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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
I had spoken to Don MORRISON on the
telephone, (254)547-4812. Don lives in Copperas Cove, TX, and owns a feed
store. He says that he was a PSNCO in 15th MED in Aug '68-'69, under
LTC Guthrie L. TURNER. A PSNCO is a Personnel Staff NCO, 71H MOS.
William J. SMITH, SOFTBALLBILL2002@YAHOO.COM signs in as being in A
Co 15th MED Bn., Dec '66 to '67.
Alan P. POLIVKA
ALLENPOLIVKA@EARTHLINK.NET posts: "I am Alan P. POLIVKA, now a
chiropractor in Los Alamitos (near Long Beach), CA, and I was in RVN from
3/66 to 3/67. For the first 3 months or so I was with HHC 15th MED.
After I broke a sergeant's leg while we were sparring, I was transferred
to C Co 15th MED for the remainder of my tour. Any member should feel
free to call me at (562) 234-5672 (cell phone) or at my e-mail address.
Look forward to hearing from you. Doc"
Bruce S. LEWY USMC-RVN,
'67-'68 LEWY153@COX.NET wrote to tell us: "Friend of mine is a former
member of 15th MED, 1st Cav. He isn't doing well, physical problems. Know
you guys are tight knit, thought I'd contact you to see if there are
more members of 15th MED here in Southern California."
JLONGTHORNE@YAHOO.COM from 7232 Provincial Ct., Canton, MI 48187
comments: "Assigned to 1st Cav unit. 15th MED from 82nd Airborne Div. in
'65-'66. Departed Oakland, CA late Dec '65, returned to CA Dec 19, '66.
Served in field hospital units, and base camp (An Khe) as a medical
corpsman, lab tech, and dispensary clerk."
GETRIP1@VERIZON.NET signed the Guestbook and says: "Hi, everyone."
Henry "Captain Hook" LAND CAPTHOOK1STCAV@NETSCAPE.NET forwards a
note from Frank L. ALVERSON, Jr." FLA17.31@JUNO.COM A\HHC 1\9 Cav '68:
"From a college friend who was also in the 8th Cav, 1st Cav in '65. He
and I met in the Philippines as we were being MEDEVACed. He was later in
SF's, got out, and is retiring from the reserves this year. From Randy
GIVENS-roommate at Bragg in late 60's:
did they call it Collective Pitch? I never collected any. Usually I ran
out of it about the same time as altitude and airspeed.
didn't Ma Bell add more left pedal and aft cyclic? I always had lots of
right pedal and forward cyclic. It seems like they could have reduced
those and added to the ones we needed.
3. Why do they put the only
radio (KY-28) that had to be recovered if you went down in the most
inaccessible part of the aircraft?
4. Why do the pilots have
armored seats but the chief and gunner didn't?
5. Why did
situations that called for all the torque the engine could produce also
require full use of the anti-torque pedal followed by that damn flashing
red light? (Seems contradictory)
6. Why did they call them
Hammerhead stalls? Maybe because only a hammer head would try one in a
7. Why did I always get an aircraft with a major 1 to 1
when I had a hangover? (For you non-rotor heads, a '1 to 1' is a
vertical vibration that pounds you into the seat and quakes through your
body one time for each revolution of the main rotor - usually at a rate
of app. 294-324 RPM, and the faster you fly, the harder it pounds. After
a while it begins to hurt, ---even if you don't have a hangover.)
8. Why doesn't Ma Bell make the skin out of duct tape so it would match
9. Why did they make a main rotor system that could cut
down small Sequoia trees, and a tail rotor system that self-
destructed if it encountered anything bigger than a bumblebee?
Why are they called landing skids? Were they intended for landing or
11. Why does the amount of time spent in an LZ increase
exponentially with the amount of fire being received?
12. Why didn't
33 beer taste any better cold than it did hot?
13. Why does the smoke
from the s**t barrel always blow towards my tent/hooch?
14. Why is
the PX always out of everything on my day off?
And the biggest
question of all.......
15. Why does a Bell helicopter have unusual
noises that can only be heard at night or while in the clouds?
Dominic CAVALIERI <DCAVALIE@ROCHESTER.RR.COM>of Batavia, N.Y. 14020
signed SNORE's 15th MED Assn. Guesbook: "Just wanted to say THANKS for
cleaning & stitching me up when I tore my rt. knee up. Quan Loi early
'70, I was with the Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron 9th Cav. Just down the road
a bit from your Medical Battalion. THANKS AGAIN!"
<LORIDURNO@AOL.COM>sent e-mail saying: "Mike, Hello my name is Lori
DURNO, daughter of Peter DURNO. He has asked me to ask you if you know
Mess Sgt. BLANCHETT who was in Vietnam '65 to '66 with the 15th MED Bn.
My father was in Vietnam '65 to '66 with the C Detachment, 27th
Maintenance, which he was also a cook, but my father, I think, was an E-
5. He was just wondering if you new of anyone by that name. Well I would
like to thank you in advance. Dad and I will be in Washington from Nov 9
thru the 12th and staying at the Hyatt, please look us up if you get a
chance. Sincerely, proud daughter of a Vietnam vet Lori L. DURNO"
Jack DUBE <JACK@RELMA.COM.AU>of Sydney, Australia says that he, "Was in B
Company 15th MED Bn, Dec '67 to Sep '68. Transferred to 15th Admin Co.,
1st Cav Div HQ, Sep '68 to Dec '68."
MEDEVAC PSG '70-'71 James
MCDONALD (SGM ret.) <CSMRET@TDN.COM>authored the following:
"The MEDEVAC call was, a trooper hit.....We went out on
a, balls to the wall, pick-up, and wound up with a Shepherd in a rigid
litter that was passing as a GI.....It seems the scout dog had a head
wound, dressed with an abdominal patch bandage (APB) on like a bonnet and
he looked like the 'grandmother character' in Little Red Riding Hood.
Truth: you won't believe this........the handler had accidentally cut the
dog with a machete, while they were tracking the enemy. No one had
thought of complications or SOP (standard operating procedure) and,
because of their love of the dog, the ground-pounders wanted an immediate
pick-up. The patrol leader called in a WIA (wounded in action), MEDEVAC
request. We picked up a Blue Max (gun bird) escort, as the AO (area of
operations) was known to be periodically hot.
"After we boogied to
the coordinates, we established ground radio contact and called for
smoke. The gunner identified the smoke color as 'goofy grape,' which was
verified, and, as the crew chief and gunner directed the AC (Aircraft
Commander) down through the canopy, I kicked off a rigid litter through
the hole in the triple canopy jungle and started lowering the hoist.
"On the ground the patient was strapped in and then hooked to the
hoist cable. I spoke to the pilot, over the intercom: 'Patient is hooked
up, I'll take the slack and you take the weight' (which he did).
'Okay....here he comes....half-way to the skid....at the skid......(then,
a long pause)....the patient is half-way back down.......the patient is
back on the ground.' The gunner and I had gotten the hell scared out
of us, for as we reached to grab the canvas handles of the litter of the
hooded rigid litter, all I could see was the biggest rack of teeth
(chacking-chacking), in my life; I think I pissed my Nomex pants.
"The pilot roared, 'What the hell is going on back there!' I said, 'Tell
them to un-hook the litter and I'll retrieve the cable and send it back
down with the jungle penetrator for the dog handler to ride up on so, we
can get that 'Big Bad Wolf' in the aircraft......'
went smooth, as the handler came up and sat in the gunner's hell hole and
assisted in getting the patient inside the chopper. The dog's handler
apologized, saying that he didn't think there would be a problem,
considering that he had sent the dog up in a secured litter. I said,
'Yes, like a barracuda in a row boat.'
"All went smooth, after
that, except when we came over the FSB (fire support base) wire and
landed on the pad. The battalion aid station's dog ran out to jump in the
aircraft, because we sometimes gave him a ride to the fuel point (POL)
and back when we'd drop off a patient. We'd let him get in a little
flight time and return him to the pad.
"This time, however, as he was
in mid-jump to enter the aircraft, he caught sight of that big 'rack of
grandma's teeth' and was confronted with a 'snarl' like he'd never
heard. That dog did 180 in mid-air, butt scrunched, paws paddling, and
did a spectacular, Olympic gold medal winning, side-roll flip and hit the
ground running, in the other direction, of course. Not only did he get
points for his acrobatics, but was graded highly for his swift sprint
back to the aid station. I never saw that dog, again.
the scout dog was an active duty soldier, complete with name, serial
number, 201 file, as well as medical and dental records. I think, as an
SFC, I did outrank him. After all, he WAS a dog, but on this run he was
a Priority 2 pickup, which graded him above Vietnamese soldiers and
civilians. If they had only known......................I'm sure
Vietnam-American relations would have been greatly affected. By: Flight
Plt. Sgt. SFC James MCDONALD (Content Edited)"
MEDEVAC PSG '69 GRDNRUSSELL@AOL.COM inquired by the last Saber if
anyone knows if A Co. 15th MED, or any other medical company, was on jump
status, or Airborne, when the Airmobile Division was created.
photos were submitted to the 15th MED Assn. "What's New" site by Al (Ace)
JOY who gives his unit as A Co., 15th MED (Airborne) '66-'67. That seems
to confirm what Gordon was asking about.
Always remembering our
1st Cav troops on duty around the world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
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