Through The Eyes

SGT Arthur L. Markart 1st Cavalry 2nd BN 5th Cav Division, D Company 6/70-4/71

SGT Arthur L. Markart 1st Cavalry 2nd BN 5th Cav Division, D Company 6/70-4/71

Guestbook Comments

Name Date
Larry Moore 1/27/2016 I was wounded in Cambodia on June 8, 1970. I woke up in a hospital in Japan. I lost everything including my memory. I was with ths First Air CAV. My DD214 says I was with Co A, 5/31st Inf. Is there anyone who would be willing to talk? I know our Captains name was Brown and our machine gunner was called Mississippi. Thanks - Larry!!!
Josep W. Dufort 10/4/2015 I served with B 2/5 from 4-69 to 3-70. I went to NCOC at Ft. Benning, GA in 1968 but I was unable to register with that site due to an invalid address. Good to have contact with former Cavalry troops from the Infantry!
Joseph W. Dufort 10/2/2015 I was with B 2/5, 1st CAV from 4-69 to 3-70 as a squad leader. I was a "Shake n Bake" from Class 83 (10-69) at Ft. Benning, GA. I have spent 45 years not remembering names and faces and I look for help in making some invaluable contact with the men I trusted my life with and to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude!
James Hudson 2/15/2015 Flew Sky Troopers into and out of "Harms Way" 1968-1969 with B/227 AHB
Marc 'Doc' Levy 6/22/2013 Nice site. I was third platoon medic with Delta 1/7 in Vietnam/Cambodia '70. Returned to VN in '95. Found Quan Loi, visited An Loc, Loc Ninh, Phuc Long, other places. Have located half my platoon and other men from Delta. Am a friend of Dayl Wise, Echo Recon 2/5. My site is Medic in the Green Time.
Roger Szabo 4/20/2013 This was truly inspiring for all the souls who never came back and those who did who were left behind
Paul 7/14/2012 A wonderful tribute to your Dad. You've articulated life as a “Grunt” most accurately. Well Done! Please relay to your Father a hearty “Welcome Home” from all of us out here. Paul, Bravo Company, 2nd of the 7th, 1st Cavalry Division.
Bethany Miller 6/18/2012 I'm looking for someone that possibly knew my father. I don't have a whole lot of information about his time served. I have some letters that he wrote to his mother while in Vietnam... I know that he was in the army from approx. March '70 until December '71. Of that time, I'm not sure when he went to Vietnam. His name is Marvin Miller.
chris watson 2/10/2011 I would be interested to know which company your father was in. I was with both D 2/5 and C 2/5 from May 2nd to April 28 70-71.
Nancy C. Kennedy 11/10/2010 I think about Joe Pringle and his family often. I never met them but I wore the MIA/POW bracelet with his name and MIA date for more than 10 years. I only took it off when I was in the delivery room. I'm sorry to say it disappeared somewhere in the New Mexico high desert. Thank you for this webpage and thank you for your service.
Howell Robert G 11/4/2010 Nice Reading, and Many Thanks: I was in B-2/5 from Oct. 18, 1969 till Sept. 3, 1970 Had a Great Reunion this year, looking foreword to next years. Spc. 4 Howell
Dan Gillotti 7/14/2010 Please send me an email. I'm the Coordinator for "Project Sky Trooper II" for the 1st Cavalry Division Association. We're compiling a list of all 1st Cav Troopers who were wounded in Vietnam. More specifically, I'm looking for copies of Purple Heart awards orders. Check page 18 of the May-June 2010 1st Cav SABER newsletter. First Team! Thanks-Dan Gillotti
Rebecca Silva 4/30/2010 Hi Im Looking For some photos of troop B 7/1 air cavalry. My father was in it. His name is Steve Uriarte. He has now passed away and I would like to see photos of his troop. please contact me
Mona 4/5/2010 Thank you for the insight, my father was killed in Viet Nam. Megan
Douglas A. Plemons 3/13/2010 Within a few days of arriving in May 1970, I was desparately ill from the W-P malaria pill(the big yellow orange - taken weekly pill); barely surviving it. I left Long Binh hospital 2 weeks later with a profile signed by 3 majors and a full colonel stating no field duty, So, having gone through NCOC training at Ft. Benning and Ft. Ord, I was as confidant as you might expect, given the situation. Even though I qualfied expert with all weapons and had been promoted to SSgt. 11B40, my tour at Bien Hoa consisted of working for the 1st Air Cav NCO/EM Open Mess (the club system) running a warehouse that handled $250,000 a month of beer, soda, liquor, and varios food items and then running a club behind the 1st Air Cav 15th Admin HQ hootch. At least I think that was the name of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. My Viet Nam experience changed really fast at the beginning and then was just not what I was trained for, expected, or ...I don't know; it was just wierd. But the guys I trained with and served with and served under, they were all great men. I'm proud of them all. "Welcome home".
JAMES PRICE 9/30/2009 Great story,
I was assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry, from January 31, 1971 until January 15, 1972.

I just want to thank you personally for that story.....I will make sure my 2 daughters read the story, because it tells alot about myself which I probably could not have done any better. Through the help and suggestions of a few veterans, and various links from the and from, I was able to locate all 8 fallen cavalry brothers I lost during my time.

I just recently visited the wall on June 27th, 2009, and I was able to scan with my fingertips of all the names for the entire month of June 1971, for I could not remember the names of the fallen....but as I ran my fingers across Franklin Crites, tears came down my eyes. I stopped at his name, and released some of my heartfelt emotions. After a few moments, I continued scanning the entire month, saying out loud each name...until the end.

I was able to locate all 8 on the website, including Crites on that dreadful day of June 14th, 1971. I walked point for the other squad. I believe it was Crites that was directly hit by a B-40 rocket, plus surrounding Chinese chi-com mines (spelling unsure of). There were other incidents, but no need to go into them now.

Again, Thanks for the memories.

James Price,
Fellow cavalry brother
marshall jackson 9/26/2009 3 july 1966 B-1-35 infantry had 20 kia's in vietnam. the government for some unknown reason has hidden the truth about this battle. most all records were removed or sanatized. the truth should be told.
Delory 7/25/2009 Hi, I am looking for anyone who served with Victor Tucci, he was co A 2/12 Vietnam, 1970-71. He was my husband's dad and he passed away about 15 years ago. Unfortunately he doesn't have any pictures or stories of his dad there, so if you knew him or have pictures, please respond, it's greatly appreciated. Thank you, Delory
cecil glucas 7/10/2009 I worked in maintenance for years where warrant officer candidates trained. Often wondered about students and instructors, as to what happened to them and how they fared the war. No Vietnam vet will ever be forgotten.
Vinnie Formisano 7/8/2009 Nice site thanks
Bob Montgomery 4/21/2009 I appologize for this post but I am geting frustrated with the VA. Is there anyone here that can lead me to someone or some site that I can access info on A 3/5 in april of 68. I was FO for 1/40th Arty and I worked with them during April. I am trying to establish the day my jeep hit a mine while we were operating on the Street without joy AO. any intell would be apreciated. E-mail listed above Thanks Bob Montgomery Lt Arty
Judy 4/17/2009 Today I wore a bracelet I bought years ago. It has Sfc. Charles L. Adkins' name and the date he was reported missing when in South Vietnam. One of my students asked about it. That prompted me to check to see if he's ever been found. When I wear it, I often think of him and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
Barbara Anne` 3/20/2009 Hi, I'm helping a friend to find a buddy they were in A CO 13 Signal Bat 1st Airmobile CAV 1968 Camp Evans... anyway.. looking for a Randy Harris from TN also could be Harold Harris but he went by Randy. If anyone knows of Randy please email me. I just started looking for him and I will find him ! If any of you are looking for long lost buddies please let me know.. This is what I love to do is reunite you guys. I have been doing it for 9 years pretty successful too.... Also, my true passion lies with the families of the KIA's. Reuniting them with their loved ones unit has been so rewarding and dear to my heart. Take care, Barbara Anne kid sister of a 2 tour Vietnam Vet....
Jerry Wood 3/12/2009 Thgis is a very nice tribute to your father and as such to all his fellow veterans of the Vietnam War. Great stuff. I came across your site looking for additional information on a fello Soldier from C Co 2nd BN 12th Cav, Spo4 Jerry Allen. Specialist Allen was killed 21 August 1967 with 4 of his fellow Soldiers. Sites like yours serve as a tribute to them as well. Thanks!
Brian T Mooney 3/5/2009 Welcome home brother! You got one hell of a son.Not many farther can say that.You did your thing in the Nam and kept on doing it back in the wrold.Well done soldier. BT Mooney. Nam Vit.
Diana 2/1/2009 Beautifully done site. God bless you.
Robert N. Hancock 1/11/2009 Outstanding site. I served with Co. D.1st Battalion 7th Calvary (3rd Brigade) form September 1967 through June of 1968 before being wounded and sent to Japan. This site brings back alot of the memories. We will never forget...Our dead must be remembered.
Ron Jones 1/7/2009 Welcome home to all fellow skytroopers. I couldn't be prouder than to say I served with the best. D 2/5 67-68
Chet Arbnot 11/14/2008 I was with the 1st Mobile Comm Gp (USAF) out Clark AF PI 66/68. Traded lots of whiskey and rum for steak at Bien Wa (sp)
tony cincotti 9/15/2008 I was looking for some informantion or picture of my cousin Joe Puggi I don't known what to say but keep the faith.
Laura 9/10/2008 What an excellent tribute to your Dad. I never even thought of trying to find pics of my Dad in are lucky. Much love and email me anytime.
Michael A Wilkes 8/6/2008 I was also with the the 1st Cav, C 2/20th in Phouch Vinh in 1971. Don't know if I ever met your Dad but do remember the area.
ALFRED R GRANATO JR 7/7/2008 my dad was a d/i at ft polk around 69-70. do you know who your dads d/i was? i am trying to find people who knew my father. his name was sgt.alfred r horning from nj.
Kevin Perrier 6/5/2008 I served with SP/4 Tom Lacey in Echo Recon 2/7th Cav. We were both sent to the 2/5th in Mar 71. Tom went to D-Co and I went to B-Co. Tom told me about the contact of June 14-17 when we met again on Fsb Mace just before I derosed in early July 71. I'm looking for anyone who remembers him or has a picture of him. He said they nicnamed him Patton. Kevin Perrier
mike pejkovic 4/14/2008 just read your dad's story, just as i remember grunt world 40 yrs ago. you both are so fortunate to have each other. it takes a special father to raise such a special son.
Doug Fowler 3/18/2008 Hey Tom, I'm one of the squad member's in your dad's unit vietnam. Was surprised to run across this site, very nice. Even have a few pics of me and your dad in the scrapbook. I'll send you a private email tonight. Looking forward to messaging you and catching up. Doug in Atlanta.

Thanks for sending these pictures Doug!

Ice four our Cokes

Ice four our Cokes

Pops and Doug

Pops & Doug

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

Jeff Bogue 2/15/2008 I was with Blue Max, 2/20th ARA, as a pilot. There was a night when FSB Rang Rang (east of Phouc Vinh) was hit and overrun. This was in 1970...I don't remember the date. Originally I arrived just past nightfall with a UH-1H 'Nighthawk'. We had been diverted from our intended mission east of Dong Xai to Rang Rang, due to the situation there. My 'Nighthawk' took so much damage it had to depart and make an emergency landing at Phouc Vinh, leaving me alone there. I could not leave those guys. I was on station all night, supplemented around midnight with a rising moon and a C-119 'Shadow'. I would only leave to return to Phouc Vinh for rearm and refuel. Anyone out there who was there that night, or knows anything about those who were - please contact me.
Bob Lazzari 11/25/2007 You have done a teriffic job not only with this site but also of honoring your father. I served with 1/4 Cavalry in Vietnam from July 1968-July 1969, so your letter brought back allot of memories, some good some not so good. The healing process you spoke of has never really stopped and most Americans don't know much about what your Father and the rest of us went through for our country, we were called and we served to the best of our ability. The first time I went to the Wall in Washington I had an experience that pretty much sums up what we have gone tghrough since the war. I had just found the names of my friends who were killed while I was there and I was standing by the statue of the infantry men crying. A woman walked up to me and told me that if I thought the Vietnam Memorial was moving I should go take a look at the Korean Momument, it was even more upsetting, I couldn't believe her. All I can say is that they didn't understand then and they don't understand now. God Bless, Bob Lazzari A Trp 1/4 Cav
SSG Estebes, Lester 11/19/2007 Wow this story was realy good. At the end it kind of brought some tears to my eyes because I am also an Infantryman and am serving in Iraq and have served in Afghanistan, and I too try to be the best role model and father to my 2 children. I am only 24 and have seen a little over 2 years of combat here and have lost a few friends both KIA and WIA. I was really impressed at the medals your father recieved, very well deserved! One thing my old general told me is that it is the man that makes the medals not the medals that make the man. I appreciate all the things that your father did in Vietnam and your mother as well because everyone knows that the hardest job in the Army is being an Army Wife. Well again great story.

Thank You,

SSG Estebes, Lester A.
431st Civil Affairs Batallion
Forward Operating Base Marez, Iraq
SVOIP 302-243-0395
DSN 318-821-6220
Dina 11/15/2007 Hi Mark, Your story really hit home for me. My dad was in the 1st Cav in Vietnam from '66-'67. So I grew up listening to similar stories about the war. (Guess I wasn't the only kid who knew what heuys, grenades, M16's, rice patties, agent orange and C rations were!) Just spent Veteran's Day weekend with my dad in Washington DC. The Vietnam Memorial has been a very healing place for him. Like very proud of my dad and of all the vets and am honored to be the child of a Vietnam Vet.
Ron Thompson 11/9/2007 Great job your Dad must be proud. was with C Co; 15th Med BN !st Cav: back in 67. I am one of the very fw that still feel it was Right for us to have been in the Nam. We did not make military decisions most of us just did our job the best we could.
Joe Luster 10/24/2007 I was with Bravo Co 69 & 70. Which Co. was your dad with ? Great Site
Ray Russo 10/24/2007 Great article and tribute. Reunion being organized Sept 2008 Crystal Lake-Illinois Please contact me for information Ray Russo 2-5 Bravo
Ralph Miele 10/20/2007 What a fantastic tribute to a great man whom I got to know personally through business. I have yet to find a more honest and giving individual than Art.
Glenn Barnhill 9/8/2007 I served with the 1st & 7th air cav in vietnam in 71-72.
Chris Miskimon 8/14/2007 Hello, I am researching the fight B 2/5 was in on 16-17 Feb. 66. I'm a freelance writer (I used to be a mortarman in 1/8 Cav back in the 1980's)and am hoping to get enough material for an article for one of the military history magazines. I have a monograph written by the Company CO, CPT Robert McMahon, and am hoping to communicate with others to learn more. Thanks.
Pierre Freyre 7/9/2007 Great Job! My uncle Fruto J. Oquendo, known by his buddies in Nam as "CHICO" served with Charlie Co. 2/8 1st Cav 10/17/68-05/06/89. My uncle was killed during a surprised attack at LZ Carolyn. For years his picture hung up in my mom's living room and I had questions and no one chose to answer it for me. His wife's new husband did not want me to speak to her bring up the past nor approach my cousin my uncles daughter that he never got a chance to meet as the wounds have healed and they did not want me to rehash the past. I did not want to step on anyones toes, so I decided to conduct my own search and learn info about what took place while my uncle served his country. I have been amazed that he was a great friend, brother and counselor to many. His death touched many lives. He received the Distinguished Service Cross and is up for Valorous Unit Award (VUA). I have recently sent a letter to the congressman for NY recommending that my uncle's name be nominated for a street, park or building. I was a toddler when he died and I will continue my quest to get him the recognition that he deserves. I am still gathering more information and I am presently working on putting together a video presentation of his life and his heroism recognizing his devotion to duty at the cost of his life. I read your fathers comments about your tribute to him and he is extremely proud. Your tribute will heal all is wounds and surface his brothers that helped him through the war. great job! My hats off to you and to your dad for sharing hsi scrapbook with you.
Richard Geyer 4/24/2007 I landed in Nam in 12/67 and was assiged to D company as a grunt, 12 months later and back in the real world I finally realized that how much we owed our CO, Capt. Carpenter and BC Col. Leary for bring us home a live. I still wonder how some of us survived that nightmare. Welcome my brothers.
Gary Jacobson 3/7/2007 As a combat vet who has borne the brunt of our nations actions in Vietnam, bearing freedoms sword, and feeling the embarrassment and scorn heaped upon warriors from that conflict, I salute you, my brother cavalryman. I invite those who pass here to visit my "Vietnam Picture Tour, from the lens and poet’s pen of a combat infantryman, from one who's walked the walk, and can talk the talk...Take a walk in "the park" with the 1st Air Cavalry on combat patrol, that in reality will give you the sweet and sour taste of "the Nam" on your tongue, leave the pungent smell of "the Nam" acrid in your nostrils, and embed textures of "the Nam" in your brain as though you walked beside me in combat.
Roy 2/13/2007 Served with A Co 2/5 Cav from mid summer until Dec 1970. Welcome Home to all Nam Bros.
David B 2/13/2007 I just want to tell you that I was deeply touched by the love and devotion you obviously have for your father. I too am a Vietnam veteran and the sound of that huie overhead was so realistic. It put me in the right frame of mind for what I was about to read. I know your father is proud of you and so am I. David B: Red Devil Brigade, 1969
Al Louie B-2-5 196 2/11/2007 Does D-2-5 have a reunion organizer. A-2-5, B-2-5 & C-2-5 has one. I am B-2-5 reunion organizer/roster complier. email me for information on our next reunion: Sept14-16th 2007, in Cincinnati, Oh. we are now over 300 men strong (guys found). Al Louie 1969 with B-2-5
Eugene Lang 10/27/2006 I served with D 2/5 1 St Air Cav in 1968. Reading your story brought back many memories. Times were a bit differen in 68. The only rear we ever knew was a fire base. With any luck we got clean close once a month. Times were hard in 68 and durring the 70's
Walter Blower 10/9/2006 As A former soldier of Bco 2-5 cav during Operation Desert Spring I would like to say thanks to all of my fellow infantrymen who served before me. Thanks for a job well done!!! INFANTRY QUEEN OF BATTLE!!! THE FIRST TEAM
Al Straaik 9/2/2006 Unbelievable story, it left me with an excellent feeling about all the Vets, Thank you for sharing your Father's story with us. Al : - )
jim bambenek 6/6/2006 just read your story about your dad. from another vietnam vet, thank you and welcome home to both of you. regards jim
Tom Boyd 5/29/2006 Hello, I saw your picture of the Bob Hope Christmas show for 1970. I thought at first you stole my picture. I have the same one from a different angle. I was there also. I would like to hear from anyone from my unit. Thanks for serving, all of you, this Memorial Day 2006. Tom Tom
Maga O Maga 5/5/2006 This is a very good site.
john rich carpenter 4/23/2006 Tell your Dad, "Welcome Home", for me, and for my friends. Alpha Company 1 Bn., 28th Inf. '68 - '69
A. Burrell 4/9/2006 Thanks for the info
Alonzo Jones 3/24/2006 Served with Co A, 2/5 Cav during period May 1968-May 1969 as Platoon Sergeant of the 3rd Platoon. I'm presently in contact with approximately 125 fellow Apache Soldiers, covering all time periods.
Miriam 3/7/2006 Hi, Thanks for the helpful info about the war. I'm currently writing a screenplay about the Vietnam 'conflict' and am trying to get as educated as I can about the subject. I wonder, since you are obviously web-savy, could you recommend some good websites about the war? The more perspectives I can get, the better. Also, let me just say I think it's great that your dad has been able to share his experiences with you. So many veterans are still unable to talk about it. And you can tell him, from me, that I know there are many, many people out there who have the utmost respect and admiration for our veterans, with a particular sense of sympathy and compassion for those who served in Vietnam. Thank you, Miriam
lynn felgar 3/7/2006 hello...funny how things seem to make the world smaller without knowing why.I'm a photographer living in midwest Illinois whose main winter fun is "shooting" bald eagles which come to southeastern iowa each winter.I have always had a "nitch" for wilddlife /especially the Bald eagles- which are our symbal of the USA- Freedom and Majesty! I became interested in photography while I also was in Vietnam...70-71 with the Americal 23rd Inf Div located in Chu Lai.I corps.Quang Gnai province.......318089 was my "field" location straight west of Chu Lai...I also was drafted in August of "69 and spent my basic in Fort Gordon.with RTO training in Fort Jackson. SC for 7 weeks.then back to "gordy" for another 14 weeks operator.held over for another 14 weeks while waiting for my orders(2 weeks in hosp for pneumonia caused this). Finally sent to Vietnam , where as a SCARED 19 yr old midwestener faced Death on his ist day in-country also at Cam Rahn Bay..was shipped north after 3 days and spent 9 months 7 days there serving as a RTO.(radio man) in a Battalion Tactical Operations Center(TOC).HHC 5/46th LIB . I was the guy who would have taken your dad's suppy orders/called in artillery support-Medivacs for the injured/- Blue Ghost choppers who worked the areas around the troops at nite destroying anything that was reported to me during my shift by the troops out in the field. It was an adventure I will NEVER forget nor will your father. One NEVER knows what a person feels or has felt until they walk in the shoes of these VietVets.and sadly.. but Gratefulll....they never will..I humbly applaud your courage to write down your kind words about your dad and am sure you have touched alot of guys who've always wanted to do something like this but just never felt adequate in doing so...Sorry for being so long-winded.something I myself.need to do.I think it helps us to finally face those terrible times of our young lives which were changed in so drastic of ways.......but there's ALWAYS something which comes from a dark day.light at the end of the tunnell.....I gained ALOT of RESPECT for others-fellow man-Country and myself!!! Who would have thought at age 20-21 while serving over there and riding supply choppers out to fire-bases.taking pictures of everything I could think of(knowing I sure to hell wasnt coming back) that in doing so.I sparked an interest which would one day be my major vocation-Photography!!!.Wish I had taken I appreciate the pix your dad took.each one telling a story in itself.CHERISH these and everything he brought back..... please give my regards to your parents for raising an outstanding son who had the "insight" to pay the most humble tribute to his dad....someof us have the "eye" for photography.others have the "pen" for writing a very personal story ......thanks much and best regards..........SGT LYNN E FELGAR.WARSAW, ILL 62379
William Markart 2/25/2006 How surprising to do a search on my dad Arthur Markart and find this web site. My dad is Arthur Davis Markart. Born in Salamanca, NY Oct. 14, 1946. Also in Vietnam, but in the Navy. I live in Memphis, TN and he lives in Alexadria, LA. Great site. Saw many of those medals in my growing up years. Thanks for letting me borrow your memories. I always thought we were the only Markarts. Send me an e-mail. Would like to converse. William Markart
Joe Grant 2/12/2006 Art, You told me about this web-site years ago and although I moved on from TTI and today I own my own rep firm in upstate NY I still think back and remember those in the industry that were good to me and helped me become what I am today. I hope your well and enjoying whatever it is you're doing these days. Hope you still take time to enjoy Jimmy Buffett and are still a fun guy. I don't miss TTI much and I especially don't miss Maureen but I do think back and remember how fair and descent your always were to me. Regards, Joe Grant
Bob Gouveia 2/8/2006 Ive read your words about your Vietnam Vetran Dad,and the Vietnam Veterans and u come across as a very astute young women and a daughter any father would be proud of. Is the name above your Dad Sgt. Arthur L. Markart?. How is your Dad these days? Did your Dad and Mom stay together when your Dad got out of the Army? I dont mean to ask personal questions, but Ive read and heard of so many Vietnam Veterans seperating from wives and girlfriends when they returned.Ive enclosed the words u used, because I thought how precious they are to hear from a daughter.The words seem to come right from your heart. "I am proud to say that my father is a Vietnam Veteran. As a veteran and as a father, he has done more to earn my respect than any other person that has ever walked the face of the earth. " Thanks Bob Gouveia-Burlington, Ma.
onyeze nwaguy 2/3/2006 nice looking site onyeolu
Andrew (Pizza) Mazza 1/10/2006 I also served with Delta Co. Yes your father is a hero just like everyone who served in that War. I miss all my friends I had there. I was exposed to agent orange and I suffer neurophity, in my feet and hands. I am disabled becayse of that. the american public needs to know more about the effects we suffer from now. I also have some memory loss. Maybe that is a blessing, i see all the faces but only some of the names.
mike south 12/17/2005 That is a great quote about failing to support the effort of the troops. I feel the same way today--when the Iraqis ratified their constitution, the News & Observer ( ran a story on the front page--2000th soldier killed. In a sub-headline near the bottom of the page they mentioned the constitution. In my opinion, this emphasized the insurgents' accomplishments over the victory of the troops and the Iraqi people. If it were one incident, ok maybe, but it's a common theme. The media seems to want our troops to be ashamed of what they are doing. It is unconscionable that the people that put their lives on the line for freedom should come home to face criticism from the people at home getting the benefit of that ultimate risk and sacrifice.
Marie Kratz 12/13/2005 Hi Tom, I had the pleasure of working with your Dad in our old Arrow Electronics days. We've stayed in touch over the years with birthday calls and holiday cards. He had told me about your website some time ago and never had it with me while I was near a computer until today. I thought I knew a lot about your Dad but, what you have shared has given me a different viewpoint. I had always loved him, his sense of humor and what he taught me at Arrow (I was among the first college recruits in 1984)had always made me grateful to know him. His zest for life continues to inspire me and I appreciate the opportunity to get to know him a little better today thanks to you. You are fortunate to have him as my father passed away at age 49. I miss him every day. Art has always told me how proud he's been of his family and I understand why. Thanks for the insight and the history...and please give him a hug for me! Ask him about left turns:-) Take care and Happy Holidays!...Marie
mike sullivan 11/15/2005 looking for info of interest. was in Nam in 1971. Ended up at Bien Hoa, Mace, Sandra & Evelyn. was with commo plt HHC 2/5th. Flew on a lot of supply fights. Was one of the dudes who flew everyones crypto keys out. Also operated base defense @ Mace. Was also operator at the MARS station in the FTA area at Bien Hoa.
James TREE Machin 10/4/2005 Have listing of men from C 2/5th 64 to 71 contact me..
Michael J. Cahalan 9/29/2005 I served with the 1st Cavalry Division, HHC 1ST Airborne Brigade Airmobile 1965 - 1967. Your story about your father is a honor to everyone who served. Your fater is a Great man for serving our Nation and it people with courage, honor and respect. He is also so very lucky to have you as a son. Thank you for such a Wonderful article about those who served. ONCE CAV ALWAYS CAV Mike
Eryn LaPlant 9/17/2005 I just finished reading your father's story and looking through your website. I am so glad that I found it because I truly am touched by just reading what he went through. It is also very informative for me...I've been researching the Vietnam war for about 8 years now while I've been writing a novel.

I do have one question for were you able to "adopt" a POW/MIA? I would love to know how to do that for myself. My grandfather was a POW in WWII and he was recovered, but I still have a deep place in my heart for those captured during war.

You can email me anytime, my name is Eryn.

Thanks for any information you can give me.

Eryn LaPlant
Sgt. Candido H. Alva 9/6/2005 Your father is very fortunate to have siblings who garner such passion. I was in the same theater with your Dad, having served with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cav., and was impressed with the your level of comprehension. Most people would not be able to comprehend the daily existence. It is precisely your product of living that made the sacrifices worthwhile. I appreciate you sharing your gratitude.
warren 7/27/2005 Thanks for sharing a most personal memories. I was part of that hell-filled time althought did not go to war. Its good you wrote his story so we all can never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by those men and the suffering of the surverviors. I say a heartfelt prayer for all.
Christie Rasmussen 7/19/2005 I really enjoyed your "story" about your dad. Some of what you told is exacly what I've heard. My dad was in Vietnam too. He, along with all the other vets are heroes in my eyes. It is sad though - I cannot nearly tell the story you did. Through the years I have heard bits and pieces here and there about the war and what he went through, and buddies that he remebers, he still keeps incontact with a few, which is good. I still remeber when we were little we did not dare stand anywhere near dad when trying to wake him up, you didn't know what would happen, he nearly jump out of his socks, to this day he still does, if anything startles him. He has always been an avid hunter, he had to even stop hunting for a few years due to hearing the guns go off. My dad has commented that he was trained to go against his morals and kill people, he recently told me a story about his buddy from Vietnam that lives in Iowa, his name is Harley. Harley and dad get together every so often, he was just down recently and dad told me that Harley was the best friend a guy could ever have and he would never leave you behind. With tears in his eyes, my dad told of a time when he was in trouble and Harley saved him over there. And went on to tell of another story when my dad saved a guy named Steve. Everyone was running and Steve went down, dad went back to drag him out, he could hear bullets hitting the ground beside him and hear them flying by his head. I guess everyone has their story and everyone has their way of dealing with things, hopefully they can all get through it. May all Vets be remembered. Christie
Brian Evankovich 5/31/2005 Thank you for writing your father's story. My Dad was a Ranger, did his tour in '68 or so. He never talks about it except in bits and pieces, and even then I know to keep my questions brief. The films "Saving Private Ryan" and "We Were Soldiers" upset him a great deal. When I say that, I mean he retreated somewhere inside himself and didn't talk for a while. I only know what he may have gone through over there because of guys like your father who are willing to talk. I'm glad you were able to tell your Dad's story. Maybe some day my father will let me tell his. --Brian Evankovich
Angie 5/24/2005 Well said! I found this through the children of veterans web ring. I am a daughter of an Army Vietnam Veteran. My dad served three tours in Vietnam (the last two he served as a deal to keep his younger brothers from being drafted). I love everything you wrote about your father's service. Please thank him for serving his country for me. I wish our country didn't greet these great men so horribly when they returned from duty. I love and am so proud of my father as a father and as a veteran too. Despite all he has been through, he is still a great man with compassion and love for his country and his fellow man. Just wondered....did your father ever mention Agent Orange to you? My dad remembers being doused with it at times (unintentionally of course because the planes didn't know troops were still down there and the troops didn't know where the planes would be dumping). Thanks again for your great website! I know your dad must be so proud of you and feel very appreciated.
Ken Russell 5/2/2005 I can't even begin to describe the amount of respect that I have for my uncle (Art). I have and always will consider him to be a true hero, an amazing man and an incredible father and uncle. I have only begun in recent years to really get to know him as himself and I couldn't be more happy to call him family. Like Art, I have also recently gotten the opportunity to really know his son (my cousin) Tom as a man as opposed to a cousin and again... I couldn't be more happy to call him family. Tom... I am so incredibly honored that you would be my best man. Coming from the family and father that you do... you are an amazing person and I love you for that. I have always felt right at home and comfortable while in the presence of you and your family which isn't always the case in other settings. Thank you for creating this website so I could have the opportunity to know those things about your dad that I was never comfortable asking. He really is an amazing person and anyone that knows his kids can clearly see that without knowing anything else about him. I probably haven't said this enough in past years and don't know when or if I'll be presented an appropriate opportunity to do so in the near future... Can you please tell your father, your mother, your brother, sister and your wife... I love them all for being such amazing people and family that any person would be proud to be a part of.
Hayden Baumgartner ( 4/8/2005 Nice tribute to your Dad and job well done. I was with Delta Co. from Sept 70 to middle of July 71. I came over from the 199th Bde, was 2plt's RTO for awhile and moved over to the CO's RTO. After looking at your Dads pictures I do remember him, (he was with the third-herd.) Once again,"Nice Tribute!" to yor Pop. HCB
Aimee 3/1/2005 Hello, I wanted to thank you for the beautiful webpage that you made. I happened to be looking online the other day and came across it. My father was also an infantry the central highlands of Vietnam November 1968-November 1969, and I often think the same things that you wrote in your webpage. Vietnam was such a terrible place and a terrible ordeal for not only the soldiers, but also the aftermath and the healing that is still taking place in our family. It is so nice to know that there are other children out there who have experienced the same things. I often think that Vietnam was such a horrible war and even sometimes feel so sad thinking about what my father went through..but, I know this, there are some positives that came out of that very negative war. I believe that my father tried to teach me the importance of real things in this world...things that matter such as family, love, and just being able to live this life... I feel that I have a greater appreciation for friends and the small things having been raised by this wonderful man, and I feel as do you that my father is the most amazing man I will probably ever know... Thanks so much, for reminding me that I'm not the only one out there who has experienced this... Aimee
Christine Hellan 2/24/2005


I have been through the whole site, and I wanted to stop and email you to let you know what an extraordinary dedication your site is to your dad. I wish there was a way to read the comments in the guest book, esp, from the other vets. I am so glad that your dad made it home, and has been able to "learn to cope" and I hope that some point these brave men and women will be given the proper recognition and the "help" that they all so richly deserve and some need so badly. The number of Vietnam vets who are part of the "homeless population" is unacceptable. May your father one day be at peace with himself and his actions, because they are nothing beyond heroic. Please give him a hug with my sincere gratitude and love for what he and his brethren did so many years ago. Let him know that it is not forgotten or thought of~it is every day, especially as this war today wages on~and I have a 11 year old son~that is goal is to a military officer. That makes me proud, but scares me to death.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Christine Hellan
Phoenix, AZ

Paul Greiner 2/1/2005 Great site. You grunts are all real heroes to me. I was a door gunner for the 281st AHC in 1968 and always admired you guys who gutted it out on the ground. Of course your air crews weren't shabby either. I have a good friend, Capt John Wehr, Ret. who served with the 1st Cav after his first tour with the 281st. Another real hero. God Bless all of you.
Brian Trask 11/7/2004 I jusy found your article on the First Cav website. I was in D 1/5 cav in 68/69. Thanks for a very informative piece. You did a fine job explaining what some of the day in and day out routine (if there is routine in a war!) was like. As an old grunt, I'm proud of the job you did, and I'm also proud to have served in the same Division as your dad. Most importantly, I'm certain that your Dad is also proud of you! Thanks again..... Tell your dad "Welcome Home!" for me. Brian Trask,, Doubletime 25
Rose 10/28/2004

my husband is a viet nam vet. i know what you are saying. we have been there. he was diagnosed with ptsd in 1998 and denied benefits because of a verified stressor. he too had a family to raise and would not have anything to do with the va. he never went to the hospital until 98. i feel like this denial is just another slap in the face for a vietnam vet. because he wasn't diagnosed within a year there will be no benefits. i too am proud of him. i have read and learned a lot from the net on this war. he would never talk about it with me. he has blocked out what happened there.

he has very little memory of the 14 months he spent there. and unles he remembers what stressed him in vietnam there is no help. but i am still looking. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE PROUD .....I HOPE HIS DAUGHTER FEELS THE SAME WAY.

Lynn McCurley 7/11/2004 This was very well written. I am glad your Dad made it home. My brother in law was part of the 170th AHC,Sp4 Timothy L McCurley Panel 14w Line 127 and he didn't, but thanks to people like you others won't forget what he gave up.God Bless your family & Welcome Home to your Dad. Job well done.
Glenn Gustafson 5/30/2004 June 69-June 70
landonmann 3/13/2004 VERY INTERSTING GREAT JOB
Dick Coe 2/3/2004 Glad to be here. John R Coe CPT MC Med Plt Ldr 2/502 Inf (ABN) 101 Abn Div
john m. peters 12/13/2003 recieved an unexspected phone call last weekend from one of our classmates and decided to make an effort to say welcome home to has been a long time for all of us since those days back in 1970-1971 and yet the memories can instantly be recalled. i must admit that i am not very good at organizing my thoughts so that they make sence and i'm even worse at placing them down on paper so let me just say once again welcome back to all. could you please email me the website for locating our classmates as their are a couple that i would like to call or email if they are listed. thank you again for contacting me and may your holiday season be filled with many great blessing. sincerely john
Sr. Laurie 11/19/2003 Dear Tom,

Thank you so much for posting the moving story of your father's experience in Viet Nam. Finding your web site by accident makes it even more special to me: I worked for your father some years ago at Arrow Electronics in Fairfield, NJ. I believe that the last time I saw you you were a toddler. I truly enjoyed working for your dad and count that time as some of the best of my career in electronics. Please send my wishes and blessings to your dad and let him know I'd love to hear from him some time if he has the time. (My title may surprise him a bit!) Take care and thank you again.

Sr. Laurie

Jim Finnegan 10/29/2003 A real tribute to your dad. Many people didn't understand what went on over there and therefore have no comprehension of it's effects. Thanks for letting me visit. Drop by the CMAC website at sometime. Regards,
Mike Harrison 8/19/2003 Your Dad, I am sure is equally as proud of you. Good job
William B. Page 7/2/2003 Very fine website and tribute to your dad. Brings back so many memories. We will never ever forget it. Best Regards to all! Garry Owen
jim finnegan (IRELAN 4/7/2003 came across your site only because i have the same name. Great story and wonderful pictures.
Terry N. Duehr 2/25/2003 Tell your Dad I said "Hello and Welcome Home!"
Cliff Jestings 2/13/2003 I can see the acorn didn't fall far from the tree. Proud of both of you!
Padraic Cassidy 2/10/2003 I liked your website.
joyce heinsman 2/10/2003 Dear Person, I just married a Nam vet who is 10 years older than me, he was 18 when i was 8 and playing with barbie dolls, now i am 42 and he is 52, nobody understand why they don't GET OVER IT well they were not there. He still jumps in his sleep and has night sweats, and he takes care of my 4 kids, as i work 2nd shift, and I told him you are not a killer as the U.S. has called you. That is why you have night sweats it is against who you are. Your web site is right on and my four kids under stand why he is so loyal to us. Your mom is a saint and your and awesome child to endure this, what great research you did. I insist my kids go to veterans day and we take the day off of school as my dad was a world war 2 vet but they were heroes, vietnam vets were not. It was not a conflict as i hate seeing, it was a fricking war, and they lost 58,000 men. I have been to 4 funerals in the past 3 years of vets who just could not take the memories any more... they left 6 teenagers in tow. What an awesome child you are to write this. I am copying it and will read it to my children tonight to appreciate our soliders... may God bless you. He is there for you. Only those who lived it know it. This website was better than 4 years of a history class...
Joyce Heinsman
Proud to be a Vietnam Veterans wife
chris 2/2/2003 This is a safe place for the loved ones of those suffering from ptsd.The wives,daughters and mothers of war veterans come together to share information, support, and friendship.In the aftermath of war,may we find peace in understanding this disorder.

oliver w pritts 1/9/2003 I served with delta co about the same time . I was with the 3rd platoon. I probably met your Dad said hello, mite of even shared a meal with him. I was young and don't remember the faces. I was the pointman of the 3rd squad in the 3rd platoon. It is a nice site you have, thank you for lettin me talk.
janet 1/9/2003 Hello, I just wanted to drop by a commment..your story really touched me. At the moment I'm writeing an essay about the vietnam war and I took a moment to read your story about your father. I am vietnamese. My parents were the many fortunate ones who lived and escaped from the war..I dont have much knowledge about the vietnam war but the topic really interests me. Anyway , thank you for shareing your story. Sincerly, Janet
Steve Zippin 12/19/2002 I went to High School with your dad but never had to experience the horror of Viet Nam. We lost contact after High School, but had the opportunity to see him and your mom a couple of years ago. GREAT JOB. I can still remember the Graduation Party at his house like it was yesterday. Anyhow, I'm sure he is as proud of you as you are of him. I don't think I knew he had been to Viet Nam until I saw him a couple of years ago. Best of luck.
Dan Dane 12/19/2002 I have just joined the vietnam web ring and looked at your site. It 's nice to see those words about yur dad in print. My site is about a new book I have written based upon memories of the last years of the war. You can check it out at

Dan Dane

Landon Mann 12/9/2002 HQ .CO. 2/5 1st Air Cav 1965 Pleiuk, Pleme, Iradrang Valley, Happy Valley. Would like to hear from buddies.
Mike McGhie 12/9/2002 Although you have some insignificant errors in the breakdown of company/squads/teams etc. and of the 1st Cavalry's location in the years 69 and later, I find it to be a very nice tribute to us RVN Veterans and your father. I imagine you are in your late 20's or early 30's and your generation has been very supportive of those who fought in Vietnam. I thank you.
Jim Machin 12/5/2002

we are invoved in the years 64 to 72.. but there would be a seat of honor for your father at our reunion.. please pass this on...

My name is Jim Machin (Tree) I served in "C" company 2/5th, 1st Cav Division from Nov. 68 to Nov. 69, Second Platoon(2/6) Second Squad, and have been working on a project to find the men of this company for a few years now. At this point I have talked with and have addresses for over 170 guys, and have a data base of some 600 names of guys that served with this company from early 1965 to the middle of 1972.

If you would like to find and “old buddy”, perhaps I can help! I found your address by a long list of ways, but for the most part its from the guys that were in C-2/5. If you have some old scraps of paper with a name or address on it I would be happy to add that to the database so others can share the information.

This project of mine is NOT a profit deal, services are FREE to you. Everything I do is out of my own pocket and do not expect any monetary gain from all of this.

With the help of fellow C-2/5 Vets, we have put together two reunions. I am truly sorry that I didn’t find you in time to let you know about this event. The reunion was a great time and everyone agreed that we should do it again. The theme of the reunion was “ “Understanding because we were there”. We certainly did a great deal of understanding. A strong brotherhood was formed among the guys like I have never seen before. There was no animosity of enlisted men towards officers as some 10 officers were present. First name basis was established right away. This was clearly not the forum to “bury an old hatchet”, but one to unite us in brotherhood. The men poured over the research information, and photographs that the guys brought with them. Conversation was lively to say the least, as everyone got so much from the seeing there old buddies.

Letters after the reunion have been touching, as men have been telling me of there personal benefits from the unity that was formed. The men suffering with PTSD were some of the guys that obtained the most from our meeting

I would like to keep you informed of such events but I need to know if I have your correct address, phone, E mail if you have it, Date of Service, platoon, and to have any information on other guys in C-2/5 (even if its just a name and state) please respond to me in some fashion. I would be open to just a causal chat if you would like, call anytime.

If by any chance you would not like me to bother you with future letters or information I will respect your wishes. Please drop me a note and let me know that you really don’t want me to communicate with you again.

We are going to have yet another runion the First weekend in May 2003 and would love to have you in attendence. Please respond with your FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, DATE OF SERVICE , PLATOON and I will send you infomation on the Runion.

James (Tree) Machin
40 W.374Winchester Way
St.Charles, IL.60175

Your buddy.. Jim Machin (Tree)

Nicole 12/2/2002 Hi. I'm looking for children of Vietnam veterans, living or deceased, who would be interested in contributing to a book idea. Please email me if you're interested and I'll be happy to fill you in!
Tim Scully 11/20/2002 I have seen many web sites on Nam and Nam vets but this by far is the most touching. I to am a Viet Nam vet. I was there from Apr. '70 to May '71 with the 563rd Trans. Co. We carried a lot of supplies for the 1st Cav and was in the same areas your father was in. I had a tear in my eye after reading your tribute. Your father must be awfull proud to have you. Thanks for caring.
Otto Borges 11/1/2002 Nice site!!
Gerry Forstrom 10/31/2002 Hi, just want to thank you for sharing your father's experience in Vietnam. My late beloved husband Bert served there in 1965 -67 as a helicopter mechanic and since he went to Heaven over 10 years ago, I want to share this article with them so they will know the sacrifices he made for them and this country!

I have a very busy schedule today and tomorrow, going on vacation for two weeks, but would like to correspond with you. Is that possible?

Gerry Forstrom

Henry T aylor 10/23/2002 Keep up the good work CO D 2/7 Cav
Bill Marek 9/19/2002 Great article (story). Nice to hear a son talk that way about his Dad. I am sure he is very proud.

"The average infantryman in the South Pacific during World War II saw about 40 days of combat in four years. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year thanks to the mobility of the helicopter."

I found this statistic rather surprising and would be interested in the source:

From a fellow 1st CAV - like your father, I also arrived in Da Nang (June 1971), I was sent south to III Corp and served 2 months at the 1st CAV, 3rd Brigade (Separated), 1st Battalion FDC headquarters at Bien Hoa 25 miles North West of Saigon from August thru October 1971. Until I had done some recent research, I always thought I was supporting the whole 1st CAV, then found out that the 3rd Brigade was the only CAV unit as the pullout of U.S. forces began in full force.

After volunteering for two convoy missions, Tay Ninh FSB Pace pullout and a MACV assignment in Dinah Quan, which is where I experienced my first real fire fight of U.S. ground troops from an ARVN outpost, I was assigned to D Battery on FSB Gibraltar along the Song Dong Nga River. By the end of May, 1972 D Battery moved from FSB Gibraltar to occupy, what I believe to be the last U.S. fire support base ever to be built in South Vietnam by US Forces, FSB Bunker Hill 2. This was only a few miles north west of Bien Hoa and FSB Grunt 2, reachable by ground transportation. I respected the job I did in the Fire Direction Control (FDC) center, as we were ground support for the troops in the filed and stationed close to them always in harms way. I was fortunate because we usually had the Battalion Head Quarter on our Fire Base. 2/5 and 1/12. We never took any incoming nor did we have to face an attack. I still count my blessings.

I actually volunteered for the bush when I heard we lost an FO (Forward Observer), my secondary MOS was a Recon Sgt, (having gone through Shake-n'-Bake, like you father). They would not let me go however. the reason was I wanted to know what it was like pounding the bush for two or three weeks. Being stuck on a Firebase we did not rotate to the rear six days out of each month... but we were not in as much harm either!

When the soldiers returned from their 24-day shift out in the field, hot food, showers, bathrooms, and beds awaited them at the base camp.

I only remember taking two (2) hot showers in Vietnam. And I was back at battalion headquarters for two months before heading to the firebase encampments, so I am not sure if they had hot showers even in "the rear" most of the time? Maybe for the officers or at the bigger bases, but Bien Hoa was good sized? Once of the hot shower pleasantries occurred at the Saigon Hospital and the other, of all places, at a MACV compound on special assignment.

Many Vietnam veterans were further scared when amnesty was granted to all draft dodgers. The veterans risked their lives while fighting honorably for their country and those who chose to take the United States' freedoms for granted were forgiven.

Actually, I fought for the freedom or ideal of individuals (Vietnamese or American) and all others to stand up for what they believed in. That is what this country is all about. My take is that if they believed strongly enough to risk giving up family, friends and homes to head to Canada then maybe they believed strongly enough not to be involved in the Vietnam War? This country is all about Freedom of Speech. I do not have to agree with them but I fought to protect that very ideal and right, which allowed them to do so. I was RA (Regular Army) and volunteered. I could not afford to go to college and the G.I. Bill was the best chance I had of making something with my life.

Give your father my best and tell him Welcome home from me!

Dick Kuhlman 8/26/2002 A 2/7....67-68......grunt

welcome home!

Mike Logsdon 7/28/2002 Congratulations: You can be very proud of your tribute to your father. I am a Vietnam Vet in Cleveland and am browsing the web and was pleased to come across a 1st Cav web ring. I went to Nam in Jan 69 and came home April 1, 1970. I'm sure that I was in all of the places your father was in. Again, congrats.
William B. Page 7/10/2002 What a fine grasp you have gotten on the daily Infantryman's life in Viet Nam. I was in B Co. 2/5th 71-72. Best Regards. William B. Page
Bob Gwin 7/6/2002 Hi: I was a Medic, though not in Combat, we fought the "Hawk" in Alaska, another name of the Cold Weather, Minus 72 below Zero Officially, minus 75 below un-officially, 1961-62, Fairbanks, Alaska, USAF Ladd AFB, that became Ft. Wainwright. BUT, I met an elderly Veteran from the Korean War, who was wounded twice on "Pork Chop Hill" In Korea, & never got his Medals. He is old, & in Bad health, who can you "Point" me to, to see that he gets his Medals, before he bites the "Big Bullet"? I did get to meet Major Bernie Fisher, in Germany, the lst American to get the Medal of Honor in Viet Nam & Live to tell about it, click on Major Bernie Fisher & see his story. Also Ira Hayes & Audie Murphy, & most any other winner of the "Medal of Honor" on their own page in the Internet, we recently buried lst Lt. Jack Montgomery, US Army, WW II, who single handedly captured 32 Germans, killed ll, & took out three Machine Gun Nests. He wa an American Indian, to boot. Only one Medal of Honor still living in Okla, I understand, would appreciate any info on the Medical Personnel who were the "Combat Medics, all wars, esp. Pork Chop Hill, Korea, & "Old Baldy"



Dawn 7/5/2002 My father died Jan. 22, 1999, after a long fight with cancer(agent orange).

He too served in Vietnam, I'm not sure of all the things that he saw, he never really talked about it. I learn more now after his death than when he was alive. I had never really thought about it that much, it was just something that he did not talk about. I had my wedding planned for June 22, 1991, and Desert Storm had started and my father's unit was call up, and I was very upset, I told him, "you have done your time, why do they want you to go"...He said " If I can save anyone the things that I have saw..I'll go a million times". That is when it really hit me.

I still miss him so much, I have a 4 year old son now who really needs his grandfather, I'm trying my best to learn more about what he did and where all he went,so that I could pass it one to my children. I have since his death got his metals out of a box(they were not put on the wall,so he would not have to tell the story of how he got them, to save us the hurt)

Thank you for sharing your story with us all.


Catherine Peedin 7/1/2002 I really don't know how to start. I went to your page as part of an English assignment for school, I wasn't expecting to find what I did. You see, I had no idea that such a web page for children of Vietnam Veterans existed. I was so shocked to see all the links to so many different stories. My father is a Vietnam Vet and he never speaks of it. He won't. When he came home he went on to serve a total of forty years in the Navy. I have asked over and over for him to tell me anything, I guess he just can't, and I have never met anyone else who would. I can't tell you how lucky you are to have your father talk to you about this. I always felt like I needed to know something, any little tid bit of information to understand why some things were the way they were. Did you feel that way too? Thank you for telling your father's story, it helps me to understand what my father went through his two tours over there. I can't tell you what a relief it is to know there are other people out there like me and my family. Thank you

Catherine Peedin

Teresa Brown 6/19/2002 I grew up an Army brat. My father was 100% disabled in 1990. He died in 1996 it has taken years to cope with his loss of life. He took a bullet in his head and two others. He was given the silver star for bravery. He told me it was for survival. He was a very humble man. I also am very proud of my daddy and of yours too! I think I shall make him a web page also. I do believe we are fortunate to be here also. there must be a purpose for us. I plan to finish earning my degree as a PA and using it at the VA Hosp. in Durham,NC. I want to give back; and you and others inspire me to keep my goal real.


Kellie 3/31/2002 Hi y'all, I looked at your site and the design is good. I like the flash introduction. My father served in Vietnam from '68-'72, in the Air Force as a Primary Crew Cheif. I'm proud of him and I respect the Vietnam Veterans ! :-) ~*Kellie*~ Letter's From War: Historical Fiction and Real Photographs (WWII to Gulf War)
Beau Garcia 3/28/2002 Saw your website that you created for your father, and perhaps others --- very good!!! He must be just as proud of you as you are of him.

Beau (Army Riverboat, I Corps, 1971)

Earl Hayes 3/25/2002 Great tribute to your Dad. Not many people are proud of The time we spent in Vietnam as young men. Sincerly Earl Hayes
Nora Diane Moore 2/27/2002 As the daughter of an MIA it is a great site, it is just ashame that those who did come home did not get the support they deserved, nor do the Vets that are here safe and sound.Keep up the work it was a wonderful tribute you did.

if you get the chance drop by and visit my dads memorial site

my husbands dad was MIA until 2000, the crash site that Sec Def. Cohen visited that was plastered all over TV ended up being the crash site of Cpt Richard Rich my father in law. Attending the funeral 33 years after the fact was the most wonderful thing for my husband and his brothers and mom, yet in the small corner of my heart there was a bit of jealousy, but only for the wants of my dad to rest here on American soil.

The children of the Missing in Action are forever a circle that has no closing, each generation of the man will forever remain in limbo. But I am glad to have met the vets that I have for I have learned so much.

Nora Diane Moore
N.R.E.M.T.- Paramedic
EMS Educator/Lead Instructor
Hospital Education & Training
Eisenhower Army Medical Center
Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Jeff Medlar 2/19/2002 I really enjoyed reading the story of your father's experience in Vietnam. I found it very interesting and very educational. My father too was a Sergeant in the 1st Air Cav, though his tour was a little bit later than your father's. My father recently told me about his experience there. It moved me immensely. I too am very proud of my father and respect him more than anyone I know, due to how he served his country and what he and all of them went through.

Jeff Medlar
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Washington, D.C.

Mark Heck 2/10/2002 Nice to see more family's involved with thier ancestory.
Gene Lang 2/10/2002 I read your article it was interesting. I served with Ready Navaho from 3/68 to 3/69. From what I read a lot of things have changed since I left Vietnam.
Joe M. Bryant 2/10/2002 I also served in the Cav. D 1/7 (69)Also went thru Tigerland 2x. & Infantry NCOCC Ft. Benning. Have you looked up your fathers class at Benning. NCOC Locator - try a search engine. It will have his class and any classmates who have registered. Sadly they also list those KIA'd from each class, including my Bravo Teamleader and friend Sgt. Ray Kurtik. To all my fellow 7th cav troopers I shout "GARRYOWEN" ...BEAR
Gary Preman 1/25/2002 I came across your web site purely by accident. I thought I recognized your father's name, and for sure, I compared some of my pictures to those on your site, "we have a match!"

I was a Medic with the 1st Cav., D co., 2/5 from 2 Feb 70 - 29 Dec 70. I was known as "Doc" or "Doc Preman". I remember your dad as being a kind friendly sort, with a calm demeanor, a very likable guy! If your father joined us in June 1970, we were in Cambodia at that time, LZ Ready from 13 May 70 until our return to III-corp. Due to Vietnamization, we were at about 1/2 strength. I believe our platoon leader was LT. Price. As I recall, we remained in III-corp until I returned to the World on New Years Eve! The areas we customarily controlled, were, to the best of my recollection: Ben Hoa, The Fish Hook to the Parrots Beak, An Loc, Phuoc Binh, Phuoc Tuy, Tay Ninh "FSB Tay Ninh" to Quan Loi to Long Bin to Bin Tuy "LZ Mace". Other LZ's and Fire Support Bases that I remember were: Jamie, Carolyn, Barbara, White and Dolly. I know that we covered more areas and were based in other LZ's and FSB's, but I am running low on memory!

I commend you for the wonderful and accurate web site "tribute" to your dad. And, a big hello and welcome home to Art!

"You can take the Soldier out of Vietnam but you can't take Vietnam out of the Soldier"

Best Regards,
Gary Preman

PS: I have attached a photo of your father, you will easily recognize him, I am the sweaty one in the lower right waiting for a turn at the shower!

Doc Preman

Doc Preman

Hung Ngo 1/13/2002 Dear Sir,

I would like to salute your Father for serving this great country, the U.S.A., and for being in Vietnam to help millions of Vietnamese defend our Freedom.

Your website is a great site, dedicated to a very brave man and an outstanding Officer. President Reagan said it. Yes, the men who went to Vietnam are real American,and it was a TRULY NOBLE CAUSE.

There is no other more noble than to fight and die for Freedom and Democracy for all mankind.

Best Regards,

Ng Xun Hng

PS: The province name is: Phuoc Long (not Phouch Long)

MSS 1/4/2002 Hello, I'm 26, live in London, UK and don't know anybody who went to Vietnam. However, while growing up I read extensively every book I could get my hands in ref to the Vietnam war, because the concept of uncertainty in being drafted has always intimidated me. I found your website informative, well-put and altogether a resounding tribute not only to the individuals that served but also to the reality of the society of the time. Well Done, and I wish your Father well.
Ron Quezada 11/29/2001 Your father can be very proud of your work on his behalf. You must love him alot. I salute you. Keeping us together, together, Ron Quezada,Pres. 3/5 Armored Cav-Vietnam-BLACK KNIGHTS "THE BASTARD CAV" BROTHERS IN ARMS
eddie hancock 11/29/2001 i was in company c and not sure if i knew your dad or not, as sometimes you may not see people from another platoon for months because you stay seperated in the jungle for so long a time, but he must have been one hell of a guy (as most were)to have made such an impact on your life! i am sure he is as proud of you as you of him! the only thing that needed clarifying in your writing was the the way you made the facilities sound so good after a 24 day "camp out" and return to the LZ. hot meal....only if you weren't on some detail such as recon or crap burning....shower- was a canvas bucket that was nailed up higher than you were and held 5 gallons of water that DRIPPED on you......bathrooms were the typical old style wooden latrine and a tube stuck in the ground for urinating.....beds- there were none except the ground inside a bunker(where rats crawled across you) or on top of the bunker in the open. thank you for making my day more bright knowing that there are people that care and realize what a hardship that war was on all of our young lives. thanks eddie
Rod 9/3/2001 Glad you are proud enough of your father to do the web page. He deserves it. Your father and I were there around the same time. I finished NCOC in August 70 and hit Nam Oct. 70. Your details are correct and your father has told you nothing that wasn't true. I to have a web site on the NCOC page. It is located at Thanks for your remembrance of Veterans.
Jim Finnegan 8/3/2001 Dear fellow Veteran:

My tour in Viet Nam had a profound impact on my life. One of the ways I have coped with the negative aspects has been to write about some of the more humorous and near humorous experiences in which I and others have been involved. The first of these works, which has recently been published, is entitled C.M.A.C. Join me in celebrating its publication and check out the website at: or the publication link at:


Jim Finnegan

Randall Christian 7/22/2001 Dear Son, I received your story from another buddy Nam combat vet like your father. It is truly a remarkable tribute you've made to your father. It brought a tear to my eye to remember those days too. For I too did the same job as your father as a young man at the age of 19. After walking point on search and destroy missions for the length of my say in the areas of Da Nang and Chu lai, it has been only since I've gotten older that I realize the true blessing that was bestowed upon me to be able to return to this country with all my limbs, health and strength. My father also spent 2 tours there and one in the Korean conflict in which he was severly injured. On his second tour, he came to take my place to get me out of harms way. We are both highly decorated veterans and have both observed that with all of our medals and 25 cents, we might get a cup of coffee. You father I see was truly blessed also in more ways than making back, he had three fine children and a wonderful son to take the time and commitment to tell his story. I'm sure he is very proud. If you don't mind, I am going have mind three children read your story and let it speak for me too. May God continue to bless and Keep you and yours and tell your father that I am glad that he made it back.......Randall Christian / San Antonio,TX
Don Clark 7/19/2001 That was very moving Tom and I would like to thank you for it and congratulate you for being the son of a "hero".I was over there at the same time as your dad and your story brought back a flood of memories of the Field nd Firebase activities and the friendships. If not for the friendships I wonder if any of us would have survived that one year in that country so far away.

I would also like to congratulate your dad and your Mom for raising such a wonderful and caring young man. I have a daughter that was born Dec. of 1977 and, although we are close she has never expressed an interest in the "Conflict" and what we experienced or how we survived. She has seen me with my fellow Veterans and has an appreciation for our" brotherhood" but her knowledge is relatively at a minimum. I am going to forward your Dad's website to her just to see if it peaks her interest in her dad.

By the way Tom, I grew up with your Mom and knew your dad very well before the military. They are a love story that some people can only dream about and they are so lucky to have you and your siblings to help them keep that flame glowing with a wonderful intensity.

As a result of my tour I learned a great appreciation for the great outdoors and relocated to Colorado, one of those brief stops on your dad's first crossing to Vietnam. I spend as much time smelling the cool mountain air, listening to the roar of a swollen stream cascading down from locations that not many witness and gazing around the countryside looking for the little treasures that dart within the wilderness area. I have been fortunate to watch the bears after a winter's hibernation, the mule deer with Springs new miracles, the majestic Elk as that start that long progression of fattening their large bodies in preparation for the new fall that once again will test their stamina for another winter. These things and so much more are a result of that one year in hell which led me to this heaven.

Once again, thank you and remain as proud today of your dad as you were when you put this site together. Actually I have no doubt and as a Veteran of Vietnam I would like to say..............Peace!

Don Clark
4th/21st Infantry, Americal Division

Photo taken on LZ Debbie- these guys are still my best friends! I'm on the left in my Lindy green!!

Don Clark

Don Clark

Carl Zarzyski 7/18/2001 Thank you for a very nice testimonial to your Dad. I too was in Nam and went to NCO Academy in Ft. Benning Ga. Is your Dad aware that there is an Association of NCOC's? Have him look for the NCOC Locator on the web.We had our first reunion last fall in zBenning. I would be proud of a son who is to your Dad what you are. Sincerely, Carl Z
Michele Burcroff 6/9/2001 Tom, I am Kathleen's sister( your sister-in-law). My husband, Kirt and I have both read this and had no idea what Art went through and saw during this time. We did know about the shell shock but have a much better understanding of why it happens to him. Thank you for sharing this in public because we now have the utmost respect for your dad (even more than we already had). Thank again for sharing his story.
Jamie Swidecki 5/30/2001 please send me a copy of the story you wrote about your dad
Bianca Broussard 4/8/2001 Hey, I was surfing Geocities and checked out your site in Geocities/Pentagon. I have a good friend with a really similar site, and I passed your url along to her. Have you ever seen a weblog? I was noticing your writing style, and I think the weblog format might really work well for you. I just started one recently on my site, and I am actually thinking of dumping my homepage in favor of just having the weblog, since I'm enjoying it so much more than maintaining my homesite. Anyway, I really just wanted to say thanks for an interesting site! Bianca Visit me!
Pat Barnes 2/26/2001 I just read your web site. Thanks for including the pictures. I graduated from high school in 1967, so it was "my guys" who served in Vietnam. I grew up with a guy who was killed by "friendly fire" in July of 1967. A very good friend of mine was a combat infantryman during the Tet Offensive. Thank you for honoring your Dad this way. I pray God's blessings and complete healing for him and all his family. In Jesus name, Amen! Patricia Barnes
Art Markart 1/12/2001 Tom-Nice job,the site looks great.Thank you....Dad
Diane Reike 9/11/2000 I just wanted to tell you that I got goose bumps as I read your story. You are a gifted writed, you not only presented the facts, you actually injected feelings of pride for your father and all veterans and a sense of what each solier went through. Thanks again for the beautiful, heart warming story. I'm going to let everyone I know your WebSite so they too can read this great story. Love you, Diane
Diane Reike 9/11/2000 I've been meaning to read your "Through-the eyes" for a long time and today I finally got around to doing it. Your story is fantastic, and to one who knew many that were stationed in Viet Nam it was also very moving emotionally. Thanks, Tom, for the beautiful story. I know it must have been difficult for your dad to relive those moments as he related them to you. I pray that you and your children will never personally know "war". Great job on all your web pages, I love Kaylin's page. Thanks for caring about your dad and Kaylin. Thanks for sharing it with us. Say Hi to Kerri for me. Love, Aunt Diane 8/11/2000 great page, its good to see pages out there in honor of our veterans, but...devils suck, LETS GO RANGERS!!! WHOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Stephen Lacina 7/25/2000 the vietnam war tore apart a nation as well as families and friends. I was fortunate enough to have been able to resist, some may say 'dodge', the draft. It was a war that had a great impact on me and I didn't even fight in it.
Kim 7/25/2000 wow tom! that is very definitely a big loss to have your whole platoon wiped out - i can only imagine. fate obviously had something very different planned for all those men. hopefully they died quickly and didnt suffer!!!! your dad was supposed to have a son and eventually tell him of his experiences and have a close, bonding realtionship with him. very lucky man! he has learned to live out his life with much to be proud of im sure. his children. so many parents dont have any kind of relationship with their kids. at least he dealt with his experiences and was able to continue on with dignity, respect and honor. good for you both. he probably should give many more lectures at colleges. kids need to learn more about the war and lack of support these men received when they arrived home. the ever changing colors of this nation at its best!!!!! i wonder now if you were to drafted to a war overseas how he would feel? ive struggled with this issue myself for my own sons (identical twins) who are now about the age of most draftees! 17. these men were babies. at least that is how i see them still :)!!!!!!! i wonder if being in different parts of the country people received you better or worse? we are from the east coast - approximately an hours drive to D.C. i still have never been able to visit the vietnam memorial!!!! i cant even fathom how massive that wall must be - just scares me! i saw once at a distance when they brought a small one around to different malls and such - couldnt go near it and started hyperventilating!!!!! i am a very emotional person anyways, movies like "the little mermaid" made me cry so im a goner!!!!! thanks again for the info. take care and i hope your dad gives more lectures!!! KIM
Kim 7/23/2000 thanks tom! i realize that your father was probably not proud of some things he and others may have done but hey, guess what? in every day life (post war peace time) there is much i am not proud of nor are most people if they were to be honest!!! life takes many changes and its the way you handle and carry them through all those changes that counts. he was basically on survival instincts and did very well with them. i only hope i can meet the challenges that life throws my way with as much bravery and gut instincts as im sure he had to use. if you can accept and roll with the many moods this country takes have gained much. you should still be proud of your dad. its a good thing! he met them all face on and survived. he is, im sure, a very good citizen and neighbor correct? with all that in mind he needs to forgive himself as well if he hasnt done so already. i will read the book you have reccommended - thank you. does your dad talk much about his experiences still or just gave you enough and to go on for your web page? listen to your dad he knows more about the human race then any of us! he lived it every day he was in nam! i hope you and yours have a pleasant summer. (evenings/sunsets are a great time to communicate!) take care KIM
Kim 7/21/2000 dear tom, i enjoyed your story you wrote for your dad and am sure it is a tremendous tribute to such a brave man! these men have lived more in a few weeks then any of us will ever live in a lifetime. i have nothing but complete respect and admiration for your dad and other men like him. i have been reading several books on vietnam and am truly fascinated with their stories. i have been having nightmares from these books that i am certain dont even compare to the ones that many vets have had or are still having! i do like reading about them and their every day trials and tribulations thru war so i cant seem to put them down or get enough. i am perplexed by one thing and that is it seems to me that once these men made it home no one seemed to want to keep in touch. i wonder if your dad was or felt the same way! they had a bond that i dont think many people share and it amazes me how so many of us work a lifetime to gain this and never do. thanks again for your article! sincerely, KIM
Dave Weldon 7/8/2000 I was in third platoon from June 1970 until April 1971. I enjoyed your article. Your Dad's face looked real familiar. Ask him if he remembers Jesse Anderson, Jim Sexton, Ken Richie, LT Karwan, Tom Ahlquist or Doc Spinks. I was surprised when I came across a web page about someone who served in the same company. This article is a very nice tribute to your Dad. Tell your Dad Hi from a fellow grunt. Later Dave Weldon
Charlie Contato 6/25/2000 Hi, I'm Charlie Contato, a fellow graduate from Sachem's Class of 96. I was browsing through Sachem's Alumni Directory, and clicked on your link. I read the story about your father's experience in Vietnam, and must say it was well put. As you said on your website, "it's quite lengthy" but well worth the time to read. My father was a Vietnam veteran also, and I would love write a story about his experiences, but he passed away 12 years ago, due to complications from his exposure to Agent Orange.
Jack Murphy 4/11/2000 tom, i am very impressed with your respect and honor for your father and for your feelings for all vietnam vets. my self as a combat infantryman 199th light infantry brigade 69 70, i was deeply touched by your words.i thank you for all of us. and please tell your dad from me , WELCOME HOME. also please check out THE PROMISE by jack murphy. this song is dedicated to all who served. sincerly jack murphy
Tonya 3/13/2000 I have bookmarked your site I was wondering if I can "use" that bautiful graphic of the heliocopter "deepest respect" for my tributepage I did for my dad..... just a suggestion maybe a have a "link" list or something for others who come by..... I have you bookmarked I'm going to have my husband read this GREAT WRTING!!! tribute to my dad< /a> LEave your link on my link page, thanks!!!! tonya
Tom Spalding 3/8/2000 THANK YOU, I HAVE not been able to talk to my dauther or my current wife of my duties in RVN AS A shake n bake SSG. THIS story gives me a startint point .I sence you are proud of your father ---you should be and GOD BLESS ------SSG TWS
Paul Miraldi 1/8/2000 Dear Sgt. Markart, I was very moved at your web page and I'm sure your dad is proud of you also. It was a very touching page, and I had to stop several times to choke back the tears. Is your father still alive? I run a small nonprofit org. dedicated to the war and the vets who are to us true life Capt. Americas! I would love to get copies of some of your dads photos for our display in the museum. Did your dad participate in the Cambodian Invasion? I'm sure your following in his footsteps and have signed up in the 11B, are you still in also, and where are you stationed? I spent 4 years in Hawaii with the 25th, 4thBn. 87th Infantry (Light) in the 80s, I was so tired some times I prayed there really was an enemy and he would shoot me to end my aching back and feet, so I can image how your pop felt humping around out there with "real" pop up enemy and all that disease and mosquitos too. Thanks for your time and keep up the great work. A fellow "Grunt" Paul Miraldi
Mike 10/31/1999 Nice story, I was with Co. B 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry Rgt AM 1st Cavalry. I served from Jan 23, 1968 to Jan 22, 1969. My radio sign was RidgeRunner 2-6 Mike. 10/11/1999 My brother served in The Cav in Nam from April 70 unti May71(see above)
Debra Markart 10/11/1999 Hi Tom: I was browsing the internet trying to find some family history of the Markart family and came across your name and your article on you father's stay in Vietnam. I was touched by your writing. I thought what a great love you have for your father and family. My name is Debra Mae Markart. I'm the youngest child of six born to Joseph A. Markart, Jr and Arthea Markart. My brothers' and sisters' names are: Sharron Jo Markart Brooks, Arther Davis Markart, Roger Keith Markart, Robert Allen Markart, and Cindy Lee Markart Williams I don't know if we are related, but let me give you a little family history. My Great-Great Grandfather, F. Gustave Markart, was born in Saxony, Germay in 1845 and came to America in 1860 and settled in Muscatine, Iowa. In 1867 he married Margaret Haigh of Pennsylvania. In 1878, he and his wife and family of two sons and two daughters moved to Levenworth, Kansas. The children's names are Mary, Emma, Louis and Frank. Louis is my Great Grandfather who had a son named Joseph A. Markart. When my father, Joseph A. Markart, Jr., was 9 years old, his father abandoned his wife and family of one son and four daughters. I do not know what became of my Grandfather or if he remarried or had other children. So, let me know if any of these names sound familiar. Again, I enjoyed reading your article about your father. I was very touched. You can E-mail me at either or I look forward to hearing from you. Debra Markart
Gary Whitty 9/9/1999 Mr. Markart Very much enjoyed the story about your dad. I had the deepest respect for our ground troops. My only job was to support them. I think they had a hard life in the field. If I were to do my tour over again, I would try to have cold drinks for everyone. Best regards to you, your family and your dad. Gary Lancer 28 Jul 70 - Jun 71 Co B 158th Avn Bn 101st Abn Div Kick the skid and turn the lid with a visit to the Lancer Home page.
Edward Walsh 9/7/1999 Tom, That is one of the finest letters about the life of a soldier in Viet Nam ,Some one that was in country could not have written it better. I also was in B Co 2nd Bn 5th Cav 1st Cav Div. but a little before your fathers rime,but even in the very early times of the war,it was a was the same for all of us the only difference is I inlisted and was making the Army a carrier and know it. But we all went through the same shit when we came home. You nave the right to be proud of your father and he should be as proud of you, again that is a very well written letter and I will send all my friends you Web Page and tell them that they have to read it. From all of us Vet's I thank you, Yours Edward Walsh USA Ret.
Michael Ruffle 8/22/1999 Hi Tom I have just finished reading the tribute which you wrote for your father. I found it very moving. You are justifiably proud of your dad and his brothers in arms. Regards Mike R
Maureen Grynewicz 8/13/1999 Reading your Through the Eyes of an Infantryman web site has made me stop and think about my Father. Ive wanted to write many times before, but never knew exactly what to say. Growing up it wasnt said but implied that Vietnam was a taboo subject. Your site has actually given me more information and answered a lot of questions that Ive always wanted to know and ask. I cant possible fathom what the experience was like even after looking through my Fathers photo album. (As a business man now in a suit, its even harder to image him walking in a jungle and as gentle as he can be, to be carrying a gun) What tremendous and painful memories to carry in your mind for a lifetime?! I think its great that you have been able to reach your Father on a level of inquiry that has allowed him to open up and hopefully express some of his suppressed (repressed) memories. I wish I wouldve been able to understand what my Father must have gone through at an earlier age, but after reading this, I guess understanding late is better than never. I have (somewhat) recently taken on an interest in the Vietnam war and after reading some other Veterans web sites have a new found respect as well as a better comprehension of what the war was truly about. History class never expressed the true essence as the web-sites Ive read have. You are very lucky to have a Father (as I am) who made it home safe and sound. I will NEVER understand the homecoming (or lack of) that these Veterans received. I know I probably dont tell my Dad enough how much I love him, I hope you do! And if not, its never to late to start. As you say, and (he) still is a Hero.
Steve Houghton 8/9/1999 Dear Tom I am very impressed with your story about your father's experience. Few young people today have the appreciation for what happened to soldiers in Vietnam like you do. Having served in Vietnam I can say with some authority, that you have written a very accurate story. I'm sure your father must feel proud to have a son who has taken the time to understand and appreciate his experience. I have some common experiences with your father. Both drafted, NCOC school, Fort Polk, arrival at Cam Ranh, served in the southern part of Vietnam, etc. etc. ( I was infantry too, 71st LRRPs 68-69 attached to the 199th Light Infantry) In retrospect, I feel the war was a mistake. ( Vietnam fell, and the rest of the world did not fall to communism, so much for the domino theory) But without getting into that to much, I do know it wasn't the fighting men like your father who lost the war. We won the battles, the politicians lost the war. And how they did is not the point now. Your father, and others like him, although perhaps reluctantly, did what they thought they had to do. There is honor in that. Good job Tom! Steve Houghton
Lonnie Wise 7/29/1999 Tom, You did a good job in summarizing your dads Army career. I too went thru NCO school graduating 6 months after your dad and spent a tour in Vietnam. For years after returning to the world we hid our military service although we were still proud to have served so honorably. It must be great to have a son like you who is so proud of his dads service to his country. My dad fought in W.W.II and I am still proud of his record(gunner on a B-17 bomber). My daughter is only 13 and doesn't yet grasp what we young impressionable guys went thru. Again, great write-up. Lonnie Wise Plant Mitchell 912-438-3112/8-597-3112 912-879-7825 Pager 912-438-3129 Fax
Leonard F. Russell J 7/27/1999 Tom, Thanks, I'll add your site link tomorrow. Plus your fathers name and TAG. I always add new stuff to the Updatd section plus add it elsewhere on the site. I usually try to keep updates for a month and sometimes longer when I get lazy. Reading your fathers story brings back memories. I had a small NCOC Class reunion of my class and it was interesting to learn that 19 out of 20 guys all went AWOL before reporting for Vietnam Service. I myself went a week. I wanted to be with my girl and like the attitude at the time, " What are they going to do, send me to Vietnam?" I knew it would be an article 15 and not loss of rank for a week. If your Dad has some photos from NCO School, scan them and I'll put them on his page. Budd
Leonard F. Russell J 7/27/1999 Hi Tom, I can't believe this. I was out browsing to see if I could find some veteran sites where I could get a link to our web site. I came across your site and at the top you have the name, "Sgt. Arthur L. Markart" listed. Out of curiosity, I checked my 1970 Directory and found that your father was one of us. NCOC Graduates. He was a graduate of Class 20-70. First, could you show your father our web page at: Second, ask his if it's OK to list his name and Unit on his Class Page? Third, if he isn't connected, would it be OK to add an e-mail TAG behind his name using your e-mail address? And last, Could we get a link from your web page? I plan to link you page because it's about one of our guys. Tell your Dad, Welcome Home, Budd Russell NCOC Locator
Ginny Markart 7/9/1999 Kind gives you a real sense of satisfaction for what you've done - for your father, yourself and, now, too, others.
Doug and Dee Ritchey 7/6/1999 Tom, I read your father's story three times- I can't tell you how it affected me. The story was almost word for word the same as mine! I was there earlier by one year, and in a different company, A Co., 2/12, 1st Cav, and a few details were different, such as we were usually out on patrol 15 to 20 days, only rarely 24, but the story sent chills up my spine. I have three children, and while all know I was drafted into the Army, I don't think any of them know "my story". One, a school teacher, asked me once "what I did in the Army", but the very poor explanation I gave her left her uninterested in pursuing it any further. I understand the feeling- my Dad was in Infantry in WW II and he begged me not to let them draft me. I came to understand what he meant only when it was too late. Every time I am with him now I encourage him to talk to me about his experiences. He never spoke about it when I was a young person. Thank you for what you are doing, and God Bless you and your family! Doug and Dee Ritchey 1776 8th Court SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962
Charles J. Bishop 6/8/1999 I am a retiree from the U.S. Army I guess you could say I was lucky to have missed every armed conflict from Sept 1971 to October 1995. But I was in support units during the conflicts. I think that the American people should have acted differently towards the Vietnam Vets. I am glad that Commanding Officers of the Desert Storm conflict realized what the Media could do to their plans and what they did to the Vietnam Vets. I wish that things were different for the return of the vets. Please give my thanks to your father for his dedicated service to our country and we appreciate his sacrifices to keep our Freedom! Thanks Charles J. Bishop SFC U.S.Army Retired
Doug Young 5/18/1999 Actually, thank *you* for remembering your Dad in such a way. I wasn't in Vietnam at the same time as your Dad as I left country in March 1970. I was the commander of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry earlier in 1969. BTW - unless things changed significantly, I can tell you the call sign for D 2/5 Cav was Ready Navajo. Doug Young
Doug Young 5/13/1999 Hello Tom - - I found the Web site you built dedicated to your Dad. Its wonderful, and I think you. Could you tell me what company your Dad served with in the 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry? I too was with the 2/5 Cav and wondered if I might have served with him. Thanx Doug Young
Mike Medley 4/19/1999 Tom Sons like you are the future we had to look forward to and often carried us through seemingly unbearable times. My son was the undergraduate commencement speaker at Berkeley a couple of years ago. In the introduction Carson had written the Chancellor said that his father, a Vietnam veteran, was his hero. One thing I learned from Nam is that there are no such things as heroes. I saw hundreds of heroic acts but that did not make the actor a hero beyond that time. I have since become friends with 3 Medal of Honor winners, each of whom say the same thing: that they just did what most others did but happened to be seen and the person seeing the event lived to tell about it. My best friend was a platoon leader and later company commander of A 1/12th 1st Cav in 68-69 until he lost a leg. I was a recon sgt with 1/14th Infantry in the Central Highlands (II Corps) in 69-70. The only minor error I noted was that you placed your Dad both in the Delta and in the highlands. The Cav got around and he was probably in both places, but not at the same time since the highlands were in II Corps well north of Saigon and the Delta was in IV Corps south of Saigon. Each person is the end result of all of his ancestors since we crawled from the mud (or got zapped by God, your pick)and is their representative and their sole reason for having lived. The fact that you care so much for your father reflects that you are deserving of all that your ancestors endured over the ages to produce you. Best of luck. Mike Medley
Linda Vaio 4/9/1999 Hello Tom, I just came across your beautiful tribute to your father. As a military family member (my husband is a Marine Infatryman) I honor the troops and any person who serves military time to this country. I only wished that more men your age were of the same opinion. Linda
David Nisbet 4/5/1999 Just read your story of your Dad's RVN tour. Good job describing a grunt's life--accurate, too. He's lucky to have such a caring son. David Nisbet B Co 2/8 Cav 1st Cavalry RVN 70-71
Stephen Scholes 2/28/1999 I know that alot of fathers would like there sons to be proud of them. = after returning from the nam i was also married and soon after had a = son. he is 23 now and he and his wife just gave me my first grandson. = it has been a long way home i say to you my friend = congratulations and give your dad a hug and tell him for me welcome home.
Art Markart 1/26/1999 Tom--you really did a great job,i'm proud of you and the way you honored dad
Ron Voigt 1/2/1999 Sir I just finished reading your tribute to your father. My cousin and friend SGM Richard A. Schaaf was a member of "A" Company 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry in Vietnam. Richard was killed in action on 08 Aug 66 during Operation Paul Revere II at Landing Zone Juliette near the Chu Pong Masstif in Plieku Province. I am glad that you took the time to know your father and what the war was like for him. You are right he is a true hero. I am glad he made it home to your mom so that you could be here today. I am also glad that you took the time and effort to write this tribute to him. I enjoyed reading it. GarryOwen Sir and a crisp hand salute to your dad...God Bless and God Speed Ron Voigt
Bob Ciampa 11/10/1998 Hey. Just read the article about your dad's tour in 'Nam.It sounds like he got in country around October or November 1970 after nco school. I also got drafted in September of 1969 ( I actually volunteered after getting my notice so I could pick the day I would go in. I wanted to wait until the summer was over.) and went to Fort Dix in New Jersey for basic and then to Fort Gordon for my AIT. Yeah, I was 11 Bravo, too. I passed on NCO school and jump school because I knew it meant more time in the Army and I didn't want to stay in any longer than I had to. I got to Vietnam on 5 March 1970 at Bien Hoa and became part of the 1st Air Cav. It wasn't long before I was in the field learning the ropes and hoping to stay alive. I didn't see any action until we went to Cambodia. On 2 May 1970 I found myself in a huge clearing along with a lot of other troops and Cobra gun ships everywhere. Didn't know where we were for several hours and when we found out we surely were not happy. But, where to go? I spent two months in Cambodia before we got pulled out for a three day stand down in "Nam. During the two months in Cambodia I mostly walked point or drag and once in a while got to hump near the middle of the column, near the RTO. Great. Almost every day for nearly six weeks, around 14 May to 24 June, we were in some sort of fire fight. Sometimes it was only a few sniper shots and other times it was a whole day of contact with the enemy. Medivacs came and went, ammo and other supplies got dropped to us, air support and artillery screamed in overhead. Most of it is pretty vivid even today. Some of it is hard to recall. I mean no disrespect to your dad or the other sargents who came out of NCO school, but when they came into the field in 'Nam we referred to them as " shake and bakes". You know, instant nco's with no experience in the jungle. We all did our best to take care of them until they got their feet wet. I came down with malaria too, and never went back into the jungle again. Guess I was lucky in a way. I came home in April 1971 and got out five months early after 14 months and five days in country. I think all the "nam vets are special. Some still have a hard time and others have learned to live with the experience and try and move on. It has been difficult on even the best of days. Best of luck to you and your dad. My name is Bob Ciampa. I live in Massachusetts. While in Vietnam my buddies called me "Boston". Most of them were from places other than Mass. Hey. Just read the article about your dad's tour in 'Nam.It sounds like he got in country around October or November 1970 after nco school. I also got drafted in September of 1969 ( I actually volunteered after getting my notice so I could pick the day I would go in. I wanted to wait until the summer was over.) and went to Fort Dix in New Jersey for basic and then to Fort Gordon for my AIT. Yeah, I was 11 Bravo, too. I passed on NCO school and jump school because I knew it meant more time in the Army and I didn't want to stay in any longer than I had to. I got to Vietnam on 5 March 1970 at Bien Hoa and became part of the 1st Air Cav. It wasn't long before I was in the field learning the ropes and hoping to stay alive. I didn't see any action until we went to Cambodia. On 2 May 1970 I found myself in a huge clearing along with a lot of other troops and Cobra gun ships everywhere. Didn't know where we were for several hours and when we found out we surely were not happy. But, where to go? I spent two months in Cambodia before we got pulled out for a three day stand down in "Nam. During the two months in Cambodia I mostly walked point or drag and once in a while got to hump near the middle of the column, near the RTO. Great. Almost every day for nearly six weeks, around 14 May to 24 June, we were in some sort of fire fight. Sometimes it was only a few sniper shots and other times it was a whole day of contact with the enemy. Medivacs came and went, ammo and other supplies got dropped to us, air support and artillery screamed in overhead. Most of it is pretty vivid even today. Some of it is hard to recall. I mean no disrespect to your dad or the other sargents who came out of NCO school, but when they came into the field in 'Nam we referred to them as " shake and bakes". You know, instant nco's with no experience in the jungle. We all did our best to take care of them until they got their feet wet. I came down with malaria too, and never went back into the jungle again. Guess I was lucky in a way. I came home in April 1971 and got out five months early after 14 months and five days in country. I think all the "nam vets are special. Some still have a hard time and others have learned to live with the experience and try and move on. It has been difficult on even the best of days. Best of luck to you and your dad. My name is Bob Ciampa. I live in Massachusetts. While in Vietnam my buddies called me "Boston". Most of them were from places other than Mass.
Jim Simmons 10/22/1998 I just ran onto your article about your Dad in Nam. I thought it was very well written. I was with E troop 1st Cav 11th LIB Americal. We were an armored unit. I was there from Dec 67 to Sept 68.I drove a Armored personel carrier. We did about the same thing but we did it from the ground. I made a printout of this to take to work with me. I work for an optical co. making eye glasses.There is about 35 people there only 3 are old enough to remember Nam. Most are between 25 and 30 yrs old.this story can give the ones who want to read it a good insight of what we went through at the time I also remember the smells,heat rain and the darkest nights I have ever seen. Thanks for your time, welcome home, job well done. Jim Simmons


In Memoriam

1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, D Company

Leonard Lee Broenneke
Franklin Thomas Crites
Earl Roy Lester Jr
Manuel Miranda
Jeffrey David Schumacher
William Thomas Walsh Jr