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Vietnam - I am a Vietnam veteran who served with the 8th Battalion, 4th Field Artillery from 1967 - 1968 in an area just south of the DMZ known as Dong Ha. I am a member of the 8th/4th veterans association whose website below provides information about our Battalion history in Vietnam from 1967 through 1971.
bullet8th Battalion 4th Artillery Website

bullet 8th Battalion 4th Artillery Group Site

bulletMilitary map of Quang Tri Province showing Dong Ha and the 8/4th Battalion location

bullet Another military map of Quang Tri Province. Large resolution in PDF format

bullet Still another military map of Dong Ha and the bases around the DMZ

bullet Google Earth Overlay of Dong Ha Combat Base based on current satellite imagery


bulletInteresting Vietnam Statistics  (PDF format - Requires Adobe Reader)

bulletThe official Quartermaster's description of C-Rations used in Vietnam.  (PDF format - Requires Adobe Reader)


bulletMy Vietnam Photo Album - The following link will take you to a photo album slide show of pictures I took during my tour of Vietnam. Click on the circled 'i' to see information about each photo.
bullet My Photo Album



Barry Long's Vietnam Photo Album - Barry Long also took some really excellent photos of his stay in Vietnam, primarily at the Dong Ha Combat Base. Click on the link.
bullet Barry Long Photo Album


The Virtual Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors the fallen of the Vietnam War. Relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs there and on this web site named The Virtual Wall ®. Click on the image of the wall to be taken to the Virtual Wall website where one can locate fallen veterans by name, city/state, wall panels, military units, groups and battles, height of valor (medals), and POW/MIA status.




National Veteran’s Art Museum

The National Veteran’s Art Museum in Chicago has an unusual work of Art which you may not have even known existed!

When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.

The dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War, were hung from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.




The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.

The thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents.

Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of a lost friend or relative.




Monument dedicated to Vietnam Veterans

Ft. Sill, OK

11 August, 2006

Veterans of the 8th Battalion, 4th Field Artillery traveled here from as far away as Sydney, Australia, to witness the dedication of a monument commemorating their years of service in Vietnam and the 27 soldiers from the unit who died in action. The new monument occupies a prominent position in Fort Sill’s Constitution Park, west of Condon Road on the north side of Sheridan Road.

 In his memorial address, battalion commander in 1969-70, Maj. Gen. Ike Smith of Washington, D.C. (Ret.), said he has a tremendous amount of respect and gratitude to people like retired Col. Bill Kindt of Lawton, who commanded the battalion during its infancy and helped it mature. He also praised the committee that worked on the monument. “It was done with dignity and respect, and it’s something we can all be proud of,” Smith said. Cut from a quarry near Granite, the 9-foot granite marker weighs 6,000 pounds and is set in a concrete foundation that is 6 feet deep, according to retired Chief Warrant Officer Joe Talley of Lawton. It was shipped to Georgia for engraving and returned to Gragg Monument Co., Lawton, for emplacement at Fort Sill.

 During Thursday’s ceremony, the monument was flanked by 27 flags, representing each soldier listed on the memorial, according to retired Master Sgt. Larry Martin of Champaign, Ill., president of the 8-4 FA Association. Smith dedicated the monument in their honor, in the name of the 8th of the 4th. The names of the soldiers were read by retired Lt. Col. Brian O’Neill of Sparta, N.J., who served as 8-4 FA’s B Battery commander in 1968-1969. The names read were: Orval L. Skirvin, James Allen Lowery, Arkie Junior Wright, Ralph Anthony Lo Grasso, James Wilburn Wood, Harold Metcalf, Kenneth John Greene, Freeman Bolen, Allen Lee Faler, Albert S. Chastain, Melvin Eugene Clark, Christopher James Bell, Pedro DeHerrera, George Washington Pierce, Forrest Hughy Hollifield, Larrie Cornelius Allen, Melvin James Felton, Blake Dominic Whitney, Donald Gene Gibler, James Byrd Foster Jr., Loyd Van McCarthy Jr., Johnny Gordon Williamson, James Edward Tighe, Davis Junior Morgan, Stuart Marshall Binkley, Rueben Thomas Aragon and Paul Trujillo

 “On behalf of the current and future soldiers here at Fort Sill and all artillerymen around the world, we accept this fitting tribute being presented to the installation in memorial to the 8th Battalion 4th Field Artillery, and specifically to those soldiers who paid the ultimate price for freedom while serving your battalion,” said Col. Jeffrey Yaeger, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery School. Yaeger told the association that as their lineage is remembered, it is important to remember that their children and grandchildren are now picking up the challenge “to continue our promises to the future.”

 “You can take great pride in the knowledge that those of you who served in the 8-4 have set an example to be emulated by today’s soldiers.”

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Vietnam 1971 - 8th Battalion 4th Field Artillery



The M16A1 Rifle - Operation And Preventive Maintenance

The U.S. Army teamed up with cartoonist and graphic artist Will Eisner to produce teaching tools for U.S. soldiers in a medium that they could easily understand. The M16A1 Rifle: Operation and Preventive Maintenance, first printed in 1969, features a female narrator who instructs GIs on the proper care of their AR-15 (military name M16A1) rifles—firearms notorious for jamming and malfunctioning. More than a simple manual and step-by-step guide, this unconventional yet important military document tried to appeal to soldiers with suggestive chapter titles such as “How to Strip Your Baby,” “What to Do in a Jam,” “Sweet 16,” and “All the Way with Négligé.” A copy of the thirty-two-page booklet was issued to nearly every soldier serving in Vietnam.

Click on image below to open entire manual.




A little history most people will never know.

Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

"Carved on these walls is the story of America , of a continuing quest to preserve both Democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream." ~President George Bush

SOMETHING to think about - Most of the surviving Parents are now Deceased.

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

 - There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

- 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

- 8,283 were just 19 years old.

- The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

- 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

- 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

- One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

- 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .

- 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam .

- 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

- Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

- 54 soldiers on attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.

- 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

- 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

- Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

- West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

- The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest . And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

- The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam . In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedys assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

- The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.

- The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.


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