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Comments by Dan Goodman on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 12:02 IP Logged IP Logged
Was with the USMCR Amtrac unit in Tampa during the sixties. No hero, just trying to be a Marine for myself, and a college grad for my family at the same time.
Would love to find some of my old buddies, especially Nelson the ironworker and Greg Utley, who went with me to Naval Decon school in Gulfport after they decided they weren't calling us up (post Port Hueneme).
Anybody ever run across my favorite DI, the one who made the picture come together for a confused seventeen year old, Cpl. Tomolka? Or our lead DI, Sgt. Brown, a former radioman?
I hardly did anything for the Corps, but the Corps did as much or more for me in life than anything else I've ever done.
But to this day, I do all that I can to honor the Corps, and always get with other Marines to celebrate the birthday.
I hope my son, who is now 10, can benefit from the mistakes I made. If I had it to do over, I would have done a full career.
Semper Fi and God Bless the Marine Corps!
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Comments by Former Marine on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 16:56 IP Logged IP Logged
I forgot to mention that the Communications Chief of "A" Company - Sgt. Al (Bamboo American) Brown -replied to my mayday distress call this way, "We are unable to help you... there isn't a boat big enough to come to your assistance." So, this is why I am asking how you guys survived and were rescued. By whom were you rescued, and by what means did they rescue you? Your vehicle (Y-24 or H-24) was salvaged on 16 August 1968, when a dredger discovered it's location. Amazingly, the line charges were functional and were actually used successfully at a later date! Thanks....
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Comments by Former Marine on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 15:49 IP Logged IP Logged
This message is for Bill McConnaughy... Can you please elaborate more about the sinking incident of your LVTE-1(Y-24) the afternoon of 18 September 1967. I was behind you (up-river) and heard your mayday distress signal. The Battalion Chronology states four (4) men were rescued...How was this accomplished? I had radioed for help (rescue) as my tractor was swept out to sea in 20 foot swells after being submerged briefly in the enormous swells and turbulence at the mouth of the Cua Viet River and the Gulf of Tonkin. It is a miracle that any of you surveved! Thanks....
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Comments by bill mcconnaughy on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at 20:49 IP Logged IP Logged
was so happy to see this site,got a little confused.we pulled the anchor chain around con thien not dong ha.seem to recall they made us leave right after being mortord.wish i could remember all the mames.can only recall sgt.fox,mouse and harry from e-1s
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Comments by bill mcconnaughy on Sunday, October 3, 2004 at 20:06 IP Logged IP Logged
i never knew this site existed. i served in h&s E-1 platoon from dec.66 till i think aug.68 im still mad that the m.c turned our hooches over to the army and made us go back to tents.i sank my E-1 at the mouth of the cau viet.we dragged an anchor chain around dong ha trying to clear mines while we were mortord.i still dont eat apricots after the men we lost at cam lo.does anyone remember?
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Comments by Delbert Goben on Friday, October 1, 2004 at 05:24 IP Logged IP Logged
I served in Cau-Viet with the US NAVY from Aug.69-Aug69. I was with the CLEARWATER MINE SWEEPS, that keep the river open from the mouth to Dong-Ha. We served along side if the 3rd Marines, I have a buddy that was with the 3rd Marines at Cau-Viet frm 68-69. Any of you grunts remembeer him, his name is Robert(bob)Davis, from here in St. Joseph,MO.
Anyone remember the Amtrack that was hit on the North Bank of the Cau-Viet River, or was any of you there when the Naval side of the base caught fire, we lost 13 men in that fire, or does anyone have a picture of the fire.
E-mail me if you know of any of these, lable Subject: CAU-VIET
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Comments by Carl M. Pollard on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 19:31 IP Logged IP Logged
I was stationed at Courthouse Bay when the Korean War started. Went to Delmar and formed with 1st Amtracs to make up 1st Amtrac Bn. Made Inchon and a few other points. Still stay in contact with a few of the old ones.
Semper Fi
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Comments by Bill Grotz on Monday, September 20, 2004 at 05:27 IP Logged IP Logged
Served with 1st Amtracs Camp Schwab 74-75 And Courthouse Bay 74-76. Also served Camp Schwab Camp Guard, And Operaion Frequent Wind. Would like to hear from old buddies and any reunion info. Great site Semper Fi!
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Comments by Sgt. Ford Kilgallon on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 15:32 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with the 1st amtrac bat. Jan to June 1969 I was in the Maintenace Platoon At Quang Tri, C-4 and Dong Ha.
Looking for anyone that new me or was there then. We took our amtracs to Oki by LSD's To Camp Swab I think. Most of my memories were blanked out ,but am tryung to find amgrunts I might have know Help an old Marine drop me An E-Mail
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Comments by Frank Morong on Thursday, September 9, 2004 at 14:26 IP Logged IP Logged
Served in the infantry during 1951-53 in Korea.started out in Ist amtracs but after a few months were dismounted and served like the amgrunts in Nam.Semper-fi from an old sob who rememebers those 3c's
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Comments by Chris Stohldrier on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at 05:18 IP Logged IP Logged
Outstanding site! Was a radio operator from 2nd Recon Bn; joined "A" Co. 1st Amtracs in April '65; landed in ChuLai early May '65; was in ChuLai & Danang areas; rotated & went to 10th Marines in 1966. Semper Fi!
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Comments by Golaszewski, john C., 2279343 on Sunday, September 5, 2004 at 21:15 IP Logged IP Logged
was w/b/3/9,,and hq 3rd mar div---in country fro sep 67-oct 69....semper fi,and welcome
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Comments by Dr.John D.Alley on Monday, August 30, 2004 at 16:07 IP Logged IP Logged
Former 1st.AmTrac Bn. Korea 1951.
Enjoyed the site.
God bless & Semper Fi.
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Comments by Andy on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 09:34 IP Logged IP Logged
For Jon Bauer:
Tried to send you an email. It came back!!
Semper Fi!
Andy ("A4, A4, A4 A6 Dismount, Dismount!!") The words of Jon Bauer as A40 was lifting into the air on Jan 20, 1968 after hitting a double decker mine. Heard by me as I was being propelled, still in a sitting position.
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Comments by Tom Baker on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 08:38 IP Logged IP Logged
I served with H&S Company, 1st Amtracs in 1955-56. We were at an Army Camp in Japan and were moved to White Beach Okinawa and established camp there.
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Comments by Lcpl Goldsmith T E on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 22:16 IP Logged IP Logged
2141, AAV Mechanic/ Repairman
2mardiv, 2AABN Cco
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Comments by Jon A. Bauer on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 05:32 IP Logged IP Logged
I was assigned to the comm section of A Co. 1st Tracs in Dec. 1967, and served with them thru May 1968. I have never been prouder than to have been an AmGrunt under the command of then Maj. PM Johnson. We had our good times and our bad times but my time there, at Cua Viet, will never be forgotten. My prayers still go out to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and my thoughts are with those who survived. SEMPER FI.
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Comments by bob choiniere [ frenchie ] on Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 05:02 IP Logged IP Logged
My name is bob choiniere, but everyone calls me frenchie. I would to thank Martin Johnson , Ron Barron , Gene Miller.For the great time at the AmGrunt reunion. I needed to see everyone again. MY wife and myself had a great time. THANKS!

Comments by Dick Lavello on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 07:28 IP Logged IP Logged
Teel I tried to send you a news article on the ambush of the 2nd plt 18aug65 by Peter Arnett (Starlite). If you or anyone else wants it shoot me an E.
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Comments by Christian G. Theel on Sunday, August 15, 2004 at 08:34 IP Logged IP Logged
Hi, My name is Christian G. Theel. I went through boot camp at MCRD San Diego platoon 360 Aug.thru Nov. 1963. I was in 3rd. Am Tracs 1st. Marine Divison from Jan 64 to May 64. Then I went to K-Bay in Hawaii. I was in "A" Company 1st. Am Tracs 1-A-22. We left Hawaii early 65 for Okinawa. In March 65 went to Da Nang and Chu Lai Viet Nam until May of 66. When I came back I was an instructor in Schools Battalion from June of 66 until I got out on 18 August 67. Have not heard or seen anyone that was with me during that time for approximately 25 years. Would like to reconnect with anyone I servied with to see what they are doing. I thought it was about time I contacted some old friends. Hope to hear back real soon.
Semper Fi
Sgt. Christian G. Theel
Antigua And Barbuda

Comments by Steve Brunette on Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 17:12 IP Logged IP Logged
I was in Bco.3rd tracks 1st div 2142 I worked on 3-b-27 3-b-28 3-b-29 at marble mt,hoi-an,and the roc marines from feb68 to june of 69
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Comments by Mel Schrein on Friday, August 13, 2004 at 17:09 IP Logged IP Logged
I was going thru the comments today trying to find someone I might remember. I was in Cua Viet 1/68-2/69. i don't know how many others kind of blanked this period of their life out, but I know for the last couple of years it has become kind of a process of rebuilding and remembering and after all these years it is very hard. So if anyone can help please contact me. I was a Cpl for the first part of my tour and in a tractor, the second half of my tour I was in H&S Co. and ran the EM Club with Sgt. Gilcrest. Thanks for the help and Sempre Fi.
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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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