Trying to locate personnel assigned to B Med.82ABN from Oct. 1967-Oct. 1969.
David F. Duncan
I finally found Dave Griffin living outside of Charlotte N.C. and Brad Gibbs in Summerville S.C.. Their emails are as follows email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Brad was with me and the HQ 106RR section on birmingham. Dave was also assigned to HQ but showed up in the a line Company. Brad was my loader and Caesar Colon was the drived the day the Sweep team and Inf team was ambushed by two sqds of NVA’s. We turned the 106RR into the line of fire, Colon jumped out and laid down a base of fire, I fired the 106RR with a Bee Hive Round, opening at muzzle velocity. 8000 steel darts came out of that sucker, it went deathly quiet for about 2 seconds and then I heard Brad’s voice saying “UP” and he and I fired 12 more Bee Hive rounds at the NVA. Then Brad said “Thats it Sarge” and he was trying to put his shirt out. It was on fire. The back blast of the 106RR had set his shirt on fire. I think it was C Co 1/508th that came in and mopped up. He left the 106’s and spent another year in RECON and Colon went to the Air Boats.
Dave Griffin was another story. I had met him after returning from my 1st assignment from Germany with the 1st Bn 509th Abn 8th Div. I had recently been busted from Sgt. to Cpl when I left the 509th. From then on I was always Cpl Dunn to Grif as I called him. He was right down the hill from me on Birmingham overlooking the Perfume River. He had already done 1 tour with the 3rd Herd and hadn’t finished his 1 yr rotation yet and sent his butt back to Nam with us. He didn’t bitch much. Damn near all the time!!!!! After 6 months he left me there and went home. These two guys were my best friends over there.
If you remember these guys please e-mail them. They are great Soldiers.
CSM (RET) Claud H.Dunn
Searching for anyone who served with me in the 82nd Airborne, 1968 to 1969 – was all over Nam.
Ken Steelman, John Kapranopoulos and Carl Bludau comprise the committee that is running with this ball. They are all A/2/505 guys so you can call that as you see it!!! They have done a magnificent job and negotiated a very good deal. Here are the basics:
- Donations received to date – approx $15,000
- Chapter advanced $10,000 from our legacy fund that has been paid to the artist.
- 2nd draft should be ready in September.
- Goal is to have painting done by late October in time for sales for holiday presents.
- Approximately $2,600 has been paid to the helicopter company that flew a Huey in for the shoot.
- The 82nd CG brought in 3 active troopers to serve as models (not what you may think) to represent us when we were 19-20 years old and had hair – a little short but still hair.
- We need another $8,000 to complete the project.
- Sale prices have not been determined by the committee but the goal is to make them very affordable, in a number of different sizes and formats. I personally want to buy 3 – 1 for me and 1 each for my sons.
I have already made my decision on the size I want and stroked my check to the Chapter for a donation for this worthwhile cause to preserve our sweat and blood heritage.
Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer
Golden Brigade Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Inc.
4075 Old River Trail
Powhatan, VA 23139-4112
Captain Steelman was the Co of HHC 2/505. You should be able to tell by his professional demeanor, my officers are a little rough around the edges but were and still are very great men. All of the committee members are actively involved in their own businesses, professions or other heavy duty volunteer activities and have stepped out in front to do this. We owe them much thanks and support. We have never let our heritage down and will not do it now!
Carl H. Bludau
Chairman, Golden Brigade Chapter
National Chairman, Wounded Warrior Project
82nd Airborne Division Association
We need serious money, plain and simple. If we raise the required monies, the cost of the copies to our contributors and members will be very reasonable. Your donation is tax deductible and you will not be disappointed with the painting. Click the button below to securely donate using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover credit card, or PayPal account. You do not have to have a PayPal account – just follow the directions in the lower left of the screen. You will recieve confirmation of payment via your email.
The painting committee appointed by Chapter Chairman Carl Bludau has taken the lead in commissioning a magnificent oil painting by renowned artist Bruce R. Greene of Clifton, TX. It is expected that the painting will be completed by late October 2011.
The basis of this painting will be a combat assault. To show you how serious this effort is, Carl went to Clifton to meet with the artist to work out detailed plans. Bobby Hawk (the pilot who flew his Huey into the 42nd anniversary) flew his Huey to Clifton and brought a slick pilot who flew in Vietnam as a technical advisor.
A member of a Vietnam reenactor group assembled all absolutely correct uniforms, web gear, demilitarized grenades, PRC-25, M-16, M-79, rucksacks, etc. Responding to Carl’s request, The Division Commander sent 3 current 82nd troopers to portray us as we were 42 or 43 years ago – you know skinny and with hair. Carl even got the troopers down to a stock pond on the ranch to get them wet and filthy so it would be realistic. The Huey hovered, landed, lifted off, etc. The troopers exited while hovering etc. That must have been a show in itself!
The photo shoot and initial sketching by Bruce Greene took several hours and a hundred plus pictures were taken. The artist experienced rotor wash, etc. The artist had previously been supplied with hundreds of pictures and hours of film footage. He is currently studying jungle foliage. The artist is totally committed and passionate about this project.
The final sketch before the painting is started will be reviewed and approved by the committee. News media from Waco, Texas covered the event.
- The original painting will be large (36” x 48” unframed) and of museum quality.
- The final destination for the painting has not been decided but you can be guaranteed that it will be displayed in a place of honor for generations to see long after we are gone.
- The total cost for the painting will be in the neighborhood of $35,000 plus.
- The Chapter has already advanced $10,000 to get the artwork started.
- Copies of the painting will be available in several formats and sizes (starting at 12” x 18” and up to 24” x 32”) – prints or exact copies of the oil painting.
- The exact copies of the oil painting will use the Giclee process on stretched canvas which looks exactly like the original on stretched canvas.
- The reproduction of the painting will be performed by a high quality publisher.
- As stated, the painting is expected to be completed by October, 2011.
- The Chapter will be developing costs for the prints in the coming weeks.
- The prints will be excellent gifts to either yourself or family members just in time for the holidays.
The Golden Brigade has always stepped up to the fight when asked for help. Some members of our Chapter have contributed serious personal financial support. Now it is your turn to stand in the door if we want a copy of a true masterpiece to pass on for generations to come.
Looking for any members of 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1/505 who served in RVN in 1968. Besides the B Company CO’s – Tyner & Hood. I still keep in touch with them.
Frank J Pollock
Does anyone remember a Capt Hodecker or Nick Susick??
I would like to hear from anyone that was in the 3rd Platoon B Co 1/508 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division from June 68 until April 69. I was the acting platoon leader during this time. Our Captain was Charles Heaukulani.
Ssgt James F. Campbell
Name: George P. Green
Comments: Does anybody remember the ammo dump at Phu Bai blowing up when the Marine chopper crashed with a skid of 105 ammo?
RVN Unit: HHB 2nd 321 Arty
RVN Dates: 2/68-5/68
Location Now: Beallsville, Ohio
January 23, 2004 16:33:04 (GMT Time)
Jim Callahan here. I was CO Company D 1/505 then Ops Officer 1/508 circa 1968-1969. Have written some memoirs, with photos, about those days. I had previous service in Vietnam before the 82nd as an ARVN advisor, then a tour commanding a Special Forces A Team. After the 82nd, I did another combat tour in Cambodia as an ops officer with the Military Equipment Delivery Team Cambodia (MEDTC). I worked later for “other government agencies” and after 30 years military service, did several years with the Diplomatic Security Service. Am now twice retired, living in France. Should anyone from back in the days wish to contact me, or have a copy of the memoirs (photos of the guys in the field, but without the names, they’ll have to recognize each other) they can contact me at my e-mail address.
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