Saber Article Index
2012 Jul - Aug
MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Gordon Russell, '69 MEDEVAC PSG, died
Thursday, 17 May 2012. Pilot Dan Toothman, "Fang" wrote, "MSG (Ret)
Gordon Russell was the MEDEVAC Platoon Sergeant when I arrived in the
unit in Jan 1969. I had no personal dealings with him then, but have
been exchanging almost daily e-mails with him for the past few years. He
was an amazing man and true patriot who, early in his career, was a Medic
with George Patton's Third Army during the relief of Bastogne in the
Battle of the Bulge in WWII." Gordon was also in B Co. 15th MED in '68
when the 1st Cav first deployed to Vietnam and was honored as a
Distinguished Member Of The AMEDD REGIMENT.
Murray Gibbs, Webmaster/Past President 2003-2006, 15th MED Association,
MEDEVAC '67-'68 email@example.com posts about the Reunion on the
Website, "It was one great Reunion to attend this year. We had more
members attend this Reunion then any previous one. This all goes to
good planning by our Reunion Coordinator Art Jacobs."
kidney condition of Bobby Brooks is not worsening according to his wife. But,
Dr. Marco A. Endara, PHD, MBA MSG, 15th MED. Bn. 1st Cav Div. RVN is
suffering from a cancer condition. He notes, "My cancer may be related
to exposure to Agent Orange. I was in Nam '70-'71 in Song Be, near
Cambodia, 15th MED Bn., 1st Cav Div.. During my time there we used to
spray Agent Orange very frequently so, indeed, I was exposed to the AO
every time during my tour in Nam."
MAJ Jon K. Gutierrez, AZ ARNG State
Maintenance Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org writes, "Mr.
Bodnar, Wonderful article on the March/April SABER edition.
served with the 15th Forward Support Battalion from 1998-2000. I went to the
National Training Center in California twice and one rotation to
Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999. The Battalion was proud of our heritage and
we were always telling the rest of the Division, we were the most
decorated Forward Support Battalion in the US Army. In large part to the
outstanding efforts of you and your peers. Thank you.
"I would like
to ask you for a favor, I notice that the 15th is titled the "15th
MED/15th BSB". I would like to add the 15th FSB to that title, I see the
27th does it with 27th ORD/MNT/MSB/BSB; that is kind of bulky, but
"I was hoping for: 15th MED/FSB/BSB. The 15th was a
Forward Support Battalion for over 10 years and I believe they deployed
to Operation Iraqi Freedom for the first time as a FSB. I feel it is
appropriate that the FSB is allocated to represent the fine work those
soldiers did to represent this great Battalion in Fort Hood, Bosnia, and
Iraq. Thank you for your time."
I forwarded this to Executive
Director Dennis Webster who said, "If you want it changed, then I'll
make the change in the title. It will still be listed as 15th MED on the
Index on page 1 but we will add 15th FSB to the title."
Calibro email@example.com phone: (209)573-0701, Reunion Coordinator 2013 Past
President 2006-07, Secretary 2007 to present, e-mails: "Mike, our 15th
annual Reunion was held at the Marriott's Hotel in Franklin, TN, from
May 2-May 6,2012. The Reunion coordinator Art Jacobs did an outstanding
job, he went far beyond what was expected of him as the Reunion
coordinator. This Reunion was a tribute to door gunner Jerry Dick who
was shot in the head July of 1968. We had a record number of people attend
this year's Reunion.
"Most of our attendees were from east of the
Mississippi. Next year's Reunion will be held in Old Sacramento, CA. Old
Sacramento is in the planning stages and will be held from April
17-April 21, 2013. I will be the Reunion coordinator and I have many ideas
going through my head to make this Reunion as successful as Franklin,
"I would appreciate it if you would post this e-mail in the next
Saber. My e-mail address and phone number is also attached in case
anyone wants to call with questions or ideas.
Al Joy, 15th MED '68,
who has been submitting his reminisces, updates, "Just a short note to
let everyone know I'm still alive. I went to the VA last week to check
out a 'pimple' on my belly that I was concerned wasn't healing.
"The Dr. in Olean thought I should have it looked at by the Dr. in Buffalo,
so I headed to Buffalo. The plan was to have the Dr. look at it, lance
it, drain it and be back home for supper. As soon as I arrived I was
given a private room and informed I would be having 'surgery' the next
morning. By surgery I thought they were just giving a fancy title to
'lancing pimple.' It turned out that three days later I was being released
from the hospital with a hole in my side the size of a golf ball, enough
antibiotics to cure a dead horse, and an appointment to go back next
"I will say that the treatment I received at the VA was the
greatest. I cannot imagine any congressman or VIP getting better care
than I was given. When I go to the VA I'm treated like a war hero; every
nurse and Dr. there makes me feel like thay really care about me. Still,
after a couple of days of being treated like a prince, I'm ready to go home
and be treated like a king. As great as the nurses are, they can't
replace Judy and Bella."
Those city names sounded familiar to me so I
asked Al if he lived in proximity to where I was born in Salamanca, NY.
He replied "Cuba, NY, thirty miles east of Salamanca."
Medic and fellow 2-7 Cav Medic Bill Walsh reminds about John Brennan,
author of "U.S. Army Helicopter Names In Vietnam," Hellgate Press, 2011.
John says, "You can order from me a signed copy for $26 by sending a
check payable to me and mailing to; 17355 Via Annette, San Lorenzo, CA
94580. You are welcomed to preview the first twenty pages at the
I preordered a copy from Amazon for a discount.
You may also pre-order (and receive a 33% discount) from Amazon or
Barnes & Noble the September 1st, 2012, release of his second
publication: "Vietnam War Helicopter Art: U.S. Army Rotor Aircraft". It is a
8.5 x 11 inch, 208 page book, containing 300 color nose art photos from
I wrote to Larry Hatch
whose photos I started to publish. One of them is with him and a Cpt. Hagerty. I told Larry that the Air
Ambulance Platoon Leader when I was
accepted in '69 and joined MEDEVAC in Jan. '70 was Captain Michael
Hagerty, whom the photo resembles.
Although I never knew of CPT Hagerty's history except that he was a pilot, Larry confirms
Haggerty was there when Larry arrived in Nov 1966. Larry says, "As a
side note, when I was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, two years later, I
met CPT Haggerty's girl friend who was a nurse at the hospital. Small
world sometimes. CPT Haggerty died around that time from TB if I recall
Always remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the
world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE