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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Barry B. SNYDER <BARRYBS>of Houston, TX wrote
in to say, "I am trying to contact anyone who served with the 15th MED Bn
in 1965 or 1966. I was sent over with the 15th TC Bn, 1st Air Cav Div,
(Airmobile) after the change from the 11th Air Assault Div to 1st."
Ron STRUB REDHOT_RON@HOTMAIL.COM of La Crescent, MN 55947 wrote in to
mention, "I was with Co C, 15th MED at Fort Benning & Vietnam in '65 &
66'. I went to my 1st ever 1st Cav get together at Washington DC over
Veterans Day for the Ia Drang reunion & it was great after 35 years. -
Larry L. ASH LASH@BLRG.TDS.NET 2\12 11B and MEDEVAC door
gunner '70-'71 of 15th Med Association <HTTP: 15thmedassociation communities.msn.com>signs in, "Once again I traveled here for solace and,
now, solitude. Snore, I think it is at this time of year that I miss your
presence most. I think of Anne, your wife of 100 years as well as Chris
and his family; especially, Alyssa, whom you loved so very much. Once
again, this holiday season, they are in our prayers. Rest well, my
Cathy SALLENGER BSALNGR@FGI.NET wrote to say, "I am
married to William J. SALLENGER, nephew of deceased Bill SALLENGER.
Have heard many many stories about him. I know his memory is still very
much alive in his family and friends." I had flown with the Mr. SALLENGER
in 1970. He was one of our great MEDEVAC pilots-SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.
Television's The Army News Watch had an article about the Warrant
Officer Candidate School. They showed how much the warrant officer
candidates train to perfection. I personally never had any idea that they
trained that way but I, like everyone else who have observed U.S. Army
warrant officers on the job, know that they truely are perfection minded.
SNORE's wife Anne MARYSHERMAN@JUNO.COM whose Home page title is:
"Sunshine, Raindrops, and Unicorns" <HTTP: poetic1 ascca.ecorp.net>typed,
"I wish all the "brothers" and their loved ones a great New year. Thank
you for keeping my family and me in your thoughts and for keeping in
touch this very difficult year. You all meant so much to Snore and that
makes you very special to me. Chris, Christy, Alyssa and I are looking
forward to a great New Year as we move on."
Ruth BROOKS KADE
JASMINE@STARGATE.NET from WV writes: "Would love to have contact with
anyone who served with my husband SFC James H. BROOKS Jr. He was killed
on April 25th 1970. Thanks, Ruth"
SFC BROOKS was one of the Air
Ambulance Platoon's aircraft maintenance sergeants. They had a bad crash
out of Phouc Vinh on a test flight on the date that his wife mentions
above. There were also others killed. Those of us in Phouc Vinh went
out to bring them in. I remember working on one of the others, SP6
CONWAY, (James Thaddeus), who was in a solid coma and who eventually
died. One other death that day that I see listed on
casualties for that day was W1 Rodney Kieth ARNOLD. I
did not know Mr. ARNOLD. Three of four of Sergeant BROOKS' children have
been awarded 1st Cav Assn. scholarships over the years since he died in
1st Cav service.
MEDEVAC PSG James MCDONALD '70-'71 seeks to remind
us: "It's time for a wake up call. We need to revive the MEDEVAC PLT!
Sound the Bugle !!! Get your foot on the Skid............."
ASH replies, "Sarge, my foot's been on the skid for the past 31+ years.
Why don't you contact good old Mike SMITH at MVANCO@AOL.COM and help us
stir the crap a bit? It seems that as time passes, we lose a lot of
activity from our membership. Perhaps, the novelty has worn off. Go ahead
and call formation (where no one shows)! Thanks for all your posts. Do
you think you can take up some of the slack? Some of us old farts have
nothing left, but old farts."
Mike SMITH says, "To all members: Sorry
if we haven't been able to get a hold of you to info you of Sherman
(SNORE) BREEDEN's passing away the 28th of January. As you know he is
the man who has started our Web site and formed 15th MED Assn. He will be
missed very much in our ranks and many others. tater"
from LASH: "I would, simply, add my feelings of loss and sorrow for the
passing of Sherman. I came into contact with Sherman and Ann some six
years ago and found "Snore's", unfailing, passion to reunite with his
brother-soldiers to be refreshing, in a cynical world, as well as,
wonderfully contagious. Because of Sherman's efforts, we have been
afforded the opportunity to unite and prosper as an association. I salute
you: Sherman 'SNORE' BREEDEN."
BLUEMAX@BLUEMAX-ARA-ASSOC.ORG OF 2\20 A.R.A. passed along, "I was
contacted by Thomas BREAUX who also was with 15 MED. He is trying to make
contact with a pilot whom he helped pull out of the front seat of an
aircraft, Cobra he thinks, and from 2\20 he also thinks. He also thinks
it was in early 1969. I am going to try to work with him on this to see
if we can locate the pilot or someone that knows who he was."
Clifford DAVIS who is unable to type or write called from (843)572-8043,
says that he was in B Co. 15th MED and MEDEVAC '66-'67. He would like to
talk to anyone who knows about B 2\5 Cav taking extraordinary casualties
out of LZ Oasis during that time, it is still bothering his mind. Please
give him a call if you are knowledgeable.
<DNEWBY@EARTHLINK.NET sent over excerpts from his books which I had
requested so that those of us who have not read his books will know a
little about what he has written:
"On September 1, 1967, 2000
hours east of the Bong Son Plain, well after full dark, we headed down
the very steep north face of the mountain, slipping, sliding, holding on
to limbs and whatever to maintain our place in formation and avoid
falling into the abyss. Thirty minutes into the descent and about a third
of the way down the mountain Pfc. Michael MCCORD fell into a depression.
The medics and I feared MCCORD's back or neck might be broken--he had no
movement from the neck down.
"A few minutes later a MEDEVAC
chopper crept into the extremely narrow draw and performed one of the
hairiest, most heroic extraction I ever witnessed--and I had an
unenviable bird's eye view.
"The pilot moved his chopper very
carefully into the draw until the main rotor was chopping grass a few
feet below me, to its front and across the draw. Hovering there, the
pilot held the chopper steady in the air, while the crew chief lowered
a litter by hoist and cable. Then below the chopper, disregarding the
whirling blades over their heads, the platoon medic and infantrymen
immobilized MCCORD in the litter. After hoisting MCCORD up, the pilot
eased his chopper backwards until it had space to bank and drop toward
the valley to pick up speed, almost too late.
rescue operation required the use of the MEDEVAC chopper's landing
lights, and these attracted the enemy. Fortunately, though, the rough
terrain slowed the enemy's efforts to get into position to shoot down the
hovering chopper. Their first shots came just as the chopper banked and
dived, at 2230 hours, and missed! Hats off the a very brave, unnamed
You can order It Took Heroes I and It Took Heroes II
from Claude NEWBY by contacting him at
CDNEWBY@EARTHLINK.NET or by
ordering direct from Tribute Enterprises at 641 W 3300 S., Bountiful, UT
Always remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the
world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE