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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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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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