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MR. M. FREDSON,, A NAME YOU HAD IS LT. JAMES CLARK. COULD HE BE THE SAME JAMES CLARK THAT WAS K.I.A. ON MARCH 9,1969-- AMBUSHED.?? THANKS,,NANCY
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MR.DAVE BERRY,, ON ONE OF YOUR PHOTO'S THE ONE WHERE THERE BY THE TENT, MIDDLE PHOTO,,, THE MAN STANDING WITH HIS BACK TO CAM. WITH HIS HANDS ON HIS HIP'S DO YOU KNOW HIS NAME ?? LOOKING FOR PHOTO'S OF MY UNCLE,CAN NOT TELL IF THIS COULD BE HIM OR NOT.... THANKS NANCY
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Yes, Lt. James Clark was my Platoon leader. I knew him very well. He was a great officer. I loved him for the man that he was. He was very brave and I had deep respect for him. He was the one who recommended me for a Bronze star w/V Device at the battle of Loc Ninh on November 29, 1968; which was Thanksgiving Day. 2/2 Recon took him from us and he was killed with them. It took me years to get over his death. I repeat he was one of the bravest officers I ever met. Anyone who ever knew him would tell you that. He was definately one of a kind. Sincerely, Mike
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As I am now thinking of Lt. Clark I know how he really died. I can tell you, but, if you do not want me to then I won't. Mike
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dear mr mike,, my uncle is johnny p. grissom. i have been putting a book together of my uncle,and i have also put in as much info as i can on his unit-- just thank it would be nice for the young ones one day to understand all the brave me that pasted that day,not just ther great uncle...(cant see the hole pic. with out all the pices) and also a way to keep ther memoery alive not just my uncles.thay all where brother in arms,and walked in heaven arm in arm...and now bravely stand gard in heaven... as you know sometimes the passing of time,thangs get cloudy. what i have is thay where ambushed,KIA'S are:: bobby clark kenneth clarke juan garcia-diaz richard forester joseph nohe larry carreoll aaron smith james wall johnny p grissom but got with a mr.kinght that talked highly of a james clark,he di not know if he was kin to bobby clark,james clark was one name i had with no info,mr.knight said he belive he was in a nother unit,but one unit would back up others and got to know some men in them units as well as his own.. just was wonting to find out if he was in eather unit on march 9 1969. MY UNCLE:: johnny p grissom-- co.D. 1st.inf div. 1st.battalion 2ed.inf. black scarf battalion,november platoon--gunner..... thanks so much mr.mike,and thanks for all you gave from my family to yours.....nancy
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i also would like to have a list of names that where W.I.A. from that day,and a after action report,but cant find eather of them,,would any one know where for me to look??? anbush,BIEN-HOA (25) ciz III march 9,1969 at 3 am. LT.. WAS STEVENS ones tell me it was in the bend of the river ??....
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Nancy, In reference to LT James Woodford Clark, he was with HHC, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry and was killed, according to records, on 27 May 1969. Your uncle and the others were with Company D, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry and were all killed on 9 March 1969. LT Clark was with a different battalion, different company, on a different date and at a different place. Larry G
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THANKS MR.LARRY JUST WONTED TO MAKE SURE,, NOW I AM NOT SAYING MR.KIGHT DID NOT KNOW HIM,MAYBE MR. KNIGHT WAS WITH THAT UNIT BEFORE COMEING TO MY UNCLES,OR MAYBE A NOTHER JAMES CLARK... WAS A NAME HE GAVE ME,AND COULD NOT FIND INFO... ON.THIS HELPS ME TO KNOW WHY I COULD NOT FIND ANYTHANG, BECOUSE HE WAS NOT THERE.. THANKS SO MUCH...NANCY
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I read what you wrote, and it looks like you are looking for the overall picture in 3 Corp. I only saw my small area. I hope you are able to find what you are looking for; I know it has been so long ago. I had just turned 19 in Feb. 1969 and I was the youngest there. I am 60 now and a lot of the men that are left are old with fading memories, or have died over the years of different causes. I wish you all the best of luck in finding what you want. In my estimation you may not find everything you want. My memories are fading except for big events. Good luck to you. Specialist 4 Micheal Vernon Fredson
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thanks mr.mike, i know it has been a long hunt,and sometimes the Lord sprizzes me with info in the unlikely places.. any info is helpful for me,for a uncle i haven't got to see,i was born in 1968,he past in 1969. i know his growning up years from my family,and all the silly stuff he did,as well as the one that held them up.. but the his time in vietnam is a missing pice to his life,i have gotten lots info...just wonting to get as much as i can and as right as i can... i owe him that...thanks so much and god bless...nancy
Clarence A Grow
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Sgt. Vance was my platoon sargant when I got assigned to the 2nd of the 2nd, A Co. 1st platoon in Dec 1966. I was scared as a rabbit. His platoon had suffered heavy casualties and wounded and I was among the few early replacements. I was assigned as an ammo bearer for the 1st squad M60. The first few weeks at Lai Khe when we weren't on patrol, we were on guard on the perimeter. There were only enough troops to man every 3rd bunker with 2 men. We alternated watch 2 hrs on and 2 hrs off all night long. David Topasna was the gunner's name. He gave me some of most critical advice that aided in securing my survival. "If you can survive the first few seconds of being fired at for the first time in your life, then you probably have a chance of survival." I will never forget that distant popping sound. "Stay alert, keep spread out and watch for trip wires." Thanks David. I have a copy of Samuel Vance's book. I have misplaced it now. I sensed a great deal of anger in his writing. I feel this book is more important than is realized for it's portrayal of the black man's roll in the military during those racially charged times. I had the opportunity to talk meet him when I was first assigned to his platoon. I remember him as a tall soft spoken stately man who had earned the respect of all those who served him. I hope he is still alive and has found peace and prosperity. I would be interested in how his views have changed over the years.
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Thank you Clarence for sharing your recollection of Sgt. Vance. I'm sure since he wrote the book so soon after coming back his emotions were at a peak. I would hope time healed some of his wounds. I concur that this was an important book, but was lost in the mire of that time and it's divisive aftermath. I'm so glad you made it home. THANK YOU. Some of us will NEVER forget your deeds and sacrifices, and the ultimate price paid by your buddies. With the GREATEST of RESPECT, Alex
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Clarence, I was with co B 2/2 from 1964 to 1967. I just read your statement on the board. I am in contact with David Topasna, also I knew SSG Vance he and trained together before taking off to Vietnam in 1965, we were in the same boat. Please get in contact with me, by clicking on my name. There is a bro that was in A co too by the name Lippert, he always come to the reunion at Pigeon Forge, TN, next year David Topasna will be coming too. So get your self in gear and try to make it so you can hook up with them again (May 12-15- 2011) Take care and WELCOME HOME my brother. Juan. Be careful Out There.
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CLARENCE THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE. I GOT IN COUNTRY IN OCTOBER OF 1966.
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Clarence, I was with A Co. 2nd/2nd from Nov. 1966 to Nov. 1967 Mike (2nd platoon) and was squad leader of the 123 track. I don't remember your name but I bet I would recognize a picture. Good to hear you are doing fine!
John Venn A Co. 2nd/2nd Nov 1966-Nov 1967
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Say, does anyone out there remember Ed McHale, 50 gunner in A 2/2, 3rd plt 131 track, I think, 68-69, in Feb 69 hit a mine medivac let me know, thanks
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Broz, as O was in C Co, I don't know the name, McHale.
Was the the 8 track towing a disabled track, hit a 500 pounder, command det with a 175, tossed into the air and pancaked on the track it was towing, sandwiching Araujo between the tracks?? (Araujo was overdue to us, having been verbally assigned to A Co by Bn, without telling us. Real bad to be KIA while carried AWOL/ We got it straightened out.
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We were sent into asst a LRP that made contact, and hit a mine, myself and McHale got trapped under the track and it caught on fire. We were just west of Thunder II I think, both were medivac he ended up going to the burn center in Japan the to burn center in Texas, he was up and talking after the incident, had burns on his chest with flack jacket open. Just trying to see if he's around.
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We had a track that hit a (what was believed to be) a 500 pound bomb that was bauried in the roadway. Sent the track very high in the air and hurt everyone on the track. I do not remmber the month (1967).
Shortly after that, I was checking a tunnel and found a large room and right beyond the room found the fins to a large bomb (scared the sh## out of me) but no bomb. I always wondered if the fins belonged to the booby-trapped bomb. John
Ken Avent (ACC)
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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
I remember Cpt Bowen somewhat although Dorland preceded him. Wasn't there a 1Lt Soderblom? - I think his first name was Lee. A/2/2 ACC 6/68 - 1/69
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Cpt Bowen was there when I arrived in Oct 68, Lt Tucker had 1st plt, 2d and mortar plt ldrs were medivac, I arrived to take their place. You'd probably remember sgt's Johnson, Spike Kolness, Popcorn Anderson, Dennis DeFalco, Al Howard, Doc Foster, Eddie Gann, and a lot of others that are on this site
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Here is a picture that was sent to me today by Fred Nethercutt. It is of track 123 (interior). From left to right: Ssgt. Richard (Rosey) Rousseau, Paul Trudeau, John Venn, Steve Gerstner, Rodger Shinneman, Bill Hunter, Bill Hansen and Kelly Horn. All absolutely Great guys!
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Here's another picture Fred sent me. The guy with the white container is Fred Nethercut, the one behind him is Rosey Rousseau, the guy to the right (as you face the pic) of Rosey is Bill Hunter, the guy to the right of Hunter is unknown, I think the guy in front of unknown is Ray Price and the guy half laying down is unknown. We have never been able to locate Rosey, Bill Hunter, Steve Gerstner (from the previous picture) Kelly Horn (from the previous picture or Bill Hansen (from the previous picture.
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I was reading some of the information provided by different soldiers who served at different times with the 1st div. I was at Phu Loi during the Oct- Nov 66 time frame. C 2/2 was doing a pacification mission at a little village about 10 K from Phu Loi. We had some Aussies attached to the unit that where engineers rebuilding roads school houses etc. Not sure of the date but the unit got hit one night by a large enemy force. I think Cpt (claymore) Race was the commander at the time. The commander and First Sgt were wounded that night along with 4 or 5 more soldiers. The 1sgt was medivac out. The XO was kia in a tank at the bridge trying to bring out ammo. His name i can't remember. I was back at Phu Loi that night and left out early the next morning with the Mess Sgt SSG Noble. Allways smoked a a cigar and had a stutter. I was driving a 3/4 ton and pulling a water buffalo. Had to turn back once due to enemy fire but finally got out to the unit with some hot chow, ammo, clothes etc. On one of the post i seen the name Doc English. We had SP5 Doc English working with us at that time. Returned back to Lai Khe shortly after that.
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Terry, I was reading your narrative when I saw the name English mentioned. I posted the message board name quite a while ago. He was a SP-5 medic and I just happen to have a picture of him. Perhaps you recognize him! Your story was very interesting and I enjoyed reading it very much. Larry G Attached Images