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2014 Reunion - 6/27th Artillery Vietnam

To be held in Las Vegas, Nevada

September 17 & 18, 2014

Flamingo Hotel & Casino

 

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John 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 1993.


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. 

 

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Operation Toledo - 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.
 

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"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

 


New 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 Latest Watercolor

 

 

 


Charles "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.


Steve 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 was settled. 
 

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.



2012 REUNION WAS A GREAT TIME

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Bill Moyers Interviews Karl Marlentes - Watch it Here

 

Bill 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.


Bill 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 exciting."

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

 


27th Field Artillery Association News

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.  

In 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 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 manoeuvres 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.  Visit the


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. 
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

 


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.


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!


Thomas 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 page.


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.

Just added 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

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.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/01/03/2011-01-03_bush_aide_john_wheeler_war_vet_who_helped_get_vietnam_memorial_built_found_murde.html#ixzz1A5GCSMVo

Agent 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 Thursday."

Visit Google/AFP



VA Extends 'Agent Orange' Benefits to More Veterans
Parkinson's Disease, Two Other Illnesses Recognized

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Relying on an independent study
by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K.
Shinseki decided to establish a service-connection for Vietnam Veterans with
three specific illnesses based on the latest evidence of an association with
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 War vets. 

Click Here See them All:


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).


Iraq: The Path to War
Can you believe it has been six years since the United States invaded Iraq, with over 4474 soldiers killed (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.


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