J R LINDSEY
WAS IN A BATT 7TH BATL 11TH ARTILLERY,CU CHI,1967-1968 SPENT MOST OF TOUR IN MEKONG DELTA
George M. Norton
You ought to print the V speeds.
Web owner’s note: I’ll add a V-speed chart for the Tri-pacer in a few days. Thanks for the idea!
Dave, I really enjoyed your photos. I served in the 25th Infantry Div. from 9/68-9/69 and was in CuChi, Dau Tiang, Tay Nihn and Go Dau Ha. I was a medic for the 65th Engineer Battalion while they repaired the Go Dau Ha bridge. I spent Christmas 1968 in Go Dau Ha. At the final phase of the bridge repair they dropped the new bridge in the water. The Lt. who supervised the operation was screwed big time! Thanks for memories. Ed
Dave, Thanx for sharing your experiences in Viet Nam. I am at work and found your site by accident, but, found that I could not stop reading the journal after I started. Interesting stuff. I’m glad you made it back. I got chills hearing about your replacement. Two questions (you don’t have to reply, I’m just curious) : Are you still married to the same woman and do you stay in touch with the best friend?
God bless and thank you to all who served and died in Vietnam.
Dear Mr. Stafford, Could you please tell me if your Section Chief, named Dale, who you have a photograph of – if his last name was Johnson, and if he was from Benton Harbor, MI. I am searching for my biological father, and I have narrowed it down to a Dale Johnson, who served in the 25th Infantry Division and was killed in June of 1969. Thank you.
J. L. Smith
I was in nam 1967 & 68 Was with the 3/13 Arty 25th Inf. I was on an M88 VTR Willnever forget New years eve at FSB Burt
Your very attractive and informative URL is much appreciated. Mine is also about Vietnam but has a somewhat different flavour to yours. We used a USAF bomb aiming radar system for aircraft; targets we never saw, often had no idea of what thay were and how often we missed. You see very little at night from 30k feet.
I served with A Battery 2nd/17th artillery Ankhe Vietnam from Jan 68-Dec 68.Our battery was located beside highway 19 at LZ Action. For a short period of time a counter motar radar unit was stationed with us but I don’t reminber their unit.We sure were gald to have then with us it made a big difference. I think you have a neat web site.Keep up the good work. Take care Terry
Web owner’s note: Golly, life does have it’s little disappointments. Yes, no? If you care to look, I’ve seen some ads in RCM magazine recently for RC Tri-pacer kits.
Excellent site, Dave! I served in Cu Chi from 01/69 to 12/69 with the 725th Maint. Btn. Must have been standing right behind you at the USO show. Was your name “Bill” that day?
Howdy Dave, really great page, phantistic Photos! Found you searching piper-tripacer. I`m interestet a`58-160 Tripacer. The asked Price is about $27.000.-. TT 1905H, TB 840H Very old NAV/COM. Can you give me some Info to respect before buying this Plane? Many Thanks, Greetings from Germany Christian
Your picture are very impressive. If possible please send me further information. thanks,
Since you were at cu chi I was wandering if you might know of any suviving tunnel rats. WELCOME HOME from a Canadian…
Pfc. Mario C. Gonzalez
I am a soldier in United States Army. My MOS is 11Bravo(Light Infantry) Your account of the experiences in Vietnam really moved me. I don’t know what I would have done there. Probably the character flaws that I know exist in me would come out, in deadly force. Myself, I am afraid of what I might be capable of. I know I picked a shitty MOS, because of what I might have to do, and what I might have to experience in war. Time will tell if I will become the killing machine that I know lives in inside of myself, and the majority of the other soldiers in my MOS. Truly, God help those that would oppose the US.
Web owner’s note: I’m sure you’ll do well should you ever be called to battle. It is my prayer, however, that there will be no more wars.
Harry T. Kiley
I served with HHB 25th Inf. Div. Arty in 1965,66 & 67. I went from Schofield to CuChi with them. Good site!
Hey Dave, Believe it or not, you’re the 1st person I’ve talked to from HHB Div Arty also…My duties ran from motor pool to RTO to surveying to convoy support,etc… I really enjoyed hearing from you. My brother(also a VN vet) was in the 4th out of Ft. Lewis, Wash. Are you aware of any site with info? I belong to the 25th Inf Div Assoc. Tri State Chapter. I’m from the Pittsburgh, PA area. Take care…..talk atcha later.
Hey! Enjoyed your page very much. About a year ago I flew as a cameraman in a Tripacer to video tape some home built experimentals. I was really impressed at how well the TP worked out as a photo ship. I especially enjoyed your essay on rebuilding your airplane. Thanks. mjv
Just read your storey on the Tri-pacer,, very nice,, I am currently looking to rebuild a tri-pacer that is for sale in my area (Ottawa, Canada) and was looking for some inspiration and information I’ve found it thanks!!
Very nice web site. Found it through Heli-Vets mail. Jim Sweeney SP6Sweeney@aol.com FE…..B/228th ASHB, 1st Cav. Div…66-67 FE…..205th ASHC, 1st Avn. Brigade….68 TI…..HHB, 4/77th ARA. 101st Abn. Div…..69-70
Hi Dave… Found you picture of Nui Ba Den. I spent most of 1971 on top of the “Black Virgin Mountain”. Now it’s a tourist attraction. I would never have believed that when I was there. Mike
I initially found your page by searching for Tri-pacers. I’m looking for a rebuild project to buy and restore one day. I linked to and read almost all of your Vietnam story after reading about your ride home from San Francisco. I just wanted to say “Thanks.” Also, on a lighter note, I have a 2-1/2 year old son. He’s pretty enthused about going to the airport, and I look forward to many adventures with him, just as you had with your father and are having with your son. I enjoyed your homepage. Keep up the good work!
I am a Ground Surveillance Systems Guru in the U.S. Army today. I did find your story interesting and would like more dialogue with you concerning some historical issues about how you were trained during that time. At present time, GSS operators are just that “operators”, not tactical experts. I am trying to convince the army to change the training methods based on the need in the field. Alot of this will come from historical information and to be honest, it is all uphill. Please respond… Staff Sergeant Brian Long 110th MI Fort Drum, New York
Excellent story. Sorry to hear about your plane, and the pasing of your father Tom O’Brien
I am working on an internet project to create a web page to be used as a resource for local history teachers in East Texas. I chose Vietnam as my subject for the project because it is a subject that wasn’t taught in Texas public schools. In fact, I didn’t really learn about Vietnam (in depth) until my sophomore year in college. As a result of what I learned and the opportunity of hearing first-hand accounts from Vietnam Vets in my class, I feel that this era is too important to be ignored in public schools. I really enjoyed your web page–especially the photos.
atrick J. Mccarthy
Dave, a great sight, I read the whole Vietnam section and also am interested in the Aviation stuff.It was really good how you explained the day to day things like the generators and washing clothes and the radar tower, also in all the books about the war I read I never had a good idea of this radar and how well it worked for eliminating both enemy personnel and artillery.I am about your age and spent 67-71 on aircraft carriers in USN but by sheer luck was not in SEAsia and all you guys will always be my heroes ecpecially since you were a draftee and did your duty so honorably, sad about your replacement getting picked off so soon after you left. Reminds me of the same thing happened to me at a 7-11 I used to work at. Our attitudes and how we did our job may have something to do with not being shot. But I guess over there its nothing personal. Glad to hear you and your wife are still together. I will check out the rest of your sight. Thanks-Patrick
Nice page. I am now in the initial stages fo looking for a Tri Pacer (22-150/160 for commuting between California and Arizona Any advice would be apriciated.
I have read your stuff and enjoyed it. To have good memories of your father is priceless. I would trade every thought of airplanes I ever had, to have such memories. Anyhow I have an aiplane question for you. I am a 41 year old student pilot, I will have my Licience soon , and i am thinking about buying my own airplane, I have recently come accross a few Tripacers My question to you is a Tripacer suitable for a low time pilot, and what would be a reasonable price for a 1952 or 53 model with typical equipment, in a flyaway condition.
I m a great aviation fan and RC-modeller too. My last model was a Cessna L-19OE BirdDog in 40% of its original size. Now I m looking for information about my next project, a Piper PA-22 TriPacer. So that s why I m looking to your site. If there is anyone who can help me with detailed drawings, etc. it would be nice to contact me. Bye.
I WANTED TO SAY THAT I ENJOYED YOUR PAGES. MY FATHER,JIMMIE JAMES, WAS WITH THE 25TH INFANTRY IN 1971(CO.D 1ST.BN 14TH INF. 1ST.BDE.).HE TOO WAS TRAINED IN GROUND RADAR. IN 1972, HE REQUESTED TO GO TO VIETNAM WHERE HE SERVED ON SEVERAL FIRE BASES. HE WAS WITH MACV-FRAC TEAM #1 RADAR. IF ANYONE WOULD HAPPEN TO HAVE KNOWN MY FATHER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANKS
enjoyed your web site on tripacers. my dad owned a pa-22 150 hp tripacer several years ago. we all enjoyed flying it very much. such a sweet plane, never could stall it with only two people on board. happy trails!
CPT Sean M. Leeman FA, USA Airborne
Just got done looking over most of your interesting page.Especially liked your references to Ft. Sill, OK. since this is where I’m currently stationed as a instructor.My step-father was also in Hanau, Germany.I’m a former enlisted man. 13F forward observer.
Rick L Bliton
SGT Victor L. Rodriguez
I was surfing the net, looking for some howitzer pics when I found your page…GREAT SITE!!. Vietnam was very instructive and touching. I would like to invite you, any veteran and specially any soldier who have been assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Artillery to stop by our page. We’re rebuilding our history book but need more inputs, pictures or memorability items from former soldiers. Keep it up! Iron Gunner!!
MANUEL T RAMIREZ
HI I WAS WITH THE 5 /42 ARTTY FROM 70/71 IN CU CHI THE 25TH WAS HQ BUT THE BATTERYS WERE AT CAMP PRICE BETWEEN BIEN HOA AND LONG BIHN, ALSO WAS AT DAU TIENG, FSB TENNESSEE, FSB JAMIE, FSB CONCORD NORTH OF BIEN HOA,THEN MOVE TO THE PROVINCE OF BIEH TUY COAST VILLAGE HAM TAM THEN BACK TO THE WORLD ITS NICE TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE THATS BEEN THE SAME DIVISIONAL UNIT WELCOME HOME
I read your page because I’m doing a report about VietNam Veterans coming home. I also looked at your page because my father served in the 25th Infantry Div. too. He was there ’67-’68 and stationed in Chu Chi. Thank you for your help for my paper.
W. David Relyea
You must be a really good person.I read all your narratives, and really appreciate your devotion to family. I was “over there” before it was news. 507th. TAC COM GP. Provided radar coverage for all of the “advisor flights” and air america out of Thailand. It is strange to look at inquiries from the “kids” of our peers who only relate to that time through history books. Oh ! I have a 1961 pa22-108 Colt! Luvvin it! Hope to meet you someday. Skipper D
just glad to here from some one else who was with the 25th.i was at chu chi 1968-1969
welcome home!! i served with hhq&svc. and A btry. 2/9th artillery of the fourth infantry division from dec. 67 to dec. 68. 105 mm light towed. bill. from ohio.
I’m doing a report over Vietnam and how it effected young teens as in 17-21 years old. Right now I’m 20 and have been in the Marine Corp for 1 and a half years! Would like to hear from you soom!!!
M. L. Church
My husband Forest (Dave) Church served with the 25th in Cu Chi about the same time you did. He passed away this last July 16. I wondered if you remembered him. He was 19 when he was there, from Florida. How I miss him! We were married 28 years.
I was reading your story about rebuilding 78A. I didn’t notice on top of the article though that you had stated that it was 2278A. I have been trying to track down either the where-abouts or the demise of 2378A. My folks owned it froma about 1959 to 1963. It was very interesting to read your story. Thanks for sharing it. Wish you all the best. John Young Auckland New Zealand (Formerly Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, Calif.)
Was doing a search for a copy of the old draft notice. One of the hits was your site. Enjoyed reading your commentary and viewing your photo’s. Was a ground radio repairman, USAF 68 to 72. SEA tour at NKP Thailand. Again, great site. Les
Kerry N. Schaefer
ANGI DE VILLIERS
Tonight is my first visit to a vietnam site, so I browsed through the many names until I came to a good “Irish one” I would like to find more info on “Lads from the home turf” who served in Vietnam, or do’es an organisation such as this exist. My folk’s fought in France,There is no rememberance sites for them, just an old BW photo,and a grave that was never visited, they fought for a King against their faimlys wishes,and died with out a country to remember them. This is Irelands shame today!
Dennis G. Nutter
I SERVED ON PBR’S [RIVER PATROL BOATS] DURING 6/67 TO 6/68 IN THE MEKONG DELTA. WELCOME HOME BROTHER.
Greatly enjoyed your telling of the success of your intergenerational experience via tube and cloth. Is not that what in the end matters most? You have found an ideal format to express your love of family. And I am a cessna 140 owner, no less!(but also actively searching for a tripacer for more family fun) Thanks.