Veterans of the War

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Randall Aragon

Randall Aragon

Born: February 5, 1946, in Manhattan, New York

Vietnam War Service: 551st Transportation Company, 71st Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army, 1968-1969

Randall Aragon enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 at the age of seventeen. After completing his three year enlistment as an airplane and helicopter mechanic, Aragon was accepted into Officer Candidate School. He arrived in Vietnam in November 1968 as a first lieutenant and was assigned to the 551st Transportation Company. Aragon was promoted to captain and company commander in February 1969. His unit was responsible for stevedore operations and port security at Newport Army Terminal, near Saigon.

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Darrel B. Couch

Darrel B. Couch

Born: August 31, 1938, in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service: U.S. Air Force, 1966-1967

Darrel B. Couch enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 1956 at the age of seventeen. He first attended bomb navigation technician school and was later trained on electronic countermeasures before entering pilot training. Couch served in Vietnam for one year beginning in September 1966. He had several assignments including flying a F-100 Super Sabre jet with the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Phan Rang Air Base and flying an O-1 Bird Dog observation airplane with the 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade out of Lai Khe Military Base.

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Irving E. Greenberg

Irving E. Greenberg

Born: March 6, 1942, in Hope, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service: 18th Special Operations Squadron, U.S. Air Force, 1972-1973

Irving Ernest Greenberg enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in February 1967, shortly before he would have been drafted. His initial military service was stateside starting with officer and pilot training, followed by three and a half years as a jet instructor in Oklahoma. Greenberg served in Vietnam from August 1972 until the war's end in 1973 as an aircraft commander on an AC-119K Gunship with the 18th Special Operations Squadron. He was stationed at Nakhon Phanom (Thailand), Da Nang, Bien Hoa, and Tan Son Nhut. After the ceasefire, he ferried aircraft from Saigon to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.

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David J. Hoss Sr.

David J. Hoss Sr.

Born: December 27, 1947, in Little Rock, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service:514th Quartermaster Company (PS), U.S. Army, 1967-1970

David J. Hoss enlisted in the U.S. Army in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1966 at the age of nineteen. He served two years and almost three months in Vietnam as a senior vehicle mechanic with the 514th Quartermaster Company (Petroleum Supply) beginning in January 1967. Hoss was stationed at Qui Nhon and Phu Tai.

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Frank V. Meeks Jr.

Frank V. Meeks Jr.

Born: December 17, 1941, in Little Rock, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service: 336th Ordnance Battalion, 1st Logistical Command, U.S. Army, 1968-1969

Frank V. Meeks Jr. enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in July 1963 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of twenty-one. His Army Reserve unit, the 336th Ordnance Battalion, was activated in May 1968 and after some training at Fort Carson, Colorado, was sent to Vietnam. Meeks served there for eleven months as an area communications chief. He was responsible for setting up and managing secure communication nets for the battalion's headquarters.

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James E. Mitchell

James E. Mitchell

Born: June 3, 1947, in Paola, Kansas

Vietnam War Service: Navy Corpsman, 7th and 5th Regiments, 1st Marine Division, 1970-1971

James E. Mitchell enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1967 at the age of twenty and served one year in Vietnam was a Navy corpsman. Mitchell was assigned to the regimental aid station for the 7th Marine Regiment (later the 5th Regiment) at Landing Zone Baldy. Mitchell stabilized and treated causalities in the medical bunker and traveled on emergency medevac missions. He was also in charge of personnel health records and treated Vietnamese civilians. In October 1970, he was transferred to Da Nang with the entire 1st Marine Division.

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Jacob E. Odle

Jacob E. Odle III

Born: July 12, 1950, in Little Rock, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service: 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 1969-1970

Jacob E. Odle III enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965 at the age of eighteen. Her served one year and eleven days in Vietnam as a rifleman with K Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division beginning in March 1969. Odle participated in operations Purple Martin, Scotland II, Sherwood Forest, and Georgia Tar across the Vietnamese peninsula.

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Eddie Pannell

Eddie G. Pannell

Born: November 27, 1950, in Little Rock, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service: 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, 1970-1971

Eddie Gene Pannell enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967 at the age of seventeen and started boot camp in January 1968. Pannell spent nearly one year in Vietnam beginning in March 1970, as a sergeant with the 3rd Marine Amphibious Force. He served as an interpreter traveling to South Vietnamese hamlets to assist with medical treatment, infrastructure growth, and other humanitarian missions. Pannell also occasionally interpreted during security checks and POW interrogation.

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Herbert K. Reamey III

Herbert K. Reamey III

Born: September 10, 1945, in Little Rock, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service:1st Medical Battalion and 1st Battalion, 18th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, U.S. Army, 1968-1969

Herbert K. Reamey was commissioned into the U.S. Army on December 26, 1967, following his graduation from the ROTC program at Henderson State College. He was sent to Vietnam on December 18, 1968. Reamey's first assignment was with the 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Infantry Division at Lai Kai. He was later transferred to the 1st Battalion, 18th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division where he served as a medical platoon leader.

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John A. Robinette Sr.

Born: September 8, 1946, at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

Vietnam War Service: 2nd Battalion, 14th Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, 1969-1970

John A. Robinette Sr. enlisted in the U.S. Army in the spring of 1968 at the age of twenty one. He served eleven and a half months in Vietnam with C Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Regiment, 25th Infantry Division beginning in April 1969. Robinette served as a grenadier, rifleman, and squad leader patrolling the area between Saigon and the Cambodian border. He later managed the battalion's NCO Club in Cu Chi.

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Ray A. Robinson

Ray A. Robinson

Born: June 30, 1921, at Little Rock, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service: Air Support Operations Center, III Corps, U.S. Air Force, 1964-1965

Ray A. Robinson was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 at the age of twenty-one. He served in the Panama Canal Zone and the European Theater, completing 104 combat missions. After World War II he joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Robinson was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He was sent to Vietnam in May 1964, where he served as director of the Air Support Operations Center for III Corps.

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John R. Simmons Jr.

John R. Simmons Jr.

Born: June 16, 1949, in Little Rock, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service:1st Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army, 1969-1970

John R. Simmons Jr. enlisted in the U.S. Army in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1968 at the age of nineteen. He served one year in Vietnam as a company clerk with the 1st Aviation Brigade beginning in March 1969. The Brigade was responsible for forty percent of the Army's helicopters and one hundred percent of its fixed wing aircraft. Simmons spent time in Bien Hoa and Vung Tau in southern Vietnam.

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James W. Stanley Jr.

James W. Stanley Jr.

Born: February 18, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa

Vietnam War Service: Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 160th Signal Group, U.S. Army, 1970-1971

James Warren Stanley Jr. enlisted in the U. S. Army in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1969 at the age of twenty-two. He served one year in Vietnam with the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 160th Signal Group beginning in June 1970. Stanley was stationed at Long Binh, and his duties included assigning soldiers entering Vietnam to units throughout the country and maintaining personnel records.

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Arvid L. Straschinske

Arvid L. Straschinske

Born: November 11, 1945, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Vietnam War Service: 188th Ordnance Company, U.S. Army, 1966

Arvid Straschinske enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 at the age of eighteen. He served eleven months in Vietnam as part of the 188th Ordnance Company. Straschinske first worked at the ammo dump at Camp Holloway. He later served as a driver for the battalion commander and sometimes drove various dignitaries, including General Westmoreland.

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Richard V. Urquhart

Richard V. Urquhart

Born: October 1, 1946, Rochester, New York

Vietnam War Service: 4th Battalion, 12th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 1969-1970

Richard V. Urquhart enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968 at the age of twenty-one. He served in the Vietnam War for five months beginning in August 1969, as a first lieutenant with the 4th Battalion, 12th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Urquhart served as an artillery forward observer and fire direction officer. He participated in action at Dong Ha, Phu Bai, and Fire Base C-1 located approximately four miles south of the DMZ.

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Dee A. Walker

Dee A. Walker

Born: November 2, 1945, in Bakersfield, California

Vietnam War Service: 39th Combat Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army, 1966-1967

Dee A. "Butch" Walker was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965. He was twenty years old. Walker served in Vietnam for one year, beginning in June 1966. He was assigned to the 39th Combat Engineer Battalion. Walker worked on different construction projects throughout central Vietnam during his tour.

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Larry Weaver

Larry H. Weaver

Born: July 18, 1948, in Batesville, Arkansas

Vietnam War Service: 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 1967; 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1970-1971

Larry H. Weaver enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps in 1965 at the age of seventeen and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Weaver spent eight months as infantry fire team leader and infantry squad team leader with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division beginning in February 1967. After being wounded three times, he was sent back to the United States in 1968. Weaver later served one year with a Combined Action Platoon with H Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division. His squad lived with South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians in a military and humanitarian capacity.

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Deana Weindorf

Deana Weindorf

Born: July 1, 1949, in Alexander, Minnesota

Vietnam War Service: 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force, 1970-1971

Deana Weindorf, originally known as Dean Weindorf, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on August 7, 1968, at the age of nineteen. She arrived in Vietnam on January 7, 1970, and served just over one year in country. Weindorf worked as navigational aids specialist with the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Da Nang Air Base.

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