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    01/06/2018 / 4:14PM
    Robert M. Walls / rwallsone1@aol.com

    I was stationed on Hon Tre Island from April 1968 to April 1969 as an Air Traffic Controller (MOS27250)....I remember the 5th SF group held LRRP training there then....the US Army had a Hawk missile detachment on top of the mountain next to our radar installation...the Aussies came for training as did the South Koreans - White Horse division.....would like to meet/email/text anyone who was there during this time....

    Dr. Robert M. Walls
    Retired Elementary Principal
    National Board Certified Teacher-Adolescent/Young Adult History
    Ast. Professor-Kent State University

    12/09/2017 / 4:09PM
    Chuck / fvhog@aol.com

    I was with C company 864th engineers from 6/66-6/67. I was in on the original build of Hon Trey island in early 66.

    11/09/2017 / 8:20AM
    Boyd Pettitt / boydpettitt@yahoo.com

    Sgt Boyd Pettitt, Com/Nav 14th SOS.

    I was only at Nha Trang for 3 or 4 weeks, arriving on Sept 25/26, 1969. I then transferred to Phan Rang. I remember a rocket/ mortar attack around the first week or so of October. It was at daylight and I remember the little covered pavilion where they showed movies on a pull up screen and had a popcorn machine, all rolled back into a cargo container, was destroyed. Also a rocket took out a a building near the hospital. I remember B52's/napalm/ and the army's big guns, all taking turns the next day on the mountain behind the base. We had another attack the next morning, and maybe a 3rd morning. Does anyone remember this and how it played out?


    10/22/2017 / 2:25PM
    Hazel Synco / Hsynco9124@aol.com

    Looking for a David Brown stationed in Nha Trang around 1970 that had a girlfriend Phuong Ho. Not sure of his unit.

    Hazel Synco

    10/20/2017 / 11:11PM
    Jeremiah Conn / JDCONN@gmail.com

    My dad was Charles Conn. He was at Nha Trang (20th SOS & 14th FMS) From June 68 thru July 69. Just trying to find old friends of his. Thanks for your time. My email is JDCONN@gmail.com.


    Jeremiah Conn

    08/052017 / 11:08PM
    Rick Humm / fahumm@gmail.com

    Just wanted to update my email on this board. The one posted back on 7-Jan-14 (with my Nah Trang short bio) is dead and I am now at fahumm@gmail.com


    06/26/2017 / 1:11AM
    Cecil Stallings / Busyboys@aol.com

    14 CES, 13-Jan-68 thru 13 Feb 69

    I worked the night shift at the Civil Engineer's Service Call Desk. I retired at Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, TX

    06/20/2017 / 10:59PM
    Harlan Tilton / tilton19478834@att.net

    I am glad that I found this web site and I have read all of the messages that have been posted to date. I would like to reconnect with anyone who I may have served with at Nha Trang. I was there from April of "68 to Sept. of "71. I remember just about all of the units that are mentioned and knew many individuals from those units but none of the people I knew have left a message. Some of those who did may have ran across me however and may remember me. I was the SP 5 head cook and later "mess Sgt" of the EM mess hall on pie slice even though I remained an SP 5. I could not get promoted because of the "De escalation" or so called "Vietnamization" that started after I became eligible. When I first got to Nha Trang the unit I was assigned to was the 54th General Support Group but was later renamed 1st Log. I married while in VN and in Sept of "71 I brought my wife and son who was born there home to the US and we celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary in April of this year.

    See photo Here (bottom of page).

    06/10/2017 / 11:19PM
    Ken Russell / kennyru48@gmail.com

    I was in the 14th Supply Squadron at Nha Trang from December 68 through November 69. I recently was thinking about the guys I was with for at year. I have lost contact with them after leaving just before Thanksgiving 1969. If there is anyone out there that was in this supply squadron during 1969 I would really like to reconnect.

    Ken Russell
    From Michigan back then, now Vonore, Tennessee (Smoky Mountains)
    423 836 3346

    05/21/2017 / 11:06PM
    George A. Waldon, Jr. / jointventure403@hotmail.com

    My name is George A. Waldon, Jr. OS1(SW) USN, Ret. and I am trying to locate anyone that knew my Dad, USAF SSgt George A (Arnold) Waldon from Aberdeen, MD. In the Reunion photos from 1995 in Hampton, VA, my Dad is in the 2nd picture-standing on the far right.... He passed away on Nov. 21, 2011...just 5 days after is 64th birthday in Maryland due to complications of Agent Orange. He, and I used to talk about his Vietnam Nam experiences and my combat experiences (trading war-stories...lol) when I was active duty from 1983-2004.


    George A Waldon, Jr
    OS1(SW) USN( Ret.)

    05/15/2017 / 10:20AM
    Frank Henrion / frank_terry@zebra.net

    I was assigned to the 1879th Communications Squadron, Plans & Programs, Sep 1970 to Sep 1971. Would like to hear from anyone at that unit during the same period. frank_terry@zebra.net.

    05/08/2017 / 8:26PM
    Joseph Moraida / striperhntr@gmail.com

    I was at Nha Trang from Aug. 68 to Aug. 69. I was with detachment 1, 7th Aerial Port loading / unloading C-130’s. New email address is ( striperhntr@gmail.com).


    Joe Moraida

    03/18/2017 / 4:18AM
    Joanne Nesbitt / joanne2887@att.net

    I am looking for anyone stationed at the Nha Trang AFB June 12-19, 1969. My husband’s ship, the USS Lynde McCormick, was the ship that fired their 5” 54 guns to fend off the VC. If you remember that night, please contact me at joanne2887@att.net or 321-917-4259. Any information will help the men on DDG-8.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Joanne Nesbitt

    02/03/2017 / 7:38PM
    Ed Parker / azed13@live.com

    Welcome home,

    The 1st attached picture shows myself, Ed Parker and Don Long in Nha Trang 1968, and when we met for coffee in 2013. Don was a ground crew mechanic and I was a flight mechanic on EC47s with the 361st TEWS.

    The second picture is me, Ed Parker taken during a brief period of time I served with the ground crews.

    I was in Nam from 12 - 67 until 9 - 69, primarily as a flight mechanic.


    If you can't understand the irony in having a gun ban enforced by people with guns, then you don't understand why the 2nd amendment was written in the first place.

    (Link to photos, bottom of page)

    02/01/2017 / 3:21PM
    Manuel Landivar / manuel.landivar@comcast.net

    I am trying to contact Charles Nelson, helicopter pilot in Nah Trang, 1967-68. Any information is appreciated.

    01/21/2017 / 8:46PM
    David C Madril / dcmadril@msn.com

    Last posting was a few years back but I have relocated back to Billings, MT from Grand Junction CO. I was in Nha Trang from early Feb 68 until 2nd of February 69. I had earlier posted quite a few photos to the website as it was a hobby. I haven’t looked to see if they’re still there. I was with the 14th USAF Clinic. On my arrival my office was in the Packing and Crating warehouse by the Base Supply wareyard. I was NCOIC of Medical Supply and moved to the new clinic building when it was completed until my departure. I do remember that the Chief of Security, LtCol Chuck Batchelor was my old football coach in Chateauroux, France in 1960 and his NCOIC in France was his Superintendent of Security at Nha Trang, CMSgt St. George. Met a lot of folks from France at Nha Trang.

    01/11/2017 / 9:14PM
    Rudolph Faustner / rudyy1946@yahoo.com

    Arrived Na Trang Oct 1966 with 459th Signal Battalion. Nothing there! Setup pup tents with plywood floor. Artillery fire every night over our heads. Eventually moved to above ground platforms for 30 guys and got off the ground. Battalion area right next to fence. Locals would coax our dogs through the fence and next thing they would be hanging from a wash line.

    Na Trang City a great place to visit. Beach was beautiful. Lucky for such an assignment.

    Looking for Dale Yoder - some where near Chicago, Anthony Rodriquez - Texas, Gary Moykens killed in auto accident after return to US. Any other 459th Signal Battalion who remembers me. Still have lighter from RED DOG SALOON. I remember the Chaplain, the Chapel built first.

    Agent Orange got me. The ground was red from Agent Orange the entire Fort McDermott roadway to the missle site.

    12/25/2016 / 9:09PM
    Tom Cowley / mthomascowley@gmail.com

    I am in Vietnam now visiting wife's family. I met a war veteran from the South Vietnamese Army. His name is Phuc He lives in he Mekong Delta and has little access to internet. He told me his war story and asked if could help him find his American friends. He (his friend) was at Nha Trang in 1973-1974. He was a helicopter mechanic. His friends were Jon, Mr. Valentino, Dugan, and Mr Boyle. Mr Boyle was marred to a Vietnamese woman from Cantho, Vietnam. Know this is a long shot but.....Thanks.

    Tom Cowley

    12/11/2016 / 12:18AM
    John Smith / chmalmal@gmail.com

    My name is John H Smith. I was stationed Nha Trang January 1968 - January 1969, assigned to the motor pool. Would love to hear from Ron Bennett who is from Neptune, New Jersey, or anyone else from 14th Transportation.

    11/16/2016 / 4;41PM
    Dean Moss / deanmoss@charter.net

    Stationed at Nha Trang May 68 until May 69 with the 21 TASS. Worked in the armament shop.

    11/04/2016 / 11:12AM
    Patrick Scheetz / scheetz@msu.edu

    My search is for members of my unit in Vietnam during 1966-67. Our troops and battery headquarters were in Camp McDermott. Can you help? Here is a photo of me (third from left) when receiving promotion to 1Lt. Fourth from left is 1Lt Glenn DeVoe. Names of others in the photo are sought. Our Hawk missile site at Nha Trang is shown in the background, Battery D, 6th Battalion, 71st Artillery. Our battalion commander is pictured here too.


    Patrick Scheetz
    1Lt (Retired), US Army
    1966-67, Executive Officer
    Battery D, 6th Battalion, 71st Artillery,
    APO San Francisco 96240, Republic of Vietnam

    Link to Photo

    10/07/2016 / 4:17PM
    Jim Krawczyk / Krawczyk013@icloud.com

    I was one of the first to live in tent city. This was before it was called Camp McDermott. I arrived in August 1965 and stayed there with the 63rd Light Truck. We were transferred to Cam Ranh Bay in March 1966. It's hard to find any info about some of the guys in my outfit. Think you can help?


    09/24/2016 / 8:15PM
    Donna Dillon / pnkgama@hotmail.com

    Does anyone have pictures or info regarding the soldiers helping at a catholic orphanage near Nha Trang? My husband was there 1967-68; the orphanage was attacked, children killed. I have one picture of my husband and a few of the children. I would like to contact anyone that knew of this.


    09/03/2016 / 10:19AM
    Tom Horton / tokhorton@verizon.net

    My name is Tom Horton (tokhorton@verizon.net). I served in the Nha Trang Signal Battalion (APO SF 29640) from August, 1967 to August, 1968. I worked in the data relay center. When I first arrived in Nha Trang, we lived in small tents. Thereafter, barracks were built and we moved there. I travelled to Quin Nhon, T uy Hoa, and Phu Thanh with CWO Magee.

    I remember the following names:

    • Captain Warren Surrette (not sure of the spelling)
    • Lieutenant Price
    • Lieutenant Scanlon
    • CWO Jeremiah Magee
    • CWO Quinn
    • 1st Sergeant Moses
    • Staff Sergeant Felton Layne
    • Sergeant Terry Lawson
    • Fellow troopers: David Martin, Morgan Lilly, Calvin Roberson, O'Hagan, Fitzwater, Sorrentino, Cosci, La Foe, David Brazleton, Eugene Fanta, Bill Hogan, Peterson ("Lurch")

    Please contact me if you are one of these individuals or know them.

    Tom Horton
    La Plata, Maryland

    07/25/2016 / 10:24PM
    Judi Miller / judilmiller@gmail.com

    My dad Jimmy Ray Miller was stationed at Nha Trang Air Base 1968-1969 I just discovered a photo album and showed him. There are a lot of photos and sad for him he has dementia and can not remember any of the men in the photos with him. I was hoping to put some names to the faces of the men who fought for our country along side my dad. He remembers a lot, just not names. He has seen the photo album and cried a lot and at some pictures he smiled. Just would love maybe to see if any of the men are still around or if any of their family could help me figure out who they are. Thanks for any help


    (See the photos here at the bottom of the page. Captioned 'Submitted by Judi Miller")

    07/23/2015 / 5:54AM
    Nguyen Tuan Trinh / tuantrinhnt@gmail.com

    Hello. I'm Vietnamese.

    I need find man in picture. This man was U.S Army.

    Woman in picture was my grandmother, baby was my father.

    Link to Photo

    06/19/2015 / 8:47PM
    Gary Wall / garywallnut1@gmail.com

    I was rotated to serve as a dentist for a few months at the 10th Helio Attack Batt. Sometime around 1969. Served with a Dr Plowman and another Doc when we got mortared one night following a movie.

    Forty rounds or so and the last one hit in the hootch next to me injuring an Army Cpt whom we treated and medevaced out.

    Anyone that remembers this and when it approximately occurred would be greatly appreciated. It seemed forever till the gun ships were allowed to return fire!

    Cpt Gary Wall

    05/25/2015 / 5:39PM
    John Hess / jhess1@optonline.net

    I was stationed on Nha Trang AB from 1970-71 attached to the 1879th Comm squadron. I worked in the Crypto shop on the flight line. I only remember a handful of the guys I knew but made some good friends there.

    I have a bit of a treat for some of you. I took a few Super 8 movies while I was there and moved them over to digital and put them up on Youtube. Here is the link:


    The quality isn't great but it shows the base, the beach and the orphanage that we supported. Maybe you'll see someone you recognize.

    Thanks!  John Hess

    03/16/2015 / 4:50PM
    Roy Tyson / RJTcu123@aol.com

    I was In Nha Trang Vietnam from Nov 1969 until Dec 1971. My name Is Roy Tyson and I proudly served with some really outstanding guys In G3 Chemical and later G3 Tactical Operations. My email address Is RJTCU123@AOL.Com. God bless you all for your service.

    03/06/2015 / 7:36PM
    Homer Lartigue Jr / preacher_3@msn.com

    Was in Nha Trang in 1970-1971: Z Oasis. Worked the ANPPS 5 radar system on the perimeter. Silent Sentry. I was Sargent in charge of that 3 man squad. Worked at nights only.

    Homer Lartigue Jr.

    02/24/2015 / 2:07PM
    Glenn Olsen / ac47usaf@gmail.com

    Hi RVN Vets ,

    Welcome Home

    My name is Glenn Olsen. I was stationed at Nha Trang from 7-4-67 to 7-4-68. I was a Airframe Repairman working out of the Big Hanger ( north west corner ). My main job for some time was to beef up the floors of the AC-47's to support the Mini Guns. We also worked on the Black Birds that were right next to the Hanger. In Oct 67, when the new AC-130 came in, we were mortared that night which destroyed one C130 and one C123. Serviced A1E's, O2B's, Hueys, small Cessna's, C123's and anything else that came in.

    In August 67 I went TDY with SSgt Buckley to work on a Flash Fire of a Huey fuel tank that was at Dak To. We slept at Pleiku and every day the Huey pilot would shuttle us back and forth. Nothing like flying tree top level with no doors on the Huey and only 10 rounds in my M-16. Some of the best food I had on my tour was at KonTum just east of DakTo.

    As to anyone that says there was no surf at Nha Trang, they didn't go down to the beach around October; granted the waves weren't huge but they were fun to ride. I have the scars to prove it.

    I was a Airman 2nd Class for my entire tour, didn't get Buck Sgt till Nov 1st 68 at Charleston AFB, SC...Discharged Feb 1970. I wanted to reenlist but my wife at the time wanted to go back to CT. Retired from Submarine Construction in 2002 at Groton, CT.

    Thank You for your Service.

    Glenn Olsen

    02/18/2015 / 3:43AM
    Steve Brodsky / ponderer@att.net

    Can anyone tell me, who was the Unit Commander for the 14th FMS Nha Trang AFB between Nov. '67-'Nov.'68? I believe it was Maj. Elbert L. Smith, but could not find any information on him. He was in the Base Ops during Tet -'68, and was listening on the radio when a C-130 made an emergency landing.

    I was the guy that cut the hole under the flight deck to pound the nose gear down.


    Steve Brodsky

    02/05/2015 / 11:56PM
    Steve Brodsky / ponderer@att.net

    Did anyone work at the hospital in late June 1968, when I came in because I took a round to my right foot? We just got off the helo from a long ground fight, and was taken there. There was only one person attending that night, but wrote me up as being hurt in the gym??? I have the dated photo showing the large bandage, but the VA said I needed a witness.


    Steve Brodsky

    01/22/2015 / 8:42PM
    Joe Moraida / striperhntr@aol.com

    I was at Nha Trang from August 68 to August 69, I was with detachment 1, 14th Aerial Port and loaded airplanes. I now suffer the effects of my time in country.......

    Joe Moraida

    12/06/2014 / 4:19PM
    Diamond Vu / Diamond.vu1@gmail.com

    Looking for a "Bill" or William stationed in Nha Trang from 1966-1969? Was possibly a pilot. Had a girlfriend/wife named Nguyen Thi Nam from Saigon and had a daughter named Phuong born June 1967 and possibly a son after. He lived and had family photos with his Vietnamese girlfriend and daughter. All of his photos and contact info back in the States were stolen so daughter lost all contact with him.

    If anyone knows of a Bill that may fit this description, please contact us.

    Diamond Vu
    (858) 633-6115
    San Diego, CA

    11/18/2014 / 5:14PM
    Duane Lanoue / aerbus96@yahoo.com

    I worked at the AF bomb dump across from areal port, serviced AC-47 Spooky and AC-130 Super Spooky and some FAC planes, Aug 1967 to March 1969. Would love to hear from of my workmates. I saw Sgt Patterson on here, if you visit this site again please email me at aerbus96@yahoo.com. I have already sent you an email to the address you submitted in 2011. I also worked at the Catango Lounge at the Army club across the runway. Also did some driving to Cam Rhan Bay with Green Berets behind the airbase Would to hear from anyone.

    Duane Lanoue, Sgt then.

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