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Mortar Platoon - Rach Kein -
Benson, John O. - Raider Plt. - Rach Kien
- 6/69 - 12/69
401 Link Road
Pendleton SC 29670
Platoon Leader with Alpha Co. for two months then moved to Raider Platoon in Echo Co. Transferred to 25th Div in Dec 69. Would like to get in touch with any former platoon/company members.
- Biggar, Robert
C. - SGT - Recon - Cambodia, Binh Phouc, Cu Chi - 05/70 - 09/70
2504 W. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201-2957
I was platoon sergeant for the Recon-Raiders. I started out
humping a radio in Cambodia from Shakey's Hill. We worked the
populated area around Binh Phouc after that. Our last major
operation was the Hobo Woods before the Battalion was deactivated.
Clancey, Peter M. - Rach Kien - 2/70 - 8/70
541 East Main Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3230
Mortar Platoon/was transferred to 25th ID.
Crawford, James - Rach Kien, Binh Phuoc
- 1/70 - 09/70
26770 Santa Rosa Drive
Moreno Valley, CA 92555
I was Commo Chief in Echo Co at Rach Kien and Binh Phuoc. I remember Dean, Ortega, "Saddle Bum" (Robert Norris), Jim Wagner and a few others.
Dean, John A. G. (Tony) - Recon - Dong Tam
- 9/68 - 11/68
645 McArthur Drive
Harlem, GA 30814
I came down to the Delta with the 1st/16th. Hope everyone is well.
Deane, Clifford - Recon - Rach Kien, Bien Phuoc
- 09/69 - 09/70
119 Mayflower Lane
Meriden, CT 06450
I was with with Ortega & Blunk and all the others. Would you of ever
guessed how it would all turn out?
DeHart, William - Recon - Rach Kien, Bien Phuoc
- 2/70 - 7/70
220 Shell Road
Merion, NC 28752
Served in the Recon Platoon as a sniper with Warloe, Clayton, Rutan, Cardenas, and Zuckerman. Was on Shakey's Hill in Cambodia.
Dennis R. - Rach Kien - 6/69 - 12/69
I served as Delta Co 3rd Platoon leader from 6/69-12/69. Was then HHC LNO from 12/69 – 3/70. Finally Echo Company Commander (Captain) from 3/70 - 5/70.
- Ford, Stanley S. - FDC 4.2 mortars - Rach Kien -
4506 Palm Avenue
La Mesa, California
Those of you who served along side of me will be able to recall who I
am because I don't think anyone who was there could ever forget it. It
was probably in August or September of 1969. I was sleeping during an
all night shift in FDC (Fire Direction Center). We would take turns
napping in the wee hours. I was getting short, and had extended 63
days so I could ETS out of Nam. Outside the quiet was broken by a horn
wailing into the darkness. I awoke from my bad dream and went right
past my buddies and charged into the barracks screaming as loud as a
man could scream, "Ground attack! Ground attack!" I went back into the
FDC room and the people in there with me were putting on their
protective jackets and grabbing for their M-16. It was about 4:00 a.m.
The entire barracks emptied out the door. Richard (Tennesse) Thompson
was one of the first out the door. He was also one of the first to
come back in. I will never forget the look of relief when he stuck his
our door, and said in that strong southern twang, "Ford, that sounds
to me like that horn in the deuce and a half just got stuck, that's
all it is." Actually everyone had a look of relief. Not one of you
were angry at me; if you were you never said a word. For that I have
always been grateful. From time to time over the years when the
subject of one's most embarrassing moment would come up, that has
never been challenged by any other event in my life. I know that many
promised each other that we would meet again in the "world". It never
has happened for me. However the bonds made in Vietnam have remained
incredibly strong for me as the decades have passed. I found David
Tomberlin on the Internet and called him on Thanksgiving Day. We had
not spoke to each other since our last day in Rach Kien, or perhaps
Dong Tam. It was amazing how we spoke to each other. It was just like
we had spoke yesterday. It was then I realized that we have all become
alegend and somewhat of myth to each others wives and families. I
would really like to find Steven Glore. I have so many memories of our
adventures. One of which occurred one evening when mortars were being
fired into our base. We didn't really know where to run or duck, so we
did what most G.I.'s did, we hit the ground and hugged it with all our
might. We were face to face and Steve said to me, "We could die. Right
now we could be killed!" As Charlie walked the mortars ever closer we
started to giggle. The booms grew louder and closer. With each blast
we became hysterical and acknowledged to each other that we were
laughing in the face of death. Soon they passed over. I think we both
knew fear, and the helplessness it can bring. We could have cried just
as easy as we laughed. One final question to other vets out there,
have any of you experienced what I must have experienced at least
three or four times. That is finding yourself in a situation where you
are certain you were going to get your ass kicked by someone and some
else says something to the effect "You better be careful, he went to
'Nam!" I guess the moral to that story is that every silver lining has
Graziano, Joseph M. - Rach Kien - 1970
7814 W. Cherry Hills Drive
Peoria, AZ 85356
Also served in Alpha Company.
Lofton, Elmer (Pete). - Rach Kien - 1968 - 1969
6507 Dryden Drive
McLean VA 22101
Also served in Alpha Company and HHC
I was in
4.2Motar of Echo Co. Anyone at Rach Kein in 1969 who called for,
H.E.or Illumination rounds, I was one of the guys that sent it.
Hope we did a good job. They dont have listing for the yellow house.
Does anybody have any photos of the yellow house. Some of the
other guys I remember in 4.2Motar of E. Co. in 1969--1LT Terrence
Rudes, SFC James Woodard, David Tomberlin, Stanley Ford, Eddie Bailey,
Steven Glore, Bernard Mendoca, Donald Okawa, John Watkins, John Acieno,
David Slater, Robert Schutte, Maurice Motoda, David Rohe, Richard
Thompson (Tennessee), Jesse Hall, Dial (Chief), Gerold Newell, James
Beavers, The Professor, my 2nd. Squad Leader Charles M. Wright.
Special interest in finding Gerold Newell, He was from
California. Don't know the towns. His father worked with
animals, in a lab. It has got to me that he was killed by a rocket in
early 1970 at Rach Kein. Can't find his name on the wall
listing. He was my friend.
Kien - 8/69 - 8/70
950 N. 12th Avenue
Broken Bow, NE 68822
I was there when Recon was split and the Raider Platoon was established (69-70). I remember on 9/17/69 Raider platoon was pinned down by the VC and the commanders, Col Dale Crittenberger and Lt Col Leo Sikorski, and 10 other Americans were killed in a collision of a Huey and a Cobra. That was a bad day. I was at Ben Luc when our platoon worked the bush off of river patrol boats (PBR's). Dan Pizzuttillo saved my life and I would really like to hear from Dan. I started a PFC and ended up a Spec 4. I also went to the Plain of Reeds; Cambodia twice, once on ACV's; at Rach Kien; at Ben Luc; at Binh Phuoc and I was on Shakey's Hill. Some of the guys I remember are Norris Walter, Stanley Seroke, Joe Graziano, Dan Pizzuttillo, Lt. John Benson, Lt. Richard Owens, Stanley Patterson, Clifford Dean, Dick Hite, Ted Rensing, Willard Robertson, David Ortega, Andrew Jackson, Roger Taylor, Charles Mason, Ronald Isenhour and Charles "Tennesse" Hensley.
Recon Platoon - Rach Kien / Binh Phuoc - 08/69-08/70
963 W. Oliver Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
I was there when Recon was split and the Raider Platoon was established. Worked the canals with the Navy on PBRs and Alpha Boats out of Ben Luc, Plain of Reeds, FSB Jaime. Went to Cambodia (Parrots Beak) and spent time on Shakey's Hill in Mar of 70. I remember Willard Robertson "Chief", Sgt. Toles, Charles Mason, Malloy, Charles Hensley (Tennessee), John Ahrens, Dick Hite, Sgt. Andrew Jackson, Lt. Owens, Lt. Smith, Roger Taylor, Tom Mills, Sgt. Patterson, Glen Blunk, Jim Wagner, Sgt. Clifford Deane and others. I have made contact with Jim Wagner, Clifford Deane, Tom Mills, Glen Blunk, Tony Alexander (Mickey Alexander’s brother) and Stanley Seroka. Pictures of them from Vietnam and as they are today can be found on the “Alive and Well” page of my Website. I hope to make contact with many more.
I also have a video on VHS (converted from 8mm) that I have sent to some of those I have contacted and am in the process of sending it to the others. I am also looking into having this video digitized so that it can be downloaded from my website for those who are interested.
Please log onto my website to see additional info on my tour and other information.
Patterson, Stanley E. - Recon - Rach Kien - 2/69 - 2/70
7810 Idyle Wild Road
DuQuoin, IL 62832
Was assigned to Charlie Co, after about 3 months went to Recon Echo Co. Recieved E-6 stripe, became plt sgt. Remember and have pictures of Rodriguez, Norris, Morin, Farmer, Davis, Wyant, Lytle, Marks, Burnhurt, Smith, Maddox, Saldana, White, Hacker, Wills, Rons, Doc Paskal, Graziano, Malone, Ortega and tiger scouts who served with us.
Pizzutillo, Daniel M. - Recon Platoon - Rach Kien - 3/69 - 3/70
223 Lakehurst Avenue
National Park, NJ 08063
Marsh (Morris) E. -
Rach Kien - 6/69 - 3/70
8539 Linville Road
Oak Ridge NC 27310-9607
Came up from the 4/47 mrf with several of the guys and went to recon. Found this web page this veterans day-2013. I have spoken to some guys I served with already. If you look at the recon co. picture I am the guy holding the banner with David Saldonia at my left. Would like to hear from any of "my brothers"
Rach Kien - 2/69 - 4/71
551 NE 5th Street
Pompano Beach FL 33060
MY NAME IS RENE RODRIGUEZ AND I SERVED IN E COMPANY 5/60 INF, RECON PLATOON, RACH KIEN, VIETNAM, FROM 1969-1970. MY WIFE, MIMI, WORKED NEXT DOOR IN THE GIFT SHOP/ LAUNDRY. SHE WAS THE GIRL THAT HAD LONG BLACK HAIR AND ALWAYS WORE A SKIRT AROUND THE COMPOUND. SHE WORKED FOR MS. LEE WHO OWNED THE GIFT SHOP / LAUNDRY. WE ARE STILL TOGETHER LIVING IN POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA. I SPENT TWENTY YEARS IN THE ARMY AND RETIRED IN 1987. THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WERE WITH ME DURING THAT TIME THAT I CAN REMEMBER: THEY ARE, GEORGE MORIN (GEO), FROM SAN ANTONIO, TX , DAVID FARMER, DAVID SALDANA, FROM EAGLE PASS, TEXAS, JOHN LITTLE, CHICAGO, ALSO KNOW AS (JOHN JOHN); DOC PARRISH, DR SOLE, SGT STANLEY PATTERSON, CARL MALONE, EARL TOLES AND CHARLES MASON WHO WERE ALWAYS TOGETHER AND WAYNE MC DANIELS. THAT IS ABOUT ALL I CAN REMEMBER. I HAVE A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND MOVIES FROM THAT TIME PERIOD. I WENT TO E Co, 75TH RANGERS, IN TAN AN IN 1970 ALONG WITH, JOHN JOHN, MC DANIELS, MASON, MALONE, TOLES, AND SALDANA . MIMI AND OUR DAUGHTER MARIE, ALL RETUNED BACK TO THE US ON A MAC V FLIGHT IN APRIL 1971. I AM IN TOUCH WITH MORIN, FARMER, MC DANIELS AND MALONE, FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO GET A HOLD OF THEM. I WOULD SURE LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT KNEW US SO WE CAN SHARE PHOTOS AND STORIES ABOUT THAT TIME PERIOD. UNTIL THEN, WITH GOD'S BLESSING, YOUR COMRADE.
RENE RODRIGUEZ, CW2 RETIRED
Stanley M. -
Rach Kien, Bien Phouc - 7/69-9/70
501 N. Pennsylvania
Abingdon, Illinois 61410
(309) 462 5328
I started as a
PFC like most ended a SGT. First job I got was RTO for SSGT Joe
Graziano, then SSGT Hacker, then LT. J.O.B. Then assigned to HHC
as RTO. Some people I remember are David Ortega, Willard
Robertson(chief), Ted Rensing, SGT. Patterson, SGT. Pizzutillo, SGT.
Norris walker, LT. Owens, SGT. Clifford, Dean Dick Hite and Tennessee.
I also went to Plain of Reeds, Cambodia, (twice) once on acv's.
Spent last month at Long Bien ammo depot pulling security as assistant
platoon sgt. If any of you guys remember me feel free to drop me
a line. I know its been a long time but all my adresses and
photos were stolen in long bien.
Mark A. -
Rach Kien, Tan An - 4/69 - 4/70
40101 Dapple Grey Ct.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
661 823 7697 ( h )
661 496 0944 ( c )
I came to Recon in June/69 after 2 months on the river with the Mobile Riverines.
I hated being with a Co size unit in the field and volunteered for Recon as soon as a slot opened. I walked point, carried an M79 w/vest for rounds but mostly carried a damn PRC-25. Oh well, couldn't have it all your way. I worked Bien Luc, Plain of Reeds, etc. Some of you may remember the time I killed that gook with a knife on the dike.
Ah well, the stories we can and will tell.
The date today is 09/25/07. I am in contact with SSGT Patterson, Thomas Mills and Sgt Dean. I would like to hear from everyone who has time. I'm thinking of taking a road trip to see everyone I can or perhaps we can meet somewhere. I know about the Battalion Reunion. But wouldn't it be great to have our own. Dammned near 39 yrs ago boys, I need some answers in order to find out a little more about that (boy turned man) I left in a stinking shit hole.
Rach Kien - Binh Phuoc - Cambodia ;- 1/70 - 8/70
Kenneth A. Meyer
PO Box 62
Avon NY 14414