Sgt Jim Johnson
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HEY JERE GLAD YOU POSTED A REPLY TO MY ABOVE SENERIO. WE HAVE BEEN EXTREAMLY LUCKY THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CONTINUE TO TALK TO EACH OTHER ON A WEEKLY BASIS FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS THUS KEEPING OUR EXPERIENCES IN NAM FACTUAL AND CORRECT. SO MANY OF OUR BROTHERS THAT FREQUENT V.F.W., LEGION AND AMVETS BARS TELL THEIR STORIES AND HAVE FORGOT FACTUAL DETAILS OF SOME FIRE FIGHT THEY WERE IN SUCH AS WHERE AND WHEN IT REALLY TOOK PLACE AND WHAT HAPPENED. MANY WHEN ASKED ABOUT WHAT UNIT THEY WERE WITH AND WHAT WAS THEIR MOS REPLY "I WAS IN BLACK OPS CAN NOT TALK ABOUT IT." SOME SEE MY JUMP WINGS TAT ON MY SHOULDER AND SAY TO ME "HEY I WAS AIRBORNE. I MADE 1300 JUMPS DURING MY SIX YEAR ENLISTMENT." WELL OK? PLEASE I AM NOT SAYING THEY ARE NOT BEING TRUTHFUL BUT THIS IS HOW THEY REMEMBER IT. SO AGAIN I HAVE NO PROBLEM ANSWERING ANY QUESTION ABOUT ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED TO US DURING OUR THREE YEARS TOGEATHER IN THE U.S. ARMY AIRBORNE. HOWEVER WE HAVE ALSO KEPT A VERY GOOD WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD WHICH HELPS KEEP OUR FADING MEMORIES (AGE) STAY ON TRACK. I ALWAYS SEEM TO GET SO LONG WINDED ON THESE SITES. WELL WHAT I REALLY WAS GOING TO SAY TO YOU IS WHILE WE ARE LOOKING FOR GLEASON WE SHOULD ASK IF ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT WILLIE C. HALL OF YOUNGSTOWN, OH OR RON HOUSE OF OAKLAND, CA. WHO WERE IN OUR PLATOON AT SAME TIME. DOES NOT APPEAR THAT ANYONE HAS BEEN VISITING THIS SITE PRIOR TO OUR POSTINGS. WELL MAYBE WE WILL GETLUCKY. O.K LATER BRO SGT JIM JOHNSON
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Hi Jim, I will have to agree with what you wrote about what some can remember, or cannot recall things accurately on what actually happened during their tour in the Nam. Of course old age, and just not wanting to bring up old nightmare's or bad experiences while serving in Viet Nam, may make one's mind go blank. I must say that my mind is still sharp as a tack when it comes to my tour in Viet Nam. I can recall things that happened to me when I was three year's old, not many people can do that. I wrote my memoir's about my tour in Viet Nam, and its a good thing. Because you never know when the day will come that you cannot remember anything of your childhood or experience's in life Per-Say. So write them down now before they are gone because no one will ever know what you experienced in your life. My grown Children, Gran Kids, and Great Gran Kids can read what I have written from my memory. And it needs to be as accurate as it can be. If a person is having a hard time remembering a situation or something that has happened to you. You must research to help recall that memory or gather actual facts during a major Operation etc. etc. Accuracy is very important. I have encountered other Vets that I served with, told a whole different story than from what I can remember. And their are other's that are very accurate. But if you know in your heart that you are right, on what really happened then one must try and convey to them the real truth on what really happened. Now you can see here I'm rambling on. Luther Patton Black Scarf Battalion 1/2 Delta Company, November Platoon RTO Recon. 29er Platoon RTO, Point Man Nam June 67' June 68'
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HEY LUTHER . I AM SO HAPPY THAT I GOT A RESPONSE FROM YOU. JERE MACK WHO ALSO LEFT A MESSAGE ON THIS SITE AND ME TALK AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK FOR 1 OR 2 HOURS AT A TIME. SO WE KEEP OUR EXPERIENCES TOGEATHER VERY FRESH IN OUR MIND AS TO REAL WORLD VERSES THE WORLD OF THE POSERS. THATS RIGHT POSERS IF YOU READ THIS AND TALK BS WAR STORIES TO OTHER VETS WHO NO YOUR A POSER STOP IT. REGARDLESS OF WHAT CONFLICT YOU WERE IN IF YOU WERE A REMF BE PROUD OF IT. WITHOUT ALL OF YOU GUYS NONE OF US WHO WERE IN THE FIELD DOING THE HUMPING COULD HAVE FUNCTIONED. AS AN 18 YEAR OLD 11B PFC HIGHSCHOOL DROPOUT. I JOINED THE AIRBORNE AT 17 YEARS OLD ALONG WITH JERE ON THE BUDDY PLAN WHICH GAVE US AT LEAST 8 WEEKS OF BASIC TOGEATHER. JERE AND I MET EACH OTHER IN GRADE SCHOOL WHEN WE WERE TEN YEARS OLD. WELL WE HAD A THREE YEAR COMMITMENT TO SAMMY AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT WE WERE TOGEATHER EVERY WHERE WE WENT FOR ALL THREE YEARS EVEN SAME PLATOON AND 7 MAN SQUAD. WE BOTH WERE ASSIGHNED TO THE 173 RD OUT OF JUMP SCHOOL AND BOTH GOT DIVERTED TO BIG RED ONE. HECK WE WERE STILL UPSET THAT WE WERNT SENT TO THE 101 ST. HOWEVER LIFE CAN THROW SOME CRAZY SITUTATIONS AT YOU. WE BOTH THOUGHT BEING SENT TO A LEG UNIT MENT WE PROBABLY WOULDNT GET MUCH TRIGGER TIME. WELL AS YOU WELL KNOW CARRING THAT PRIC 25 I ASSUME YOU GOT ALL THE FUN YOU COULD HANDLE IN ONE YEAR TO LAST A LIFE TIME. IM SORRY BUT I DONT UNDERSTAND ALL THESE PEOPLE CRYING ABOUT ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS THE ENCOUNTERED THERE. WHAT THE HECK DID THEY THINK THEY WERE GOING EXPERIENCE IN WAR. ESPECALLY IF YOU WERE A 11B OR 11C. JERE AND I KILLED AS MANY OF THOSE LITTLE DINKS AS WE COULD AND AGE OR GENDER DIDNT MEAN A THING IF THEY HAVE A WEAPON ON THEM DISPATCH EM. NOW IM NOT CRAZY IM ONLY TALKING ABOUT THE DINKS IN OUR JUNGLE A O. BECAUSE NAM WAS 50 YEARS AGO IT SEEMS THAT A LOT OF NAM POSERS ARE D.O.A.. HOWEVER I HAD SOME CLOWN WHO SAID HE SPENT 6 YEARS WITH THE 82 ND ABN DURING THE MID 80 S CALL ME DOWN BECAUSE A GUY ASKED ME WHAT THE VARIATIONS OF JUMP WINGS WERE. WHEN I GOT TO MASTER BLASTER I SAID I THINK IT WAS A TWO WEEK SCHOOL AND YOU HAD TO HAVE SOMEWHERE AROUND 60 OR 70 MANIFESTED JUMPS ON YHE BOOKS. WELL THIS CLOWN GO S TO THE CAN AND ON HIS WAY BACK HE SAYS TO ME HEY IF YOUR GOING TO GIVE OUT INFORMATION MAKE SURE IT IS CORRECT. I SAID WHAT DO YOU MEAN. HE SAID TO GET JUMP MASTER WINGS YOU HAD TO HAVE A 1000 JUMPS. SO I SAID I SUPPOSE YOU HAD THAT MANY JUMPS. HE SAID I HAD 1300 PLUS. POSER AND DOSENT EVEN HAVE ENOUGH SENCE TO KNOW THAT IF YOUR GOING TO TELL A LIE AT LEAST GIVE IT A CHANCE TO BE SOMEWHAT BELIEVABLE. I WAS A COP MOST OF MY LIFE SO I HAVE HEARD EVERY LIE AND LINE OF BS THAT ONE PERSON CAN ABSORB OVER DECADES OF HEARING IT. NOW IM RAMBLING ON SO OK LATER BRO.
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Hi Jimmie, Your so right on Brother. I learned a long time ago that if you let those demons from Viet Nam stay inside, its like Agent Orange eating away at your sanity and then some. In 1987 I could no longer keep those demons down and when they came out it almost cost me my life and other's around me. Thank God that my Guardian angel was there to protect me from myself and other's. You have to talk about Viet Nam to get it out. And I have been talking ever since. It has kept my mind fresh and sane. I think that so many Viet Nam Veteran's after coming back To The World, and you as well as other's me too, on this message board remember. That nobody wanted to talk about the Nam and what it did to us. So everyone just shoved those demon's on down deep inside and buried it, and then comes the day you finally try and draw up those memories'. You tell a different story than what really happened. Because you have forgotten what really happened. And I'm not saying that happened to all of the Vet's from the Viet Nam War. I watch these documentaries' and interviews' from the men of the Greatest Generation and these Veterans saw far worse than what we had faced in The Nam. Every war is different from the last one. But having said that, these WW2 veterans are finally reaching deep down inside of themselves after seventy plus year's reliving the horrors' they experienced. And I cry with them. God Bless their souls. They came back to their great Country and forgot about the horrors' of WW2 and they started families and went on with their lives. They will never ever be a Generation like them ever. And now everyone, well not everyone in America, is spoiled rotten to the core and have no clue on how we got to this point and time in America. It is because of the Brave Veteran's. Period. This guy said he made 1300 jumps. Yea, I made 1300 jumps without a chute and I lived to do 1,299 more jumps. The airborne units during WW2 with training and all did not make that many jumps. Well, now I have ramble on again. But we catch each other's drift. Patton Black Scarf Battalion 1/2 Nam June 67' June 68'
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B 1/2 Feb 66/Aug 66
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Looking for Randy Frady or anyone else stationed at Phoc Vinh from 4/1966 till 4/1967.
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[QUOTE=Gene Giese, CO B 1/2 66-6]
Welcome home all. I have been looking for anyone who served in the 1st Bn 2d Inf Reg, Ist Inf Div from July 1966 to 15 January 1967. If per chance anyone knows someone who served with Co B 1/2 please let me know. I was the platoon sergeant of the 2d Platoon from Aug Gene I was in the 2nd Plt as a Sqd. Ldr from Feb 66 to Auf 66. I went to HHC S3 for the remander of my tour. 66 to J
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HEY GENE MYSELF AND JERE MACK WERE IN 4TH PLATOON OF B 1/2 DURING JULY AND AUGUST 1966. OUR ASSISTANT PLATOON SGT WAS SSGT JONES WHO WAS A VERY SQUARED AWAY LEADER. OUR PLATOON SGT WHO WILL REMAIN NAMELESS WAS A (GET YOU KILLED CLOWN KIND OF SO CALLED LEADER) HOWEVER HE NEVER WENT TO THE FIELD WITH US ANYWAY PROBABLY FOR FEAR OF A FRAGING DURING A FIRE FIGHT OR MAYBE HE WAS JUST AFRAID OF A FIRE FIGHT. SGT BURKE WAS MY SQUAD LEADER AND HE REALLY HAD HIS S--T TOGEATHER. GENE WERE YOU WITH US ON 9 JULY 66 WHEN WE RODE WITH THE 4 TH CAV DOWN MINH THANH RD AND WERE AMBUSHED BY UNITS OF THE 9 TH VC DIV SUPPORTED BY 800 NVA? THAT WAS ONE BAD MAMMER JAMMER OF A BATTLE. ACCORDING TO 1ST DIV DANDER FORWARD MAGAZINE DURING THE 1ST 3 HOURS OF BATTLE 96 SORTIES CAME IN AND 2200 ROUNDS OF 105 MM, 155, 175 MM AND 8 INCH EXPENDED. I LOOK FOREWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU. JERE AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE NAMES OF SOME OF THE GUYS IN YOUR PLATOON. MAYBE PFC WOODHOUSE OR BOMARITO OR RICH RECOUPREO SOME OF WHICH ARE ON THE WALL NOW. OK IM DONE LATER BROTHER 2 JAN16
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I was the medic from mid sept 67 to after xmas 68 the 2 rtos i rember where reese and busbee not sure on sp. This was with 1/2 b co 2nd plt
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I served with the 1/2 1st Infantry Div. from Mach 10, 1967 to March 10, 1968. I was with Charlie Co. And was in Phuc Vinh and then moved sometime late in 1967 to Quan Loi. The only name I can recall is our squad leader's name "Casey." First operation was Junction City Two on Cambodian Border and involved in the Battle of Ap Gu. I was a radioman and carried the beloved "PRC 25." Took over supply to our forward unit from forward base camp in Quan Loi, after 7 months as a "grunt." A year that lives forever in my memory.
Anyone with 1/2nd during that time?
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My father was in the 1st Infantry 2 Battalion possibly D or F company. He was in Phuoc Vinh and was with a unit called the Ramrods. He was there in 1966. His name is Erney Runyon. I am trying to help him find some people that he was there with and possible see if we can find a patch that was associated with this unit. Any info would really help me out.
Thank you in advance!!
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Russ, I think you have the designation of the unit your father served with a bit turned around. From what you wrote I would conclude that it was the 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry. That unit was located at Phuoc Vinh and was known as Ramrods in 1966 but there was never an F Company and D Company did not arrive with the unit until July 1967. I have a roster with quite a few soldiers who served with the battalion and his name is not on it so I cannot come up with a correct company or who he might have served with. Hopefully someone who did will see your message and respond. Larry G
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I was in Bravo Co from Jan 1966 to Jan 1967.
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I do recall the name Hall, were you in the battle July 9th 1966, route 13
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Welcome home Larry G, is possible to get a copy of that roster
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Yes SSGT Jones, was a very good plt Sgt. I was in that battle on Jul 9th. at that time was it 1sgt Galvin or 1sgt Dixon
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Sorry I did not respond earlier but I have been on vacation and to the 1 st Infantry Division reunion in Kansas City. Welcome home Willie, I served with the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry. I was not at the July 9 th battle, I did not arrive with the 2d Battalion until late July 66. It was not on Highway 13, it was on the Minh Thanh Road which did connect to Highway 13, it was called The Battle of the Minh Thanh Road. I do not have any of the names you mentioned but the list I have isn’t complete.
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Did you serve with John Runtz as a radio operator in Phuoc Vinh in 66. He is my father
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Jimmie Johnson and Luther,
About the 82d guy with 1300 jumps in 6 years. Some of the comments he made to you make me think he may be talking about sport jumps (Skydiving). One, "Gold Wings" require 1000 logged freefalls, and two, 1300 jumps in 6 years is absolutely within the realm of possibility, especially if assigned to Ft Bragg. There are two very active Sport Parachute Clubs at Bragg (Used to be 3). The 82d Club and the Green Beret Club. My old club, XVIII ABN CORPS SPCn folded years ago) The clubs conduct regular weekend operations both on various DZ at Bragg, or when military lifts are not available, at Raeford Airport. I am NOT airborne, but I have 184 freefalls, and 8 dope ropes, with about an hour of total freefall time. Blue skies.
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Hey BCC, Thanks for you impute. I never thought about The Gold Wings etc. Sgt. Jimmy, my apologizes for my comment of doubting you. I hope you accept it. Patton Black Scarf Battalion 1/2 Nam June 67' June 68'