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Preplanning For 2018 Possible Reunion


A Cannon Ears Newsletter was recently sent to all interested in helping to plan for a 2018 Reunion of the 6/27th Artillery Vietnam.  The mailing list was updated as much as possible, but may not have included your address.  If you are interested in helping plan for a possible 2018 Reunion by completing a survey to express your interest and to help choose a location city, please send an email to request a link to the survey. The deadline for the survey completion is February 21, 2018.

Cliff Nehring's Bravo Battery Photos 1965-66

Clifford Nehring 2015In 1963 at the age of 17 years, three months, Cliff Nehring enlisted in the U.S. Army.  Cliff did his basic at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and his advanced at Ft Sill, OK where he trained on a 105 howitzers.  While there he also received training on all types of army vehicles.

He did a tour of duty in Korea and when he returned in 1964 he was assigned to Ft. Bliss, TX where he was placed in one of the first heavy artillery units which were soon Vietnam bound.  Cliff traveled “in style” aboard the USNS Gordon where his bunk was one of five bunks stacked to the ceiling.  The trip took 30 days and he and his fellow soldiers were glad to get off the ship and unto land, even though it was Vietnam.

In his six months in Vietnam, (Yes, they did send you to Vietnam if you had six months left of your enlistment), he was able to shoot few voyage over and of the first staging area on the grounds of Saigon University as well as Phouc Vinh.

Click Here to View Cliff's Photos


Larry Korteum Shares His Memory of Tet 1968


Lawrence KorteumFifty Years ago to the day, then SP4 Lawrence Korteum, Service Battery 6/27th Artillery shares his memory of that historic day.  It is hard to believe that fifty years have passed since then.  I believe you will find Larry's memory a poignant one and from one of our fellow Cannon Kings.  Perhaps you were there in 1968 and you have your own memories or you had already completed your tour or were yet to begin it, but Tet 1968 was a turning point in the war that warrants remembering.  Thanks Larry for sharing the memory.


Click Here to Read Larry's Memory and Click Here to See HIs Photos of Service Battery

 David Willingham's Charlie Battery Photos

Phouc Vinh   1968 - 1969


David Willingham PhotoDavid Willingham arrived at Phouc Vinh and Charlie Battery 6/27th Artilliery in September 1968.  He was first assigned to the Ammo Section, but within a couple of weeks he Was moved to the Executive Post as Battery Recorder.


David has shared 73 photos with the site from Charlie Battery in 1968 and 1969.  We think you will enjoy his photos and you Charlie Battery Vets may recognize a face or two.  There are a few unidentified so we could use your help if you remember any of them.

Click Here to View David's Photos

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A new benefit is now available to all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
To qualify for participation in the Veterans online shopping benefit, you must be a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces with a discharge status of "honorable" or "general under honorable conditions."

First you must have your eligibility verified by going to, which is easy to do.  Once your eligibility is verified you will be notified and you may visit any of the exchanges to register.  After a quick approval you eill ready to shop.  Prices are very competitive.  Purchases are free from state and local sales tax and shipping is free for orders over $49.00

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Veterans Affairs exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

PBS NEWS HOUR - Politics Nov 17, 2017 12:53 PM EST
WASHINGTON — As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.

VA spokesman Curt Cashour called the plan a potential “gamechanger” that would “provide better care for veterans at a lower cost to taxpayers,” but he provided no specific details. Griffin Anderson, a spokesman for the Democrats on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the proposal — developed without input from Congress — would amount to a merger of the VA’s Choice and the military’s TRICARE private health care
programs. Committee Democrats independently confirmed the discussions involved TRICARE.

News of the plan stirred alarm from veterans groups, who said they had not been consulted, even as VA urges a long-term legislative fix for Choice by year’s end.


With Obamacare Fight Lost, Conservatives Turn to Veterans’ Care

WASHINGTON — With their hopes of repealing the Affordable Care Act dashed for now, deep-pocketed conservative activists have turned their attention to a smaller but still potent new effort: allowing private health care to compete with Veterans Affairs hospitals for the patronage of the nation’s veterans.

Concerned Veterans for America, a little-known advocacy group backed by the conservative billionaire industrialists Charles G. and David H. Koch, is pressing Republicans to make it easier for veterans to see private doctors at government expense. The group’s voice had been lonely until recently, when a raft of Koch connected
advocacy organizations and other conservative allies joined the effort.

The War That Never Ended
The writer, who served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968, is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He wrote this for the Los Angeles Times. Reprinted from the Omaha World Herald

"There are two Vietnam wars, and the second is still going, 40 years after the first ended. The United States fought the first one from 1959 to 1975 in the jungles, villages and airspace of Indochina. The second is the war over how that war, the first lost war in America's national history, is remembered."  Click Here to Continue Reading

                                            American Medevac

Here is something for you to watch on PBS.Org before Ken Burns "The Vietnam War" starts on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  I think you will find it a very moving story of the soldier comradeship during the Vietnam War.

"During the Vietnam War, CBS News correspondent Morton Dean and cameraman Greg Cooke flew on a harrowing medevac mission to rescue three wounded infantrymen from an enemy infested rice paddy. Dean long wondered what had become of the medevac crew and the bloodied men who were airlifted to safety on that day in 1971. American Medevac tells the story of their reunion, more than 40 years later."

                                                 Click Here to Watch

Please Note you may have to search for "American Medevac" to play in your area.


Juan F. Maldonado's Memory
 of the June 11, 1967 Quan Loi Ground Attack

Juan F. Maldonado TodayJuan Maldonado, a member of

Click Here to Read the Story


 (Look for his memory link  just below Johnny Kinder's)

‘Killed’ in Vietnam and buried with comrades, one Marine returned from the dead

The Washington Post

By Michael E. Ruane  July 8


HALLETTSVILLE, Tex. — Ronald L. Ridgeway was “killed” in Vietnam on Feb. 25, 1968.

The 18-year-old Marine Corps private first class fell with a bullet to the shoulder during a savage firefight with the enemy outside Khe Sanh.

Dozens of Marines, from what came to be called “the ghost patrol,” perished there.

At first, Ridgeway was listed as missing in action. Back home in Texas, his old school, Sam Houston High, made an announcement over the intercom.  Click Here to Continue or  Click Here to Download a PDF Version

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THE VIETNAM WAR, A New Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, to Air Fall 2017 on PBS

"ARLINGTON, VA; DECEMBER 6, 2016  -- THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will air in September 2017 on PBS stations nationwide (watch the trailer).

In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides (see clips here).  (Be sure to cursor down the page for extended look videos)

“The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans,” Burns said. “Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. There wasn’t an American alive then who wasn’t affected in some way — from those who fought and sacrificed in the war, to families of service members and POWs, to those who protested the war in open conflict with their government and fellow citizens. More than 40 years after it ended, we can’t forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it.”

“We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy. Ken and I have tried to shed new light on the human dimensions of the war by looking at it from the bottom up, the top down and from all sides,” Novick said.  “In addition to dozens of ‘ordinary’ Americans who shared their stories, we interviewed many ‘ordinary’ Vietnamese soldiers and non-combatants in the North and South, and we were surprised to learn that the war remains as painful and unresolved for them as it is for us.”

Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations and more than 100 iconic musical recordings by many of the greatest artists of the era."

Click Here to Continue Reading on PBS website

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 SP5 Larry W. Thomas' 1969 Quan Loi Video

Larry W. 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


Jim Hoyt's Vietnam Photos

Jim HoytJim Hoyt served with Bravo Battery at Song Be from May 1968 to Feb 1969.  Like many of us, he purchased a camera a starting snapping shots around the Bravo Battery Area.  He had to learn some new tasks to get his photos to us, but he did a great job in mastering the art of scanning, etc.

Separated into six separate galleries for ease of viewing, Jim did his best to caption the 127 photos he agreed to share with us.  His photos are a great addition the website and to the history of Bravo Battery.  Many thanks for sharing your photos, Jim!
Click Here to Start Viewing Jim's Photos

News to Contemplate

Vietnam War Helicopter Pilot to Receive Medal of Honor

Maj Charles Kettles
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 — President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor in a July 18 White House ceremony to a daring UH-1D Huey helicopter pilot who displayed extraordinary heroism during the Vietnam War.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles is credited with saving some 44 lives on May 15, 1967, while serving as a helicopter commander in the 176th Aviation Company, 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division, near Duc Pho in Vietnam's central highlands.

Early that morning, his platoon had dropped about 80 soldiers in a river valley, but the troops were ambushed and surrounded very quickly. Kettles and his fellow pilots made several trips back and forth, bringing reinforcements and evacuating the wounded, but by afternoon, it was clear that the situation was hopeless. Only 44 troops remained, facing what Kettles estimates was a battalion-sized force.

Click Here to Read Entire News Release

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Why Are There So Many Copies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall?

Source:  The Atlantic - City Lab by  KRISTON CAPPS 2-23-16

On Friday, the Army posted a solicitation for a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, needs a memorial—something just like the famous wall designed by Maya Lin—from March 16 to March 20. The bidding period ends on February 29.

Fort Irwin isn’t looking for a full-scale replica: This one should not be larger than 250 feet in length, or half the size of the (national) Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the National Mall. The replica will nevertheless bear all 58,300-plus names of veterans lost or missing in the war. For all intents....  Click Here to Continue (PDF File)

Agent Orange Catching up to Vietnam
 Vets Decades Later

Source:  Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,
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)

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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

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


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


A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans Featuring the Voice of Mr. Sam Elliott

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration

Published on Jul 20, 2015

Featuring the voice of renowned actor Mr. Sam Elliott, this video is a tribute to the 7.2 million living veterans and the 9 million families of all who served from Nov. 1, 1975 to May 15, 1975. Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Click Here to View


Vietnam Convoy Trucker
By William E. (Bill) Patterson

Bill Patterson PhotoA new book recently came my way that I think many of you who served in Vietnam will enjoy.  “Vietnam Convoy Trucker”, written by William E. (Bill) Patterson, who served in Vietnam with the 319th Transportation Company, an activated Army Reserve Unit from Augusta, GA from 1968 to 1969, is a lively and entertaining memoir of his time there.  In short it is a “good read”.

Bill’s book provides you the opportunity to sit down with a Vietnam Comrade and learn through a series of his memories what it was like to be a convoy driver of a 5-ton cargo truck, Number 36, during a one year . . .  Click Here to Continue

New Information on the Saga of the "Quan Loi Queen"

New information on the saga of the "Quan Loi Queen" has become available thanks to MSGT Robert Aston (U. S. Air Force, Ret.).  Robert flew into Quan Loi on the support aircraft and was tasked with helping to start the Queen via its "prop wash" at Quan Loi.  It was a perilous job as you will read.  Robert has sent an article that appeared in the Air Force Base newspaper in Taiwan and photos of the "Queen" in the wash rack at Tan San Nhut AFB, South Vietnam.  Many thanks to Robert and his son, Bob, for sending this new "Quan Loi Queen" information.

Click Here to See the Article and Photos.


11 July 1967 VC Raid On Quan Loi

Photo Johnny KInder
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.

If you were there at Quan Loi that night and would like to share your memory of that Ground Attack please email us.

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. 

If you have not received the latest issue and would like to view it and/or be added to the mailing list so you will receive free future issues in your email box just:

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A New Video of the
Frenchman's Club & Swimming Pool

Frenchmen's Pool at Quan Loi Photo
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 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.

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"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

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Vietnam in the News

Bill Moyers Interviews Karl Marlentes - Watch it Here
Bill Moyers Interviewed Karl Marlentes, author of "Matterhorn" a 2010 best selling novel of the Vietnam War and "What It Is Like To Go To War ?" a non-fiction 2011 work about modern veteran life upon return to the civilian world, recently on his PBS show, Bill Moyer's & Company.   It is an interview worth seeing.   Click Here to watch it now.

How Many Vietnam Veterans Are Still Alive?

Take a Number. How Many Vietnam Veterans Are Still Alive? By ANDREW GELMAN. Published: March 25, 2013 in the
New York Times. The approximate percentage of Vietnam-era veterans who are still alive in 2013 is 75.  Here is a copy of the article just in case you can not get it from Please note - this corrects the story "Vietnam Vets Take Notice - Here Are Some Interesting Statistics..."  posted earlier and listed below.  Nice to learn there are more of us still alive than we thought before.  Glad you are one of them!

Former Vietnam POW Remembers Vietnam Forty Years Later

"Forty years ago on March 13, my fellow prisoners of war in North Vietnam and I, dressed in cheap civilian clothes that had been provided to the 108 of us for the occasion, boarded buses for Gia Lam airport on the outskirts of Hanoi.   A Big green American C-141 airlifter was waiting there to fly us to Clark Air Force Base n the Philippines." 
Click here to read the article.

Published in The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2013

President Johnson discusses Nixon's Vietnam tactics

"A BBC Radio 4 documentary, based on declassified tapes, has lifted the lid on the political maneuvers of Richard Nixon, even before he was elected president.

In 1968 President Lyndon B Johnson thought Nixon was effectively sabotaging the Vietnam war peace talks."   

Click Here to read the article and hear the Pres. Johnson's tape.

After 40 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 
Read the complete Pentagon Papers at The National Archives

New Vietnam Documents & History Now OnlineAs the years go by more and more previously "secret" or "restricted" documents are being made available.  As we become aware of them we will make them available to you.


Records Show Doubts on ’64 Vietnam Crisis


WASHINGTON — In an echo of the debates over the discredited intelligence that helped make the case for the war in Iraq, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday released more than 1,100 pages of previously classified Vietnam-era transcripts that show senators of the time sharply questioning whether they had been deceived by the White House and the Pentagon over the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Read Article   Click Here to download Copies in PDF File

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

EyeWitness To History

"History is indeed the witness of the times, the light of truth." (Cicero)


Here are new memories of events that took place at Quan Loi:


The Quan Loi Queen - Memories From Fred Masters

August 12/13, 1969 - Quan Loi Ground Attack by Bill Rubenstein


QuanLoi.Org Online Roster Reminder

Over 200 visitors have listed there names and contact information in the online roster.  It is a great way to allow old friends to find you after these many years.  The Roster has a secure entry and requires a username and password which you receive when you submit your own information for inclusion.   We invite you to join - like everything on this site it is completely free.

Once your name is listed you will be advised via email when new listings are added.  With that in mind, several of you have changed your email addresses and not advised us of the change.  When time permits, would you please email us if you desire to continue to receive the notices.

Historic Quan Loi Vietnam Videos Added to Website

In 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 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.

The Saga of the Quan Loi Queen


Chances are, if you were at Quan Loi on November 17-18, 1969, and you had acamera, 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.

Quan Loi - August 12, 1969 Ground Attack - A Grunt's Perspective

Thomas Mathis was with the A Troop 1/4 Cav on the night of August 12, 1969.  His memory of that night brings a new perspective to what took place when the NVA attacked Quan Loi that night.  It is worth your time.  Click Here to read his account from the new August 12 Start Page.

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)

Book Published on Quan Loi

I was very pleased to recently receive a promotional copy of David Bedard's memoir of

his Vietnam service in the Artillery Ballistic Meteorology Unit of the 1st Air Cavalry Division from February 1969 to February 1970.   I don't receive many promotional book copies so I was tickled to get this one, but I was even more pleased to see the title, "I Remember Quan Loi - Annus Horribilis - The Horrible Year".  David had served his entire Vietnam service tour in one of our "favorite" places - Quan Loi.  His unit was located right next to Alpha Btry 6/27th Arty.....(Continued)



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 (It can be found at other sites on the web), 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:


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



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