Monday, July 12, 2010

Jon Pangman,

Served Vietnam, details unknown

Walter Kulczycki
US Army


I entered the service, US Army Armored Div on April 2nd 1964 to August 1966. (28 months active duty.) I attained the rank of specialist 4th class. I Spent the first year at Ft Knox, KY and then off to Vietnam for 12 mos. I was assigned to the ASA (Army Security Agency) and had a very interesting tour of duty to say the least. Spent the time on Tan Son Nhut Air base working for the 509th Radio Research Unit. I was a clerk typist assigned to the brigade headquarters Colonel.

Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Defense Campaign - 8 March - 24 December 1965
Vietnamese Counteroffensive - 25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966

Tom Rebant
US Army

I was drafted into the US Army in April of 1964 and completed my service time in Mar. of 1966 ( Boy thats a long time ago). I did Basic Training at Fort Knox, Ky. and then was assigned to Headquarters Co., Company C, 1st. Engineer Battilion of the Big Red One at Fort Riley, Kansas. MOS: Cook.
In June of 1965 we convoyed to Florida for three weeks of Jungle Training and upon returning to Kansas we immediately flew to Oakland, California, boarded Merchant Marine ships and were on our way to Vietnam, the whole Division. We arrived in Vietnam at the end of August, '65.
We set-up our base camp at Lai Khe, in the middle of a rubber tree plantation, and from there we built roads to Ben Cat & Trung Lap. In Mar. of 1966 I received my orders to return to the states and was released from duty on Mar. 27, 1966 at the rank of SP5 E-5 First Cook and needless to say, I was one happy guy to return un-scathed!

Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Defense Campaign - 8 March - 24 December 1965
Vietnamese Counteroffensive - 25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966

Woodrow R. (Woody)McGee,
US Air Force

I attained the rank of Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Retired. Served from
June-August 1960: Basic Military Training, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (Trainee)
August 1960-April 1962: Harlingen AFB, Texas (Aircraft Maintenance Administration)
April 1962-March 1965: Lackland AFB, Texas (Air Force Chaplain School Administration)
March 1965-March 1966: Korat AFB, Thailand (Flight Operations)
March 1966-August 1970: Lackland AFB, Texas (Basic Military Training Instructor)

August 1970-March 1981: South Central Pennsylvania (Air Force Recruiting)

Air Force Commendation medal w/2 oak leaf clusters;
Presidential Unit Award; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/3 oak leaf clusters; AF Good Conduct Medal w/1 silver leaf cluster;
National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars; Air Force Longevity Service Award w/4 oak leaf clusters;
NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon; Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Vietnam Advisory Campaign - 15 March 1962 - 7 March 1965
Vietnam Defense Campaign - 8 March - 24 December 1965
Vietnamese Counteroffensive - 25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966

Woody sends along his reminiscence from in the day in a land far far away...
(He also spent hours finding the UTube links to the music. WOW! Thanks Woody!

Some thoughts to '65...seems when we flew our sorties and returned to "Naked Phannie," Thailand in '65, we heard some sounds of the Stones "Satisfaction" being provided and through The McCoys with "Hang on Sloopy": given us encouragement to make our way with Sam the Sham's "Wolly Bully”: and make'n sure we were pack'n with a Jr. Walker's "Shotgun": cause we weren't anywhere near Petulla Clark's "Downtown” ; or with the "California Girls" the Beach Boys had in mind. Nope we were try'n to be "King of the Road," not necessarily look'n for Roger Miller’s ole stogies on those box cars. Then with "Help" from the Beatles (not that they would have been there, you understand), we thought "I Just Can't Help Myself" as the Four Tops tried to explain. But, we knew that the Temptations kept reminding us of "My Girl" with "Unchained Melody" given words by the Righteous Brothers keep'n us work'n "In the Midnight Hour" there with Wilson Pickett's encouragement. Oh, yeah, there were thoughts along in there as some passing of "I've Got You Babe" from Sonny and Cher radioed in when a letter arrived....then, a whole lot of wishing there was with Mel Carter's reminders with "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me" to bring a big lump to the throat while the Toys' "A Lover's Concerto" got us all caught up. Then the reality struck! "Stop in the Name of Love" . Yep, must have been a Supreme thing that along with Bob Dylan made us realize we had to continue like "A Rolling Stone." After all, we did say "I Do" and maybe not like what the Marvelows meant, but we went back to the sorties and hoped that ole Searchers "Love Potion Number Nine" would keep us at least somewhere along with Ramsey Lewis near " "The In Crowd." When again we returned, a thought: "I'll be Doggone." Yep, ole Marvin Gaye may have hit it with that thought. Whatcha think? 1965 was not here, but it was there. But there brought us here. And "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You." Thank you, Marvin Gaye. You put the topper on all that the others brought to us in, about and through those times...cause we did have the love by you and many others in 1965. W.McGee

Richard Falk, Military Police Corp.,
US Army

Entered Army in Jun 60. Retired 1980. I attained the rank of Master Sergeant E8. After MP School at Ft Gordon, GA, I was sent to Germany. Came home on leave in Nov 62 and married Suzanne Bechtel (Class of 62). After Germany, we went to Ft Meade, MD, where my son (Ketih) was born in Aug 63. From there I did a solo tour in Korea for a year, then back to Ft. Ritchie, MD at the "underground pentagon". Did another solo tour in Vietnam in April 71. Met up with the nasty side of a hand grenade and spent the next few months in hospitals in Vietnam, Japan, and Valley Forge, PA. We then were stationed at Ft Bliss, TX, and returned to Germany in 75 for a few years. Returned in 78 to Ft Sheridan, IL, where I worked as Sr. Military Police Advisor to the Army Reserves and National Guard in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, until I retired in Jun 80. Left with rank of Master Sergeant E-8.

Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea,)RVN Gallentry Cross with crossed palm, Good Conduct Medal;
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII - l July 1970 - 30 June 1971

Joseph Vitale

US Army

I attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class. I served from 1964 to 1966. I served in the 60th Ordinance Group in Ben Hoa Province, just north of Saigon, S. Vietnam. I was a company clerk, PIO reporter for the Stars and Stripes military newspaper. I prepared news releases of home bound personnel.

Good Conduct Medal

National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Jan Woodson,

US Army

I attained the rank of Captain. Airborne qualified, served 3rd Special Forces Group, Airborne, Ft. Bragg, N.C.

1967-68 Served in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade then the Americal Division in I Corp, Chu Lai, S.Vietnam.

Parachutist Badge(Airborne), Expert Marksman-Rifle,

Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster,

National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnamese Counteroffensive(1 June 1967-29 January 1968)Phase III
Tet Counteroffensive (30 January-l April 1968)
Vietnamese Counteroffensive (2 April-30 June 1968) Phase IV
Vietnamese Counteroffensive (1 July-l November 1968) Phase V