Share your Vietnam Scrapbook with us. SFC David Hack has posted photo’s of his tour of Vietnam in 1968 as well as photos sent in to us from some of our customers. Recognizing the need for Vietnam Veterans to speak with their brothers, Sgt. Hack has provided an opportunity for them to share their stories below.
Care to comment on the scrapbook? Want to share your Vietnam service memories or experiences? We’d love to hear from you! Email us and we’ll post your comments so other veterans and interested people can read them.
Great place to help Nam vets reconnect. Was with Lima platoon 1/28th infantry Alpha company 1st Division. Looking for anyone in the unit in 1969 who worked out of fsb Gela. Have reconnected with some buds this year after 44 yrs. My name is Steve Stratton call sign Lima kilo. Looking to reconnect with anyone in this unit. Thanks for having this site available.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Steve! I knew a lot of men with the 1/28th at Lai Khe and will also forward your e-mail to Tom “Pointman” Mercer, 1st BN 18th Inf of the Big Red One.
My father was Terry Lee Kalber from Effingham, Illinois. He served with the Big Red One from ’67 – ’68. If I remember correctly he always told me that he got out in August of ’68. He was small man and was also the radio operator. I would love to be able to come in contact with anyone that remembered my Dad from the war. I would love to see pictures and hear stories. I greatly look forward to hearing from someone! Thank you for your time and God Bless!
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Cory! Thank you for contacting me about your father; hopefully, someone out there will see this and will contact you!
I served with First Sgt. Ramos with Charlie Company, 1st/28th. He might remember November-5 or Mike-5. Served switch both platoons Aug 68 to Aug 69. Sgt. Ramos was a class act and a great example for a young SSG.
From Sgt. Hack: I had a lot of friends in the 1st/28th with the Big Red One in 1968! Welcome Home brother!!
I have written to you before, but now that I have seen and heard your personal interview, I feel that I need to do it again. I was a young pettyofficer aboard the USS Haleakala AE 25 (ammunition ship) off the coast of Viet Nam, replenishing ships, while you were in country doing your job. We were close enough to shore to watch Puff the Magic Dragon go over and spray a given area with tracer rounds at night. Plus, there were other fireworks that could be seen. I rated the Viet Nam decorations, just like everyone else, but I never felt that I was of the same caliber of veteran as those, like yourself, who saw action and have paid for it in more ways than one. I still feel the same today.
Like yourself, I still believe that the Armed Forces of that era received a raw deal from their nation. This has never been set right. They are still owed a formal apology by our government. Many of those who labeled vets as “baby killers” and other things are now in power. I don’t wish to monopolize your time. Just wanted you to know that I am also part Army, having taken the Army Jr. ROTC course in high school. I would have been proud to have had the opportunity to serve with you.
John D. Stevenson,
CWO2 USN (Ret)
From Sgt. Hack: Hello my friend, and good to hear from you again! I am glad you took the time to watch the interview! Honestly, Chief, my feeling is that no matter what any of us did during the Vietnam war, everyone of us did their best and we should all feel proud of ourselves and our fellow brothers! Welcome Home Chief!
Was in Vietnam 1968 till 1970 with the 1st ID assigned out to MAVC, CMAC, and others unnamed for surveillance and odds n ends. This was a Battalion with the ARVN 5th Ranger Group.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello JW! I knew and worked with some of you guys! But I honestly did not spend a lot of time with the ARVNs like you and the SF did. Welcome Home brother!
I was assigned to A Battery 8-6 Artillery, Base Camp at Lai Khe from Nov 68-Nov 69. I was section chief on gun number 3. I noticed James Saunders was there at the same time, hopefully I can contact old friends from that tour.
SSG Joe Rodriguez
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Joe!! Yes, I remember your unit very well even though I left Lai Khe in 1968 via medevac. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find some of your old friends with your posting!
Welcome Home Sarge,
I am a Canadian volunteer who served with the 1st Aviation Brigade 11th Combat Aviation Battalion at Phu Loi as a medic. I also did a short TDY with the 159th Dust-off at Cu Chi and Tay Ninh. My best friend from high school who enlisted with me was hit at Quan Loi and sent to Lai Khe. I was fortunate to fly up and see him the day before he died. I am now back in Canada and play in a Tex-Mex band as well as a mariachi band. One of my Mexican friends who lost a relative in Vietnam wanted to tell my story in a song. I didn’t think my story was that unique, but it was an honor to have someone do that. He, along with myself and my partner, helped him with the lyrics and I then put some of my photos on a slide show. The end result is a very “moving” (as I have been told by those who have viewed it) tribute to the Canadians who volunteered for service with the U.S. military. It may be a Canadian tribute, but I think it applies to us all. If you or your readers would like to see it, you can find it on YouTube: The Ballad of Don Rogelio). Don Rogelio is my name in the mariachi band. Thanks as well for now allowing Canadian orders by other means than Western Union, as I live on an island and there is no Western Union. Great site and products. FYI : there have been studies on CanadianVietnam Veterans with PTSD and it was found that they suffered it worse than their American counterparts because of the alienation and lack of contact with other Vietnam vets upon their return to Canada. They say it wasn’t our war. Well it was definitely this Canuck’s war. Proud to have served with so many American heroes. Brothers and Sisters forever. Take care and keep your tail rotor out of the trees.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Roger! Thank you for sharing your experiences and for sharing your song; a great song and very moving, indeed! Welcome Home brother!!
My dad served in Vietnam from May 68 to May 69. Meguil “Mike” Ramos. Company C 1st Battalion 28th Infantry. He celebrated his 82nd birthday Sept. 29th 2012. If anyone remembers or knows him please feel free to email me.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Jerilyn! I met your father at Lai Khe and worked in the same zone! When you speak to your father, ask him to e-mail me. I was the Re-Up Sergeant at HQ at Lai Khe and then went to work for Maj. Gen. Keith Ware, our CG until he was killed the next day after your father’s firefight. Please ask him to call me at 1-800-650-0659 or e-mail me at info[at]uswings.com.
I like your site. Would like your help looking for some people who would remember me. My name is Ray Helm, 701st Maint Co. Asst. Sec Chief, 1st Inf Div. and I was at Lai Khe in ’68. I was wounded May the 9th in ’68. I was medevaced to Long Bhen then to Japan then to Fort Carlson, Colorado. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Welcome home Sarge. My contact info is rayhelm[at]ymail.com.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Ray!! You were there the same time I was at Lai Khe and I knew some men in your unit! My hut was the small “Re-Up” building at the 3rd Bde at Lai Khe HQ. And everyone at Lai Khe knew me and my dog… small world!
Welcome home. My wife purchased a leather jacket for me,and that’s how I found your site. Looking at your pictures said I know that place Di-An. I was in the First MP Co mortor platoon 1965-1966. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures. Our unit gets together once a year for a great weekend.
Sgt. US Army 1965-1969
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you Don! Yes, I remember your unit… I was in Di An for a short time but spent most of my time in and around Lai Khe (or Rocket City, as they called it). Thank you for your service to our country and Welcome Home Brother!!
I spent hours on your virtual wall reviewing those from Zanesville, Ohio and surrounding towns who served in Vietnam and made the ultimate sacrifice. Only knew one that I can remember. I joined the Navy at 17 in May of 1970 from Zanesville and was stationed with Assault Craft Unit One in Coronado, CA. We were small boat ammo jockeys and my brother, Steve, was stationed there at the same time. He was in Vietnam when I first arrived in Coronado. Upon his return home (1968-1970 in-country) and before he was released from active duty, he encouraged me to become a Storekeeper (supply MOS in the Army) because most of the storekeepers in the unit didn’t deploy. My deployment rotation didn’t come up until after we had cleared out and no longer deployed in-country! We lost several of our folks from the unit in that war. Steve left the Navy shortly after returning home from Vietnam, I stayed in the Navy and made a career of it (38 years) and never returned to Zanesville except for an occasional visit! In spite of multiple deployments and being stationed overseas I have never been put in a position where I’ve come face to face with the enemy.
My hat is off to you and all those brave Americans who when their name was called, stood tall and answered the call. You’re a patriot! Sorry for your wounds and the continued loss in ability as you make your way through what we have left of this life! I’m not sure what it is with us Vietnam era vets that we have to continue to fight battles even after the war has ended! Even misguided ex-vets with an agenda can make the charge up the hill tough! I’m so happy for your success in your business in spite of the obstacles! I wish you the very best in the coming year and based on your prior experience in the Coast Guard and for teaching the Army how to walk on water, I wish you “Fair winds and following seas!” I’ll be sure to share your site with some of my buddies and one more thing Sarge, when I order my G-1 I’m ordering it in the USCG version so that every time I wear it, I’ll see the USCG perforations and will remember your service and your sacrifice on my behalf! Thanks again and stay tough!
CDR Rick Cummings, USN (retired)
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you Rick for the very kind words!! I have a great family and I spend most of my free time helping those that can’t help themselves. Now and then I run into those that try to put me down to put themselves up, but there are wackos everywhere… no big thing!! Welcome Home brother!!!
Found your site while surfing. I was in Lai Khe Jan ’68 to Jan ’69 Bravo 2/28 Black Lions. Was RTO, walked point and squad leader. Nice pics of Rocket City and the village within. Welcome Home bro, always nice to find a brother still above ground.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Joe! I was at Lai Khe from March 1968 to Sept. 1968… I knew a lot of men in the Black Lions! If you remember the Re-up hut at Lai Khe, that was my home away from home! Welcome Home brother!!
I was looking for some info on Lai Khe when I found your site. What a surprise. I was there from Sept 27th ’67 ’til Sept 13th ’68. Small world . I was Sgt E5 in charge of the radio teletype unit from June of ’68 ’til Sep 13th. I am sorry you got wounded. I remember you because I was in and out of the message center just down from your office. I was there for the Tet Offensive. The swimming pool was opened until then. The shopping center was open and the bars were doing a thriving business until Tet. I believe the shopping center was reopened in the summer. I remember the radio station very well. I had a friend working there a SP4 and his first name was Ned. He played the guitar very well and sang. Sgt. Gibson was my Sgt and when he left Sgt. Roger Moore took over ’til June when he went home.
I know you probably don’t remember me but I have to tell you this story. When I was ready to rotate out I happened to run into you one evening close to your office and I asked you if I needed to come and see you before I left. Because we were supposed to talk to you before leaving. And you said “Sarge are you interested in re-upping?” I said “Hell no!” You said “We’ve had our talk.” I still think that was so cool of you to do. I lived in the Sgts barracks next to the NCO club. I don’t remember you staying there. Did you? It was great to see your site and especially the pictures of Lai Khe. Brought back some good and not so good memories. Welcome home brother. I am proud to have served for this great country.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Larry! First of all, Welcome Home Brother! You and I were in the same wooden barracks after SGM Dixon took over my Re-Up hut and claimed it as his! My bed was the 3rd one from the rear door; I would always sleep on the floor!! Bedix and I had the Re-Up Hut and Rebel was my Dog. Do you remember KoBin from the Red Cross? Her Father was Gen. Ware’s cook and was killed in his sleep by the VC. What a small world. Anyway, Welcome Home Brother!! And yes I remember you and all my fellow brothers!
My name is Tom Mercer. I served with the 1/18 Charlie Company from July 1967-July 1968. I walked point for Lima platoon first squad for awhile. On April the 10, 1968 we were sent out by Col. (Retired Gen. Cavazus) to search for those 122mm Russian made rockets that Gen. Ware hated so much back at Lai Khe. Well I was on point and so happened we found a few and of course the babysitters were there also. We had a few men wounded and one KIA. The Gen. came out and talked to us and awarded me my silver star. Take care and love your site. And to all the guys Welcome Home and thanks for your service, you are what I call heros. You earned everything you got.
To the Gen. who commanded the scout dogs. What year did he do that? We are looking for a guy who worked with the 1/18 in 1968. The guy’s name was Maguil and the dog was Fritz who was killed later.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Tom! Wow, what a small world… you and I were at Lai Khe at the same time! Do you remember the little Re-Up hut at Lai Khe? That was my office and home until I went to work for Maj. Gen. Keith Ware. Welcome Home brother!!
I am trying to locate someone that was with The Big Red One in Vietnam in late August 1969 thru April 1970. The only info I have is Co C, 2/2nd(mech). I remember the swimming pool at Lai Khe and Thunder Road, Loc Nihn, Mekong Delta, Da Nang and other places. I am trying to locate someone that might have known my now ex-husband. I am writing a journal and trying to get info. My ex and I still talk and neither is married but he will not talk about VN much. Just wondering if any of this is enough info or if I am leaving something out. Glad I found your site. I have been reading and yeah a lot of it sounds familiar. I do remember he was on ambush on Christmas Eve of 1969 but not sure where. If anyone can help me please let me know and I can give you his name. This is important to me because this was also a wife’s War. For all who gave, I thank you. God bless you all.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Susan! Hopefully, one of our visitors can help you out!
Going through the scrapbook and was compelled to respond. I was with the USAF 3rd SPS K-9 Sec., working out of the Kennel at Bien Hoa, ’68-’70. Enclosed are 2 photos: one of my buddies and I headed outside the wire for the night; the 2nd is with my best friend “King” on the Huey answering a call for “Dog Man Up”… all the dogs loved to fly… You have a great site with great merchandise. I will be sharing it with my comrades. Thank you for your service…
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Marian! Thank you for sending me your pictures! Welcome Home Brother!!
I was with the 59th Eng LandClearers in Dang 1970s. Do have anything on this? Trying to find persons I may have served with. Thank you.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Dennis! I never knew anyone there but maybe someone reading this might recognize your name and contact you (Dennis’ email: landclear59(at)yahoo.com).
Just going through your scrapbook brings back at least a few good memories. Was with the 1st Cavalry Division Jul 1968-69. Got the scenic tour — Camp Evans down to Phuoc Vinh, Quan Loi, Bien Hoa, Loc Ninh AO’s. Went back 1970-71 with the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) and operated off LZ Stinson (formerly LZ Buff), southwest of Chu Lai. I’ve been researching for 22 years and plotting Firebases/LZs on the 1:50,000 series map (the ones we carried in the bush). Welcome Home Brother.
Don “SGT Snuffy” Smith
Recon 1/52nd Infantry
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Don! I’m glad the scrapbook brought back some good memories for you; fellow vets like you make me proud to be a Vietnam veteran! Welcome Home brother!!
This is my thank you. A salute to those who have served and lost their lives fighting for our freedom that we have today. Watching the coverage of the war from the other side of the world on a black and white tv… our family would watch to see if we would catch a glimpse of my uncle. Thank you vets… and let us not forget…
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you for your very kind words!
I was just looking at the scrapbook and noticed that Sarge Hack was with the 1st Inf Div HQ Company in Di An. What year was he there? I myself was in HQ Company in 1966 & 1967 in Combat Engineers HQ Company.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Dennis! I was at Di An in March 1968 and would go there maybe one or twice a month. Spent most of my time all over the 1st Inf. Div. up until Sept. 1968 and then I went to the 106th in Japan from wounds I received on Sept. 13 1968.
I have some Vietnam pics in Pleiku 1970-71… Sergeant Tom Huxley from Wooster, Ohio… I will be at your location within two weeks.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome home Tom! Looking forward to meeting you in person!! My door is always open to those that served!
Hey Sgt. Hack,
Welcome Home!! I served with Bravo Co., 1/16th Mech, Big Red One From May to Dec 1969 out of the Rocket City. I was a Sgt. on 3/2 Victor with some really great guys. Unfortunately, all my belongings were lost between Nam and home so I lost all pictures and addresses of my buddies. Do you know how I could find information about these men and how they made out? All I have is first names, nicknames, and some last names.
Thank You and God Bless,
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Donnie! Rocket City… WOW I have not heard that name in a long time! I remember right where you guys were in 1968… down toward the village… have you tried reaching out to the Big Red One and even going online to the 1st of the 16th Assn.? I would also go online to the two big Vietnam rallies (one in FL and the other over in Indiana). Thank God for my ex-wife saving all my pictures… when I left Vietnam, I went to the 106 in Japan and had nothing. Again, Welcome Home!
Greetings… if you either came into or out of Vietnam and the First Infantry Division in Di-An between October 1968 and July 1969, you had to have come through the Replacement Detachment. You were also picked up in Long Binh at the 90th Replacement Bn and trucked by to Di-An by “deuce and a half”… I would have been the NCO to pick you up or drop you off… I was the tall, lanky Sgt. with the blue helmet… I would have also been the one to give you the briefing in the classroom at the Replacement Detachment… bring back memories?
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Walter! I was there from March 1 1968 ’til September 13 1968 when I was wounded (for the second time) and medevac to the 106th in Japan. But I was at Di An before going to HQ at Lai Khe when I went to Vietnam.
Hello Sgt. Hack,
I was surprised and very lucky when I saw the name of Mr. Jack Biddix in your guestbook. I believed that I found my father. Sgt. Biddix wrote in your guestbook that he becomes 75 in September. But my father, Mr. Jack Leroy Biddix was born in Gastonia N.C. Pinkney 28052 on September 24, 1938. He was in the US Army 1st Bn. 33d. arty. Apo 09177 in Germany in a city named Ansbach and at this time he had to go to Vietnam in 1966. Also at this time he married my mother Irmgard Schmidt. Maybe if I have a chance to find him in your guestbook or maybe you know some person who knows him, I would be very lucky. I want to find my father and maybe other members of my family. I would beg help from any veterans, please help me to find my father. For further information here is my e-mail address: email@example.com
(my birth name is Schmidt/Biddix)
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Robert! I do know a Jack Biddix and was stationed with him in Vietnam in 1968, not 1966… but the good news is Jack went to Vietnam in 1967 and returned to the USA in April 1968. He was a Lai Khe with the 1st Inf. Div. Robert, the USW Vietnam Scrapbook has been on the internet for over ten years and I have never given out any information to anyone who has sent their comments, but in your case I will call Jack and pass on your request!
I served in ‘Nam Jan ’68-Jan ’69… 352nd Trans and 261st Trans out of Long Binh… hauled everything except personnel… travelled to Lai Khe and Quan Loi many times among other locations… great to read all the postings… I understand you have a book available about that time… would like to know more about the book… I remember a lot but have also have forgotten a lot… you may have heard about the ambush at Ap Nhi (small village on that same road)… missed that by a hair… fate… luck… grace of God… don’t know… in any case, welcome back to the “world”…
From Sgt. Hack: Thanks Norm… and Welcome home to you too brother! Yes, I have a book about my life, part of which details some of my Vietnam experiences. It’s a quick read. I will send one out to you!
First time I’ve looked at anything on Vietnam and found that a James Sanders from Myrtle Beach was with A Battery, 8/6 Artillery Big Red One at Lai Khe in 1968. I was Executive Officer for the 155mm from Jan 68 to July 68 with A Btry so probably met him as he was probably on one of the howitzers. I have a Volume One of the First Infantry Division year book of Vietnam that runs from Jul 65 to April 67 but I need a Volume Two if someone wanted to trade. It’s the large blue covered book.
Cpt. Ron Haught
From Sgt. Hack: Thanks for posting. Welcome home!
Welcome Home Sarge. I was with A Btry, 8/6 Arty, 1st Inf. Div. based in Lai Khe from April 1968 to December 1969, near the south end of the base. Didn’t really get around the base too much but did enjoy all your photos. Thanks for all your posts and comments. Really enjoy your site.
Myrtle Beach, SC
From Sgt. Hack: WOW… what a small world! Yes, I remember where you were and you and I must have known one another a lifetime ago! All of us have a common bond that was at Lai Khe! Welcome Home Brother!!
Congratulations on receiving (finally) your medals… and great article in the Akron Beacon Journal!! And “Welcome Home Brother.”
Cu Chi Vietnam ’68-’69
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Jack!! And thank you for your service; fellow Vietnam Vets like you make me proud to be an American!
I was skydiving today and a jumper saw my 1st Div and Lai Khe on my helmet and asked if I knew of you and your web site… I did not. I served with the 1st MP Co from Dec ’67 to Dec ’68… started out in Di-An but soon moved to Lai Khe escorting convoys between Di-An, Lai Khe and Quan Loi. I was told you have a book about your experiences… how can I get a copy?
SP4 Stephen Widmer
From Sgt. Hack: Wow… what a small world! Just send me your name and mailing address and I will send one out to you ASAP. The book is a really fast read about my highs and lows in life as well as my military service. Welcome Home Brother!
Hello from SP/5 Robert Taylor, 341st ADD at CuChi Feb ’70 to Nov ’70 and 125th Aviation at Phu Bai Nov ’70 to Jun ’71. I was an air traffic controller. When I go to our reunions, I meet friends that served in every area of Vietnam. The 165th Aviation (of 1st Aviation Brigade) established aviation detachments all over the country. I worked for the VA Hospital here in Roseburg, Oregon as a psychiatric nurse, mostly on the PTSD Unit. They actually paid me to talk with my fellow vets. Lately, I’ve been doing research on a few of my high school classmates who died in Vietnam. I’m no techno-geek, but I find sites like this by dumb luck on a regular basis. Don’t forget, we belong to a fraternity that lasts a lifetime. No membership cards or dues. Our “signs of recognition” are varied and nearly universal. Thanks Sgt Hack… you da man!
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Brother! I was at Lai Khe with the Big Red One in 1968 and was in Ireland Army Hospital for one year and then placed on a med. hold for four years, in and out of the hospital while on recruiting duty, and then retired on a med. disability in 1973 as an E-7. I think what helped me in the hospital all that time was talking with fellow Vietnam vets. I am very much aware of PTSD and the key is talking about it with those who understand and went through the same thing. It’s not what you do for yourself but what you do for others that counts. Keep up the good work… it counts!
My brother Francisco M. Cortez served with the Air Force in Viet Nam from November of 1968 through November of 1969 at Pleiku AFB Viet Nam. He is looking for a soldier from the Big Red 1 (First Infantry Division). The soldier’s last name is Reda. We do not have his first name. He was between 19 and 20 years old at the time and came through Pleiku en route to Chu Lei.
The soldier stayed over night with my brother in their barracks before he flew out the next morning to Chu Lei. The young soldier gave my brother a Big Red 1 patch and his “used” M-14 Bayonet. My brother is wondering what happened to Reda and would like to get in contact with him if it’s still possible.
Any help you can give us on this would be greatly appreciated. My email address is RC25710@comcast.net.
Thank you so much,
Amos “Butch” Davis served in Vietnam ’67-’68 in the 1/18 Big Red One with Sgt. Jerry Baker. He’s trying to locate Sgt. Baker. He was from Alabama. Any assistance greatly appreciated. SDLIVINGSTON48@YAHOO.COM
Diane Livingston for Amos Davis
Thanks for the site. I just got an urge to see if I could find current pictures of Lai Khe and saw yours. I arrived in Lai Khe in Dec ’67 and did a year there. I was in the HHC 3rd Brigade message center, a short walk from your office. In fact, I do believe I recognize you. I have hundreds of pics of and around Lai Khe and seeing you is a good reason to pull out my slides and sort through them. I know there are some of you. I am going to see if I am right. Your image and name are familiar, but the memories have faded a little. I hope I am right, so I can share them with you. My slides have not been viewed in a long time. Once again, THANKS.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Al! Wow, I would love to see them! About 15 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to post online some pictures of Lai Khe just to share them with those that were also there and for those that were not! Al, I have to have known you then!! Man is it a small world! Again, Welcome Home!
My Father, Major (then Captain) Charles J. Thoma was in the 2/28th HHC and stationed (I believe) at Lai Khe between July 1966 and 12 January 1967, when he was killed in action. I recently made contact with Maggie Hodge (ARC VN 9/66-8/67) who knew my dad and had posted a remembrance on the virtual wall. I would love to hear from any service members who may have known or served with my father.
Thanks very much,
Greg (Thoma) Lowrimore
Blue Springs, MO
From Sgt. Hack: Hello, Greg. Yes, your Father was at Lai Khe but I’m sorry I did not know him (I was there from March 1968 to September 1968). However, I will post your email address so anyone who knew him can contact you. Each and every person that served with the 2/28th was a hero and served their country well. I am sorry to hear about your Father.
I was in 2/28th HHC I started in Lai Khe Jan 1969 wasn’t long before I went to the FSB to work the TOC radios for LTC Hobbs.
One evening everyone was settling down in the wooden barracks when the radio Lai Khe DJ started playing Beatles Back In USSR without any opening comment. Naturally when the screaming jets started over the couple of radios that were playing someone yelled “incoming” and for about 10-15 seconds it was a mad dash to the bunker. Quite funny and we knew the DJ was laughing his butt off!!!
Sgt. William “WildBill” Rice
(Ask me sometime and I’ll tell you about the day I was Bn NCS and ordered Gen Wolfe to “clear the air”. He was not happy and a couple years ago when I happened to locate and call ret Col Hobbs he remembered me and right away told me I got him a good 10 minute ass-chewing over the incident.)
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Bill!! I knew some very good men from the 2/28th in 1968 at Lai Khe! You will see a picture of the Radio Station at Lai Khe on our web page, taken in March 1968. Again Welcome Home Brother!!
Thank you so much for posting the pictures of Lai Kai. That was my base camp from March 1966 to March 1967. I was with Charlie company 2nd BN 2nd Inf. Div. of the Big Red 1. My friend Specialist Dave Gardner was a DJ there and I remember listening to Radio Lai Kai when we were out and about on missions or when we were lucky enough to actually be in the base camp. I also remember several of the guys swimming in the pool at the mansion at the Michelin Rubber tree plantation, while we were there staging with several other outfits for an operation. Thank you for your service Sarge and for the great pictures. I have book marked your web site!
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Jim! I was at Lai Khe in 1968 and heard there was a swimming pool there at one time… but thought they were pulling my leg!! Welcome Home!
Unbeknown to you, you have helped me much more than you know. You see, when I was over in country, I never bothered to know or remember the names of the operations or their specific locations. I guess to me it just didn’t matter, each day was just another day I had to get through while doing my job to the best of my ability. Then, 44 years later, I went looking for a simple jacket, American made of course. Your scrapbook sparked my search for the remnants of old friends, dates, operational names, and battle locations that I had participated in. On following a lead from the date of my point Sergeant’s death (SSgt. Alfred J. Amburgey) I started searching for and found the operations name, “Amarillo”. From there I went to search for details on that particular battle and in doing so inadvertently found my platoon’s web site: http://devour29.com. It’s only about two years old. It seems that a great number of my partners are there, most in fact! Moreover, there will be a reunion this coming September, 17th-19th out in Kokomo, Indiana which I will try very hard to attend.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your indirect help in finding my guys. The site has pictures, then and now, a roster from inception to the dismantling of the recon platoon, videos, music (of the period), a blog, events page, our history, and of course a memorial page dedicated to our fallen. Since you were at Lai Khe I invite you to visit our site and grace our guest book. Once again thank you and, God bless you and yours.
Sgt. James R. Kinsey
1/16th Ranger Recon
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you Sgt. Kinsey, you have made my day! Welcome Home Brother. You and those that gave will never be forgotten.
I went on the Internet looking for a leather jacket, a lot of foreign stuff out there but I wanted to buy American. When I found your site it seemed made to order. Then I discovered your scrapbook, I was taken aback! I was with the 1/16th Ranger Battalion, Recon, 1st. Infantry Division, at Lai Khe, 1966-67. We weren’t called “Iron Rangers” then, just 1/16th Rangers, we were all on foot… after Air Mobile insertion of course. I was a point man and had my position cut short by a hand grenade from about 2-3 feet away about eight months into my tour of duty. Spent 26 days at 93rd Evac. Hospital at Bien Hoa, before returning to duty. They put me at Di An, Div. HQ as a “Tach Sergeant” counting MIA’s and KIA’s for both sides. It sucked! After a bout with the post psychiatrist I was allowed to return to Lai Khe and served with 1/16th Ground Surveillance, the big tower at the edge of town, until the end of my tour.
On page two of your scrapbook is a picture of the “Radio Lai Khe” radio station. My friend Spec 4 Bill Sparks started that radio station and the picture brought back many memories as did all your scrapbook pictures. I am 62 years old now but remember clearly the second battle of Bau Bang, many insertions into the Micheline Rubber Tree Plantation (Mekong Delta), Thunder Road (Hwy 13), the rubber trees that surrounded Lai Khe, the “Shopping Center”, “Torpedo Trail” just outside our perimeter and across the river, and our own Air Force dropping napalm on us during a firefight, the operations name alludes me but the memory is still extremely vivid.
Thank you for your service Sgt Hack, and welcome home. Thanks to all the guys I served with for having my back. Special thanks to SSgt Alfred J. Amburgey (KIA) my guardian angel, Spec.4 Bill Sparks, SSgt. Howell, Sgt. Tim Rothrock (my point Sgt., now SMaj retired), the Mutchler twins Spec. 4’s Jim and Al who were my mentors, and a whole host of others.
Guess all that’s left to do now is buy that leather jacket, among other things, from a guy who is not only an American, but a guy that was there! God Bless and continued good fortune to you.
PS – Although in all likelihood it is not you who is answering my email, I still appreciate the fact that any email is answered at all.
Sgt. James Kinsey
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Sgt. Kinsey! I had a lot of friends with the 1/16th and the 2/28th and have all the respect in the world for those guys! I was 27 years old when I asked to go to Vietnam and felt it was my duty. Like you, I am not getting any younger either… 70 years old and counting! If you are ever in Hudson OH, make it a point to stop by! Welcome Home, brother!! PS – I answer all email!
Enjoyed the scrapbook. I was in country in Oct ’67 in Quan Loi through Oct ’68 when I rotated from Lai Khe… I was with Delta CO 701st Maintenance and a TC on an 88… spent many night out on contact teams including Loc Nihn with the 1/4 Cav… Welcome home and God Bless!
1/8 Juliet Foxtrot
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home John! Quan Loi Mud!! Red as can be… How many times have you heard that one! I was at Lai Khe from March 1st ’68 to Sept 13th ’68 (Friday the 13th)… even though I went home the hard way, I went home. God Bless, John!
I was in D Bat 8/6 Arty 1967 to 1968. I knew Boz somewhat, we were the 8 In Bat at the south gate in Lai Khe. I was the medic for that Bat, was wounded by a 122 rocket March of 1968 and evaced out. I live in Grants Pass Oregon where I grew up. My Email is firstname.lastname@example.org, my name is Donald Boat. In Nam I was called Doc Boat. Thank you for this chance to find friends.
From Sgt. Hack: Lai Khe… sure is a small world. Who would have thought we would be taking about Lai Khe this many years later! Yes I remember your unit very well and what an outstanding job you did! Well done Brother and welcome home!!
I really enjoyed the Lai Khe pics. My first duty assignment in VN was there as recon NCO, S-2 section, HHQ Co., 168th Combat Engineer Battalion from Jan-March 1970. We were still getting rocket attacks and I remember patching shrapnel holes in our hooch roof. After the 168th deactivated, I served as squad leader and ops NCO with Co D, 588th Combat Engineer Btn. at Cu Chi. We spent most of April-August ’70 up on the Cambodian border and then moved to Xuan Loc. The 588th deactivated in late ’70 and I was fortunate to be short enough to get an early out.
Good luck to all,
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Warren! I have said this many times… it is a small world! My website is my way of saying “Welcome Home” and thank you for your service to our country. Welcome Home, Warren!!
Hey I was in Lai Khe in 1968 with the 1st Cav. We arrived in the Fall around Oct. I know because I just returned from RR in Sydney and when I got back to Camp Evans we then were moved to the south in preparation of a major offensive by the NVA. I believe Lai Khe was our base camp.
Happy New Year,
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Richard!! Sure is a small world. I left Lai Khe Sept. the 13th 1968 never worked with the 1st Cav but knew some in Vietnam. You guys did one hell of a job! Again, Welcome Home!
Don’t know if you will remember us or not, but I was with the 121 Asslt Helicopter Co, Viking Gunships. We were pulled out of the Delta in 68 and sent North to Lai Kai because you all were getting hit really hard by Charlie and NVA. We spent 3 days flying fire missions around the clock in support of the base. As “paddy rats” we were amazed at your rubber trees and how tall they were! Seeing a chopper crashed 75 feet up in a tree was a little more than we were use to. We spent three days in the same clothes, because when we scrambled, we didn’t know where we were going and thought we would be back by dark! Boy, were we wrong! Your guys had a pretty good time with us flat landers! But, we were happy to help and see your part of the woods. Never forgot the saying though, “don’t shoot the rubber trees!” Ya right. Trees, what tree, I didn’t see a tree, did you? Just thought you might like this story for your scrapbook.
Brian J Reiss, LT, US ARMY
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Brian! Yes I sure do remember. Every time I hear a helicopter I look up. No matter where I am and no matter what time a day or night. To this day I still get flashbacks and will never forget those brave men that flew the gunships in Vietnam.
Your pictures bring back memories. I was stationed in Dian with the First Infantry 1st S & T and I also spent many nights in Lai Khe famous rocket city en-route up Hwy 13 and other areas.
From Sgt. Hack: What a small world. I was in Dian in 1968 for a short time before going to Lai Khe. “Rocket City” — I have not heard those words in a very long time! Thank you for your e-mail and take care, but most of all Welcome Home!
Really enjoyed looking through the scrapbook. I was with the 341st Aviation Detachment in Cu Chi in 1970. I also enjoy looking through the store. Will be down that way next month to visit my brother in Stow and plan to stop by. Looking forward to maybe meeting you!
Welcome Home, thanks for your service, and thanks for the great tribute to Vietnam vets.
New Era, MI
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Rich! I look forward to having a cup of coffee with you!
Enjoyed the pictures of Lai Khe. Served in the 1/16th Mech Infantry from 12/68 to 4/69. I didn’t get to see a lot of the place because I was injured on 4/5/69 and sent back to the US.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Jim!! I left Lai Khe Sept. 13th 1968 and spent one year in the hospital at Fort Knox KY. The main reason I put those pictures online was to share them with those that just wanted to remember! Glad you enjoyed them!
I served with the 1st & 16th (Iron Rangers) in Lai Khe from Oct ’68 to Oct ’69. I served as the company clerk for A company. I really enjoyed your photos – the best I’ve seen of Lai Khe from that period. The pictures of the craters from the rockets brought back memories – we had a 122mm rocket take a direct hit on our latrine about 6:00 in the morning one day; luckily there was no one in it at the time! Also sleeping UNDER your cot – we had a period when we all had our cots fortified with metal and sandbags, and everyone got in full battle gear around 3:00 a.m. waiting for an expected attack by a regiment of North Vietnamese, which fortunately never came. Anyway, I really enjoyed your photos – thanks for posting them.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Marty! First of all, Welcome Home! Yes I remember all too well about sleeping on the floor under my cot!! Wow, that really brings back memories. I had a lot of friends from the 2nd of the 28th and the 1st of the 16th… you made my day when I received your e-mail!
I was with F Co., 52nd LRRP’s, 1st Inf. Div. at Lai Khe from March to about May of ’68. From sometime in May to the end of my tour I was with C Co., 1st Bn., 26th Rgt., also there at Lai Khe. I had just turned 21 years old when I got to ‘Nam. I’m 61 years now and a grandfather of five great kids. I recently completed writing out my memoirs of the war for my children and, in particular, my grandkids. I think all Vietnam vets that can ought to do it. The pictures at the back of your book that you sent with my order brought back a lot of memories. I bought a leather flight jacket along with some Flying Tiger patches from you folks a couple of years ago and I’ve been absolutely thrilled with the quality of your products. Thanks for the memories Sarge!!
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Chris! What a small world! I was at Lai Khe from March 1968 until September 13th 1968 and I’m now 68 years old. Welcome Home!
Glad you set up this web site. My Father was in Vietnam from 67-68. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Div. assigned to Charlie Company 2/28. He was a cook over there and he only told me about an ambush that happened on Oct 67 (I think) on the “Iron Triangle” and was injured. I just want to thank you and all the other soldiers that were there fighting for America. I just want to see if I can contact or hear any others that were there around his time. If anyone was there feel free to email me. Just doing research to learn what happened.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello, Byron! Thank you for your comments! Yes, your Father was at Lai Khe. The 2nd of the 28th was the Black Lions. The Iron Triangle was a hot spot to say the least!!
My father served at Bien-Hoa and Tan Son Nhut Air Base from 1962-1967, he was the Air Commando Groups out of Hurlburt Field #9 in Fla. He passed way in 2000 of cancer caused from exposure to Agent Orange. There’s not a day goes by that we ever stop thinking about him and those that served our great nation honorably. By the way, he also served in WWII as Bombardier with the Eight Air Force and the Korea conflict. All in all he never complained or talked much about his 31 years of experiences in uniform.
Anyway thanks for the memories and keep the Vietnam Legacy alive and to remind today’s generation that freedom is not free. I remember the first time I ever saw my father eyes with tears was the 1974 speech when Ronald Reagan introduced returning POW John McCain to the CPAC convention. Mr. Reagan asked where we find such men. He answered, “We [find] them in our streets, in the offices, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms.” Professor Librescu’s heroism reminds us that we also find them among those who come to this country from other lands. Of course he denied it, but I know better, he is my hero, mentor and best damn father that I ever known and love. (Rest in peace Dad)
Chief Petty Officer, U.S Navy, Retired
From Sgt. Hack: Hello, Patrick! I was also at field 5 and 7 at Eglin AFB 1964 to 1966, US Army Ranger Camp. Thanks for sharing your memories of your father. He sounds like a great American!
I served with the 46th Engineers 1966-1967 at Long Bien. I read your report about people falsely saying they served in Nam. With so many of them trying to get out of it at the time, it is a shame for them to now claim they were actually there. We were a support outfit and came under fire once, and it was from our own guys getting spooked and shooting at each other in the dark.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello, Tom! I went through Long Bien in 1968. Did not care much for it!! The number of people who falsely claim to have served in Vietnam is sad… I never talked much about being in-country until about ten years ago and started the Vietnam Scrapbook in hopes of helping some fellow vets… we sure can’t talk about Vietnam to anyone who has never been there! Anyway, Welcome Home Tom!!
Wow…what a great web site! I was looking for an MA-1 flight jacket and found it right away. Nice album you have too. I loved reading all the letters from the other guys, here’s my contribution. I was there in 1967 with Bco 2nd of the 327th Inf, 101st Airborne Div. Base camp was at Phan Rang at the time I arrived but after a few months they moved it to Chu Lai. At that time the 101st only had the 1st Brigade in country, the other two brigades arrived in 1968. I never got to see the rest of the Division arrive. On October 27th, 1967, while on Operation Wheeler, in the province of Tam Ky, I was wounded. A lot of very good men gave their lives that day, along with my best friend Roger Wilfong. About 10 years after I was back, I finally found Roger’s mother. I was able to spend a lot of time on the phone with her, and able to send her many pictures. We must never forget the sacrifices made by all of us who served. Thank you for the space and opportunity to post our thoughts.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello, Don! Thank you for your comments! This is my way of helping my fellow Vietnam Vets heal the wounds and allow those who never served to understand what we went through then and what some of us are still going through. Welcome Home!!
Lost a good friend in Cambodia, due to small arms fire; SSgt Robert F. Franklin, in ’69. I was working in Sheriff dept. at the time. Bobby, my high school pard, will not be returning, but I welcome all you home, and thanks so much for your service to me and our country. You deserve all honor for your hard work there.
D. L. Cope,
Deputy, Linn County (retired)
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Donald! Yes we all lost a lot of friends in Vietnam… we should never forget!!
Like you, I am a Vietnam vet. USMC Mag 13 & 36 1966-1967 from Chu Lia to Dung Ha, working my way to the top so say. In some ways I’m still there and still waiting for a Welcome Home. Enjoyed your book and video that came with my order, thanks. In my years as a life member of the VFW DAV & MCL I have met thousands of men & women who served in-country. We all think the same 100% on certain key Issues — it’s the tie that bonds us together forever. I know you know what I mean Brother. Look forward to making more purchases with you. You got the right stuff.
Gary L. Powers
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Gary! I had two brothers that served in combat with the Corp. in Korea. Yes, I know what you mean — we know the true meaning of standing tall. Welcome Home Brother!!
My father, Troy Faulkner, was a Crew Chief in the 173rd AHC (I believe they were Robin Hoods) stationed in Lai Khe 68-69. He was killed in a helicopter crash while my mother was pregnant with me, so I never knew my father. We recently found out that the story we had always been told about his death was not correct, so I have really started searching the internet to find out more and maybe even find some of the guys that were stationed with him. I appreciate you putting up the scrapbook. I am really starting to get a visual picture of what things were like over there. God Bless all of the men and women who served in Vietnam.
Tracy Faulkner Massie
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Tracy. Yes, your Father’s unit was stationed at and around Lai Khe in 1968 while I was there! We lost a lot of good men while serving with the 1st Inf. Div.
Thank you for your service!! Welcome Home!! The Black Lions have a Yahoo Clubsite. Please consider joining. Black Lion Sir!!
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Joe! I worked with the Black Lions but I was with HQ 3rd Bde. Lai Khe 1968.
I was in and around Lai Khe with the 11th Armored Cav Regiment starting August -September 1969. I served as a track commander in a recon platoon. The whole Regiment moved from Xuan Loc to Quan Loi – our new base camp. Our AO was from Lai Khe to Quan Loi on both sides of HWY 13 and we did recons with and support for 1st Infantry out of Lai Khe. I can remember the incoming at night when we pulled security there. Good site.
From Sgt. Hack: I worked with the 11th in 1968 at Lai Khe. I also had the honor of being around your CO, Col. Patton, the son of Gen. Patton. What a great person he was. I hold the 11th Armored Cav with deep respect. Welcome Home!
I served in the Navy as a communications officer on the staff of Commander, Seventh Fleet (Admiral John Hyland and Admiral William Bringle) in 1967-1968. We were embarked on USS Providence, CLG-6, homeported in Yokusuka, Japan but spending most of the time providing gunfire support off Danang, Vietnam. While I was not a ground-based combatant, I have the greatest respect for those who were during Vietnam and those who are now serving in the Middle East conflicts.
I was in Saigon two days after the first wave of the 1968 Tet Offensive of where I represented the US Navy at a joint communications conference. When the USS Pueblo, a US intelligence-gathering ship, was captured by North Korea, I coordinated the resupply of the compromised cryptographic documents/codes for all Seventh Fleet commands. USS Providence was instrumental in the re-capture of the city of Hue, near the DMZ, when it was overrun by the NVA and VC. During that operation, Providence was hit by a North Vietnamese rocket which knocked off a large radar antenna.
I am glad that I had an opportunity to serve in Vietnam, considering the growing number of citizens these days who choose not to serve in the military at all, including the children or relatives of most of the politicians who are directing the current conflicts.
A year ago I ordered one of your Navy Vietnam Vet caps (VVNC) which I wear proudly every day. In July, a group of my shipmates and I will have another one of our periodic reunions. I have just ordered 8 more of these caps to give to them when we meet on the cruise.
I had the pleasure of speaking with you personally a few weeks ago about shipping charges for placing a quantity order. Today I decided to look through your scrapbook pictures and read some of the previously submitted comments. I decided to send you this note and the attached photos of the ship and me in front of my bunk (where the shrapnel landed after the rocket attack).
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Ed! Thank you for your comments & the pictures! Welcome Home, Brother!!
I was in the 168 Engineers in Quan Loi 1967-68. Bulldozer operator and worked on the air strip and from the laterite pit. Made Tet Offensive trip to Loc Ninh. Remember Lee Elder and I must have known Lee Bryant as we did the same things.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Mike! I was in and around Quan Loi MUD in 1968. Remember it well and all those that were there.
I was in the 168th from March of ’69 to May ’70. I drove the 5 ton crane and helped build the roads. Rocket city every nite and day. If anyone can remember when Lai Khe got ran over… I can’t remember much any more. I had a bad time in 1976 and don’t remember much. Thank you.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello, Jim! Welcome Home Brother! And if you need to talk about it, I will be there for you!!
Just found your site, really liked the scrapbook.
I served with 1st Inf. – 1/28th, Feb 1968 to ’69 with a reactionary heavy mortar platoon called “LightHorse.” We work mostly Hwy 13, Thunder Road. From the Iron Triangle/Phu Loi in the south to Loc Ninh/An Loc in the north.
Did you ever hear of it/us? We also did reactionary support missions for the 101st up north and the 25th Inf. down south at times.
Unit crest of a winged horse raping a 4.2 mortar.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Tom! You were in my backyard. Yes I knew some guys in the 1/28th. I left there Fri. the 13th Sept.1968. My brother-in-law was at Phu Loi 1968 to 1969. Welcome Home!!
Do you remember a unit called the 168th Combat Engineer Bn 20th Engr Brigade? My unit was alpha company we made a lot of trips outside Lai Khe to laterite pit and would return to Lai Khe just before dark. We also had a lot mortars and rocket attacks. I just wondered if you or anyone else might recall any of this. Thank for you site and welcome home.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Lee! I’m glad you like the site. I do remember the Combat Engineers and I also remember the mortar & rocket attacks… how can you forget that!! Welcome Home Lee!
My Dad, Colonel E.F. Barrett, Arty, US Army, commanded the 9th Aviation Battalion, 9th ID, in 1968, and I served as a Captain, Inf, US Army with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in 1970 — Dad died several years ago but your scrapbook brought back a lot of memories. I made some changes when I came home but I’ll always be a grunt.
Commander D.P. Barrett
JAGC, USN (Ret.)
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome home Danny! I’m happy my scrapbook helped to bring back some memories for you!
This website is a stellar tribute to you and yours that served our country in the Vietnam War. I sincerely admire you, and thank you for a job well done! Many times I wish that I was born earlier to contribute to the cause… May God bless those that made the ultimate sacrifice, and those left behind. In addition God WILL bless those that are missing or still in captivity. They are truly not forgotten… Thanks again for serving our country with honor!
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you Mark! Your sentiments are much appreciated by me and my fellow vets!
I served 3 tours in Viet Nam, and in 1968 flew the area along Hwy 1 where the First Infantry was. I was a Scout Pilot with the Second Brigade, call sign Silver 11. I helped the 1st Inf on Hwy 1 between Lai Khe and Quan Loi when a roadside ambush had been set up for the 2nd of 2nd Mech. We may have crossed paths.
I was shot down 9 times, shot twice, and stabbed once in my time in the Army. 2 Silver Stars, 3 DFCs. I have been a helicopter pilot for 40 years this May, first in the Army and 10 years with PHI flying Offshore, EMS, and with the Sinai Peacekeeping Mission in 1981. I enjoyed your book.
From Sgt. Hack: You and I were in and around Lai Khe at the same time… wow, it is a small world! Welcome Home brother!
Semper Fi and welcome HOME from a former Marine door gunner. MAG-16, Marble Mountain 1966/1967. Life Member Purple Heart L51691.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Larry. Welcome Home Brother!!
Just read “The Life of a Warrior.” I was in Vietnam from Feb 68 to Feb 69 with the Big Red One, Company B, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry (The Black Lions). Our recon went into the area of the crash of General Ware’s Huey and brought out the remains, including a German Shepherd if I am correct in recollection. We were shocked at General Ware’s death. I am thinking that we were in the vicinity of Loc Nihn. It was a place of bad reputation. I am honored to have served in the same Division as yourself. No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great. First in, last out.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Tom. Yes you are right on… the date was Friday the 13th of Sept. 1968. The 28th Inf. Black Lions base camp was also at Lai Khe Div. HQ. Welcome Home Brother!!
Just a short e-mail. A friend of mine gave me your book, “Life of A Warrior.” When I got to page 25, I was a bit surprised to see where you were recruiting. I am from Akron and went in the service in 1966, got out in 1970… It was great to read a story like yours and be able to relate somewhat. Not nearly the sacrifices you made, I have been blessed. Commanded a recon unit in Nam for a year and walked away without a scratch. We all get together every 2 years and embellish the truth. Just wanted to say hello and thank you for your services and sacrifices.
I swear I remember the Vette…
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Bob. Welcome Home! After spending a year in the hospital from combat wounds, I went on recruiting duty in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls from 1969 to 1973. It’s a small world!
I used to visit the Cockpit store in NYC, but found your website very easy to use and having all of the items I was looking for. I still use the NOMEX gloves when flying my small two place experimental airplane and loved them since first using them in the OH-6’s. I taught FA AO’s in them in the early 70’s. My EOBC class was the first one NOT to go to Vietnam in ’72 so I never made it there but served as FA Battery Commander for several years then in the National Guard before getting out… (ENG branch but served most of the time in an FA Battalion). I do think that all that served in that era are special people. Just ordered a jacket and some more gloves… thanks.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Mike. Thank you for your business. I also think that all who served are special… thanks for your service.
I received my jacket today it is great – I have wanted one all my life. I looked all over both retail and the web. Your jackets are the best.
I was with the 69th engineers and 35th combat engineers in the Delta April 68-69. It was nice to finally be welcomed home.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Ted and Welcome Home!!! I was with the Big Red One up until the 13th of Sept. 68.
I really enjoyed the pictures — especially the Lai Khe village, which was immediately adjacent to the A/2/28 Black Lions company area. Many a Black Lion went under that fence at night!
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Edd! Black Lions… yes, I remember them very well. Had a lot of Friends with them… great guys!!
Thank the Lord for Google… I typed in military clothing and your website was listed. Your website is outstanding and I am happy I found it. I was a medic in the 1/12 th Inf (Red Warriors), 4th ID during 68-69. Hey Sarge, all of us who were Army or Marine grunts might be getting older, but as Joe Galloway’s book states: “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young.” Take care.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Larry. I know the feeling… I am now 66 years of age and was 28 in 1968 while I was with the Big Red One at Lai Khe. Nice hearing from you and Welcome Home!
Hi Sgt. Hack,
Welcome home. Just looked through your scrapbook, lots of memories in there for you. I saw in one of your pictures a caribou aircraft. I was with the 61st Avn. Co. stationed in Vung Tau in 1963-64. Our company had 16 of them, and the 1st Avn Co. had 18. Take care and God bless.
From Sgt. Hack: Welcome Home Charlie! Yes the Caribou was a work horse! They were at Lai Khe while I was there in 1968.
Ralph here, the pictures are great, brought back all kinds of memories. WELCOME HOME BROTHER. Have yet to see the wall, and don’t know if I can, at least not alone. Keep the faith.
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Ralph, Welcome Home to you also!! I know what you mean… it took me a long time before I could see the wall, and it hurt.
Hello, Sgt. Hack,
I bought a flight jacket from you about 12 years ago at the aviation show in Kent, Ohio. It’s still my favorite jacket. I served as a boiler technician aboard the USS America CVA-66 from 1971-75. We made the last combat WestPac cruise 72-73. Good to see that business is good for you.
Joe PricePine, Colorado
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Joe. Yes I remember you very well. Our home was right off the main runway there and that’s where I would fly out of! That was a PR deal for Kent State and their pilots! Welcome Home brother!!
Just wanted to say that I was a member of the 1971’s Tonkin Gulf Club. We directed aircraft from the carriers from the south; we were north of the DMZ, just off the beach. We also were to pick up downed pilots with our helo’s. The ship I served on was the USS William H. Standley DLG-32 (later changed to CG-32).
Thanks for your service!
From Sgt. Hack: Hello John. Thank you for your service as well! Welcome Home Brother!
Good scrapbook. I was in and around Lai Khe, 5/67-5/68. Our compound was right across 13 from the chopper refueling point. Just outside the gate was the ammo dump before it blew, and the water point was on down 13 a short ways. Welcome home from 8/6 Arty, A Btry, 3rd Bde, BRO.
A Btry medic
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Boz. Man what a small world! I am glad you like the scrapbook. Welcome Home Brother!
Served from March 69 to April 70..Stationed in Dian with 3/17 Air Cav, Headquarters Troop… I’m 58 years old now with 5 grandchidren and another on the way.
Sgt. Jerry Bianco
From Sgt. Hack: Hello Jerry. I went through Dian in 1968 on my way to Lai Khe. That’s why there are some pictures of Dian on the site. Welcome home brother! (BTW I am 66 years old and still here!)
I appreciate your service and sacrifice for our country. Thanks for posting your scrapbook. I was honored to view it.
Gulf of Tonkin 67-68
U.S.S. Bennington CVS-20
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you Ron and welcome home.
Wanted to drop a line or two in reference to the scrapbook that you have and the comments posted on your site. I was way too young to even think about going to Nam but as a young kid growing up in the late 60s and early 70s, I saw how this country treated the vets that came back from Vietnam and could not really understand why. As I grew older I started to understand the war and how it affected this great country of ours. My father served a tour in Vietnam in the USAF in ’68 and has yet to speak of what he did but I do know that he lost many friends in Vietnam. We lost several family members to the war and consider them heroes as I do all of you. When I turned 18 I joined the Army in ’84 and severed my entire time in South Korea which was 3 years and 8 days and really enjoyed my time in Asia.
Now I know this is late but please understand that I can not undo what this country did and how it treated the men and women that served their country by answering its call but I can say thank you to each and every one of you and say WELCOME HOME and my God bless each and every one of y’all.
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you Ron for your kind comments and thank you for your service to our country. As US Military veterans, we all served one way or the other. Like that song says, “All gave some and some gave all.” God bless you and yours.
I was at Bien Hoa 70-71 and TDY all over on the 0-1 Bird-Dogs as a crew chief… before that I was in SAC on the B-52 in Thailand [u-t-]. Now I know you remember “ARC-LITE”… if we got too close at times, sorry ’bout that… I would love to go back and retrace my steps. Your site is great. Please stay safe, be happy and welcome home.
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you, Ron. I appreciated your comments and I certainly appreciate what the Air Force did during the war! Welcome home!
Sure enjoyed your site, especially the scrapbooks. As a few others have stated, just one picture can bring back loads of memories that I didn’t even know were lodged back in the deep recesses of my mind. I was with the BR1 in 69 when it got re-deployed back home; a draftsman with G3 at HHC, I used to post MG Malloy’s map and do briefing charts for what we affectionately called the 5:00 “follies” (the old man’s daily briefing).
Rebel reminds me of our mut, “Dumb S**t.” His son we named “Little Turd.” Those dogs were treated so well. Is that why the locals wanted to steal them (Ha! Ha!). I was re-assigned to the Americal Division up north in Chu Lai for the rest of my tour in 69. I did work on the US Senate’s sub-committee meetings & tour of the My Lai Massacre. Thanks again for the memories. I hope others get as much inner-healing from your pictures as I did.
We had a time of sharing in Church last evening. I shared how healing it was for me to visit your scrapbook yesterday. One of our members, Mac Adams, who receivied two Purple Hearts from Nam came up and stood beside me. The whole congregation stood and applauded us and truly welcomed us both home. I don’t know if God’s finished with me in this area, but I know he used you brother to help bring closure for me. Thanks again.
From Sgt. Hack: Thanks Steve. The scrapbook has helped many people like you and me, and reminded us how lucky we were to come home and also to remember those who did not. It took me a very long time to even talk about Vietnam. Welcome home brother!
I recently tried to purchase a flight jacket from two different sources on the internet. Both lied to me about availability, sizes and shipping times so I canceled both orders. Then… I found U.S. Wings and things fell into perfect place. I was correctly advised as to size to order; I was promised the item was in stock and would arrive by the date I requested… and the sales lady was as nice and helpful as she could be. At that time I had no idea of the fact that U.S. Wings was owned by a brother vet. After receiving my jacket, which I love, I was moved by Sgt. Hack’s story and I now firmly believe that I was led by the man upstairs to place my order with the right man and the right company. Thanks again and Semper Fi.
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you, Alfred for your kind words! It’s much appreciated!
I was in the USAF at Lai Khe from 15 Nov 66 to 29 JAN 68. I was a crew chief on the O-1 Bird Dogs that were parked at the south end of the runway. We did forward air control for the 3rd BDE/1st ID.
You have some good pics of Lai Khe; the one of the “Lai Khe Plaza” caught my eye. In 66/67 that was called the “Shopping Center”. In the attached photo that’s me leaning on the gate – when it was the Shopping Center.
Welcome home Brother…
USAF 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron
Bien Hoa/Lai Khe 66/68
From Sgt. Hack: “Welcome Home” to you too, Brother!! It sure is a small world… I was with the 3rd Bde. First Inf. Div. until I went with the CG at HQ. Thanks for sharing your pic, Ken!
I served with A trp 7/1 air cav at DiAn from March-April 1968. We operated out of Lai Kai several times. I remember an area just off the main runway where we would park our aircraft. I also remember the place seemed to get its fair share of rockets… First class web site. Thanks.
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you, Michael!
I was in the 34th Engineers at Lai Khe 2-68 to 2-69. Those pictures really bring it back. I was a heavy equipment operator. My unit paved QL13 Highway, put a chain link fence around the village. My unit was next to the dust off hospital. Spent a lot of nights pulling guard duty. Thanks for the site.
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you, Ken! I remember the area very well.
What happened to the dog? So sad! The lady? My brother was down south with the First Division (we were there at the same time)… he was with the quarter unit.
3rd Marine Div.
From Sgt. Hack: While I was in the hospital in Fort Knox KY, a year after leaving Vietnam, a member of the First Inf. Div. was there and said that Rebel was still running around!! And I never knew what happened to Ko Bin.
I just wanted to let you know that I have been a long time supporter of US Wings and that I wanted to the take time to welcome you home, brother. I served two tours in Vietnam from 1967 through 1969. My first tour was with the First Cav Division as a combat medic with 15th Med Company “Medevac” as a flight paramedic in the Central Highlands up to HUE, through the TET offensive of 1968. My second tour was with 159th Medical Detactment Helicopter Ambulance “DUST-OFF” also as a flight paramedic, in Cu Chi, Tay Ninh, Dau Tieng, the Iron Triangle, Hobo Woods and the Micheline Rubber Plantation. We were actually a sister company to your 57th Medical Detachment “DUST-OFF” in Lai Khe. We supported your Red One when needed. We worked mainly with the 25th Infantry, though. My third, and unofficial tour (i.e., as a civilian volunteer) was with the “Thomas Dooley Foundation” from 1969-1970. I worked as a non-operative operative, in the capacity of a medical technician, in Laos, Cambodia and Northern Thailand. This was a great trip and I truly loved what I was doing. Again, thank you for listening and again, welcome home.
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you, Stephen. Welcome Home to you, too!
Thanks for the photos. I’m surprised you didn’t have a picture of the old rubber plantation mansion along the runway. Nice to know a joe from the Big Red One made it to the big times. Good luck.
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you, Gene!
Hi, Sarge Hack
I just finished looking through your scrapbook, and lo to my surprise I think you were my replacement when I left Nam. Do you remember who gave you the dog Rebel? It was me Sgt. Biddix. I think the reason you wanted Rebel is because you couldn’t stand the dark. What are you doing now days? I retired with 20 years, now I am retired again, I will be 75 in September. More later, let me know if you get this and if you are the one I think you are.
From Sgt. Hack: Yes! You told me that Rebel could smell VC a mile away and could also hear incoming a mile way! I remember how we would take cover when Rebel would start running! I also remember how you had me bond to him and just how hardcore Rebel really was when needed! Great to hear from you and hope you are well!!
Did I ever mention that for a short while I commanded the 59th Infantry Platoon (scout dogs) in RVN?
Robert L. Menist
United States Army (ret)
From Sgt. Hack: Wow… what a small world!
I came across your site this evening and took a look thru your scrapbook — what I saw almost floored me! I was in Charlie company, 1st Bn., 26th Rgt. 1st Infantry Div. from about May of ’68 to July of ’69 and Lai Khe was our basecamp! And that photo of the church in Di An — I had been in there a few times. I recognize some of the other shots of Lai Khe, but not until I saw the photos did the memories start to come. Oh God, the memories!!! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for having that scrapbook, Sarge. You have made this old veteran’s evening and may God bless you for it!!!
From Sgt. Hack: Thank you, Chris. And may God bless you as well!!