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Jim Hoyt's Vietnam Photos

Jim HoytJim Hoyt served with Bravo Battery at Song Be from May 1968 to Feb 1969.  Like many of us, he purchased a camera a starting snapping shots around the Bravo Battery Area.  He had to learn some new tasks to get his photos to us, but he did a great job in mastering the art of scanning, etc.

Separated into six separate galleries for ease of viewing, Jim did his best to caption the 127 photos he agreed to share with us.  His photos are a great addition the website and to the history of Bravo Battery.  Many thanks for sharing your photos, Jim!

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History Lesson - You Be The Judge

Ever wonder why or how the Vietnam War ended the way it did.   After more than fifty years there have been many analyses presented and countless histories written and many more will be published over the years as additional information becomes available.  Do any provide the complete answers - not likely, but the quest for truth needs to continue.
With that in mind the following video lecture is presented as an opportunity to learn more and understand how and why the war ended as it did. It provides another perspective you may not have considered. Ever wonder why or how the Vietnam War ended the way it did. After more than fifty years there have been many analyses presented and countless histories written and many more will be published over the years as additional information becomes available.  Do any provide the complete answers - not likely, but the quest for truth needs to continue. With that in mind the following video lecture is presented as an opportunity to learn more and understand how and why the war ended as it did. It provides another perspective you may not have considered.
Lewis Sorely, West Point Graduate, and Retired Army LTC, in conjunction with the publication of his book, Westmoreland, The General Who Lost Vietnam, presented a lecture in October of that same year at the US Army War College as a part of the  U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series.The lecture, published on YouTube, runs almost an hour and a half.   If you choose to view it, be sure to watch the question and answer portion.  You may or may not agree with LTC Sorely, but you will be presented with a completely different perspective on General Westmoreland.  You be the Judge.

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Vietnam War Helicopter Pilot to Receive Medal of Honor

Maj Charles Kettles
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 — President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor in a July 18 White House ceremony to a daring UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot who displayed extraordinary heroism during the Vietnam War.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles is credited with saving some 44 lives on May 15, 1967, while serving as a helicopter commander in the 176th Aviation Company, 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division, near Duc Pho in Vietnam's central highlands.

Early that morning, his platoon had dropped about 80 soldiers in a river valley, but the troops were ambushed and surrounded very quickly. Kettles and his fellow pilots made several trips back and forth, bringing reinforcements and evacuating the wounded, but by afternoon, it was clear that the situation was hopeless. Only 44 troops remained, facing what Kettles estimates was a battalion-sized force.

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Why Are There So Many Copies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall?

Source:  The Atlantic - City Lab by  KRISTON CAPPS 2-23-16
http://www.citylab.com/design/2016/02/why-are-there-so-many-copies-of-the-vietnam-veterans-memorial-wall/470331/

On Friday, the Army posted a solicitation for a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, needs a memorial—something just like the famous wall designed by Maya Lin—from March 16 to March 20. The bidding period ends on February 29.

Fort Irwin isn’t looking for a full-scale replica: This one should not be larger than 250 feet in length, or half the size of the (national) Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the National Mall. The replica will nevertheless bear all 58,300-plus names of veterans lost or missing in the war. For all intents....  Click Here to Continue (PDF File)

Agent Orange Catching up to Vietnam
 Vets Decades Later
Source: 
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com
OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Snow fell outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 696 as its members held their monthly meeting Feb. 9, 2016.

Although attendance was down, most of those present were Vietnam veterans receiving some percentage of disability benefits from their exposure to Agent Orange — a herbicide sprayed by the United States military during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.

Among them were Billy Milan, Lou Drawdy and Terry Stinson.
They were like thousands of other Vietnam vets who returned home unaware that they had been exposed to the same toxic dioxin that was meant to combat their enemies — the Viet Cong guerrillas and the North Vietnamese Army, known as "Charlie" to U.S. forces.

Now, decades later... Click Here to Continue  (PDF File)

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Researchers call for more study of Agent Orange's effects on Vietnam veterans and their kids
By Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-Pilot,
and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

More than two decades of studying Agent Orange exposure hasn’t produced a solid understanding of how the toxic herbicide has harmed Vietnam War veterans and possibly their children, according to a report released Thursday.

Additional research is long overdue, the report said,. . .  Click Here to Continue

Ever Hear of WACR Radio Blackhorse Quan Loi?

In the Spring of 1970 Quan Loi, Vietnam, got its very own radio station.  It was hard to believe!   Before its arrival the only receivable stations were Vietnamese.  It was a joy to listen to "The Quan Loi Kid" or "Lucky Fritz" playing American popular music. They, via WACR Radio Blackhorse, brought a piece of Home to Quan Loi.

On May 20, 1970, John Wavra, then Alpha Battery Clerk, taped over three hours, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the EM Club on a reel to reel tape recorder.  An 8 plus minute sample of that recording has been available on the website for several years.  Now you can listen to the entire 3 hour plus recording in its entirety. 

In addition you can also now listen to over 1 1/2 hours of a recording from May 1, 1970 made by then CW2 Brian Russ, a Cobra Pilot with Blue Max at Quan Loi (C Btry 2/20 ARA).

A long over-due thank you is given to all those soldiers who made it all possible.

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50 Years Ago

  2 Nov 1965 - The Gordon arrives at Vung Tau

  3 Nov 1965 - The battalion disembarks at Vung Tau and is flown to Bien Hoa Air Base and staging area

  4 Nov 1965 - The Dick Lykes with battalion equipment arrives in Saigon harbor

10 Nov 1965 - A and Service batteries deployed to Widow's Village, east of Bien Hoa

 On or about 10 Nov 1965 - First Fire Mission in Vietnam   

19 Nov 1965 - B, C, HQ batteries deployed to Phuoc Vinh

9 Dec 1965 - Alpha and Service Batteries relocate to north side of Bien Hoa Air Base.

24 Dec 1965 - General Harold K. Johnson, Army Chief of Staff, visits C Battery at Phuoc Vinh

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A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans Featuring the Voice of Mr. Sam Elliott

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration

Published on Jul 20, 2015

Featuring the voice of renowned actor Mr. Sam Elliott, this video is a tribute to the 7.2 million living veterans and the 9 million families of all who served from Nov. 1, 1975 to May 15, 1975. Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

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Vietnam Convoy Trucker
By William E. (Bill) Patterson

Bill Patterson PhotoA new book recently came my way that I think many of you who served in Vietnam will enjoy.  “Vietnam Convoy Trucker”, written by William E. (Bill) Patterson, who served in Vietnam with the 319th Transportation Company, an activated Army Reserve Unit from Augusta, GA from 1968 to 1969, is a lively and entertaining memoir of his time there.  In short it is a “good read”.

Bill’s book provides you the opportunity to sit down with a Vietnam Comrade and learn through a series of his memories what it was like to be a convoy driver of a 5-ton cargo truck, Number 36, during a one year . . .  Click Here to Continue

New Information on the Saga of the "Quan Loi Queen"

New information on the saga of the "Quan Loi Queen" has become available thanks to MSGT Robert Aston (U. S. Air Force, Ret.).  Robert flew into Quan Loi on the support aircraft and was tasked with helping to start the Queen via its "prop wash" at Quan Loi.  It was a perilous job as you will read.  Robert has sent an article that appeared in the Air Force Base newspaper in Taiwan and photos of the "Queen" in the wash rack at Tan San Nhut AFB, South Vietnam.  Many thanks to Robert and his son, Bob, for sending this new "Quan Loi Queen" information.

Click Here to See the Article and Photos.


11 July 1967 VC Raid On Quan Loi

Photo Johnny KInderJohnny Kinder was sent to Quan Loi, at what turned out to be a very inappropriate date and time.  He was a mechanic with BN Maintenance, HHC 1st Engr Bn, 1st Inf Div. and he was sent to Quan Loi to adjust a transmission on an Allis Chalmers HD16 Bulldozer.  It turned out to be a very exciting trip to say the least.  Many thanks to Johnny for sharing his eyewitness memory of that night.  Click Here to Read it.

If you were there at Quan Loi that night and would like to share your memory of that Ground Attack please email us.


The New Cannon Ear

A Newsletter of the 6/27th Artillery Vietnam & Quan Loi Dot Org

In an attempt to keep you informed when new content is added to the website and to spotlight content you may have missed from the over 4000 pages on the site, it had been decided to publish an email newsletter at least quarterly if not sooner.  If we had a current email address for you we added it to the mailing list and you should have received the first issue already.  Thanks to all of you for the good comments many of you have sent. 

If you have not received the latest issue and would like to view it and/or be added to the mailing list so you will receive free future issues in your email box just:

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A New Video of the
Frenchman's Club & Swimming Pool


Frenchmen's Pool at Quan Loi Photo

If someone asked those of you who served at Quan Loi, South Vietnam to name one good memory of the place - perhaps it would be the Frenchmen's Swimming Pool and Clubhouse Area. It was a unique place in Quan Loii let alone the entire country of South Vietnam and it was a very good memory.
 
The Frenchmen's Area is long gone now, removed by the new government of a united Vietnam some years after reunification, but the memory is preserved in GI's photos and in one case the only known film of the place. Come back with us now and revisit that memory in new video.

 

 

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"A Legacy of Honor
History of the 6/27th Artillery 1917 - 1967"

A new "searchable" copy of this exceptional history of the 6th Battalion, 27th Artillery is now available for download in PDF format.

It has long been a goal to re-type SP4 Paul Frederick's entire History as a searchable text document.  Well, it was a long process that was not without its benefits, in that it, at last forced me to read the entire document while typing it from the first to the last word.  I have tried to remain as faithful to the original document with this copy, correcting only minor errors where discovered.  Due to the differences used by SP4 Frederick’s manual typewriter page layout and today’s computer edition there may be some slight differences in page numbering.  In this edition footnotes have been numbered consecutively rather than by section.

SP4 Paul R. Frederick’s History of the 6/27th Artillery is a remarkable document, especially when you consider the conditions of where and when it was researched and written – on the battlefield per se – Phuoc Vinh, Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.  Regrettably SP4 Frederick’s history ends in the middle of 1967.  The 6/27th Artillery remained in Vietnam for another four years serving in heroic ways.  No history of these remaining years has yet to come to light.  Perhaps one day one will.

John A. Wavra
Webmaster, www.quanloidotorg

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Vietnam in the News

Bill Moyers Interviews Karl Marlentes - Watch it HereBill Moyers Interviewed Karl Marlentes, author of "Matterhorn" a 2010 best selling novel of the Vietnam War and "What It Is Like To Go To War ?" a non-fiction 2011 work about modern veteran life upon return to the civilian world, recently on his PBS show, Bill Moyer's & Company.   It is an interview worth seeing.   Click Here to watch it now.

Nixon sought to sabotage 1968 Vietnam peace talks, records show

By The Associated Press
on May 21, 2015 at 7:41 AM, updated May 21, 2015 at 7:42 AM

WASHINGTON — Documents released by the National Archives' Nixon Presidential Library on Wednesday (May 20) add weight to considerable, existing evidence that Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign tried to sabotage Vietnam peace talks before the U.S. election. The apparent purpose: to deny his Democratic challenger, Hubert Humphrey, a political advantage in the tight race to succeed Lyndon Johnson. . .    The Times Picayune


How Many Vietnam Veterans Are Still Alive?

Take a Number. How Many Vietnam Veterans Are Still Alive? By ANDREW GELMAN. Published: March 25, 2013 in the New York Times. The approximate percentage of Vietnam-era veterans who are still alive in 2013 is 75 Here is a copy of the article just in case you can not get it from NewYorkTimes.com. Please note - this corrects the story "Vietnam Vets Take Notice - Here Are Some Interesting Statistics..."  posted earlier and listed below.  Nice to learn there are more of us still alive than we thought before.  Glad you are one of them!


Former Vietnam POW Remembers Vietnam Forty Years Later

"Forty years ago on March 13, my fellow prisoners of war in North Vietnam and I, dressed in cheap civilian clothes that had been provided to the 108 of us for the occasion, boarded buses for Gia Lam airport on the outskirts of Hanoi.   A Big green American C-141 airlifter was waiting there to fly us to Clark Air Force Base n the Philippines."  Click here to read the article.

Published in The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2013


President Johnson discusses Nixon's Vietnam tactics

"A BBC Radio 4 documentary, based on declassified tapes, has lifted the lid on the political maneuvers of Richard Nixon, even before he was elected president.

In 1968 President Lyndon B Johnson thought Nixon was effectively sabotaging the Vietnam war peace talks."  Click Here to read the article and hear the Pres. Johnson's tape.


After 40 Years, the Complete Pentagon Papers

"It may be a first in the annals of government secrecy: Declassifying documents to mark the anniversary of their leak to the press. But that is what will happen Monday, when the federal government plans to finally release the secret government study of the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers 40 years after it was first published by The New York Times.

Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, said the report should not have been secret even in 1971.

At first blush, it sounds like the release of one of the worst-kept secrets in history..."

 

Read the complete story at The New York Times.com

 

Read the complete Pentagon Papers at The National Archives

 


New Vietnam Documents & History Now Online

As the years go by more and more previously "secret" or "restricted" documents are being made available.  As we become aware of them we will make them available to you.


Records Show Doubts on ’64 Vietnam Crisis  By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Read the complete article at the NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — In an echo of the debates over the discredited intelligence that helped make the case for the war in Iraq, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday released more than 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts that show senators of the time sharply questioning whether they had been deceived by the White House and the Pentagon over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.  Read Article   Click Here to download Copies in PDF File


The Vietnam Collection
Vietnam: A Television History
was a landmark documentary series produced by WGBH. This collection contains most of the materials gathered and created for the 1983 series, as well as additional Vietnam-related materials from the WGBH archive. Vietnam: A Television History was one of the last WGBH series produced entirely on film. Starting in 2008, materials were reconstructed, transferred, and digitized for preservation and access. 
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EyeWitness To History

"History is indeed the witness of the times, the light of truth." (Cicero)

 

Here are new memories of events that took place at Quan Loi:

 

The Quan Loi Queen - Memories From Fred Masters

August 12/13, 1969 - Quan Loi Ground Attack by Bill Rubenstein

 


QuanLoi.Org Online Roster Reminder
Over 200 visitors have listed there names and contact information in the online roster.  It is a great way to allow old friends to find you after these many years.  The Roster has a secure entry and requires a username and password which you receive when you submit your own information for inclusion.   We invite you to join - like everything on this site it is completely free.

Once your name is listed you will be advised via email when new listings are added.  With that in mind, several of you have changed your email addresses and not advised us of the change.  When time permits, would you please email us if you desire to continue to receive the notices.



Historic Quan Loi Vietnam Videos Added to Website

In 1966 Michael Chalifoux, assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, was only in Quan Loi for a month when his aunt  in Pennsylvania sent him a Super-8 movie camera.  Over the next 7+ months Mike shot film in and around Quan Loi, including the Frenchmen's Swimming Pool, the airstrip with all types of aircraft, the nearby Montangard Village, and An Loc to list just a few.  His film shows Quan Loi (L Z Andy) in its early days as an airstrip. 

The 40+ minutes of film was copied to DVD.  For ease of viewing on the website the video was edited into six smaller videos.  Mike was interviewed during a Skype call and his comments were added to the videos.  All six videos were uploaded to youtube.com and then embedded on pages on the website.  You can view them all by clicking here.  Thank you Mike for sharing your film with us.

OTHER VIETNAM NEWS

 

WASHINGTON - A former Bush aide with homes in Harlem and in Delaware was found dead at a Delaware landfill on New Year's Eve, police said Monday.

The death of John Wheeler - who worked tirelessly to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington - has been ruled a homicide.


AND THEN THERE'S THIS:

Vietnam Vets Take Notice - Here Are Some Interesting Statistics...
In case you haven't been paying attention these past few decades after you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet, in a larger sense, should give one a sense of pride.

Many Thanks to Don Albers, former Battery Commander, Alpha Battery, 6/27th Artillery Vietnam - 1969 for sending these statistics to us. Don received them from friends at West Point Academy. We are not sure who to attribute this original compilation of statistics to (It can be found at other sites on the web), but whoever you are - thanks for doing it. Even if they are a little mind-blowing.

"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam; less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran's age approximated to be 54 years old."
 
So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam?  We Don't know about you, but kind of gives me the chills, considering this is the kind of information we are used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets. 

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The Saga of the Quan Loi Queen

Chances are, if you were at Quan Loi on November 17-18, 1969, and you had a camera, you took photos of a C-130 that was hit by a rocket on the Quan Loi Airstrip.    I took several photos as did Jan Maclaga, Dennis Camp, Glen Russell and Jim McLain of that damaged aircraft.  I'm sure there are many more squirreled away in closets and attics of Quan Loi Veterans.   That battered C-130 was a "curiosity" of the war. All of us knew that the plane was severely damaged from that rocket and it would remain on the side of the airstrip for several months until a crew was finally sent in with a new wing and other parts to repair her.  I doubt that any of us knew that the twenty-one year old USAF Loadmaster of the Queen, Norm Thomas, was killed that day from rocket shrapnel.  It is time we honor his memory.

All of us at Quan Loi relied on the crews of the C-130s, C-7A Caribous and choppers who flew in mail, supplies and provided us safe transportation.  Quan Loi would have been a whole lot worse without them.  Thanks to the pilot of the Quan Loi Queen that November day, Lou Hari, we can now learn the complete story of that sad incident and what eventually happened to the Quan Loi Queen.  I think you will find it one of the most interesting stories to be added to the site.  Click Here to read it.

Who We Are  This website was started in October 2002 by John Wavra with much assistance from Jim Hynes and Reed McDonald.  It has since grown to what you see on your screen today.  It would be but a few pages if not for all of the comrades who helped.  I thank each and every one of them for their contributions of photos and/or stories, etc., which have helped to began to tell the story of the 6/27th Artillery in Vietnam.  It is long past time that credit is given to all those who helped.  See them all at Who We Are. There is still much to tell.  Come, join us!  Add your photo or name to those listed on the Who We Are Page by sending your memories and stories to me. Email   Conjuncti Stamus     John Wavra


Quan Loi - August 12, 1969 Ground Attack - A Grunt's Perspective
Thomas Mathis was with the A Troop 1/4 Cav on the night of August 12, 1969.  His memory of that night brings a new perspective to what took place when the NVA attacked Quan Loi that night.  It is worth your time.  Click Here to read his account from the new August 12 Start Page.


Were you in Quan Loi on August 12-13, 1969?
If your answer is yes, you don't have to be reminded of the ground attack that was repulsed that night.  Many thanks to former SSGT Robert W. Smith for providing us with a copy of the August 14, 1969 Stars and Stripes.  If you would like to learn about that night or refresh your memory click here to read it

If you have a memory, photos or video of the August 12-13, 1969 Quan Loi ground attack you would like to share with the site, please drop me an email. (JWavra)


Book Published on Quan Loi

I was very pleased to recently receive a promotional copy of David Bedard's memoir of his Vietnam service in the Artillery Ballistic Meteorology Unit of the 1st Air Cavalry Division from February 1969 to February 1970.   I don't receive many promotional book copies so I was tickled to get this one, but I was even more pleased to see the title, "I Remember Quan Loi - Annus Horribilis - The Horrible Year".  David had served his entire Vietnam service tour in one of our "favorite" places - Quan Loi.  His unit was located right next to Alpha Btry 6/27th Arty.....(Continued).


 

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