82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade – Vietnam 1968 – 1969

May 23, 2015

B Troop 1/17 CAV

Category: All Messages,Units – Ron Yorkovich – 2:46 am

Forever Young

Bailey Everette Roland CPL
Barrett Thomas Q SP4
Beatty Donald Edward SGT
Bennett Anthony Lee 2LT
Johnson Curtis SP4
Kayga William Duane PFC
Krom Michael Lee PFC
Scurfield Danny Vinson SGT
Urban Alexander John Jr PFC
Valentine Pervis B Jr CPL


  1. Troop B 1/17 82nd Airborne, searching for buddies I served with May 68 June 69

    Sgt.William R. Bunch

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  2. Bill, ….we didn’t hang in the same circle but I remember you….I was the medic in the 1st platoon….Doc

    Comment by John Hiben — November 2, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

  3. Doc, Great to hear from you, I also remember you. Do you have contact with any of the other troops ? Send me your e mail address

    Comment by Sgt. William “Bill” Bunch — November 5, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

  4. Bill, I don’t know if we met or not. I went over with the Brigade, but unfortunately had to be sent home in May 68 (day after my 21st b-day). I also have been looking for buddies. Dave Stewart found me! Has anyone heard from SSg Don Perez or SSg Joe Taylor? My email address is FlyboyGrunt@hughes.net

    Comment by Jerry D Smith (JD) — November 5, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  5. JD, don’t remember meeting you but welcome home. Dave Stewart also contacted me. I did locate John Mulstay and Ed Arieano, don’t know if you remember them.
    Royce Bunch

    Comment by William “Bill” Bunch — November 6, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  6. Bill, as above….johnhiben@yahoo.com……maybe I’ll see you at the convention in 2012 in Pittsburgh….Doc

    Comment by John Hiben — November 7, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  7. Results from post Nov.2nd . Located Dave Stewart,John Mulstay,JD Smith, John Hiben (Doc) Mike Lanville, Reid Lyons, Ed Arieano, Capt. Denhcke. Still looking if you know any of the guys let me know. Troopers Troup B 1/17th Cav.

    Sgt. William “Bill Bunch

    Comment by Sgt. William “Bill Bunch — November 12, 2011 @ 12:35 am

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  8. Hey Doc Im suprised an happy to find this site,remember when we went on R and R together in Taiwain.Remembering names an faces its been awhile,we were with a great group guys.We had faith in each other.Take care

    Comment by Ron Jiminez — February 4, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  9. Ron…..I do remember the R & R and we DID have a great time…..my email is johnhiben@yahoo.com……drop me a line then we can exchange #’s and keep in touch….Doc

    Comment by John Doc Hiben — February 6, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

  10. I was with 3rd platoon, there are lots of B troopers here. Robbie Robinson, Bill Hoffay, James Klein, Lt.(now BG) Caton and Rich O’Hare just to name a few.

    Comment by John Therrien — February 6, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

  11. John Therrien, can you tell me how to get in touch with James Klein. I do not know Robbie Robinson but do remember Turner Robertson.
    William Royce Bunch

    Comment by Sgt. William “Bill Bunch — February 12, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  12. Great to see so many names of guys I served with. I don’t know if Doc Hiben remembers but he and I were at Fort Bragg together and when he arrived in RVN I persuaded the “Old Man” that he would make a fine medic – His real MOS was either 11B or 11D. He, I, Don Dittenhoffer (Ditt) and other crazies were in the 1st platoon before I moved over to be Cpt. Dehncke’s Track Commander in September, 1968. I have been in contact with Charlie Severino, Mike Laneville, Cpt. Dehncke, Mark Robertson (Rob) (3 plt), and saw Richard Frieze (also 3rd plt) many years ago. I have been looking for Tony Cutajar and Mick Morris from 1st platoon days (we came over on the same C141)and would love to get in touch ed Arrieno who I also served with at Bragg. I have trying to find LT. Hall (1st plt leader) for years, but no luck. If anyone has communicated with Cutajar, Morris, Arrieno, or Hall, please let me know how I can contact them.

    Reid (‘Lye”)

    Hope all are well and if any have any info on Cu

    Comment by Reid Lyon (Lye) — February 15, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Comment by Ron Yorkovich — February 18, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  13. Going out to anyone who may have contact with Ron Jiminez or knows how to reach him……thanks

    Comment by John "Doc" Hiben — February 21, 2012 @ 11:21 am

  14. hi guys hope youuys are doing well give me a call you have my e-mail (dls194780@yahoo.com). does anybody know where gary fletcher or ellis thrasher are ralph daley and i called thrasher in 78 but we lost it all he was living in arizona.

    Comment by sgt dave stewart — April 1, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  15. hi there guys i,m dave gardner – does any one remember me i wore a 173rd combat patch and i came over with b-trp– that was my 3rd tour- and i did one more in 70-71 with the 173rd again- was on night patrol the night they hit the 101st camp- I remember a medic name davis and i guy name johnson- he was a sp4- well it,s been a long time and i put in one
    trying to find old buddies who remember me

    Comment by dave gardner — April 15, 2012 @ 12:06 am

  16. Hi Doc sorry it took so long,to get back to you.My e-mail is correct now it was off line for some reason? I talked to Dave Sherwood a few weeks ago.He is doing good. I just got off back surgery.,afew months ago.I retired last year.I wish I had this back surgery a few years ago.Everything,is so much better. Whats happen in your world.Keep in touch. Ron

    Comment by Ron Jiminez — July 3, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  17. Ron…..good to hear from you..hope everything is well with you and your family…..Ditt is coming to Pgh. and staying with me in August for the convention….you need to send me your email and home address…..send me a landline # or cell # and I’ll contact you, don’t wait for 4 months to contact me….my cell # is 412-523-5381 and my landline # is 412-366-7487…your brother, Doc

    Comment by Doc Hiben — July 10, 2012 @ 9:09 am

  18. Finnally looked on the internet to see if anything was out there about our unit. Not sure if anyone remmembers me, Sgt Fraley, 3rd platoon. I was TC of the 106 track 37. Anyone hear from Sgt Freeze or Sgt Duckett. Thanks -Lou

    Comment by Louis Fraley — July 17, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  19. Louis Fraley…….Sarge, I remember you…..I was in the 1st plt…..hope you are well and your life has been good…..if you”re going to Pgh. for the reunion Ditt and I will see you there, if not…..who knows…..Doc

    Comment by Doc Hiben — August 6, 2012 @ 9:12 am

  20. Ron Jiminez…….contact me….412-523-5381…I know its been a long time but we should hook up……Doc

    Comment by Doc Hiben — August 6, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  21. I never knew this website existed but I went over with the BDE from Ft Bragg and was in the 1st Platoon. I remember some from B troop (Santillo, Johnson, Ditt) and our 1SG (Dan Guiton).
    I departed there in June (2nd Tour) and returned there for my 3rd tour in 1970. I retired from the Army in 1985.

    Comment by Rich Williams — November 10, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  22. I’m hoping that someone will have contact with Ron Jiminez or Ron himself will get in touch with me….you sent words in July and then nothing….what’s up with that….I’m at johnhiben@yahoo.com…412-523-5381…Doc

    Comment by Doc Hiben — March 21, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

  23. Hi John…I know it has been awhile I have not used computer in some time not too many hits on this site thats a shame a lot of good guys we would like to hear from.I hope life has been treating you good.Im a grandfather of a baby girl my first.Ive retired for 3 years.I have your number I will call soon Ron

    Comment by Ron Jiminez — April 27, 2013 @ 12:45 am

  24. Hi John…I know it has been awhile I have not used computer in some time not too many hits on this site thats a shame a lot of good guys we would like to hear from.I hope life has been treating you good.Im a grandfather of a baby girl my first.Ive retired for 3 years.I have your number I will call soon my e mail has been changed.I will it to you later
    keep the faith Ron

    Comment by Ron Jiminez — April 27, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

  25. Hey guys not to much activety is their something up with the site,anyway I hope everyone is all right.Hopefully we all can get together.this year.Take care my brothers Ron

    Comment by Ron Jiminez — June 12, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  26. I was there in 69 I was in 2 platoon on Iron legs A.P.C. Sgt. Christensen Spec. 4 Phillip Dearman, Spec. 4 Daily.

    Comment by Connie Ball — June 18, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  27. Troop B 1/17th Cav. 82nd Airborn Division Viet Nam 1968-69
    Searching for friends I served with-Please contact me.

    Comment by Sgt. William "Bill"Bunch — July 5, 2013 @ 1:04 am

  28. Ayres SGT came to Bragg after tour with 101st in 66 — 3rd platoon Klein was my driver, My main 4 Big Al, John T, Bill H, Cass recall when rich O’Hare first came to the platoon we though he was CID — new Robbie came to my home in N.J. once -not for gotten HEC, Ski, Sam, Nelson. Freeze if a good wind came by blow him over skin and bones how about young SGT Johnson AIRBORNE Have a good day

    Comment by dennis ayres — August 23, 2013 @ 5:32 am

  29. Hello my name is Pervis b Crowe II. My Dad was in Vietnam in 1969 , His name is Pervis Crowe. He said he was A2nd Airborn 1st of 505th. I am looking to find anyone that knew him and could tell me more. my e-mail is bearcrowe@aol.com. thank you

    Comment by pervis b crowe II — October 20, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

  30. Anyone out there remember when we were still up north we had to plant ground surveillance radio tubes along trails, paddy dikes etc. Then setup radar sites to gather movement info for our night ambushes?
    We usually went out in 2 tracks late at night and tried to be quiet and stealthy while walking along paddy dikes with these heavy tubes on our shoulders. After planting these tubes most would self-destruct because of movement to the tube after arming them and they became useless and we had to remove the hot tubes. There were only about 10 of us involved in the entire project. mlaneville@aol.com

    Comment by Mike Laneville — November 1, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

  31. B TROOP 1/17 CAV. Aug.68-Nov. 1969
    i remember Doc, got leg hurt caught in track
    paulson and i had picture taken together
    sarge stewart,french,
    i dont remember many name

    Comment by george patterson — December 5, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

  32. vietnam 09-68-11-69 B-TROOP 1/17 cav.rear m-60 gunner
    on track w/sgt. Bill

    Comment by george patterson — January 10, 2014 @ 8:32 am

  33. I only remember a few guys..but was lt halls driver

    Comment by bob blair — February 19, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

  34. As always looking for friends I served with 68-69, would like to hear from anyone who knew me.

    Comment by SGTRoyce Bunch — March 8, 2014 @ 1:54 am

  35. One of my best friends in HHC 2/325 INF (ABN) in 1971-73 was a SP5 medic named Andy Burkett from State College, PA. I believe he was with 1/17th CAV when he went to RVN with the 82nd. Anyone remember him? Strawberry-blond and fair-skinned with freckles.


    Comment by Ron Hoeltge — April 15, 2014 @ 10:34 am

  36. Hi Doc I hope you get this message. Hope everything is going well for you.Im taking aqua aerobic classes to strengthen my legs. I wish I took these classes a long time ago I really am getting a lot out of them. God bless lets stay in touch. Ron

    Comment by Ron Jiminez — August 10, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

  37. Troop B 1/17th Cav. 82nd Airborne Viet Nam Searching for buddys who I served with May 1968- May 1969

    Comment by Sgt. William Royce Bunch — October 27, 2014 @ 9:36 am

  38. Was in 1st platoon,sent over in 68, with 3rd Brig. Was sarg. on Lt. May’s track. I remember Hiben,Dittenhopper
    Johnson, Jiminez. Anybody heard or know anything about
    Lt. May? I live in Poth,Tx.(about 40 mile southeast of
    San Antonio. Heard they were going too make the 82nd
    a LEG unit) Hey,you Dude’s (got that from Ditt.) E-mail
    or call me at 830 484 2563 Later Dude’s!

    Comment by Myrle Stewart — November 13, 2014 @ 10:53 am

  39. I served in viet nam 69/70 until they got sent back to the USA does anybody know were I can get 82nd patch for my profile THANK YOU AND WELCOME HOME

    Comment by John Neuer — December 26, 2014 @ 11:08 am

  40. Hi Everyone: Good to see how many people are responding to my first post in 2012. Have located several friends from this site. Anyone who remembers me please shoot me a e mail at roycebunch@yahoo.com. or Text to 270 590 4213. I was with Troop B 1/17th Cav May 68-May 69 was on track with Sgt. Gilbert then later TC on track 22 “Deuce Deuce”

    Does anyone know or remember Gary Fletcher, Nguyen Dac Cau our Kit Carson Scout, Lt. May, Ralph Daley, Dave Stewart, Turner Robertson, Ed Arieano, David Thrasher, Sgt. Olson.

    Comment by Sgt. Royce "Bill" Bunch — March 18, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

  41. Went over with 3rd.Brig. in 68. was on Lt. May’s track &#12.left,10 june 69.
    If anyone knows how to get in touch with Lt. May, E-mail or call me. 830-484-2563
    Thanks, M.E.S.

    Comment by Sarg. Myrle Stewart — May 23, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

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