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Date May 9, 2017
Name Gay Johnson
Email gralord@msn.com
Home Page
City Sandwich
State IL
Country USA
Comments I was in Alpha Co. 1/28 1 Inf. Div. Arrived 10-Jan-69. Left 10-Jan-70. I remember hearing about recon Co. losing 8 members in an explosion. We were told it was friendly fire from a short artillery round. But back then the stories always were somewhat misleading. Sorry for the loss of your brother. Gary Johnson




Date February 7, 2016
Name Gary Johnson
Email gralord@msn.com
Home Page
City Sandwich
State IL
Country USA
Comments Great collage of photos. Thanks for the memories.




Date January 11, 2016
Name Chuck Hadley
Email chadley@magnumproducing.com
Home Page
City Houston
State Texas
Country United States
Comments Contact me , anyone who knows who were the medics assigned to HHQ 1/28 Inf. who were not assigned a line company . I was wounded at FSB Apollo on chopper pad while on a 3/4 ton truck along with Mac(Dan) McIntyre both of us arty 2/33rd. Tall lanky medic with glasses and other with black glasses ...would just like to thank them . Chuck Hadley




Date December 30, 2015
Name LUIS R. BURGOS
Email hiseer@outlook.com
Home Page
City SAN JUAN
State PUERTO RICO
Country USA
Comments Updating my e-mail from a previous entry. Co B 1/28 Inf. Blacklions 1969




Date December 12, 2015
Name Charles Emmrich
Email chuckie157@hotmail.com
Home Page
City Pound
State WI
Country USA
Comments I was the medic for mike platoon Bravo C0. 1/28 infantry 1st infantry division. I was in on the diigging the first bunkers for FSB Gela. Sometime in May 1969. Steve Brose was also killed by a charge on the perimeter. It was during a thunderstorm and lightening must have set it off. He was on listening post and I carried him back. I was wounded on June 25th carrying wounded back from a listening post at FSB Gela.




Date November 10, 2015
Name Kevin Carswell
Email kcarswell@outlook.com
Home Page
City The Woodlands
State TX
Country US
Comments Just me Ronald Dahlen on a flight to Seattle and had a wonderful visit. Ronald introduced me to your site.




Date August 26, 2015
Name Bill Brock
Email bands10@att.net
Home Page 5610 Hummingbird Lane
City Mckinney
State TX
Country USA
Comments Pilot for Crossbows June 68 to June 69




Date August 13, 2015
Name Ernie Flynn Sr
Email flynn1000@msn.cm
Home Page
City Billings
State MT
Country USA
Comments Gun 2 Alpha 2/33rd. I was there the night we had ground attack at Gela. We lost our gunner, Jack Tirrell. I often wonder what happened to him.




Date August 10, 2015
Name Shores Turner
Email shores1948@gmail.com
Home Page
City Granbury
State Texas
Country USA
Comments A 8/6 1st Inf. wounded Mother's Day May 12, 1969 at Gela.




Date June 24, 2015
Name George PAVLIDIS
Email Georgepav603@gmail.com
Home Page
City Manchester
State N H
Country USA
Comments We met at Jacksonville reunion, you presented me with GELA T ; just discovered your videos - very touching. What pics I have of the FSB - I would like to send on to you, let me know, I served with Alpha 8/6th Arty BRO Regards, geo.




Date March 26, 2015
Name Roger VanDenburg
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Comments For those of us who accepted our duty when our country called, the collection of Doc Shirley's photos and reflections of a younger American generation shown within "Contrasts of War" help me find the positive energy which Doc demonstrates. Here is an honored citizen, who shows no bitterness but only the empathy for the people of a war-torn country and the troopers who occupied it. I was always looking to the day I would leave. Bob used his time wisely and left us a legacy of photo memories. Thank you, Bob and Larry for such a poignant book.




Date March 22, 2015
Name Larry Schaffer
Email lrs42249@gmail.com
Home Page N/A
City Allentown
State Pa
Country USA
Comments D 1/28 RTO, later HHC Battalion RTO, March 69 March 70. I was on battalion radio watch when the Gela explosion happened and was responsable for calling in the dust off choppers. Thank you to the people who care and are willing to make an effort to honor those who served at Gela and to a greater degree those we lost.




Date March 17, 2015
Name Don Gamble
Email jadag@centurytel.net
Home Page
City Holcombe
State WI
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Date February 27, 2015
Name Chuck Hadley
Email chadley@magnumproducing.com
Home Page
City Houston
State Texas
Country USA
Comments I came into FSB Gela in June of 1969 and served on Gun 1(named ACE) which is 102mm howitzer of Battery A 2/32. I served for about a month and a fellow name Green in Ammo section asked me to trade with him and we did. I knew Lenny Potts of the recon team and Doc Campbell very well, bless their souls. I watched the recon team come in that day on the 14th as the tent I lived was at the entrance to Gela. I was wounded on Oct 31 at FSB Apollo out on the helicopter "pad" in a 3/4 qtr ton truck and was sent stateside in Nov 1969. Would like to thank the medics who treated me especially the tall lanky one who tore into those ARVN soldiers in my defense. I really like what Larry Johns has done on this site, as it is the opposite of war, love and forgiveness. Yeah, we all lived an adventurous life here and we have a lot of good stories mixed in with fighting to share and remember because we are a band of brothers. I'm here in Houston playing geologist and drilling oil wells and never retiring.




Date January 23, 2015
Name Ralph E. Newton
Email renewton@hughes.net
Home Page
City English
State IN
Country USA
Comments Vietnam Dec 68 - Dec. 69 A Btry 2/33 Art, A Co 1/28 Inf Forward Observer team 2/33 art Fire Direction ctr. Lakhi




Date January 15, 2015
Name Allen Riddagh
Email awr5248@yahoo.com
Home Page
City Palmdale
State CA
Country USA
Comments I was at Gela Aug 69 Lima D 1/28




Date January 13, 2015
Name Frank Collazo (Tex)
Email frashar@charter.net
Home Page
City Reno
State Nevada 89503
Country USA
Comments Was at Gela from Oct.1968-Feb.1969 A Co. 1/28 Black Lions Pointman for Mike Platoon




Date January 5, 2015
Name Elliot Juren
Email elliotmj@yahoo.com
Home Page
City Norfolk
State VA
Country USA
Comments Hello all. Sorry to be getting to this party so late but Doc Shirley has kept me informed on the book progress and I can't wait to get a few copies. I was the RTO for Delta 1/28 while Bob was the medic. Hate to admit that the name Gela doesn't really ring a bell but the pix surely bring back lots of memories. Looking forward to the book.




Date September 24, 2014
Name Cathy Harris
Email harrisjeffcathy@yahoo.com
Home Page
City louisville
State Kentucky
Country United States
Comments My uncle was Steven Dale Hooper. He was in B Co. 28th inf. He was killed on March 22, 1969. Anyone know him? Any and all information appreciated




Date August 9, 2014
Name Doug Skinner
Email despasca@aol.com
Home Page
City Ambridge
State Pennsylvania
Country USA
Comments Sure was glad to hear about this site, have a lot of old friends I want to catch up with.




Date March 25, 2014
Name Ronald Sites
Email rongofish@roadrunner.com
Home Page
City Mapleton
State Maine
Country USA
Comments Was at Gela in "69". Never forget




Date January 12, 2014
Name Robert Sholly
Email rsholly@usa.net
Home Page www.youngsoldiersamazingwarriors.com
City Pearland
State Texas
Country USA
Comments Welcome Home, guys.




Date November 25, 2013
Name Victor Henke
Email vhenke@kc.rr.com
Home Page
City Leavenworth
State KS
Country USA
Comments Larry you did an excellent job on this I did not make Gela did not get to November PL till Oct then Recon in Nov. I believe we talked about a year ago. Excellent job




Date August 8, 2013
Name LUIS R. BURGOS
Email hiseer@onelinkpr.net
Home Page
City SAN JUAN
State PUERTO RICO
Country USA
Comments I was in FSB GELA in 1969 B CO 1/28TH INF. BLACK LIONS. Cell phone 787-378-6083




Date July 16, 2013
Name james bohn
Email jhbohn@comcast.net
Home Page
City roseville
State Minnesota
Country United States
Comments Just for information purposes, I began my Vietnam service Sept 1968 as a foot soldier with Lima platoon, Alpha company, 1st battalion/28th infantry, 1st Infantry Division. I was involved in the building of FSB Gela in 1969, and was based there as the Battalion Commander's RTO until DEROS Sept 1969.