196th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE
GUESTBOOK ENTRIES FOR
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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, 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?
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.
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
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
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.....
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 ??
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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,,,,,,
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.
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
email@example.com Thanks Doc La Palio HHC,Delta and Charlie Co's 4/31st
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome home my Brothers
and may God richly bless you & your loved ones. Vance A. van Wieren Fennville,
MI USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 23:59:59 (EST)
I am still looking for LT.Tierney 3/82 Foward Observer Delta 4/31
67/68. We were wounded by land mine Febuary 28th,1968 west of Tam Ky in
the Que Son Valley. We had just cleared a village and were walking out.
I was a fng and Lt.Tierney was pointing out were an ambush could be sprung
on us in the tree line. When the land mine got us,Lt.Tierney lost both
legs and I was blinded,his rto was wounded. Doc Eder,God love him took
care of us and we where medevaced out to NSA Da Nang. When Captain Mellon
got wounded he saw him in San Francisco at the Army hospital that was
last anybody has seen him. No one knew his first name so I can't do a
search to find him,I have tried the VA and the Army no luck. If anybody
would know where he is I would appericiate it. Doc La Palio HHC,Delta
and Charlie Co's 4/31st 68/69
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.
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
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
D 4/31:10/69-10-70. LZs Siberia & West. AO: Hiep Duc. CURRENTLY LIVING
IN SAIGON, VIETNAM. Have visited Hiep Duc 3 times
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?
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
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;
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com or 269 - 543 - 3661
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome
home my Brothers and may God richly bless you & your loved ones.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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 email@example.com
you want a copy; price is $16.75. Happy holidays--stay safe. Byron Dare
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
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 ? 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
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
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
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.
the new edition of Vietnam mag(dec.2003)has a well researched article
on C 4/31's action aroundVan Tuong1 in May 67.
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?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
See y'all in Branson.
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
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.
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
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.
"Joe" Mancha, drop me a line. Sgt. John "Mike" Long is doing well
along with others from B co. 4/31.
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
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?????
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...
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
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
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
"B"4/31 196lib,,,transplant from "A"2/12 4TH ID, IN MARCH 67,,,,,LOOKING
FOR ANYONE FROM THAT TIME,,,,,,WELCOME HOME ALL
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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....
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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"
Hillbilly,4/31 196, 67-68, I tried to respond to your message. You
no longer seem to reside at email@example.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" firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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...
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.
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
Served 1969-1970 HHC 4/31st..Sgt Btn S4..Would like to communicate
with anyone from this Battalion
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!!
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.
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.
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......
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.
A company 4/31st 196th LIB '69-'70. Looking for SSgt Jim Bytart or
anyone else who may have served with me.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Like to hear from any of our
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
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.
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 ...
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
"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"
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Served C 4/31 196th nov. 03 1969-Oct. 07 1970 11B mostly in Hiep-Duc
lz Siberia looking for fellow grunts
©2001 196th Light Infantry Brigade Association