Name: Dennis Lysiak
Hometown: Crestview, Florida
Date: August 27, 2011 - 07:41 AM (pacific)
C co 2/327 2/96-3/99 God Bless to all my brothers that paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country, and God Speed to all current and prior No Slack brothers!
Name: Melvin L Bailey
Hometown: Sterling, Alaska
Date: August 26, 2011 - 02:04 PM (pacific)
B co. 2/327th 9/68-12/68
My condolances go to Jackie Rael, whose recent post stirred me to respond.
People who suffer from PTSD are not crazy...they are having valid reactions to events that have occured to them and can greatly benefit from outpatient treatment that includes others with PTSD.
I was one of the first vets given a diagnosis of PTSD in 1980. It has helped me to realize why I react peculiarly to certain situations and how it also affectes others in my life.
I grew up having an uncle Eldon West(CMH/Korea)who suffered tremendously with his feelings and self medicated with alcohol until took his own life in 1960. He also introduced me to another CMH earner, Audie Murphy, who, in our casual relationship over many years showed similar traits to my uncle, he drank a lot and was always packing heat.
I was exposed to Agent Orange at FB Vaghel, being the cherry I had to put on a pancho while standing guard while they sprayed. It has affected me over the years but not as severely as it has my progeny. My daughter's heart was opperated on for Woulf/Parkinsons/White diesiese when she was 14. When it came up in a group study of Agent Orange being conducted in New Orleans by LSU about my daughters WPW three other men in the group of eight had children with WPW. We were all dismissed from the study! I have a grandson who was born with an extrordinarily rare ailment: Epidermilosis Bilosa EB (see the movie "the Boy Whose Skin Fell Off")
Please do not take this as complaining...my life is grand because I am able to use coping techniques taught by the VA and have found the right medication, which took time and trial.
My daughter is healthy and athletic since her heart was corrected, and my grandson, though sometimes hevily bandaged, is very active in Football and Wresteling.
The first step to happiness is asking for help either as a PTSD victim or family member GO FOR IT!
Name: jackie rael
Date: August 26, 2011 - 12:24 AM (pacific)
I am the daughter of Henry Rael who passed on 01/07/2010.He was 101st Airborne 327th. I guess writing this I hoped to find a sense of peace because the war still is taking from us it took my dad at 61. I miss him everyday and feel so cheated. I want you to know though what a hero my dad was to us. For 31 years he suffered and never once complained. Agent Orange took my brothers legs and my dads life. He went to work everyday never abused us never drank never did drugs he put food on the table and a roof over our heads. He never took a handout from anyone to raise my handicapped brother but busted his ass (he even had a crack down the middle as he would say) for his family with two slipped disc in his back. He then lost both right lobes of his lung to cancer in 1992 and five days out of surgery his stubborn butt walked so he could see me graduate. He lived with diabites and hep c., staph infections, degenerative bone disease, arthritis, etc. He also had severe ptsd and a rare bacteria in his blood. He was so angry for all the years he fought to have the US government acknowledge the damage they did but couldn't get disability or aide until he was diagnosed with ptsd. Being proud and strong he was livid and insulted he had to live with this stigmata of being crazy. I used to joke he had the papers to prove it so we could do something like rob a bank and he get away with it cause we had papers he was nuts., My dad fought for his life everyday but at the end he was tired. My dad used to say he was dying didn't I get it I used to tell him well get on with it being my father's daughter it was our way. I asked him one time why he always joked about dying he said because I would take it the hardest but had to be the strongest for everyone else. When he found out his liver turned to cancer he told me I'm getting on with it you going to cry. I told him no they have not said war over so until then deal with it. They only gave him a year and I will be damned he beat it and I did not let him see me cry. It was a sepsis that took him in the end, the bacteria in his blood he got sprayed with in the Agent Orange but even then he fought. My dad lived with survivors guilt and he used to tell me he didn't know if he was the lucky one or the unlucky since he lived and and didn't die in niam. Why didn't God take him but everyone else he cared about. There was not a day he was haunted by the war. My dad always held eveyrone else up and at the end we held him. I remember he told me he was ready to die and I told him I wanted him to live and fight he told me sometimes a good retreat is better than a bad stand and he was tired and weak and was in so much pain and couldn't enjoy life anymore so I told him my world would end but I would help him and it was ok. For all his pain he just closed his eyes and with peace went with God. For all this was his reward a beautiful and merciful death. I didn't cry at the funeral or rosary because he taught me to be strong and this was my honor to him. He got a 21 honor salute. I always thought taps would make me cry at the moment but it made me so very proud! When they took his flag off my heart broke. My dad wasn't embalmed and he said he would go back to the earth which he came. Despite all his suffering he had so much faith. They let us see him which they were not supposed to and I'll be damned he had a smile on his face. the only insult is the National Cemetary in Santa Fe, New Mexico refused use a white stone and said it would be 3500 to put one. I've written the governer, the senator to no avail, see the white stones block the view of the snobs who don't value the price you all paid so they could be fee (damn hippies) I guess the war is still making us suffer. I just want you to know he was proud to serve with all of you and carried all of you everyday, but he was a hero to us in every other way. Thank you for letting me write this.
Name: Burton j Hill
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Date: August 24, 2011 - 07:17 PM (pacific)
My dad, whom i never got to meet was in the 101st, 1st BDE, 327th ABN INF. His name was David Pearson SGT. I never had the pleasure of meeting my father, but from his medals i know he must have been a brave man. 2 silver stars and was nominated for the CMO, but his LT was killed before he could file the paperwork. I would love to talk with anyone who served with him. He was in the A-shaw valley, Phu Loc, Phu Xon, Phu Bai, Bein Hoa and Saigon. His zippo which is the only thing I have from him says viet-nam- 4-68-5H69 Please anyone....I would like to know what my dad was like. firstname.lastname@example.org 206-354-7756
Name: AJ Moore Sr.
Hometown: Norton Shores, Michigan
Date: August 24, 2011 - 04:14 PM (pacific)
I want to thank Lynn Shelton and Joe Serna for coming to the Reunion of Bco 3/506 101st in July in San Antonio Tx. They were friends and served in Bco 2/327th with my brother Ernest L. Moore for the first 9 months he was in Vietnam before he was KIA 5/10/70 (Mothers Day) in Cambodia. It was an Honor to meet and talk with you after so many years, it meant alot to Candy (widow) and I.
Name: Robert C. Meager
Hometown: South Padre Island, Texas
Date: August 24, 2011 - 02:47 PM (pacific)
I would like to post a few photos of my trip to Vietnam and in particular Tuy Hoa. Thanks
US Army (Ret)
B Co. 2/327 1966
Name: Edward T Donohue
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Date: August 24, 2011 - 01:41 PM (pacific)
HHC 1/327th INF 93-98 Served as BN S4 NCOIC deployments to Sinai and Haiti; 9 JRTC's...
"Above the Rest"
Name: John Joseph Harris
Hometown: Roseville , California
Date: August 23, 2011 - 02:35 PM (pacific)
John Harris served with the long range reconnaissance of A Troop 2/17th Cavalry 101st airborne Division our operations were to continue with 6 - 12 man LRRP's in support of gathering intelligence information on the enemy for the 327th and 502nd airborne infantry units of the 101st We also provided covering fire for the helicopter staging ares where these units deployed to and from the field around Tua Hoa hope anyone who has a story of your encounters with our machine gun jeeps , longe range recon patrols or our choppers in Vietnam will forward those to the my e/mail for our facebook page Thanks
Name: Judy Gorman King
Hometown: White Bluff , TN
Date: August 23, 2011 - 10:56 AM (pacific)
I am working on finding photos for "The Wall"
the new Education Center. I saw that you have a photo of Jerry Wayne Mustain would you go to www.vvmf.org website and send them a copy Just click on Call for Photos and it will show you how
Name: Mil Thornton
Hometown: Payson, Arizona
Date: August 23, 2011 - 12:23 AM (pacific)
I'm trying to contact Thomas Bagnell. The last time he posted was 2009 looking for any info on his dad, Thomas Bagnell. He was in A co. 1/327 1971. I sent
an email per his post but no answer. If anyone knows of Tom, please have him contact me. I have video of his dad on patrol in the A Shau Valley.
Name: Bill Lee
Date: August 15, 2011 - 11:14 PM (pacific)
Late January, 1968, the 327th moved into Phu-Loc and the first btn of the 5th Marine Regiment moved to Hue to back up 2/5. some of us Combat Engineers stayed back to do the road sweep with you, I was one of them. To my Brothers from the 101st I say Semper Fi.
Name: Darla W. Hurst
Date: August 15, 2011 - 10:37 PM (pacific)
I am looking for anyone that knew my cousin PFC Randall F. Kaser Co B,1st Bn,327th Inf,101st Abn Div,Grade E-3.... letters say he was KIA August 11.1969 in the Ashau Valley.. even if you knew him at Camp Eagle..Please e-mail me,Thank you so very much for your time.. Darla...
Name: Brett 'Kidd' Klein
Hometown: Aston, Pa.
Date: August 14, 2011 - 03:13 PM (pacific)
I was the asst. gunner for Ed Berry who passed in 2009. I an looking for any information on 11 Nov. 1967. C.Co. only, please....
Name: lee Tracey
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Date: August 14, 2011 - 02:38 PM (pacific)
Medic 27th Engr Bn (C) 1969-1970
Name: george pires
Date: August 09, 2011 - 04:13 PM (pacific)
3rd plt 3rd squad coB 2/327 1970
Name: John Franklin Coker
Hometown: Crane, Missouri
Date: August 07, 2011 - 09:27 PM (pacific)
D. Company 1/327th 1989-1991 Served Desert Shield and Storm, Left on the early out program. Rejoined in 2005 with 3 Battalion 135th aviation National Guard Missouri, Deployed to Anaconda and was picked to Door Gun For the 101st again. Band of Brothers lives on!!! Happy to finish up What we started in '90!
Name: Keith C. Young
Hometown: Clearfield, Utah
Date: August 06, 2011 - 11:07 PM (pacific)
Desert Storm Veteran. Served in 2/327th "No Slack" B C0 HQ,2nd&3rd Platoon Jan 1989-Nov90, HHC Support Platoon Dec90-May91, B Co 3rd Platoon Jun91-Sept92.
Name: Chris Whitaker
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Date: August 06, 2011 - 10:55 PM (pacific)
HHC,3/327 Inf, Desert Storm, BN Mortars
Name: Mil Thornton
Hometown: Payson, Arizona
Date: August 06, 2011 - 09:05 PM (pacific)
The Irony of Wars.
On Nov. 26, 1971 (Thanksgiving day) a Chinook helicopter took off from Phu Bai airbase in
the I Corps region of Vietnam with 30 members of the elite 1/327th Infantry Brigade of the 101st Airborne Infantry Division and a flight crew of 4. A short time later there was an SOS from the pilot and the radio went blank. The Chinook was shot down by a single rocket propelled grenade by an enemy force. All 34 aboard were killed. It took 3 days just to find them due to weather and 2 more just to get to the Chinook because of the dense terrain. It appeared that their may have been survivors but the enemy had made sure they were dead. It was a site and situation that would make ANY 20 year old young man to have nightmares for the rest of his life. And for that, There was no news report of the loss. There was no sadness from a nation for the loss of these soldiers. There were no welcome homes for warriors and survivors of the Vietnam War. But there were protesters, politicians, movie stars and even past war veterans that made sure that the warriors of the Vietnam War felt the blame, guilt and shame for what they had to endure during that time of their young impressionable lives. At least now we can feel the sorrow of the family's and the other soldiers for this loss as we Vietnam Veterans Know what that loss means. There are over 58,200 names on a marble wall in Washington DC that does not let us forget.
My how a society can change in a short period of time for it's warriors. Thank God we can.
God Bless our men and women defending our Freedom and Liberty and may God accept every one of the brave Soldiers that perished in this incident.
accounting of this incident is under stories on Inside the Wire.
Name: Virginio Mendez Rick Mendez
Date: August 02, 2011 - 08:54 PM (pacific)
Served in NAM 69/70 A co. 2/327 A co. Would like to hear from any of the fellers that were there whit me.Iwas at the Gattlingburg Reunion april/11. Hooked up with Yankee Jim, John Colmen,Dennis Sheridan,and a few others. It was really an experiance. I Plan to attend the next one. Please feel to contact me please. Hey Jack Ponson If you read this please contact me. Ireally would like to be in touch with you. To all my brothers May the grand creator keep you and your love ones safe. NO SLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: Ronald W Ogle
Hometown: Meridian, Tx
Date: August 02, 2011 - 06:36 PM (pacific)
Served with the A company 2/327th 68-69.
Name: Warren Fischer
Hometown: , Missouri
Date: July 31, 2011 - 02:38 PM (pacific)
Served with 2/327th at camp eagle 1969 headquarters company. I was in the mess section and took care of ordering all rations.
Name: Edward Parker Stevens
Hometown: Moody, AL
Date: July 30, 2011 - 10:01 PM (pacific)
1980 - 1981 Served at FTCKY with a couple of training deployments. Lots of great memories.
Name: Robert Meager
Hometown: South Padre Island, Texas
Date: July 30, 2011 - 01:37 PM (pacific)
I am trying to get some radio callsigns use by B Company 2/327th during 1966?
Name: Don Sifuentes
Date: July 30, 2011 - 03:08 AM (pacific)
Served in Abu Co July 67 to July 68 mostly in 3rd platoon