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Vietnam War Documentary this fall

There will be a PBS 10 part 18 hour special documentary coming out this fall on the Vietnam War. In conjunction with the release of the documentary there will be a nationwide effort to make the public aware of the Vietnam War and the documentary with local communities, libraries and schools hosting discussion sessions.

Local communities may turn to their local Vietnam Veterans looking for them to come forward to tell their story and answer questions about the war.

For those of you interested, you may want to read Philip Jennings book "The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Vietnam War", REGNERY PUBLISHING, INC. An Eagle Publishing Company, Washington, D.C.2010.

Phillip Jennings did a wonderful job of pulling together Vietnam War facts in one place and integrating the true story of the Vietnam War. It is a short book that tells a long story better than any other single book I have read.

Mr. Jennings acknowledges that he stood on the shoulders of many other authors who have told bits and pieces of this story, it is not new, but he put it all in one bag. If people read only one book on the Vietnam War, with the intent to understand the real history of our involvement, in my opinion, this is the book to read.

Join the Discussion

John G. "Jack" Heslin - The Scribe <jgheslin@gmail.com>
Carolina Shores, NC USA - Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:13:25 (EDT)

I nursed at Pat Smiths' Minh Quy hospital in 1969. Special times, special people.Being a British civilian, my stories show the humanitarian side of conflict. We were all very grateful for the support and kindness shown to such centres of healing. Thank you. My Vietnam stories - your stories - can be found in Always the Children - amazon.com

Anne Watts <annewatts67@aol.com>
BANBURY, Oxon., Oxfordshire United Kingdom - Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 04:32:16 (EDT)

Gentlemen, great site. I am doing a book on:

1972 - The Year of Rescue

and am looking for data on US Army rescues during that year, like the actions of the great soldiers of F/8 in the rescue operation for Bat 21Bravo and Nail 38 Bravo.

Darrel Whitcomb

Author
- The Rescue of Bat 21
- Combat Search and Rescue in Desert Storm
- Call Sign Dustoff: A History of U.S. Army Aeromedical Evacuation from Conception to Hurricane Katrina
- On a Steel Horse I Ride: A History of the MH-53 Helicopters in War and Peace

Darrel Whitcomb <Nail25@aol.com>
VA USA - Friday, April 14, 2017 at 17:47:44 (EDT)

Was in 57th ahc 69-70 Crash and Rescue.

Daniel Rodlin <plantons@aol.com>
Shasta Lake, California usa - Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 13:28:33 (EDT)

Awesome site, great information. As a Member of North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc. we have as one of our missions to teach the real Vietnam War and the men and Women who were there. We have an established course in 2500+high schools nationwide called "The Lessons of Vietnam" this web site will be one of our recommended sites. It would also be great to have Jack Heslin to tell the story of this site on NCVVI's live streaming show so more people could know the great works available on the War in South East Asia

North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Inc.

Bill Dixon <dixonbill80@yahoo.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Tuesday, February 07, 2017 at 12:44:59 (EST)

I served as a MAT team leader with the Regional Forces/Popular Forces in 68/69. I interviewed General Ba at our COUNTERPARTS reunion in Las Vegas several years ago before he died. The article can be found at Vietamericanvets.com and searching for "The Hero of Kontum refutes Neil Sheehan."
Sheehan's book about Vann is a dishonest book shortchanging the South Vietnamese Army in every aspect and ignoring their many accomplishments as the War progressed. It is true that the war was a battle for hearts and minds which was won by the CORDs program in Vietnam but Sheehan was instrumental, along with David Halberstam of influencing (losing) the hearts and minds of those back in America which eventually led to the abandonment of our South Vietnamese allies by congress.

John Paul Vann: American Hero

rich webster <covanmi@mchsi.com>
Jacksonville, Illinois USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2017 at 23:08:08 (EST)

I was stationed at Pleiku through 5 April 1972 with HHQ, 1st Avn Bgd. Unfortunately your roster were started after my tour. Wishing good health to all my brothers and sisters for their service. This is a great page and story of sacrifises made for God and Country. God Bless the USA.

Wes Tanner <yrsbaby@gmail.com>
Camden, SC USA - Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 13:26:15 (EST)

I am a Southeast Asia POW/MIA Case Officer and work at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. I am looking for anyone that witnessed the downing of an OH-6A flown by WO1 Spradlin with SP4 Morrow as the Oscar. The loss occurred on 29 May 1972. They were from 7/17th Cav. I am also looking to speak with anyone that participated in the recovery of WO1 Spradlin in June and August of 1972. Any help with this matter is much appreciated.
Thanks,
Dr. J

Dr James Cloninger <james.m.cloninger.civ@mail.mil>
- Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 07:32:44 (EDT)

I was with 52nd Security in Kontum, Feb 5 - Dec 21, 1970. I remember when we entered Cambodia and Laos. It got very quiet in NAM for that period of time.

MICHAEL TRULOCK <mike.trulock@yahoo.com>
Fort Wayne, Indiana - Monday, June 06, 2016 at 22:42:22 (EDT)

Jack, the most haunting memory I have is the runs we made to Doctor Smith's hospital in Kontum (don't think it was her original hospital) delivering medical supplies and picking up patients. The Montagnard kids there, the look on their faces. Haunts me to this day Jack, the look on those kids faces. Flew in and out of there in our white painted dustoff helicopter, until we lost the great experiment (we had six and lost all of them), and ended up poaching other US aviation unit's green birds as replacements, since medevac had priority. Once again, my unit was the 237th Medical Detachment based out of An Son (Lane AAF).

James Brian O'Keeffe <brianokeeffe@att.net>
- Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 14:04:12 (EDT)

Was with Echo co,1/35th,3rd brigade4thIDcoming in country Aug68, we were in Kontum Had our gun pits for 4.2 Mortars adjacent to concrete below ground level gun pits from French era.FOB2 was operational then.

SP4 Frank DeBilio <f.debilio6470@att.net>
Milton, FL USA - Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 17:49:47 (EDT)

Brings backs many memories, as I served as a medic with the 237th Med. Det. (RA), which was stationed on the coast at An Son (Lane AAF). The 237th was a 6 aircraft Dustoff unit, mainly supporting the ROK's Tiger and Whitehorse Divisions, but we had a bird or aircraft sited at the Holloway army hospital. Remember well the night John Paul Vann's body was recovered. Nevertheless, having served a combat tour with the 25th Infantry Division (1968-69), and been in big fights during that time, the Battle of Kontum and the Easter Offensive were epic in comparison. Best regards.

James Brian O'Keeffe <brianokeeffe@att.net>
Upper Arlington, OH USA - Monday, May 23, 2016 at 18:31:31 (EDT)

I've written a book about my experience as a prisoner of war. I was shot down at Ben Het on 9 May 1972 and captured three days later. The title of the book is, Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam. It is published by the Naval Institute Press. It can be ordered from any bookstore or online book dealer. Go to AMAZON at this link for a copy of the book.

Jack Heslin - The Scribe
I am the author of the Battle of Kontum website. Bill Reeder's book "Through the Valley My Captivity in Vietnam" is an amazing story of courage and endurance in the face of incredible challenges to body and soul. I have always believed that out of "hot fire" comes good steel and I believe Bill's journey and that of his fellow prisoners was a journey through a white hot fire which seared their souls and shaped them for life. His story is a gift to all of us who served in the Vietnam War. His story is an example to all of us on how to overcome intense physical pain and darkness of the spirit that we may face in our lives. His hope and Faith carried him through the darkest of times. I strongly recommend Bill's book to all.

Bill Reeder
- Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 18:56:14 (EDT)

* Vietnam Easter Offensive Campaign Medal/ribbon
March 30, 1972 – October 22, 1972
Chiến dịch Xuân hč
Will be available on eBay at the end of March 2016.

Hall, Jesse E <fantasyaisle@yahoo.com>
Palm Coast , FL USA - Monday, March 07, 2016 at 07:24:42 (EST)

I was with HQ Company 1st of the 505th 82nd Airborne just one of the T.O.W. Missile teams from the 82nd that was sent to Vietnam to stop the North Vietnamese (Russian) movement of Tanks to the South. We were attached to the 3rd Brigade 1st Air Calvary Division and some of us (me included) were attached to the ARVEN’s in Kontum as well.
If any one out there was with the 82nd please contact me. Jesse Hall

Hall, Jesse E <fantasyaisle@yahoo.com>
Palm Coast , FL USA - Monday, March 07, 2016 at 06:32:06 (EST)

In your introduction you stated that 'by 1972, the largest battles fought in Vietnam were not well known, or understood, by the majority of the American population. Perhaps people just wanted the war to be over,.....'
You have no idea how much truth is in that
statement for me. I cannot believe it myself, nor can I believe how closely I dodged that bullet. You see, I worked on CH-47 Chinooks with 68th ASHC and was among those in the 52nd CAB at Camp Holloway that stood down, just a days before. Once I left Pleiku I had no clue at all what went on there or 18 miles away. That was about 44 years ago, and until just now I was completely oblivious to the fact that anything like that even happened.
this is just so mind boggling to me; having a hard time wrapping my head around it. How close I was to being in the middle of it. Thanks for all your hard work.

Steve Waters <swsrca@aol.com>
- Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 22:47:05 (EST)

Wonderful stuff!!!
Thank-you so much, Jack.
I was a CE with the 170th. AHC-'70-'71. Flew guns and slicks. "BUC 9"-The Mercenary Buccaneer. Worked for FOB II Kontum-real pro's!!!!

Mark Oury <m.oury@hotmail.com>
TX - Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 14:27:44 (EST)

My rifle unit D Co. 17th Infantry was attached to the 1st Aviation in Camp Holloway Plieku during the April 1972 battle of Kontum and mortar attack on Camp Holloway. Our rifle unit was to offer security with Out Post (OP) positions in the surrounding area and roving patrols out in the field. Our rear area in Camp Holloway received countless mortar attacks during the Kontum battle. I would like to note that Chinese mercenaries and Montagnards were working the bunker line as our US Infantry company were in the field in Out Post with mortar teams and grunts patrolling the bush. I believe our company was perhaps the only infantry units still in that area which was unknown to many. Thanks to John Paul Vann and other aviators who prevented the fall of Kontum and Camp Holloway with countless air strikes of which I witnessed we owe them our lives. Our unit lost three of our comrades SSG Henson, Sgt. Davis, & Sp4 McLaren. Thank you for documenting this historical event, it is much appreciated by those who were there. - Richard Alaniz

Richard Alaniz <richalaniz@hotmail.com>
Las Cruces, New Mexico - Monday, December 14, 2015 at 05:26:39 (EST)

Former Newsday reporter/editor Jim Smith has written a self-published book on his 1971-72 tour of duty in Vietnam called "Heroes to the End: An Army Correspondent's Last Days in Vietnam." He is donating all proceeds from speaking fees and book sales to a nonprofit that runs 32 homeless shelters for veterans on Long Island (see United Veterans Beacon House). You can order it ($24 hard copy, $4 eBook) through iUniverse.com or through his website Heroes to the End.

The book is based on more than 75 articles that he wrote for the Stars and Stripes daily newspaper during the period Jan. 1, 1972-Aug. 1, 1972 during the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive. That offensive was blunted by massive U.S. airpower as Americans pulled back from an on-the-ground role to an advisory mission. The book was chosen for iUniverse's Rising Star and Editors Choice designations. Smith will be building a website to help publicize it with links to groups that provide services for veterans. Smith has done 11 free columns for the Anton Newspapers on such groups.

As a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, the Defense Department’s daily newspaper, Jim Smith saw every major city in Vietnam from the Delta to the Demilitarized Zone from 1971 to 1972.

Jack Heslin - The Scribe <jgheslin@gmail.com>
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 19:55:05 (EST)

I was with the 57th from June 71 - June 72, Gladiator 29. Flew flight lead on the SOG FOB missions and experienced the NVA's advance into II Corp and attacks on Kontum. Interesting reading.

Bob Stillwell (MAJ, USA Ret.) <Stillwell_bob48@yahoo.com>
Jackson, Missouri USA - Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 14:54:14 (EST)

My first six months I spent in Vinh Long. I was ATC IN Kontum Mid 72 until late 72 344th ADD. Left out of Camp Holloway, Pleiku in Oct. 72. Stayed in Conex & Aircraft Revetment towards end.

Gary L. Davis <kjdgld@verizon.net>
Danville, Pa. 17821 USA - Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 13:07:44 (EDT)

Kontum, MACV Tm 24 along with 22 & 23 are having a reunion in Clearwater, FL on 17-18 September. ALL who served in the area are asked to join us. Trying to contact ARVN as well to join us. Website for reunion info is: myevent.com - search for MACV reunion. Please register if you can make it. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Patrick

J. Patrick Garland <jpgprints@gmail.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Friday, July 03, 2015 at 14:41:27 (EDT)

Jack:
We are having a reunion of MACV Tm24 advisors, etc. in September at Clearwater, FL.
Please inform your Website Guests. Here is the info:
Reunion is 17-18 Sept. at Shephard's Beach Resort, Clearwater, FL.
Those who might be interested can go to myevents.com & enter macvteamreunion in their search box.
Could you please let your website subscribers know about the event. They can use the link provide to register. We would like to know how many will be attending.
Thanks for your help – we hope to see you there
J. Patrick Garland (1st Lt., MACV Tm24, 68-69)

J. Patrick Garland <jpgprints@GMAIL.COM>
USA - Wednesday, July 01, 2015 at 18:43:27 (EDT)

I was with B 7/17 Cav Scouts. I was wounded on 16 June 1972 in the Kontum area . I went by the call sign Scalphunter 21 . Before I was a Pathfinder with the 52nd Pathfinder Det. I spent a lot of time in the Kontum area working with Big Windy CH47's

George Mooe <gmooe@roadrunner.com>
Statesville, NC USA - Monday, May 11, 2015 at 20:27:29 (EDT)

I Was An Supply Advisor-Interpreter/Interagator For Team # 41 From 1971-1972.

SSG E-6 Willie Williams Jr Retired <williewilliamsjr1234@gmail.com>
New Haven, Connecticut USA - Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 08:29:05 (EDT)

I was assigned to HHC 17 CAG Safety Office. God's Blessings to all who are still with us and rest in peace those who have gone before us.

JIMMY MACKEY <thesis_fire@yahoo.com>
Okatie, SC USA - Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 12:01:19 (EST)

Just discovered this site. Excellently done. I was a combat photographer from the 221st Signal Co. (Pictorial) covering the NVA Invasion of Kontum Apr- May 72. I look forward to reading the book and thank you for this site.

Stacy Stewart <STEWART_STACY49@HOTMAIL.COM>
Signal mountain, Tennessee United States - Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 21:33:49 (EST)

I was with MACV in Kontum area in 1968-69, Advisory Tm 41. God Bless all who served. And Welcome home!

Robert Memory <labob@rocketmail.com>
METAIRIE, La. USA - Monday, January 26, 2015 at 09:50:38 (EST)

I would like to first thank you on the job you did on this site. If I had not stumbled across it I would not have found some of my friends that were officers at that time. I was there with the CH-47 Detachment of the the 180th. I was also on that Chinook that was shot down at Fire Base 5 in April 72. Yes I thought that I and the four other crew members were not going to make it out of there but I am grateful for those that tried including (God Rest His Soul) Mr. Vaughn. I want to give you more detail but I am in Saudi Arabia and it is late. Perhaps if you read this I am hoping that you contact me for more on this event in Kontum. I need to contact those Officers that you have listed in the 180th Det. Again Thanks and hope to hear from you real soon.
Joseph J. Quichocho
1SG US ARMY (RET)

Joseph John Quichocho <chalanpago1>
Yona, Island of Guam USA - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 16:01:56 (EST)

I was assigned to B troop 7/17 in April of 1972.
I recall going on an insertion mission as a radio operator.
While flying to the LZ (I think it was at Dac To) my helicopter was hit.
I am interested in speaking to someone that may have also been on the same mission with B Troop around April 15th 1972.
Thanks
John Perrin

john perrin <jperrin1248@yahoo.com>
Pensacola, FL USA - Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 18:32:49 (EST)

Camp Holloway, 57th AHC, doorgunner. Feb 71 - Aug 71. Been There ! !

Dave Chandler <otterhillstone@aol.com>
Volcano, Hawaii USA - Friday, November 28, 2014 at 14:57:35 (EST)

I was curious to know in detail about the book “Reflections from the Web” by Jack Heslin. As the book contains his personal experiences he had during the time when the army of North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam which continued as a war for some time.

Amyibsaj10 <iwitrt@gmail.com>
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 06:24:58 (EST)

Served with LSA Plieku during Easter Offensive 72

Larry Bahr <catfishcrazy@centurylink.net>
Breckenridge, Minnesota United States - Sunday, November 02, 2014 at 10:33:04 (EST)

Jan 1, 1969-Jan 5, 1970 Advisory Tm 41 as 1st Lt, Engineer advisor and pay officer.

Robert Memory <labob@rocket.com>
Metairie, La. USA - Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11:10:17 (EDT)

Jack,

Thanks for all you are doing to help market my book “KONTUM: The Battle To Save South Vietnam”.

Here is a link to the online flyer for my book which is almost exactly what is on the dust jacket:
View Online Flyer

Those interested in purchasing the book online can visit the Amazon.com website:
Buy at Amazon.com

Jack, I really appreciate all you have already done to promote this book.

By the way Jack, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has issued a call for photos to obtain a photo to match with every one of the 58,272 names on the Wall on our National Mall. Now they have also launched a fund drive to raise the money they need to build an Education Center near the Wall. For more information check out this link.

Tom McKenna - Senior Adviser to 44th ARVN Regiment during the Battle of Kontum

Tom McKenna <tpmckenna@stoweaccess.com>
Vermont USA - Friday, August 19, 2011 at 16:16:46 (EDT)

Awesome website. I so enjoyed reading about the Battle of Kontum and seeing the pictures (esp your picture). Thank you for all that you have done, Pauline Hankins

Pauline Hankins <paulinehankins@atmc.net>
Bolivia, North Carolina United States - Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 14:54:07 (EDT)

Jack great job. I was with the 344th ADD 72 & 73 Camp Holloway. I have never heard from any of my unit members. Just starting my search today. Would like to hear from SP4 Clifford Wong. We hung out and took in country R & R together. Hard to believe it has been 42 years. Welcome home to all who served. Thanks Terrence M Beamish. SFC. USA. Retired

PFC Terrence M Beamish <t_beamish@yahoo.com>
Plainfield, IL - Monday, July 07, 2014 at 09:52:45 (EDT)

I was at Tan Cahn and Kontum in 1970 & 71. Went back in Aug. 2013. Things really are different. Found two Vietnamese families I knew then. I was with the 20th Engr.

Jerrell Herron <jerrellherron@att.net>
Tyler , Texas USA - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 22:36:38 (EDT)

I am trying to contact Greg Hutson, out Night Hawk pilot at Holloway AAF 71-72.

Michael Waite <michael_waite@live.com>
Flower Mound, TX USA - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 14:09:36 (EDT)

Great site!

Edward Antoine <edan9023@yahoo.com>
Fort Lee, VA USA - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 06:20:50 (EDT)

To The Below Mentioned Entry Referring to My Salute To The Men
That Served In This AO Of The Battle Of Kontum , Serving With The
Honorable Men Of The 57th AHC { The Highlanders } A Special
Note Go's to 1st LT Gary Farris ! My Friend And Pilot Of Who's Body
I Personally Recovered From A Bend In The River Directly Across
From Kontum's Bombed Out Air Field . UH-1H ! Crashed And Burned !
Spec- 4 Dan Kirkpatrick , Crew Member .

Dan Kirkpatrick <dank57@msn.com>
Caledonia, M.N. USA - Saturday, February 01, 2014 at 02:01:18 (EST)

Jack: I Would Like to Thank You For Your Effort's Into Writing This Book And The Credence It Give's To All Involved .
My Only Regret Is Not Being Able To See It To Its End For All Of
The Friends Lost , As I was Grounded By Enemy Fire On May 27th,
Evacuated Home By 67th Evac.
A Salute To You and All Involved , With Pride I remain In Service
To You And The United States Of America.
Served With The " Gladiators " 57th AHC 17th AVN Group , As A
Crew Member / Door Gunner .

Dan Kirkpatrick <dank57@msn.com>
Caledonia, M.N. USA - Friday, January 31, 2014 at 21:40:48 (EST)

Hi Mr. Jack, I'm Chau T. Ly, son of former Genaral Ly Tong Ba. It was a great honor to meet you during your visit to California with my dad. Thank you for everything you do for the people of Vietnam. There is no word or expression to thank you enough!

Ly Tong Chau <Emailchauly@gmail.com>
Temecula, Caifornia USA - Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 02:15:50 (EST)

would like to know if anyone remembers paul william robinson killed jan.19,1968 in the battle of kontum? he was in the infantry with charlie company.

jo presley <janpresley914@yahoo.com>
TUPELO, miss. united states - Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:12:45 (EST)

Just stumbled onto McKenna's book and thought I would check in again since it's been a while.
The book is a very somber read. I was with MACV, 22nd Division so most of the troops I served with were decimated in Spring 72 just months after I left country. Spent time on all the FSB from Polei Kleng, Ben Het, 5, 6, Dak Pek, Dak Seang Tan Cahn..with the 42nd and the roads from Tan Cahn to Kontum and Plieku and east to the coast with the 14th Cav.
I appreciated the "advisor" perspective in the book...a lot of memories.
Happy New Year fellows!

Hugh Preacher <hughjpreacher@aol.com>
Frisco, Texas USA - Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 13:21:23 (EST)

Hi All, I served with the 44thRCAT, ARVN 23D Infantry Division. Early July,1972 to late September. Thank you LTC McCurdy, Col Rhotenberry, Maj Love, Col XUAN and many more ( Covey ..USAF Air Controller) whom I remember in deeds only.

Ray
1LT (later CPT), Inf USA

Ray Donahue <rayd2327@aol.com>
Corpus Christi, Texas USA - Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 20:59:10 (EST)

I too was an ATC controller at the airfield, NCOIC for a while, was present when John Paul Vann Died. Was there when LTC Johnnie Gower shot a TOE into the water tower, served with him at Ft Leavenworth in 1974, also Served with some of your comment providers and still think of those days, I made tapes to my wife while I was controlling and have played them many times since. Oddly my two kids have never asked me about Easter 1972.

John Grange <johng@carlisleinc.net>
El Dorado, Kansas - Monday, December 09, 2013 at 19:49:25 (EST)

On 5 Jun 72 I was a very green Signal Corps LT when I reported to the II Corps G1 in Nha Trang. I had arrived the day before (Sunday) and was told by the major that picked me up at the airfield that I was going to be the local installation telephone officer and live in a nice villa on the beach. As I waited that Monday morning for the G1 to complete his phone call I heard him say "I have a new Signal Corps lieutenant in my office right now. Will he do?" The next day I got off a Huey in Kontum (near the old tennis courts) and wandered around until I found the basement TOC for MACV Team 33. I walked down the steps, turned left and bumped into COL Rhotenberry-- "Who the hell are you?" "Sir, I'm your new signal officer. I was told I'm replacing CAPT Hall." Wrong thing for me to say...the hurt of his loss was too fresh, too raw for his friends and I was a reminder of what happened. CPT Hall was highly respected and well liked by the entire team. The nature of his wounds seemed to add to the somber mood I found that morning. But as we moved through summer, many of those that served with CPT Hall rotated back home and the mood gradually changed. I heard that he made it back to Brooke Army Medical Center but no news after that. Although I never met CPT Hall he had a tremendous impact on my life. I knew I could never replace him in the eyes of MACV Team 33 (nor did I want to) but still I worked hard to live up to the standard he set. I was your typical dumb lieutenant but thanks to the care and feeding I got from MAJ Burch, LTC Bricker and the ever present shadow of CPT Hall, we all made it through to the Cease Fire the next year. I even did a stint as the Deputy Advisor to the 44th Regt at FB November. As I close in on my final retirement, after 45 years with the Army and Navy, I wanted to tell the members of MACV Team 33 (Jun 72-Feb 73) they had a profound impact on my life and career and I will always be grateful for the opportunity I had to serve with soldiers of such character and heart. Thank you all.

Patrick Faver <faverp@aol.com>
- Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at 20:04:50 (EST)

Jack thanks for this informative website.

I had a wonderful opportunity to meet Gen Ba during a recent trip to Las Vegas. It was a great conversation, interrupted frequently and usefully by other attendees of the Special Operations Association (the reunion I was at) who also had contributions to the discussion or important questions to ask.

Gen Ba lauded the translator of an article of his that I had published in "Our Pre-Sponse" (amazon.com) for the TTU-NARA Conference on Vietnam in 1963.

When I returned home, I thought about how much I would like to be able to read the General's book and get more details on his stories. I understand that Jack Heslin , along with others, has an ongoing project to get General Ba’s original book translated from Vietnamese into English. I have an excellent translation of much of the middle parts of that book, perhaps we can avoid a duplication of effort and get things moving more quickly.

One of the things that is needed would be good copies of the existing pictures currently in Gen Ba’s book or adequate replacements for them. The book is an important contribution to the literature for many events of that period of the Vietnam War. Jack, perhaps you can keep after General Ba for anything he may have left out of the original Book.

Steve Sherman <sherman1@flash.net>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 20:39:37 (EDT)

Great Book... Was the crew chief on the huey that picked up Mr. Vann April 24, 1972. ac 773 , 361 AWC...

SP5 JIM SHOOK
WALBRIDGE, OHIO USA - Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 23:52:58 (EST)

Tow Team Missile Vet Passes Away -
It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that Roy Sudeck, a member of the 1972 Battle of Kontum Tow Missile Team passed away on Nov. 16, 2013. Roy's burial was held at Arlington on Feb. 4, 2013.

Gayle Sudeck <Gcsudeck@gmail.com >
- Friday, February 15, 2013 at 22:12:07 (EST)

I was a GCA operator in Kontum in 1972 and never really knew all that was happening around me. This is very interesting.

Steve Ihde <sihde3@live.com>
Eloy, AZ Usa - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 00:26:52 (EST)

Looking for any one who know of woodrow w Bradley served Charlie battery 4th battalion 60th artillery group 1st field force usarv nick name they call him sonny 1967-1968 nov-01 kill jeep went off cliff Any pictures of him are his company

Johnny mayhew <www.j56202@yahoo.com>
Statesville, Nc Usa - Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 12:41:59 (EST)

Jack, I just mailed you a letter that asks for your phone number. The reason is because I was the District Advisor at Dak To when the Tan Can Compound was overrun by the NVA in April 1972. I am interested in chatting with you about my experiences along with yours. I have just finished a draft on my memoirs about my two tours in Vietnam . I look forward to hearing from you.

See my comments in the Memories Book

Dennis R. (Buz) Bruzina <bruzina1@cox.net>
Junction City, Kansas USA - Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 13:05:23 (EST)

Dear Jack,

I hope this finds you well. I just read your Battle of Kontum material. Outstanding.

I was the 'juniorest' civilian on the CORDS team when the NVA hit. Two years later, was Gen. John Murray's Civilian Special Assistant at DAO. If you're interested, I have a couple of Kontum stories you might be interested in. I plan to go there for my first visit since the war, next week. Let me know if you want any particular photos taken.

Rob Schwab <robschwab3@yahoo.com>
Thailand - Friday, November 02, 2012 at 15:04:59 (EDT)

Links to Rob Schwab's Memories Book entries:
Crash of the VNAF Chinook Carrying Montagnard Dependents from Ben Het
ASA, "Two Corps Red," and the Chinook Nets


What a great, well run, researched website/book. Its amazing. Thank you for your service to our country and to the web.

Ray <Raymyat@gmail.com>
Detroit, MI USA - Friday, October 19, 2012 at 16:18:45 (EDT)

I was with the group from the 82nd Airborne that introduced the TOW ground mount/M-151C mount during the Easter Offensive of 1972. Operated from the MACV base in Pleiku. Had deployment in Kontum a well as Quan Tri area during this period as well as other remote areas. Trying to locate anyone with knowledge of or participation in these missions. Spc-4 Stephen M Thompson aka "TowBoy"

Stephen M Thompson <smt1953@windstream.net>
Eastanollee, Georgia USA - Sunday, October 07, 2012 at 09:22:36 (EDT)

Looking for a Captain Hulin or Hullen, Ops MACV Team 21 circa 71-72. I have located Troung Van Phong, interpreter in Kontum 1971-1972.

Kenneth P Lord <kennethlord163@hotmail.com>
Williamsport, TN USA - Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 15:23:48 (EDT)

Jack,
Thank you for your presentation at the VHPA reunion. I was also very happy to hear your comments of the work of the CH47 crews during this battle, not that the effort of ALL of the helicopter crews was nothing short of wonderous. The forward controller Rick Vycital spoke of the 47 crew that was picking up panicking civilians; it was sad to say that was my crew. We did our best to save lives, however, in the panic some were lost. We tried our best to save as many as possible. So again thanks for your time and service for all of us that were there.

Stephan Bourassa (Bigwindy21) <bigwindy21@gmail.com>
Mesa, Arizona United States of America - Monday, August 06, 2012 at 17:16:12 (EDT)

I have had a reunion with one of my Vietnamese friends thanks to the Battle of Kontum site run by Jack Heslin. I was assigned an ARVN SFC Hieu as an interpreter, and lacking any other US staff, I relied on him greatly, and he was competent, ever present, and did not shirk any assignments of mine. He is a stand up guy. After the Americans left, he had a brief assignment as an interpreter with the cease fire teams of Polish and Canadian observers, then was sent back to a regular regiment. When the country began to fall, his father burned all their photos, especially military, for fear of reprisal. Hieu was sent to a re-education camp. I have sent him some 35 of mine from that year. He and his father spent all of their money in 1977 to escape Viet Nam. He and his wife and four children ended up in the south of France, he just retired after 35 years from Michelin Tires, where he was an RD specialist for formula one vehicles. His youngest son was named after me, and is in the Republican Guard, and recently deployed to Libya to protect the French embassy there. We have been corresponding, and I was told that the way I was located is that Hieu found my letter in the guest book on Jack's Kontum site. Of all the folks I knew in Kontum that year, Hieu is one that was at the top of my list, and I am glad to find that he escaped and has had a decent life with the same wife, four kids, and seven grand children!

Added August 6, 2012- In reference to my posting of July 31st last, I have been in touch with former SFC Hieu in France, and he informs me that CPT Nguyen Thanh Long, an ARVN officer assigned to the Province S-3 CPT Duong, with whom Hieu was in touch, and now has lost contact. CPT Long was last known to be in Hawaii. If any of the visitors to the site know this man or his whereabouts, we would like for him to recontact us. Thanks for your support of all of us who were there in 1972!

Richard Montgomery <Prontomonty@aol.com>
- Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 08:54:28 (EDT)

Jack, you won't remember me, I ordered your book some time ago. I am a Citadel classmate of Joe Eubanks. We spent 4 years together in college and several months sharing a tank at Armor School. He was a loyal friend, the kind of friend I hope I am. You should know that on the anniversary of his death my classmates paid a tribute to him on our Citadel Class of 69 website. We toasted his life that day and remembering him brought both happiness and sadness. Please know that as I re-read your book, your dedication and personal message to me make it one of my prized possessions. I don't think a week goes by that I don't think of Joe. My classmates and I miss him at every Reunion and he is honored for his courage and sacrifice. I was stationed at the III Corps TOC and left Viet Nam to come home just prior to the Battle of Kontum. Most of my Intel Detachment ended up being deployed to the battle. To this day I feel a sense of guilt for not being there. I knew a few helicopter pilots from the 11th Cav and the 1st Air Cav. and a good friend of mine, Frank Carriola was an instructor in country. In my opinion you guys were the bravest of the brave. I don't know how you faced the danger and horror every day. I will never forget.

Thank you for your tribute to Captain Joseph W. Eubanks, Citadel Class of 1969.

Fondly,
Joel Kipphut,

Joel Kipphut <jbkipphut@verizon.net>
USA - Monday, June 18, 2012 at 15:45:39 (EDT)

I am looking for people who knew my cousin. James Dale Peoples Jr. People who served with him. I was 2 when Jimmy died and did not know him. Wish I did. I want to know what kind of guy he was. What did you find funny about Jimmy.

Vickilynn Erhard <crimsonvirgo830@yahoo.com>
Vandergrift, PA USA - Friday, June 08, 2012 at 06:16:41 (EDT)

My name is Cary Louderback. Best I can recall, it was April thru June of 1972 when I was on several missions to Kontum Airfield with an 8th Aerial Port Sq. Mobility Team. I'm looking for anyone that remembers me or maybe Steve "Big Willie" Williams. We handled lots of aircraft, mostly C130s, moved lots of ARVN & ROKs in & out, and tried our best to evacuate refugees. Took a helluva lot of rockets & mortars along with some small arms fire. Need some help. Thanks.

Cary Louderback <cary.louderback@yahoo.com>
Rising Sun, IN USA - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 08:34:52 (EDT)

Dear Mr. Heslin:

A few weeks ago, I had heard the name, Captain Raymond H. Dobbins, from my father's subordinate. While I searched online for the name, Captain Raymond H. Dobbins, it led me to your website, "The Battle of Kontum". If you know Mr. Dobbins, then would you please forward this email to him?

I'm sincerely grateful and thankful for your services in Vietnam. With all of my respect and gratitude, I salute you.

Sincerely,
Thang Nguyen

Dear Mr. Heslin and Mr. McKenna:

Thank you for your valuable time trying to help me get in contact with Mr. Dobbins.
Yesterday, I was finally able to talk with Mr. Dobbins via phone and now, we're exchanging some emails and will keep in touch. This is truly a great healing medicine for our family. In addition, it's an indescribable feeling when I received your reply message, and was finally able to talk with Mr. Dobbins. I mean I'm so happy that there are people who do care! It's worthy for my close cousin to continue to serve this wonderful country, and I do approve his courage of willing to sacrifice his life for this great nation if needed. He's currently serving as a colonel in the U.S Army. He graduated from West Point in the class of 1986, and will attend the US Army War College in the fall.

Again, I thank you for everything, especially for your service and scarifies in Vietnam far away from your loved ones.

Best regards and sincerely,
Thang Nguyen

Thang Nguyen <cdtt.team@gmail.com >
- Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:09:04 (EDT)

Jack- thanks for the great work on the website and for the conversation we had about my father, COL John Todd. I really appreciated some of the stories and memories you provided about your time working with him during the battle. If anyone who served with him or my brother, 1LT John "Andre" Todd would like to contact me, email is provided below.

Thanks again and God Bless-
Bill Todd, MAJ USA (Ret)

Bill Todd <william.todd1@us.army.mil>
Delta Junction, Alaska USA - Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 19:40:43 (EDT)

I served with E.co1/35th 4 ID8-68-8/69. I was in the 4.2 mortar platoon. We spent a few months at Special Forces camp FOB2 in Kontum, as well as other locations in the highlands..........

Frank DeBilio <f.debilio6470@att.net>
Milton, Florida.32570 USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 07:55:22 (EDT)

Dear Mr. Jerrell Heron,

My name is Bich Ngoan, I live in Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak pro,, Viet Nam. I get your email address via google. My father wants to find his friends who worked in Kon Tum province in 1969 - 1971 during the war. His friends are Herron (his wife is Conny), both of them are students, his wife studys French at that time), he lives in Texas and Dolley lives in Califronia. They worked at Dakbla bridge in Kon Tum province, they supervised water tanks which suppied water for USA army.

I saw your name is the same my father's friend's name. I know that this is very difficult to find them, but if you know any website or information, pls reply to me. My father's name is Nguyen Hau, he was born in 1949. His family lives in Buon Ma Thuot City.

Thanks for your time to read my email. My father will very happy if he gets any information about this. Thanks!

Best regards,
Bich Ngoan (Mrs.)
HP: 84 - 0905 480 880

Nguyen Hau <bichngoan@gmail.com>
Buon Ma Thuot, Viet Nam - Friday, April 13, 2012 at 09:45:07 (EDT)

I was a rifleman with C Company 1/22 4th Division. We were choppered to Kontum the night of 2/1/68. We secured the airfield and began a sweep the next day into Kontum. We had heavy contact at the old language school near the MACV compound 2/2/68 and pushed the NVA to the north. On 2/5/68 we were on a sweep to the north and at Hill 684 met with a fierce battle for 4-6 hours. I remember Kontum well especially the brave soldiers of Charlie Company who gave their lives that day.

Fred Childs <f.childs@att.net>
Pasadena, California US - Thursday, April 05, 2012 at 19:14:29 (EDT)

Welcome home, I was in Kontum and AnKae 70 & 71 with an Engineer Unit. Don't remember it much, but did go back with some of my 84th Engineer buddies in 2010. Didn't recognize anything, the people treated us really nice. Montguards are still living in extreme poverty.

John Paul Joiner <jpj636@gmail.com>
Jacksonville, Florida USA - Sunday, April 01, 2012 at 20:27:30 (EDT)

I was an air controller throughout the battle of Kontum. I have a lot of memories I would be glad to share. I was in Kontum city as the CH-47's tried to load wounded and civilians and I watched them fall from the sky on departure, I watched them being crushed in the loading ramp…saw the whole deal…thanks for the site and the memories. I look forward to sharing with you.

Rick Vycital <rvycital@boisestate.edu>
Boise, Idaho USA - Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 22:17:38 (EDT)

I was in Kontum for Tet Of 68 at the age of 19. I was in the small compound connected to MACV. I heard small arms fire and headed for the bunker with clothes, M14, 200 rounds of ammo and 6 grenades. I gave the warning but most waited to hear the alert warning. We were pinned down by snipers for several days. I believe the count was 385 : 2 -good for everyone but 2. I'll never forget Spec Gideon and Sgt Vasques. I can still smell the rot and burning flesh.

Charles Mobley <cgmsr1@yahoo.com>
Dyersburg, Tennessee USA - Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 23:53:36 (EDT)

Lost a great friend on hill 1000, March 16, 1968, Kontum, (173rd Airborne, 1/503 Inf)

Emmett Lauer <el27yanks@aol.com>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 13:41:00 (EST)

I was a Army Air Traffic Controller at Kontum AAF from Nov. 68-April 70. I always wondered about the 72 battle for Kontum and the destruction it caused. Plan on reading the book. If anyone has pics of the Airfiield...feel free to send them. I appreciate the heroics of the men who stayed and fought.

Randy Bailey <bailey.laststand@gmail.com>
Sagle, Idaho USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 19:51:47 (EST)

I was pleased to see Col. Thomas P. McKenna's book (Kontum, The Battle to save South Viet Nam) was reviewed in the current issue (March 2012, p. 78) of "Armchair General,." I had spoken with the editor-in-chief, Jerry Morelock, a few weeks ago, and he said he would take a look. Mission accomplished! Note that Editor Morelock served as an artillery officer in I Corps in 1972.

Best regards to all,

Richard L. Montgomery
LTC, US Army, retired
Phung Hoang/S-2 Advisor, MACV Advisory Team 41, Kontum, January 1972 - January 1973.

Richard L. Montgomery <prontomonty@aol.com>
Tucson, Arizona USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 09:26:57 (EST)

I was on MACV TM 24 during TET. I was a 1LT who along with a CPT were direced by the Senior Advisor to go to the TOC where all the communications equipment was located. He told us to run the show. In 3 days and nights, I called in over 200 Arty missons on the dug in NVA. After the battle, I was told I would receive the Silver Star medal for my TET actions. You guessed it, never got it? If you know of 1LT Frank Wiseburn's actions during TET, please let me know.
God bless and thank you,
Frank

Doctor Frank Wiseburn <flw123@earthlink.net>
Houston, Texas USA - Sunday, January 08, 2012 at 10:48:29 (EST)

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