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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
A correction to the last Saber column comes
from '67-'68 MEDEVAC Crew Chief Randy BREWER: "Mike, That photo in the
March\April 2009 edition of the SABER is not me. That is pilot 1st Lt.
David FENSTERMACHER. I am the one who took the photo. Two MEDEVAC
aircraft were sent into an LZ, by ourselves, near Khe Sanh, as the 1st
Cav prepared to relieve the Marines at Khe Sanh. David was shot through
both thighs on Apr. 4, 1968. I was hit in the left side, as we tried for
the second time to rescue a wounded Marine on the side of a mountain. The
other aircraft had been shot up by a .51 cal. Chicom machine gun. CWO
Martin WALKER was able to make a forced landing at a 105mm firebase. The
Medic was SP\5 WORD, who was able to save Lt. FENSTERMACHER. SP\5 Jim
CALIBRO was the gunner and the one who silenced the enemy, and saved
"The 15th MED\MEDEVAC Reunion was held here in Biloxi, MS, Apr. 3-6,
2008. I hosted it, and it was well attended. Jim & I were able to toast
each other Apr. 4, 2008, on being shot down forty years ago. Five of my
former pilots also attended: Art JACOBS, Clarence E. COOPER, Pete
MULFORD, Henry LAND, and Tom GROVE. Also, two of my best gunners were
there; Murray GIBBS and Jim CALIBRO. I talked to David as late as 2004,
but he had Parkinson's Disease so badly, he had to quit work. All
efforts to contact him since then failed. Last known address: Capt. David
FENSTERMACHER, 9 Bradford Place, Augusta, GA 30904-6132. Phone (706)
733-5840. I do not know his status.
"We were sent to that LZ [Pony, I
think] totally alone, in advance of the coming combat assault. There were
supposed to be Marines in the mountains around us. Our ONLY protection were
the M-60's we carried on the aircraft-no ground troops! That photo of David
reading by candle light-all we had-was taken by me with a 35mm Konica. I
still have the original photo as well as two huge photo albums I took during
my tour with MEDEVAC, Oct. 3, '67- Oct. 3, '68. Those who attended the 2008
Reunion were able to view all those photos. MY BEST TO ALL, FIRST TEAM, 'SO
THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.' MEDEVAC 458 & 578." Randy's e-mail is:
15th MED Association Webmaster/Database Operator, MEDEVAC '67-'68 Murray
GIBBS firstname.lastname@example.org posts, "Greetings 15th MED members, The
2009 Reunion was a great Reunion at Myrtle Beach, SC. The dates were Apr
2-5, 2009. Our Reunion Coordinator Pete MULFORD arranged three
hospitality rooms on the first level, all connected together. Each room
had some displays in them. One room had a map where members put a little
name tag on to show where they live. Another room had all the recent
documents retrieved from the archives. The hospitality rooms opened up
early in the morning and usually closed about 11pm or midnight. We had a
lot of members attending, and there were also new members who attended
for their first Reunion.
"Our annual meeting was held in the
conference room Saturday morning, at 9am Apr 4th, 2009. We discussed the
old business, then went on to new business. We elected and appointed or
re- appointed officers. The meeting was a big turn out with wives also
attending the annual meeting.
"Our Saturday Evening Banquet was in
another conference room next to our Annual Meeting room. It was a great
buffet. You could have seconds, or even thirds, if you so desired. We
had our Ladies Aux Coordinator give out rewards to our members, member
wives, and Honorary Guests (members of the Lance family). Holly CALIBRO
was our outgoing Ladies Aux Coordinator, and Velma SMITH is taking her
place. Velma assisted Holly during this awards ceremony.
had Richard 'Tiny' MELLON be the auctioneer. One of the coveted items
auctioned off was an Aircraft Armor Vest with backplate. Nickname for
this item, while we were in Vietnam, was 'Chicken Plate.' Art JACOBS had
the highest bid on the 'Chicken Plate.' Our highest bid item was a
hand made belt buckle with a 1st Cav patch and a Huey helicopter on it.
"During the Reunion, Treasurer Bob MCKINLEY asked me about the map I
had made with the Reunion locations on it a couple years ago. I found it,
and added 2008 and 2009.
"Member Bobby BROOKS' wife, Linda, brought
her laptop and scanner equipment to the 2009 Reunion. She made memorial
pictures of members who brought a picture of them, in Vietnam. I
appreciate the memorial picture she made of me. I hung it over my
computer as soon as I got home. You can view her Digital Beauty Designs
by clicking on the icon in the second index page of the Website. There
you will find information to contact her.
"We lost the MSN Website
in Feb. I don't know if I will be able to create another one, but I am
working on that possibility. When you look at the Status Report you will
notice how incomplete we are when it comes to e-mail addresses, and next
are phone numbers. The members are divided into four areas of the US. You
can see how many are in each state. It is a big challenge to update this
ongoing information. Hopefully, we will be able to get a few members to
help update our database by regions. This is currently being worked on.
"One of the important objectives that I wanted to come from the
Reunion was to mentor one of two members to be Assistant Webmaster. I
believe we should have a few who know what to do with the database,
Website, and forums. We don't need to lose our Website/s again.
"Member David HUSER will be visiting me next week and I will be setting
up his laptop with all the information I have with our main Website. I
will teach him all the things I do, in an easier manner than I learned
them. Being self taught does have its drawbacks, which is trial and
error, along with time. I will be able to show him the best methods I
use. There are several different computer programs I will teach him to
do that I use. Soon he will also be setting up the Voice Over Internet
Provider that I spoke about at the Reunion. We will use that to
communicate with, over the Internet. It is called GSC and you can
download it by clicking the bottom of the GSC banner below or on the
front page of the Website. Once installed and having the proper
equipment, one will be able to talk to other members across the US, and
it is FREE.
"The GSC Banner shows who is online in our GSC server.
You can see it on the front page of the Website to see who is online.
If you feel like voice chatting with another member you can boot the GSC
program. All you have to do is download it and install the program. You
will need to search for the '15th MED Association' channel to enter it.
If you have questions about it please feel free to contact me."
Gilbert "Gil" GATT0 email@example.com of Weatherford, TX, says, "I was a
MEDEVAC pilot CW-2, call sign 'MEDEVAC 20,' Mar '68-Mar '69. I am
grateful to have been a part of 15th MED."
John P. RUNKEL
firstname.lastname@example.org from Lake Havasu City, AZ, writes, "I am an
associate member of the 1st Cav and served with the 5th Army Reserves
from 1966-1974. I have always felt a sense of guilt because I was married
and had a kid on the way, but wanted very much to serve on a MEDEVAC
team. You guys are real heroes. At age 62, I don't think I will make it,
but who knows."
Corky WALSH email@example.com in Eugene, OR,
signed the Guestbook: "Good job Murray. I miss all of you guys and I
will be at the next Reunion."
Mark "DOC" HOLIDAY
firstname.lastname@example.org , MEDEVAC CE '70-'71, 459 "Cheap Thrills," Llano, CA,
notes, "It's good to finally get the correct address. Sure miss all you
guys. Hope all had a good time at the Reunion. I'll be at the next. Take
Jim BRODIE email@example.com at Columbus, GA, updates, "I
am getting older and forgetting stuff. Did I see some photos on this site
awhile back? Are there any photos of the 15th?"
Murray GIBBS at Nile,
OH, updates, "Hey Jim, If you were browsing the MSN Website, you saw
pictures. We lost all of them when Groups/msn.com went down and I could
not migrate it to the new one. Refer to Feb. newsletter on the main
Mike "Face" MAGRANE
firstname.lastname@example.org , signs,
Amesbury, MA, "Co. A 15th MED Bn. 12-'67 to 12-'68."
TANNENBAUM-"Baum"- email@example.com signed, Charlotte, NC,
"Nice to see SNORE's old Web site back in action. I need to change my
e-mail address. Can someone point me in the right direction?"
Always remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the world; over and
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE