A web site that shares the emotional and spiritual experiences of the Vietnam War through poetry, stories, and photos by combat veterans.
Hosted by Vietnam Veteran Bill McDonald
OLD GUESTBOOK ENTRIES
Name: Jim Killough
Does anyone remember Scott Wyat, KIA in 1971. I think of him often.
Name: Michael B. Lashley
Great Site here --for sure --Remember the Blackcats and the Tomahawks I
think---was with D Troop 1/1 Cav--- Sabres!!! Hey Visit Bammo's Bunker
when you get a chance---again #1 site!!! http://www.geocities.com/bammo_2000
Name: Maureen Nerli
Hi. My good friend Janice Hermerding, told me today about your website. I'm so happy you published her story. I was in Vietnam at the same time as Janice. I worked as Associate Director of the Tan Son Nhut USO from June l969 to December l970. I am in a book called A PIECE OF MY HEART STORIES OF 26 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM. Actually, I'm the only USO gal in the book. I am also founder of the first ever memorial to the civilian women who have served the military and America since World War I to the present. It's located on Highway 101 in San Mateo, California. It's so named: CIVILIAN WOMEN VOLUNTEERS ALL WARS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY. The memorial has been in place since 2000. It is to honor ALL civilian women who have been neglected and forgotten. It was a long time dream for me...nearly 30 years...but I made it. Thank God.
Good luck with your website. Have a Happy Holiday. All the best and Peace,
WEBMASTER NOTE: Janice Hermerding has two wonderful stories on this web site.
Name: Ballard M. Barker
I am touched and proud to connect with the past. I flew with, and commanded HHC, 269th CAB in VN, and commanded the 128th AHC in Korea in 1978-79, ten years later. It still had a great reputation and the greatest morale and esprit de corps of any flying unit in Korea. We out-flew and out-partied every other unit in Korea, and have great memories of those days. Our home was Camp La Guardia, on the outskirts of the town of Uijonbu, now a major urban area north of Seoul. We did a hell of a lot of flying the DMZ, doing mock combat assaults with US and ROK troops, and practicing codeword deep penetration missions. It was as good as helicopter flying could get outside combat, and to this day, it is one of the proudest and most fulfilling periods of my life. They were good men, good flying machines, and the greatest unit. Tomahawk!
Name: Mike Hoover
WEBMASTER NOTE: Mike Hoover is a long time friend. I appreciate his finding my website and leaving his message.
Name: Ed Walsh
Great site! The only problem is I feel like a MIA; but I have not had any real contact with any aviation Vets for a long time. I tried to find guys from the 173rd and 162nd but didn't keep looking . Glad I tried again and found this and other 173rd sites. Now, if I can only find someone who knows me, it all won't seem so lost! I have some names of a few guy's - Sweeny, WO French,Vietnam and Hunter Army Air field, Pete Peterson (Peters), Funderbunk, Eckard, Jim McGovern . To all my fellow "Brothers" "Welcome Home" There was a lot of good mixed in with a of Hell that we were in! Look for my pictures on Brother Ray Rahouse site, or send me an Email and Ill send them to you. Ed Walsh
Name: Gary A. Sharp
Name: Helen Tardy
Name: John A. Ohmer, SGM (Ret)
I was loaned to the 173rd AHC from the 162nd AHC, April 1968 to August 1968, as an Aircraft Armament Specialist. Does any one remember me? Although my time was short with the Robin Hoods, I remember Sherwood Forest like it was yesterday. I was TDY to the 173rd AHC because the 162nd AHC had four Aircraft Armament Repairmen and the 173rd had none. I pulled a total of three tours in Vietnam, 162ndAHC/173rd AHC, 334th Attack Helicopter Company and the 3/17th Air Cav, B Troop. After Vietnam I remained in the Army serving a total of 27 years and retiring as a Sergeant Major. I now teach high school social studies in Rockville, Maryland. I look forward to hearing from anyone from the 173rd.
Name: Steve Collins
Looking to hear from anyone who served in HHC 11th CAB in the Communications section. I was the midnight guy in the TT/Crypto from September 1968 to September 1969.
Name: Edward Chandler
Name: Mark Edmonds
Name: Ernest J Elia
Name: Joseph "Glen" Dunnam
Except for the Grace of our Lord-Jesus-Christ, I would probably not have returned from Viet Nam. C.A.P. Marine Vet CAP 1-3-4 (Chu Lai) Son Tra and Dong Lea. No physical scars, just memories, and some of them close. We lost a few, and things like that you don't forget. Just Thankful I made it home. Sure miss the ones lost. May GOD Bless you in your work for HIM.
Hello, Just wanted to say I've really enjoyed my visit. Your stories are really special. It's really neat to see your work. God will bless you. My favorite is the story of the Amazing Grace being played. You know, things like that happen to His children everyday... but it's only when we start to use our spiritual eyes and ears do we see them. A few years ago, I made a decision to start "watching". Sure enough... those little miracles would happen and every time I'd just be in awe. Now, why is it we are always in awe? He knows how many hairs are on our heads. Why in the world should we be surprised. Ha. Guess it's the dirt we're made of. Oh well... God bless you... for everything you do for Jesus.
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Name: Howard Riser
Name: James Jackson
Name: (Unknown entry)
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Name: Curtis A. Lacy
I'll be darned. Never knew this existed. Turned on to it by a former river rat. Have not joined the VHPA either. Approaching retirement. May need info soon. Will be back in touch soon. Phu Loi '68-'69
Name: JD Cecchine
Thanks Bill for displaying are company's reunion. I was the line crewchief for the 240th AHC Maddogs. I'm also the reunions organizer. I just like to say to all Nam helicopter companies - . WELCOME HOME We were all the best in what each company did. Having reunions sometimes brings out memories that we all would like to forget. I feel they also bring back some great memories and it puts us all closer, so the healing process of war continues Once again, I thank-you for having another fantastic web page where all of us, no matter what outfit you served with, can go and enjoy and read some great comments -----God Bless US ALL - FRENCHY BOSTON, MA
I was really glad to find your website. I served in Viet Nam twice - first time in Lai Kai, with the 2nd Bn, 2nd Inf, 1st Inf. - Dec66 - Dec67. It was because of one of the Warrant Officers in your company that encouraged me to go to Flight school, that in 71, I returned to Viet Nam as a Pilot assigned to The 162nd Vultures in Can Tho.
Name: Louis Peters
I was in the 3rd BAT., India CO. , 26TH MARINES. I am trying to locate JOHN MORAN from Buffalo, New York
Name: Frank W. Whipple (Bill)
You have put a great web site together. I really needed to read the portion on MIA accounts of James Hestand and his crew. It does give me a small feeling of closer to losing my crew chief and door gunner. I did not fly that day because I was maxed out on flight time for the month, and it has bothered me what happened when their tail boom burned off and they went into the jungle. Thanks for publishing Hestands account of what happened. We are still not positive where they are but it does help. God Bless you. Tomahawk 12
WEBMASTER NOTES: Welcome home Frank. The information we have posted is all that is available on the missing men from the 128th AHC.
Name: Keith Hiler
Welcome home, This started out in Ebay, when I was looking at a lighter with LAI KHE inscribed on it, Not sure where in country LAI KHE was I searched the web with Google and found this site along with others about LAI KHE. The light had a Army S.F. Airborne patch on it (sword with three lighting bolts). It's funny how you end up one place after starting somewhere totally different. I was with the 173 rd Airborne from 70 -71. While reading some of the parts of your site was difficult, I thank you for having it here. Keith
Name: Dane "DOC " Ford
Name: Crystal Dawn
Name: Anthony Smith
Name: Bob Codney
Bill, This is for you and the other crew chief's and gunners of the 128th. Sometimes as young pilots we forget what really allowed us to be around today to write in this guest book. It was not our skill or luck or lack of either, it was of the God given skill and professional care that our crews put into doing their jobs. Sure, we would fly into the eye of death, but you were there along for the ride (sometimes one hell of a ride). After the mission, we (the pilots) would go to the club for a cold one and watch a movie or write a letter home. You on the other hand were just starting your other duties. Getting the aircraft and the systems ready for the next mission! Many times with little or no rest and when I would walk up to the bird and ask " is she ready" Your answer was always "good to go" and I knew then as I write this today, you had my complete trust!! So as the pilots of Viet Nam get older and the stories get filled with more BS, I'll never forget who really allowed me to be here today. Thank God for a good crew!!!!
WEBMASTER NOTE: Bob Codney was one of the best pilots who I ever flew with in Nam. He was courageous, and a talented pilot. Most importantly - he was a man you could trust with your life! I am proud and honored that Bob has signed this Guestbook.
Name: Brother Leroy Rutherford
Bill you have a good web site. I thank you for you effort to keep the people in touch with each other. You feature the 11th CAB units - you see I was part of it in 1967; in the 21st RAC, stationed in Tay Ninh and later in Chu Lai. Everyone forgets the other units were not all Helicopter units that gave support to the ground troops, as well as to the helicopter companies to help find and engage the VC, & NVA. You see I served with and Airplane company.
Brother Leroy Rutherford CMLM 116th AHC, 21st RAC, A Troop 7/17 Air Cav., 240th AHC
Name: Jim Triplett
Name: Jerry Turner
Bill, damn nice WEB site, I can see that a lot of work went into this and there's a lot of work in keeping it up! Greetings from an "Old Warrior", thanks for your support of our beloved 5-0-Duece and our campaign to save her. Welcome home to you and all your Brothers, you deserve it!
Jerry Turner Warrior 25 A Co. 101st Avn.Bn. Soc Trang RVN 1965-66
Name: Al Kimball
OK Guys, Those of us who live in Forida and ride motorcycles, New Orleans is only a one day ride away. We need to start planning the ride now for the 2002 reunion.
Name: James Turner
Name: George Humphrey
Hello! I served with the Tomahawks Aug 1966 to 1967. I was a radio operator, flight operations specialists and gunner during my stay. I really enjoyed viewing the web page although I did not recognize anyone I knew. I would be very interested in hearing from all Tomahawk alumni especially those I served with.
Aloha! George Humphrey
Name: Bob Smith