Links to Some Relevant Pages For Vietnam Veterans.


2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division participated in Operation HINES. John Kolsun posted an After Action Report here: http://www.vietvet.org/aarpt1.htm


Visit this site to get copies of Veteran'a Personnel Files.

https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records


The US Army Center for Military History site has much valuable information you might want to check out.


http://ashvva124.org/index.phphttp://ashvva124.org/index.php

This is the link to the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 124 here in Asheville, NC.
I recently joined them and am glad I did. 


http://www.ivydragoons.org/index.html

An excellent recounting of the Battle of Dak To,  3-21 November 1967, on the excellent 3/8th website and some After Action Reports.


htttp://www.vietnamexp.com/morestories/MarthaRaye.htm
Just one of many tributes to Martha Ray...Colonel Maggie.  She was one of us.


http://memoirsfromnam.blogspot.com/2011/12/whats-vietnam-vet.html

This is a great site and this description of the Vietnam Vet is dead on....http://www.v-prod.com/trailer_vietnam.html

This link is to a touching tribute to Vietnam Veterans and the thousands of Michigan State soldiers who died in that war.


http://www.amazon.com/Honor-Valley-Tears-Eric-Dow/dp/B004EKZMT6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1291845499&sr=1-1

The story First Sergeant David H. McNerney, Medal of Honor recipient and A/1/8th Infantry in Vietnam. Very powerful telling of the story of Top and his men !!! This documentary give in depth insight into the story of Alpha Company and their First Sergeant David H. McNerney, Medal of Honor recipient and a true American Hero.  Buy the DVD and share it with family and friends...these are the kinds of people who gave us the freedoms we enjoy every day.

 Homer's,  personal recommendation.


http://www.veteranprograms.com/index.html

This is a very useful page about VA Compensation Programs with helpful "how to" sections.  Check it out, you may be surprised.


http://www.enlisted.info/field-manuals/

This link takes you to a page with all the US Army Field Manuals.


http://rlhtribute.com/

This is a website devoted to Robert L. Howard.  He wasn't in the Fighting Fourth, but MACV-SOG.  He received the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, all for Valor.  He received numerous other lesser decorations to include eight Purple Hearts.  It makes me proud to read of his service...


http://www.vietnamveteranministers.org/chaplain/veterans.htm

Jack Day was my chaplain in Vietnam.  He held services on several firebases for us.  His Central Highlands Diary brings back many memories of the Highlands.


http://www.vba.va.gov/

The Department of Veteran's Affairs, Veteran's Benefits Administration Page.


http://www.virtualarchive.vietnam.ttu.edu/

This website at the Texas Tech University, Vietnam Center and Archive, is great.  Do check it out.  It is unfortunately fairly slow loading, because of the high traffic volume, but the wait is well worth it.  If you want some tactical maps of your old AO, they have scanned for download all the 1:50,000 topo maps of Vietnam.  On the Home Page, click these links:click the button on the left that reads Virtual Vietnam Archive
click the button on the left that reads Search the Vietnam Virtual Archive
click the buttons to select Maps, English, and Limit to Items Available Online
Type in under Collection Title: enter Vietnam Archive Map
At this point, if you click the Start Search button on the top left, you will select all 914 maps for Vietnam.
If you want only those maps for II Corps, enter into the Keyword/Item #: field the words II Corp
This will select from the Vietnam Archive Map collection, only the 137 maps for II Corp.

Be Patient!  Rush the site by going back and forth before the previous transaction has completed may lock your session up.  Please use the End Search Session button when finished.  It too, will take quite awhile to respond, but keeps the server running efficiently for other users.

You may also enter the actual map number, instead of II Corp to get only the map you need.  For instance, if you enter into the Keyword/Item #: field the number 6538-2, you will get the map sheet containing Dak To.


http://www.vhpa.org/

 This is a great site about those incredible helicopter pilots, who flew for us in South East Asia.


http://1-22infantry.org/pics2/shyabtitle.htm

Some great memory jogging photos here from Charles "Doc" Shyab Company C/1/22 Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, November 20 1967 - April 28 1968.


http://www.shakenbakesergeant.com/

Great website about a "Shake-n-Bake", NCO from A/1/8.  His book is a great read and will bring back many memories to those of us who were there.  This link gives a summary and links you to a site where you may obtain his book and read an good article about these so called "Instant NCO's"


http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10017.html#extra

If you served in the military from 1957 through 1977, you are credited with $300 in additional Social Security earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay.


http://www.womensmemorial.org:80/

Site about the Women In Service to our Country Memorial at Arlington.  Lets give them some support in getting more of their stories preserved.


http://www.coalitionofvets.org/militaryseparationcodes/

SPN Number on Discharge Papers.

Some of you may already know about this but for those who don't here goes. Get out your DD214 and look in block 11. You'll see the letters SPN followed by a number. This is your SPN number. (DUH) This code gives the reason for separation from the military.

Now, to understand this code go to the link I've provided and there is a list for all the codes. Some are pretty normal but some are really out there. Interesting stuff.


http://www.themightyninth.org:80/New site about 2/9th Field Artillery, a 105 howitzer outfit that worked in out AO.  May have bailed us out from time to time.  Just started the site, so they would love to hear from anyone who worked with them.


http://grambo.us/atav/default.html

Good pages on Transportation units and Gun Trucks in Vietnam...they saved my butt just outside of An Khe.


http://aad.archives.gov/aad/

This link takes you to the National Archives and Records Administration Access to Archival Databases page.  Click the Vietnam War link to get to:  Records on Military Personnel Who Died, Were Missing in Action or Prisoners of War as a Result of the Vietnam Conflict, documenting the period 6/8/1956 - 1/21/1998. It may help pin down some names, dates and places.


http://www.cacti35th.org/

This page from the 35th Infantry contains much information about our service in Vietnam.


http://www.jacquelinewinspear.com/

This link will take you to a site about Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series.
If you have seen or been around combat, these stories will help you deal with it's aftermath. Even if you don't think you suffer from PTSD, read these stories. They will touch a secret place in your soul and help you heal. They are a mystery series, so the combat stuff kind of sneaks up on you.


http://1-22infantry.org/history/campenari.htm

This link discusses the naming of Camp Enari.  I found it rather interesting.


http://www.virtualwall.org/

This virtual wall site is searchable by  By Wall Panel, By State & City, By Last Name, and By Military Unit.


http://www.vetsignia.org/viet.htm

Got this site from Bob Kline, USMC, WWII.  They have some nice Vietnam Vet Bumper Stickers, Small but well made.


http://www.regrettoinform.org/

Regret to Inform

I had forgotten this movie until Ben Goldberg reminded me of it.  At the time I first saw it, I was only just beginning to deal with my PTSD and could not process much of the material.  I still had too, tight a lid on my emotions and memories.  It does show war from both sides.  As Ben says, young people should see it before they decide to jump into military service.  I agree and believe all voters, who may elect politicians who send people to war by their actions or inactions, should see it also. It is the story of a widow, who heard the words "We regret to inform..." telling her that her husband had been killed in Vietnam.  She was 24 years old. Twenty years later, she traveled to Vietnam to see the place where her husband and fought and died.  Along with the story of her personal journey are interviews of other war widows, both American and Vietnamese.  It will squeeze your heart up into your throat, especially if you fought in that conflict.


http://www.rjsmith.com/my_unit.html

Ray's website honors the 1/69th Armor and has some great maps of the area.


http://cybersarges.tripod.com/index.html

Cyber Sarge, 25th Infantry Division, A Battery 7/11 Field Arty has a great website.  Take a look at the Agent Orange page in particular.


http://www.prideofservice.com/

A great site to get those personal items that display your military service...personalized T-Shirt, Sweat Shirts, Tank Tops, Golf Shirts, Long Sleeved Shirts, Caps, Visors, Mouse Pads, License Plates, Coaster Sets, Coffee Mugs, Aprons, Boxers, Wallets, Neckties...you design it.


http://www.tibart.com/

A personal website done by my wife, Tibby and I. It gives you a feel for who I am today.  Also a great nature photography site with a deep spiritual connection, that makes you feel connected to the whole universe.


http://www.amazon.com/War-Above-Trees-Ronald-Carey/dp/1412035031
This is the story of the air crews flying support to the men of the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Wayne Grey in March and April of 1969. "war above the trees" is a day by day account of what happened as seen through the eyes of a young crew chief, flying helicopter support. ron carey's book really opens your eyes...



http://pub6.bravenet.com/forum/484734543/

A 4th Infantry Division forum by Bob Poff, C-1-8, 1968-1969. Some of the posts on the Forum really jogged my memory and made the tears flow.  A good and growing site. Join the dialogue, sign on to the chat or post something on the forum.


http://www.amazon.com/Light-Ruck-Tom-Lacombe/dp/1893846563

Tom's book about B/3/12 in 1969, reminds me of my tour with the 4th Infantry around the Cambodia/Laos border. It will bring many daily memories back into clear focus...check it out! Read this excerpt from:"Light Ruck, Vietnam 1969"
by Tom Lacombe


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