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.
Remembering Friends & Comrades
Fred "Larry" Jameson - "It's never too late to remember a friend"
H. Todd Parker
- Alpha Btry Vn Service 1968-69
Memorials & Obituaries
From Tom Vehe - Quan Loi 1967
It is with sincere apologies to Tom Vehe, after many
months since he sent his photos, that they are now finally up on the
website. Tom served with Alpha Battery from May 7 to July 17,
1967 when he was wounded at Quan Loi by an incoming rocket and was
medivaced south, never to return. It was on this same night
Mike Berek was killed. This
night of rockets would mark the beginning of the end of above ground
Tom's memory, as with many of us, is not as good as it was
forty-five years ago so we need the help of the "collective
majority" to identify some of the soldiers and places in the photos.
Follow the instructions to notify us if you recognize anyone or any
place in Tom's photos.
Click Here to see all 100 of Tom's photos and read his memories
of the night he was injured. Tom, thank you for sharing your
photos and memories and your patience in getting them up on the
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
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
Click Here See them All:
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.
Email Conjuncti Stamus
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).
Iraq: The Path to War
Can you believe it has been six years since the United States invaded
Iraq, with over
(as of the date shown above) and
$757 billion later. If you
would like to go back to the beginning and refresh your memory just
how we got there visit npr.org for a fine short historical refresher
course. Visit this link from 2006 and listen to a concise
report titled "Iraq
Three Years Later: The Path to War", by NPR Morning
Edition's Mike Shuster which aired March 20, 2006, the third
anniversary of the war. Discover if what you originally
thought at the beginning still holds true today.