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MEDEVAC 15th Med\15th FSB
307B N Main Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Paul LA GRONE
PLMODESTO@MSN.COM of Modesto,
CA signs in: "HHC 15th MED, 3-'68 to 11-'69; Hi all, anyone ever hear
from Doug HARO, Bill FARR, Ray ZEPP..? Take care."
Bernard SHIVELY BSHIV@WEBTV.NET from Orlando, FL comments: "Served in
H&H Co., 15th MED from Apr '54 to Sep '55 in medical supply."
Donald E. LANE SARGEANTLANE@MSN.COM , West Lafayette, IN, wrote, "Was a
lowly Spec. Five with HHC 15th MED Bn., Apr '66 thru Apr '67. Was a great
outfit!!! Lot of good and bad memories !#**?..."
SROZELLE@HOUSTON.RR.COM e-mailed: "Mike You don't know me, but I decided
I'd raise a request for help locating someone while reading SABER
Sept\Oct 2004. I commanded D 1-7th Cav in late '70-'71, working out of
Phouc Vinh (rear) and FB Green.
"In an action taking place on 28
Jan 71, RVN, two brave MEDEVAC pilots made several runs into a hot
situation to extract several of my men and me. I later met one of them in
the hospital at Bien Hoa, but the years have blocked the name.
there any facility available you can think of that stands a chance of
success in locating these heroes? I realize I have given you only a
sketch, but will provide as much as I can if you think it might help.
I'll stand by for your response, or at minimum look forward to meeting
you in Killeen this June. In advance, my sincere thanks... Garryowen."
Samuel H. ARMES AGREYHORSE1@AOL.COM sends: "I am member of this
great div. and I enjoy reading the comments that other members send in.
But, I'm really hoping to come across some of the troopers I served with
in the 15th MED Bn. from May '63-June '64. If any of you guys are out I
would love to hear from you. James (Jim ADAMS) from PA, drop me a line
and the rest of you guy from the Bn."
GLENN383@PTD.NET of Lords Valley, PA signed in. He says that he served
with A Co. 15th MED in '66.
PLUMBCRAZY22@COMCAST.NET from Brownstown, MI was a crew chief and said,
"Served 1-'68 to 5-'68 at Camp Evans, & 2-'69 to 9-'69 at Tay Ninh, Quan
Loi, aircraft 449 with Gunner MEGEEHEE."
MIKEMATTHEWS98@YAHOO.COM , Hood River, OR wrote to say, "Looking for a
Medic that served with B Btry. 1-30 ARTY IN '69 - '70. In need of some
help with a comp claim."
L. Don BARTON
MEDEVAC PSG '70, dropped a line to keep in touch. I inquired of him about
I got a letter from Gerald D. MCDANIEL, an E 2-5
Cav 11C, '69-'70, who mentioned an incident to me that happened on
Jan. 05, '70. Their E Company recon walked into a bunker complex, made
heavy contact, and their D Company went out to take over.
spoke to Gerald on the phone after I had received his snail mail, because
he doesn't use a computer. A hometown friend of Gerald's, Tom MOORE, was
a Medic in D 2-5 at the time. Gerald said that he said good-bye to Tom on
Tom's way out with D 2-5, and it was the last time, because Tom was
KIA, and put in for the CMOH.
I wanted to jog anyone's memory on
this, if they were in MEDEVAC at the time. Those like gunners Tater and
tater, or MEDEVAC 121, etc. This probably was covered by those flying
out of Tay Ninh, at the time.
Gerald told me the story, that he got a
lot of information from the 2-5 Cav Daily Journal, and Lt. (ret.) James
H. HOLCOMBE of C 2-5 Cav, whom I had just e-mailed. Jim said that he
would get back to me with some photos, which he did.
The story goes
that MEDEVAC had hoisted one wounded through the trees, and trying for
another but got hit by a B-40. The MEDEVAC went down, injuring all of the
A pilot had a broken back, the 1st wounded trooper was
killed, and the 2nd trooper being hoisted was crushed under the MEDEVAC.
D 2-5 Medic Tom MOORE was WIA at the time and waiting to get Medevaced.
About 30 minutes later, MEDEVAC 14 tried to extract all but suffered a
blade strike and had to make an emergency landing nearby.
hour later, MEDEVAC 26 was able to extract some of the wounded. But, D
2-5 Medic Tom MOORE succumbed to his wounds, and died before he could be
Tom MOORE was posthumously awarded the DSC. He was cited
for saving the life of his plt. leader. Gerald says that in 2002, Ft.
Hood dedicated it's newest, and largest medical clinic in honor of Tom
MOORE. His DSC citation can be read at: HTTP: moore.htm DSCs-CAV
Gerald mentioned that James Holcombe was a Lt.
in D 2-5 but I found him listed as C 2-5 on the Angry Skipper Web site
1st Cav locator. I had contacted the C 2-5 Web master and he sent
James' e-mail address to me:
I don't recall even
hearing of this incident, but I had just joined MEDEVAC, then, in Jan.
'70. But, there must be '69-'70 MEDEVAC members who remember this, and
know the personnel involved.
Who was the MEDEVAC that went down?
Who was MEDEVAC 14 and MEDEVAC 26? Which crew members were involved, and
hurt? All knowledgeable please respond.
Pat MARTIN,'69-'70 crew
chief, MEDEVAC121 notifies us: "I am going to make an effort to have my
book in at least first draft by the end of 2005. But, I need help and
this is what I need:
"1. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and
e-mail addresses of all MEDEVAC crew members and operational support
personal who were involved in the Cambodian Incursion from May 1, 1970,
until the end of June 1970.
"2. Any Incidents/Missions/Information
that happened during this period including our maintenance and operations
"3. I would like to get pictures of the places the
air crews flew out of; for Tay Ninh, Quan Loi, Song Be, Katum, and
Phuoc Vinh. I'd also like to get other pictures taken during the period
such as crew photos, and aircraft photos. I have a high dollar scanner
that I can scan them for you and I will get them back to you if you don't
have a way to send them over the net.
"The book is more of a
documentary about MEDEVAC during the Cambodian Incursion (that's what the
government called it) and I am writing it in a diary format i.e.: May 1,
May 2 ---- etc., so if there are any days you especially remember, and
have a story to tell, give it to me and I will try and include it.
"I also would like to find as many aircraft records as possible, and
any Daily or Morning Reports for the period. If you can help in any way
it would be appreciated, and all those that have, I want to thank you as
I'm not yet finished.
"I have also tossed around the idea of
sending a tape player around with a questionnaire to follow to help me
get information; what does everyone think? Last but not least, if
you're not into talking to a tape or sending an e-mail, how about a visit
Always remembering our 1st Cav troops on duty around the
world; over and out.
Bodnar C 2\7 '69
SO THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE