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Many Thanks to all the Cannon
Kings and Spouses who attended the 2018
Branson Reunion of the 6/27th Artillery
make it a great time!
space in the next few weeks for videos,
photos and a complete financial accounting
of the reunion.
"Doc" Hastings' Additional Memories
of Charlie Battery
thanks to David Hastings for some
additional memories of Charlie
Battery at Phouc Vinh in 1966-67.
It's interesting how one still
remembers things from our past
service in Vietnam more than fifty
years later. David is a
skilled writer and has included a
few photos to help visualize his
memories. I think you will
find them interesting.
Click Here to Read & View
Have a New Online Cannon King Roster
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.
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.
Have A New Cannon King Bulletin
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.
Day the 175mm Gun Tube Exploded - A
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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Where is a good
place to order a special patch online or a
Vietnam Vet baseball cap or other
memorabilia? Well, here is a tip for
you from fellow Cannon King Domingo Rios,
Jr. for special order patches. We also
added some links for other VN memorabilia. Neither Domingo or this website or anyone
connected with it receive any compensation
from any of these sources. We present
them only as a courtesy to you.
King Restores Vietnam Era Jeep
who served with Service Battery 6/27th
Artillery in Vietnam from
Jul 71 to Mar 72. His hobbywas
building street rods,
cars and classics. He had
thought about restoring a military vehicle
for a long time. What better to
restore than a Jeep, "Mutt",
a M151A2. A vehicle he new well while
serving in Vietnam.
his Jeep on Craigslist in
Fresno, CA in Sept 2017. It did not
take him long to completely restore it.
Click Here to see Dennis' photos and
learn how and why he restored his
of Quan Loi
beginning in 2002 this website has served
not only those who served with the 6/27th
Artillery, but also anyone who served at
Quan Loi, Vietnam. Quan Loi was a
unique place. Located in the middle of
a French rubber plantation with the airstrip
used as a golf course for French plantation
managers, it also included an
Olympic-size swimming pool and several
lighted tennis courts as well as a club
house for the plantation managers to fly-in
with their families and unwind at those
have always welcomed photos, stories or
memories from anyone who served at Quan Loi.
We recently received three short memories
from Jack Curry who served with Graves
Registration, 1st Infantry Division, at Quan
Loi from January to March 1968 Jack
has become an "honorary" Cannon King when he
and his wife, Jane, attended the 2016
Branson Reunion of the 6/27th Artillery
Vietnam. Jack gives us three unique
memories of Quan Loi and we thank him for
them as well as the duty he performed in
Click Here to read
Nehring's Bravo Battery Photos 1965-66
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
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
Are Still Around
Click Here to Enlarge
Photos Recently Taken at Yuma
By Dennis Weehunt
Charlie Battery Photos
1968 - 1969
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.
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.
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F. Maldonado's Memory
of the June 11, 1967 Quan
Loi Ground Attack
Maldonado, a member of
Co. E 701st Maint. Bn.,
1st infantry Division, was based at Phu Loi in 1967 when he
and a fellow G.I. volunteered to go to Quan Loi to work on
some clean-up projects. He and his friend got more
than they bargained for on the night of June 4, 1967 at Quan
Loi when the camp was attached by a reported 1060 men
of the 4th Battalion, 141 NVA Regiment and a company of
local NVA/VC forces.
Click Here to Read the Story
(Look for his
memory link just below Johnny Kinder's)
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.
Larry’s video is short, it does give you a good image of Quan
Loi, especially Larry’s 155 mm towed howitzer battery.
Jim 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.
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
War Helicopter Pilot to Receive Medal of Honor
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.
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
Read White House News Release
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
call for more study of Agent Orange's effects on Vietnam
veterans and their kids
By Mike Hixenbaugh, The
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
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
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
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
19 Nov 1965 - B, C, HQ batteries deployed to Phuoc
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
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,
Featuring the voice of renowned
actor Mr. Sam Elliott, this video is a tribute to the 7.2 million living
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
Information on the Saga of the "Quan Loi Queen"
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"
July 1967 VC Raid On Quan Loi
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
New Cannon Ear
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.
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
New Video of the
Club & Swimming Pool
asked those of you who served at Quan Loi,
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.
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
Legacy of Honor
History of the 6/27th
Artillery 1917 - 1967"
"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
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.
Click Here to Download and View
Vietnam in the News
Bill Moyers Interviews Karl Marlentes - Watch it
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
Bill Moyer's &
Company. It is an interview worth seeing.
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 NewYorkTimes.com. Please note - this corrects the story "Vietnam
Vets Take Notice - Here Are Some Interesting Statistics..."
posted earlier and
Nice to learn there are more of us still alive than we thought
before. Glad you are one of them!
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,
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 Times.com
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.
Show Doubts on ’64 Vietnam Crisis
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
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.
Click Here to download Copies in PDF File
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
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
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
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Historic Quan Loi Vietnam Videos
Added to Website
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
clicking here. Thank you Mike for sharing your film with
Saga of the Quan Loi Queen
Chances 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
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.
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
Book Published on Quan Loi
I was very pleased to
recently receive a promotional copy of David Bedard's memoir ofhis
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)
AND THEN THERE'S THIS:
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
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.
This website was produced and is
owned by John A. Wavra
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