2nd Guestbook


Total Number of Guests 133

Record 133 Name: Jose A. Gonzalez
From: Brownsville, Texas
Comments: I was in the USMC from 1993-1997. And I miss it.

 

Record 132 Name:
Comments: this is a pretty good site

 

Record 131 Name: john ghilain
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 130 Name: Allen Green, Vietnam Veterans of America http://www.vva.org
Comments
: We invite everyone who served during this period to join Vietnam Veterans of America. As long as you were active duty before May 7, 1975, you are eligible for membership. Our organization is busy commemorating the 25th anniversary of the end of the war.

 

Record 129
Name
: eric Osborne
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 128
Name: ELLEN C SAMM
Comments: MY BOYFRIEND IS IN THE MARINE CORPS AND I AM IN THE NAVY. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHAT HIS MOTIVATION AND DESIRE CAME FROM ABOUT THE CORPS. LOOKING BACK ON HISTORY'S EVENTS I HAVE NOW AND FOREVER WILL HOLD THE HIGHEST RESPECT AND PRIDE FOR WHICH THE CORPS VALUES HAVE BEEN FOUNDED ON.

 

Record 127
Name: L.R. Torres
From: Fresno, Ca
Comments
: I'm running way behind on writing my research paper, but I stayed to read everything on this site. Amazing. your site and the information on it should be required reading for every single person in this country, Thank you for all your sacrifices.

 

Record 126
Name
: LeeAnn Cha
Comments: What about all those other nationality in Laos that helped, the CIA as well the Marines? I think that they should deserve a medal or something for their help with the war. They too lost families in the war, just like those of you in the United States.

 

Record 125 Name: Ken Crouse
Comments: Just getting ready for the Memorial Service the end of April. If there are any former members of the detachments who have not received info, please check the link attached to the main page or contact me. I've been re-reading Larry Engelmann's book, "Tears Before the Rain" - a collection of the oral history of the fall of Saigon. Very interesting accounts including those of Ambassador Martin, former Deputy Chief of Mission Wolf Lehman, our former Commanding Officer Jim Kean and many others. Highly recommended for the students who want to read more first hand accounts of the final days and the impact it had on the lives of those who were there. I purchased mine online through Amazon.com I believe. Semper Fi! Ken Crouse

 

Record 124 Name: Melinda Taylor
Comments: Hi! I just thought I would sign your guest book since I am doing my research report on

 

Record 123 Name: Steven R. Hulland
From
: Amado, Arizona
Comments
: Col. Ronald Rook, Chief of Staff, MCB, Quantico told me about this web site. Col. Rook is a longtime friend. We met at Pensacola Jr. College while participating in the Marine Associate Degree Program in 1972. Ron was a Sgt, I was a SSGT. Ron made WO, LDO, then unrestricted. I believe he was promoted Col. three years ago. He is a past CO of Echo battalion. I made WO and LDO. Am a past MSG (Asuncion Paraguay 1965-1967) and retired in 1983 as Capt. I am really glad you have taken the time to develop this site. It is important to remember those who went before and paid the highest price for freedom. Semper Fi, Steven R. Hulland Capt. USMC (Ret)

 

Record 122 Name: Nicholas C. Brasher
Comments: This website helps me out on finding things about the war. I have two Veitnam Vets in my family. One of them just died from Agent Orange disease on my birthday. He was a Army helicopter medic. The other man was a Marine though.

 

Record 121 Name: Robert Knight
Comments: Permission to come aboard? I'm an old Marine from Dog Co., 2Batt, 7th Mar. 1st Mar Div. Any of you old timers out there?

 

Record 120
Name: Dan Pincus
Comments: Fantastic Site, Spent the last part of my time in Saigon, was home before the end. Welcome Home My Brothers. Sub Unit One 1st ANGLICO, 1968. Dan Pincus Sgt/USMC.

 

Record 119 Name: Sally Martin
Comments: Thank You and may God Bless all of you that returned and those that are still there

 

Record 118 Name: GySgt Fred C. Adams
Comments: Served from 1966 to 1967, DaNang and ChuLie. Retired in 1975.

 

Record 117 Name: GySgt Fred C. Adams
Comments: Served from 1966 to 1967, DaNang and ChuLie. Retired in 1975.

 

Record 116 Name: Mike Bailey
Comments: How about Vietnamese who got killed? It is sad that only few american bitches got killed... *sigh* It will teach us not to :-) with other countries... or at least I hope that it does... Mike

 

Record 115 Name: Jim Tuohy
Comments
: Great Home Page, beautiful job.33 years laterI can still hear those choppers before I see them. Semper Fi Jim Tuohy Bravo 1/26 Weapons Nam 66

 

Record 114 Name: James McNeill
Comments
: I collect books on the Vietnam War (447 of them) and the saddest without exception cover the events of April '75. A couple of years ago I visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC and was startled that the guide was surprised that I knew who Marines Judge and McMahon were while many of your countrymen seem sadly ignorant. I look forward to visiting your site.

 

Record 113 Name: Terry Cox
Comments
: We cannot depend on the political government to take care of or secure our lives. We must love those around us and secure our own lives through the lord Jesus Christ. Little by little the immoral and perverted US government is moving to steal our freedoms through our children who attend government run public schools. Check out what they push in a school year if you doubt my word. My only hope is that the American military will not turn against it's own countrymen. You have my utmost respect and concern. Semper Fi

 

Record 112 Name: Ginny Felty
Comments
: Thank you to all the brave men and women who served over there. there are alot of people who hold you dear in their hearts. we love you!!!

 

Record 111 Name: Jim Barton
Comments: Welcome Home ... and Semper Fidelis! SSgt, 1964-70; RVN 1966-67

 

Record 110 Name: Sgt Jaime Rodriguez Jr.
Comments: Genltemen, I was looking at the news and I found a link to your web site. To my advantage this is the BEST website I have ever visited. I too am a MARINE. I felt a sence of motivation and pride in this great UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS that I have never felt in my life whene I read your stories. The heroics that you Marines displayed was a credit to all Marines. Although I am only 25 I have served for 5 years now, and have never read or been told an enthralling story such as this one. I salute all of you. I only hope that I may be of service to my country and Corps as you. Semper Fidelis Sgt Jaime Rodriguez Jr. USMC

 

Record 109 Name: k buege
Comments: I was 18 years old when the Vietnam War ended. For what ever reason I didn't focus in on what was happening. Now as an adult I have read many books regarding this war. A lot of governmental people didn't really understand what was going on--missed opportunities. I have tears in my eyes when the word Vietnam is said. So many wonderful young men now gone. I have a 16 year old son and tell him the service is a very honorable profession and it takes a lot of courage to become a leader as so many did in Vietnam.

 

Record 108 Name: Richard Strait
Comments: I was in Nam.in the Army and the Navy.Keep up the good work

 

Record 107 Name: Han
Comments: This site looks so beautiful and so emotion. It's very dedicating your hardwork and your talent Good luck to all of you and God Bless you

 

Record 106 Name: George Kite
Comments: This site has answered alot of questions i had. My high school MCJROTC instructor was SGTMAJ Terry Bennington (SGT. at that time) and i just now realized exactly what he did.

 

Record 105 Name: Bill, not clinton
Comments: I volunteered for Vietnam because, among other reasons, I believed that I could and should help in Vietnam's fight for independence from the communist North. As a Regular US Army Armor Captain (Ranger Qualified), I served as a combat advisor for my entire tour. That was unusual as most officers spent 6 months in the field and 6 months behind a desk. At that time the major US troop units were going home. As an advisor I was frequently by myself for extended periods of time in a sea of Vietnamese. I served with a good unit. We, US and Vietnamese alike, were hung out to dry. If those who made some of the decisions that we had to try to live with were there, it would have been a lot different. Sadly, I have come to believe the quote that goes something like, "Only the dead have seen the end of war.".

 

Record 104 Name: Sgt Travis Stroh
Comments: Its good to know there's sites out here like this one: telling the stories that need to be told. Thanks for upholding the traditions so that I have them today. 0331 I Co. 3/1 Wpns Plt

 

Record 103 Name: Sgt Travis Stroh
Comments: Its good to know there's sites out here like this one: telling the stories that need to be told. Thanks for upholding the traditions so that I have them today. 0331 I Co. 3/1 Wpns Plt

 

Record 102 Name: Alan
Comments: I just wonder why the Vietnamese Communist still holding on to the power after taking over the South Vietnam on 4/30/1975,killing their own people,imprisoned innocent people,monks,priestes,writers,intelectual people,I have seen innocent people,chidren buried alive by vietnamese communist in 1968 at HUE,mass murderers Ho chi Minh and his comrades should be trialed like Polpot(khmer rouge)or Hitler.

 

Record 101 Name: Alan
Comments: I just wonder why the Vietnamese Communist still holding on to the power after taking over the South Vietnam on 4/30/1975,killing their own people,imprisoned innocent people,monks,priestes,writers,intelectual people,I have seen innocent people,chidren buried alive by vietnamese communist in 1968 at HUE,mass murderers Ho chi Minh and his comrades should be trialed like Polpot(khmer rouge)or Hitler.

 

Record 100 Name: Christina
Comments: I was doing an essay on the Vietnam War.

 

Record 99 Name: Christina
Comments: I was doing a report on the vietnam War and found this site

 

Record 98 Name: Darrell
Comments: i just wanted information on the vietnam war.

 

Record 97 Name: John C. STEWART
Comments: I was at DAO near Tan Son Nuht with Capt. Wood and the forward MSG det. We had a wild ride through the city picking up refugees as chaos flowed around us. Our convoy consisted of a jeep, three buses and an embassy sedan. My favorite memory is the quad fifty that tracked us every time we tried to enter the DAO through the traffic circle. I'm the one who woke up Judge and McMahon to relieve us just prior to their demise. LCpl. Boyd and I then had to stand the post after the rocket attack. No fun finding minced body parts of a MSG, I know I'll never forget that day. I'm a college student at Stephen F. Austin State Univ. here in Nacogdoches finishing my degree in Business.

 

Record 96 Name: Chuck Vitek
Comments: I served with the 1st MAW twice. First time was in 1972 in 'Nam with MAG-12 at Bien Hoa and Iwakuni Japan and later with the 1st MAW HQs (forward) on Okinawa in 1977. I also did tours with 1/28, CamPen; MarBks, Subic Bay; MarBks, Newport,RI; HqBn, Henderson Hall; and finally at CMC (Code JAM)

 

Record 95 Name: gary brent joy
Comments: MY FATHER WAS OR I GUESS SHOULD SAY STILL IS A US MARINE.SO I WAS LOOKING AROUND TRYING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR . THANKS FOR BEING THERE FIRST SO OTHERS WOULDNT HAVE TO BE .

 

Record 94 Name: Rene D Delgadillo
Comments: May all our fallen comrades rest in peace. God bless the Marine Corps. and all the MSG on post around the world. MSG DET Sarajevo

 

Record 93 Name: John V. Prater
Comments: I found your Web Page while doing reseach for a Term paper. Need help with details and specifics, I am my own primary source for the paper as I was there 29-30 April 1975. I was onboard the USS Vancouver LPD-2 as a PFC(2531). I did not get to come ashore, our platoon was :-) igned guard duty for the refugees as they were brought onboard. So my information in limited. I am looking for PFC Danny Stamper, PFC Richard Tatum, CPL Chuck Brown and others from my platoon and from Brown's Company. Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated. V/R John Prater USMC/USN Retired.
Record 92 Name: C. R.
Comments: Participated in Operation "Frequent Wind," as crew member in USS HAN :-) (CVA-19). Am also a former Marine, A-1-1 Inchon - Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950-51. C. R. "Corky" Johnson Master Chief Petty Officer U.S. Navy (Retired) (Former SSgt USMC)

 

Record 91 Name: Mike Vanatta MM2
Comments: I was aboard the USS Reasoner DE1063 (I was on the boarding party for the "Greenville Victory" durning "Operation Eagle Pull" and "Operation Frequent Wind". Please see http://members.aol.com/zeldahome/histories/johnson_history1.htm#top for a listing of United States Ships involved in "Operation Eagle Pull" and "Operation Frequent Wind" Thanks, Mike

 

Record 90 Name: ROGELIO B REYES
Comments
: LOOKING FOR BILL MEYERS

 

Record 89 Name: Frank Harris
Comments: I was a young L/Cpl from F Detachment out of 2/12 for the fall of Saigon. Anyone who was out of either E or F Detachment please email me. Been looking for you. Semper Fi Frank

 

Record 88 Name: Tuan Tran
Comments: My big brother served in the Republic of South Vietnam's Marines in Quang Tri province during the war, and was imprisoned for six years after it ended. Hence my interests in the war and Marines Corps. I wish to thank all American servicemen who dedicated their lives fighting for freedom in my country, and register my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives there. Please safeguard your country's freedom, something the Vietnamese people have lost! From a Vietnamese friend.

 

Record 87 Name: Dustin Lerud son of Bruce Grandlund
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 86 Name: Ryan Rector
Comments: I am 15 years old and in 10th grade. I am doing a report on the tet offensive in vietnam. Thanks to all you guys who served in the military. Sincerely, Ryan Rector 

 

Record 85 Name: Rob Dickensheets
Comments: I'm very interested in Vietnam.

 

Record 84 Name: Emery K Troxel
Comments: I served during Eagle pull and Frequent winds on the USS Oklahoma City Marine Detachment I didn't know we were awarded any awards. Would like to here from my fellow Marines and shipmates. It all happened so fast so many people with nowhere to go SEMPER FI

 

Record 83 Name: john woods
Comments: I just wanted to say God bless you gentlmen for the job you did for your country. In this day and time when commitment loyalty and service to country seem to be ignored and misunderstood you serve as an ever present reminder of the cost of the freedom we all hold so dear. As the new millenium approaches I can only hope that your courage and commitment to unit corp god and country (not to mention each other) will be born again in my son's generation. take care and god bless Respectfully John David Woods Semper Fi

 

Record 82 Name: andre p baraby usmc hotel co 1975
Comments: I was apart of operation Eagle pull frequent win. second bn-4th Marine Division. Hotel CO Weapons PLT. Thank you for the dedication to our brothers.

 

Record 81 Name: Rick Toynbee
Comments: Great site and wonderful tribute. My high school pard and then Marine Lt. Roan Timothy was part of this operation. I served RVN 68-69, lstMAW, AmerEmbassy, Rabat, Morocco 66-68. Semper Fi to all!

 

Record 80 Name: MIKE (THE BUSH ) LIPKA
Comments
: TO ALL MSG'S WELCOME HOME I WAS THERE FROM OCT 70 TO OCT71 LIVED ON THE 4TH FLOOR OF NEW SAIGON HOTEL BETTER KNOWN AS MARSHALL HALL LOKKING FOR SOME OF THE OTHERS FROM THE HALL SEMPER FI AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OF THESE PEOPLE PASS ON MY PHONE # 810 790 5882

 

Record 79 Name: Thomas Mulkey
Comments: I am a history major at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM and I am very interested in the Vietnam war.

 

Record 78 Name: Randy (R.C.) Smith
Comments: I arrived in Saigon 18 April, l974. I was the youngest Marine in country until December of 74. I had orders to Geneva, Switzerland in Mid April of 75. I was involuntarily extended through the evacuation. Having been in Saigon a year I new the embassy as well as any MSG. I was permanant post one the last week in country until Major Kean relieved me of April, 29 around me at1630. I was the last person to sign the official log book and along with Lance Corporal Thomas was the last Marine, to pull colors in Vietnam. I was on the second to last helicopter to leave Vietnam.... Any information pertaining to any reunions of the MSG's in Vietnam during Frequent Wind would be appreciated. God Bless. Semper Fi.

 

Record 77 Name: Jim Woods
Comments
: Great job on the website. Its of particular interest to me as I was a MSG (Madrid 1955-57). In 1975 I was a Duty Officer with Mission Warden Office in Saigon. I was assigned to DAQ and assisted in evacuating people all day on the 29th of April. Rockets and artillery fire were hitting the adjacent airport all day effectively closing down the runways. Around 2030 (about the time all power went off at DAO) we had finished loading people at the main headquarters building. Only the Marines from the Task Force and some DAO personnel were left. We were instructed to leave and were taken by helicopter out to the USS Vancouver. The helicopter pilot went out with the rear ramp down which gave you an excellent view of Saigon. I remember seeing the POL fire at the airport and that all the street lights were on and a very light rain was falling. That was my last view of Vietnam.

 

Record 76 Name: Timothy J. Kolich
Comments: VMO-3, Phu Bai, RVN, 1967 To those that came before us. To those that will follow. and to those that have fallen. SEMPER FI.

 

Record 75 Name: Gary F. Plunkett
Comments: Site sent to me from a former embassy guard J.B.Myers, Good site, enjoyed reading the stories. Gary

 

Record 74 Name: Tyrel hendrickson
Comments: I'm 13 years old I want to be a Marine.

 

Record 73 Name: Doug Drummond Comments: A lot of hard work has obviously gone into this web site.

 

Record 72 Name: Steve Zollo
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 71 Name: Ted Floyd
Comments: USAF Tuy Hoa 65thru 66 Thanks.

 

Record 70 Name: Tra Green
Comments: Very helpful site,aided me on a very important project

 

Record 69 Name: joe
Comments: This page is great. I had a report on the fall of Saigon and this supplied lots of useful information and insight into this event. Thanks a lot for making this web page.

 

Record 68 Name: Joe
Comments
: when i grow up im going to be a marine

 

Record 67 Name: lt/Col D.C. Yorck USMC Ret
Comments: Good website I was platoon commander and company commander L 3/4 1967-69 I would like to contact so of my wounded

 

Record 66 Name: Belle Thi Nguyen
Comments
: I came to American when I was almost 2 years old back in 1980, I'm just now beginning to look into the reality of the Vietnam War.

 

Record 65 Name: Belle Thi Nguyen
Comments
: I came to American when I was almost 2 years old back in 1980, I'm just now beginning to look into the reality of the Vietnam War.

 

Record 64 Name: Jeff Manthos
Comments: Greetings I'm over from the Heli-vets (Vietnam helicopter crew net)site.I agree that those serving in-country or coastal waters, etc., between mid '73 and April of '75 should get the Vietnam service ribbon. I was in the SCS in late '73 to late '74,on the carrier USS Kitty Hawk, CV-61. There were thousands of sailors and Marines who were ready to do their duty during that time period. I wrote a letter to the president, which was apparently fowarded to the sec Navy, who gave me the stock reply of the closing of MacV etc., in '73. Lets not give up on this, maybe someday you, myself and others will get the proper recognition. Until then, all my respect Jeff Manthos, USN HS-4Black Knights aircrew, South China Sea, 1973-1974

 

Record 63 Name: Cassie Hulbison
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 62 Name: Selena Baker
Comments: I would like to thank all of you Vietnam soliders for what you did for our country. I came here to find info for my history fair project. I don't think people realize how much you sacrificed for our nation. THANK YOU!!!

 

Record 61 Name: SKIP NACE
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 60 Name: SKIP NACE
Comments
: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 59 Name: Cpl James A. Johnson
Comments: Served 1966-67 M 3/5 1st Platoon. Semper Fi

 

Record 58 Name: Krista DeBee
Comments
: I would like to have more information on the fall of Saigon. I am doing a report that is due Wednesday, November 24, 1999.

 

Record 57 Name: Beryl C. Smith
Comments: Thank you for your courageous, dedicated service to America and to the cause of human freedom from tyranny. May freedom live on! And may the sheep of America wake up and realize how close they are getting to losing their freedom.

 

Record 56 Name: CPL Hector Martinez Guestbook>
Comments: Semper Fi

 

Record 55 Name: Aaron E Allan
Comments: As a current MSG, I have a great respect for these two Marines and the sacrifices they made. Semper Fi Aaron E Allan Sgt USMC American Consulate, Vladivostok Russia (Oct 20 98-Oct 27 99) American Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (currently)

 

Record 54 Name: Bill Lang
Comments: Served in Vietnam July, 1969 to July, 1970 in the 1st. cav, B 2-12. Also went back in January 1996 and rode my bicycle from Hanoi to Saigon.

 

Record 53 Name: Ramona
Comments: Outstanding site.I really enjoyed visiting. God bless you and yours! Keep up the good work.
Record 52 Name: kyle peterson
Comments: Iam glad their were brave people like your self's over their giving it your all

 

Record 51 Name: Msgt Robert Schlager
  Website: Happy Birthday Marines 
 Referred by: Just Surfed On In 
From
: Richland Wa 
Time
: 1999-11-12 02:24:10 
Comments
: Happy Birthday Marines and Semper Fi. It's been a long time so if you get this message, give me a shout. Bein Hoa and Saigon. Have a great time. Lets talk and keep in contact. Semper fi bob

 

Record 50 Name: Harry Houck Comments: Just wanted to say that I was one of the Marines who participated in Operation Frequent Wind, I was with Hotel Co. 2/4 3rd Platoon. It was an experience I will never forget. 13 of us were left behind at the DAO Compound for some time after the last evacuation chopper left that area. Finally some time later we were extracted in the early morning hours, and flown to the USS Midway,when the sun finally came up the sky was filled with what looked like hundreds of ARVN choppers fleeing it was quite a site, also I watched a Piper Cup pvt aircraft land on the Midway, i didn't think they would make it but thank god they did.. Would like to make contact with the others that were left behind with me or anyone from H 2/4 at that time.Semper Fi, Great Site

 

Record 49 Name: Azmi Nefri
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 48 Name: Azmi Nefri
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 47 Name: Steven C. Emmanuel
Comments: Excellent site, there should be more of these to honor all of our fallen brothers.

 

Record 46 Name: Bobbie
Comments: I am looking for info for a school report please if anyone has info on Saigon please e mail me it hase to be the battle of saigon or the Fall thanks Bobbie a Junior in High school

 

Record 45 Name: SEAN
Comments: I would like to say that the USMC and the rest of the US armed forces should be loved and revered more in our society. Brave men and women have died for the sake of making the lives of civilians like my self safer. My grandfather was on Iwo Jima during WWII and i will forever be indepted to him and the rest of the armed forces. To those veterans who read this, thank you.

 

Record 44 Name: CWO-4 Tim Morehead
Comments: Nice web site, brought back some memories. Semper Fi.

 

Record 43 Name: Andrew Jerry James
Comments
: Nice site! Was in Saigon as MSG from April,1968-69.

 

Record 42 Name: CPL MIKE DALRYMPLE
Comments: JUST HAVING A SMALL FLASHBACK OF THE FINAL MORNING IN SAIGON. I REMEMBER WE WERE TOLD TO PULL BACK BEHIND THE GATES AND LOCK THEM, THEN CAME WORD TO GO BACK OUT AND EVACUATE ALL THE PEOPLE WE COULD AT THAT TIME I WAS ASSIGNED THE LANDING ZONE AT THE PX AREA. EVERYTHING BECAME VERY TENSE WHEN THE FIRST CHOPPER STARTED TO LAND AND THEN ALL THE SUDDEN SMALL ARMS FIRE CAME FROM BEHIND A FENCE AND I COULD HEAR IT BUZZING. CAPACITY ON THE CHOPPERS WAS WELL EXCEEDED WHEN THEY LANDED AND PEOPLE MADE A MAD RUSH TO GET ON THEM. I WAS WITH THE DETACHMENT OF 40 MARINES FROM CHARLIE CO 1/9 THAT ARRIVED ON 25 APRIL 1975. SEMPER FI TO MY FELLOW MARINES. I AM LOOKING FOR MY FORMER PLATOON MEMBERS PLT COMMANDER LT THOMPSONBOWERS CONTACT ME AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: MIKE DALRYMPLE 3713 COLORADO ST WEST COVINA CA 91792 PH: (626) 913-1646

 

Record 41 Name: CPL MIKE DALRYMPLE
Comments: JUST HAVING A SMALL FLASHBACK OF THE FINAL MORNING IN SAIGON. I REMEMBER WE WERE TOLD TO PULL BACK BEHIND THE GATES AND LOCK THEM, THEN CAME WORD TO GO BACK OUT AND EVACUATE ALL THE PEOPLE WE COULD AT THAT TIME I WAS ASSIGNED THE LANDING ZONE AT THE PX AREA. EVERYTHING BECAME VERY TENSE WHEN THE FIRST CHOPPER STARTED TO LAND AND THEN ALL THE SUDDEN SMALL ARMS FIRE CAME FROM BEHIND A FENCE AND I COULD HEAR IT BUZZING. CAPACITY ON THE CHOPPERS WAS WELL EXCEEDED WHEN THEY LANDED AND PEOPLE MADE A MAD RUSH TO GET ON THEM. I WAS WITH THE DETACHMENT OF 40 MARINES FROM CHARLIE CO 1/9 THAT ARRIVED ON 25 APRIL 1975. SEMPER FI TO MY FELLOW MARINES. I AM LOOKING FOR MY FORMER PLATOON MEMBERS PLT COMMANDER LT THOMPSONBOWERS CONTACT ME AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: MIKE DALRYMPLE 3713 COLORADO ST WEST COVINA CA 91792 PH: (626) 913-1646

 

Record 40 Name: CPL MIKE DALRYMPLE
Comments: JUST HAVING A SMALL FLASHBACK OF THE FINAL MORNING IN SAIGON. I REMEMBER WE WERE TOLD TO PULL BACK BEHIND THE GATES AND LOCK THEM, THEN CAME WORD TO GO BACK OUT AND EVACUATE ALL THE PEOPLE WE COULD AT THAT TIME I WAS ASSIGNED THE LANDING ZONE AT THE PX AREA. EVERYTHING BECAME VERY TENSE WHEN THE FIRST CHOPPER STARTED TO LAND AND THEN ALL THE SUDDEN SMALL ARMS FIRE CAME FROM BEHIND A FENCE AND I COULD HEAR IT BUZZING. CAPACITY ON THE CHOPPERS WAS WELL EXCEEDED WHEN THEY LANDED AND PEOPLE MADE A MAD RUSH TO GET ON THEM. I WAS WITH THE DETACHMENT OF 40 MARINES FROM CHARLIE CO 1/9 THAT ARRIVED ON 25 APRIL 1975. SEMPER FI TO MY FELLOW MARINES. I AM LOOKING FOR MY FORMER PLATOON MEMBERS PLT COMMANDER LT THOMPSONBOWERS CONTACT ME AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: MIKE DALRYMPLE 3713 COLORADO ST WEST COVINA CA 91792 PH: (626) 913-1646

 

Record 39 Name: Jared Thomason
Comments: My grandfather fought and died at Saigon, my hats off to those that were there with him.

 

Record 38 Name: Georgia
Comments: thanks a bunch for helping me with my Vietnam history project.

 

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Record 36 Name: Helen Crosswaite
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 35 Name: Garry Adams
Comments
: The old US Embassy in Saigon has gone. They started pulling it down last year and a new and totally different building which now houses the US Consulate stands in its place. It is about 1/5 of the size of the original and when I was there in Oct 99 it still ahd not been decided if the perimeter wall would come down or not. The guard towers have been de roofed so I would guess the whole lot may be taken down eventually. The plaque that commemorated the dead defenders is now in a museum. attempts are under way to have it returned to the consulate. There are some photo's of the demolishing and rebuilding in the Then and Now section in Contemporary Vietnam Regards Garry Adams AUSTRALIA

 

Record 34 Name: Cathy Lyke
Comments: My sister, Mary Glaudel, was a Marine stationed in Saigon during the Tet offensive while I was going through boot camp. Let us never forget the women who served there. My heart will always be with my fellow Marines. Thank you for this website. Semper Fi!

 

Record 33 Name: MARY ANTHONY
Comments
: MY HUSBAND, MIKE ANTHONY (AT THE TIME A SSGT, NOW A RETIRED MSGT), WAS THE PERSONAL RADIO OPERATOR FOR GENERAL GRAY DURING THE EVACUATION AND THE ONLY ONE FROM 7TH COMM TO LAND IN SAIGON. IT WAS HIS SECOND TRIP TO VIETNAM AND WE HAD ONLY BEEN MARRIED FOR JUST OVER A YEAR. IT WAS THE TUNING POINT IN HIS MARINE CARRIER THAT MADE HIM STAY IN THE CORPS AND MAKE IT A CARRIER. HE WENT TO DESERT STORM/DESERT SHIELD AND RETIRED AFTER THAT AS A MSGT. IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT REMEMBERS HIM, YOU CAN REACH US AT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

 

Record 32 Name: John Cook
Comments: I have to bring up just one more topic: Please Read: On another web page about the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, the photographer found a plaque in a museum in Saigon, believe the museum was the old French governor's home, dedicated to the American guards killed defending the U.S. Embassy during Tet of 68. I have the same feelings that whoever the author of that page has about the plaque. I feel that it should be returned to the American people where it can receive the honor it deserves for the men who gave their lives for our country, instead of being stowed away in a Saigon museum where it receives no honor. I have only seem photos of the plaque. If anyone reading this knows any contacts, whether it be our new Vietnam Ambassador or anyone who could possibly get the plaque returned to the American people, I urge you to do it. These men deserve to be honored for their duty.

 

Record 31 Name: John Cook
Comments: This page really honors the Marines that were in Saigon during the last days. I really appreciate this page. My father served in security at Tan San Nhut (1969). All honor to every Marine who served during the fall of Saigon, I know there isn't a day that goes by they don't think about it and the faces of the people left behind.

 

Record 30 Name: Debbie Bronson
Comments: I have become interested in the Vietnam War as the result of writing an article about a prisoner of war. I have recently read a book and seen a video about the Fall of Saigon and wondered how individual experiences played out against the historical facts. It was great to find this site. It is a beauty!

 

Record 29 Name: CPL MIKE DALRYMPLE
Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM CHARLIE 1/9 MARINES UNDER LT THOMPSONBOWER WHO WENT INTO SAIGON TO HELP THE EMBASSY GUARDS ON APRIL 23 1975

 

Record 28 Name: CPL MIKE DALRYMPLE
Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM CHARLIE 1/9 MARINES UNDER LT THOMPSONBOWER WHO WENT INTO SAIGON TO HELP THE EMBASSY GUARDS ON APRIL 23 1975

 

Record 27 Name: M. Sanders
Comments: Spent last 5 years looking for old friend Cpl. C. Arriaga, graduated from MSG school together. If possible, pass along my email address Thank You "Doc"

 

Record 26 Name: keith Beasley
Comments: this is a nice site. I was Darwin's Scoutmaster when he earned the eagle rank. He was a neat person.

 

Record 25 Name: JOSEPH F. JANKOWSKI
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 24 Name: Col Steve Hasty
Comments: Updating new e-mail address.....graduated Naval War College and am now stationed at the pentagon.

 

Record 23 Name: John Engeholm
Comments: I was a squid on board the USS Mount Vernon (LSD 39) during the evacuation. Thank you for the USN tribute page. This is a great website. Wish you all the best.

 

Record 22 Name: David W. Marnalse
Comments
: Served in both Vienna, Austria & Belgrad Yugoslavia on Marine Embassy Duty from 1978 to 1981.. Looking for anyone who served during that time period. Look forward to hearing from you. Best Regards, Dave marnalse

 

Record 21 Name: Earl R Thomas
Comments: Thanks from a fellow Viet vet. (1968--1969-1/1/1)

 

Record 20 Name: Kevin M. Maloney
Comments
: SAIGON MARINES Does anyone have a point of contact for the Charles McMahon Family? I was unsuccessful in my search in Woburn, Massachusetts. These folks should be invited to the service in Marshalltown. Thanks Kevin PPSU/DAO 75

 

Record 19 Name: GLYN GREEN
Comments: I`m just re-reading "The Fall of Saigon" by David Butler.I`d just like to say that everyone who was at the embassy during that hellish day, behaved honorably under very difficult circumstances. Good luck for the future for both veterans and the Vietnamese

 

Record 18 Name: Steve McKinley
Comments:
In the Spring. Showing the fellas at work the website so thought I would write again. Are you guys having a reunion next year? Let me know. Semper Fi - Steve Plt Cmdr, 3rd Plt, A Co. 1/9 (Sparrow Hawk Commander, Frequent Wind)

 

Record 17 Name: Andre Stringer
Comments: I was assigned to the DAO Compound during the fall of Saigon as the second in command of the Det there

 

Record 16 Name: Shamim mohammad
Comments: Good page I enjoy everything related to history

 

Record 15 Name: Brian Johnston
Comments
: Someone recently told me that a whole bunch of Marines, either embassy guards or others, were left behind after the last evacuation helicopter left. Any truth to this? If so, what is the full story, and what happened to these Marines?

 

Record 14 Name: Allen Howdyshell
Comments: I was a clerk at Bn.Hdgtrs during the evacuation of Saigon. I handled a lot of the paperwork and messages transferring the MSG's around. The only name I remember is, Sgt. Bispo.

 

Record 13 Name: Gary Lynch
Comments: Hi fellas, I was a Navy linguist in DaNang in 68, 69 & 70. I'm writing a book which probably won't ever be published, but I was hoping some of you Embassy Marines might have a color photo or two of the US Embassy in Saigon. I'd like to include that in my book. Any chance of a color photo??? Thanks a lot; I'm sure glad I found your site. Do any of you guys ever go back over? I worked there for a couple of years (95/96/97) and have a girlfriend there, so I go back twice per year. You can fly (coach) for about $600 round trip. I know of a hotel (a comfortable one) near the airport which only charges about $35 per night. The embassy y'all know was demolished last year and a new one is under construction on the same site, near the Notre Dame cathedral. Thanks again. Gary Lynch

 

Record 12 Name: John R. Persich
Comments: I found this location because of 2 things: 1- Sgt Ted Murray is a buddy of mine from 29 Palms, remember GySgt Kellough & Sgt Pollack? 2- My daughter is a Marine and has applied for MSG school. I found it very interesting, I was stationed in KBay and on alert to go back into VietNam but it happened/fell to fast.

 

Record 11 Name: Timothy J. Jordan
Comments: HI, I would like more information on this War. I am looking for an Army unit, that was involved in Hamburger Hill. Any help would be great. Thanks guys nice page Go Corps I am a Commander in the Naval Reserves.

 

Record 10 Name: Martin Davenport
Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 9 Name: Delwyn Spears
Comments
: i was with blt2/4 h&s comm and was on the uss okinawa was also atthe dao compound but never got no awards for nothing because i rotated back to the states and was discharged a short time later sure would be nice to have these if there is any just never bothered to ask any where so :-) it

 

Record 8 Name: Delwyn Spears
Comments
: i was with blt2/4 h&s comm and was on the uss okinawa was also atthe dao compound but never got no awards for nothing because i rotated back to the states and was discharged a short time later sure would be nice to have these if there is any just never bothered to ask any where so :-) it

 

Record 7 Name: Ronald J. Phillips Jr
Comments: was a platoon leader on an MSC ship back then, I had left 2/4 to go back to OKI, then got assigned to "Papa" Det. and assigned to the MSC Green-something. Had no idea you guys didn't get the VSM, unbelievable!!

 

Record 6 Name: Ronald J. Phillips Jr
Comments: was a platoon leader on an MSC ship back then, I had left 2/4 to go back to OKI, then got assigned to "Papa" Det. and assigned to the MSC Green-something. Had no idea you guys didn't get the VSM, unbelievable!!
Record 5 Name: Michael Young
Comments: My friend has developed a GAME of the fall of Saigon. Playing the game has interested me in this area of history. It gives you pause for thought about this tragic event. If you would be interested contact michael.young@bae.co.uk

 

Record 4 Name: David F. Chisholm
Comments: Good info, I flew into the Embassy with recon, I was with a small machine gun attachment with H+S Co, 2nd Bn 4th Marines. Are there any awards we rate. I was in the admin building over looking the rear gate, remember when the civilian bus tried to ram the gate, feed cover down lock and loaded, no shot fired.

 

Record 3 Name: Chris McCarthy Comments: Very excellent

 

Record 2 Name: John Petrus Comments: Private Message (click to view)

 

Record 1 Name: Colin Broussard
Comments
: I would like to thank everyone who left us messages. We are on our second Guestbook now. I assure you our Marines read every entry you make and it's much appreciated. Semper Fi!