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  1. I came across an article today in the local newspaper concerning a Navy Vet with ischemic heart disease who is trying to receive VA compensation for exposure to Agent Orange. I spoke with Sam Genco, the Vet, his claim and possibly thousands of other sailors is that they were exposed to Agent Orange through drinking water on the ships. The process used to remove the salt actually concentrated the dioxin in the drinking water. On April 5 House Resolution HR-299 will have a hearing by the House Veterans Committee. Call your congressman and ask him to vote to move this forward to the Legislative Process. The Australian Navy pays it ‘s Vets compensation the US does not. Tim Hill

  2. I got a note and a funeral document from Terry Haines wife Carole Haines. Terry was born on January 21, 1946 and passed away on February 18, 2016. She said Agent Orange effects shut down his kidneys and caused the demise of all his organs. He was buried with full military honors at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA.

    Gary Capshaw told me he was the 2nd platoon leader starting about November 70 and remained in that position until probably April.

    RIP brother!

    1. Aw, that’s too bad. He was a good man. He never would come to a reunion, I think because he blamed himself for Pop’s and Gray being killed.

      Maybe now he can have some peace.

  3. AM BACK IN WEST PA. TIL LATE SEPT. BEFORE I LEFT AZ. I HAD A PTSD APPOINTMENT–ON 16 MARCH OF ALL DAYS.IT DID NOT GO WELL. NONE OF US THERE WILL FORGET THAT MESS. STRANGE WE NEVER HEARD FROM GOMER SINCE.

  4. yes it probably would but he wont even talk about it…He has a friend Larry Jones that was in Vietnam when he was and while he was there Hoot saved him, after many years he found hoot contacted us and came to see us and took us out to dinner very nice dinner and have been in touch ever since, I think he is coming to that reunion, he already asked and hoot said no way…we live on a farm and he does leave the farm only when he has too…as I said he doesn’t lead a normal life…but Im with you if he would come to reunion Im sure it would help…

  5. thank you I will I like talking to you guys know one else I know can understand what he goes threw every day, don’t get me wrong it is not all bad but he does have issues with life its self and he is good to me I just try and be strong for him, just wish he could lead a normal life he has missed out on a lot over the years….

    1. Kim, we have a reunion coming up in September in Cleveland. If it’s possible ,I would love to see you and Hoot. It might do him some good. Mark

  6. Yes Rick, Mark hit it right on the head, but I don’t think Hoot even knows how miserable he is, he’s been this way so long he has everything to be thankful for and still doesn’t realize it…

    1. Kim,
      I am so grateful for the things that I have in my life, Sometimes, I get kind of depressed and I can be pretty mean to those closest to me.
      Hoot had a tough time, the best that you can do is, as you have been doing, supporting him.
      It’s very hard for many Vietnam Combat vets to verbalize how they are feeling.
      We saw things that cannot be un-seen and lived through some pretty horrendous times.
      Please keep in touch.

  7. I have been reading the comments about Hoot Gibson. He was in my squad and was wounded in Hiep Duc in the middle of August 1969. We were in a trench next to each other. It was at night, and the NVA was doing it’s thing. A spooky was called in, and on it’s third run ,hit Hoot . He took three rounds. Thigh,bicep ,and forarm. The bullets went behind me, and took out my air mattress. Tooch

    1. Hi Mark, am glad to hear that you made it back home so many years ago hope Vietnam didn’t leave you as miserable as it did Hoot, oh his health is good but he has a very bad time coping with life and being normal..I never stop trying to make things better for him but nothing works…

      1. Hi Kim. Hoot is not alone in his inability to cope. Many of us are forced to deal with the same problems. Bad dreams, flashbacks,anger issues, etc………… Myself, I have been through anger management programs twice and go to therapy three times a week.All we seem to be able to do, is to minimize to some extent what we deal with. All i can say to you is Stay strong . Mark

        1. Tooch,
          Thanks for saying what you did about coping, better yet, thanks for the way you said it. You helped me see a little inside of myself, things that I just didn’t understand.
          Rick

  8. March 16, 1970 will live as a day of infamy! May God bless the souls of those who died and show mercy to those still suffering 47 years later from the wounds of that day! Love you all brothers!

    Didn’t know you were back in Vietnam Ben! See you in Oregon, IL in May!

  9. Good Morning Vietnam. I see you guys found me in VN. Going to Kham Duc today and on to Da Nang tonight. Saigon tomorrow and then fly home. Will tell you about the trip with pictures at the reunion.

  10. Big blizzard in Albany, NY….State workers told to stay home, Schools all closed, US Post Offices closed. ……On a positive note, I got my medical marijuana card in the mail yesterday. I got it due to chronic leg pain from old shrapnel wounds. Has anybody else experienced medical marijuana ?

  11. ANY 1 REMEMBER CPT GARDNER, AFTER CPT MORRIS LEFT ?
    LAST I HEARD FROM STACHE–GARDNER WAS IN KENTUCKY –STATIONED THERE.–OTHER FORT–NOT KNOX–I THINK.DANG MEMORY

    1. Campbell??? SR what a silly question! Anyone who served under Gardner has many not so fond memories of Chicken Man!!!

      1. LT—quite true–chicken man was not fit for the bush–too much west point lifer stuff maybe.
        In his defense–he did allow me to blow up a bomb 1 time. I enjoyed that. Gardner didn`t–heard he was called on the carpet for not pre-notifying. Chuck M. was with me.

  12. Thank you brother Chuck Missar for a donation for the web site and various Charlie company expenses. Your help is much appreciated!

  13. Linda and I are visiting friends in Sebring, Fl. In town, they have a war memorial in the middle of town and I saw Capt. Dennis Smith’s name was on there. Can anyone tell me the circumstances of his death?

      1. I got them, Larry. I saw his name at the memorial in Sebring, Fl on Thursday and recognized the name but couldn’t remember the details. Thanks to all who contributed. On a different note, I just saw apicture of Ben Buehhler and 196 president Dave Eichhorn with the 2/1 interpreter, Cau, on FSB Mary Ann.

  14. HAS ANY 1 HEARD FROM DOC GRUNGE ? OOPPPPSSS—STEVE McCOLLEY—WOUNDED 16 MARCH ? THAT MESS ALSO LEFT ANOTHER MEDIC MEDEVAKED–I HELPED–BUT CAN`T REMEMBER HIS NAME. THINK HE WAS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE 2 MEDICS WE LOST ON 2 FEB. 70
    I CALLED STEVE`S PHONE NUMBER—MACHINE SAID CHECK AGAIN–REDIAL–WHICH DID NOTHING.

  15. Guys! Again I am starting to believe more and more in global warming. We in the Chicago area just went through Jan and Feb with only a trace of snow. This record eclipses the Cubs no World Series record as it has stood for 146 years. Up to this point we have not had an inch of snow since December 17. Tornadoes like yesterdays are also a rare phenomenon in February.

    Terry R. Just for your info a tornado touched down somewhere in the Oregon IL area where we go for the awards ceremony honoring Ed Rimmer.

    1. Climate change is “fake news” and the “alternative facts” are if you say “global warming” does not exist ten times, turn counterclockwise three times and click your heals it doesn’t.

    2. This is the first time I have seen the grass growing and some scrubs starting to get leaves in February.

    3. We just had the hottest February on record in this part of Texas. If not for my philosophical objections to mowing grass in February, that record could have been broken too.

    1. Talked to JOHN Brown SUNDAY..Said he will be going home hopefully this week,he seems upbeat given all he has been through,was nice to talk with him he was a real chatter box and I plan to keep in touch with him.I have his cell ph # if anyone wants to talk to him but he lives in the hills with only a land line when he gets home.

    1. Kim:
      I sent you an email before I saw this post that I know a Hoot Gibson. I did not know his first name, only the Hoot. Now I know who you are talking about! Welcome to Charlie Company and home!

  16. Kim Gibson:
    I served under Captain Rudolph Yap and he made it out alive. I communicate with him often. I think he would have to start any kind of award recommendation.

    I will ask you again, what was your husband’s name.

  17. if not for him the comrades he was with that made it home would not have made it…I do have other documents pertaining to that time that will show he should have it…just too much to go into right now…

  18. thanks for your answer, Mr. Harper do you have any idea on how I would go about trying to get my husband honored with this Medal I’m sure there are a lot of steps to doing this just not sure where to start.

    1. Are you Gary’s wife?
      I thought you had to be recommended for the medal by one of your commanders to be able to receive the medal. Maybe if he was recommended for it but was not awarded it you might be able to appeal the decision not to award the medal. I am not aware of any other way to get it.

      Anyone else know anything about this?

  19. I don’t really have a comment I’m asking a question, do you have to have been killed in action to warrant getting a Medal of honor…? this question is for anyone than can answer…

    I am married to one of your fellow Grunts, from what I have found out he was one of the few that made it home a lot of years ago and what I have found out was a true medal of honor would love to know how to get him this honor…thank you, also we just received this Association booklet in the mail didn’t even know it existed…

    1. You do not have to be killed in action to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor. There were 235 of these awards made during the Vietnam war. Of these awards, 164 of the guys were killed. We always kidded about the CMH award was a “casket with Metal Handles” because most of the times you were killed.

  20. 67 Friday shattered the 1880 record and 70 on Saturday broke a 1990s something record. A few more days of this and then reality sets in.

    1. Bill,
      I am hurt deeply. I know Trump holds power but we are still a country of equal opportunity & non discrimination of gender. You didn’t wish me a Happy Valentine Day!

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