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Comments by Poindexter M. "Marty" Johnson on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 14:25 IP Logged IP Logged
I had the good fortune to serve with 1st Amtracs from Apr 1967 to Mar 1968, first in Danang then up to the Cua Viet. I served as the Bn Ops Officer ()s-3 for 4 months and as CO Alpha company for for 7 months.Looking forward to seeing all Amgrunts at the April 2004 Reunion in Tampa. Make some notes on your experiences as an Amgrunt. Send them along to either the Forum at Gene Miller's web site or to me. "Your story is our history." You'll be on the video interview roster. Remember, any Marine can be a rifleman but not every Marine can be an Amgrunt. Semper Fi, PMJ
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Comments by Joe DeBellis on Monday, September 15, 2003 at 17:49 IP Logged IP Logged
Was with 1st Tracs Cua Viet May 68 to April 69 H&S co LVT PLT. H-17 I cant recall many names J Boss was my crew chief. Will always remenber 2/10/69 lost some good Marines that nite God Bless them
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Comments by Robert Fairless on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 18:37 IP Logged IP Logged
Was with E1 plt.in67-68 served with Sgt. Lute and later Sgt. Parker.Can't rememder many names or all the places or operations. I was the crew chief of "The Skater" anyone remember? Would like to hear from anyone that remembers when I hit the mine at Hoai An. My driver was L/cpl Macllough or something like that.I was taken to Hosp at Da Nang. V.A. having hard time finding records, they keep saying find some one that was there. Any help would be appreciated
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Comments by Sam Epperson, SgtMaj (Ret) on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 19:12 IP Logged IP Logged
Superb Website!
Started out in 2d Tracs in 1962 as an 1833. 1st Tracs 1965 ~ 1966, Okinawa and RVN. 5th Tracs, RVN, Amgrunts with 2/26 & 1/26, 1968~1969. 1st Tracs after it was redesignated to 1st Tracked Vehicle Bn. 1978~1979 (1stSgt, A Co.). Once again from mid 1980~1983 (1stSGT, HQSVCCO then Bn. SgtMaj). To this day, I still watch the vehicles when they swim out to board ship and/or have water ops, from my balcony in Henoko, Okinawa, Japan. As the adage goes
"Once a Marine, always a Marine." For me, "Once an Amtrac'er, always an Amtrac'er." YAT-YAS
Keep the faith and stay the course.
Semper Fi.
Sam Epperson, SgtMaj, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) Amtrac'er
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Comments by MELVIN SCHREIN on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 13:02 IP Logged IP Logged
I SERVED WITH THE 1st AMTRAC BN AT CUA VIET JAN 1968-MAR1969. I WOUYLD TO MAKE CONTACT WITH ANYONE FROM THAT PERIOD.
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Comments by Robert Nimmons on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 08:39 IP Logged IP Logged
I hope I belong to this group. I was with the 1st Marine Division in Korea in 1951 & 1952. We have a reunion of AmTrac Marine each year of those of us who were together in Korea. We have about 20 left.
Your reunion sounds great. Please keep me informed.
Semper Fi
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Comments by Edward L. Wheeler on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 05:50 IP Logged IP Logged
I served with "A" Company, 3rd Platoon (The 3rd Heard) from March 1967 to April 1968. I served around the Da Nang area for a short period before making the landing at Cua Viet where I served until I rotated back to the states.
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Comments by Don Law on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 17:50 IP Logged IP Logged
Served with H&S Comm. from sept of 67 to sept of 68. Many situations are still extremely clear that many of us experienced. Remember names like Addington, Reeb, Vaughters, Pierce, Woolery, Bonnanno, Greenleaf, etc. Where are they now???????????? Semper Fi.
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Comments by Don Minholz on Monday, September 8, 2003 at 15:01 IP Logged IP Logged
Wonderfull to find this site. Served in Nam from 66-67 in 1st tracs B co. out of DaNang. 2142 mos. Company moved to Dong Ha while i was home on emergency leave. Followed after a short stint at Da Nang shipping supplies up to Dong Ha. Returned to states and was assigned to c co 2nd tracs Camp Lejeune. Played middle line backer on Battalion football team and was discharged as Sgt with 2 years in grade in 1969. Any one remember Mad Dog drop me a line. Love all you guys.
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Comments by Mike adair on Friday, August 29, 2003 at 13:49 IP Logged IP Logged
Served with 4th Plt., A Co., 1st Amtrac Bn. from Feb. 1966- March 1967. The with 5th Tracs at Del Mar until I got out in Mar. 1969.
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Comments by Arthur R Johnson on Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 18:44 IP Logged IP Logged
Came in country in Dec of 1967 (1st tour) I was assigned to the 1stBn 12th Marine Artillery Bn. I was an 1833 in a world of gun bunnies. They told me there were no Amtracks in country. In March of 67 they suddenly decided there was. I traveled from Camp Carroll to Dong Ha to Camp Kistler, Cua Viet and sailed directly into Bravo company 2nd Platoon. I was assigned to 21. I discovered that I was now an 1833/03 bang bang. Well they told me when I came into the Corps that 'ALL" Marines are infantryman first. They were right. I learned a new word Amgrunt. We went north, we went south, we went west and one time we went east. Sometimes I rode, sometimes I walked, sometimes I drove. I never had a dull moment but I did have moments when I wished it was dull. We went on operations with the E1's and on one occassion I recall the H6's moving out on an op with us. We were sent to Cam Lo, C1, Gio Linh C2,3 and 4, and a great many other places that had names I instantly forgot. My best friend was Terry D Pitts. He came in country an 0311 and ended up in Tracs my trac as a matter of fact. We had a mutual understanding of how the Corps worked. Square Pegs in Round holes first, then later you can sort it out. Terry unfortunately did not make it. He was burned when our tractor blew up and caught fire. I was not with him I had been "hussed" out on an early DEROS, {I learned of that while on OP duty waaaay out in frint of the perimeter, nice time to tell me), but learned of it later. He was transferred to the Hope. He was badly burned and he caught Pnuemonia and died. I have written a tribute and rememberance to him at the Virtual Wall. I remember many things about the Nam. Some things I have forgotton but never Cau Viet, 1st Tracs. Camp Kistler, or many of the Marines I knew there. I have however forgotton a lot of names. Make sense? If you knew me or Terry please contact me.
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Comments by Bob Dalton on Friday, August 22, 2003 at 18:07 IP Logged IP Logged
Excellent site. Was at mouth of the river in early 67 (Jan/Feb)with Mike 3/4. This site brought back some old memories.
I would like to recommend reading "Yesterday's are Forever" by Captain Richard Jackson. It has some offical documents and stories about the actions in Feb/67 at Cau Vet.
Check out link to 3/4 web site at thunder-third.org.
Simper Fi
Sgt R. A. Dalton
H&S 3/4 81 FO 66/67
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Comments by mike king on Friday, August 22, 2003 at 13:54 IP Logged IP Logged
Was with the 3rd mar div,68-69 rode the river on lcpl's . Looking for a sniper I rode with named Whalen.
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Comments by Joseph Mater on Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 14:13 IP Logged IP Logged
I was assigned to H&S Co. Maint. Plt. 1st Amphibian Tractor Battalion from May 1966 to the first part of Jan 1968. Made the trip from DaNang to Cua Viet courtsey of the US Navy. My primary MOS was 2142 but most of my work at DaNang was admin in maint office, somebodys got to type. Volunteered to be electrician with Sgt. DeBooth who got badly burned at the battalion generator in DaNang and was medivaced. LCpl John Burns 2142 KIA Oct. 66 along with PFC James Daniels 1833 and Cpl Robert Sisk 0844 when their amtrac bellied up on a mine. Everyone knows where the fuel cells are and where to ride, if you can, but somebodys got to drive. Would like to hear if you had first hand knowledge of this event.
Sgt. Kistler 3531 kia June 67, LCpl Charlie Beavers 1833 Oct 67. The dental unit; LT/DC Robert Mills, USN kia Nov 67 when a direct hit got his tent. Would like the names of the two enlisted dental techs that were wounded when the next round landed just outside their sandbagged tent. Figure the odds. And then there is Sgt. Terri Boettger 2111 the battalion armor and his assistant LCpl William Mc Carthy 1833, I think he was up from the LVTH 6 platoon, both kia Dec 67 from a direct hit on them. Everyone remembers the incoming, the night ambushes, day patrols, filling sandbags,guard duty, sweeps, operations and doing your usual job on top of everything else. The change from the M14 to the M16, yuk. Then there was the observation tower that the sea bees put up, right next to the bn. cp. I guess they wanted charlie to know where they were at. My hats off to the Navy Sea Bees and the our water treatment guys and the cooks. Ever wonder where your drinking water came from? The line charge makes a nice pond maker seeing how the water table was quite near the surface. There was Capt. Whiteside as Maintenance Officer. The nice shiney maint bldg that stuck out like a sore thumb saying here we are.
At Del Mar in 65 for the mechanics class of which there were 31. I have the names of 19 of them. Class number was 2-66 and graduated on March 6, 1966.
I have quite a few pictures from cua viet from its birth april 67. Of course there was GYSgt. Glaw and his 81mm crew, I can appreciate all his hard work and professionalism now. There are 78 of our fellow Marines that gave their all while members of the 1st Am Trac Battalion from July 65 Oct 68. You can view their names at:
www.amtrac.org/at2bn/mem/memorial.html
All of us did our jobs to the best of our abilities. All of us are sorrowed by the losses of our Marine brothers. There are still countless others that were wounded physically. We all will carry the metal wounds of what we did and saw. God bless the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps is still making them the same way and the Marines of today have met the challenges head on just as we did. Be proud be Marine. Being a 1833 took balls taking the grunts to charlies front door. A mighty big thanks to the LVTH6 battery, you put them where I wanted them when I wanted them. And where would we be without a salute to our Marine aviators that brought that ordinance screaming in at tree top level and putting it right on target. A salute to our Navy brothers, just off shore, whos naval guns did a fine job. And can't leave out the airforce with puff and the B-52 drops.
A salute to all the chopper pilots are air crews. A salute to all the medical personnel, especially the doc at your side, and all on the USNS Repose. May God bless America and all the good we stand for. Semper Fi.
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Comments by S/Sgt K.D. Tomlinson USMC Ret. on Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 16:05 IP Logged IP Logged
I joined amtracs on 4 Jun 1968 H&S Co. Bn Supply and was transfered to 2/9 3rd Div on 12 Jan 1969.
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Comments by Michael D. Humphrey on Sunday, August 3, 2003 at 15:16 IP Logged IP Logged
I started Nov 1964 Aco1stAMTracBn,1stMarBrig,Hawaii.Landed ChuLai,RVN 7 May 1965.Left June of 1966 from DaNang,RVN
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Comments by Terry Bryan on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 08:31 IP Logged IP Logged
Served 6767 Co A and H&S for 1st Tracs. Still have vivid memories of "incoming rain," filling sandbags, rats as big as cats, ammo dumps being hit, sea snakes and other fun things. Welcome back guys as what we did over there made me love the "real world" SEMPER FI
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Comments by Keith E. Carlson on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at 21:00 IP Logged IP Logged
Sept 67-Apr68
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Comments by HARLEY JENSEN (CHOPPER) on Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 20:54 IP Logged IP Logged
I WAS WITH H&S CO LVT PLT JAN68-FEB69 WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO WAS THERE AT THE SAME TIME
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Comments by bob bustamante on Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 15:41 IP Logged IP Logged
SEMPER FI--I SERVED WITH 1ST TRACKS IN H&S COMPANY IN 68-69.I HAVE MANY MEMORIES, SOME CLEAR SOME NOT SO CLEAR--I REMEMBER THE DAY THE DOCK GOT HIT AND ALL THAT TEAR GAS WENT UP-YES I REMEMBER BEING A NEWBY RIDEING DOWN RIVER FROM DONG HA THINKING THESE NAVY GUYS GOT IT MADE- THEN NEXT THING YOU KNOW THER BLOWING THOSE BOATS OUT OF THE WATER AND WERE RIDING SHOT GUN ON THESE BOATS-RPGS AND MINES IN INNER TUBES MADE LIFE INTERESTING--PATROLS DAY AND NIGHTS--REACTIONARY SQUAD-INCOMING AND NOT WANTING TO GET CAUGHT IN NO MANS LAND--THE HELL WITH CHOW-I REMEMBER SCOTTY,ELHERS, AND MERTEN, AND MANY MORE--REMEMBER LISTENING TO MUSIC IN THE BUNKERS DRINKING AND DANCING-AND RIDEING ON A TRACK HITTING A MINE AND BEING MED EVAC TO DONG Ha-GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS
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Comments by WILLIAM KOPP on Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 12:16 IP Logged IP Logged
I WAS WITH RLT 2/26 5TH AMTRAC BN IN OKINAWA AUG 66 THRU SEPT 67, I WAS A MECHANIC ON THE LVTE1 AND LVTP5, MADE THE RANK OF SGT E5, SPENT REST OF TIME AT CAMP LEJUENE UNTIL DISCHARGE JULY 69, CAN REACH ME AT WILLIAM KOPP, 13691 HEATHERWOOD DR. BROOKPARK, OHIO 44142 SEMPER FI
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Comments by Wayne Anderson on Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 22:28 IP Logged IP Logged
For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know.....first thing I saw as we entered the C-4 compound up the beach from CuaViet...never have I forgotten those words, nor will I.....I was in 81 MM at C-4 and oceanview til you guys took a hike on me in April or May, sent me to da grunts of A company 1/3.......Had to some great times in CuaViet....Semper Fi.....God Bless all you Jarheads
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Comments by S/SGT DAVID RAU on Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 20:06 IP Logged IP Logged
I SERVED IN CHU LAI. WHILE THEIR I HIT A MINE WHILE ON A MISION. I ENJOYED EVERYONE IN THE E-1 PLATOON. I WAS IN CHU LAI NOV. 1966 to DEC. 1967. I WOULD ENJOY HEARING FROM ANYONE THEIR.S/SGT DAVID RAU NOW LIVING IN HUDSON, FL.
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Comments by Jon Lance Kramer on Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 10:44 IP Logged IP Logged
H&S Co., 1st Amtrac Bn 1959-60, White Beach, Okinawa
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