THANK YOU !!!
I’ve got a tri-pacer that I started the rebuild on (N3536P). I started the rebuild on it about two years ago and got side tracked with other projects. I took a shot of your tri-pacer for my web page to show what mine will look like when it’s done. I took your N# off of course. One of these days I’ll update that part of my page. You’ve done a fine job on your Tri-Pacer. BTW!! What happened to all of you MIDI files??? I thought they were great!
Dave stumbbled onto your site, was in Delta Co 2nd 27th Wolfhounds 1967/68 ChuChi, also RC nut, have XLT pattern ship HB61 pdp power plant also Stinger 120 with Quadra 35cc power, enjoyed your photos
JOE W. PEACE
Hey Dave your web page has helped me alot on my esay . Sincerly Jessica Bliss
Enjoyed your site. Did Ft. Sill, twice. Did RVN 66-67 with 2Bn, 33d Arty at Lai Khe. Spent time on the side of the Black Virgin at Soui Da base camp during Junction City and other times. I do Soviet radars now, SA-8s (Landroll), SA-6, ZSU 23-4 etc on a project for US Army. Also fly! Had a 1956 C-182.
Great job. Thank you for being a proud American. I have a number of family members who also served in Vietnam.
Dave, I want to thank you for “Mentoring: me in html and allowing me to discover that “MAC” shold be the best !!! I was a died-in-the-woods PC GUY, I said I was …. Bill oe #37 on your radio dial.
TONY O HALLORAN
keep up the good work .always supported ye. guys out there especially in viet nam. God Bless from WATERFORD IRELAND.
PFC Bill Williams Jr.
Dave, You have a photo of a P-51D Mustang (Miss Fit) on your site I want to include on my site of active P-51D mustangs. Even though the paint scheme has changed, the plane still operates in flying condition.What I need is your name in order to give you photo credit.
Keith Hatfield 3/22 inf 25th Div 1967-68
Served 11 months 21 days and 31 minutes as a RTO with HHC,Alpha and Delta Companies. Stumbled onto your site while a flashback moment.
Interesting reading. I served from 1968 to 1970. In Nam I was stationed in the Northern I Corps. 3rd Sqdn 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry opconned to both the 101st Airborne and the 5th Mech (not at the same time). My Unit consisted of tanks and PC’s. My Nam tour was Jan ’69 to Jan’70. I was one of the lucky draftees who experienced the early out program without extending. I went to radio school for AIT. Little did I realize that I would probably end up with a PRC-25 on my back. When I figured this out, I was able to advance to radio teletype school at Ft. Gordon in Georgia. I almost volunteered for the shake’n’bake program, but held firm and went to Nam like a good soldier. Bottom line, when I derosed, I had served 1 year, seven months and two days. Bascially, I had 148 days left when I touched home in the world and got my waling papers. Unfortunately, it was strange times in the early seventies and I couldn’t relate to the protesters or the luv-ins. Got my head together and graduated from CSUF. Considered choosing Cal Poly Pomona, but they required an extra course for the BS vs the BA at Fullerton, so I opted for Fullerton. Anyway, it’s been 31 years, next month. An awful long time for dredging up old memories. Thanks for the trip down memory lane anyway.
ENJOYED YOUR SITE, BROUGHT BACK MANY MEMORIES. I SERVED WITH 101ST IN NAM 65/66. THE BEST TO YOU . SENCERLY RON AIRBORNE
I served in Nam from March 68 to May 69 with B Co. 3rd./39th 9th. Infantry Div. Dong Tam, Rach Kein, Plain of Reeds and Fire Base Moore just to name a few of the places we operated from. Excellent web site keep up the good work.
MY WAR TIME EXPERIENCE WAS FROM APRIL 1943 THROUGH JUNE 1946 ON A MINESWEEPER IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC. AMC204 OPERATING UNDER COMINPAC. PURPOSE TO SWEEP VARIOUS TYPE MINES LAYED DOWN BY THE JAPS. ALL HARBORS AND ENTRANCES TO HARBORS IN JAPAN, OKINAWA, BIKINI ATOLL, GUAM, TINIAN, KWAJALEN.AND MANY OTHERS.
I was there, Sept 66-Sept 67, Tay Nin, Dau Tieng and all points inbetween, operation Cedar Falls,Attleburrow,Junction city and FSB Gold. 1 hell of a way to spend a year. Loved the III Corp AO Map, do you know where I can buy one? Send me E-mail or regular @ David Walker, 508 W. Roberts Fresno, Cal 93704. any help would be appreciated.
Thanks Dave! Irealy injoyed your work on this “burning girl ” story. My time was 68-69, camp carrol, evens,Tay Ninh. I was with the 2nd/20th ARA “Blue Max” I have never been to the wall,and probley will never go, to much “gook” involvement for me. I don’t support that group. 58,220 men that gave there lives are remembered there and to have a lier come there and give her forgivness to them for some thing they had no part in. Clinton, Fonda, how many more will come there to shit on these honered soul’s? Lets all feel sorry for the poor Vietnameese, ask a “combat vet” on recon how “chuck” left our downed pilots and wounded? Where are the news stories of the atrocities done to them? When will the “REAL” vet’s of Nam climb out of there holes and tell the true stories of Viet Nam, not the pretty stories told by hollywood, politicain’s and super stars? Thanks Dave…………….
I was with the HHC 65th Engr Bn from 8/68 to 5/69. I was lucky and worked out of the Asst Div Engr office. I was at Cu Chi the night we had 10 CH47s blown up with sachel charger. A prayer for the ones that didn’t make it back. And for the ones that made it back, aren’t we lucky. A great sight.
i really enjoyed looking through your website. i am a high school senior and im graduating in 7 days and i need to do 2 differnet reports on vietnam, both 7-8 pages long each. ilooked for an in-depth website for weeks and happened to come along yours today, 01-10-01. i think it is one of the best websites ive ever been to. its educational, full of pictures, full of opinion. it was overall extremely helpful. thank you for the information.i think you designed a wonderful webpage on somehitn, i think not that many 17 and 18 year olds know about,but should know! sincerely jess
adrian nolan jr
serve with the 25th from dec 1965 and departed for vietnam in feb or march of 66 on the troop transport ship, which i believe was the gordon. i spent most of the year with division supply, a company. i was drafted and return to the states in march 67 and was discharged in august at fort hood texas. i now reside in the state of wisc.
What a great site. I served with HHB 3/13 arty with the 25th in 70. was at Cu Chi spent alot of time going from fire support bases all over the a.o. I ran the m-88 Tank retriver for Bn.Maint.When the unit went home I was reasigned to the 178 th at dong ha.and then on to kay sahn Thanks for the great site again
Stephen M. Webber
Excellent job on this Dave. I’m also a former TPS-25 operator, that was later in B-TAB, 1-26FA. Was also in a tower falling accident at Can Giouc around Jun 71. The similarities are uncanny. While in Nam I was in D Btry. 8th TAB, 25th Arty. Worked with the 265th, 267th, and 277th FA Dets. All TPS-25 sites. Went back in Jun 72 to Feb 73 and was on TPS 58 sites then. Was in B-TAB, 1-26th FA in Babenhausen, FRG from Jan 76 to Mar 77, much later than you. Great site and thoroughly enjoyed. Carry on brother and God bless you.
B W Milne
I served with the 25th Infantry Division “A” Battery 7/11 Field Artillery Tay Ninh, RVN 1968-69. I now have Peripheral Neuropathy (PN), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), high levels of arsenic in my blood & urine (due to agent blue I believe). The VA just denies all claims except the PTSD, so what else is new. We must unite and fight for our benefits due for the Agent Orange damage done to us all! Please stop by my web site and sign my guest book at www.cybersarges.com. “KEEP THE FAITH” & “WELCOME HOME VETERANS”
this is a really resourceful webpage my classmates and i are doing a project about the vietnam war and we are relating it with the music of the 60’s it is for my American Studies class your pictures are very good. Thank you for your insight and your sharing of your experience we know that it was hard for people to go over, and come back. Thank you
Thomas W. Peterson
I have the greatest respect for all my fellow-men from the V/N era; anyone who didn’t live thru that period can not understand what it was like.
Surprizingly how long ago that was and yet the smells can be remembered to this day.
John C. Neill
Headquarters Battery, 8th/Field support for 27th Wolfhounds. In to Thailand and a few of us to Laos, ’61 to ’62…probably the first from the 25th into SE Asia. Lots of memories.
I was scanning channels a few weeks ago and Platoon was on tbs. I remember when it came out, I was 18. I was interested in it back then, but had other things on my mind probably, like shopping. While, I did serve 6 years in the Navy I was in communications working in air conditioned buildings so never could really understand what it would have been like in Vietnam. Anyway, sights like this are really helping me learn as I suddenly want to know more about everything about Vietnam. Thank you.
Maybe one of the vets out there can share a few things. One question? Do you ever really sleep? Did you feel like zombies or do you get used to always being on guard? When you came home did you just collapse not having to look over your shoulder?
I enjoyed viewing and reading your scrapbook. I checked it out because my 10 year old daughter is doing a social studies fair project on the Vietnam War. I found your page very interesting and got some good info for her. Thank You
I’m enjoying your scrapbook Dave. Thanks for sharing it with the World! If you ever fly your Tri-Pacer to Tulsa look us know. The biggest mistake we ever made was selling ours.
Donald J. Diebold
Thought it was about time I signed your guest book. I’ve been checking in once in awhile for the past few years. Your site has really grown and your articles appear all over the place. Keep up the good work and stay well. Don
I am about to marry the love of my life, after a separation of 31 years. He was 25th Artillary 1969-1970. Only recently found out he was awarded the Bronze Star! God bless each and everyone of you. Judy Martin Soon to be (April 14, 2001) Mrs. “Sgt. Doug” Platt…a man worth waiting for.
Well this is not my home page but it is my dads home page and I thought you might be intrested in the STC that he sells for a Rudder Trim & Skylight. I liked your page and story on the Tri-pacer. 🙂
Dave I just quickly browsed your site – plan to come back soon. I served with the 25th for a while in B btry,2 BN, 32Arty, but we were disbanded at some point. I’m having trouble putting some of the dates, places together again. I just started going ‘back to Nam’ (in my mind), and am about to start looking for buddies, etc..Your memoirs brought back some of my own. Very well written. thanks, Doug
One of the best and most thoughtful pages I have seen. Congradulations!
I SERVED AS A SCOUT IN THE 4TH BN 22ND INFANTRY(25TH INF DIV)1988-92.THE EXPIERENCES YOU ALL WENT THROUGH REALLY TOUCHED ALOT OF US YOUNGER SOLDIERS. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS. THANK YOU.
Dave, A quiet evening. Just fooling around I plug in the unlikely word, Loc Giang, and there’s your website. I was there with the 234 FA Det roughly a year after you were there. Moreover, I was also at Hep Hoa (sp?) at the old sugar mill on the Vam Co Dong. Your pictures of Loc Giang look identical to mine. Even the dogs look the same! Also, our tower also tipped over. It’s all quite surreal…. Best Wishes, Larry
Thank you–very nice site to visit.
Thought you might like to know The Black Lady Mountain is still there and as beautiful as it was then or maybe more beautiful. I have been able to travel to the area many times since 69. Was just there again a few weeks ago and again rode the skylift up the side of the mountain. The area is much calmer today. The lady is just as beautiful and the people are very friendly to a visiting ex serviceman. After going back the people have begun to recognize me and it feels kinda of nice. Thank goodness there isn’t anymore war there and the families can live in peace. Whether we were right or the communists were right! Peace today reigns in spite of both of us. Good site. Curtis
Dave, I enjoyed your description of the AN/TPS-25 Radar system. I became familiar with the TPS-25 radar system while stationed in Alaska, in 1968. I was assigned to: Ground Surveillance Radar & Long Range Reconaissance, HHC 6th Bn 9th INF Regiment (Manchus!), 171st INF Brigade(Mehanized).
Great page! I loved that you had photos of the Tipsy 25. I too used the Tipsy 25 in combat but during Desert Storm as opposed to Vietnam. I always loved how people didn’t have a clue about what the Tipsy 25 was or did. People when they saw it always were in awww of its odd looks. I remember one time while doing a static display of the radar a Vietnam Vet came up to me and made the comment that he wished that they had this during the Vietnam war. I actually started laughing and then told him that the radar had been in service since 1953! In fact the Field Manual for the AN/TPS 25 was from 1953 as well. I joined the army in December of 1988 I never thought I would be working on equipment that old. But I will say this, the Tipsy 25 was a great piece of equipment and I am still very proud that I was able to follow in the footsteps of so many fine radar operators before my time. The Tipsy 25 is now just a faint memory and few people other than those of us who used it will ever know much about it as it slips further into obscurity. Well take care sir! It was a pleasure seeing your fine webpage.