What's New at 6/27th Artillery Vietnam
4-1-2017 Juan Maldonado's Memory of June 11, 1967 Quan Loi Ground Attack
Maldonado's Memory of June 11, 1967 Quan Loi Ground Attack
Maldonado, a member of
10-26-16 Larry W. Thomas's 1969 Quan Loi Video
SP5 Larry W. Thomas' 1969 Quan Loi Video
While in Vietnam
SP5 Larry W. Thomas, F Battery 16th Artillery, purchased an 8 mm movie camera from the PX
shortly before leaving country, with the idea he would be able to film
his infant daughter when he arrived home. Larry said he had the camera
for only a few days in Vietnam. In the remaining days he had at Quan Loi
in 1969 Larry made just this one video of Quan Loi
Base Camp and F Battery 16th Artillery with the idea he would be able to
show it to his family when he arrived home. We are lucky
Larry kept the film and years later had it digitized and now
shares a copy with us.
October 12, 2016 Branson 2016 Reunion Report & Photos
2016 Branson Reunion
I am sorry it took longer than past reunions to put together the 2016 Branson Reunion Report with Photos, Video and Accounting. Perhaps I am getting slower in my skills as we all grow older, or maybe it was caused by the fact that we had a record number in attendance which meant so many more photos to edit, etc.
With that said, I am happy to present the 2016 Reunion Report. I have tried to assure that it is error free, but if you find a typo, or a misspelled name, please email me and I will do my best to promptly correct it.
My thanks to Roger Mallory and Les Higa for sharing their photos and an extra thank you to Les for taking all of the individual attendee's photos. Great Job, Les!
Photos, Video, Report & Accounting
8-16-16 Jim Hoyt's Bravo Battery Photos - 1968-69
Jim Hoyt's Bravo Battery Photos - 1968-69
2-8-16 WACR Radio Blackhorse Quan Loi
Ever Hear of WACR Radio Blackhorse Quan Loi?
In the Spring of 1970 Quan Loi, Vietnam, got its very own radio station. It was hard to believe! Before its arrival the only receivable stations were Vietnamese. It was a joy to listen to "The Quan Loi Kid" or "Lucky Fritz" playing American popular music. They, via WACR Radio Blackhorse, brought a piece of Home to Quan Loi.
On May 20, 1970, John Wavra, then Alpha Battery Clerk, taped over three hours, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the EM Club on a reel to reel tape recorder. An 8 plus minute sample of that recording has been available on the website for several years. Now you can listen to the entire 3 hour plus recording in its entirety.
In addition you can also now listen to over 1 1/2 hours of a recording from May 1, 1970 made by then CW2 Brian Russ, a Cobra Pilot with Blue Max at Quan Loi (C Btry 2/20 ARA).
A long over-due thank you is given to all those soldiers who made it all possible.
10-9-15 Trolling For Targets - A Story by John Girardeau III
War Zone D, Viet Nam, 1966
|A Story by John Girardeau III|
|Click Here to Read|
8-27-15 New Book - Vietnam Trucker by William E. (Bill) Patterson
Vietnam Convoy Trucker
8-17-15 Additional Information on the saga of the "Quan Loi Queen"
New Information on the Saga of the "Quan Loi Queen"
8-14-15 Ken Wright's Passing
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Ken Wright, Charlie Battery Gun Chief, on 27 July 2015 at 18:30 hours. Ken was a friend and content contributor to this website and he will be missed by many. More information will follow when available. Click Here to read Ken's Obituary
8-4-15 VC Raid on Quan Loi
11 July 1967 VC Raid On Quan Loi
Johnny Kinder was sent to Quan Loi, at what turned out to be a very inappropriate date and time. He was a mechanic with BN Maintenance, HHC 1st Engr Bn, 1st Inf Div. and he was sent to Quan Loi to adjust a transmission on an Allis Chalmers HD16 Bulldozer. It turned out to be a very exciting trip to say the least. Many thanks to Johnny for sharing his eyewitness memory of that night. Click Here to Read it.
7-19-15 Fifty Years Ago
50 Years Ago
19 Jul 1965 - The 6/27th Artillery was
alerted for deployment to Vietnam .
6-18-15 New CanonEar Newslwetter
The New Cannon Ear
A Newsletter of the 6/27th Artillery Vietnam & Quan Loi Dot Org
In an attempt to
keep you informed when new content is added to the
website and to spotlight content you may have missed
from the over 4000 pages on the site, it had been
decided to publish an email newsletter at least
quarterly if not sooner. If we had a current
email address for you we added it to the mailing
list and you should have received the first issue
already. Thanks to all of you for the good
comments many of you have sent.
5-21-15 - The Frenchmen's Swimming Pool and Clubhouse at Quan Loi Video
Frenchman's Club & Swimming Pool
If someone asked those of you who served at Quan Loi, South Vietnam to name one good memory of the place - perhaps it would be the Frenchmen's Swimming Pool and Clubhouse Area. It was a unique place in Quan Loi let alone the entire country of South Vietnam and it was a very good memory.
The Frenchmen's Area is long gone now, removed by the new government of a united Vietnam some years after reunification, but the memory is preserved in GI's photos and in one case the only known film of the place. Come back with us now and revisit that memory in new video.
4-17-15 - New Searchable "A Legacy of Honor History of the 6th Battalion, 27th Artillery
Legacy of Honor
3-25-2015 New photo galleries from John Girardeau and splendid interview at the Virginia War Memorial entitled "Memories of Vietnam with the 6/27th Artillery 1965-66 with added photos from John and fellow soldiers taken during the time. Click here to see.
3-8-15 Karl Sherck's Charlie & Alpha Battery Photos 1967 - Photos by Karl Sherck
Karl Sherck's Charlie & Alpha Battery Photos - 1967-68
Karl Sherck had the "privilege" of serving with two 6th Battalion 27th Artillery batteries in Vietnam - Charlie and Alpha. He has graciously shared his photos from 1966 to 1967. There are over thirty photos from his Charlie Btry time. In July of 1967 he was transferred to Alpha where he served out his Vietnam tour. Three photo galleries include over eighty photos of Alpha Battery, the French Swimming Pool and photos of Vietnamese children at Christmas 1967. Many thanks to Karl for sharing his photos.
7-27-14 Adrian Gravelle's Vietnam - 1965-66 - Photos by Adrian Gravelle
Adrian Gravelle's Vietnam - 1965-66
e are pleased that Adrian has agreed to share many of his photos from his time in Vietnam including the building of Service Battery's compound in Long Binh, Service Battery convoy photos as well as miscellaneous other photos and documents from 1965-66. They are a great addition to the website and add to the history of the 6/27th Artillery in Vietnam. Our thanks go out to Adrian for sharing his memories from Vietnam..
07-12-14 Dale Martin's Vietnam Photos 1965-66
Dale Martin's Vietnam Photo 1965--66
Dale Martin joined the 6/27th Artillery in March 1965 and made the voyage over on the USNS General Gordon. He ended up being assigned to Alpha Battery moved to the first camp near Bien Hoa. Dale's collection of 45 photos cover those early days when Alpha was the "Bastard Battery" and move around in support of different operations.
02-22-14 John Girardeau's Vietnam Photos 1965-66
Girardeau's Vietnam Photos 1965-66
Operation Toledo-- 10 Aug – 7 Sep 6610 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.
01-31-14 John Anderson's VN Photos 1965-66
"Memories of the Voyage to Vietnam"
03-26-13 Charles "Duke Holden's Charlie Battery Photos
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.
02-18-13 Steve Simpson's Vietnam Photos 1968-1969
Simpson's Vietnam Photos 1968 to 1969
01-12-13 Ken Prorok's Quan Loi Photos 1967-688
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
Page 37 "A
Legacy of Honor - A History of the 6/27th Artillery 1917 to 1967"
By SP4 Paul Frederickk
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.
08-25-12 Charlie Battery Comrades Hold Reunion in Florida in May 20122
Charlie Battery Comrades Hold Mini-Reunion in Florida
In May 2012 "Charlie Battery" Gun #1 had a reunion. It was held in St Augustine Florida where Jim Suessmann has a condo. We met Friday night at the pool where we had drinks, drinks, drinks and BBQ. Although not pictured, most of the wives were in attendance Not pictured but who attended was Tony Volponi and his wife Charlene. Click Here to read the rest of the story..
07-07-12 Bill Posey's Charlie Battery Vietnam Photos 1970 - 71
Bill Posey's Charlie Battery Photos - 1970 to 71
ill 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."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..
03-22-12 Added Tom Vehe's Vietnam Photos & Memories - 1967
New Photos From
Tom Vehe - Quan Loi 1967
11-08-11 Added 27th FA Association October 2011 After Action Report by Henry Parker
27th Field Artillery Association Holds Reunion at Ft Sill27th Field Artillery Association Holds Reunion at Ft Sill
The first day Oct 13 we had a golf scramble at the Ft. Sill Golf Club scheduled by John Romaka and tour of the Artillery Museum and Ft. Sill Historic Museum... Click Here to Continue
07-25-11 Added Jim Fillerup's HHB & Quan Loi Photos 1969-70
New Photo/Video of HHB 6/27th Artillery at Quan Loi
Jim Fillerup served with Headquarters Battery 6/27th Arty from September 1968 to December 1969. During that time he was wounded twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts. While in Quan Loi, Jim snapped photos of his battery area and the surrounding areas and has been kind enough to share his photo video with the website. Many thanks Jim! from September 1968 to December 1969. During that time he was wounded twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts. While in Quan Loi, Jim snapped photos of his battery area and the surrounding areas and has been kind enough to share his photo video with the website. Many thanks Jim! Click Here to View
07-25-11 Added Les Morris' 1st Cav MET and Quan Loi Photos 1969-70
Quan Loi - Artillery Ballistic Meteorology Unit of the 1st Air Cavalry Division
Les Morris served with the 1st Cav MET section at Quan Loi. The met section provided support to Alpha Battery with weather data and information. MET Sections launched weather balloons into the atmosphere which measured upper air temperatures and density and provided data to the FDC. This information was important for accurate firing computations and settings. The unit was located just north of the firing battery. Les served with Dave Bedard, (see below information on "I Remember Quan Loi" a book of remembrance written by Dave). Thank you Les for sharing your photos of the MET Unit and other Quan Loi Photos. Click Here to View..
03-21-11 Added Joseph Pollace's Vietnam Photos - 1969
Joseph Pollace's Vietnam Photos - 1969
Many military units had some type of base in Quan
Loi during the course of the war and called it "home" during
their VN tour of duty. Joe Pollace served with the 195th Assault Helicopter Co.
which was attached to CCS SOA SOG. Their unit was nicknamed
the "Thunder Chickens" and they supported the operations of
SOG while based out of Quan Loi.
Note: (The Studies and Observations Group was a U.S. task
force formed on January 24th 1964 to carry out OPLAN 34A, a program
of covert actions designed to convince the North Vietnamese
leadership to desist from supporting and directing the war in the
Republic of Vietnam (RVN)1. In doing so,
SOGwas to advise its South Vietnamese counterpart organization,
the Special Exploitation Service (SES).")was to advise its South Vietnamese counterpart organization,
the Special Exploitation Service (SES).")
03-21-11 Added Eyewitness To History- New memories of events that took place at Quan Loi from veterans who were there..
02-03-11 Added James Floyd's Building New Gun Pads at Quan Loi and Other Photos - 1968-69
James Floyd's Photos - Building New Gun Pads at Quan Loi and Other Photos
James Floyd was a member of Second Platoon, B
Company, 31st Engineers, and he
01-24-11 Added Jim Higgins Quan Loi Airstrip & Aircraft Photos - 1969-70
Jim Higgins Quan Loi Airstrip & Aircraft Photos - 1969 to 1970
In November 1969 Jim Higgins arrived in Quan Loi to replace a young man who had been killed in a mortar attack. During his months in Quan Loi working as an air traffic controller he took many photos of the Quan Loi Airstrip and the various aircraft that visited there. Join us in viewing more than fifty of Jim's photos. I am sure you will find an aircraft you either came or left Quan Loi on. We also send a special salute to all those crews who flew these aircraft. Without you risking your lives those of us on the ground may not have been here todayy
01-04-2011 Added Gene Long's Vietnam Photos 1965 to 1966
It Took Seven Years to Get These Photos!
Gene Long served with Bravo 6/27th Arty from
September 1965 to
12-09-2010 Added Tom Watkins Vietnam Photos 1967 to 1968
Tom Watkins Vietnam Tour - 1967 to 1968
With over 170 photos, Tom Watkins photo collection is a great addition to the website. With photos taken throughout his one year tour with Alpha Battery 6/27th Artillery, Tom's collection includes early photos of Quan Loi, before underground personnel bunkers were built, his 3-day In-Country R&R to Vung Tau as well as his regular R&R to Sidney Australia. Many thanks Tom for sharing your photos! Click Here to start viewing.
11-19-2010 Added Thomas Richard Dwyer''s name to the In Memoriam page. Thomas served with F Battery 16th Artillery which was attached to the 6/27th Artillery in 1969 when Thomas died as a result of an incoming rocket at Quan Loi. We are honored to add his name.
10-26-2010 Added Bill Wynne's F Battery 16th Arty Photos
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..
10-06-2010 Added 2010 Las Vegas Reunion Photos
07-12-2010 Added Ralph Constantine's Vietnam Photo Album
Photo Gallery - Quan Loi, Song Be & Nui Ba Rah 1969-70
Many thanks to Ralph Constantine who recently sent his photos. He wrote, "I arrived in Vietnam on the 4th of July 1969. Shortly after I was sent to HHB 6/27th Arty at Quan Loi. I was part of the Commo platoon and worked directly for E-7 Garrett and mostly with E-5 Caldwell. I pulled guard duty and worked as a switchboard operator (Hay Maker). When E-4 Tucker went home I got his job on the water truck an did that for quite awhile - maybe six months. I worked for a short time in the "TALK" which led me to the job as a radioman at the relay station on Nui Ba Rah. I remember very little of our move to Phu Loi and shortly after I went home." I think you will enjoy his photos. Click Here to view
01-25-2010 Added "Michael Chalifoux's Quan Loi, Vietnam - Parts 1-6"
Adds Historical Quan Loi Vietnam Videos to Website
08-24-09 Added "Alpha Battery - "Lai Khe to Quan Loi - 1966 - 1967" - Photos by Leonard Mulholland
Khe to Quan Loi - 1966 - 1967"
08-24-09 Added "Doc Hastings Remembers" Charlie Battery 6/27th Artillery August 1966 to June 1967
Battery Medic Remembers His Vietnam Service
07-24-09 Added "Jan Maclaga's Vietnam Photos 1969 - 1970"
Maclaga's Vietnam Photos 1969 - 1970"
Saga of the Quan Loi Queen" - Memories from the pilot, Lou Harii
Saga of the Quan Loi Queen"
06-13-09 Added "Present at the End" - Roger Garner's Photo Collection of Bravo and Charlie Batteries - 1971
"Present at the End" - Photos of Bravo & Charlie Btrys and the
05-22-09 Added Quan Loi - 1968 Photos By Roy Maldonado
Quan Loi -
1968 Photos By Roy Maldonado
05-22-09 "From The Heart" - A Story For Memorial Day - by Roger Mallory
The Heart" - A Story For Memorial Day - by Roger Mallory
New Quan Loi Photos From 1967 by John McCaw
John McCaw served in Vietnam with A Co. 1/18th Inf, 1st. Inf. Div. from Oct. '66 to Oct. '67. During his tour he and his unit operated around Quan Loi from April thru July '67. During this time he took several photos of the "big gun", recently arrived (January 1967) at Quan Loi. In addition he snapped photos of the Frenchman's Swimming Pool at one of the times that G.I.s, including John, were allowed to swim in the pool. His photos are a great addition to the history of Quan Loi and Alpha Battery. Thanks for sharing them with us John! Click Here to view.
04-17-09 Added Ralph Roberts Quan Loi Video - 1969
Out of habit I periodically search the net for anything new concerning Quan Loi. A few days ago to my surprise I came across a video on You-Tube from Ralph Roberts who served with S2, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry in Quan Loi. While there Ralph had tried out a new 8mm Kodak camera in 1969. Having recently found that 40 year old film, Ralph decided to have it digitized and soon added it to his You-Tube page. He graciously allowed us to include his video on a page in this website. The quality is good and the narration is interesting. It is the only video of Quan Loi I have come across. I think you will enjoy it. Click Here to view
Gary Korovich's Vietnam Images 1970-71
Gary Korovich served with ABtry 6/27th Arty during a period when the guns were mobile. first in deployment into the field in support of the Cambodian invasion with stops at Ft Defiance and FSB Burkett and eventually to Loc Ninh and then Bu Dop. With over 50 photos, Gary's gallery has provided us with a wide array of images from each of these locations from 1970. Many thanks Gary for sharing your photos with us. Click Here to view.
04-17-09 Added Glen Russell's Vietnam Tour Photos - 1969-70
Glen Russell's Vietnam
Tour Photos - 1969-70
03-20-09 Added "Incomng" by Ken Wright
a Right Time For Everything - Lessons Learned
02-23-09 Added "What Did CPT Albers See"
Did Don Albers See - ABtry Quan Loi 1969"- Photos by Don Albers
02-10-09 Added "A Medic's Remembrance of May 12, 1969"
Medic Remembers the night of May 12, 1969
12-31-08 Added "Mad Minute" by Roger Mallory
2008 Branson Reunion Report and Photos
11-20-08 Added "As Everyone Knows..." by Ken Wright
Story Triggers Remembrance
08-07-08 Added "The Numbers System" by Gary Graham
The Numbers System
08-07-08 Added "08-07-08 Added "My First Night At Quan Loi" by Roger Mallory
My First Night at Quan Loi
06-27-08 Added "Headgear" by Gary Graham
A new story from Gary Graham explores the reactionss hehas received when he decided to start wearing "Vietnam Veteran" headgear seven years ago. A fun way to meet fellow veterans? Interesting reactions? - Find out when you read Gary's "Headgear.
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.
Conjuncti Stamus John Wavra
05-22-08 Added "Quan Loi - August 12, 1969 Ground Attack - A Grunt's Perspective" by Thomas Mathis
Quan Loi - August 12, 1969 Ground Attack - A Grunt's Perspective
03-18-08 Added "Evan McIntire's Quan Loi Images 1968-1969"
Evan McIntire's Quan Loi Images 1968-69
03-12-08 Added "Finally Flying" by Ralph Porter
Porter Joined the Army to Fly
12-19-07 Added "Vietnam Images - 1969 - Phuoc Vinh" - Photos by Bill Sponseller
Vinh - Charlie Battery -
12-17-07 Added 1965-66 Ft. Bliss, Texas- Photos by Maurice McRobertss
McRoberts Remembers Ft. Bliss 1965-1966
11-29-07 Added Vietnam Images 1969 to 1970" by Dennis Camp
Vietnam Images from Dennis Camp
Headquarters Battery member Dennis Camp - 1969 to 1970, has contributed over fifty photos of HHB at Quan Loi, Baseball Stars at Quan Loi, Bravo Battery at Song Be as well as photos of An Loc and the 6/27th Artillery Civic Action Projects to list a few. One of Dennis' many duties was to edit the 6/27th Battalion newsletter, "Headquarters Battery member Dennis Camp - 1969 to 1970, has contributed over fifty photos of HHB at Quan Loi, Baseball Stars at Quan Loi, Bravo Battery at Song Be as well as photos of An Loc and the 6/27th Artillery Civic Action Projects to list a few. One of Dennis' many duties was to edit the 6/27th Battalion newsletter, "The Cannon-Ear". Dennis has some new and interesting photos in his galleries. Click Here to view his them.to view his them.
11-29-07 Added 1965 Aerial Quan Loi Frenchman's Pool Area Photos
Unique Aerial Quan Loi Photo Surfaces
10-19-07 Added "Vietnam Images - 1969" photos by Chuck Clarke
of Vietnam - 1969
10-19-07 Added a new Map Room Link Page- May be accessed from Links on Home Page
Added to the Website
10-10-07 Added Ken Wright's A Meeting With A MineKen Wright's A Meeting With A Mine
10-10-07 Added - Stars and Strips August 14, 1969- Reporting August 12-13, 1969 Quan Loi Ground Attack - Courtesy Sharon & Robert W. Smith
09-30-07 Added Jeff Gahagan's Remembering Charlie Battery 1969-70
Gahagan's Remembering Charlie Battery 1969-70
08-03-07 Added Ken Wright's Vietnam Videos 1970-71
A great addition to the site has recently
arrived from Ken Wright, #1 Gun Chief, Charlie Battery,
1970-71. Between September 1970 and April 1971 Ken shot 8mm
film of Charlie Battery as it moved from Fire Support Base to FSB in
Vietnam. Last year Ken's son transferred this film to VHS
video and recently Ken had those tapes transferred to DVD. Ken
was generous to share some of those movies with us.
07-18-07 Added "North Star Five Niner, Over" by Gary Graham
"North Star Five Niner, Over"
After a long absence, Gary Graham, a frequent past contributor of stories and photos to the site, has finally added a new story, and it's a good one. An oilfield service company's slogan back home in Oklahoma came to mind every time Alpha Battery FDC received a particular radio message with the call sign "North Star Five Niner, Over" in 1969. In this story Gary takes us through the procedures of a fire mission in FDC. This you find it interesting.
06-18-07 Added "Vietnam Photos - 1967 to 1968" by David Peart
David Peart's Vietnam Photos 1967-68
Recently I received an email with an offer of possible photos of Quan Loi to add to the site. A quick check of David Peart's Picasa photo album page was enough to convince me that they all would make a good addition. The former Big Red One Lieutenant's album contains 160 photos from August 1967 to August 1968 of Quan Loi, An Loc, Lai Khe, Phu Loi, Hwy 13 and surrounding countryside as well as other locations in VN. The album will return you to places you may remember from those times forty years ago. Rather than duplicate the work David had done with his album I thought it would be fun for you to see the photos in David's original album. Click Here to see them and learn about David's time in Vietnam. Thanks David for sharing your photos with us!!
06-05-07 Added "Frappr" Map to the Flash News Page- Check it out and join to add your name, photo, location and comments to the map. You need Adobe Flash to use.. Now Discontinued.
04-27-07 Added Selected Documents From the National Archives
in the Raw
04-15-07 Added "A History of French Rubber Plantations in Vietnam"
A History of French Rubber Plantations in Vietnam
Many of us were assigned to duty stations in Vietnam in or near a French rubber plantation. Ever wonder how these French plantations got their start? Now you can learn about this period of Vietnam and French colonial history there. A French website (translated here) supplies many of the details in that history. Thanks to the diligent research and gracious generosity of François Denis FIEVEZ, the publisher, original early photos and documents are reproduced here that tell the story of the plantations including the Quan Loi Terres Rouges Rubber Co. Check out "The epopee of Rubber" along with lot's of other interesting things on his website. Many of us were assigned to duty stations in Vietnam in or near a French rubber plantation. Ever wonder how these French plantations got their start? Now you can learn about this period of Vietnam and French colonial history there. A French website (translated here) supplies many of the details in that history. Thanks to the diligent research and gracious generosity of François Denis FIEVEZ, the publisher, original early photos and documents are reproduced here that tell the story of the plantations including the Quan Loi Terres Rouges Rubber Co. Check out "The epopee of Rubber" along with lot's of other interesting things on his website. Click Here to start.
Photos - March 68 to May 69" by Rod "Pete" Petras
Rod "Pete" Petras' HHB Photoss
A new group of eighteen photos from Rod "Pete" Petras is on the site today. Rod served with HHB from March, 1968 to May, 1969. The group includes a couple of photos of Phouc Vinh with the remainder of Quan Loi. Two photos of our fallen brother, Robert Brupbacher are also included in the group and have been linked to his "In Memoriam" page. Click Here to see them.
03-29-07 Added " Views From Gun # 4 - Jan 1969 to March 1970" by Robert Moore
Robert Moore's " Views From Gun # 4 - Jan 1969 to March 1970"
Bob Moore served on Gun #4, a 175mm, with Alpha Battery for almost thirteen months. During his tour he took photos during much of that time. Here, in nine galleries, Bob shares over 110 of his photos. The fog of thirty-eight passing years has settled over Bob memory, just as it has over each of ours. Some soldier's name's are not known and once again we need that "collective memory" we have established here to offer some help. Let us know if you recognize an unidentified soldier in any of the galleries. Also included in the photos is a turn in the field that also could use identification. We think you will enjoy viewing Bob's photos from the past. Click Here to see them.
03-07-07 Added "The Ocean Journey of the 6/27th Artillery Equipment" by Wesley Jefferies
Jefferies' The Ocean Journey of the 6/27th Artillery Equipment
Well, it took a little more time to wrap up the fifty plus pages of this photo/audio story from Wesley Jefferies then originally planned. Join us as we return to 1965 for a fascinating ocean journey from Ft. Bliss, Texas to Vietnam. Contributing many new pieces to finishing the historical puzzle of the 6/27th Artillery Vietnam, Wesley's photos and his audio commentary (excerpts from a Skype interview taped January 31, 2007) are a great addition to the site. We trust you will agree. Take the trip now. Bon Voyage! Many thanks, Wesley, for sharing your memories of that voyage.
If you have photos of the troop ship crossing on the USNS Gordon, please consider contributing them to the site! Drop us an email.
12-14-06 Added "Mistakes and Transitions" by Ralph Porter
12-01-06 Added "May 12, 1969" - Mike Cumiford Remembers
12-01-06 Added "June 5, 1969" - Mike Cumiford Remembers
06-26-06 Added Adin Tooker's 1966-67 Vn Photo Collection and Tour of Duty Narrative
06-02-06 Added "Chieu Hoy Leaflets" Courtesy Marc Levy
06-01-06 Added "KABOOM!" by Roger Mallory
05-05-06 Added "Flying Too Low" by George Montgomery
05-05-06 Added "Trophies" by Marc Levy
04-27-06 Added "The Battle at Burkett, Choices Made" by Ralph Porter
04-14-06 Added "Convoys - The First One" by Roger Mallory
04-10-06 Added "Dead Letter Day" - a Poem with Commentary by Marc Levy
04-10-06 Added "Deconstructing Defiance" by Ralph Porter
03-23-06 Added "Malaria Pills" by Ralph Porter
03-15-06 Added a new reorganized Photo Gallery Link Page
03-15-06 Added "Paradise" by Marc Levy
03-10-06 Added Ralph Porter Photo Gallery - Part 4
03-07-06 Added "The Expendable Gun" by Ralph Porter
Ralph Porter Photo Gallery - Part 3
02-26-06 Added "Today's Mourning" by Mike Mercer
02-25-06 Added Ralph Porter Photo Gallery - Part 2
02-22-06 Added Ralph Porter Photo Gallery - Part 1
02-04-06 Added "No Windows, No Doors" by Mike Mercer
01-18-06 Added "Long Binh Bound 707" by Mike Mercer
01-17-06 Added two new photos courtesy Celestino P. Salinas, Delta Co, 1st Bn, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Sept 1967- July 1968. The French Pool and Quan Loi Airfield
12-22-05 Added "The Best Christmas Ever" by Roger Mallory
12-22-05 Added "Vietnam Today" - A Q & A with Scott Krueger
12-10-05 Added "Quan Loi Miscellaneous Photos" - a Photo Gallery by Edmund "Eddie Zak" Zakrzewski
12-10-05 Added "Hwy 13 Convoy Memories" - a Photo Gallery by Edmund "Eddie Zak" Zakrzewski
12-07-05 Added 175mm Gun and 8inch Howitzer original Technical Manual - Sample Pages - Courtesy the Holbrook brothers
12-07-05 Added "Artillery Vietnam" - A 1970 publication of 23rd Artillery Group Vietnam
12-06-05 Added ""Turkey - A Story of Christmas in VietnamTurkey - A Story of Christmas in Vietnam" by Gary Graham
12-06-05 Added ""Sgt. Jack – My Nemesis" by Roger Mallory
12-06-05 Added "The Dark Angry Secrets of Mike and Doc" by Marc Levy
11-07-05 Added "Photo Jim Dumb" by Marc Levy
10-29-05 Added ""Klink am Zurichberg" by Marc Levy
10-27-05 Added "Alpha Battery 1971" Photos by William Bradbury
10-16-05 Added "My Big Fat Beautiful R & R" by Marc Levy
10-12-05 Added "Conflict Resolution" by Marc Levy
by Marc Levy
09-29-05 Added "Spit Shine Guard Mount" by Roger Mallory
09-19-05 Added "The Most *%&%#@# War Story of All *%+&&^#% Time" by Marc Levy
08-16-05 Added "A Legacy of Honor - History of the 6/27th Artillery 1917 to 1967"
the Heart and Mind of Marc Levy" A series of stories from a
former 1st Cav Combat Medic
06-30-05 Added Ralph Corliss' Photo Gallery "Remembering Alpha Battery - Quan Loi - 1969-70"
06-30-05 Additional Travel Journal Entries in Marc Levy's "06-30-05 Additional Travel Journal Entries in Marc Levy's "Sapa, Vietnam - Travels in Southeast Asia 1995- Journal Entries- Journal Entries"
06-30-05 Added Marc Levy's "06-30-05 Added Marc Levy's "A Grunt's Life Around Quan Loi - 1969"
06-30-05 Added Larry Korteum's Photo Gallery "VN Views by a Service Battery 6/27TH Arty Ammo Hauler 1968-69"
06-30-05 Added Marc Levy's ""Song Be to Breakdownn" - Memories of Vietnam by an Infantry Medicc
06-27-05 Added Gary Graham's Part Five of Five "06-27-05 Added Gary Graham's Part Five of Five "My Journey Back to the World - And He’s Buying"
Added Eddie "Zak" Zakrzewski's "Before
May 12, 1969"
06-27-05 Added Eddie "Zak" Zakrzewski's "May 12, 1969"
05-25-05 Added Roger Mallory's Poem "For Brupbacker"
05-25-05 Added Eddie "Zak" Zakrzewski's Photo Gallery "6/27th Quan Loi Areas 1968-69"
05-25-05 Added Marc Levy's "Sapa, Vietnam" Additional travel journal entries and photos from his 1995 travels
Added CPT Todd E. Bajakian's Photo Gallery "Alpha
Battery 6/27th FA Welcome Homee"
05-25-05 Added H.L. Barbee's Photo Gallery "Alpha Battery 1968"
05-25-05 Added Marc Levy's "Return to Quan Loi 1995"
05-25-05 Added Gary Graham's Part Four of Five
Journey Back to the World - Look At All Those Bright Lightss"
04-29-05 Added two of a planned five photo galleries from Eddie "Zak" Zakrzewski "Sgt Eddie Zak's Photo Gallerys - 1968-69"
04-29-05 Added a three photo gallery from Howard Barbee "1968 TET Results on 6/27th Motor Pool"
04-29-05 Added "Around Alpha Battery - 1969" Jim Mclain photo gallery
04-29-05 Added Gary Graham's Part Three of Five “My Journey Back to the World - Freedom Bird”
04-20-05 Added New and Reorganized - "News Flash" Page with new content and links
04-12-05 Added New site Guestbook- Post an entry - It's the place many visitors go to first to see who has found the site for the first time.- Post an entry - It's the place many visitors go to first to see who has found the site for the first time.
04-04-05 Added Reed McDonald's "In Memory of SSgt Archie Lamar Jones"
Added Gary Graham's Part Two of Five "My
Journey Back to the World - SitenBitchers Loungee”
03-29-05 Added "Quan Loi Commo Tower Views" - Photos by Mike Kramer
03-29-05 Added Reprinted review of new book "Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes"
03-29-05 Added "Life With ABtry 6/27th FA in Iraq" - Photos by SFC Paul Larson
03-29-05 Added "Views of Frenchman's Pool" - More photos not included in the original Frenchman's Pool pages..
02-21-05 Added "02-21-05 Added "Flight #1 - Quan Loi International Airport" - A story with photos by Bill Carr"
02-21-05 Added ""My Journey Back to the World - Part 1" - The first of five parts by Gary Graham
02-21-05 Added ""Trilogy of Travel" - Three stories by Roger Mallory
02-21-05 Added ""Quan Loi - Black and White - 1969" A gallery of photos by Joe Deane
02-21-05 Added ""Late Chow" - A story by Gary Graham
01-30-05 Added ""Cambodian 'Turkey Shoot' - 1970" - A Photo Memory by Scott Krueger
01-30-05 Added ""Traveling In-Country Unattached" by Gary Graham
01-30-05 Added ""My First Days In Country" by Les Higa" by Les Higa
01-30-05 Added The first sections of the ""FNG Site Tour" for first-time visitors. Look for additions to the tour over the next weeks
01-30-05 Added ""When You Go to Sleep" by Gary Graham" by Gary Graham
01-30-05 Added ""Changing a 175mm Tube" - Photos by William Carr
01-30-05 Added New issues of the ""CannonEars" published by the 6/27th Arty Vietnam
12-12-04 Added Alpha Battery 6/27th FA (MLRS) Today to the ""Battery Page"
12-12-04 Added Construction at HHB and Alpha Battery- Quan Loi to the "Battery Page"
12-06-04 Added 1967 Aerial Views of Quan Loi by William Carr
12-06-04 Added ""My Freedom Bird" by Reed McDonald
12-06-04 Added ""Stay Away From Loud Noises" by Gary Graham" by Gary Graham
12-06-04 Added ""My Journey to Loc Ninh" by Tom Hynes
12-06-04 Added "Electrical Problems" by Gary Graham by Gary Graham
10-09-04 Added Reunion Photos and Report
10-09-04 Added Tom Hynes "Why Are These Guys a Funny Orange Color"
10-09-04 Added Roger Mallory's "From Quan Loi to Las Vegas"
10-09-04 Added Larry Jameson's "A Father's Visit"
10-04-04 Added alphabetical listing of past Guestbook entries
10-04-04 Added a new Site Search Component to replace the previous non-working search feature.
07-04-04 Added a Link to the Australian Gunners Old Comrades Association (Check your volume control)
07-01-04 Added Gerald Dilge's "First Night in Quan Loi"
07-01-04 Added Larry Jameson's "Shit Burns"
07-01-04 Added Gary Graham's "Convoying on Thunder III"
07-01-04 Added Roger Mallory's "Companions"
07-01-04 Added Larry Hutchison's "Vietnam Memories - May 12, 1969" Plus Larry's Quan Loi Photo Galleries
07-01-04 Added a Quan Loi 2004 QuickTime VR Panoramic Photo From Scott Krueger "Finding Quan Loi"
07-01-04 Added Roger Mallory's "June 6, 1969"
06-01-04 Added Jan Askman's "Vietnam Memories: Quan Loi, Dec. 1969 to April 1970"
06-01-04 Added Larry Jameson's "May 12, 1969"
06-01-04 Added Nona Graham's "Hand Delivered Mail"
05-12-04 Added "Quan Loi May 12, 1969 - A Thirty-fifth Anniversary Remembrance""- Contributors Norm Wolfinger, Roger Mallory, Arvin Battersby, Gary Graham and Larry Jameson (Added 06-01-04)-
04-30-04 Added Scott Krueger's "Finding Quan Loi"
04-30-04 Added Nona Graham's "The Wall"
04-30-04 Added Roger Mallory's "May 12, 1969"
04-30-04 Added Photo Gallery 12 "Alpha Btry 65-66 - 6/27th Arty Goes to Vietnam" Photos and Memories by Don Graham, Gene Long and Ron Altier
04-30-04 Added "Important Photos""page - Visit to see historic photo of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky at Gia Linh page
04-30-04 Added "Honorable Mention Photos" to Numba One Photos Page - Visit to see new Additions to Numba One Photos Page
03-30-04 Submit information and access the Quan Loi Web Site "Roster" from this button above from this button above
03-30-04 Added an unscientific poll to the bottom of the site "Home" page just for fun - Poll will change periodically. Check it out and vote!
03-30-04 Added information in "Bulletin Board" on how to get your decorations, awards and personnel records free.
03-30-04 The old Forum is now the new "Bulletin Board"" button above
03-30-04 Added Roger Mallory's "A Night at Thunder Three"
03-30-04 Added Arvin Battersby's "Scared, Bunker 8 in HHB"
03-30-04 Added New Captions to Photo Gallery 10 ABtry 1968ABtry 1968
03-30-04 Added Photo Gallery 11 -- ABtry 1967ABtry 1967
03-30-04 Added Gary Graham's "An Incident While on R&R"
03-30-04 Added John Wavra's "Riding a Caribou"
03-30-04 Added Scott Krueger's "Santa Bou"
03-15-04 Added Nona Graham's "An Easter Memory"
02-28-04 Added ""In Memoriam" button above - A section to remember our fallen Brothers" button above
02-28-04 Added Nona Graham's ""Every Year About This Time"
02-28-04 Added a "Buddy-Finder Primer" thanks to Les Higa
02-28-04 Added a "Quan Loi Website Roster" "form for all who wish to be listed in a visitor roster
02-28-04 Added Information too Timeline for 1970 and Photos of Loc Ninh and Move to Bu Dop
02-28-04 Added Gene Mikovilje Photos off Alpha Battery - April 1968
02-28-04 Added some new links to Links Page
02-15-03 Added second day and time for meeting inn Live Chat with backup chat program
01-27-03 Added Rick Harris' "Quan Loi, CCS and Me - Near the End - An Loc/Quan Loi 1971-1972"
01-21-03 Added Roger Mallory's "Haymaker Echo On Nui Ba Ra"
01-21-03 Added Scott Krueger's "Return to Loch Ninh"
01-21-03 Added John Zmarthie Photos to Photo Gallery 3 andd FDC Tour and Firing Battery Layout Map (See FDC Personnel Bunker)
01-21-03 Added Headquarters & Headquarters Battery Layout Map and Photos
01-21-03 Added "Site Map"" button above.
01-21-03 Added Link to Past "The New Cannon Ear" newsletters
12-31-03 Check out the "Live Chat"" A weekly discussion has been set each Sunday morning..
12-31-03 Added new Quan Loi Airfield Photos from 1972 by pilots Alan C. Tigner and Bill Carruthers
12-31-03 Added Weather for Bien Hoa, Vietnam on Home Page - It was the closest location to Quan Lo
12-31-03 Added new Layout Maps for ABtry Quan Loi Firing Battery and Admin Section
12-31-03 Added Roger Mallory's "The First Time"
12-17-03 Added Microsoft FrontPage "Search" component to site. Now you can search the site. It's not perfect but better then nothing.
12-13-03 Added "The New Cannon Ear" monthly newsletter to site. Use the "Newsletter" Button to Subscribe/Unsubscribe.
12-11-03 Moved site to new host. Added "Numba One!" Photo Gallery & reorganized "The Battery" section.
11-19-03 Added Gary Graham's "Colorful Language"
11-19-03 Added Gary Graham's "The Decision"
11-17-03 Upgraded thee "Frenchmen's Swimming Pool" Pages - Better Photo Quality and added optional narration.
11-14-03 Added "Number 3 Gun Fires Off a Round" Us "The Battery" & "See Battery in Action" Buttons to Access
11-14-03 Added New Yearbook Page with three ways to view complete Yearbook - Click "Yearbook & More" Button Above
11-06-03 Added "Building the Bunkers and Gun Pads at Quan Loi"" by Pete Farris
11-04-03 Added Help Screens to the ABtry Live Chat and Forum Pages - Click the Help Button When you are in either
10-30-03 Added a Mess Hall Section. Use "The Mess Hall" Button above
10-30-03 Added Les Higa's "Operational Report/Lessons Learned?"
10-20-03 Added the Alpha Battery Forum. Use "Visit Forum" Button above. A place to express your opinions, make comments etc. for all to see and respond to
10-20-03 Added a Live Chat Section to the site. Use "Live Chat" Button above. Time will tell if it is of any value to anyone
10-19-03 Added Gary Graham's "The Streaker(s)"
10-19-03 Added Larry Jameson's "Thunder Road"
9-25-03 Added an "FDC Bunker Tour". Use "FDC" Button above
9-24-03 Added Gary Graham's "Girls!, Girls! Girls!""
9-24-03 Added Larry Jameson's "Guard Duty Memories"
9-24-03 Added Jim Hynes" "How I Arrived in Quan Loi and a Special Thanks"
9-10-03 Added Gary Graham's "The Sapper""
9-10-03 Added John Wavra's "The Mystery of the 35mm Slides"
9-01-03 Added Gary Graham's "The Surprise in the Care Package"
9-01-03 Added Les Higa's "A Fishing Tale"
8-26-03 Added Mario Williams' "The Day the Gun Exploded"
8-17-03 Added Jack Giffin's "An Infantryman Remembers Quan Loi"
8-15-03 Added Larry Jameson's "Laundry Run - Chapter 4"
4-17-03 Added Larry Kantroski's "Witness at the Beginning - A Battery at Quan Loi - Jan 1967"
4-13-03 Added Reed McDonald's "The Discovery - One of the Good Memories of Vietnam"
4-13-03 Added Larry Jameson's ""Promoted"
3-26-03 Added WACR Radio Blackhorse Quan Loi Vietnam - Use " Quan Loi Radio " Button above.
3-20-03 Added photo of the ""Quan Loi French Girls at the Pool" courtesy Al Martin
3-20-03 Added link to Photos off Quan Loi Airstrip 1995 and link on link page to Company B, 1/7 Cavalry
3-20-03 Restructured site - let me know if you find any bugs!
3-08-03 Added ""Cannon Ear" Newsletter Issues
3-08-03 Added Larry Jameson's "548 Driver" to the "Your Story" Page
3-05-03 Added new Photo Gallery 8 - 1st Class Photos
3-05-03 Revised opening text and added ""How this Site Got Started"
3-01-03 Added Photos of Frenchman's House courtesy Al Martin
3-01-03 Added Photo links (red dots) to Quan Loi Air Field page courtesy Al Martin
2-27-03 Added Photos too Water in the Pool courtesy Al Martin
2-27-03 Added Photos of Bougainvilleas at French Pool courtesy Reed McDonald
2-26-03 Added Larry Jameson's "FNG" to the "Your Story" Page
2-23-03 Added Les Higa's A Battery After Quan Loi to the "Your Story" Page
2-15-03 Added Maj Tom Sheehy Quan Loi Photo Gallery
2-15-03 Added Maj Tom Sheehy Phouc Vinh Photos
2-12-03 Added Items to Timeline for 1970 courtesy of Les Higa.
2-07-03 Added Link to 2nd Battalion 94th Arty and fixed link to TimeLine Page