196th LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE
GUESTBOOK ENTRIES FROM
I was living in Detroit in 1971-72 when I was with C.Co,
723rd Maint. Bn.(ORD). I am looking for anyone who was also in this Company
during this period. Especially Fuqua, Smitty, Young, Battle, Spann, Averiett
(Reverend), Cook, and Rodriguz.
Does anyone know the guys from the 27th chemical det.
that were in duc pho in march of 1970 if so can you have them e mail me
. Thanks and happy holidays to all.
Attached to HHC 196LIB at Tay Ninh from 2d Civil Affairs
Co IIFF Dec 66 to (long after BDE went to Chu Lai)2 CA Co reorganiztion
Jan 68, then attached MACV Tay Ninh. I saw entries from a few members
of HHC. In those days HHC had something in the range of 1000 soldiers
assigned or attached, each small unit/section doing its part in support
of the mission of the BDE.
HELLO. I WAS WITH THE 196TH AT FORT DEVENS IN 1965.WAS
IN HEADQUARTERS HEADQUARTERS COMPANY.TOOK BASIC AT DEVENS.THEN WENT TO
NAM.LOOKING TO HEAR FROM ANYONE IN THE COMPANY.
Reference the entry below from J Blackmon. SFC William
Petty, KIA 6/21/67, was member of HHC 196th. Home of record was Gaffney,
My father, William Petty was killed in Chu Lie in June
1967. I was wondering if anyone was there at the same time and remembers
the incident? Would appreciate any info.
Thanks to this site, I have been able
to get in touch with a former buddy from 196th HDQ Company. We were in
country 1968. All of my 196th patches and memorabelia were destroyed with
my home last October in the Cedar Fire here in SoCal. Does anybody know
where I can get replacements? I see Americal product is available to purchase,
but what about 196th? Thanks. Hey there, Gramps in Utah
Hoping to find (then) Capt. Fred Milton
- 196th PIO Officer in '67-'68. We were friends from when he was PIO Officer
of 2nd Armored Div. in Ft. Hood before Nam. I was NCOIC of 198th LIB photo
Lab from Oct. 67-July '68. Sorry, Capt. Freddy, I was a hell of a lot
safer with the 198th than I would have been with you. Thanks for the great
hospitality and warm beer when you were in Quang Ngai. I know the ride
from LZ Bayonet to your bunker in Q.N. was probably more dangerous than
working for you, but my foolish choices were still better than your necessary
orders. Hope we find each other and share a few lies and truths over a
bunch of COLD beers. I alwayys think of you, my friend.
I served in the brigade headquaters
with Col Leonard (S3) from Ft Devens to June 1967 when I left Chu Lai.
Would like to hear from anyone associated with HHC 196th, and would especially
like to know if anyone knows James Thompson or Alex Murphy.
Hi 196th brothers, The following is
something I wrote a couple of years back and thought some of you might
relate. It is self explanatory. I hope some of you enjoy it. Al "Gramps"
Robb HHC 196th LIB, Oct 1967 to Sept 1968 - LETTER TO MY UNCLE- - Sam.....Remember
when you sent for us on that unfor- gettable day? You asked so very many
of us. It's in defense of freedom, we were to hear you say. It's to help
a friendly country Who is trying to be free. You needed us to join you
there, for a year or two or three. Duty to our country---we had always
been told-----to honor those before us, who guaren- teed our freedom,
which came from days of old. We answered all your letters, those of us
who cared. We came as we were called. God knows that we were scared. We
served our dear old country... we served her oh so proud. But when we
returned here to our home, we were met by a hostile crowd. They called
us dirty killers of women and babies too. But Sam we tried to tell them,
those things we did not do. We often feel the anguish of seeing a comrade
fall. Either from his wounds of battle or from the scars of war. They
say a hundred twenty thousand have taken their own way.....to join those
friends who went to Nam, forever there to stay. I say we are a proven
group--- we love our country dear. But Sam, when will our honor come.....after
oh so many years? Oh Sam, Dear Uncle Sam, We answered when you called.
We served with honor and valor too. The proof is on the wall... That great
black stone, in honor of those who gave their all, was erected by us......not
a country proud of those who took the call. So Sam, when you see........that
another of us has gone, you'll know it is without their country's love
for the duty we have done. Remember, Please Remember, that we served our
country well. We braved the storms, the depths of hell, the fearsome dogs
of war. But our country did not embrace us when we returned here from
afar. Al Robb.....June 1, 1992 Viet Nam...I Corps...196th Light Infantry
Brigade Oct, 1967 to Sept, 1968
Looking for any Signal Corps personnel
that served with Specialist William L. Burke from Oct. 1971 to June 1972.
Bill died of cancer in August, 2001. Any information would be helpful.
In honor of CWO Donald Lynn Delaplaine,
HQ/HHC, who shared his last breakfast with me at the Colonel's Mess in
DaNang 28 June 1971. Thanks, brother, for sharing your plans for the future
and for looking forward to the day's mission. Sketch in your mind a twenty-seven-year-old
Army captain and a cockey twenty-one year-old warrant officer, chopper
pilot, from two different worlds, one a Georgian, the other a New Yorker.
They sit at a small table in an Army mess hall in a foreign land, sharing
a cup of coffee, each giving something to the other. That one morning,
breakfast with a friend, a last for him and for me, is a gift. One day
I will understand it all, even the horror of it. Thirty three years since
that morning I am human again. It still hurts, but I am whole.
Assistant S-1, S-1/Adjutant, HQ/HHC,
196th INF BDE, 23rd INF DIV (Americal), Hawk Hill and DaNang, 1971. Howdy
Steve Babcock, Jim Carter, Steve Lecky, Al Tilis, Ron Taylor, Lyle Freeland,
Al Schumann, B.J. Mahala (trip to Chu Lai with country-western band),
Ned Bryson, Larry Parmlee, Bob Rudolph (the littlest red-nosed Ranger),
Gene Scott, Joe Pratt, Bobby Jenkins, and Werner "Turk" Chamberlain (you
fffffffffffflake!). Love to you and yours, Don
My father Richard P. Davis was at LZ Baldy between 66-67
he is not to savvy when it comes to the internet, I and my younger brother
have been trying to reach anyone that might have known him, he was in
the 136 signal unit, please send email if you knew him, thanks.
served with hhc 196th rifle platoon-67-68--later transfered
to 23rd s&t---would like to have contact with anyone from that time--currently
living in chiang mai thailand--good luck to all who served then and now--phil
My father's name is Richard P. Davis and he was in the
Signal Platoon. He was in vietnam more than once between 1965-1970 a has
a Bronze Star he was in communications. My pop is not interent savy so
I am trying to locate friends from the war. Anyone who wanting ro contact
Richard P. Davis please email me...
I SERVED WITH C CO. 723 MAINT BN FROM MARCH 1969 TO MARCH
1970 ON LZ BALDY AND LZ HAWK HILL. WE WERE ATTACHED TO THE 196TH BUT I
DID NOT SEE US LISTED ON YOUR ORDER OF BATTLE UNDER SUPPORT.
Looking for sp/4 Ramon Aviles (El Boto), Commo Section,
HHC 196th, Hawk Hill/Danang.After 'Nam he was stationed at Honor Guard
Duty stationed in Virginia.
1968-69 in the Commo Unit of the 196th HDQ Company. LZ
Baldy, Chu Lai, Tam Ky, Hue, and few other places. Just looking for Gramps,
Tice, Jaffe, Ski.. and few others. Remember Sgt. Lumpy?
I served with HHQ on LZ Center from Feb. 1970-Mar. 1971
as a cook in the mess. I am interested in finding any old buddies that
may remember me. Especially looking for "big Red" ( Jim Addair). Please
contact me if you remember me.
I was HHC 196th at Tay Ninh dec 66 to feb 67 does anyone
have info on the OH23 crash,after rework of the roter head,that fell into
the medics tents ie dates time or names was in jan67 james phipps 817-572-4832
4124 meadow park dr arlington,texas 76017 thanks good luck
jim phipps 4124 Meadow Park Dr. Arlington, Texas 817-572-4832
glad to know you are here good luck Merry Christmas
Evening Gentlemen, Does anyone remember a Jim Hale he
was in a LRRP unit. White male with snow white/blonde hair from Mississippi.
He's my father and wondered if anyone remembered him and would like to
tell me something about him. I'm writing a book about him and need some
information. He's still alive did 27 years and retired 1989 lives in Elizabethtown,
Kentucky. I'm sure he'd be interested in hearing from some of his fellow
soliders. Thanks, Jeff
I was in the 428th RR Det with the 196th at the base
camp on Rt. 1 south of Chu Lai, Fall of 1967. Out unit was across from
F troop. I would like to recall the name of the Brigade doctor at that
time, a major. What was his name and does anyone else remember this man?
Help!!!I am looking for anybody out there that might
have known my dad RONNIE G. RUNYON, he was with the 196th LIB, HHC, thats
all I do know, 1966-1969., His brother was also in with him Ben Runyon...
Please email me with any infomation at all, Thank You. ~Becky (Runyon)
I am looking for anybody out there that might have known
my dad RONNIE G. RUNYON, he was with the 196th LIB, HHC, thats all I do
know, 1966-1969. Please email me with any infomation at all, Thank You.
~Becky (Runyon) Francis
i was with the 196th in vietnam and i was with the 48th
scout dog plt., 67 and part of 68, i was wondering what unit citations
have the unit been awarded? thank you
I was in HHD & Band, 196th Support Bn (Prov). Started
out at ICCV in 1971, and came to DaNang in March 1971, and left country
right after we stood down. Anyone that was there durning that time please
e-mail me!!! Thanks, George
I am looking for anyone who can provide information on
the 1968 rocket attack and explosion one night at the Chu Lia airport
ammunition dump. It occured from the mountains west of Chu Lia. I was
with the 196th Light Infantry HHC on bunker guard east of Highway 1 (between
Highway 1 and the airport) when the dump exploded. I was manning a 60
cal. when I was thrown 20 feet from the top of the bunker and suffered
severe ear drum damage from the concussion. I would appreciate conformation
from others who may have suffered similar physical damage from this explosion
such as ear drum damage, ear infections, tinitis, hearing loss, etc..
Seeking to file claim with V.A.. This is my first time to this site and
it's good to hear from other fellow vets. Great site, keep up the good
Was in country with the 196th, recon unit working out
of danang in 71 and early 72 was lucky that i missed most of the heavy
action but heard that my buddies caught a bunch right after i left
I just returned from 2 weeks in Viet Nam. Saw Saigon,
Hanoi,Hue, DaNang and other less noted areas. I was first there Oct 70
-Oct 71 with the 196th. Recon Plt. So was there during the move from Chu
Lai to Da Nang. This trip was much more pleasant than the first. Driving
down from Hue we came to the top of the Hai Van Pass (on Hwy 1, N. over
looking DaNang), below was Danang Harbor, the city and the western ridge
where the 196th was based. I recognized the ridge and location where the
battalion was located. It was a moving moment. It became a point of reference
inwhich I could balance the new information I was taking in on this trip.
When we got to DaNang I took a taxi and searched out the battalion Headquarters.
I Found it! Thats the good news, bad news is that is an Army Base with
a guard out front. The area was as I recall, looking east, rice paddies
below the base going all the way to Hwy 1., then there was the big white
budda, then the bay. Most of that open space now has trees, there are
lots of new homes and shops along Hwy 1. I could not see the billets of
the battalion as there was much mature vegitation. On the hill tops there
has been a reforestation program with pines and other trees. VietNam did
not begin to prosper untill after 1986. That is when the gov. opened up
a some-what free enterprise system. It is impressive to see what they
have accomplished. Yet the gov. has not opened it up to the extent of
China,but it is coming. The trip was very therapeutic for me. Before,
when I would think of Viet Nam I would think of the war. Now when I hear
the word Viet Nam I think of the people and culture. The war has now move
a bit back in my mind and does't take up as much space ( I can put things
into a better perspective), but it is still with me every day. Before
I went on the trip I did some reading. It was an eye opener and helped
understand what I was looking at. It also told me how blind we were as
young kids shooting people and we had know idea why. The books are an
eye opener. A book that give a complete history of the war and is so well
written is "Fire In the Lake" After reading it, one can say that the war
was lost when Diem was put in power in the 50s. Another book is "Viet
Nam Now". It is a current update. Other items of interest: Chu Lai was
an army base but it is now closed up. Nothing going on there. China Beach
has the Furama Resort, outstanding hotel. I hope this is of some help.
If you have the opportunity to make the trip, I think it will help put
closure to one of the most adventurous years in our lives. Merry Christmas
I was with HQ 196 from 67 to68 my MOS was field radio
repair. Dose any one know the people from the MARS station please let
me know. My thanks to the people that created this site . It has sutured
Great SIte! Served as the Brigade PSNCO from May to December
of 69. Anyone remember the Brigade Chaplain Maj Don Barkley or Barrett.
He was KIA while doing a film in Saigon after leaving the Brigade for
his last few weeks in RVN. He was a great guy and his name is not on Honor
Roll. Probably because after he checked out of the 196th he was on TDY
for the remainder of his tour. He should be on the Honor roll, he served
his 196 Brothers well.
I SERVED IN THE HHC 196th SIGNAL COMPANY DANANG DURING
THE TIME OF AUGUST 1971 TO JULY 1972. I AM LOOKING FOR THOMAS WALLACE
FROM GEORGIA OR ANYONE THAT MAY REMEMBER SERVING WITH ME DURING THIS TIME
ON FB LINDA OR FB MAUDE. LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!
196th LIB - 9/65-2/67 196th LIB HHC (Avionics Detachment
at Ft. Devens and BTOC in Tay Ninh Province as 31Qxx for Maj Ercie Leach).
Also looking for Class 8-65,54th Company grads from Ft. Benning, particularly
Joe and Jerry.
HHC196th Riffle Platoon 67-68-just started serch for
friends and was sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie Freymuth of South
Bend-would like to hear from any of you-special memorie of Rollen Davis-if
any of you ever come to thailand please look me up-good luck to all chargers-sp4-phillip
williams (willie of okie)
Looking for former members of the 196th Bde Band. I served
with the Americal Div Band from Jun 71 until it was redesignated the 196th
Bde Band in Nov 71. I left DaNang in Mar 72 as a SP5 playing clarinet
I am from Puerto Rico. Was cook in HHQ 196th from jul
70 to aug 71 (Hawk Hill / Danang). Proud to be part of the 'CHARGERS'.
Great site. My father was the Provost Marshall (MAJ Linc
Brigham)when the BDE shipped out to Vietnam. My memories are of the BDE
marching all over Devens and me marching right beside. If you knew my
father let me know. He is still alive but doesn't talk much about any
of the three wars he has been in.I served for 20 and am very proud of
you guys for keeping it safe.
I served as Brigade Surgeon for the 196th and c.o. of
the medical company ["pill pusher"] at Hawk Hill from May to December,
1970. Would be most interested in hearing from anyone who passed through
or served at our clearing company.
Looking for Maj. Kish and Sgt Sutton. We were in S-4,
196LIB at Baldy around November, 1968 to February, 1969. If you are out
there, give me a shout!
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