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  1. An acquaintance was cleaning out a deceased friend's home and found six boxes of military 45 ball ammo still in the original cardboard. They are marked "FC 61". he is wondering f they have any collector value
  2. Most of the stories I have written were published in Viet Now magazine in the late nineties. Many of them are on line here: http://www.vietvet.org/jhbio.htm This is me in late 1967 or about 100 pounds ago as my son describes it. I made SSG in January, 1968 just before Tet and i also changed to a "frog" gunship which was armed with a 40mm gun on the nose and 38 (two 19 rocket pods) 2.75" rockets besides our door guns] And this in me on left side of the aircraft (with stripes on my helmet visor) and a good friend who was also a crew cxhief but was "gunning" for me on this day. C
  3. Years ago, actually eons ago, I was a crew chief/door gunner on (first six months)a UH-1D and then a UH-1C gunship (last 22 months)helicopter in Vietnam. I was assigned to an assault company and our unit was comprised of 24 UH-1D “slicks” as troop carriers and eight UH-1C gunships in our armed platoon. The “slicks” earned their nickname as they did not have any outboard weapons, just the M60D machineguns mounted on each side of the rear of the cargo hold. Slicks carried the troops into the landing zones and then kept them supplied while in the field and the gunships, armed with mini-guns, rock
  4. Selling the Medal of Honor itself or the ribbon that represents it is a Federal crime. Title 18, United States Code, Section 704, 704. Military medals or decorations How Current is This? (a) In General.— Whoever knowingly wears, purchases, attempts to purchase, solicits for purchase, mails, ships, imports, exports, produces blank certificates of receipt for, manufactures, sells, attempts to sell, advertises for sale, trades, barters, or exchanges for anything of value any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals o
  5. Interestingly also is that when the 135th was disbanded as a Caribou unit, it was reconstituted as an a Joint American-Australian assault helicopter company. Many of their pilots trained with my unit for their in-country orientation. Here's the story on the "Experimental Military Unit" or "Emus": The 135th Assault Helicopter Company, "Emus"
  6. I was in Army Aviation and on flight status and was issued an N3B along with all my other flight gear. Oddly enough, it followed me home when I retired
  7. I live about 90 miles east in north central Illinoistan. The RIA has a most excellent museum whih chronicles both the history of the arsenal and also all (and I mean all) US military arms. It is an excellent way to spend four or five hours. Here's a link to the museum: Rock Island Arsenal Museum and the history of the museum: RIA Museum History and a virtual tour: RIA Virtual Tour
  8. I am guessing that you mean the pistol, not the CAR-15, correct? If so: Colt Commando
  9. you might want to read through my second post again. and see what his statement caused. Whatever, I was there a long time and Cronkite made a very big contribution towards making it for nothing and I do blame him fo all the deaths after Joghnson stopped the bombing
  10. Cronkite arrived in country and made a film report from Khe Sanh. They used the camera angles to show a single crasked C-123 and made it look like several different crashes. He reported that we had totally lost the war and it was obvious to him. The exact opposite was the truth. We had them either on the run or dead. He based his entire report on what the CBS staff told him and they had never left their hotel in Saigon. He had no idea what a resounduing win it was for the us. Johnson saw his lying report and said "if I lost Walter Cronkite, I have lost the midwest" and promptly turned off
  11. I have some problems with it. I arrived in country with my unit (we were boat people!) in January 1966 and left in September 1968. So, i was there for the big build up and the Tet Offensive. What offends me the most about Vietnam history is that in March, 1968 we had won. We had destroyed the Viet Cong during the Tet Offensive. They actually were in pretty bad shape before the Tet Offensive which is why the NVA was being infiltrated into the country. After Tet the NVA were also destroyed. Then Walter Cronkite made his famous speech (after doing an in depth study of five days in cou
  12. My Father, third from right, a B-24 ball turret gunner with the 718th BS, 449th BG out of Foggia, Italy, "Progar's Crew"
  13. I have fouknd a complete Army Mule M274 including the data panel and all the manuals. The owner has asked me to help him sell it. Any ideas on worth and who ! should approach?
  14. "Ruthless Riders" is the 7/17 Cavalry. I have some of their monthly/yearly histories from the VN period. Use my profile to send me an email and I will send them back to you as an attachment
  15. I have almost all of the books listed, most in paperback, and will start listing then for sale. If you want something particular, drop me a PM and ask if I have it. About Hackworth. I have a copy of the 15-6 /OIG investigation concerning Hackworth which goes a long way explaining why he fled to Australia for a decade or so to allow the Statue of Limitations expire. Liking Hackworth for his persona and his books is one thing but learning the truth about him is an entirely different matter. I flew the NAVY CNO Adm Boorda from Midway airport in Chicago to Great Lakes Naval Station abo
  16. I am confused. I can find no reference to approval of this award to Americans in the various Award Regulations. AR 600-8-22 Awards and Decorations does not list it so I went to the governing DoD Instruction and nothing was listed there.
  17. I have this M1 helmet. i brought it home for my then barely walking son who managed to trade/give/lose the helmet liner over the years. I plan on selling it but have no idea if it has any worth or what to ask for it. Opinions or advice are both always welcome Thanks!
  18. Here's a historical fact to discount all those last guy out stories. By agreement in the Paris Accords, all US military and naval forces departed Vietnam in February 1973, fully two years and two months before the fall of Saigon. (With the exception of the USMC Embassey Guards)
  19. One of the things i learned as a military history researcher and military document examiner for the US Department of Veterans Affairs is that for every true veteran of extreme combat there are a half a dozen (or more) who like to either enhance their own experiences or even fabricate them. I did a lot of work for the Office of the (VA) Inspector General directed at fraudulent claims for compensation or pension. There are many that were submitted by people who are not even veterans. The folks that do it are always amazed to learn that 1. the documents are no longer classified and 2. the doc
  20. I weanted to bring this back up because I am a recently joined member and just read it for the first time. If you want t pursue this, I have ALL the USMC units deployed to Vietnam monthly summaries and I also have all of the fixed wing (also rotary wing in a different database) accident summaries. First, the A-4E was a single seat aircraft. A total of 70 USMC A-4s were in South Vietnam and a total of 81 were l;ost during the VN war. The two seat version was the TA-4F and the Marines lost a total of 10 with 7 being in Vietnam. The US Navy lost a total of 271 A-4sw but only 7 wer
  21. Correction- one pilot had to watch the roads in order to reach their destination (called "IFR" flying for "I Follow Roads")while the other actually flew the aircraft. (running for a bunker)
  22. Dogfacesoldier According to the USAF's "Air Base Defense in the Republic of Vietnam 1961-73", Tan Sa Nhut Airbase (Saigon) was attacked at 0110 hours on December 4, 1966 by a combined mortar and enemy sapper attack. It received a total of 33 rounds of mortar fire that damaged 20 aircraft, killed 3 Americans and wounded 15 Americans. 3 Republic of Vietnam personnel were killed and 4 wounded. The attacking Viet Cong sappers lost a total of 28 personnel by body count.
  23. There were two pilot's controls in the cockpit, five pax seats across the rear bulkhead that housed the main transmission. The UH-1B added enough floor space (with a much more powerful engine, the L-5A)two additional single seats that could be placed to face outboard, forward or rear facing. The UH-1A (or XH-40 originally) was very under powered and on a warm day probably would not be able to hover with that many people aboard and I doubt that they ever carried that many at all. The Army only bought 100 of them before the UH-1Bs started replacing them.
  24. Hard to read? That's not even the whole sentence and it's almsot two paragraphs long. That's impossible to read!
  25. I think they are all (6900+( listed here: Navy Cros Database
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