Links to Some Relevant Pages For Vietnam Veterans.
This is the link to the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 124 here
in Asheville, NC. I recently joined them and am glad I did.
An excellent recounting of the Battle of Dak To, 3-21 November 1967, on
the excellent 3/8th website.
Just one of many tributes to Martha Ray...Colonel Maggie. She was one of
This is a great site and this description of the Vietnam Vet is dead on....http://www.v-prod.com/trailer_vietnam.html
This link is to a touching tribute to Vietnam Veterans and the thousands of
Michigan State soldiers who died in that war.
The story First Sergeant David H. McNerney, Medal of Honor recipient and
A/1/8th Infantry in Vietnam. Very powerful telling of the story of Top and his men !!!
This documentary give in depth insight into the story of Alpha Company and their
First Sergeant David H. McNerney, Medal of Honor recipient and a true American
Hero. Buy the DVD and share it with family and friends...these are the
kinds of people who gave us the freedoms we enjoy every day.
Homer's, personal recommendation.
This is a very useful page about VA Compensation Programs with helpful "how to"
sections. Check it out, you may be surprised.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, these pages on mesothelioma might be of
This site is mainly for the 4th Infantry, not Naval Veterans, but since Mesothelioma is so serious, I
place it here for those great guys on the Navy ships who fired in support of me
in the central highlands, when no other guns could reach me. Asbestos
exposure is still claiming many of them.
Combat veterans, peace-time veterans, in-country or mainland, any time or
engagement. Any veteran, male or female, still feeling emotional pain
connected to military service
is welcomed to the Vets Journey Home
This link takes you to a page with all the US Army Field Manuals.
This is a website devoted to Robert L. Howard
. He wasn't in the
Fighting Fourth, but MACV-SOG
. He received the Medal of Honor,
Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, all for Valor.
numerous other lesser decorations to include eight Purple Hearts
It makes me proud to read of his service...
VA to publish a new rule soon, that will make
almost any veteran who set foot in Vietnam and is diagnosed with Parkinson’s
disease, B cell leukemia or ischemic heart disease (known also as coronary
artery disease), eligible for disability compensation and VA medical care.
This link is to the Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel
site. If you were in combat with a comrade, who was subsequently
declared missing or taken prisoner, your memories of the place and details may
help them resolve the case.
Richard Lysinger sent this to me. FYI>>>
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This website has great photo's of most of the field gear we used in Vietnam
Jack Day was my chaplain in Vietnam
. He held services on several
firebases for us. His Central Highlands Diary brings back many memories of
The Department of Veteran's Affairs, Veteran's Benefits Administration Page.
This site at Georgia Tech in Atlanta has a page from Thomas Pilsch, which has
some really great links to Vietnam War Resources.
This website at the Texas Tech University, Vietnam Center and Archive, is great.
Do check it out. It is unfortunately fairly slow loading, because of the
high traffic volume, but the wait is well worth it. If you want some
tactical maps of your old AO, they have scanned for download all the 1:50,000
topo maps of Vietnam. On the Home Page, click these links:click the button on the left that reads Virtual Vietnam Archive
click the button on the left that reads Search the Vietnam Virtual
click the buttons to select Maps
, and Limit to Items
Type in under Collection Title:
enter Vietnam Archive Map
At this point, if you click the Start Search
button on the top left, you
will select all 914 maps for Vietnam.
If you want only those maps for II Corps, enter into the Keyword/Item #:
field the words II Corp
This will select from the Vietnam Archive Map collection, only the 137 maps for
Rush the site by going back and forth before the
previous transaction has completed may lock your session up. Please use
the End Search Session
button when finished. It too, will take
quite awhile to respond, but keeps the server running efficiently for other
You may also enter the actual map number, instead of II Corp to get only the map
you need. For instance, if you enter into the Keyword/Item #:
the number 6538-2
, you will get the map sheet containing Dak To.
This is a great site about those incredible helicopter pilots, who flew
in South East Asia.
Some great memory jogging photos here from Charles "Doc" Shyab Company C/1/22
Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
, November 20 1967 - April 28 1968
Great website about a "Shake-n-Bake", NCO from A/1/8
book is a great read and will bring back many memories to those of us who were
there. This link gives a summary and links you to a site where you may
obtain his book
and read an
good article about these so called "Instant NCO's"
If you served in the military from 1957 through 1977, you are credited with
$300 in additional Social Security earnings
for each calendar quarter in
which you received active duty basic pay
Site about the Women In Service to our Country Memorial
Lets give them some support in getting more of their stories preserved.
SPN Number on Discharge Papers.
Some of you may already know about this but for those who don't here
goes. Get out your DD214 and look in block 11. You'll see the
letters SPN followed by a number. This is your SPN number. (DUH) This
code gives the reason for separation from the military.
Now, to understand this code go to the link I've provided and there is
a list for all the codes. Some are pretty normal but some are really out there.
New site about 2/9th Field Artillery, a 105 howitzer
worked in out AO. May have bailed us out from time to time. Just
started the site, so they would love to hear from anyone who worked with them.
Good pages on Transportation units and Gun Trucks
in Vietnam...they saved my butt just outside of An Khe.
Site from a NamVet's wife
...poetry that tells it all. Sounded like my mind
felt all those years...hate that the wives had to endure our pain, too.
This link takes you to the National Archives and Records Administration Access
to Archival Databases page. Click the Vietnam War link to get to:
Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of
War as a Result of the Vietnam Conflict
, documenting the period 6/8/1956 -
1/21/1998. It may help pin down some names, dates and places.
This page from the 35th
Infantry contains the
Operational Reports Lessons Learned
from the 4th Infantry during
Operation Mac Arthur
1 MAY - 31 JUL 1968.
This is A/1/8ths
webpage containing the
After Action Reports for Operation Wayne Grey
28 FEB - 31 MAR 1969.
This link will take you to a site about Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series.
If you have seen or been around combat, these stories will help you deal with it's aftermath. Even if
you don't think you suffer from PTSD
, read these stories. They will touch a secret place in your soul and
help you heal. They are a mystery series, so the combat stuff kind of sneaks up
This link discusses the naming of Camp Enari. I found it rather
This virtual wall site is searchable by By Wall Panel, By State & City,
By Last Name, and By Military Unit
If you haven't yet visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Got this site from Bob Kline, USMC, WWII. They have some nice Vietnam
Vet Bumper Stickers
, Small but well made.
Regret to Inform
I had forgotten this movie until Ben Goldberg reminded me of it. At the
time I first saw it, I was only just beginning to deal with my
and could not process much of the
material. I still had too, tight a lid on my emotions and memories.
It does show war from both sides. As Ben says, young people should see it
before they decide to jump into military service. I agree and believe all
voters, who may elect politicians who send people to war by their actions or
inactions, should see it also.
It is the story of a widow, who heard the words "We regret to inform...
her that her husband had been killed in Vietnam. She was 24 years old.
Twenty years later, she traveled to Vietnam to see the place where her husband
and fought and died. Along with the story of her personal journey are
interviews of other war widows, both American and Vietnamese. It will
squeeze your heart up into your throat, especially if you fought in that
Online journal of War, Literature, and the Arts
has many interesting and
informative articles about combat and society. The current issue has an
article by Wayne Karlin, the Marine who returned Hoàng Ngọc Đảm's personal
documents to his family for me.
Ray's website honors the 1/69th Armor
and has some great maps of
Cyber Sarge, 25th Infantry Division, A Battery 7/11 Field Arty has a great
website. Take a look at the Agent Orange
page in particular.
This is a link to Wilkipedia
, the free encyclopedia, which has a
very good article about Enlisted Rank Insignia
in the US Army.
http://www.prideofservice.com/A great site to get those
personal items that display your military service
...personalized T-Shirt, Sweat
Shirts, Tank Tops, Golf Shirts, Long Sleeved Shirts, Caps, Visors, Mouse Pads,
License Plates, Coaster Sets, Coffee Mugs, Aprons, Boxers, Wallets,
Neckties...you design it.
A personal website done by my wife
and I. It gives
you a feel for who I am today. Also a great nature photography site with a deep spiritual connection,
that makes you feel connected to the whole universe.
This is the story of the
air crews flying support to the men of the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Wayne Grey in March and April of 1969.
A 4th Infantry Division forum
by Bob Poff,
C-1-8, 1968-1969. Some of the posts on the Forum really jogged my memory and made the tears flow. A good and growing site.
Join the dialogue, sign on to the chat or post something on the forum.
Tom's book about B/3/12 in 1969
, reminds me of my tour with the 4th Infantry
around the Cambodia/Laos border. It will bring many daily memories back into
clear focus...check it out! Read this excerpt from:"Light Ruck, Vietnam 1969"
by Tom Lacombe
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