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 Special Edition                                            Time to Register for the 2021 Reunion

2018 Reunion Attendees
It’s Time to Register for the 2021 Reunion!
It’s time to make your room reservations at the Branson Grand Plaza Hotel for the 2021 Reunion of the 6/27th Artillery Vietnam.  All of the information you need to do so is in this 2021 Reunion Reservation PDF This newsletter is also available on the website at www.quanloi.org. Open the Reunion PDF file and print a copy.  You will need to complete page three by hand and mail as directed along with your check in the appropriate reunion registration fee amount in order to register for the 2021 Reunion.

The reunion packet includes a Reunion Agenda and instructions on how to reserve your room at Special Reunion Rates at the
 Branson Grand Plaza Hotel Of course, you may stay at any lodging in Branson. The Registration PDF also includes the form to register for the 2021 Reunion.  We suggest you reserve your room at the Branson Grand Plaza Hotel and also complete and mail in your registration for the reunion at the same time.

The hotel has given us special room rates for the four nights of August 23 through August 26; the reunion inclusive dates. 
YOU HAVE UNTIL JULY 24TH TO REGISTER AT THE BRANSON GRAND PLAZA HOTEL TO SECURE THESE SPECIAL ROOM RATES.  YOU HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 1ST TO REGISTER TO ATTEND THE REUNION!  IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND YOU NEED TO GET MOVING AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS NOW!

Should you have any questions regarding the hotel or the 2021 Reunion,  please email us at Reunion 2021

We predict this could be the largest attendance at any 6/27th Reunion so don’t delay in reserving your room.  None of us is getting any younger and we are not sure how many more Reunions we may have.  So, if you have never been to a reunion and have always wanted to attend one – now is the time.  Of course, we look forward to seeing all our old friends from previous reunions!

We believe this will be a safe Reunion and we urge anyone who plans to attend to get vaccinated for the protection of all who will attend, including yourself.  The pandemic has been unpredictable so be aware that should circumstances change regarding Covid19, the Reunion could be canceled or rescheduled.  Naturally, you will be kept informed of any changes.

We hope to see you in Branson!


The Reunion Committee – AKA John Wavra
 
THANKS TO ALL THE CANNON KINGS. . .
WHO HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED!
2021 Reunion 6/27th Artillery Vietnam Attendance Roster
Last Name, First Name Spouse Name VN Battery VN Service Dates Number
Prorok, Ken Lynn Alpha Feb 67 to May 68 2
Atkins, Thomas Gayle Holmes Alpha Jan 69 to Sep 69 2
Christopher, Johnny Pat Charlie Jan 68 to Mar 69 2
Dees. Brice Joyce Charlie Jul 70 to Jul 71 2
Kerstiens, Bob Debbie Alpha Jan 69 to Mar 70 2
Smith, Robert Sharon C & Alpha Sep 68 to Aug 69 * 2
Parins, Kenneth Mary Alpha Oct 68 to Dec 69 2
Higa, Lester   Alpha May 70 to Jun 71 1
Wallingham, David Susan Charlie Sep 68 to Sep 69 2
Johnson, John Kathy Service Jan 68 to Aug 69 2
Owens, George Mary Everett HHB Mar 68 to Jul 69 2
Pinkman, Ronald   Alpha Feb 68 to Feb 70 1
Heisler, Jon C. Debra Lee Alpha Mar 69 to May 70 2
Weehunt, Dennis Susan Service Jul 71 to Mar 72 2
Watkins, Tom Jodi Alpha May 67 to May 68 2
Jones, Larry Helen Alpha Apr 66 to Apr 67 2
Nehring, Clifford  Terry Bravo Apr 65 to Mar 66 2
Allen, Eddie Judy Alpha Nov 68 to Nov 69 2
Porter, Keith Gayle Charlie Jul 70 to Jun 71 2
Agne, Curt A. Jeanette HHB Sep 67 to Sep 68 2
Porter, Ralph   A, B & HHB Dec 69 to Jun 71 1
See, Fred Scott See Charlie Mar 67 to Mar 68 2
Wavra, John Marion Alpha May 69 to Jun 70 2
Daley, Al Laqueta HHB 67-68 & 70-71 2
         
As of June 26, 2021     Totals 45
So far, every Battery, except F Btry 16th Arty, will be represented at the 2021 Reunion.  Would be great to see a few more Bravo Battery Cannon Kings register and attend.  Come on F Btry 16th Arty - let's see some of you in Branson!

We have a total of 45 registered to attend the Branson Reunion.  We hope to see many more reservations in the mail by the August 1st deadline.

Hope to see you in Branson on August 24th!
 
NEVER ATTENDED A REUNION -

WOULD LIKE TO, BUT FINANCES ARE LOW?
If you have never attended a 6/27th Artillery Vietnam Reunion before and are interested in attending the 2021 Branson, MO Reunion and you are currently low on finances, we may be able to help.  Due to some generous Cannon Kings and Wives - Ken & Mary Parins, Jon and Deb Heisler, and John & Marion Wavra, who have contributed to a special fund, we have some monies available to help ease the financial costs of attending the Branson Reunion.

To qualify for this assistance, this must be the first time you will attend a 6/27th Artillery VN Reunion.  You must truly be in need of some financial assistance and you must contribute an equal portion of the cost to attend yourself.

If this special assistance program is of interest to you and could help you attend the 2021 Branson Reunion, please send us an email with your name, address, and contact phone number.  We will then contact you to discuss the assistance program further.   All responses will be kept confidential and any assistance money awarded will also be confidential. 

We hope to see you in Branson


 
 
 

 

 

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SAD NEWS

 

 

 Special Edition                                                                                      SAD NEWS!

 
We are saddened to learn of the passing of our fearless leader and dear old friend, Col Don Clay. Don was a regular attendee at our Reunions once he learned of them.  Those that met him knew him as a "one-of-a-kind guy", to say the least.  Don was the ultimate Cannon King!  He will be sorrowfully missed at our upcoming August and future reunions.
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Two YouTube Videos of Interest

 

Dragonman's Military Museum

 

Have you heard of a Privately Owned Military Museum located in Colorado Springs?  You won't believe what Dragonman's Military Museum has until you watch this YouTube video.  Here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=9hUl5Fz1jOg

Many thanks to Tom Atkins for passing on this link to us


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Just Another Day in the Nam

 

Check out Jack's Guitar Lounge.  VN Vet  Jack Murphy, 199Tth Light Infantry Brigade,  69-70, treats you to his song "Just Another Day in the Nam".  It's quite catchy!

Here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_po0Yi2ibA&feature=youtu.be

 

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Agent Orange Exposure Doubles Risk

of Developing Dementia, Study Finds

26 Jan 2021 Military.com | By Patricia Kime


"A new study of more than 300,000 Vietnam-era U.S. veterans has found that those who were exposed to Agent Orange are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia as those who were not."

"For the study, researchers at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System examined the medical records of thousands of veterans and found a two-fold risk of dementia for those whose medical records indicated evidence of exposure."

Click Here to Read Article at Military.com

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A Current Look at Quan Loi, Phouc Vinh & Song Be

 
I am happy to tell you that I just recently found a new website started in the fall of 2017 by "a small team of travel and history enthusiasts of different nationalities who combined, arguable have the most experience of any team in visiting former war sites of the Vietnam War."  The site is called "Vietnam War Travel - Discovering the Places From the Vietnam War."

Visit their website and take a video tour of the Quan Loi Airstrip, Phouc Vinh Base Camp and Song Be - LZ Buttons Area.  Take a look at these locations where many of us served and how they appear today.

Here is a link to the main home page:  https://namwartravel.com/  Check out the top menu under "III Corps" for links to all the locations.


Here is a direct link to the Quan Loi Tour:  https://namwartravel.com/quan-loi/

 

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We Have a New Online Cannon King Roster

 
We apologize to those who have attempted to access the online roster over the last few weeks. Unfortunately our web service provider discontinued the feature that was used to produce the roster. Fortunately, most of the entries were backed up and we have been able to restore them in a New Cannon King Roster.

If you were listed in the old roster your listing is probably in the new roster, but you can complete the online form with your information and you will be emailed the new username and password.

If you were listed in the old roster and you just want a new username and password you can send an email request and after your information is verified to be in the roster you will be sent the new credentials to access the roster.
 

Click Here to Go to the New Cannon King Roster

 
 

We Have A New Cannon King Bulletin Board

 
Like the online roster we also lost our Bulletin Board. Unfortunately, we not able to recover any of the original entries, but we have found a new and better Cannon King Bulletin Board. This feature requires you to register to control access and monitor comments, but once registered you are able to contribute to any ongoing topics or start a new topic. We ask you to abide by the Golden Rule in your comments on the board.
Click Here to Visit the New Cannon King Bulletin Board
 
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News For Veterans

  Exchange and Commissary Access Expanded

 

Starting January 1, 2020, eligible Veterans and caregivers can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online. Find out if you're eligible and what this access means for you in the New Year!

Click Here for more information and eligibility requirements.  If you are a vet you are eligible, but you need a Veteran Health Identification Card.  Here is how to get one.
 
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Welcome to the VA

Check out this helpful brochure from the Veterans Administration explaining all the benefits for Veterans.  Click Here to Download the PDF.

 

Click Here to View the January 2020 VA Benefits Newsletter

 

Weekly VA Bulletin Sign-up

Click Here to Sign-up For Free Weekly Bulletin
 
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Retiree Assistance Office Bulletins

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(Click Here to Access all Previous Bulletins)

This Report is published twice monthly on the 1st and 15th day. It contains useful news regarding DOD, Vets, Veteran's News, Veteran's Legislation, Military History, Health Care and General Interest information.

You may download the most current Bulletin by Clicking Here.

 
 
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Agent Orange Catching up to Vietnam
 Vets Decades Later

 

Source:  Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Snow fell outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 696 as its members held their monthly meeting Feb. 9, 2016.

Although attendance was down, most of those present were Vietnam veterans receiving some percentage of disability benefits from their exposure to Agent Orange — a herbicide sprayed by the United States military during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.

Among them were Billy Milan, Lou Drawdy and Terry Stinson.
They were like thousands of other Vietnam vets who returned home unaware that they had been exposed to the same toxic dioxin that was meant to combat their enemies — the Viet Cong guerrillas and the North Vietnamese Army, known as "Charlie" to U.S. forces.

Now, decades later...
Click Here to Continue  (PDF File)

Click Here For More Agent Orange Information
 
 

Researchers call for more study of Agent Orange's effects on Vietnam Veterans and their kids

 
By Mike Hixenbaugh, The Virginian-Pilot,
and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

More than two decades of studying Agent Orange exposure hasn’t produced a solid understanding of how the toxic herbicide has harmed Vietnam War veterans and possibly their children, according to a report released Thursday.

Additional research is long overdue, the report said,. . .  Click Here to Continue
 

Vietnam War History & Research

After Almost 50 Years, the Complete Pentagon Papers

 
"It may be a first in the annals of government secrecy: Declassifying documents to mark the anniversary of their leak to the press. But that is what will happen Monday, when the federal government plans to finally release the secret government study of the Vietnam War known as the Pentagon Papers 40 years after it was first published by The New York Times.

Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, said the report should not have been secret even in 1971.

At first blush, it sounds like the release of one of the worst-kept secrets in history..."

Read the complete story at
The New York Times.com 
Read the complete Pentagon Papers at
The National Archives


The Vietnam Collection

 
Vietnam: A Television History was a landmark documentary series produced by WGBH. This collection contains most of the materials gathered and created for the 1983 series, as well as additional Vietnam-related materials from the WGBH archive. Vietnam: A Television History was one of the last WGBH series produced entirely on film. Starting in 2008, materials were reconstructed, transferred, and digitized for preservation and access.             Visit the WGBH Open Vault
 
 

Were you in Quan Loi on August 12-13, 1969?

 
If your answer is yes, you don't have to be reminded of the ground attack that was repulsed that night.  Many thanks to former SSGT Robert W. Smith for providing us with a copy of the August 14, 1969 Stars and Stripes.  If you would like to learn about that night or refresh your memory click here to read it

If you have a memory, photos or video of the August 12-13, 1969 Quan Loi ground attack you would like to share with the site, please drop me an
email. (JWavra)
 

Vietnam Vets Take Notice - Here Are Some Interesting Statistics...

 
In case you haven't been paying attention these past few decades after you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet, in a larger sense, should give one a sense of pride.Many Thanks to Don Albers, former Battery Commander, Alpha Battery, 6/27th Artillery Vietnam - 1969 for sending these statistics to us. Don received them from friends at West Point Academy. We are not sure who to attribute this original compilation of statistics to, but whoever you are - thanks for doing it. Even if they are a little mind-blowing.


"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam; less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran's age approximated to be 54 years old."
 
So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam?  We Don't know about you, but kind of gives me the chills, considering this is the kind of information we are used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets. 

Click Here See them All:

 
 

Over 50 Years Ago - 6/27th Artillery

 

2 Nov 1965 - The Gordon arrives at Vung Tau

3 Nov 1965 - The battalion disembarks at Vung Tau and is flown to Bien Hoa Air Base and staging area

4 Nov 1965 - The Dick Lykes with battalion equipment arrives in Saigon harbor

10 Nov 1965 - A and Service batteries deployed to Widow's Village, east of Bien Hoa

   On or about 10 Nov 1965 - First Fire Mission in Vietnam   

19 Nov 1965 - B, C, HQ batteries deployed to Phuoc Vinh

9 Dec 1965 - Alpha and Service Batteries relocate to north side of Bien Hoa Air Base.

24 Dec 1965 - General Harold K. Johnson, Army Chief of Staff, visits C Battery at Phuoc Vinh

 

Click Here to Learn of Other 50th Anniversary Milestone
 
 

Website Highlights

Historic Quan Loi Vietnam Videos on the Website

 
Michael ChalifouxIn 1966 Michael Chalifoux, assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, was only in Quan Loi for a month when his aunt  in Pennsylvania sent him a Super-8 movie camera.  Over the next 7+ months Mike shot film in and around Quan Loi, including the Frenchmen's Swimming Pool, the airstrip with all types of aircraft, the nearby Montangard Village, and An Loc to list just a few.  His film shows Quan Loi (L Z Andy) in its early days as an airstrip. 

The 40+ minutes of film was copied to DVD.  For ease of viewing on the website the video was edited into six smaller videos.  Mike was interviewed during a Skype call and his comments were added to the videos.  All six videos were uploaded to youtube.com and then embedded on pages on the website.  You can view them all by
clicking here.  Thank you Mike for sharing your film with us.
 
 

Barney Bowles Quan Loi Video  - 1969

 

Barney BowlesIn 1969 Barney Bowles got an 8mm camera.  He does not remember whether it was sent to him or if he bought it at the Quan Loi PX.  It was an opportune time to have a video camera and Barney used it to shoot video of the 175mm gun tube explosion.

In addition, Barney shot some video of the old Alpha Battery Administration Area where the old EM and NCO/Officers Clubs were located abutting Frenchie's recreation area.  Included in this video is some clearer shots of the tube explosion.


For those who were with Alpha Battery at Quan Loi in 1969 the video will bring back memories of the old Admin Area and some shots of the Firing Battery.

 

Thanks Barney for sharing this video as we know it took some extra effort to copy the video from an old broken laptop. 

 
Click Here to view the video
 
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The Day the 175mm Gun Tube Exploded - A Retrospective

 
Tube Explosion PhotoA few months short of 50 years ago an incident occurred at Alpha Battery 6/27th Artillery at Quan Loi, South Vietnam. It could have been disastrous, but instead only a couple of Cannon Kings were injured, neither seriously. The tube of Number 4 Gun exploded during a fire mission in the early hours of late March or early April, 1969. If you know the exact date please let us know.

We bring together a memory, along with photos of that incident, from a Number 4 gun crewman, Mario Williams, who was on the gun that night. He was one of two soldiers hit by shrapnel from the tube explosion.

Also included is a "never-before-seen" 8mm video taken the following afternoon by B. J. Bowles, a member the FDC crew.

Lastly, "Lost" photos taken by the late Larry Jameson along with the remarkable story of how his photos were returned to him some thirty years after he "lost" them. He was hit by shrapnel from an NVA rocket while on guard duty in April, 1969. He was medevac'd south and then on to Japan, never to return to Quan Loi. His tube explosion slides photos did not make the trip with him and it was a fluke that years later they were "returned" to him.
Click Here to learn the story of The Day the 175mm Gun Exploded
 
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The Saga of the Quan Loi Queen

 
PhotosChances are, if you were at Quan Loi on November 17-18, 1969, and you had a camera, you took photos of a C-130 that was hit by a rocket on the Quan Loi Airstrip.    I took several photos as did Jan Maclaga, Dennis Camp, Glen Russell and Jim McLain of that damaged aircraft.  I'm sure there are many more squirreled away in closets and attics of Quan Loi Veterans.   That battered C-130 was a "curiosity" of the war. All of us knew that the plane was severely damaged from that rocket and it would remain on the side of the airstrip for several months until a crew was finally sent in with a new wing and other parts to repair her.  I doubt that any of us knew that the twenty-one year old USAF Loadmaster of the Queen, Norm Thomas, was killed that day from rocket shrapnel.  It is time we honor his memory.

All of us at Quan Loi relied on the crews of the C-130s, C-7A Caribous and choppers who flew in mail, supplies and provided us safe transportation.  Quan Loi would have been a whole lot worse without them.  Thanks to the pilot of the Quan Loi Queen that November day, Lou Hari, we can now learn the complete story of that sad incident and what eventually happened to the Quan Loi Queen.  I think you will find it one of the most interesting stories to be added to the site.  Click Here to read it.
 

The Frenchman's Club & Swimming Pool

 
Frenchmen's Pool at Quan Loi PhotoIf 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 Loii 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.

Click Here to View
 
 

SP5 Larry W. Thomas' 1969 Quan Loi Video

 

Larry ThomasWhile 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.

Although Larry’s video is short, it does give you a good image of Quan Loi, especially Larry’s 155 mm towed howitzer battery.

 

Click Here to View
 
 
 

"A Legacy of Honor
History of the 6/27th Artillery 1917 - 1967"

 
 
A new "searchable" copy of this exceptional history of the 6th Battalion, 27th Artillery is now available for download in PDF format.

It has long been a goal to re-type SP4 Paul Frederick's entire History as a searchable text document.

Well, it was a long process that was not without its benefits, in that it, at last forced me to read the entire document while typing it from the first to the last word. I have tried to remain as faithful to the original document with this copy, correcting only minor errors where discovered. Due to the differences used by SP4 Frederick’s manual typewriter page layout and today’s computer edition there may be some slight differences in page numbering. In this edition footnotes have been numbered consecutively rather than by section.

SP4 Paul R. Frederick’s History of the 6/27th Artillery is a remarkable document, especially when you consider the conditions of where and when it was researched and written – on the battlefield per se – Phuoc Vinh, Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. Regrettably SP4 Frederick’s history ends in the middle of 1967. The 6/27th Artillery remained in Vietnam for another four years serving in heroic ways. No history of these remaining years has yet to come to light. Perhaps one day one will.

John A. Wavra
Webmaster,
QuanLoiDotOrg

 
Click Here to Download and View
 
 

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.
 
Click Here to Listen
 
 
 

Who We Are

 

This webite 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. Email   Conjuncti Stamus     John Wavra  R20

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