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New Veteran's Memorial In Seymour
Dedicated May 31, 2004
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Role of Veterans of the United States Armed Forces in the Class of 1964
|Randy Beach||SSgt U.S. Air Force, Vietnam Aug 68, Aug 69.|
SSgt., US Army, Engineers, served in Viet Nam (Cu Chi)
|Sgt., US Army, 2/14 Golden Dragons, 25th Infantry Division. Asst. Drill Instructor at Fort Lewis, Washington, Infantry Platoon Sgt in Viet Nam (Cu Chi, Dau Tieng, Ho Bo Woods, Boi Loi Woods, Michelin Rubber Plantation, Cambodia)|
Killed in action in Viet Nam
Kenny Branaman was drafted into the United States Army in September,1965. He completed his basic training November, 1965 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was then sent to Fort Ord, California in December 1965. He stayed at Fort Ord until he was sent to Vietnam in February, 1966. In Vietnam he served as an ammunition carrier with the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Brigade (Wolfhounds). Kenny died July 19, 1966 when the Eagle flight he was a part of was ambushed.
|Barry Burbrink||U. S. Air Force c130 loadmaster 1966-70|
|US Army (ret.), served in Viet Nam (Cu Chi)|
|Colonel (ret.), US Air Force|
|US Army, 196th Light Infantry Brigade and 4/23 Mechanized, 25th Infantry Division, Squad Leader in Viet Nam (Cu Chi, Ho Bo Woods, Black Virgin Mountain, Tay Ninh)|
|Master Sargeant, Indiana National Guard, has served in the Indiana National Guard for over 35 years, currently an Automotive Foreman at CSMS #2 at Camp Atterbury where he has been for the past 20 years, plans to retire on September 30, 2005|
|Bob Miller||US Army retired active service 24 years , 11 months , 22 days RANK : (SFC E-7) Sargeant First Class + 4 years US Army Reserves RANK : SP-5 . I had many MOS's 63B20 Wheel Vehicle Mechanic , 76Y20 Air Frame Repairman , 11B30 Infantryman , 11C40 Infantry Mortarman , 13F40H Fire Support . Branches US Army Transportion , US Army Infantry , US Army Armor , US Army Artillery . Drafted 18 Aug. 1965 - Retired 30 Sept. 1990 . Serviced in Viet Nam 1966 -67 with the following units 51st Transportation Detachment , 92nd Avation Company , 5th Special Forces , 219th Arial Reconnaissance a Surveillance , and was attached to the US Air Force for 5 weeks . Was stationed at the following camps in Viet Nam Nha Trang , Cu Chi , Da Nang , Pleiku , Hue / Phu Bai , Qui Nhon , Khe Sanh , Phu Bai , Quang Tri , Kontum , An Khe .|
|U.S. Army, served two tours in Viet Nam, the first with the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands near Pleiku, and the second with the First Field Force-Artillery at Nha Trang|
|Bob Oliger||U. S. Airforce|
|US Marines, served in Viet Nam in 1966-67 (Da Nang, Dong Ha, Hue City, Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Quang Tri, the DMZ). Retired from Marine Corps. with the rank of Lt. Col. in 1997.|
|Spec 4, US Army 11/65-11/67, Viet Nam 3/67-11/67 (Phu Loi, Xuan Loc)|
|Captain, US Army, Artillery, Viet Nam 11/71-11/72|
|Hubert Sparks||Viet Nam?|
|US Marine Corps 10/68-10/72, Viet Nam 1970/71 with a Marine Tactical Air Operations Central on Monkey Mountain outside of Da Nang|
|US Army, Viet Nam in 1967|
|US Army, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One), Viet Nam|
|Jon VanScyoc||Captain, U.S. Army Medical Corps '73-'75, Ft. Benning, GA|
|US Army, Fort Lewis, WA, Germany|
|Fred Waldkoetter||US Army, 1968 - 1971, Specialist 5, in finance unit in West Germany for two years.|
|US Air Force 7/64-5/69, food service, in Texas until 4/67 then at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska|
|US Army, Viet Nam|
|US AIr Force 1968-1972, Minuteman Missile Launch Officer with SAC, spent most of his career at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD|
|I was there (Viet Nam) in 1966-67 as a
young Marine and was able to visit a number of exotic places in that
tropical paradise like Da Nang, Dong Ha, Hue City, Khe Sanh, Phu Bai, Quang
Tri, and the DMZ.
I was in the Marines from Oct. 13, 1968 through Oct. 13(a Friday but NOT
an unlucky Friday), 1972. Part of that time 1970/71, I was with a Marine
TAOC, Tactical Air Operations Central, unit on Monkey Mountain outside of Da
Nang. I ran into Bill Foster on Kanahoe Bay Marine Corps Air Station, in
Hawaii, just before I was getting ready to come stateside for some
additional training before being shipping to FMF WestPac, Fleet Marine Force
- Western Pacific. Spent some time in a staging area in Okinawa on the way
to Nam and somemore time in a staging area there on the way back. The last
few months in the "Crotch", as we used to call the Corps (I'm sure Tom P.
remembers that term) were spent at Willow Grove Naval Air Station just North
of Philadelphia training MC reserves.
Jon I was in Viet Nam Nov 71 to April 72. I was an artillary Captain but
had a desk job at an Army Airfield 90 miles south of Siagon
PS Bob Toborg was there in 67
I could tell a lot of stories some humorous and some not so humorous. The
story that I think the members of the Class of 64 will find the most
interesting is about running into a classmate of ours. I was in base camp at
a place called Dragon Mountain, where there was a community shower where the
troops could go and get a hot shower. I was taking a shower and all lathered
up with soap when this guy said to me "you're John Nolting" and I replied
something to the effect "yes" thinking that it was someone from my outfit.
He said to me you don't remember me, we graduated from high school together.
I quickly grabbed my glasses and saw that it was Jeff Tracey. The sad part
of this story is that Jeff is now deceased. Jeff's unit and my unit were
headquartered next to each other in base camp. I had not been in country
very long and Jeff was R&R'ing from wounds he had received in combat. Jeff
and I, over the years, when we would see each other always laughed about how
two country boys from Seymour stood in a shower half way around the world,
stark naked no less, reminiscing about our days as Seymour Owls and the old
Doug, Just to let you know that I served in the Air Force from July 64 to
May 69. I was fortunate not to have served in Viet Nam. I was stationed in
Texas from basic until April 67 and was then transferred to Elmendorf, AK
where I was discharged, May 69. I worked in food service and was one of
several who supplied meals for the troops flying through Elmendorf to Viet
Nam. I saw several of our servicemen going and several coming back.
Here is my military information. Use as much or as little of it as you wish.
Name: Maurice David Robison
I had my basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, then moved to Fort Riley, Kansas, with an MOS as a machinist. That company broke up and for whatever reason, I was sent to cook school. I cooked for the ROTC summer camp, then was transferred to the 758th Supply and Service Company, which was slated to go to Viet Nam.
After a couple of cancellations, we finally made it to Viet Nam, in March 1967. I was lucky enough to have been chosen to be a member of the advanced party. The company left about ten days before us and traveled to Viet Nam by ship. We stayed behind and prepared all the buildings in our compound to be turned over to the post engineers, then flew to Viet Nam, arriving at Bien Hoa Air Base about ten days before the rest of the company. We were moved to Long Binh for a couple of days, until they figured out that we were to be stationed at Phu Loi.
Our first week at Phu Loi was very busy. We put up 22 large tents, which would be the housing for the company, when they arrived, and the rest of the time was spent filling sand bags and building bunkers.
About a month into my tour, I was in a portion of our company which was moved to Xuan Loc to replace another company which was moving further north. However, because of heavy fighting there, after about a week, they were sent back to Xuan Loc and we were sent back to Phu Loi.
Phu Loi was a pretty safe compound. At that time, it was the largest
helicopter base in Viet Nam. We had a mortar attack about every 50 days and
one instance of "friendly fire". The VCs usually started about 2:30 AM,
lobbing mortars onto the air field first, hoping to disable some
helicopters, then continued stepping mortars across the post until the
choppers got into the air and began firing at them. During one mortar
attack, the tent next to ours was blown up, but we were safe in our bunker,
about 20 feet from the site of impact.
Doug: I served as a Minuteman Missile Launch Officer with SAC in the USAF
from '68 to '72. Other than short, temporary duty assignments, I spent my
"career" at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, South Dakota. The good news: We
were a successful deterrent to nuclear aggression around the world during my
watch. The bad news: We didn't do anything to impact the "dirty little war"
in Southeast Asia. -
Last Saturday, JCS and I dropped in on Larry Hatton and had a good visit with him. I just wish we had had more time. I was very surprised to find out that Larry and I were both in the 25th Infantry Division, and were in mostly the same places in Viet Nam. Larry joined the Army in 1965 and served in Viet Nam in 1966-1967. He went across the pond with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, then later spent some time with the 4/23 Mechanized in Cu Chi. He was a squad leader, and spent some time as a "tunnel rat."
Larry told us one story that is of special interest to our class. As he
was getting on his Freedom Bird to come home, another plane was unloading
new guys just arriving in country. He thought he recognized one of them and
called out his name. Sure enough, one of the guys getting off the plane
turned his head and it was Jeff Tracey. They couldn't stop to talk of
course, but Larry said he did have time to yell at Jeff to keep his head
I spent 5 wonderful days with my uncle Kenneth Foster (from
Crothersville) in Nha Trang , I also visited and stayed with Jerry Goble (
from Cortland) he was an MP stationed also in Nha Trang Tent City . While on
a convoy one day I crossed over a bridge ( can't remember the number or what
date it was ) that was secured by Jimmy White we could only yell and wave at
each other . Jimmy was my best man when I married my wife DaWinda . The day
I was leaveing Nam on the Freedom Bird from the Air Base in Pleiku , I
noticed a young blonde haired boy that looked like someone I should know ,
as I walked up to him I seen who he was . It was Mike Combs the younger
brother of Linda Combs from Seymour . Mike just got off the plane and was
heading for the in processeing station . Took basic traning ( 2 times second
time I was 28 yr. old ) and AIT at Fort Knox , KY & Fort Campbell , Kentucky
. I servied with the following units 1/506th Infantry 101st Airborne
Division , 2/502nd Infantry 101st Airborne Division , 320th Field Artillery
101st Airborne Divison , 41st Field Artillery 3rd Infantry Division , 5th
Medical Battalion 5th Infantry Division , 1st Avation Division , 5th Special
Forces , 7th Army Support Command , 7th Army Combined Arms Training Center ,
3/32nd Armor Battalion 3rd Armor Division , 212th Field Artillery Brigade
3rd Corp Field Artillery , 2/39th Field Artillery 5th Infantry Division . I
was station at the following duty post Fort Knox , Kentucky / Fort Carson
,Colorado , Fort Campbell , Kentucky / Fort Sill , Oklahoma / Fort Polk ,
Louisiana . I was stationed in the following overseas locations Friedburg
Germany , Grafenwohr Germany , Vilseck Germany , Frankfurt Germany , Manila
Philippines (only 14 days), Panama Canal Zone (90 days), Barbados (only a 2
months to help plan the invation of Granada), Hohenfelds Germany . I have 2
years of college with the University of Maryland and Austin Peay State
University . I was a class room instructor in the Non-Commissioned Officers
Academy for 5 years , 2 years as the Chief Instructor of the Europe /
Germany Traffic Laws School , 2 years as an instructor of Automated Data /
Computer Security , and my last 2 years as an Instructor of Nuclear Security
Team with the 3rd Inf. Div. at Fork Polk. Its hard to belive that so many of
us were in the same places in Nam and how the heck did I miss John Nolting
in Pleiku I flew spotter mission for the 4th Division Artillery , John what
years were you there ???? Just wait till I see you in the store again John.
Well I see him just this week and we had a long talk and it went like this I
left in 28July 67 he got there in 4 Aug 67.
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