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"A Legacy of Honor -
A History of the 6th Bn 27th Arty VN"
Is Now Available on the Site With Extra
Pages from the National Archives And
Also New Extra Material
IN HONOR OF YOUR SERVICE
WITH THE 6/27TH
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."
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/
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.
We Have A New Cannon King Bulletin Board
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
News For Veterans
Exchange and Commissary Access Expanded
Starting January 1, 2020, eligible Veterans
and caregivers can use commissaries, exchanges, and
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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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Agent Orange Catching up
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,
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
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
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|
Historic Quan Loi Vietnam Videos on the 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 by clicking here. Thank you Mike for sharing your film with us.
Barney Bowles Quan Loi Video - 1969
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
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|
The Day the 175mm Gun Tube Exploded - A Retrospective
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
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
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
Clubhouse Area. It was
a unique place in Quan Loii let alone the entire
country of South Vietnam and it was a very good
|Click Here to View|
SP5 Larry W. Thomas' 1969 Quan Loi Video
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.
|Click Here to View|
"A Legacy of Honor
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.
|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
website was produced and is owned by John A. Wavra