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SGT Barton Arlet
124th Signal Battalion
4th Infantry Division, Viet Nam
April of 69 through to April 1970.

We were at Camp Enari for most of my tour....A Company (my unit) and C Company were located on the south side of SIGNAL HILL ... it was a double hump about 250-300 feet high in the middle of the Camp Enari. We had signal gear on the West "hump" and the Air Force had a TDY unit and gear on the East hump. HHC and B Company were located on the north side. During my tour, three of us served as permanent guards for the bunker line on Dragon Mountain. It was located about a klick to the west of the camp. A couple of deuce and a half's took about 30 of us up every night and when it was clear in the morning we would stand down and return to camp. Sometime in mid or late February, the entire 4th Division moved lock, stock and gun barrels to Camp Radcliffe in An Khe. I left in late April of 70 for Ft Lewis and Pgh PA. Our company worked communications at the Battalion TOC and at the Division TOC. The area was fairly secure, we only had a couple of small arms fired and some sappers, too. Biggest issue was rocket attacks ... usually three, boom-boom-boom ... but every month or so they upped the ante and would send a dozen or more our way spread out. Ya gotta figure that Signal Hill in the middle made an excellent aiming point, since it was otherwise kind of flat. We arrived in country and were taken to A Company to draw our weapons and gear. We saw a pile of rubble and asked the driver what it was and he said, "Oh, that's our mess hall ... or it was." We ask when it happened and he says, "Last night!" Welcome to the Nam! I do remember a football game on Thanksgiving ... A and C Companies versus B and HHC. It got really physical and I realized no one cared if they got hurt ... it just meant time off. I left at half time. My two best buddies were with me in signal school and for the entire years tour. We got together in DC in 1994 for a mini reunion ... they still messed with me for being short. Gene Davis lives in Spartansburg, SC ... Steve Spencer Springfield Ohio, passed away 2 years ago ... Rich Leitzell, came home and we were both stationed with STRATCOM at the Oakdale Nike Site near Pgh. He was killed in a car crash a few months after being discharged. I'd be glad to look over photos from my time, 1969-70 to help identify if I can. Retired from civilian life with disabilities related to Agent Orange ... pretty sure it was used to defoliate the slopes of Dragon Mt; probably no other way to clear the growth there. I do follow a facebook page, "WHERE WERE YOU IN VIET NAM?"

Posted 23 AUG 2020

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Frank Plichta
Company A, 124th Signal Battalion
LTC, USA, Retired

Homer,

I saw your post concerning the unidentified photos of the 124th Signal Bn. I was the Company Commander of Company A, 124th Signal Bn at Camp Enari, in Vietnam from July 1, 1967 until January 1, 1968. I then moved to the Battalion S-4 position until late May 1968, when I extended my tour in Vietnam and transferred to the 43rd Signal Battalion in Pleiku City.

Before coming to Vietnam I was the Company Commander of Company A, 123rd Signal Bn in the 3rd Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany. It was easy for me to adapt to the mission in Vietnam since I was going from one unit in Germany to a sister unit in Vietnam. Additionally, my wife, Sharon, was an Army nurse in Germany when we married and after I left for Vietnam, she volunteered and followed me 60 days later. My extension was so that we could come home together. Sharon and I were able to have a joint R&R in Bangkok, Thailand for our 1st wedding anniversary. We were one of the first married couples there at the time.

After spending nearly 4+ years in tactical communications and expecting to attend the Signal Officer’s Advanced Course at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey after my tour in Vietnam, I decided that I needed to know something about the STRATCOM side of the Army Communications.

Posted 5 MAY 2020

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Darin Annear

Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division.
RE: 124th Signal Battalion

Sir,

I am currently assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division. The 4th Infantry Division underwent a major reorganization and became a “modular” division, and as a result, the 124th was inactivated on 16 December 2004 and remains inactive to this day.

I have over 5000 photos of the units history ranging back way before Vietnam. I would love to get in touch with anyone who can assist in identifying these photos. I'm arranging photographs from all timelines and preserving them for future generations.

You can find me on Facebook at Darin Annear.

Thank you

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Posted 05 September 2015


Thomas Charles Alsop
A Company, 124th Signal Battalion

Mr. Steedly,

Greetings and thank you for your service to our country.

I am currently trying to find information out about my girlfriend's father, Thomas Charles Alsop. He served in Vietnam in Company A, 124th Signal Battalion, 4th Infantry Div.

He is terminally ill and has been given days to live. He is currently at home under Hospice care but he is getting worse everyday. My girlfriend has never had a relationship with her father since she never found out about him until she was 16 years old.

Being a military veteran, I know the importance of knowing her father's military history. The only information that he has told me is that he used to drive a vehicle up and down a mountain to a listening station and that he also served as a bartender. :-)

If you have any information or can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. I would also like information on how I can get him a flag for his funeral service.

Regards,

Thomas Cross
CTT3 USN 1985-89

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For general information, you may get a flag free of charge for any deceased veteran, who served honorably in the US Military, by filling out a form. Your funeral director will assist you. The flag is available at any regional VA office or US Post Office. This site goes into more detail http://www.cem.va.gov/bbene/bflags.asp

Posted 29 December 2010


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