USS Haven AH-12

I was on the last crew of the USS Haven AH-12 before going to the Station Hospital, Da Nang, Vietnam, to take care of sick and wounded Marines. This is my patch from the USS Haven. These were rare for even the last crew on the Haven to obtain. I was on the decommissioning (last) […]

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Miss World 1967, Madeleine Hartog Bell

Miss World 1967, Madeleine Hartog Bell, A member of the Bob Hope USO 1967 Christmas Tour, was transported by Marine Helicopter to the Station Hospital at Marble Mountain. During her visit to the hospital, she spent time visiting wounded patients, including a sick little girl and her mother from Thon My Thi Village. In 2002, […]

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Rick Little: Best of Friends and Black Cats

A quiet unsung “hero” and Vietnam survivor 1967-68, Rick Little was a U.S. Army helicopter Crew Chief with The Black Cats at Marble Mountain. We were the best of friends in high school and later between 1965 and 1972. Rick Little, Dixon Rupp, John Hunt, and I have the same tattoo (faded now), which we […]

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A Corpsman’s Legacy

In 1996, Stephanie Hanson began a search for her birth parents (medical reasons). After locating her birth mother, Stephanie was informed that her father, Gary Norman Young, was shot down while on a medevac mission just months before her birth. Her new book, “A Corpsman’s Legacy”, chronicles her incredible experience and ongoing journey. Please visit […]

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How the U.S. Forces Confirmed the Beginning of the TET 68′ Communist Offensive at NSAH

January 29 – February 14, 1968 For some time, the American forces had been aware that the enemy was about to launch some type of major offensive. General Westmoreland was convinced that this big push would come either just before or right after Tet, but not during the holidays and probably at Khe Sanh and […]

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General William C. Westmoreland

I took this picture of General William C. Westmoreland at NSA Station Hospital, Da Nang, Vietnam. From 1964 to 1968, he was the Chief of Military. He shook my hand just after this picture was taken. General Westmoreland toured the Station Hospital and I never saw him again. Vice President of the United States, Hubert […]

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Governor George W. Romney

Former Governor of Michigan & CEO of American Motors Corp.,George W. Romney shaking my hand AT NSAH. I was on duty at the time taking care of 100 patients that day, the majority, US Marines. Govenor Romney would later hold an office on President Nixon’s staff. We lost governor Romney in 1995. He was a […]

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Hubert H. Humphrey Shakes my Hand!

I shook hands with Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey, on December 1967 at NSAH, Da Nang, Vietnam. Vice President Humphrey was accompanied by General William C. Westmoreland and Michigan Governor, George Romney. I took this picture just before he shook hands with Vice President Humphrey. Within a month the 1968 Tet Offensive would take place, […]

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1967 Bop Hope Christmas USO Tour

The tour covered Vietnam, Thailand, U.S.S. Ranger and Coral Sea, Philippines, Guam, Midway. The following guest stars appeared: Bob Hope Les Brown Phil Crosby Elaine Dunn Madeleine Hartog-Bel Barbara McNair Raquel Welch Earl Wilson I went to the Bob Hope USO show in Da Nang, Vietnam, in December of 67′. It was so incredibly crowded […]

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South Vietnamese Dollars (Dong)

The reverse sides of the 5, 10, and 20 dong (dollars) that I brought back from South Vietnam in 1968.

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