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    02/16/2013 / 11:29PM
    Steve Broderick (stevebroderick@earthlink.net)

    With HQ Company LSA Nha Trang Class I yard from March 1970 to February 1971. Hope to hear from anyone in my unit. Peace and God Bless to all who served.

    02/13/2013 / 11:58AM
    Tom Petersen (tom518@charter.net )

    518th Sig Tower Team has been collecting names and addresses for 7 years now; we have about 50 guys on the list, but there are still more we would like to hear from, ie: Andrew Green (Orange, Va) Gary Frank and Jim Merryman (Elmyra, NY). Jim was a Nha-Trang Beach life guard July 68 to July 69. Phil Hill (Detriot, Mi).

    Tom Petersen,(541)941-5256 or tom518@charter.net

    02/05/2013 / 2:37PM
    William Egan (wgegan@yahoo.com)

    222 PSC 44th Med... October 68 - Dec 69

    I was the guy who booked and typed your ticket home...

    William Egan
    Metso Partners - Neenah, WI

    01/26/2013 / 11:45PM
    Rick Barcus (Rickyb1956@gmail.com)

    My brother, Robert Barcus was with the 54th Signal Battalion, stationed in Nha Trang in 66-67. We recently found and were looking at photographs he took while there. He never talks about this time of his life, but I noticed he spends a lot of time looking at the pictures.

    This may be a long shot, but his health is not good, and I would like to find some of the men he served with. I think it might do him a world of good to reconnect.

    BTW - thanks to each and everyone of you for your service to our country.

    01/24/2013 / 5:29PM
    David Rogers (drogers518@yahoo.com)

    518th Signal Company, Nha Trang Jul 67 - Jan 69. Stationed at Hdqts, Operations, travel to most sites, incontact with many and have 518th reunions. Reach me at drogers518@yahoo.com, live in Raleigh NC.

    01/22/2013 / 5:03PM
    Edward Zaffino (edzaffino@gmail.com)

    Hey! 575th Med Det, 9/1972 to 11/1972. Short timer! Processed out of Oakland November 1972. Peace!

    12/20/2012 / 11:54AM
    C Dymer (cdymer14@sbcglobal.net)

    Jerry, I was assigned to 21st TASS. Jun 68 to Jun 69. I worked in the periodic dock maint. 0-1 and 0-2 inspections and repair. I posted some pictures of our old work area then we moved into a bigger open hanger area. You probably fixed quite a few bullet holes for us.

    12/16/2012 / 10:25AM
    J Connaly (jconnaly@comcast.net)

    Jerry, I was in Nha Trang from Dec 1, '68 to Nov 24, '69. I was a 34D in the Nha Trang Sig. Bn., Autodin (ASC) Co. Our Battalion HQ was across the street from the motor pool.

    12/09/2012 / 1:22PM
    Jerry Buller (nbuller@schallertel.net)

    Was at Nha-trang form Aug. 1968-Aug 1969. Assigned to 21 T.A.S.S. Worked in sheet metal shop, mainly 0-1 and 0-2. Rebuilt several 0-1s.
    Would like to hear from any one stationed there during that time.

    11/17/2012 / 10:53AM
    Larry Edwards (ledwards@cscc.edu)

    Just found this site. I was at Nha Trang from November of '69 until shortly after February (I think), when DASC Alpha (my assignment) was moved to Pleiku and became II DASC. I spent the remainder of my tour at Pleiku, leaving there in November of '70. I briefed assorted Vietnamese and US Army generals, colonels, etc., FACs (Herb, Covey, and Ranch Hand pilots), wrote intel reports, etc. Pleiku ("Rocket City") was aptly named.

    11/04/2012 / 8:51PM
    Mike Manz (manzsr1@gmail.com)

    Hello, I was in Nha Trang Oct 64/Sept65. I was in the 5th Special Forces. Tommy, I remember the mortar and rocket attach in June. I was on a 4.2 mortar; I got chewed out for firing HE without approval. I flew with the Army and Air Force into most of our camps. I remember the jet that crashed in downtown and had to pull guard duty at the crash site. I have some pictures posted on the SF web site, Special Forces in Southeast Asia. I live in Cincinnati Ohio.

    10/07/2012 / 01:46AM
    1SG Ben Ruston Jr. (ben.ruston@hotmail.com )

    Does anyone remember M/Sgt Ben Ruston Sr? He was a flight engineer on C-123s from November 66 to November 67.

    09/12/2012 / 4:09pm

    My father was stationed Hon Tre Island / Nha-Trang 228th SIG.CO 1967-1969. Two tours of duty. Other than saying they climb poles and were sitting ducks for snipers, he never talked much about Vietnam to family. Family advises he came home but died slowly of health problems and emotional scars. LEONARD DAMICO died January, 2010. If anyone remembers him, maybe you can let me know a little more about him.

    08/17/2012 / 4:28PM
    Natalie Campbell-Kircher (campbellcomm@rochester.rr.com)

    I am trying to help my half American nail technician find her Dad, Don Shook who served in the Army (1968) time frame in Nha Trang. He was then 21 years old.

    Mai Chi Shook was born in 1968, and her mother 'Diep' recounts how her Dad had the chance to hold her before he was recalled back to the States in '68.

    Mail Chi Shook lives in Rochester NY, and looks very American and immigrated to America with two sons. She is learning English, and speaks pretty well!

    She would be so happy to meet her Dad.


    Natalie Campbell-Kircher -

    08/04/2012 / 11:40PM
    Jim Johnson (jimthetechguy@gmail.com)

    I would like to know if any of you might have served with my father, then SSGT Jerry Glenn Johnson. He was assigned to 15th SOS squadron. He was about 6'1" and wore glasses. He passed away in Nov 1996 and I have been looking for any Air Force buddies that could share some stories about him.
    Thanks, Jim

    07/23/2012 / 12:14AM
    Bill Tratchel (khanhhoa@socket.net)

    Hey brothers, I have had a smile on my face since I accidentally discovered this site a couple of days ago . I was at Camp McDermott from July 1970 to around Jan of1971, at that time my company, the 297th Trans. was moved to the Grand Hotel compound and we went from a truck company to mainly a car company. I've got a few pics that when I get organized I will send in. I've got two or three crazy events that happened, if you remember, please respond . The first thing happened maybe five weeks after I got to McDermott. There was a Sargent in his hooch which was maybe five hooches from mine when some one threw a concussion gernade in his hooch about 4 in the morning. He had a plywood partition as a little office and that protected him somewhat. Being so close I was one of many that were first on the scene. I was new, and scared, especially after that, and I never did hear what company he was with or if he survived or not. New guys didn't ask a lot of questions. I'm going to end this for now but in a few days I will describe an event that led to Sgt. Cecil Jackson being killed by South Vietnamese solders. These events really happened and I'm sure they will have a few of you early year guys wondering what the hell was going on. Incidentally, my name is Bill Tratchel. I was a draftee and I never made it over the rank of Spc. 4; basically I was a nobody.

    07/14/2012 / 2:49PM
    J Connaly (jconnaly@comcast.net)

    I remember an F100 crash at NAFB in 1969. It over shot the runway, went across beach road, killed two sailors driving by in a weapons carrier and some veitnamese. I did take some pictures, but can't find them - must of lost them somewhere in the last 43 years. If I come across them I will send them to you.

    07/06/2012 / 4:15PM
    Bill Snyder (lizbill@bellsouth.net)

    I was stationed in Nha Trang 1966-67. I was in the Army, but never wore a uniform, as I was assigned to JUSPAO. We had a little office down the street near USAID. There were two USIA civilians, an AF LTC and me in the office. I lived in a house right across the back gate from IFFV with a US Civilian from the USIA Library/Vietnam Information service. I am heading back in Apr 2013 (on a cruise from Peking to Bangkok).
    Bill Snyder

    06/12/2012 / 8:40PM
    Pam McCarter, MD (pamelafaith@cheerful.com)

    Searching for the American father of my friend Thao who we think was born October 10, 1971 in Nha Trang. (There is a second birth certif that says March 15, 1972 but we think this is false.) His birth mother was Nguyen Thi Thanh and we think she worked at a bar near the market Hoang Dieu and went to a hairdresser there named Lich. She gave the baby away when he was one day old to a childless VN couple because she thought his father was not coming back for her and the baby. Thao was told his dad was from a USN boat but not sure about it. Adoptive dad worked with Americans driving and the family lived in married quarters near the airport DapDa-Nha Trang. His American father came there for the baby after a month or so but his adoptive mom lied and said she didn't have him anymore because she could not bear to lose him. At the end of the war the family fled to Dak Lak to hide him from the authorities and he lives there now. We have DNA testing and he had a nearly perfect match to several men in the DNA database with the surname Whitehead which means his father was either named Whitehead or comes from this family line. Thao wants nothing more than to know his father and I believe his birth father would want to know about him since he came for him shortly after his birth. PLEASE, contact me if this story rings any bells because time is running out. Thanks.PYM

    06/04/2012 / 8:04PM
    Pete Sotelo (troutman.p@gmail.com)

    I was stationed in Nha Trang 1966-1967. I was with 1st Field Forces Arty HHB. We were located between 5th Special Forces and a Chopper Unit I do not remember the name of. We lived in Tent City in Camp McDermott for awhile then we moved to the Pie Slice in the Summer of 67. IFFV ARTY was newly activated in country so we spent a lot of time constructing stuff in our compound along perimeter road. I ended up working as an Artist in the Tactical Operations Center. I was there when the Shell Tanker was sunk (have pictures) and the choppers beside us were all blown up with satchel charges. Spent a lot of time going to and from the Grand Hotel as a courier. Still remember the Christmas lights hanging in all the beach bars year round.

    05/28/2012 / 5:02PM
    Robin W Coffey (rwcoffey@windstream.net)

    I was stationed at Nha Trang with the 7/13 artillery in 1969. We were attached to the 5th Special Forces Group, if memory serves me correctly.

    Does anyone have any information about our unit?

    05/27/2012 / 11:16AM
    Christopher Ray (cdray1@hotmail.com)

    (The following message was forwarded by Lou Miller)

    Hi Lou, my name is Chris Ray. I first wanted to thank you, and all Vietnam Veterans, for your service to our country. I saw you posted on the Nha Trang Veterans page that you were in the 14th Field Maintenance Squardron, while stationed at Nha Trang. I was wondering if you knew my dad, David E. Ray, who was also in the 14th FMS. He was stationed in Nha Trang between 1967 and 1968. According to his military records, his duties while stationed there were minigun mechanic on the UH-1F's and AC-47 Spooky gunships. I only have a few pictures from his time in Vietnam, and his military records. I'm hoping to locate other airmen who may have known him, who could share stories and other pictures. If not, do you know what other options I might be able to refer to? Thanks for any insight you can provide.

    Chris Ray

    04/17/2012 / 2:24PM
    Ralph Willing (willingrvw@gmail.com)

    I was with the 864th Engineers at McDermott from about Aug 67 to Feb 68, before going to Ninh Hoa. Remember Tet well, as well as SCUBA trips to Hon Tre Island.....and now they've got a gondola ride.

    The 864th Eng BN Alumni Association reunion will be held 27-30 Sep, 2012 in Washington, DC and is open to all current or former members and friends. For additional information, please contact willingrvw@gmail.com

    03/12/2012 / 12:43PM
    Tony Doucette (ajdoucette@snet.net)

    Hi all, my name is Tony Doucette and I was stationed at Nha Trang from May 1968 to May 1969. I was a member of the USAFSS - 6994th SQ. I was a crew member on board of the EC-47. I was wondering if anyone had the arm patch for the 6994th SQ? Or where I could locate one. I can remember the day of the TET Offensive...wouldn't you know I was talked into going off base the night before and was in a villa downtown when the attack started. Scared as you know what, I managed to find my way back via the back of some guys truck. They dropped me off at the front gate and I was never so glad to be back on base. I had two real good friends while I was stationed there, Lou Stennis and Bill Hogan. Bill Hogan was killed in a car accident going to work on the NJ Turnpike 3 months after he was discharged from Nam, and Lou Stennis retired after 20+ years. We still stay in touch...

    03/11/2012 / 4:02PM
    Lou Miller (PapaFrank3410@bresnan.net)

    Any word if the 14th FMS will have a reunion this year??? Let me know, then I can pass it on to some of the other troops from the 14th.
    Lou Miller

    03/05/2012 / 11:18PM
    Jim Laseter (laseterj@gmail.com)

    I served with the 14th Supply Squadron at Nha Trang from Aug 68 to Aug 69. Hard to believe that was almost 43 years ago. Lot of good memories of old friends I served with (can't remember all their names)... one was Sterling Kennedy (he voluntarily ran the projector at the open air base theater). As I get older, I realize what an impression that year left in my life. Would like to hear from anyone that may have served in Supply or at Nha Trang during that time.

    02/02/2012 / 9:48PM
    Al Cross (Al.cross5@comcast.net)

    Was at Tent City, later known as Camp McDermott from Dec 65 to Dec 66 at the 569th Engineers (behind the 54th Signal). The strip to the right of the main gate was a favorite. Hung out at Lyly's Bar. Still owe Lyly $60.00. Compounded I may have a problem... The beach was awesome. Beach bars, especially #8, was great. Reach out to me if u were there then. Lotta stories! .....Al

    12/31/2011 / 7:55PM
    Alan Mudry (PLCAJM21@aol.com)

    I was stationed in Nha Trang with the 272nd MP COMPANY IN 1968 -69. I am interested in corresponding with anyone who served with me. Thanks.

    12/30/2011 / 4:14AM
    Tom Carter (Thomas.carter@ unilever.com)

    Does anyone remember the C123 that was on a Ranch Hand mission and got shot up and landed at Nha Trang. Would have been in 70 or 71, or the night a bunch of Hueys brought in civilian that the VC had shot up, that was a bad night... I was with the Transient Alert. Anyone remember Major Murphy? Coolest officer on the base.... Was back in country in 1972 for TDY (C130 mechanic). Flew into Kontum to strip down a 130 that got hit. Not a good place at all.

    12/20/2011 / 12:32PM
    R Patterson (cobalt6065@charter.net)

    I was stationed at Nha Trang air base- Aug. 1967 - April 1969, TDY to Phan Rang till August 1969 Airman first class- Sgt. in the Munitions Dump, loaded AC47 Spooky with flares and mini gun 7.62 ammunition.

    Anyone remember the battle ship New Jersey firing across the base and kicking ass/bombarding mountain behind Nha Trang.  Second thought- How could you ever forget?

    Sgt. R Patterson

    11/18/2011 / 6:32PM
    Dan Switzer (gambit92@yahoo.com)

    My father, Barry DeThomas, served in the 18th SOS from 1969 to 1971. He is unable to locate his DD214 and is trying to file a claim for Agent Orange exposure. His new copy of his DD214 shows no service in Vietnam even though he served 2 tours. If anyone might know him that can write a letter verifying his involvement please email me. Thanks

    11/06/2011 / 10:59PM
    Gary Anderson (garyandersoncpa@gmail.com)

    There is an active Facebook page - 54th Signal Battalion. Lots of interaction there if you are looking for someone not found here.

    10/27/2011 / 9:48PM
    Tom Stickler (stickler@compuserve.com)

    I was stationed at Camp McDermott with NTSAC from November 1967 to November 1968 in the S3 shop. From May to November 1968 I commanded the Nung CIDG force tasked with Camp McDermott gate and perimeter security. Some GIs did not appreciate our efficiency in enforcing the off-limits area at the south end of the road that ran past the POL tanks at the base of Hawk Hill.

    Thinking of making a visit and a motorcycle tour based at Nha Trang.

    Tom Stickler

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