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Gravelle's Vietnam - 1965-66
Adrian Gravelle was the FDC Officer with
Charlie Btry, 7/8th Artillery in 1965 when he and several other
officers were transferred to the 6/27th Artillery in Ft Bliss, TX.
The 6/27th had been recently alerted for movement to Vietnam and
needed to fill out its roster and needed officers and cannoneers.
Adrian made the voyage on the USNS General Gordon and shares photos
of that trip.
During his initial months in Vietnam he worked out of Phouc Vinh as
a forward observer and as a liaison officer in the 1st Brigade, 1st
Infantry Division’s Tactical Operations Center/ In early 1966
he was eventually assigned to Service Battery 6/27th as XO.
We are pleased that Adrian has agreed to share
many of his photos from his time in Vietnam including the building
of Service Battery's compound in Long Binh, Service Battery convoy
photos as well as miscellaneous other photos and documents from
1965-66. They are a great addition to the website and add to
the history of the 6/27th Artillery in Vietnam. Our thanks go
out to Adrian for sharing his memories from Vietnam.
Click Here to View
Martin's Vietnam Photo 1965--66
Dale Martin joined the 6/27th Artillery in March
1965 and made the voyage over on the USNS General Gordon. He
ended up being assigned to Alpha Battery moved to the first camp
near Bien Hoa. Dale's collection of 45 photos cover those
early days when Alpha was the "Bastard Battery" and move around in
support of different operations.
Click Here to View Dale's Photos
Girardeau's Vietnam Photos 1965-66
We are happy to add photos from an officer who
made the ocean crossing on the USNS General Gordon to the website.
John Girardeau was commissioned as a 2Lt after graduation from
Georgia Tech ROTC in 1964. He served a twelve month tour and held a
number of positions with the 6/27th including Forward
Observer, Air Observer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, or
Assistant S-2. He recalled someone having described him as
“...the most shot at man in the Battalion”. John spent 18 years in
the Army Reserves and retired in 1985 at the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel while also working at E. I. DuPont until his retirement in
This is a collection of 13 photos taken during
John's tour and he says he may be adding to it now that he has
recently purchased a slide scanner. Our thanks to John for
sharing his photos and we look forward to seeing more.
View John Girardeau's Photos
10 Aug – 7 Sep 66
The 6/27th Artillery had two Forward
Observers and two Recon Sergeants on the ground and Charlie Battery
provided reinforcing fires for the 173rd's direct support
artillery during Operation Toledo. John Girardeau was one of
those Forward Observers. Learn about Operation Toledo and view
photos taken by 1LT Melvin Jones, Assistant Senior Adviser, ARVN
35th Bn, which also participated (Copies given to John Girardeau)
during the operation.
Visit Operation Toledo and View Photos
Click Here to See Photos of
Xom Cat, USNS Gordon Crossing and
Saigon/BienHoa Street Scenes
Watch for more John Girardeau
"Memories of the Voyage to Vietnam"
In 1964 John Anderson was drafted into the U.S. Army
shortly after obtaining a degree at Oregon State University.
Like many of us, he eventually ended up in the Artillery -
specifically, Alpha Battery 6/27th Artillery. In October
1965 John still had seven months to serve of his two year stint. When the
unit was deployed to Vietnam he joined 5000 other G.I.s aboard the USNS General Gordon for a 30 day sea voyage.
The Army rule was that anyone with more than six months left in
their service would be eligible for orders to Vietnam.
Fortunately for us, John was an amateur photographer and he took his
camera along. John has agreed to share over 360 of his
photos taken during his seven months in Vietnam. It is the
largest group of photos the website has ever received. Included are
photos at Ft Bliss, TX, the ocean crossing on the General Gordon, the first camps near Bien Hoa, the
1965 Bob Hope Show and the 1966 Ann-Margret/Johnny Rivers USO show
to describe a few. The photos are grouped into 19 photo
galleries. John also has provided a narrative of the journey
over on the Gordon.
In addition to his photography skills, John is a fine watercolor
artist. You will have an opportunity to view a sampling of
John's work as well as purchase one if you find any to your liking.
View John Anderson's Photos
Watercolor Painting by John Anderson
John Anderson recently sent a new watercolor painting of Alpha
Battery under mortar fire at night in 1966. As with all of John's works,
it is worth taking a look at, and perhaps you will like so much you will want to
purchase a copy.
View John Anderson's
"Duke" Holden's Charlie Battery Photos
Duke Holden served with Charlie Battery from
January 1970 until August 1971. Many of the 59 photos he has
shared with us were taken at Bu Dop and are of fellow soldiers he
served with. Duke has identified almost everyone in the photos
but a few are labeled as "Unknown". If you recognize
anyone be sure to let us know.
View Duke's photos here.
Simpson's Vietnam Photos 1968 to 1969
Steve Simpson was a Grunt.
He served with the 3rd BDE, 1st Cavalry Division (AM)
Garry Owen. Part of his tour was at Quan Loi. Steve died
in 1995, but his three brothers, Kenny, Bill and Richard remember
and miss their big brother to this date. In 2008 Richard found
Steve's Vietnam photos while clearing out his Mother's house after
her death. Over three hundred photos covering his graduation
from Infantry Training to his time at Quan Loi and An Loc, including
time at Long Binh, his R&R in Taiwan and other locations. The
Brothers wanted to share his photos and we accepted their offer.
The Simpson Brothers knew where Steve had been while in the Army and
could identify Steve in the photos, but no one else. They were
not sure where each of the photos was taken, but working with them
we tried to guess where the photos were shot and arrange them in
some kind of order. Steve's photos are of great quality and
add greatly to the website, especially those taken while he served
on a detail to clean-up the Frenchman's Swimming Pool at Quan Loi.
These are shots of the pool never seen on this website or any other.
We invite you to
view them and let us know if you agree. If you can
identify anyone in the photos please let us know. Many thanks
to each of the Simpson Brothers for their willingness to share their
brother's photos and their memories of him with us.
Ken Prorok's Alpha Battery Photos 1967 to 1968
Ken Prorok arrived at Alpha Battery in Quan Loi
just as the battery relocated there from Lai Kai on February 4,
1967. Ken had a camera and he took many 35mm slides once he
Page 37 "A
Legacy of Honor - A History of the 6/27th Artillery 1917 to 1967"
By SP4 Paul Frederick
15 June 1967 Phuoc Vinh, RSV
Among Ken's sixty-five photos included here some
show us the first FDC at Quan Loi and one of the first showers and
other "necessaries". Above ground personnel bunkers are still
being used before a fateful rocket attack woke up the Command to the
dangers of the sitting battery and construction timetables were
moved up for construction of underground personnel bunkers.
Page 37 "A
Legacy of Honor - A History of the 6/27th Artillery 1917 to 1967"
By SP4 Paul Frederick
15 June 1967 Phuoc Vinh, RSV
Many thanks to Ken Prorok for sharing his photos
which add to the visual historical records of the battery. You
will find Ken's photos worth the time it takes
to view them.
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.
Posey's Charlie Battery Photos - 1970 to 71
Bill Posey writes: "I
arrived in Vietnam In April 1970 at 90th Replacement Center. I
was then assigned to 6/27 Artillery “C” Battery in Phu Loi. I
was a "Shake-and-Bake" buck sergeant and was assigned to gun 3.
About two weeks after I arrived we got orders that we were going
to relocate in the fish Hook area. We jumped around building
firebases, most of which I cannot remember the names of anymore.
It was a solid five weeks of hard work, although it was
Join Bill in viewing over 300 images from his
first Vietnam tour of duty with Charlie Battery 6/27th
Artillery. In six separate photo galleries Bill shares his
photos with the site and you. Thanks for sharing your
memories and photos with us, Bill.
Click here to view Bill's photos.
27th Field Artillery Association
Captain Henry Parker, USA (Ret), President of thee 27th Field Artillery Regiment Association
has announced plans for the 27th FA Reunion for May 2013 at Ft
Bragg, North Carolina with the 3 BN 27th Arty HIMARS. Check
back later this year for more information on exact dates.
conjunction with the May 2013 Reunion Hank
Parker is taking recommendations from the the 6th Bn for
Distinguished Member of the Regiment and two names for the Order of
Saint Barbara Award to be presented at the May Reunion.
Click Here for more information.
Vietnam in the News
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
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
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.
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.
Click Here to download Copies in PDF File
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
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:
The Quan Loi Queen - Memories From Fred Masters
August 12/13, 1969 - Quan Loi Ground Attack by Bill Rubenstein
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.
It Took Seven Years to Get These Photos!
Gene Long served with Bravo 6/27th Arty from
September 1965 to March 1966. He shipped over with the 6/27th
Artillery on the USNS W. H. Gordon. Gene sent his first photos
to the website in 2003 with promises of more to come. Every
few months I would receive a few in a batch of emails with promises
of still more to come and the request that I should wait until they
all arrived before putting them on the website. Well, they are
finally all here and ready for you to
view. There's over 85 great shots of the crossing, of the
landing and of Phouc Vinh, and of a 2-day pass in Saigon.
Many thanks for sharing your photos with the site, Gene. It
was worth the wait!
Richard Dwyer's name was added to the
In Memoriam page. Thomas served with F Battery 16th
Artillery which was attached to the 6/27th Artillery in 1969.
Thomas died as a result of an incoming rocket at Quan Loi. We
are honored to add his name to the 6/27th Artillery In Memoriam
Finally - Photos of F Battery 16th Arty Attached to 6/27th Arty
Many thanks to Bill Wynne for sending some of his
photos from his days with F Battery 16th Artillery in Vietnam.
For those of you who do not know, the 6/27th Artillery had a 155mm
howitzer battery attached in late 1968 or early 1969. This
battery was F /16th Artillery which some considered the 6/'27th's
"D" Battery. For a time F Btry was located at Quan Loi.
Bill has included photos of F Battery's guns, FDC and personnel
while at Quan Loi and some other locations. His photos are a
welcome addition to the website and will help tell the complete
story of the 6/27th Artillery in Vietnam. I think you will
find them of great interest so
check them out.
a second page to Bill's gallery and also a downloadable PDF file
with additional photos. Be sure to check them all out.
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
clicking here. Thank you Mike for sharing your film with
OTHER VIETNAM NEWS
Orange cleanup to start at former US base in Vietnam
"HANOI — Vietnam and the United States aim to
start cleaning up contamination from Agent Orange at a former
wartime US base in the middle of next year, the US embassy said
VA Extends 'Agent Orange' Benefits to More
Parkinson's Disease, Two Other Illnesses
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Relying on an
by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Shinseki decided to establish a service-connection for Vietnam
three specific illnesses based on the latest evidence of an
the herbicides referred to as Agent Orange.
Read Complete Press Release at Reuters
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 kinda gives me the chills, considering this is
the kind of information we are used to reading about WWII and Korean
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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
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.
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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
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