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Comments by Jim Lynch on Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 05:51 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with 3rd Trac's in 66-67 at Chu Lai. After Gunny O'Rourke moved on, I took over as platoon sergeant of the
E-1 platoon in H&S Co. We had a great bunch of damn good Marines over there. Originally, I was trained (who remembers Camp Del Mar back then at Pendleton (ha))with the How-6's. Just before 'Nam they put them in mothballs at 29 Palms. I still have a great photo that was taken of the How-6 Company just prior to being disbanded in 1962. That's when I went into the E-1's. Great experiences back in those days. I think all the time of Charles (Nicky) Nicastro, a corporal and a friend, who was killed on his first mission in-country. He wasn't supposed to go overseas, since he had only six months left on his enlistment. A truly painful irony. I recently heard from Lt. John Lane, who was our plt. leader for a while over there. He was a "mustang" and retired as a captain. A lot of water under the bridge since then, but I still hold all those memories very, very close. Semper Fi.....
Jim Lynch, S/Sgt, 1833/1831, 1959 - 1967
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Comments by David French on Friday, May 30, 2003 at 20:20 IP Logged IP Logged
Hi I was with bco.4th plt.3rd. amtrac blt.june 67 aug 68 danang marlbe mountin 410 was my tractor. I hit land mine on patrol around marble mountin. Went on Blt. landing teem Jan.67 Quang tree provence, Qua viet river, Dmz. I hit a land mine being towed down river. I had a frend roy p doughtry we called him doc. I sure would like to find him . He was from Pennsylvania a two year wonder.I went to Quantico for my last 18 months. sure would like to hear from anyone I served with.
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Comments by Col. John E. Harms on Friday, May 30, 2003 at 19:21 IP Logged IP Logged
During Vietnam I was the Commanding Officer of 1st Armored Amphibian Bn, 11th Marine Regiment from 1 Sept 68 till 15 May 69 when our command was cadred. We had six LVTH6's with 1st Tracs at Cua Viet as their primary artillery support as will as infantry support in the area. From 3 Sept 78 to 3 June 80 I was the Commanding Officer of 3d Assault Amphibian Bn, at Camp Pendleton. Had a many great tractor rats in the Battalion, Lt. Col. Don Head, and Col. Jack Mack to mention only a couple officers. So many exceptional SNCO's the list would go on a long time. After selection for Colonel, our family was sent to Hawaii and I became the G4 FMF Pac. After a second career with BHP Petroleum Hawaii, and a third as a counselor at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, we have settled down in Hawaii. Anyone visiting please get in touch. PJ Saxton and David Steffanson are here and we are in constant touch. Semper Fi
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Comments by Al Brown on Friday, May 30, 2003 at 13:21 IP Logged IP Logged
We gone down the path a ways from AmGrunts. Hope you all are doing well! As some of you know I was with A Co. in the Comm. group with Hugh Connelly, SSgt. John C. Yates, and a bunch of other great guys. We spent time with every Plt. in A Co. so sorting out names and faces after 35 yrs. is very tough. It probably doesn't matter any more anyway, none of us could pass for that 20 something Jarhead anyway. As Hugh pointed out in his entry we had some very bad times but we also had some very good friends. I'm in the L.A. area and up for a visit if any of you get out this way.
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Comments by TOM CANTIELLO on Monday, May 26, 2003 at 07:49 IP Logged IP Logged
I JOINED THE 1ST AMTRAC BN. IN FEB 66 AT CHU LAI,WENT UP TO DANANG,THEN TO PHU BAI,THE UP TO CAU VIET,LEFT V.N NOV 67
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Comments by Albert R. Bowman, LtCol USMC, on Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 14:18 IP Logged IP Logged
I was Commanding Officer of the Battalion at the Cua Viet
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Comments by Marv Folkerts on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 18:02 IP Logged IP Logged
Came over to Vietnam with 3rd Tracs A Co from Del Mar on the USS Tortuga. Landed at Chu Lai Aug.66 I was trained in H-6s and 6 new one's came into Da Nang and was transfered up there. I was crew cheif on gun 1-6. While there SSgtTony Rameriz took over the 2nd section. He had recruited me into the Corps in 58. It was ironic to meet up with him. We had numerious contacts with VC and did alot of fire missions. Please contact me for any reason. Marv Folkerts MSgt USMCR Ret
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Comments by Wayne Anderson on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:44 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with H&S Company 81MM mortar section attached to 1st Amtracs at C-4 and oceanview...dec. 68 until the 3rd marine division pulled out of viet nam and I was sent south to 1st marine division, I really enjoyed being with all those guys....great bunch of Marines......Semper Fi
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Comments by Hugh Connelly on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:43 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with the Comm. Platoon in "A" Co. from mid-December '66 to mid-December '67, from DaNang with a side attachment in support of 1st Marines near DaNang and then to Cua Viet in April '67. As do most AmGrunts during the early months at Cua Viet, what I remember most is some of our fallen comrades. The names that stand out the most are Cpl. Land whose AmTrac was sunk by a VC RPG attack while on resupply to 2/1 on a river outside of DaNang (PFC Kramer died in that incident, too); I remember when Sgt. Kistler was killed and when we had our first KIA by friendly fire, Pvt. Lake; I remember our dentist taking a direct hit on his tent; I remember watching Lt. Jory get shot in the head about 15 feet in front of me and my assistant radio operator, J.E. Cole, getting his arm nearly severed by small arms fire, but safely med-evaced; I remeber LCpl. Friel taking a direct hit in the hole across from me on patrol NW of Cua Viet from friendly artillery; I remember Cpl. Tom Soliz (who would always take my AK-47 with him on patrol) getting blown away in an ambush; and, as do many, I remember SSgt. John 'Butch' Yates (who re-upped for another tour only to be killed trying to save a driver in a flaming tractor); I remember Tom Nusbaumer getting seriously hit in the lower half of his body by a mortar during Hickory II north of Hill 31 (but I'm told he survived). Of those who definitely made it back, I remember Maj. Huston (Big Red), Capt. Jamieson and Capt. Johnson, of course, Sgt. Al Brown (and his tale of how happy he was that he had chosen Tahiti for R&R:-),1st Sgt. Metz, Sgt. Hutchinson,. And, I'll never forget Lt. Bailey throwing grenades about the length of a football field at a machine gun emplacement atop a sandhill north of Cua Viet. (This, minutes after he had taken away a young Marine's M-14 for shooting up a 7-ft. brown snake he saw slithering towards him from a tree branch.)
Let me mention that my memory wasn't nearly as good as it sounds. I've spent the past couple of weeks reading Gene's well-done complete Command Chronology of the Battalion for my time in-country and beyond. Here's to Gene for all of his excellent work!
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Comments by John F. Thompson on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:38 IP Logged IP Logged
I served with Aco.2nd.Plt. from july 67 to aug.68
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Comments by Guy W. Brown on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:37 IP Logged IP Logged
I WAS AT CAU VIET NOV 1967 DEC 1968 I WAS WITH HS CO ANDACO. I WAS A 2533 RADIO OPERATOR SPENT TIME AT C4 MAI XAI TAI ALSO DID SOME RECON PATROLS AS THE RADIO MAN I REMEMBER CROSSING THE CAU VIET MANY TIMES BY SKIMMER BOATS AND ALSO THE INCOMING ROUNDS WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO WAS THERE AT THE SAME TIME.
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Comments by Poindexter Martin Johnson on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:36 IP Logged IP Logged
The web site is excellent. One might even say it is outstanding. Thanks to Gene Miller's many hours of work, he has presented a site that is enjoyed by many Amgrunts, Tractor Rats, and others alike. New and interesting things are being added all the time to make it continuously interesting.All this takes me back to my tour with 1st Tracks as s-3 beginning 4/5/67 until reassigned as CO of Company A on 9/22/67 until 3/5/68. If you are an Amgrunt and have not begun yourrecord of personal experiences while in 1st Tracks, you must do so in order to be included in the history being written. At the 2004 Amgrunt reunion in Florida, historians from the USMC (Gray Research Center, Quantico, VA), will be interviewing those who have written their accounts for the "Amgrunt History." Don't be left out. Write your personal account. Send it to me as an e-mail(s) or put it on paper as a personal account. If you need the historian's e-mail or mailing address, contact me via e-mail. Semper Fi, Poindexter M. Johnson LTCol USMC (Ret)
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Comments by Michael Silverman on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:35 IP Logged IP Logged
I served with A Company Third Platoon from January 1967 to to February 1968. I started in Da Nang, made the landing at Cua Viet and served as an Amtrac Crew Chief and Amgrunt. It's always good to hear from fellow Marines who served during that time.
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Comments by David P. Brooks on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:34 IP Logged IP Logged
Semper Fi Saying hello to trackers: Terry Wicker and William Leyman. Thinking of you guys. I was at Cua Viet, Amtracs from 67 to 68. Not sure what Company.
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Comments by B.J. Thompson,1stSgt USMC Ret. on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:27 IP Logged IP Logged
When I arrived at 1st Amtrac Bn on 9-27-67, I was assigned as Platoon Sergeant, 3rd Plt, Co A and served in that capacity until 5-4-68. Due to the Battalion's dual mission as an infantry combat support unit, the 3rd Plt performed missions as amtrackers and as infantry. I am proud to have served our country as an amtracker and amgrunt in Vietnam. Now at the age of 68 I am enjoying my retirement years playing some golf and daily exercise. Semper Fi. Amgrunts
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Comments by Michael Ashworth on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:26 IP Logged IP Logged
I served with B Co. 4 th Plt. from Nov 67 thru Dec 68. was on B49 tractor. Known to many as Alabama. Would love to hear from yall. I remember that grave yard across the river where we meet the NVA head-on. Also Oceanview and many many stary nights at C-4.
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Comments by Mike Dahlkamp on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:25 IP Logged IP Logged
A fine and wonderful YATYAS to all. Am a retired CWO4 maintenance officer (1968-1998). Served with 1st Tracs in '70 when 3d Tracs was sent back to States.......then again in '75/76 when it became 1st Tracked Vehicle Bn and then again in '84/85 when it was 1st Tracked Vehicle Bn and then 1st Armored Assault Bn.......have spent most of my time with 3d Tracs as platoon mech up to company maintenance officer......or in FSSG as Company Commander for GSM and Ordnance Maintenance Company. Also was DI from 'Dec'72-Mar '75 and Maintenance Course Supervisor at the School at Camp Del Mar, CA. As a footnote, served with LtCol Don Head for many years at 3 Tracs......if anyone remembers me, drop a line....Mike
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Comments by Richard Johnson on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:24 IP Logged IP Logged
|Was with Bco from at DaNang, Marble Mt and CauViet from about July 1966- Oct 1967. Was a Corpral. crew Chief B48.
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Comments by Nick Bianchi on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:23 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with 1st Am-trac Bn."A" Co. 2nd plt. from June 1966 to Jan.1968. I was at DaNang and Cau Viet. I am from Rochester N.Y. Took a good share of the artie and rockets that hit our Battalion. Spent from May 67 to Jan 68 at Cau Viet. Memory is fading but I can still remember some of the happenings up north. Semper Fi.
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Comments by Harry (Mike) Olian on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:23 IP Logged IP Logged
|Landed at night in Da Nang on April 29th. Then to Dong Ha and started up river April 30th 1968. River was shut down for approx. 2hrs. Then took fire going up to Cua Viet. That was the beginning of the battle of DaDow I believe. I reported to and served 99% of my time with B Co. Maint. Plt. My last 58 days were spent at Rock Pile and Dong Ha with 1st or 3rd Tanks. Can't remember who it was for sure. All I remember is I was a short timer and going home soon. Left Nam around late May 1969.
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Comments by Larry Walker on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:22 IP Logged IP Logged
|was in 4th platoon "A" Co. from dec.67util it disbanded in 69. I was wounded in dec. 67 on first time out, was asst. machine gunner on sweep toward DMZ on the 11th, was medvac to Do Hong then to Cam Ranh Bay. reported by to cua viet in feb. 68 got the nickname of SCARBACK, would like to hear from the men I served with , but can remember names Semper Fi to all and welcome HOME
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Comments by James L. Hummel on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:21 IP Logged IP Logged
Good looking site! Served with BCo 1st Amtracks Sept.65 to Oct 66. Was crew member on Bravo 13. Later became crew cheif. First assualt on Hill 55, cleared trail for engineers laying Liberty Road, Operated at Le My forward north of Namo Bridge as far nort as Elephant Valley, operated Marble Mt. and points south,and east. The An Hoa area the Arazonia. Went into Nam as a Cpl left a Sgt E-5. Also served in 2nd Amtracks in the Dominican Republic, and a Med Cruise.
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Comments by Steve Scott on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:21 IP Logged IP Logged
I was with H&S Co. E-1 platoon from Nov.1967 to Oct.1968. I was a crewman on the E-1's. Also went on a lot of patrols and like everyone else filled my share of sandbags. Remember doing a lot of work at C-4 early in my tour. Rode motorcycles with Dale Brooks to reunion at Quantico last year. Meeting everyone there helped refresh the memory. Semper Fi to all.
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Comments by Dennis Kleppen on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 22:20 IP Logged IP Logged
Joined 1st Tracs Jan67. 4th Plt A Co. Went north mid 67. Joined Bn Scouts when they formed. Later was with the Bn CAP Unit on north bank of river. Left there in spring 69 and returned stateside. Returned to Nam in late 69 and went to 3d Tracs in Danang.
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