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    What's with the play-by-play with the baseball game? Doesn't have anything to do with the subject in my estimation. Mayby that's just me, tho.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobShannon View Post
    I was with H&Ms 12, Mag 12 from 3/66 to 4/67. Gunny Amico didn't know how to tell the Colonel, but he did. There were no hard feelings. I believe Colonel Hubbard was the CO at the time.
    I remember Val Amico very well.... in fact I found him living in Phoenix area and talked to him about 1998-99.... sounded well but that was a long time ago. He was promoted to WO during my tour.. I think late 1966.

    Also found Jay Hubbard and was able to email him a few times before he passed in 2003... http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jwhubbard.htm


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    Chu Lai 1966-67

    I'm looking for anyone who served at the MABS-12 bomb dump in Chu Lai during 1966-67. When I was there, our CO was Captain Robert Myers.


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    I don't remember Myers but I found this old pic of the bomb dump in my files...I hope it shows up




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Renfeld View Post
    I was a radar tech in the gca unit that landed in may of 65. There was no base when we came ashore. I have pictures taken in the fall of 65 . I was on hand for the first fixed wing landing. I left chu lai in Jan. of 66. I have those pictures on a cd which I could copyand send to you if desired.
    Jerry I brought about 40 guys with me down from MATCU 66 MAG-11 Atsugi to augment MATCU 67. We arrived by H-34s just as the ship dropped the ramp so you and I served together. I was Captain at the time and brought CWOs Al Hartkopf and Janke along with the controllers and maint techs. about30-40 of us total.

    I left the last week of Aug 65 and assigned to MAG-24 at Cherry Point for a year before I resigned my commission and then flew for the airlines for 33+ years before retiring from Delta in Nov 1999.

    God Bless and Semper Fi from a fellow Chu Lai MATCU guy...

    Bill "Harv" Harvill
    wharvill@aol.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mathews View Post
    Does anyone the name of the CO in 1965 for AMbs12, Mag12? fIRST sGT sHIELDS WAS THE TOP NCO. I was trying to remember the other officers & NCO's I remember a Sgt Ellenberg, but not even sure if he is still alive.
    Bill:
    LtCol Alexander Wilson


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    Thought I'd try to find Val Amico to say hello... instead I found his obit.... see attached link

    http://www.lyndahl.com/obituary/7310...ico/#biography


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    It seems we served with Gunny Amico around the same time. I also was there when he made WO.


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    Bob, thanks for your reply. Sorry to hear about Gunny Amico. He was a great Marine who new how to get things done. We were in Chu Lai around the same time. I arrived there the beginning of March 1966. Your name sounds very familiar, I'm thinking you were a 1st lt. at the time.


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    Hi Rob..

    Hope all is well. You are correct... we both arrived about the same time... I was an ElTee at the time...was an in a/c maintenace in H&MS and picked up Motor T as a collateral duty (among others)..thats how I met Val.... after he got promoted to WO, he moved into my hooch with O's from various squadrons.... nice to see he made WO 4....

    He was a great Marine...and an great person....


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    Bob, your name sounds very familiar. I was stationed at Chu Lai almost the same time that you were. I was in H&M'S 12 Motor T with Gunny Amico. I was a Lance Corporal at the time. I was a driver. Gunny was a guy who new how to get things done. He chose me to be the colonels driver replacing Corporal Mills who was rotating back to the states. A lot of guys would have loved that job but it wasn't my style. Besides being the Colonels driver I had to clean his office and living quarters. I also tendered the bar in his living quarters at night. After a short time, I asked Gunny to find a replacement for me as it wasn't what I felt I came to Viet Nam to do. Gunny Amico felt like I put him on the spot having
    to tell the colonel I no longer wanted the job. After trying to talk me out of it he finally agreed to tell the Colonel. There were no hard feelings and I was assigned as driver for the civic action program in the Ly Tin area. I had an interpreter who I picked up every day, his name was Lam. I often wonder what happened to lam.


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    I was promoted to Corporal while still in Nam and made E-5 shortly after returning to the states. I was one of the youngest E-5's around at the time, being only 20 years old. I was from Long Island but know I also live upstate. I live in a small town about half way between Oneonta and Binghamton. If I remember correctly Gunny was from Ozone Park, New York, also Long Island.


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    Rob.... I live in Brunswick, just outside Troy towards Bennington. My brother lives in Otego, just south of Oneonta on I88. I'm somewhat familiar with the area as I've flown into Sydney Airport several times....
    S/F


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    I live in Afton about 1/2 hour from Otego. I had an Italian Rest. in Otego but closed it about 4 years ago. Small town not enough business.


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    Bill,
    If you are referring to LtCol Alexander Wilson I go see him on a weekly basis.
    He is trying to remember the exact time-line from landing to first F-4s arriving.
    Thanks for any information you may have.
    Ben Warthan


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