabat,"scrounge",wilson,ruiz,calafell,barrada and any of my other fellow grunts. you men are my heros.my nickname was "bad ass"
Bruce Fulton <bamful@winco.net>
Ipava, IL USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 00:34:07 (EST)

I was Plt Ldr for the medical platoon of the 4/31 from the start at Ft Devens until March of 67 when I went to the HQ of the 196th. Left Nam in Aug 67 for Germany. Would like to hear from people who were in the original 4/31 and 196th.
Sid Field <ashfieldin@charter.net>
Ashland, OR USA - Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 17:42:48 (EST)

I was in Bravo Company 4/31 LIB from Jan 68 to June 68. Wounded on 8 May 68. I lost all my pictures when I was sent home. Anyone have any they want to share? Thanks
Jim Crayne <JBCRAY@AOL.COM>
Henderson, NV USA - Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 22:09:41 (EST)

I served in the nam from 5-68 to 7-69.D 4/31 196th. carried the m79 bloop tube. queson valley area LZ Gimlet I believe there was a hill 442 or 445 also. I'm from Buffalo NY.
richard czop <raczop@earthlink.net>
clarence, ny USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 09:51:32 (EST)

D Company 4/31 68/69 Glad your reading this, God bless those who are not, God be with you, you fought hard, be proud.
Jim Brock <jbrock620@wmconnect.com>
Vero Beach, Fl USA - Monday, November 04, 2002 at 20:23:34 (EST)

I was with 4/31 c company from day one atft devens.humped the pig.jan 67 got transfered to 1/5 mech 25th.There must be some old grunts out there from 2nd platoon or c company.Nice site,hope to hear from somebody soon
Bill Kelly <duck216@hotmail.com>
broadbrook, conn USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 10:53:48 (EST)

I contacted Eddie Zuleger about the battle of Nui Chom November 17th,1968 who inturn gave me LTC Wetzel e mail and I contacted him. He retired from the army in 1986 as a Lt.General of the V corps in Frankfurt Germany. He is now the Honorary Colonel of the 31st Infantry Regiment. He said he is going to Branson then to the 31st Infantry Assocation in Colorado Springs in August. So if you have any questions or memories of the battle be there. I hope that Sid Ordway 1st Sgt Neely and Hubie Harris can make it also. Take care my brothers see you in Branson. Doc La Palio
Doc La palio <alapalio@vglabs.coml>
long beach, ca USA - Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 18:10:19 (EDT)

Been looking through the archives and recognized a couple of names. I was a medic ("Doc Bobb") with 4/31 from April 1970 to April 1971. I moved around within 4/31 a few times. I was Senior Medic with A-company for about 6 months,(Remember Capt.Crockett, nicknamed:"The Fish"because he always walked us in rivers and streams and I got the whole company sent to the rear with "Trench-foot?" He got relieved for that!) I was with B-Company as a fill-in for about 3 weeks because we lost some medics from rotation, wounds and kia. I also served with C-Company for about three months as Senior Medic. We had a lot of rookie medics so I never got to rotate to the rear Aid Station in Chu Lai. I spent a couple of months on LZ West working in the Aid Station, On LZ Siberia also. I guess I got around alot! I also spent about three weeks with MACV in some village way out in the boonies somewhere. I don't know if any of you remember me but if you do, please drop me an email and let me know how you're doing. I would really love to hear from any of you. I don't really remember many actual names as we almost all went by some screwy nick name but the nick names I remember. Does anyone remembe "Boston" the RTO, "Cock-Nosed-Motherfuc--r" names like that? Hope to hear from some of you. Take care!
Dan Bobb <dangrace@aol.com>
Corona, CA USA - Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 13:39:10 (EDT)

A CO 4/31 LZ WEST FROM AUG 1966 TO MAR 1967
HAROLD E LOCEY <BIGLOCEY1234@MSN.COM>
COLUMBUS, GA USA - Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 07:15:33 (EDT)

With Delta and Alpha companies in Que Son Valley 68/69. Sent to Alpha after Delta lost LT's...was a platoon leader-LT. Went up and over Nui Chom in November of 68...looking to hear from other 4/31---LZ West grunts...
eddie zuleger <eddiezuleger@msn.com>
goodyear, az USA - Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 23:56:52 (EDT)

I served in A 4/31 from Dec. 67 to Nov. 68. Que Son Valley. I spent most of my time on a gun team. I would like to hear from anybody that was there way back when.
MARVIN GLENDENING <marvglendening@hotmail.com>
BELTON, MO USA - Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 11:25:37 (EDT)

Battle of Nui Chom Moutain. November 17th, 1968 to all the guys of the 4/31st A,B,C,and most of all D companies, I have just re read the battle from the 1969 edition of the Americal magazine,that Vance Van Wieren sent me. I have contacted Hubbie Harris, now living in Texas who sent his thirty some odd year rememberance of events. It still raises the hair on the back of my neck reading it. What brave warriors the men that we fought with. With Sid Ordway blinded and 1st Sgt Neely wounded hubbie contacted LTC Wetzel and his Charlie, Charlie ship, by radio and saved alot of guys. This Veterans day the Hawk, Shep and myself are going to visit 1st SGT. Harpin E Myers acting Battalion SGT Major. Who along with LTC Wetzel flew around the moutain a gazillion times, never wanting to leave us. Any way I just want all of you who where their to know I will always think of you as warriors first and brothers second. Doc La Palio HHC, Delta & Charlie Co's 68-69
Doc La palio <alapalio@vglabs.com>
long beach, ca USA - Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 16:43:01 (EDT)

In Co B, 4/31, 196th from Oct 68-Aug69. I was in the 2nd Platoon's "sapper squad"
Mitch Pavlo <woofman@onebox.com>
Canoga Park, Ca USA - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 14:16:27 (EDT)

Served 1969-1970 HHC 4/31st..Sgt Btn S4..Would like to communicate with anyone from this Battalion
Patrick White <patrickwhite383@msn.com>
Granada Hills, CA USA - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 00:09:43 (EDT)

Served with A co 4th/31st 3/69-3/70 I miss my friends & brothers
Kenneth O'Brien <kenoaz@commspeed.net>
Prescott, AZ USA - Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 22:57:20 (EDT)

HELLO. Welcome Home!! I am an original "Charger" from Ft. Devens. Went over on those beautiful "CRUISE" ships from Boston. Served with B Co. 4/31st assistant gunner on 81mm mortar. My gunner was Jim McMahon (Ill.) One of my best friends was Brendan Hoban (the Chin). He and I went AWOL from Devens before we shipped out. We went back home to Chi-town one more time. Have lost contact with almost all of the guys I was there with. Hope that where ever they are, they are doing OK. I do remember that we had a bitch of a time trying to take the Black Virgin Mt. outside of Tay-Ninh and lost alot of good men. The battle of Attleboro was another disaster thats hard to forget. Great site, keep up the good work. God bless all Vets!!
Ken Robinson (Robbie) <rken22@hotmail.com>
Renton, Wa. USA - Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 21:52:29 (EDT)

I was with Co.C 3rd platoon 4/31st,196th,from Dec69 to Nov70.Was a 11b all the way.Worked off of lz west & siberia.Don,remember many names.Looking for Jerry Romero.Anybody there at this time drop me a line anytime.
`J.H.Mann <jhmann8@aol.com>
Elk, Wa. USA - Monday, August 26, 2002 at 13:41:29 (EDT)

C/4/31 196th 1968/69 was first assigned to Lz Melon last out post next to DMZ sq.leader was Sgt Steve Martin. Lt. Cantrel in chg of charlie co. around June 68. So much happen our there, wish I could remeber all the good times and not so much of the bad times.
SGT JOE KIRKLAND <JOE@SCSCU.COM>
COLUMBIA, SC USA - Friday, August 09, 2002 at 15:26:04 (EDT)

I guess I should have added I was there from April 67 to April of 68.
Bobby Sinko <rsinko@state.pa.us>
Minerville, Pa USA - Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 11:44:21 (EDT)

Would like to hear from any one that was with me in the 196 LIB 4/31 My CO was Captain James Bierschmidt aand my Plt. leader was Lt Dickey......
Bobby Sinko <rsinko@state.pa.us>
minersville, pa USA - Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 11:40:34 (EDT)

I was in vietnam with the 4/31st 196th from 4/67 to 10/68. my name at that time was John Kaufmann. was in tet and 2 tet counter offenses. was RTO for awhile. My last 6 months was truck driver for 23rd S&T only Name I can remmber at that time is Eldarado A Brother from Chitown who was a whizzzzz at craps. and rebel who was kia in Sept of 67 he was company D's RTO we switched off and on. If any1 was there in D Co with Me would like to hear from U.
John McCasey <jbmccasey@msn.com>
Harrison, MI USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 12:07:13 (EDT)

A company 4/31st 196th LIB '69-'70. Looking for SSgt Jim Bytart or anyone else who may have served with me.
Bob "Prune" Jeans <1028Irishman@aol.com>
Kenilworth, NJ USA - Monday, July 29, 2002 at 10:04:10 (EDT)

Charlie Company 4/31 Third Platoon, all of 1969 I have contacted lots of us 3rd platoon 11Bs that survived Aug 69 including our famous Rocky Bleier. If you were a Charlie Company 3rd platooner email me.
Bob Herrmann <shirley@sinosa.com>
Sierra Vista, AZ USA - Friday, July 26, 2002 at 01:18:47 (EDT)

Great site for a great unit. I am keeping a roster for all men who served with Delta - 4/31st. 196th. L.I.B. We have over 300 current names, addresses and e - mail addresses. We hope to all meet at the 196th. Reunion in Branson,MO. July 31st. to Aug. 2nd. 2003 I can be contacted for further information. Vance A. van Wieren - 6654 - 122nd. ave. Fennville, MI. 49408 Tel. 269 - 543 - 3661 or e - mail vw196nam@i2k.com
Vance A. van Wieren <vw196nam@i2k.com>
Fennville, MI USA - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 08:51:48 (EDT)

Update on JAMES A. MASTEN!! He was with B Co. 4th battalion, 31st inf.
Ron Titus <barny@bellatlantic.net>
N.J. USA - Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 18:38:40 (EDT)

A COMPANY 4/31ST
TIM JAKUBOWSKI <TJAKE9819@AOL.COM>
LANSING , ILL USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 19:40:35 (EDT)

I am trying to locate Nicholas Borocino who commanded B/4/31IN from 08/15/66-02/67. Nick subsequently served as the S_1 for 4/31 IN.
James R Bouldin <jabldn@aol.com>
Montgomery, , AL USA - Tuesday, July 02, 2002 at 22:16:48 (EDT)

I served in chu lai from 5/68 to 7/69 infantry D4/31 americal division. lz baldy lz gimlet que son valley. I'm from buffalo ny.
richard czop <raczop@earthlink.net>
clarence, ny USA - Friday, June 21, 2002 at 08:07:30 (EDT)

Served with recon 4/31 Apr 70. Served with Charlie co from May to Nov 70.I was a Medic.
Bill gardiner <Billgardiner@fuse.net>
Hamilton, Oh USA - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 23:20:58 (EDT)

Served with A Co, 4th Bn, 31st Inf - Sept 70 - Sept 71. Looking for Chuck Reed, Goofy Thompson, or any of the guys in the mortars on LZ Siberia.
Joe Hayes <hayesrj@ci.richmond.va.us or rhayes1604 @aol.com>
Richmond, VA USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 23:25:52 (EDT)

Hello to all the Tigers of "Go-Go Company, A 4/31. I was CO Jan-Jun 67 Tay Ninh & Chu Lai. Took over from Jim Bouldin, 1st Co CO, Ft Devens and Chu Lai. His E-Mail is jabldn@aol.com. Like to hear from any of our Great Grunts.
Bob Bailey <abnb0b@aol.com>
Mountain City, TN USA - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 23:35:42 (EDT)

I would like to get in contact with LTC Coley who commanded 4/31 from 11/66 -05/67.
James Bouldin <jabldn@aol.com>
Montgomery, Al USA - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 21:32:29 (EDT)

I'm putting together a couple of annotated maps of the NuiChom battle(Nov'68)and the HeipDuc(DeathValley)Aug'69 battle. I have the account of NuiChom from Sgt.George Hawkins&Sgt.Glenwood Harvey,but there's some gaps of what B&C Companies did and where everyone went after the battle.I also need to know where "A" went after they reached the ridgeline(I'm guessing left or West).If anyone can remember how this battle went, contact me.I'm trying to make this map/story as accurate as possible....I'm getting the Death Valley story from the book "Death Valley-the Summer Offensive" by Keith Nolan. I need to know where(map wise) each company was during this battle and especially exactly where "D" was.Hopefully you officers, NCO's and RTO's can help me with this project because it "will" be a good one.....Robert Shrake 1st Plt. SGT/SSGT C-4-31....Also,anyone that's interested in these maps/storyline, send me a note and I'll keep on file to send you when they're finished.
Robert Shrake <rshrake@bellsouth.net>
Snellville, Ga. USA - Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 18:41:34 (EDT)

I served in C 4/31, July 67 to June 68,I would like to contact, any one who was in the unit at the same time.
Joe Des Granges <jdesgranges@gci.net>
Palmer, AK USA - Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 18:12:08 (EDT)

COMPANY D /4/31/196
BART MARTELL <BMAR349632@AOL.COM>
WATERFORD, MI. USA - Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 12:55:53 (EDT)

Looking for info on CHARLES GROH ... KIA 1/2/69 ... 3rd platoon, 4-31 Battallion, Quang Nam. Charlie was like a big brother to me, we grew up in the Bronx, NYC. Would like to know the details of what went down. I was only 16 when he died. I spent my time in Quang Tri province in 1969. But I have always wanted to know what happened, he was first reported MIA and then weeks later KIA. I remember him in his casket and he seemed so different. Didn't even look like Charlie. Please, someone help me with this ... I just have to know. Thanks ...
Pete Maestre <cptpoet@metrocast.net>
Sanford, ME USA - Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 19:14:45 (EDT)

Ft Polk 68 and B 4/31 May thru November 69 then drove for arty in 11th bde AO until May 70. Great reunion last Aug in Gettysburg. Sixteen guys from third plt B co, they were amazing then and now. Bezat, Hillard, Shep, Stevens, Corson where are you?
Craig Fletcher <fletchw20@attbi.com>
Ruston, WA USA - Friday, April 26, 2002 at 13:08:03 (EDT)

Charlie company 4/31 196th,1970,looking for nathan l. schrader,or anyone. lz west,lz siberia,wounded at lz prep. nov.24,1970.kit carson named kee tripped baseball grenade. nate also went by name of professor.
bob (mac) mc farlin <bobm@fone.net>
cortez, co USA - Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 08:21:27 (EDT)

I was with the 196th 67-68. I don't remember but I think I was with the 4/31 C.co. I was with a guy from Texas named Cambell & Mayo from S.C. I was called Hillbilly. There was another guy we called Sgt. Pepper. Would love to hear from any of you that remember me. Thanks Tommy.
Lacy T.Shanklin Jr. <tbshanklin@yahoo.com>
Mebane, NC USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 21:56:17 (EDT)

Assigned A 4-31inf September '70 to December '70.reassigned to HHC 23RD,S&T Bn. Would appreciate any information on how to obtain awards assigned to me,special orders and general orders.Recieved CIB but have lost my orders. Trying to bring my 201 file up to date. Any help would be appreciated. Thank You, Don Bailey
Bailey,Donald W. <BaileyDW@Bolt.com>
Covington, Ky USA - Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 11:11:42 (EDT)

I was assigned to company A ,4th betallion,31st Infantry,196th brigade in September 1970.Reassigned December 1970 to security platoon HAC 23rd SNT betallion until August 1971.I sure would appreciate it if anyone had some information concerning orders,awards,and declarations. I am particularly interested in getting some special order numbers with my specific name on it.Any information can be sent to me e-mail address and would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Donald W.Bailey <BaileyDW@Bolt.com>
Covington, Ky USA - Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 10:56:16 (EDT)

Hello I was with A co. 4/31 from 70-71. I would like to hear from you guys I was with. Ellis,Woody, Doc Clark,Mac,Frenchie,Gaum. If your still hanging around give me a hi sign
Ron Davison <rufraod@aol.com>
Fontana, Ca. USA - Monday, April 08, 2002 at 19:46:14 (EDT)

I was a sgt. in A co. 4/31st 196th from jan 1970 till dec 18/70. would like to hear from anyone from this time. i was in the bush until my last mo. when i went to the rear as supply sgt.
gary himelick <ghimelick@indy.rr.com>
marion, in USA - Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 00:34:41 (EST)

C Company 4th Battalion 31st Infantry in May-June 1967,I was a corporal E4 Squadleader for a short tour.I was medevac for aggravating a prior Injury. I received my CIB during this short stay. I did return for a second tour in 69.I would like to communicate with anyone who can remember me.I got some names from my CIB orders and one picture.
Richard Hernandez <Richard.Hernandez@Killeenisd.org>
Killeen, TX USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 08:58:59 (EST)

Served with A-4/31 from oct 68 to mar 69 am looking for anyone who served with me, was wounded and never got to say goodbye, would like to say hello it would mean alot to me,am also trying to locate an e/5 named Jay from Cal.
fred cardaropoli <grunt 196th @ aol.com>
wareham, ma USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 08:24:38 (EST)

Served with A Co. 4/31 196th. I was there from 1968-1969
Don Wingo <thekom@ev1.net>
USA - Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 16:58:48 (EST)

"B"co. 4/31 196 LIB,,,,I WAS A SQ. LDR WE RELIVED THE MARINES OUT ON THUNDER ROAD,,,I WAS TRANS. FROM THE 2/12 4TH DIV. IN LATE MARCH AFTER THE BATTEL OF SUI-TRE,,3/21/67,,,SERVED WITH A GREAT GROOP OF MEM OUT ON THAT ROAD,,,,ANYONE REMBER R/A JONSON ? HE LOST A FOOT TO A GOOK BOBBY TRAP ? JERRY CULP YOU OUT THERE GET BACK TO ME.....LATER GRUNTS ,AN REMBER "WE DID IT RIGHT"
HARVEY <JSH@ELBERTONGA.COM>
ELBERTON, GA USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 19:57:57 (EST)

Served with 196th, first w/ 8th supt bn 6/67, then to field With D/4/31 and Then with C/3/21 until injuried above Dong Ha on 10 or 11/68
James M. Goad USA RET SSG <mtnbunker@aol.com>
Flat Top, WV USA - Friday, March 08, 2002 at 01:17:08 (EST)

looking for information about Capt Wolfe B Co 4/31 also George Hawkins a Field photogher .I served with B Co 4/31 from Jan 1968 to jan 1969. Iwould like to here from all my old friends
Jim Paxton <none>
Savannah , Mo USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 20:33:53 (EST)

looking for information about Capt Wolfe and Lt. PANDOFFEE
Jim Paxton <none>
Savannah , Mo USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 20:25:21 (EST)

Went to my first reunion last summer in Gettysburg and don't know why I waited so long. I had a great time and met up with so many guys after 35 yrs. Some of the "original" members of "A" 4/31 are going to meet at "Nam Jam" in Kingston, NY on the third weekend in July. All are welcome.
Ed Boss <chargers196@hotmail.com>
Summitville, NY USA - Monday, March 04, 2002 at 08:30:55 (EST)

Drafted in Cal. Basic in Ft. Ord, AIT Ft. Polk. Arrived onHill 445 About X-mas day 1967. Assigned to Co. A 4/31 until Feb. 1968 then reassigned to Co. E Recon platoon. Involved in the Jan.5th battle or actually night reinforcement, Loaded wounded and KIAs the next morning. Lost close friend who who was KIA with "C" Walt "Butch" Peters, we boarded the Greyhound bus together In Indio Ca. when we were drafted. Like some of the rest I guess hard to remember names. Seems I do remember a Gray from Tenn. and Gonzales from Pico Rivera Ca. and Lt. Rooney, Sgt. Haun. Remember a few incidents but things are vague.
David Moore <dmoore@ctaz.com>
Lake Havasu City, Az USA - Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 00:34:59 (EST)

I WAS THE SENIOR MEDIC FOR DELTA AND CHARLIE COMPANIES 4/31 196TH LIB. ARRIVED WITH THE PACKET FROM FT. LEWIS WA. I AM LOOKING FOR LT. TIERNEY 3/82 ARTY WE WERE WOUNDED WEST OF TAM KY ON FEB 28TH 68 LT. LOST BOTH LEGS HIS RTO HIS SHOULDER, AND I WAS TEMPORARILY BLINDED WITH CORNEAL ABARASIONS. I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR CHARLLIE CO'S CO 1LT DICKIE W DIXON FOM INDIANA I BELEIVE. THE REUNION AT GETTYSBURG WAS AWESOM I HOPE YOU ALL CAN MAKE THE NEXT ON. ITS GOOD TO BE ALIVE AND A GRANDFATHER. "PRO PATRIA" DOC LA PALIO HHC,DELTA&CHARLIE CO'S 4/31 196TH LIB 68-69
DOC LA PALIO <ALAPALIO@VGLABS.COM>
LONG BEAACH, CA USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 16:41:39 (EST)

I served with C Co., 4/31, 196th LIB from Oct '68 to Oct '69. I got the latest news bulletin. I saw someone I immediately reconized, Rich Trimble. It sure was "GREAT" seeing that picture. I was a 1/LT and the 2nd platoon leader through Jul. '69. I then went to brigade hqs. as an asst. S-2. In Aug./Sep. rec'd news my old unit was in heavy enemy contact; lost my former platoon sgt. and others. Would love to hear from ya'll.
Stan Cantrelle "26" <stancan@bellsouth.net>
Schriever, LA USA - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 21:55:27 (EST)

Would like to contact anyone who was in C,4/31 from Aug 70 through Aug 71. I served in and around Chu Lai from Aug 70 through Feb 71 then the next six months I served near DaNang. Milton Skrabanek Snook, TX
Milton Skrabanek <bskrabanek48@aol.com>
Snook, TX USA - Friday, February 15, 2002 at 23:35:45 (EST)

C-4-31 Nov68-Aug69 Squad/Plat Sgt. Looking for anyone there at the same time. Also, I have some scanned and annotated maps of 4/31,3/21, and 2/1. I'll be happy to e-mail any, just tell me what area/LZ you were in.
Robert Shrake <rshrake@bellsouth.net>
Snellville, Ga. USA - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 19:55:09 (EST)

I was infantry in 4/31, 196 LIB. I helped truck and fire the pig with Big John, (I think that was his name, black guy), walked point a lot since I was a cherry, went on 2 CA's into Ashau Valley (valley of the dragon), and stayed in the bush a lot. On Baldy, Center or Eagle a week at a time when not out in the field. I had 1 stand down in Chu Lai. Was there from 4/70-8/30. Got wounded when a guy from Iowa walking point set off a trip wire on patrol into Cam Dieu (we called it Hep Duck). I was walking slack. Do you remember guy nick-named "Illy" (because he was from Illinois)? There was another Italian fella too, but I can't remember him. I used to party with them in the large bunker overlooking Hep Duc. I also pissed off the CO because I had a small movie camera with me and used to make films. I lost all my stuff when I got hit though. It just disappeared when I was dusted off. Would love to see my movies! Glad to see all the messages on the web site. I would go to the reunion if I thought I might see some of those guys. I will look into it. I live in Charlotte, NC with my wife and 2 boys.
John Boye <jboye@mindspring.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 11:28:29 (EST)

I was with C Co. 4/31 from 7-69thru 7-70, was in first platoon, carried M-79 the whole time. Just started to mess around on these pages, thanks to my wife, so any charlie co. grunt that see's this, feel free to reply. Already have some names , also talked to Chip Hummel. Will be D.C. over veterans day for the Americal reunion.
James Sipe <jdsipe2dogs@yahoo.com --- jdsipe2dogs@earthlink.net>
Palmyra, Pa USA - Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 22:33:18 (EST)

MY nick name was Frenchie served co. A 4-31lib June 6 to April 69 Anybody out there serve with me drop me a line
Eugene Levesque <bigdeerdad@aol>
Hampden, me USA - Friday, February 08, 2002 at 21:04:10 (EST)

Served C 4/31 196th nov. 03 1969-Oct. 07 1970 11B mostly in Hiep-Duc lz Siberia looking for fellow grunts
steven leonguerrero <robskids@pacbell.net>
vallejo, ca USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 21:24:33 (EST)

 


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