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In April 2024, D-Troop website will be shutting down.
It's been a long run and I've enjoyed every minute of hosting the website and being involved with all our unit. Also the joy I got while helping numerous individuals find friends or research information about family members. Some wanting to contact or locate friends or to simply learn more about our D-Troop unit.
I began the website way back in May 1988 in my effort to locate friends I left behind in 1970. It began with only one photo of my original Dtroop patch along with my contact information. The response was immediate, with a call from Bob Parsons within the first week. Soon afterward, I received a call from my good friend, Gary Krehbiel. The site has been so very rewarding and therapeutic for me and I will miss all the communication. However the time has come to call it quits.
If there is anything you would like from the website, please contact me and I'll do my best to fulfill your request. If you think you would like to order anything from the giftshop, now is the time.
I would like to especially thank you all those that provided photos and related information for the website and a special thanks for all the generous donations to help keep the site up and running.
Wishing you all the very best. Stay healthy, and God bless you all for your service.
To all those that served and sacraficed for our country.
Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another - Vietnam Veterans of America "Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran's age approximated to be 54 years old." So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam?...don't know about you guys, but kind of gives me the chills, Considering this is the kind of information I'm used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets.
So the last 14 years we are dying too fast, only the few will survive by 2015...if any; if true 390 Vietnam vets die a day. So in 2190 days from today, lucky to be a Vietnam veteran alive in only 6 years.
These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the HQ CP Forward Observer - 1st Recon April 12, 1997.
Sad news just received from Sally Heaverne letting me know Cliff Heaverne passed away this past December. Cliff served with the Blues.
Most recently heard of Ron Walker passing this past January. Ron was with the Scout platoon 68-69. He will be remembered.
Take a minute...
Take a little time and see if you can dig up those old D-Troop photos. I'd like to add more to our collection. Contact me via email, text or call and I will guide you through the process. Won't take much time at all and your friends will love them.
The VA has added three NEW Agent Orange Presumptions which now qualify for certain benefits. Presumptions include the following. AL Amyloidosis, Bladder cancer, Chronic B-cell Leukemias, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's Disease, Hypothyroidism, Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkins's Lymphoma, Parkinsonism, Parkinson's Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy-Early-Onset, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, Prostate Cancer, Respiratory Cancers, Soft Tissue Sarcomas.
I would like to welcome you to the D-Troop website. It's intended to keep all our D-Troop pals in constant touch. Many of us served and operated as a well-oiled machine during the Vietnam War, and our hearts were all touched by some of the bravest and most courageous soldiers of the time. After many years with absolutely NO contact with my Army pals, in 1988, I decided to create this site. We have a great bunch of guys keeping in contact with one another. Many have also donated their photos, stories, documentation, memories, and much more over the years and I hope the trend continues. It remains to be a truly cohesive group of good guys that recognize the extreme role we played in Vietnam. By visiting the pages of the site, you'll realize we were a bunch of young kids with dedication and loyalty to our fellow soldier and most of all... our country. We will never forget our friends... all those that we fought along side. Even more so for ALL the brave young soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice.
1Since February 2004, there has been a substantial gravitation to the site. We now have nearly 350 names and contact information for pilots, gunners, "blues", admin, maintenance and others, which now provide an avenue for many of our friends to keep in touch.
2John Steinbeck speaks of flying in Vietnam...
Only a handful of people have won both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes in literature. One of them was iconic American novelist John Steinbeck. His incredible body of work stretched from Tortilla Flat to Of Mice and Men, from Grapes of Wrath to Cannery Row to East Of Eden. He had a gift for the language that few, before or since have possessed. Not widely known is the fact that in 1966-67, a year before his death, he went to Vietnam...
3I have the state of Arizona Purple Heart license plates on my car. See the note left on my windshield.