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THIS IS YOUR FINAL NOTICE!!

If You Are
Planning to Attend
The 2018 Reunion of the
6/27th Artillery Vietnam

These are your deadline dates:
July 27, 2018 - Last Day to Reserve a Room

 at the Branson Grand Plaza Hotel
         August 1, 2018 Extended to August 15, 2018 - Last Day to Register to Attend the Reunion

Now Get Busy and Send in Your Registration!


 

 

2018 6/27th Artillery Reunion

Branson, Missouri

 

Information & Registration For the 2018 Reunion

 

Many of you have may have received the New Cannon Ear newsletter which contains all the information for you to register for the 2018 Reunion of the 6/27th Artillery Vietnam.  If you are not a subscriber please consider becoming one as it is free and will keep you informed of plans for the August Reunion.


For those who did not receive the newsletter please check out the following webpage link which will provide you with the dates of the reunion, hotel registration prices and and directions how to register at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Branson for our reunion.  Also included is a registration PDF which provides you information regarding the cost of the reunion as well as a form to register.  Information about Branson, MO is also included.

 

2018 Reunion Information and Registration

 

If you are unable to access the above linked webpage you can Click Here to download a PDF Registration Packet.


We look forward to meeting all Cannon Kings, including all 6/27th Arty Batteries as well as F Battery 16th Artillery, in Branson whether this is your first reunion or your eighth!

 

GREAT NEWS - WE HAVE REACHED 78 REGISTRATIONS! 

Click Here to See Who Has Registered to Attend

 

Richard Ronnie Little Obituary Photo

Click Here to Read Richard Little's Obituary

 

David "Doc" Hastings' Additional Memories of Charlie Battery

David "Doc" HastingsMany 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

Thought You Might Want to Read. . .?

 

Here is an interesting article from Propublica concerning the VA System - "The Shadow Rulers of the VA"

"It's A Small World"

 

 
Dennis Weehunt 2016Dennis Weehunt, former Cannon King with Service Battery, 6/27th Artillery, had a recent experience on a trip to Hawaii that brought back memories of a 3-day R&R at Vung Tau, Suth Vietnam and a return visit there in 2002.  This experience reminded Dennis of what a small World in which we live and compelled him to share the experience and the memories it brought back for him.

 
 
Click Here to Read Dennis' Story

 

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


 

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We Have A New Cannon King Bulleting 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

 

The Day the 175mm Gun Tube Exploded - A Retrospective

 

175mm Gun Tube ExplosionA 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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We Have Had Inquiries. . .


PatchWhere 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.

 

Please Click Here For Some Recommendations


Cannon King Restores Vietnam Era Jeep


Dennis Weehunt, who served with Service Battery 6/27th Artillery in Vietnam from Jul 71 to Mar 72.  His hobbywas building street rods, muscle Dennis Weehunt Photocars 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. 

He found his Jeep on Craigslist in Fresno, CA in Sept 2017.  It did not take him long to completely restore it.  You should Click Here to see Dennis' photos and learn how and why he restored his Jeep.

Memories of Quan Loi

 

From its 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 facilities.

Jack Curry PhotoWe 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 Quan Loi.  Click Here to read Jack's memories.

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

 

 
They Are Still Around

175 mm Gun

Click Here to Enlarge

Photos Recently Taken at Yuma Proving Grounds
By Dennis Weehunt

 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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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)

 

 

 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


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 Maj Charles Kettlesheroism 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

Read White House News Release

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

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

 

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:

Click Here

 

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


If someone asked those of you who served at Quan Loi, Frenchmen's Pool at Quan Loi PhotoSouth 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


"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 HereBill 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 NewYorkTimes.com. 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

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 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.

 

Records 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.

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

 

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.

 

 

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 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.

The 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 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.

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 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)
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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 War vets. 

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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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