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Comments by Pete Orsi on Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 18:42 IP Logged IP Logged
I was in H 2/9 around Easter of 69 and happened to be riding on top of an amtrac, traveling from Cua Viet along the beach to C4, it was a cold day for Viet Nam and I was happy to be resting on the warm exhaust grate. Not a good idea, after a while some ammo in a bandolier on my pack started to cook off, I had 2 frags in my jacket pocket and they were almost too hot to hold, I should have pulled the pins and thrown them into the sea, if they had gone off it would have killed everyone on top of the trac.
Semper Fi
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Comments by Dan on Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 23:21 IP Logged IP Logged
Reserve tracker back from Iraq. Love the page. Still stay away form apricots, even now. Hope all is well. Semper Fi.
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Comments by Dan Galusha on Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 17:30 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with A co. 5th amtrac,s 66/67 ,RLT26 .We changed outfits every time we had an operation.
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Comments by robert moore on Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 04:57 IP Logged IP Logged
Stationed at White Beach, Okinowa 1956 - 1957
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Comments by Hank Goedel on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 17:23 IP Logged IP Logged
Hi and liked your site. You guys did your share. God bless all vets and the troops that are serving now. Visit Alpha120.com. We all lived in the hell of combat. I served in A 1/20 in 68,69
Welcome home brothers
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Comments by Mike Decky on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 12:16 IP Logged IP Logged
Served with Alpha Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marines 68-69. You tracgrunts get a salute from me and glad to have served at times with such a great unit. God Bless our troops in Iraq, Afganhistan and may they all return safe upon completion of their mission.
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Comments by Jack Loveday on Monday, July 19, 2004 at 19:29 IP Logged IP Logged
THANKS FOR THE RIDE!!! I was with HQ Co. 9th Marines and was attached to you guys as radio operator in spring of 67. Caught several rides up Cua Viet to Dong Ha. What a trip! Thanks to the guy who gave us a gallon can of peaches their father sent that had 3 half pints in them. Who remembers the round eye reporter (female) that wrote article there about the operations going on. We invited her over for a "hoot nanny" and she came over and blew the minds of the men on the other end of the radio. Photos gallery meant a lot to me. Really would like to find the Michael T Fox I spent time there with.
semper fi and welcome home. jackloveday@msn.com
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Comments by Rollie R. Palmer on Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 09:51 IP Logged IP Logged
My God be with us all 2/5 1967-1971
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Comments by Louie (Lucky) Sirignano on Friday, July 16, 2004 at 09:49 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with 1st Amph.Tractor Batt.A co.2nd platoon,I was wounded on march 28th.68 and medivacted out by helecopter to hosp.ship Valley Forge.I am trying to locate a Marine i was wounded with his name is M.A.Carroll(L/CPL)If anyone can help please forward any info on him.(hit in head with grenade frag.)I found Azor Arazosa, he was also wounded a couple weeks earlier a great site to find former marine buddies also found George Nail,Florida Alan Brown,w/virginia and still hope to hear back from Victor Merkel from Wash.State...Semper Fi.Louie
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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
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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
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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
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
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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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