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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

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

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
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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

Comments by MELVIN SCHREIN on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 13:02 IP Logged IP Logged
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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:
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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