Name: Bill Smith
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Date: January 25, 2011 - 01:17 AM (pacific)
Today January 24th, 2011 I sat here all day remebering this same day 43 years ago. I was with my "ABU" Brothers in Phuoc Long Province at a place called Song Be. We had walked into a Regimental NVA Bunker complex. All hell broke loose.
Today I sat here remembering our Fallen Brothers:
Jon Grimmett, Fayetteville N.C., John R. Favor, Flint Michigan, George J. Holly III, Las Vegas , Nevada, William W. McClendon Jr., New Orleans, Louisiana, Ernest Patrick Palcic, New York,NY.
I can't recall the names of all our Wounded Brothers , as it has been so Long AGO.
May we never forget the Scarafice they all made all those years ago for all of us.
I also sat here thinking of my Best Friend who was also there with us Jim Grainger "Jungle Jim " who we lost last year in Tucson, Arizona. I missed calling him this year to consule him, as he broke down every January 24 when he would recall his friend Jon Grimmett and loosing him There ,all those years ago.
I know that during those two to three days the NVA had us All pinned down and surrounded that All of us thought that would be our last Firefight in Nam.
We can only thank God that he had Blessed us with Capt. Julius Johnson. Capt. Johnson Saved us from being totally over run and wiped out as an Infantry Company !
I know that last day trapped there I had looked around that morning and I saw the realization on everyone's face that We were not going to Walk out of there. Yet we All had the look of Resolve also on our faces that we were going to go down fighting "TOGETHER". I could see it on every Brothers Face that I could see from my position. They, We had prepared ourselves to meet "OUR DESTINY". We were Ready for the Final Fight, The last Battle of Our Lives.
My Fears were No Longer there , as I looked around at my Brothers. They were washed from me. I knew that I was where I was supposed to be. With who I was supposed to be with. These were My Brothers. We would have Each Others Backs until the Last of us Fell. A calm came over me , and I did not Fear what lay ahead that day.
Capt. Julius Johnson called in everything available to him,Except "BROKEN ARROW" and by some unknown Miracle the NVA ended up hunkered down ,and allowed us to get away to fight Many a More Day ! We carried our dead and wounded Brothers Out, With Us, NO Brother was Left Behind !
We Humped most of that day to hook up with C-Company and the extra man power and fire power they afforded us.
I pray that All of Us that went on to Return Home have never forgotten the Price our Brothers paid there.
I pray We All have lived the kind of life Our Brothers were never afforded !
I pray they All have been with our Lord and Savior for all these years.
I Truly Pray to see them All again someday and hold them all Close Once Again !
We were Young
We were Warriors
We are Brothers, Forever !
Bill Smith ( "Wild Bill")
ABU,4th Platoon A-C0. 1/327th Infantry
101st "AIRBORNE DIVISION"
June 67-March 68
The Story of ABU January 24, 1968 is depicted and described in the Book " THE OFFERING" written by one of the ABu Luetiants that was there ,and wounded on that First day on the 24th.
Lt. Tom Carhart describes the Counter Action taken by A-Co. and his own thoughts and fears during the first hours of that AMBUSH .
Carhart does this in the Chapter named
Name: Ray Sellers
Hometown: calumet city, illinois
Date: January 24, 2011 - 09:46 PM (pacific)
I served in Co "A" 2nd Bn. 327th in 1st platoon, most of my time in the point team. I have been in contact with a couple of vets who served around this time frame, or served in the same unit. I will try to contact each of you to mesh together some old memories.
Welcome Home to all you "No Slack" troopers.
God bless & good night.
Name: Paul Marvin Cousins
Hometown: Stockbridge, GA
Date: January 24, 2011 - 09:51 AM (pacific)
I served with C, Co., 1st 327th Inf.,101st Airborne Div., in Vietnam in 1968 Tet Offensive. Retired in 1993 as a SGM. If anyone served with me, please free to call and chat.
May God Bless All of My Veterans Brothers
Name: John W Austin
Hometown: WRIGHT CITY, mo
Date: January 23, 2011 - 10:05 PM (pacific)
1/327 July 1970-July 1971, served with Steve Abbot, Eric Johnson, Jerry Childers, Jeff David, Robert Rupert, Wells Koehler, Rod DeGrenier, Richard Cook, Anthony Amaral, Keith Bloyd, Robert Tucker, Danny Maxwell
Name: Charles W Costello
Hometown: Edmonton, KY
Date: January 23, 2011 - 07:44 AM (pacific)
Served with Bobby Rainey, Donny Taylor, Ray Magnus, Jim Berry and a whole lot more good old boys. Aug 75-Nov 76
Name: Jackie Lee McIntyre
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Date: January 21, 2011 - 11:19 PM (pacific)
The new site is terrific!!!!! How come all your
pictures are so straight and mine are not?
Love you Hannibal and sure hope we can get to
see the folks at the next reunion this summer.
Name: Al Meggison
Date: January 21, 2011 - 06:21 PM (pacific)
I was with the 264th trans co at Duc Pho beach '66 -'67 just stoped to look at your pics of Duc Pho area. Nice site.
Name: william moore
Date: January 21, 2011 - 11:41 AM (pacific)
Does anyone remember medic Doc Vazquez, he wsa killed in Dok To in June I think it was on the 6th anyway it was the last time I had a true friend. We left him and the trooper he was trying to save. We pulled back to a better position on the next hill. We had to hump down the mountian so they Could carpet bomb the hill. We went back the next day to clean up and recover the bodies. I was the one that put doc in tha body bag. Thats when every thing changed thanks. Wild Bill
Name: Peter Matusiak
Hometown: Denver, CO
Date: January 21, 2011 - 12:00 AM (pacific)
I served in A Company, 1/327th, 101st Airborne Division from March to December 1970. My base location was Phu Bai. Spent a lots of time on recon assignments. I had the job of RTO and had to call for fire support as well as resupply the troops in the field.
Name: james michael looker
Hometown: jacksonville, il
Date: January 20, 2011 - 03:19 PM (pacific)
I served with the 101st airborne bravo co 1st 327th from march 1970 till jan 1971 was on hill 882/714 from may to june 7 when i was wounded
Name: Timothy Jackson Lane
Hometown: Wahiawa, HI
Date: January 20, 2011 - 01:52 PM (pacific)
I served with A Co. 1/327 from August 1977 - March 1979. Carried a 90mm on my back, and was the Unit Armorer.
Name: Howard L Helfman
Hometown: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Date: January 19, 2011 - 01:11 PM (pacific)
I was 2nd Plt Ldr, B Co. 2/327 July '67 - Oct '67, call sign: "Thin Man", WIA 20 Oct 67, returned as 2/327 Btn Adj 1/68-7/68. New to this website and sending warm greetings to all 'No Slack' vets.
Name: raymond g. cutshaw
Hometown: madison, tn
Date: January 19, 2011 - 08:37 AM (pacific)
i was in hhc 1st/327 crypto operator message center drove for maj dexter kia vietnam lost good friend benny bob coe kia vietnam many others would like to hear from members in 501st signal who served 62- 63 and hhc 1st 327th 63 -66
Name: Rex A Trivette
Hometown: Gainesville, GA
Date: January 18, 2011 - 01:12 AM (pacific)
I served with HHC 2/327 from 1997-2000 looking for friends that were in support plt "NO SLACK"
Name: Peter Matusiak (Danch)
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Date: January 17, 2011 - 05:40 PM (pacific)
I was with Company A, 1/327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Viet Nam during 1970. Anyone who was in the unit can call me or email me. I would like to get in touch with anyone who served in 1970 to revisit this time period and talk about our experiences.
Name: Leo Schoppmeyer
Hometown: Riverhead, NY
Date: January 17, 2011 - 02:58 PM (pacific)
Looking for anyone who served Oct 65-66...
Name: larry fuller
Hometown: Bolivia, NC
Date: January 16, 2011 - 10:53 PM (pacific)
Looking for anyone who served with A Company 1/327 in VN from May-May 1966/67. Especially looking for Sgt Bailey, Sgt Ferlo, or Hotenstein
Name: william e moore
Hometown: benson, az
Date: January 14, 2011 - 10:11 PM (pacific)
I came across an inquire about rescuing civilian pows I was one of the volunteers that went to rescue them and carry them back to the valley. I was with cobra co. not tigerforce. what I remember is that 2or 3 CIA was on that operation.the one thing felt good about and worth while all death from above for 45 years. who else was there.
Name: Paul Ferrante
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Date: January 14, 2011 - 11:16 AM (pacific)
Stopped by again trying to find old friends. Since my last visit, I have been in contact with my old CO, Rango Norris, Squad Leader Jim Baker and of course my partner Harland 'Wino' Winland. I would love to find two jersey boys, John Binkawitz from Belleville and Charlie Barousawitz from Jersey City.
Good luck to all and would love to hear from anyone from A or E Co 1st 327 9/67 thru 8/18/68
God Bless everyone except those fundalmentalist scumbags.
Name: Robert C. Meager
Hometown: South Padre Island, Texas
Date: January 13, 2011 - 11:00 AM (pacific)
I will be going in June to interview some of the combatants we (2/327) faced in the area around Trung Luong, June 19-23, 1966. Additionally, my contact is attempting to locate any of the civilian POW's that the 1/327th, Tiger Force liberated in September, 1966. I will be videotaping the interviews as well as stills of Tuy Hoa and Villages at Trung Luong. This research is part of my next book about the Phu Yen Province and the determined effort by the north in that part of the country. Phu Yen had been a Revolutionary hotbed since the 1930,s. As a side light, my research found that the Phu Yen Province had over 33,000 NVA and local VC (all types of units) during the 1966-67 timeframe.
Name: Don Ackerman
Date: January 12, 2011 - 03:42 PM (pacific)
Checking in will be in Fla next month. Doc Magoo 1/327 68-70
Name: Rafael Celedon
Hometown: Alamo, Texas
Date: January 11, 2011 - 03:06 PM (pacific)
Viet Nam Veteran 101st A 1/327 Above the Rest 68-69. Tet of 68, Cam Rang Bay, Phan Rang. Bien Hoa, Highway One to Phu Bai, Assault on Camp Eagle, and wounded in the A Shau Valley Late 1969. Anyone out there that was with me and Captain Hopkins give me a drop line.
Thomas Fogg from San Antonio Texas, Juan Avila, Arturo Zavala, Peanuts any of you guys, De la O from Las Cruces N.M.,Castenano from Califoria
Name: Raymond J. Graham
Hometown: Kings Park, New York
Date: January 09, 2011 - 08:27 PM (pacific)
I was in Charlie Airborne 5/327th Ft. Richardson, AK from '84 to '86. Being an Artic Paratrooper was an awesome experience and a honor!! "AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY"
Name: Eddie Fry
Hometown: Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: January 09, 2011 - 12:53 AM (pacific)
I was with Aco.1/327, from 1973/1975,trying to locate Dennis Watson or someone that remember's me..One of the best time's of my life,to many good time's down n clarkville at the river..
Name: Kevin A. Castleman
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Date: January 08, 2011 - 04:43 PM (pacific)
Searching for info about my uncle, Sgt. Bennie E. Castleman, KIA 24 DEC 1944. Member of 327th GIR Div, Co. A. Possible any survivors from WWII ETO that would have any recollection?