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439th Signal Battalion

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    Western North Carolina
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    WWII History (ETO) 439th Signal Construction Battalion, 199th Light Infantry Brigade (Vietnam-Cambodia), Colonial America

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  1. Good morning all, I was recenlty given two 3.5" audio reels that consist of interviews (audio) of soldiers then serving in Vietnam. The interviews were conducted by personnel from IIFFV's Public Information Office. Does anyone on the forum have the ability to transfer this audio digitally? I did find a place that does this locally, but their rates are pretty expensive to do so. Thanks!
  2. "Mean Streets" movie, 1973. CIB, SS, BSM, PH, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign. I also looked at his Class A jacket as well in the following scenes. Two hash marks for overseas duty were present on his right sleeve with a combat patch for a unit that I couldn't quite make out on the right shoulder. I am going out on a hunch here, but I'd say that someone who worked on that film served with the 199th LIB in Vietnam and put the Redcatcher patch on there for exposure. For one, it's a bit off center with the Corporal rank as if it has been quickly tacked on and two, the 199th LIB was a small, Brigade sized unit created specifically for duty in Vietnam. As such, the entire Brigade, save for its stateside creation in mid-1966, was in Vietnam for its entire tenure of active duty from 66-70. (Hollywood directors always love to put the 101st or 1st Cavalry on film, not one such as the 199th LIB that the general public wouldn't have recognized). Personnel who served in the unit coming home for DEROS would have had the 199th SSI on their right shoulder as a combat patch and not on the left.
  3. Welcome. My uncle had a lime-green '71 440 6-pack that he kept for 30 years. Put it in one of the Autotrader magazines and sold it within two hours of that week's listings going live...
  4. Many have seen these images but not quite in this particular capacity. This is really cool! For the most part, this group from of the Army of Tennessee seem to be relatively well dressed and supplied.
  5. For years while going up I-81 North into Virginia, I have glanced at this family cemetery off to the right of the interstate, which is located off of Exit 80 in Ft. Chiswell (where I-81 and I-77 converge). This past Friday, I had a little time and finally did so and I am glad that I did. This is a rather large and old cemetery plot for the McGavock - Tate - Moore families. Included are several Confederate veterans and one Revolutionary War Veteran that I could see. I was captivated and saddened by a particular gravestone that was located all the way in the back-right corner. Two brothers who served in the Confederate Army (one most likely with Jubal Early and the other with Breckenridge) were killed in action within two months of each other in 1864. William H. Tate was killed at New Market on May 15th, 1864 and James G. Tate was killed at Shepherdstown on August 26th 1864. I cannot imagine the sadness and anguish that their parents must have gone through...
  6. Glad you enjoyed them. These guys had a tough and nerve-wracking duty, especially on that stretch of highway. Lots of action on those rural stretches...
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