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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
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This will be the last of these columns, for
this millennium. How many times recently have you heard that in reference
to everything? Probably, more times than you have heard: "Congress
shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or free
This later phrase is from my sacred scripture, the Constitution of the
United States. If the First Amendment to the Constitution is as it says,
and it is, then there should legally be no third millennium based on a
religious figure. But, we are bound by our culture and we must deal
with the rest of the world as well as our own ignorance, to survive.
The first modern measurement of time was the Julian calendar,
introduced by Julius Caesar. That first use of 365 days for a year, or an
Earthly orbit of our Sun, was slightly corrected with a leap year by the
Catholic Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 as the Gregorian calendar and was
adopted by America in 1752 as the New Style calendar which is now what is
Our numbering of the years based on an individual's life
corresponds directly to the last two thousand years which has been, to
anyone who is aware, the Piscean Age which is characteristically clouded
in mysticism. That now is nothing but a bad memory and the Aquarian Age
which we are presently starting, whether we realize it or not, is
accurately symbolized by the water barer pouring out the waters of
enlightenment, thus Aquarius, and is characterized by that enlightenment,
as well as altruism, and social groups working for change for the better.
When I think back on First Cav MEDEVAC I think of those Aquarian
characteristics because altruism was the key word. Everyone on MEDEVAC
whom I knew, EVERYONE, had that sense of altruism. It was quite obvious
and what we all felt, SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.
As we live the
beginning of the Aquarian Age despite any arbitrary start of our time
measurement I would like to think that our country at least can apply
that enlightened awareness to our betterment as well as that of all
humanity and the principles of our Constitution which we always defend
in our Army service.
I received an e-mail from Raymond BROUSSARD, a
veteran of HHC 15th Medical Bn., Phouc Vinh and Quan Loi 6-69 to 12-69.
He says, "I was assigned to the 15th Med as an auto repair parts
specialist. I ended up driving the water truck: 5-ton tractor trailer
with a 5,000 gallon tank separated into 2500 gallon halves. We supplied
fresh water all over Phouc Vinh. My co- driver (whose name I cannot
remember!) spent a good deal of time dodging snipers since we had to
climb water towers of different heights. My problem is that I cannot
remember any names.
I came home after the 1st Cavalry went into
Cambodia and I lost touch. Very few people will remember me as Pvt.
BROUSSARD, but [more will remember me] as Pvt. PEACHES. (It is a long
story!) But, I would like to hear from any old Skytroopers from the HHC.
He goes on to say, "I live in Shelbyville, KY at 718
Brown Ave., my Zip Code is 40065. Telephone (502)633-5303. I arrived
in country June 8, 1969, at Bien Hoa, went through the 'training and
zeroing my weapon.' A few days later I got on a Chinook and landed in
Phouc Vinh. After some close calls from snipers I finally fell from a
water tower and hurt my back. In addition I sustained a fractured skull
and sternum in a racial confrontation. The combination led to me being
sent home. In civilian life I had four major back surgeries with the
final one a fusion. In addition, I served in the reserves with
distinction as a senior medic: 5th Special Forces Group, 67th Support
Bn., 4th Infantry Bde, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized). I earned
Soldier of the Year in 1982 and Citizen Soldier of the Year in Nebraska.
I have four children: Aaron, Andrew, Samuel, and Olivia. Life is good
in Kentucky; I go to the Vet Center every week. PEACHES
On Wednesday, 18 Aug 1999, Jack GILTINAN
BLUEBAR@USA.NET writes: "I am trying to locate a Sgt. OTTO who served
with Charlie or Delta Company 2\5. He was wounded in action (Head
Wound) at LZ Ike the summer of 69." Of course, anyone who can help Jack
out, please do.
SNORE writes to us all that on 09\12\99 Mike PARSONS
had passed away. SNORE says, "I do not have any further information at
this time, but I will be posting it as soon as I receive it from Dave
PARKS. Thanks, Dave, for the information."
I flew with Mike, as he
was a door gunner and I got shot down with him, pilots Lt. Jack RODEN,
Lt. John LONON, and crewchief John HODGES on March 2nd, 1970, northeast
of Song Be. We all spent the night with our ARVN hosts and then we
were extracted not all at once by a single manned LOH probably of C Troop
1\9 Cav. It is sad news to hear of Mike PARSON's passing; R.I.P. Mike!
Charles NORDAN CHARLES.NORDAN@DUKE.EDU from Hillsborough, North
Carolina writes, "I was in the 1\5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division in
1966. I worked with you guys on several occasions. I'd be interested in
speaking to anybody that was in country during 66-67."
One of my
favorite people, Butch MCKITTRICK BUTCHMC@HOME.COM writes, "Crewchief
69--70--came to 15th Med Evac after 13 months with A229 Avn. Bn. Quang
Tri to Tay Ninh 1st Cav." I remember flying with Butch once and I looked
up at him in the Hell Hole to see painted on the back of his flight
helmet the words, "Yankee go home and take me with you!"
e-mailed Butch I asked him about his fellow crewchief and Alabamian who
was with us at the same time and close to Butch, but whom I and
apparently everyone else always knew him only by his last name, DUCEY.
Butch relayed the sad news to me that DUCEY had taken his own life some
years back. Butch also told me that his full name was Stewart Kennan
DUCEY was apparently also in 229 AHB and Butch says that
prior to that he came from a grunt outfit. All I know is that DUCEY was a
great guy and that he will also be greatly missed by us all. Thanks to
him and as I said and I will say again to Butch, thanks for also being
And, please, nobody else kill yourselves, no matter how bad
it gets. That is an order, with a capital "F!" That is what reunions are
for, so that you can always feel your worth with those who respect you.
(1SG Ret.) William MEEKS MEEKS_W@MSN.COM from: Troutdale, OR writes
that he, "Was with 15th MEDEVAC #1 flew with CPT SCOFIELD, Mike SMITH was
one of our Gunners. I was a medic from 68-69 then went to Japan. Then to
Georgia then to Germany for 10 1/2 yrs. Then to Colorado for 3yrs, back
to Germany for 3 yrs, back to Cal. NTC ran the ER. was there for 3
yrs, transferred to Ft. Lewis retired from there after Saudi. Received a
call from Mike SMITH on 10\12\99 told about the Web site it brings back a
lot of good times. Thanks"
James BELAIR called me on October 23rd.
James is not a computer user presently so he has no e-mail address but he
lives at 166 Mudjekeewis Trail, Medford Lakes, NJ 08055 (609)654-8108.
James was an 11 Bravo in C 2\5 Cav '67-'68 and then flew as a door gunner
on MEDEVAC from 6\68 to 1\69. He later returned to MEDEVAC from 6\70 to
12\70 again as a door gunner. I am sure all in the FIRST TEAM would agree
that is quite a display of LOYALTY AND COURAGE. With James I would
also like to say thanks for also being MEDEVAC!
James called to
inquire about the next MEDEVAC\15th Med Reunion. I would like to say that
it is at the next 1st Cav Reunion but I cannot say that yet. I told James
that I would print any information about it in this issue.
Coincidentally, Mike SMITH sent his new Web address: <HTTP:
www.geocities.com Medevac-Nam.html> Mike writes to all that: "From 1969
to 1970 I was a door gunner with 15th Med 1st Cav in Vietnam. Thirty
years have past and I and some other people have been searching for other
past members of the 15th Med to find out how they are and to try to get
together for reunions.
The next reunion will be in San Antonio.
Laquinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Market Square 9-11 June 2000 900
Delarosa San Antonio, TX 78207-4540 Tel#210-271-0001 fax#210-228-066
1-800-642-4239. Identify [yourself] as members of MEDEVAC Reunion party,
conf#56790763. This has to be done no later than 5/8/00. Remember all
members of 15th Med 1st Cav Vietnam are part of the reunion!!!!!!! E-mail
me at MVANDCO@AOL.COM "
Al (BAUM) TANNENBAUM
ALTANNENBAUM@WORLDNET.ATT.NET from Patchogue, NY writes, "Was in A Co
15th Med Bn Tay Ninh from Jan '69-Jan '70. Looking for old friends."
Mark DRAKE MARKADRAKE@PRODIGY.NET an X-ray technician in A Co. 15th
Med in Tay Ninh from March '69 to May '70 writes in again and says, "Yo.
Anyone in or attached to A Co. 15th Med 69 and 70 we are looking for you.
Please E-mail me. I am starting a holiday list!!!!!! Duck." I previously
had Mark living in Longmont County CA but that CO was not a county but
Colorado. Mark's address is: 2191 Frontier Street, Longmont, CO
80501-0983 and by phone he is at (303)776-1344.
In closing I would
like to mention that the Army News Watch mentions that the M-16 round is
being deleted. It will now be called the "green bullet" or "green ammo."
The lead core is being replace with a tungsten-nylon core and is
reported to be not only more environmentally friendly, but also more
accurate in hitting any target, and they add that it causes a little less
barrel erosion. The Army says that it will reduce by one million bullets
this year and phase into full production by 2005. They will eventually
replace the .50 caliber, nine millimeter, and then the 7.62 round.
For all those active duty members who are now conscientious objectors
because you do not want to pollute the environment with lead you can now
change your classification and join the real Army as they plan to be
better stewards of the environment while they maintain the arsenal of
Always remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the
world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE