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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
I received a DVD from photojournalist Bob
HUTCHINGS of the 1986 Chicago Vietnam Veterans' Welcome Home Parade.
Bob made the DVD from stills he took, and superimposed appropriate songs
by various artists. Bob says he was in Vietnam '68-'69 with the 7th Cav
attached to the 3rd "Garryowen" Brigade. You can contact him at P.O. Box 53,
Milan, PA 18831, (570)772-4707 to get a copy.
MEDEVAC gunner Mike "Smitty" SMITH email@example.com posted: "Well it
has been a good run. I have made all the Reunions up 'till the next one
[Apr 7-10, 2011]. I have won a 'Return to Vietnam' trip by the VFW. Sadly
it is the same time as the Reunion. I will miss seeing all of you but
this is a once in a life time. Will take lots of pictures for Reunion 15.
Love ya all, Smitty."
E-mail came in: "My name is Roque TORRES,
from Concord, California. A nice lady recently handed a group of items
(uniform items, papers, gear etc.) The man passed away and had no
children so she saved them from the dump and gave them to me. I am an
amateur historian and military enthusiast with an eye toward
"The 1st Cav Division Veteran's name is Thomas FARIA.
He served with the 15th MED Detachment from December 1967 to December
1968. He was your lab tech but also treated many wounded, civilians, and
enemies alike. I have an excellent picture of his time in Vietnam thanks
to a daily diary he kept from January 1st 1968 until his arrival home in
"I have downloaded many of the documents from your
Website and will now begin correlating the missions, reports,
casualties, to match his diary. He kept nice daily records of his
movements, places, times as well as the names of many of you and your
15th MED cohorts. There are many anecdotes, complaints, happy stories,
sad ones, tragic ones, and more. I am honored, humbled, happy and sad all
at once to have read his combat experience and have committed myself to
honor him in the best way I can. I will glean some names and perhaps
you can point me to those survivors that knew him. Roque TORRES."
If anyone knows Thomas FARIA please contact Roque TORRES at his e-mail
address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
More e-mail: "Dear Mike, You don't know
me. I'm the son of a B Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Trooper. My dad
was at Quan Loi when he began his first tour in September 1969. He
lived through his tour, as a crew chief\door gunner, and extended. He
eventually went home in April 1971.
"As such, I've been looking for
photos on eBay, amongst other places, for a documentary I'm working on.
And, I found some Quan Loi photos for sale last week --- they only went
for $4.99. I was very surprised the package had all the negatives too
which I scanned on a professional Nikon 35mm scanner taking out the dust
and scratches, adjusting tones and color - the negatives were
underexposed and faded too.
"What's almost, or maybe just as good ---
the names of everyone were on the backs of the faded prints. I'm
attaching the photos. The captions of in the metadata (file info)
which can be seen with Photoshop or some other editing program.
"You can post these or whatever. A lot of guys owe the guys from 15th MED
plenty. They even took care of my dad when he was hit on February 18,
"Unfortunately, these photos came from an estate auction
according to the eBay auction description and I don't know if that means the
estate of the veteran or maybe a parent? His name on the back is of course
'Me' and I have no idea who he is. Scouts over, Jeremy HOGAN." Rick GOODSON
and Bill WALSH both forwarded notice and links of the 1986 Chicago Vietnam
Veterans' Welcome Home Parade video made by a Chicago television station
news department which the anchors narrate. You can watch the complete '86
parade in parts at: http://serviveandhonor.org/videos.html . There were roughly 100,000 attendees
at that parade and watching the video was a good reminder of all.
Go to: Http://serviveandhonor.org for information on the June 17- 19 2011
Chicago Vietnam Veterans' Welcome Home Parade. Saddle up!.
remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
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