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Comments by Cpl. James G. Rowe on Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 15:30 IP Logged IP Logged
April 1968 to Nov. '69 1st Amtracs, 3rd Mar Div., maintenance platoon. Just found this site been looking for something on amtrac or Cua Viet for many years. I was there the day Stars and Stripes said Cua Viet went up in smoke. Thanks for the site.
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Comments by JOHN B. "ANDY" ANDERSON on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 13:04 IP Logged IP Logged
CORRECTIONS TO COMMENTS OF APRIL. I WAS IN COUNTRY FROM SEPT. 15,67-OCT. 15, 68.
GOT AHOLD OF MAJ. STEFANSSON, CAILOUETTE, GREENSPAN, STIER, THORUP AND SOME SWIFT BOAT GUYS THAT WE TOOK "JOY RIDES" WITH @ NIGHT. AH, CUA VIET...PARADISE!
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Comments by Vincent Detmer on Sunday, July 11, 2004 at 18:40 IP Logged IP Logged
Great site! I served as a 2142 with 2nd
Amtracs, H&S & A Co. from 72 to 76. Also done some time at Camp Schwab, Okinawa. Good to hear from some many ex-trackers. Semper Fi.
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Comments by Bill Buttle Jr on Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 22:18 IP Logged IP Logged
Served in 2nd Amtrac Bn, H&S Co, Bn Supply, 73-76. Left as L/Cpl, was 17 when I got in so for a while I didn't get it. Thanks to Capt Michael Boak and Lt P.J. McKay for helping me out. Anyone who reads this I am looking for a battalion emblem or where to get stuff with it on.
Semper Fi
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Comments by Jim McNaughton on Sunday, July 4, 2004 at 16:58 IP Logged IP Logged
I was a Navy crew member on the USS Bulloch County LST509. I made many trips to Cua Viet from March 1967 to July 1968. I watched it grow from just a steel mat on the beach with a few Amtrac's and RT forklifts to a very large base. Great job on the web site it has brought back a lot of memories for me. I'll have to dig out my old photo's of the area. Thanks You!!
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Comments by lcpl. young on Saturday, July 3, 2004 at 21:39 IP Logged IP Logged
i appreciate this page. i am currently serving at 2mardiv 2aabn d. co maint plt
i feel greatful to be serving on the same path that all you old devil dogs have paved for me. ill be in iraq in a couple of months getting some. god bless and oorah
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Comments by vance white on Saturday, July 3, 2004 at 15:36 IP Logged IP Logged
I was lucky to have gotten to sevice with Arm'd CO. 3rd Bn. and with A & B CO. 1st Bn and then back to B CO. 3rd plt. 3rd BN. between 1961-63
1831/1833
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Comments by Snooks Strasser on Saturday, July 3, 2004 at 13:26 IP Logged IP Logged
I served with Mike Company 3/1 67-68 a a grunt in the Danang, Cua Viet,Rockpile,DMZ areas and the trackers always treated us as family. I will have a warm spot for each of you forever. Thanks from all us grunts you guys were great.
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Comments by Vincent O'Hare on Sunday, June 27, 2004 at 22:07 IP Logged IP Logged
Enlisted 2/28/64. Left Pendleton for Viet Nam May'65, landed in Qui Nhon, then on to Chu Lai, left via DaNang 5/13/66. Crew chief 3-A-27. I was a very luck guy. Left before the party really got started. That was 40 years ago!. Iraq sounds so familiar, with one major exception. People don't spit at the kids when they come home today.
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Comments by Jim Lynch on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 12:05 IP Logged IP Logged
Hello....
Just checkin' in with my "gator" Marine pals. Served with H&S Co, E-1 Plt, 3rd Amtrac Bn in da' Nam in 66 - 67. I'm now working as a vet. service officer doing claims for veterans. Boy, Vietnam is still truly with us.
Take care.....
Jim Lynch, S/Sgt, 1959-1967
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Comments by DG Ficklin on Friday, June 11, 2004 at 11:36 IP Logged IP Logged
I often remember my days as a 2141(AAVP7-A1 mechanic), in the 3rdAAV BN, H&S co. BN maint Platoon. I was immature, and dissapointed that I didn't get the duty I wanted. My attitude ruined the first two years, of what has become the highlight of my life, in retrospect. After leaving active duty, in Nov/'88, It didn't take me long to realized I had made a mistake in not shipping over. I was frustraited and unsatisfied with civilian life, after just 1 year from my my Honerable discharge. I vowed to return, to the life I had managed to turn around the last half of my enlistment.(dispite my childish selfisness). Alas, It was not meant to be. The cold war ended, and the ground offensive in Kuwait was over in a mater of hours. The looming threat of worldwide terrorism had not become the focus of a post cold war DOD. My pending re enlistment was canked due to a cancelation of prior service quota, and Lat/move restrictions at the time.
My advise to all young Marines is. Become the Marine you wanted to be NOW, unselfishly, with the trust that you are where you are for a Damn good reason. Or you will have to settle for becoming the Marine you never were while serving on active duty. Once a Marine Always a Marine.
One of the greatest benefits to serving my country as a US Marine, Is the frienship of one Christopher A Carmichael. He is a lifelong friend that has called me every year to celebrate The Marines birthday. Semper Fidelis, and God bless the USMC.
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Comments by Teddy Bowden on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 19:42 IP Logged IP Logged
I was in 2nd Amtrac Bn A co from 1972-1974.Keep up the good work.
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Comments by Ray E. Zuniga on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at 21:48 IP Logged IP Logged
Great site I was with 3rd AA Bn E.Co from July 91 to Feb. 96. Before that i was AAS Schools Bn from Sep 88 to July 91. Semper Fi. yatyas.
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Comments by F GERKEN on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at 18:40 IP Logged IP Logged
I AM SEEKING INFO REF 2ND MARINE DIV
2ND DIV. A CO.
MY FRIEND WOULD LIKE TO LOOK UP OLD FRIENDS. HE WAS 1ST LIEUT. CO A YEARS SERVED 1957-1960 HE DOESN'T HAVE COMPUTER SO I AM HELPING HIM AND HIS SEARCH.
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Comments by s.nicosia on Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 17:12 IP Logged IP Logged
During July 1956, the LVT-3 was phased out and the Battalion was equipped with LVTP-5. Concurrently, the Battalion was reduced to a Headquarters and Service Company and two letter companies. In 1957, elements of the 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion sailed from Camp Lejeune with the Sixth Marine Regiment (Reinforced) for operations in the Mediterranean Sea. This was the first of what is now the Landing Force Sixth Fleet deployment. In 1958, the Battalion responded to the Middle East Crisis with the first units of the Battalion landing in Lebanon on 15 July.
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Comments by RICKY LAMBERT on Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 00:27 IP Logged IP Logged
MY BROTHER LCPL ELDON E. LAMBERT KIA 5-14-67 1/9 D CO.THANKS TO ALL WHO SERVED
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Comments by Robert KIlkelly on Friday, May 28, 2004 at 07:07 IP Logged IP Logged
I was on recovery boat for amtrak crewmen that sank in Danang Harbor. The Amtrak came off the LSD and went to bottom of bay near the Jap cruiser sunk there. Our LCM8 opened ramp and divers brought the crew up and we maade sure they got home. Still have nightmares of that day. Watched it go down and then recovery ops.
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Comments by Robert Kilkelly on Friday, May 28, 2004 at 06:55 IP Logged IP Logged
Lcm8's with Bob Johnson. Thanks for the support in Vietnam. Am retired USN , 100% total SC disability. To all you guys who made it home hats off to ya. Bob
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Comments by BM2 Bob Johnston on Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 19:56 IP Logged IP Logged
Semper Fi and Welcome Home Brothers...I was driving one of those LCM-8's on the Cua Viet river during Tet of '68 and have to thank you all for the great security you provided us with. I stood watch at night on the perimater with a few of you when you were worn out and stretched thin. My boat took a near miss from one of those re-wired bombs in tha chanel and we were passing the 1475 when she got the hell shot out of her just short of the Dong Ha Ramp. If any of you are the remains of that Company (all 3 of you) that were put in against Chuck on the north side just shy of Dong Ha City, that we volenteered to extract, hope you are still alive and doing well brothers. I did 3 tours on the rivers north of Da Nang and am pretty well messed up now, was in country from 65 to (July) 68.
We leaned on you Marine AmGrunts for our security so we could do our job and get the stuff moved up river to help keep things going and others alive. It was a bad time but...a PROUD time for we who served.
Thank all of you and Semper Fi!
'We did so much, for so long, with so little, that now we can do anything, with nothing!'
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Comments by Keith Alan Brown, CWO2 on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 12:46 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with H&S Co. Comm. Plt. 1st Amtrac Bn. 4/68-1/69 2531 radio operator l/cpl at the time. Just got out of the reserve as 0210 intelligence officer, it's been a long time. In some part-not long enough. glad to see this site. Wish you all the best. Semper Fi and GOD Bless America
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Comments by Winford G (Jake)Lewis on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 12:34 IP Logged IP Logged
I served with 1st amtracs A company 4th platoon from Nov. '65 to April '67. I was with 3rd amtracs in ChuLai August '65 to Nov.'67. Our platoon was sent from ChuLia to Danang area right after Operation Blue Marlin and was then changed from 3rd tracs to 1st Amtracs A company with several tractors having holes welded up from operation Starlight. We had to stencil over our tractor numbers showing we had changed from 3rd to 1st. Just a bit of history. I saw a message by Mike Adair on this siteand I served with him. I also noticed a picture taken by Allyn Brown that had some of my old platton buddies in it. Larry (Red)Southard, 'Grandpa" Jones, and a couple of others that names escape me now. Also my two crewmen when I left Richard Blatnick and John Forbes.Would like to hear from any of those guys or others who served with me in the fourth platoon.
Jake
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Comments by Billy Joe Churchwell on Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 06:41 IP Logged IP Logged
I would like to hear from anyone that served with Provisional Rifle Company, Camp Books. Semper Fi
http://www.billyjoe.net/Vietnam/
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Comments by Mike Rivers on Friday, May 7, 2004 at 07:29 IP Logged IP Logged
Served with 2nd Amtrac Bn "D" co,74-75 1st Trac Vehicle Bn "B" company75-76, 3nd AAV "B" company 76-79, Barracks Duty Colts Neck NJ 80-82, 3rd AAV Bn H&S company PMI, Back to the Rock 83-84 "D" company 29 Palms 84-85 ( Would like to get in touch with T.L. Wilson and Joe C. Duncan from the 3rd AAV bn
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Comments by RICHARD S. KOPYCIENSKI on Thursday, May 6, 2004 at 12:08 IP Logged IP Logged
JOINED AMTRACS @ CAMP LEJUNE FEB. 64 MADE MED CRUISE THAT YEAR,CREW CHIEF WAS ROLAND ADAMOLI. TRAC A-01 -HE BOUGHT IT IN 65 IN OPERATION STARLITE.
AFTER MED CRUISE WENT TO CARIBBIAN IN 65 AND WOUND UP DRIVING A-02 ASHORE AT ONSET OF DOMINICAN 'CRISIS'
MADE 2ND CARIB CRUISE THAT YEAR AND THOUGHT I WAS HOME FREE AS A SHORT-TIMER. WHEN WE GOT BACK TO N.C. MY ORDERS FOR NAM WERE WAITING.
AFTER CLIMATIZATION IN CALIF. 6 TRAKERS WERE CALLED OUT OF THE FIELD AND TOLD TO PACK UP OUR GEAR FOR TRANSFER TO LONG BEACH. WE WOUND UP ESCORTING 11 NEW TRAKS TO NAM AND AFTER A MONTH AND A HALF AT SEA WE LANDED IN DANANG ON APRIL 28,66.
WAS ASSIGNED TO 4TH PLATOON 'B' CO.1ST AMTRACS AND MADE CREW CHIEF OF B-47.
WE TOURED THE USUAL PLACES- MARBLE MTN.,HILL 55, LIBERTY HIGHWAY,ETC.
REMEMBER A RESUPPLY FROM HILL55 DOWN TO LIBERTY HWY WHERE WE CAME ACROSS A BUNCH OF VC HIDING IN AN OASIS. WE GOT MORE DEAD BODIES AND CAPTURED AMMO THAT DAY THAN THE WHOLE DIVISION GOT IN A MAJOR SWEEP THE WEEK BEFORE!
IT'S A GREAT SITE HERE- HELLO TO ALL YOU GOIN-GATORS AS I USED TO CALL US.
IF ANYBODY OUY THERE REMEMBERS ME, DROP ME A LINE, I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
GOD BLESS AND SEMPER FI !!
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