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Luther Patton
Reply with quote  #26 
Thanks Bill.
Luther
Steve Brozyna
Reply with quote  #27 

   I was in A Co 2/2, 3rd Platoon Leader from 68 til Feb 69 when my track hit a mine and me and the 50 gunner were medivac,  I had Sgt Bondsteel, Lt Tucker was 1st Platoon Leader, and Cpt Bowen was the Co, my memory doesn't work after that I recall some faces and all the places.  If anyone out there knows of anyone from A Co, I would appreciate any names.  Thanks, Steve

The Saint
Reply with quote  #28 
Steve, if you come to the next reunion at pigeon forge next May I am pretty sure you will find some of your friend that were with you in Nam.
Juan.
B co 2/2 64to 67.
Vietnam
1965 to 1970.
BCC
Reply with quote  #29 
Steve,
Glad you made it here from Bandits site.

For you, and all others who served with James Bondsteel and did not know, he was awarded the Medal of Honor (The last given out by Nixon, in 1974) for his actions on HWY 13, 24 May 1969.

http://www.mishalov.com/Bondsteel.html

Regrettably, James Bondsteel was tragically killed in April 1987 when a logging truck lost its load and it crashed into he and his pickup truck at the Kniec River Bridge in Alaska, shortly after his retirement from the Army. K-FOR HQ in Kosovo was named in his honor, Camp Bondsteel.
Steve Brozyna
Reply with quote  #30 
Saint,
   I just came across this web site a few weeks ago, I am hoping to make the next reunion.  Thank you for the info.

BCC,
   I had heard about Jim's Medal Of Honor, and his demise.  I was both glad for him ad saddened.  Thank you for the info on him.

   Steve
The Saint
Reply with quote  #31 

Steve we wil be waiting.

Bill Sly
Reply with quote  #32 
Steve,
  Here are the names of the A 2/2 men that were in country at the same time you were. 

SP4 Clarence Anderson                    12/68-11/69
SP4 Robert Alexander                        8/68-69
SP4 Popcorn Anderson                      10/68-7/69
SP4 Billy Benson                               12/68-69
SP4 Clyde Bettis
Bill Sly
Reply with quote  #33 
 SP4 Clyde Bettis                                  3/68
SGT Dave Bizjak                                        3/69
SSG James Bondsteel                            2/68-8/69
SGT Dan Bradbury                                      10/69
SP4 Gary Brokow                                  5/68-69
1LT Steve Brozyna                                    2/69
SP4 Lucious Brown                                 8/68-69
SGT Vince Bruzzese                                3/68-69
SP4 Jerry Burns                                      9/68-69
PVT Frank Butrymovich                            8/68-69
SGT             
Bill Sly
Reply with quote  #34 
SGT Jerry Campbell                             8/68-69
PVT Sammy Castleman                            6/69
SP4 Ronald Cato                                     6/69
Sp4 Larry Chandler                              9/68-69
SFC Thomas Childress                              5/69
SP4 Bill Clayton                                  12/68-69
SP4 Paul Colburn                                 10/68-69
PFC Melvin Coleman                             10/68-69
1LT Duane Colgrove                               5/24/69
SP4 Alberto Colon-Coto                          9/68-69
SP4 Robert Colosimo                               9/68-69
SP4 Steve Cooke                                     7/69
SP4 Mike Craven                                      5/69
PFC Goytia Cruz                                      8/68-69
SP4 Dominic Cuizio                                   7/69-69
SGT Freddie Daniels                                12/68-69
SP4 Ed Dean
Bill Sly
Reply with quote  #35 
SP4 Eddie Dean                               9/68-69
SSG Philip Deering                            7/68-69
SP4 Doc Dehaven                            10/68-69
SP4 Bob Douglas                              12/68-69
SP4 Raymond Encarnacion                 12/68-69
Sp4 Joe Enos                                   10/68-69
SP4 Jay Erickson                               5/68-69
1LT Hugh Evans                                 7/68-69
SP4 Ron Fichter                                  4/68-69
SP4 Doc Foxen                                  10/68-69
SGT Tim Frake                                   12/68-69
SP4 Chris Freese                                10/68-69
SGT Eddie Gann                                  7/68-69         
SP4 Dick Garcia                                  3/68-69
SP4 Len Gloden                                   12/68-69
SP4 Gary Griggs                                   7/68-69
SP4 Gene Grille                                   12/68-69
SSG Tom Haak                                     7/68-69
SP4 Clyde Hale                                   10/68-69
SGT Bob Hall                                       10/68-69
SGT Elgin Boliva Hamilton                        9/68-69
PFC James Harker                                 10/68-69
PFC Michael Hawks                                12/68-69
SP4 Earl Herbert                                    9/68-69
SP4 Stephen Hesson                              10/68-69
SP4 Gene Hollis                                       8/68-69
1LT James Housley                                  5/24/69
SP4 AL Howard                                      12/68-69
SP4 Roger (Ramjet) Hulsey                       12/68-69
SGT Ron Jackson                                    5/68-69
SFC Vernon Johnson                                 8/68-69
SP4 Kary Kiminski                                    11/68-69
SP4 Doc Keleher                                       9/68-69
SP4 Bob Kidwell                                       12/68-69
SP4 Robert Kirmo                                      8/68-69
PVT Dennis Klein                                      10/68-69
SP4 Spike Kolness                                     10/68-69
PVT John Kuntz                                         8/68-69
SP4 Sammy La Bastida                               11/68-69
SP4 Neil Land                                           12/68-69
SGT Bill Leslie                                           6/68-69
SP5 J Livoni                                              7/68-69
1LT Richard Maling                                      12/68-69
SP4 Jerry Martin                                        8/68-69
SP4 Ronald MC Afee                                    3/68-69
SP4 Danny Mc Coy                                        1/69
SP4 Vince Mendez-Garcia                             8/68-69
SP5 Mike Mirenda                                         8/68/69
SP4 Van Morrison                                        1/69-70
1LT Micheal Mulhern                                      6/68-69
SSG Terry Murry                                           5/24/69
SP4 Joe Perez Gonzales                                 11/68-69
SP4 Don Paxton                                            7/68-69
SGT Tom Pedigo                                          11/68-69
SP4 Henry Roberts                                         8/68-69
SP4 Ron Rohden                                            10/68-69
PFC Rosie Rosemond                                       1/69-5/69
SP4 Butch Schuft                                          10/68-4/69
SSG Ray Seccombe                                        9/68-69
1LT David Smith   FO                                        10/30/68
SP4 Lee Stember                                            12/68-69
SFC Charles Stewart                                        12/68-69
SP4 Clyde Talkington                                        12/68-69
1st SGT Jimmy Thomas                                       1/69-70
1LT Ken Tucker                                                11/29/68
SP4 Herman Umholtz                                           5/68-69
SGT Ken Van Eaton                                            8/68-69
SGT Joe Viglione                                                 7/68-69
SSG Joe Visaya                                                   7/68-69
SP4 Pat Wadsworth                                           10/68-69
SGT Bill Weinberger                                            8/68-69
SGT Jim Wright                                                  9/68-69
SGT Joe Zodda                                                 7/68-69
That's my list of A 2/2 that served during the time you were there
BCC
Reply with quote  #36 
Ron Fichter may be Ron Flickner, the Alpha Company Clerk. Big tall gangly guy. (I have not located)

I met Dan Bradbury and his lovely wife Inoeye (spelling) living in Carmel-by-the-Sea back in the mid 80s. He may have moved after retiring as a civilian at Ft Ord. Have not re located him, but will keep trying.

Maling is of course former Secretary of this association and a former Bandit 6 as well. One not shown, though he may have come in too late is last A Co XO, Lt Pavone. Last I knew he was a VP with Toyota USA.

Ron Cato was also a Bandit and is located.
Bill Sly
Reply with quote  #37 
One of my associates found Flictner. He does not want to be found again. It sounded like he had a very hush hush job with the Govt. please cross him off any lists you have of people to find.
Bill Sly
BCC
Reply with quote  #38 
Here is a link to a 2000 article on Bondsteel, in which 2/2 and our own Donovan Kolness also figure prominently.

A great read.

http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/htmlinks/Press_Releases/2K/April/20000407-1.htm
Rich Tracey
Reply with quote  #39 
Re: Picture of Track 224, The blonde fella with his left hand by his head is Bill Leslie.
He was 24 Golf when I arrived in Apr 68.  Some time later, hit a mine, was dusted off,
Jim Coates 24 Delta was KIA. I don't recognize anyone else.

gary sheldon
Reply with quote  #40 

Anyone been able to track Craighead or Ronie? Ronie called me once around 2005 but I was not able to reconnect since. I do not recall their first names. Both men were in B Co. when I was there 9/68-2/69. I did not remember Ronie he remembered a lot about me. Both these guys were good men.

gary sheldon
Reply with quote  #41 
Here are three names of three men killed and the dates I remember.
Curtis Boots track 214 mine directly under the man 10/5/1968.
                                                                                                    Sheffield, machine gunner( I cannot find the etching off the wall that I have so I can't remember his first name. I think it was a Bible name.). Killed during squad size night ambush on NVA. The claymores we put out failed to go off. The date would be 12/15/68. Next AM we captured an 81 base plate and a new AK-47. Lots of blood trails. A sargent asked to see the AK and promptly showed Cpt. Hansen what he captured. I never saw the weapon again and didn't care until later. Moot point now.
                                                                                                      Larry Bartell was a 50 gunner as was Boots (Iguess that would be TC) on an M113
and was hit in the head. He was killed 12/27/68. This was during an action near a ville near rubber called Ap Charac I believe.

I also recall a man named Norris who was 50 gunner. After his gun failed to operate during a mad minute I do not recall ever seeing him again. He was alive when I last saw him.

Anyone remember these BROthers?
gary sheldon
Reply with quote  #42 

Sheffield's first  name was Earnest.

God bless the families of these fallen BROthers.

I won't forget them.

BCC
Reply with quote  #43 
Sorry to report that DAN BRADBURY passed away in the late eighties. I located his wife/widow Inyae and was informed just the other night. I last saw him, maybe 1-2 years before he died.
Mark Coletta
Reply with quote  #44 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry G
Mark,

Just returned from St Louis and the BRO reunion and saw your posting.  I served with HHC 2/2 from July 1966-July 1967 and I am curious about what you said.

What exactly did you mean when you said that the Bn was "devastated in Oct-Sept 1966".  The Bn was operationing in and around Phu Loi in Operation Lam Son II, a pacifacation operation.  There were several run ins with the enemy but nothing that could be called devastating.  At the time there was also a rear detachment back at Lai Khe working on constructing more permanent structures such as mess halls, barracks and the like.

As far as being first with APCs I'd say that would go to the Motor Pools when they started learning how to repair and mantain them and train personel to drive them.  The Bn returned to Lai Khe in December to begin changing over to and training in operating as a mechanized infantry unit, we were a regular infantry Bn up until that time.  The 2/2 officially became a Mechanized Infantry Battalion on 1 Jan 1967.

Larry G
HHC 2/2 66-67 

I guess you misunderstood when I indicated that we were the first to get APCs, I meant that I was there when the BN changed as a whole to Mech Inf. I arrived about 3 weeks before the the Official Designation.

When I arrived in country and to Lai Khe we were told that two of the companies of the 2/2 had sustained very heavy causalities on Operation Attelbrough (sp) and that one of the companies was nearly wiped out to the man. May not be true, but that is why there were so many replacements sent to the 2/2 in Dec 66 and Jan 67. Or so we were told.
Larry G
Reply with quote  #45 

Mark,

 

Good to see that you are back!  It has been quite a while since you’re first posting, I thought you might have gotten upset with my response to you’re posting.

 

The 2nd Battalion was not part of Operation Attleboro as far as I can find in the records.  They did sustain numerous casualties in the Battle of Ap Bau Bang in November 1965 and The Battle of Ap Na Mat in December 1965 but there was nothing major after that.  The reason for the build up of the battalion was being changed to a Mechanized Infantry unit from a regular Infantry unit.  There was a need for tracked vehicle drivers, mechanics, TC’s and the like and also the rotation of troops going home.  I can’t remember how many, but there was a need for quite a lot of personnel.  That went on between late November 1966 and actually into February 1967.  The official date of the battalion being Mechanized was 2 January 1967.

 

Larry G

Larry G
Reply with quote  #46 

I served with HHC, 2nd Battalion from July 1966 to July 1967.  These are the people I knew/remember from then.

 

ABLE JACK H                             SGT                     GROUND SURVEILLANCE (GS)

ADAMS (?)                                  SGT                     CO B, TRANSFERRED TO SUPPLY

ANDREA RAY                            SP-4                     BN COMMANDERS DRIVER

ANTHONY JAMES                    CAPTAIN           MEDIC

 

BAKER JOHN                             SP-4                     (?)

BLISS (?)                                      1ST LT                 HHC XO

BRANDWEIN (?)                        PFC                     (?)

BUFF (?)                                       MAJOR              BN XO

BURKE JOHN                             PFC                       MEDIC

BURKE                                         SGT                     (?)

 

CAMPBELL ARTHUR              SSGT                   MEDIC

CAPPBIANCO (?)                       SP-4                     SUPPLY

CARTER TOM                            CAPTAIN           BN CHAPLAIN

CLARY JON                                 SP-4                     COMPANY CLERK

COLLINS EDWARD                  LTC                     BN COMMANDER DEC 1966-MAY 1967

CONN JACK                                LTC                     BN COMMANDER MAR 1966-DEC 1966

CONLEY (?)                                 SP-4                     RECON

COOK (?)                                     (?)                        COOK-MESS HALL

CROMAN (?)                              SP-4                     (?)

DAVIS (?)                                    SGT                     4.2 MORTARS

DE (?)                                            SGT                     (?)

 

ENGLISH (?)                               SP-5                     MEDIC
ENLOW ROBERT                      SGT MAJOR      BN SGT MAJOR

 

FOUNTAINE (?)                         SGT                     (?)

 

GARCIA (?)                                 PFC                     RECON

GRAHAM CLEO                        SP-4                     SUPPLY

GREEN EDWARD                     CAPTAIN           HHC COMPANY COMMANDER

GREEN LARRY                          SP-4                     (?)

GONZALES (?)                            P-4                     SUPPLY          
GREGORY DAVID                     (?)                        RECON     

GORE                                           SP-4                     (?)

GINGERICH PAUL                    SSGT                   (?)
GILKEY DENNIS                       SP-4                     (?)

 

HANSEN (?)                                (?)                       RECON
HAYES (?)                                   (?)                        MOTOR POOL
HEIKA JOHN A                         SGT                     RECON                 

HINES (?)                                     (?)                        (?)

HOLCOMB (?)                            SGT                     SUPPLY

HUGGINS JAMES                     1ST LT                 HHC XO

HUTCHERSON (?)                    SP-4                     CHAPLAINS DRIVER

 

 

JOHNSON ROBERT                  SP-4                     COMMO

JOSEPH JAMES                         (?)SSGT              RECON

KALAMA (?)                              SGT                     (?)

 

LANCER (?)                                SP-4                     COOK-MESS HALL

LEE (?)                                          (?)                        (?)
LUTTRELL (?)                            SSGT                   SUPPLY                          
LYONS JOHN                              LT                        (?)

 

MORRELL RICHARD               SGT                     S-3 (?)

MCDONALD WILBUR             SSGT                   RECON

MARRIQUIN WILLIAM          SP-4                     GS

MOORE (?)                                  SGT                     (?)

NORFLEET (?)                            SP-4                     (?)

 

PARKER JERRY                         PFC                     (?)

PELTON JOHN D                       LTC                     BN COMMANDER MAY 1967-SEP 1967

PALMER GARY                         PFC                     (?)
PERLO (?)                                    LT                        (?)
PETRY DONALD                       PFC                      (?)
PHILLIPS (?)                               CAPTAIN           S-4

POTTER (?)                                 PFC                      HHC APC 34 DRIVER

 

REID (?)                                        SP-4                     GS(?)

 

RAPPAPORT HAROLD           SGT                     (?)
RUZYLO MICHAEL                  SP-4                     (?)

 

SLATINSKY L G                        SSGT                   (?)
SANDERS HARRY                    SGT MAJOR      BN SGT MAJOR

SAVAGE JOHN SP-4                  (?)

SEAMAN (?)                               (?)                        COOK-MESS HALL
SCHULTZ (?)                               (?)                        MOTOR POOL
SHERMAN (?)                             SGT                     RECON
SMITH BOBBY                           SSGT                   BN AMMO DUMP

SMITH RAYMOND                   LT                        (?)
SOLES (?)                                     SFC                      MESS SGT
STARKS (?)                                 (?)                        RECON (?)
STEARNS WARREN                 1ST SGT              HHC 1ST SGT

SULLIVAN (?)                             LT                        (?)
STEVENS (?)                                SP-4                     COMMO

 

TANNER ROGER L                    (?)                        RECON    KIA

TANSEY (?)                                 SGT                     (?)
THOMPSON (?)                          LT                        (?)
TREVINO (?)                               SP-4                     MOTOR POOL              

TOLBERT (?)                               SGT                     S-2

TOTOLO ROBERT C                 CAPTAIN          HHC COMPANY COMMANDER

TURNER (?)                                 (?)                        COOK-MESS HALL
TURNER (?)                                 (?)                        (?)
TURNER (?)                                 SGT                     (?)

 

VAN DYKE (?)                            (?)                        (?)

VAUGHAN (?)                            SP-4                     RECON

VOLKMAN (?)                            LT                        S-1

 

WALTERS (?)                              PFC                     HHC CO DRIVER
WELLS (?)                                    SGT                     RECON


ZOMBRO (?)                                SGT                     MEDIC

mike ogden
Reply with quote  #47 
   Hi Larry, I want to thank you for posting this important information on the these men who served in the 1/2 BRO, I served with the 1/2 HHC & Cco. from June 68 to Feb.69 and i'm having a hard time remembering names or that is full names of the guy's I served with. Do you or anyone on this web site know how to get a list of fellow brother's who served with the 1/2 during the time I was their? That would be really meaningful to me, Welcome Home Larry!
                                mike ogden 
                                1/2 Black Scarf Battalion
                                BRO 
Larry G
Reply with quote  #48 
Mike,

I served with the 2nd Battalion, as I stated in my posting.  Perhaps it was just a typo on your part.  I tried to list all that I could remember and what they did, I know that more will come to me over time.

Accurate rosters of personnel who served with the 2 battalions just does not seem to be available, at least I haven't seen any.  Have you looked at this entire thread or any other on the message board to see if any of the information you are looking for is posted.   There is a possibility that names, dates and etc could be obtained from army archives but I do not know at this time where to begin.  One much remember that people were coming and going on an almost daily basis back then.  It looks like for now the only way to get names is to rely on guys memories and them posting it on this message board.

Larry G
HHC, 2/2 66-67
Greg 'Willie" Schab
Reply with quote  #49 
Hi my name is Willie, I was with the 2/2 C. Company Track 313 Aug. 68-69. We where in the areas of ANLOC, TAY NIN, LA CAY, LOC NIN, THE BLACK VIRGIN MOUNTIAN, and we patroled hwy 1. Some of my BROTHER'S I served with were:
 
CHARLES MYERS-OIL CITY, PA.
WAYNE WISE-MILTON,FL.
DON LOVELLACE-?
DON CUGHENNOWER- IOWA
JIM TOLSON- MIDDLETOWN, OHIO
MICHAEL FREDSON- SAN FRACISCO, CA.
HAROLD E. DAY-ORLANDO, FL.
AL"LITTLE BIT" MANIERI-PHILADELPHIA, PA.
JOSEPH MOSER-MERRILL, WISCONSIN
FRED SILVIS-TEXAS
JAMES"RAT"GROSS-WIMINTON, DELAWARE
BOB HOWARD-OREGON
ROYCE WOODRIFF, TENNESSEE "WE WENT TO HAWAII TOGETHER ON R@R TO SEE OUR WIFE'S"
DNNIS MAIN-TEXAS
PAUL LEE-OHIO
LARRY GREEN-MISOURI
ROSER D. HANKINS-BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY
CHARLES W. ROESEL-BURINK, OHIO
HOWARD E. DOCHTLER-IRENE, S. DAKOTA
JOHN DENIS-TEXAS
JERRY D. RICHARDSON-CORINTH, MISS.
GEORGE AEAGER-ANEMAS, NEW MEXICO
KENNEY HARRELL-FLA.
FUZZY DUTCHER-FLA.
FRANK L. DAVIS-RENO, NV.
ADAM LANGWORTHY-SAN DIEGO, CA.
MAT "SQUEEKIE"GURALO-BROOKLYN, NY.
CHUCK HOLLY-OKLAHOMA
HERB ANUNGAZUK-WALES, ALASKA
STEVE FEE-PORTLAND, OR."I WENT TO SEE HIS MOTHER AND FATHER WHEN I GOT HOME TO LET THEM KNOW HE WAS DOING WELL"
BOB HOWARD-COSS BAY, OR.
STEVE BELL-CA."HE MOVED TO BATTLE GROUND, WASHINGTON AND BECAME A POLICE OFFICER AND IS NOW RETIRED"
LT. PUE-?
JOHN NOVEY-SACRAMENTO, CA.
SG. BOX-KANSAS
BOB HAIL-FLA.
RON WILLIAMS-?
DAVID DeBAUN-INDEANAPOLIS, IN."NOW LIVING IN TEXAS, WE TALK BY PHONE EVERY NOW AND THEN"
TOM MOORE-PORTLAND, OR.
"ANIMAL"
MASSEY
SMITY
 
THESE ARE ALL THE NAMES I HAVE. THERE WAS ONE YOUNG MAN ALL I KNEW HIM BY WAS "SUNNY" WE MENT ONE DAY AND STAYED UP LATE THAT NIGHT AND TALKED ABOUT HOME. HE HAD ABOUT 1 MONTH LEFT AND HE WAS GOING TO GO HOME AND MERRY HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART. THE NEXT DAY WE WERE PATROING THE RUBBER TREE PLANTATION, WE CAME UP TO A ROAD WE HAD TO CROSS "HE WAS THE DRIVER OF HIS APC" HE WAS ONE ROW OVER FROM ME WHEN HE HIT A 100 POUND ROAD MINE. HE PAST AWAY, "I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM"
I ONLY WISH I NEW HIS NAME SO I COULD FIND HIS NAME ON THE WALL.
 
"TO THOSE GONE - BUT NOT FORGOTIN" YOUR BROTER FOREVER
                                                    
                                                  WILLIE
Larry G
Reply with quote  #50 
Willie,

Welcome to the 2nd Infantry message board!  Thanks for posting all of the names that you remember, it some times helps other to remember those they served with.

As far as the "young  man" you remember as Sunny perhaps we could narrow down who he was.  Do you remember the time period that he hit the mine?  Things like the month and even the day?  You stated that he passed away, I am assuming that he was killed, correct?  A name like Sunny could have been "Sonny" and he could have been a Junior, you never know.  With a date and his possibly being a Junior we could look at the KIA roster we have and see if we can come up with a name.

Give it some thought!

Larry G


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