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Comments by Jason Mangone on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 08:41 IP Logged IP Logged
Referred here by an associate of mine who served in Vietnam in the late 60's. I am 31 years old and never served myself. I just want to say thanks to everyone who has, who does, and who will continue to sacrifice so much so that our lives can continue to be so free and filled with opportunity. You do not go unrecognized... so thank you.
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Comments by Kevin Weaver on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 12:35 IP Logged IP Logged
Looking for those Hawaii trackers from the 1980"s
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Comments by Don Lariviere on Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 12:19 IP Logged IP Logged
Iwas a radio operator 2531 for the HOW-6 platoon in Viet Nam from 11-65 to 12-66
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Comments by Richard Molleo on Friday, November 14, 2003 at 11:30 IP Logged IP Logged
In country from 67-69, served at 1st FSR, Ordinance Maintenance Co., Track Vehicle. I was an Amtac Mechanic, but worked on anything from a rifle up to 8" self propelled guns. I worked on the M-16 rebuild at Red Beach. And also on the Ontos rebuild for TET. We like to hear from anyone who served with me, Semper Fi.
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Comments by foster, mark s. on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 01:54 IP Logged IP Logged
flew in danang airport nov 69 . eight months in service, green for sure. was assigned to 1stmardiv,3rd amtracs, spent many months guarding seashore at namo bridge. remember in the rear while on guard duty compound was hit with 81 mikemikes. out of fifteen shells walking all the way through the compound not one thing was hit. just ten minuetes earlier i was wondering how i was gonna wake up mu relief. charlie solved problem. mind is gone, dont remember any body except thier faces. dont need to hear from anyone just putting my name with a bunch of jar heads remembering that i was once part of a great marine corp and shared the same ground with alot of the best damn peopke on this earth. maybe ill check in some other time, but doubt it. yall take care.
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Comments by James Crawley on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 20:54 IP Logged IP Logged
Was in 1st and 3rd tracs. 71-76. Miss you boys a lot
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Comments by DANIEL SHORE on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 09:34 IP Logged IP Logged
1 st Amtracs B co. 2nd plt.3 rd Mar Div.
Cua Viet,Vietnam 67/68.
Outstanding site.
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Comments by Roy Stanford on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 06:19 IP Logged IP Logged
You sure have overhauled this site and have done one hell of a great job ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES and keep up the excellent work on this site.
3rd Amtrac Bn.; "B" Co. 3rd & 4th Plt.
Dec. 1967-Jan. 1969
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Comments by Lorne Whaley (Sargeant) on Saturday, November 8, 2003 at 19:49 IP Logged IP Logged
Great sitem, loved reading about the old timers. I began my amtrac career in June of 89, continued until July 95. I was honored to serve in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Restore Hope in Somolia, and Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti. Would love to hear from anyone I served with. YatYas and Semper Fi. In memory of The Amtrac Extrodinare SSgt Deacon, B Co 2nd AA Bn.
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Comments by DR MUGU on Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 23:19 IP Logged IP Logged
I LOVE THIS SITE SO MY GUYS KEEP OFF HERE PLEASE .THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU GUYS.
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Comments by GARY POWLESS on Monday, October 27, 2003 at 19:46 IP Logged IP Logged
GOOD TO SEE TRAC SITES.WAS WITH 1/26 H&S OPPS;DARING REBEL,PIPESTONE CANYON,MIGHTY PLAY & OTHERS 1969.SEMPER FI GARY POWLESS
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Comments by Barta, Leroy (Lee) V. on Monday, October 20, 2003 at 18:17 IP Logged IP Logged
for your website!
Joined B Co, 1st AmtracBN July 1967 after a shortened tour of recruiting duty in Tucson, Arizona. Served with "5th" Platoon B Co. as section leader. Recall spending Vietnamese elections (October/November '67) with 3 P5s at Con Thien, plenty of mud, and incoming! Returned to Cua Viet as Seebees arrived with instant housing . Often crossed the Cua Viet River heading north either as a member of ambush patrols mounted on P5s to be dropped off in the tree-line or as part of the 3 vehicle delivery and pick-up crews. Also made several trips as the reaction force to ambushed "ambush patols." Remember the lights going out for HOW 6 fire missions? And all the photos taken of HOW 6 destroyed by rockets? Recall patrols to the "Rocket Box?" December 1967 joined Lt. Noke and Gunny Smith with a full T. O., for the first time in Vietnam, and assigned as Amtrac Platoon to SLF with 2nd Bn 4th Marines. Quick trip to Subic Bay landing back on the beach at Cua Viet in January 1968. Supported 2/4 and various other infantry battalions. Was on board a HOW 6 on 1 March 1968 when hit by at least 7 RPGs. The turret caught fire and we bailed out into heavy small arms fire. The crewchief was killed by an RPG and Lt. Gosch was killed by automatic weapons fire. Would like to talk with any crewman who survived that day. Jim Stahl in 40 came in like the Lone Ranger and got us out of a real bad situation. On 25 May 1968 I was with 2 tractors resupplying a grunt mortar position north of the river when we came under mortar fire. I remember Stahl and Lockhart were also there but hazy as to who else. I was seriously wounded for my third Purple Heart. Stahl got me back to BAS and I was medivaced to Delta Med in Dong Ha and eventually to the USS Sanctuary. I was out of the war! Looking forward to the reunion in Tampa April 2004...see you there! The Amtrac Platoon will be having their reunion in Phoenix in August 2004.
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Comments by Lawrence T. Petty on Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 12:52 IP Logged IP Logged
Was with the 3rd Amtrac Co.USMCR, Galveston, TX from 1965 to 1971.
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Comments by Edward B. Martinez on Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 01:26 IP Logged IP Logged
I was the tank retreiver commander on Operation Starlite. I had the sad honor of towing and on loading the tractors that were shot up in the ricepaddies. We tried to get down to them all nite.We were getting mortared and the wouldn't let us move. We sadly sat and watched one burn all nite. Just now found your nice web site, Welcome Home Bros, Semper Fi.
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Comments by Cpl. Steven P. Epps, former on Monday, October 13, 2003 at 00:34 IP Logged IP Logged
Hi Marines! This is an awesome site. I love the pictures and the stories,etc. I was a 2531 Field Radio Operator, "Radio Humper" first with Fire Direction Control, H Batt.,3/13 Marines at Pendleton. Next I voluteered to go to Nam, which is why I had enlisted to start with. My recruit platoon was 177 P. Island,S.C., June to Aug.13,1968 to ITR at Camp Lejuene. Well, I went through Staging Bn. at Pendleton and left El Toro MCAS in Aug.1969 headed for Vietnam or so I thought. My comrades and I had only been in Okinawa for a day when we were told that half of us were going to Nam and the other half would be replacements for units in Okinawa that had recently been redeployed from Nam to Okinawa. Well, even though I was a volunteer all the way, I somehow was chosen to stay in Okinawa. I got sent to 1st Amtrac Bn., H&S Co., Radio Section at Camp Schwab, Okinawa outside Henoko, Okinawa. I had some good times in Okie. My brother, Hiram Larry Epps, who was a sgt. in the Air Force stationed in Thailand working on doppler radar on RF-4 Phantom jets actually took leave and visited me their at Camp Schwab and stayed in my barracks and even slept in and nobody even tried to wake him up. He had told me that they had to give him board, but I said to him,"you don't know the Corps"! Well, he must have been right. Anyway we had a blast for the week that he stayed and we had fun in Henoko and we even we all the way to Naha, the capital of Okie, and went ice skating, a first for me and probably Larry too. Well, Larry retired from 38 years combined service with the USAF and civil service for the Air Force earlier this year. Back to 1st Amtracs, I enjoyed my tour in Okie with them, even though I wanted to go Nam, which is what I had joined for. My ancestry of patriots goes all the way back to the Rev. War. I have found many ancestors who have served this country and some gave their all! I loved the beach at Camp Schwab and the other areas in Okie. I was the Radio Chief of H&S Co., and I was OJT as the Bn. Message center man. In Nam I was told the center had a four man TO, but I was the only one in there when the sgt. who trained me rotated back home. Well, after about five months, I decided I still wanted to go to Vietnam, so I did somethings to help me get those order, even though it took another five months, so on about June 1,1970, my transfer orders to Nam came in and I left for Vietnam after one day at Camp Hansen. About Okie, I remember the little hamburger joint coming into the village of Heneko, where the very friendly lady made very good burger with thick slices of onion, just like I like them. She always had a smile and treated us better than most of the Okies, and I believe that she was the most attractive lady I met there. The other things I remember in Okie were the typhoons and the constant drug searches-one of the reasons that I wanted to go on the Nam, cause I didn't do drugs and I still don't want to be around them. I have drank my share of beer and some mixed drinks though. Well, when I got to DaNang around the 2nd or 3rd of June 1970,I was taken to Camp Hoa Long to Radio Relay Co., H&S Section, 5th Comm Bn, where they made me the company supply man since they didn't need a 2531 MOS. They were 2532's i believe. We were half way between Monkey Mt. and Marble Mt. on the South China Sea not far from China Beach PX. Didn't see much action, except oh "Luke the Guke", liked to shoot Russian 122mm's at us at night. I did go to An Hoa Combat Base a few times and get to see our 175mm howitzers, and I got to see the 1970 Miss America show at Freedom Hill, but got sent home before Bob Hope came that year. I enjoyed seeing the German nurses swimming next to us on the beach of the Catholic orphanage next to our camp. I went to Bangkok on my R&R after being in Westpac for 14 months and had a great time. When I got back to 5th Comm., one of my buddies who was an office pinkie told me that the Corps was deactivating the unit and that I would be sent home soon, and that guys who had only been overseas for a short time would be transfered to other units in Nam. I hope you all made it back! Well, two weeks later on Sept. 25,1970 I touched down at Norton AFB, Ca. and then was on leave in Thomaston, GA. for twenty days and then got put in 2nd Recon Bn. at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejuene. I was there about four months about to freeze and transfered to Marine Barracks, NAS Cecil Field, Fla. to get some warm air, or so I thought. It was about 17 degrees F one night when I was walking guard duty around our supply bldg. on the weapons side of the base. I spent my last year and a half there, where my secret clearance got eventualy raised to a Final Top Secret and I serve as Cpl. of the Guard when 10 Marine sentries guarding "weapons". I even made a couple of bomb convoy runs out to Mayport Naval Station to the mighty aircraft carrier,USS Saratoga, which has long since been decommissioned, but her F-14's paid old Qadaffi{sp} a visit. Semper Fi!
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Comments by woody boyd on Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 11:28 IP Logged IP Logged
Greetings fellow Marines, I missed the Vietnam war by a few months. My cousin is John "Butch" Yates and I still remember the day he was killed as if it were yesterday. My dad and I had just returned from Pheasant hunting and my mom ran out into the driveway to tell us Marianna and Louie (Butch's parents) had called to tell us Butch was killed in action. Butch was already my "hero" just by being a U.S. Marine. (I was 12 years old and he had already given me his combat helmet, gas mask and uniform prior to reporting for his 2nd tour in Vietnam.) As you know, Butch "loved" his country and that's what inspired him to sign up for a 3rd tour. At Butch's funeral I made a vow to Marianna and Louie that I would serve in the Marine Corps. Six years later I was able to fulfill that promise. I'm proud to be called a Marine but I'm blessed to have known Butch. He has been such an inspiration in my life. Every time the national anthem is played I stand at attention focus on the flag and think of Butch. I am so happy to have been able to connect with some of you that served with Butch. I look foward to meeting any of you attending the reunion in April. I plan on joining Marianna and Louie. "Semper Fi" Woody Boyd
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Comments by Alan H. Brown on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 09:03 IP Logged IP Logged
served with 1st tracks apr67 to may68
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Comments by George Nail on Thursday, October 2, 2003 at 14:06 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with 1st Battalion from January 1968 until 7 March 1968 when I was wounded during operation Saline II. I was good friends with Louie "Lucky" Sirignano. We transferred from Ontos to Amtracs together. This is a great website. It will give many Marines an opportunity to be reunited. Semper Fi.
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Comments by Louie Sirignano (lance corp.) on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 at 07:53 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with 1st amph.tractor Batt. "A" CO. 2nd PLATOON. I was in country from Sept.of 67 till I was wounded in cau viet on march 28,1968. I was with lance corporal (in some open field/5 of us)
Donald Parker (Georgia) when he was killed saving some wounded marines. and a very good friend of Corp.David R. Rogers (nevada)he also was killed on april 30,1968. I would like to hear from any one who new me i was the guy from boston (same amtrac with Dave Rogers). Louie (lucky) sirignano
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Comments by Joaquin Barcia on Monday, September 22, 2003 at 15:39 IP Logged IP Logged
serve from 1980 to 198
B Co 3rd plt camp Lejeune, cruise the stree in Beirut, Lebanon
Hurra for those the went to this experience with dignaty for peace and freedom
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Comments by Mike Fischer "Fish" on Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 07:53 IP Logged IP Logged
Transferred to 1st Tracs in Nov. '68. Joined B Co. at C-4 in comm section.
Hung out with a lot of guys from 4th Plt.
Stayed with cadre Co. to put the Bn into cosmoline for shipping back to Okinawa in spring of 69, then transferred to 3/12
Ran into Tiny Wheeler from 4th in Oki when l left with troop withdrawals. He had malaria and lost 6 days, his pay records and all ID when rotating and no way to prove whoe he was or where he was sposed to be goin. They were when makin progress I headed stateside.
Great site!
Semper Fi!!
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Comments by BILL PICKRELL on Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 21:10 IP Logged IP Logged
I GOT TO CAU VIET IN FALL OF 68 AS HM5 TO FILL ROLL AS SENIOR CORPSMAN AT BAS. DEPARTED AS CADRE MEDICAL HMFIC TO OKINAWA IN 69. I REMEMBER SO VERY LITTLE EXCEPT I'VE PERTTY WELL SPENT THE REST OF MY LIFE TRYING TO LIVE UP TO THE STANDARDS OF THE FINEST BUNCH OF HONORABLE MEN THAT EVER WALKED THE FACE OF THE EARTH. DUTY AND HONOR ABOVE ALL, SEMPER FI....................BPICK@VOYAGER.NET
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Comments by Perry Walker on Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 19:38 IP Logged IP Logged
We left Del Mar approx Oct of 1966. We were part of BLT 3/26 and landed at the Cau Viet on Dec 7. When we arrived we replace the original group. Things were pretty good till the platoon took part in the building of the Mac Namera line. At Con Tien on the 8th of May we lost Dave Cleveland and Larry Langon , but we sent 248 of the enemy to there maker. All this befor Camp Kistler, when it was Camp Phuc Pines. Semper Fi Perry Walker
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Comments by John Lewis on Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 11:54 IP Logged IP Logged
I was a Sgt. assigned 1st amtrac A co 3rd plt, been in country about 2 weeks when I took one tractor (A31 or A32)and crew joined 4th plt for a resupply run. We were only going to be gone one day. About 8 days later we pulled that tractor back to Cua Viet. It had been hit with two RPGs. Everyone except me was wounded, only name I can remember is Tuddle. Anyone that knows anything about that village, what unit and what date please e-mail me at jm98c5vet@yahoo.com
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