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I received a telephone call from Bob
Tortolani who was the 1-7 Cav Battalion Surgeon from 9-’68 until April
of 1969. Bob said he was originally at Camp Evans and then made the
move south to III Corps with the division. He said that his remaining
months in Vietnam were with 15th MED in Tay Ninh, which had to be A Co.
He said that he didn’t remember with whom. Bob said that he needs to
bring his diary out of the attic. Bob lives in Brattleboro, VT and his
phone is (802) 257-1575 if anyone who knew him wants to get in contact.
He has retired from medical practice and his e-mail and other information
with the 1st Cav Association needs to be updated.
I got another phone
call from William “Bill” Dolinger. Bill was a two war Army Medic and a
career Soldier from 1948; his ETS was as an E-8. Bill called about the
jackets showing on the 15th MED Assn website. I had to say I didn’t know
anything about them and I must have made a reference because Bill later
said that he had made his decision about them when I called him for more of
his information. Bill is at (804)861-3951 if you want to contact him.
Bill was in the 2nd ID in the Korean War functioning as a 91B. In
Vietnam he was originally in HHC 15th MED and made the move south to
III Corps from Camp Evans bringing the safe and three legged dog
“Tripod” to Phouc Vinh. Bill was in HHC S2. Because LTC Turner who was
15th MED Battalion Commander which was Division Surgeon needed
something to report on in division staff meetings, he assigned some-
one from S2 to go out to field units to bring back enemy captured
medical supplies and info. That S2 Soldier was Bill, who said that he
went out with units like 1-9 Cav to bring in what they had captured.
Bill eventually transferred to A Co. 15th MED in Tay Ninh. Bill
mentioned that A Co. and the MEDEVAC unit received the Valorous
Unit Award for August 12, 1969 but he said that he didn’t know why and what
specifically had happened to warrant that. I said that I would research it.
Although I have not yet found the citation, I did find something online
about August 12, 1969 in Vietnam: from <http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/
vc-launch-new-offensive> “Viet Cong forces launch a new offensive with
attacks on 150 cities, towns, and bases, including Da Nang and Hue. The
heaviest attacks were aimed at the area adjacent to the Cambodian border
northwest of Saigon; an estimated 2,000 Communists attacked Tay Ninh,
Quan Loi, Loc Ninh, and An Loc. Further north, North Vietnamese commandos
fought their way into the U.S. First Marine Division Headquarters in Da
Nang. They were eventually driven out by the Marines, who killed 40
Communist soldiers, sustaining five killed and 23 wounded in the
If there were a lot of casualties in Tay Ninh as it says
where heavy attacks were, then A Co. 15th MED and MEDEVAC had to
be overwhelmed and performed well as usual on the occasion to
receive any citation. The 1st Cav Division as a whole received the
Valorous Unit Award for later actions in the Cambodian Incursion in
Yet another phone call came from Stephan Vogt who was a
Medic in B 2-12 Cav from August 1970. He said he went home on leave for
R&R and when he returned the 1st Cav Division had started to go stateside
so he got assigned to the dispensary in Bien Hoa and wanted to know if
that was 15th MED which would give him a reason to go to the 15th MED Assn Reunions. I suggested getting a copy of his 201 File to see what
units he was assigned. That’s where I left off with him. His phone is
(636) 240-4581. Anyone who knew him or wants to tell him what they know,
give him a call.
From Terry McCarl
email@example.com “At of the
time of this writing, it is only about six months until the 20th 15th MED
Bn Assn Reunion, April 26- 28, 2018 in Williamsburg, VA. Reunion
Coordinator Dan Toothman is a busy guy, putting together a terrific
program for us!
“Registration forms and other information are now
available on our website: <www.15thmedbnassociation.org>. Just click on
Reunion info. The detailed schedule is still being prepared and is
expected to be available around January 1. What is being arranged is a
group visit to Langley AFB for an F-22 Raptor Flight Demonstration by the
East Coast Flight Demo Team which is part of the First Fighter Wing
stationed at Langley. If they are not on the road for air shows they do
practice demos each week all spring and summer. What is not yet known is
whether the practice demo during the reunion will be on Thursday or Friday.
This is expected to be known in early 2018, and the detailed schedule will
be posted on the website.
“For planning purposes by reunion attendees,
reunion activities will begin on Thursday morning April 26 and end after
the banquet on Saturday night. Williamsburg is in one of the most
historically significant areas of the U.S. Reunion attendees will be able
to choose from a multitude of available tours.
“The reunion will be held
at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA. Check the website or the
15th MED column in the September-October issue of Saber for detailed
hotel reservation information. Call 1-800-551-9653 or go to
www.greatwolf.com/williamsburg . Our group rate is $111.89 per night which
includes all taxes and fees. Be sure to specify our group code which is
‘15thMED’ (no spaces between figures) to get the group rate.
the website frequently for updates. If any questions, contact Dan Toothman, Reunion Coordinator at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call (757)
872-8504. It’s going to be another great reunion! Our 20th! Don’t miss it!”
From Terry: “New historical documents: Two new historical documents have
recently been acquired from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which were apparently not available when former historians Bill
Downey and Paul Trout visited NARA in College Springs, MD in 2008. These
documents are Activities Report 1 Jan 66 - 31 Dec 66 and Annual Historical
Re- port 1 Jan 70 - 31 Dec 70. They have been posted on our website. To see
them, just go to <www.15thmedbnassociation.org>, click on
‘Informational,’ and then on ‘Historical Documents.’ Thanks to Corky
Walsh for generously donating the funds for these documents ‘on the spot’
at the Executive Committee at the Branson Reunion! Check them out along
with other historical documents that were originally posted on the
website. We are advised by NARA that we now have all 15th MED Bn
documents that it has on file.
“Second anniversary of
www.15thMEDBnAssociation.com: October 15, 2017 was the 2-year anniversary
of the 15th MED Bn Assn website www.15thmedbnassociation.org .
Congratulations and thanks to Webmaster Ron ‘Baby Huey’ Huether for
creating and running this outstanding website! If you haven’t done so,
take a look through the whole website. You’ll be amazed at the wealth of
information on it!
“BG Turner to honored at Madigan Army Medical Center:
The 15th MED Bn Assn has been informed by the Family of BG Guthrie L.
Turner Jr. (26 May 1930 - 9 January 2014) that a new building on the
Madigan Army Medical Center Campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near
Olympia, WA will be named in honor of the General. BG Turner was 15th MED
Bn Commander and 1st Cavalry Division Surgeon June ‘68-June ‘69.
building to bear BG Turner’s name will be the Preventive Medicine Clinical
Services Building (Building 9025). BG Turner completed his medical
internship at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1953, and served as the
Commander of the facility from 1980-1983.
“The date for a
ribbon-cutting ceremony has not been set as yet, but is expected to be in
January or February 2018. When the date and details are determined, they
will be posted on our website <www.15thmedbnassociation.org> and Facebook
page <15th Medical Battalion Association>
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