I am sorry it took longer than past reunions to put together
the 2016 Branson Reunion Report with Photos, Video and
Accounting. Perhaps I am getting slower in my skills as we
all grow older, or maybe it was caused by the fact that we
had a record number in attendance which meant so many more
photos to edit, etc.
With that said, I am happy to present the 2016 Reunion Report.
I have tried to assure that it is error free, but if you find a
typo, or a misspelled name, please
email me and I will do my best to promptly correct it.
My thanks to Roger Mallory and Les Higa for sharing their photos
and an extra thank you to Les for taking all of the individual
attendee's photos. Great Job, Les!
While in Vietnam
SP5 Larry W. Thomas, F Battery 16th Artillery, purchased an 8 mm movie camera from the PX
shortly before leaving country, with the idea he would be able to film
his infant daughter when he arrived home. Larry said he had the camera
for only a few days in Vietnam. In the remaining days he had at Quan Loi
in 1969 Larry made just this one video of Quan Loi
Base Camp and F Battery 16th Artillery with the idea he would be able to
show it to his family when he arrived home. We are lucky
Larry kept the film and years later had it digitized and now
shares a copy with us.
Larry’s video is short, it does give you a good image of Quan
Loi, especially Larry’s 155 mm towed howitzer battery.
Jim 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.
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
This Report is published twice monthly on the 1st and 15th day
News to Contemplate
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
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
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War Helicopter Pilot to Receive Medal of Honor
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.
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.
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
Click Here to Continue (PDF File)
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.
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.
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
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.
A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans Featuring the Voice of
Mr. Sam Elliott
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration
Published on Jul 20,
Featuring the voice of renowned
actor Mr. Sam Elliott, this video is a tribute to the 7.2 million living
and the 9 million families of all who served from Nov. 1, 1975 to May 15,
1975. Thank you for your service and sacrifice!
Convoy Trucker By William E. (Bill) Patterson
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
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
Information on the Saga of the "Quan Loi Queen"
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"
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
New Cannon Ear
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.
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
New Video of the Frenchman's
Club & Swimming Pool
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.
Legacy of Honor History of the 6/27th
Artillery 1917 - 1967"
"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
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
Regrettably SP4 Frederick’s history ends
in the middle of 1967.
The 6/27th Artillery remained
in Vietnam for another four years serving in
No history of these remaining years has
yet to come to light.
Perhaps one day one will.
Bill Moyers Interviews Karl Marlentes - Watch it
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
PBS show, Bill Moyer's & Company. It is an interview
Click Here to watch it now.
sought to sabotage 1968 Vietnam peace talks,
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
Nice to learn there are more of us still alive than we thought
before. Glad you are one of them!
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,
President Johnson discusses Nixon's Vietnam tactics
Radio 4 documentary, based
on declassified tapes, has
lifted the lid on the
political maneuvers of
Richard Nixon, even before
he was elected president.
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..."
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.
Show Doubts on ’64 Vietnam Crisis
By ELISABETH BUMILLER Read the complete article at the
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 ArticleClick Here to download Copies in PDF File
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. Visit the WGBH Open Vault
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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).