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I received an e-mail from the past
Executive Director, Dennis Webster who included the 1st Cavalry
Division’s recommendation for the Valorous Unit Award for the 15th
Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) for its action in
providing support to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) under hazardous
hostile conditions in the III Corps Area of Operation on the 11th and
12th of August 1969.
This was in response to the Nov/Dec column and 15th
MED Veteran William “Bill” Dolinger who said he read that A Co 15th MED
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.
Reading this “recommendation” for the award, and assuming there are orders
for it out there if Bill read of confirmation, I now have proof of the
action. 15th MED, including and mostly MEDEVAC, or the Air Ambulance
Platoon, had to cover all of III Corps with their limited resources i.e.
ten of twelve aeromedical evacuation helicopters, under fire, or hot LZs
in most cases, but as usual supplied the necessary support.
personnel, medics in the companies; A, B, C, D, and HHC; pilots, and
crewmembers, provided the needed support to the Skytroopers of the 1st Cav
enduring combat, were cited. All were in the face of an enemy offensive;
grunts to backup.
I received e-mail from Tom Garnella, who was a 1LT,
Company B and HHC 15th MED Bn. He lives at 44625 Adobe Drive, Hemet, CA
92544 and says, “Thank you, Mike, for your fine article on page 17 of the
November/December 2017 Saber.”
An addition to the 15th Medical Bn
Memorial Wall is as follows: the name of Frank David Garrett, PFC, Age
19, Scurry, TX, KIA October 28, 1965 has been added to the Memorial Wall
on the 15th Medical Bn website. His unit was specified on several websites
as “HHC, 11th Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division.”
questions as to whether he was a member of 15th MED Bn or not, there was
no 11th Medical Bn serving in the Vietnam War, and the 1st Cavalry
Division did not have any 11th Bn of any sort. To complicate matters, he did
not have a medical MOS and the location of his death was not recorded.
A check of the recently obtained personnel
rosters revealed that his name is on the one dated 08/65 for HSC, indicating
that his unit was, in fact, HSC 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry
Division. His information, is posted on the Memorial Wall on the website <www.15thmednnassociation.org>.
Always remembering our 1st Cav Troops on duty around the world; over and
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE