Currahee!! __ Welcome to Charlie Company! A Brotherhood of Vietnam Vets
This website is dedicated to a veterans group of "Combat Field Grunts" that served together in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War with Company C, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (C/2nd/506th) during the years of 1970 and 1971. After many years of looking, we have been fortunate enough to find each other again. And our little "Band of Brothers" is still growing at 127 men found. We continue to seach for and reachout to many of our "unfound" brothers that we served together with, and their families, that may be looking for us. To that end, we hope this website may help. We want to invite all of the members of Charlie Company to participate in the development of this website. We need your help in collecting all of the missing information needed to fill in the blanks on these pages. Names of Officers, NCO's, and men from the platoon's that you served in. Think of this website as a "on-going work in progress" and we are always looking to you, our brothers, for information, comments, and suggestions on the content of this website...."your website". Let us know what would be helpful to you? What would you like to see here? And how can we reach more of the men that we served with? Add this website to your favorite's list and check back ofen, we are constantly adding new members to the group, posting new material of interest, and adding new photo albums into our Photo Gallery pages (now over 1500 Vietnam War photos).
View our site along with some great music of that period on each page. So be sure to turn on your sound system, and you may need to accept the active X controls for the player if you get a notice pop-up at the top of the viewing window... The audio piece that your are now hearing on this page is how Infantrymen feel about the Chopper Pilots that supported us in the field. "God's Own Lunatics" is narrated by Joe Gallaway (The only civillian to earn a Bronze Star) who also co-wrote the book "We were Soldiers Once and Young" with Gen. Hal Moore which became the movie "We were Soldiers" with Mel Gibson. This audio is a very powerful and healing piece. It is our hope and desire, that here on our website, you will find a sense of veteran brotherhood, joy in the days of ole, and healing.... A place where you can be proud of the job that you performed for your Country. And re-connect with your old buddies and come full circle to find peace of mind!!
!! Our Newly Found Charlie Company Vets !! Give a big "Currahee Shout-out" to Andy Giles 2nd Platoon, Randy "Satch" Garver 2nd Platoon, Bob Smith 2nd Platoon, Rick Walsh 1st Platoon, Dale Cooper 1st Platoon, Harry Sullivan 2nd Platoon, Steve Funk 1st Platoon, Jim Harris 2nd Platoon, Troy Porter 1st Platoon, Robert (Wayne) Plunk 2nd Platoon, Clarence Pearson 1st Platoon, Don Kemp 2nd Platoon Medic, Jerome (Jerry) Minahan 3rd Platoon, Jerome (Buffy) Buffington 1st Platoon, Stuart Trotter 1st Platoon, Doug Kolm 2nd Platoon, Corky Swafford 1st Platoon, Herbert Tatum 2nd Platoon, Duane (Bo) Rainville 1st Platoon, John (Jan) Krupiczowicz 1st Platoon, Ray Hulanick 3rd Platoon, Christopher D. Donato HQ, Ken Pitetti 3rd Platoon, John Fowler 1st Platoon .....Welcome back men, to the old Company C group! You can now find these guys listed on our "Roster" page.
To all Vietnam Veterans, many who have emailed us with praise for our website, the men of Charlie Company wish to say "Thank You" to all veterans that have served our country then and now. And we would also like to add a very special "Welcome Home" to each of you!!!
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Vietnam Duty out of Camp Evans (I-Corp) __ During our deployment in RVN, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division was stationed up near the DMZ at Camp Evans, located between the cities of Hue and Quang Tri in the I Corp sector of South Vietnam. We worked in the steep mountainous area, covered with dense jungle canopy. This area was located to the west of Camp Evans from the lowlands into the "A Shau Valley" where the Ho Chi Minh trail was a re-supply highway for the NVA. We patrolled this area from the Song Bo River on the south, to Quang Tri on the north. This mountain area was designated as a "free kill zone" with no civilians to deal with (all friendly's had been removed from this area). We didn't need to have permission to engage our enemy. It was just "Us" and the "NVA" to slug it out. If there was some "unaccounted for" movement around us, we fired it up. Most of our many fire-fights were quick and intense encounters. When fighting stopped and the smoke cleared, the enemy would have faded away back into the jungle. Many of us prefered it this way, easy and quick to pull back and disappear into the dense jungle. But it was very tough moving and living in this steep and heavily covered terrain. We did, however, have several on-going sustained battles. The "Siege of Firebase Ripcord" and "LamSon 719" were a few to mention. These were real hard times. But during our time in Nam, the deepest bonds of friendship that you could ever imagine developed. You see, we didn't need to worry about guys around us when trouble struck....Why?....Because we were then, and still are today....Currhee Brothers!!! _We had each other's backs covered and we knew that we could count on the men that we served with! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This was an incredible group of men (Officers, NCO's & Enlisted Men) that pulled together with one common goal; "Get as many of our guys home in one piece as we could." The Enemy Forces in this area had us outnumbered by 12 to 1 at times. Our longest period in the bush without a rear-break was 102 days. When the small arms and mortar fire of the NVA weren't raining down us. The US Military's "Agent Orange" rained down on us while we humped through the mountains cutting our way through the thick jungle, and much of it ended up in the water that we drank and bathed in daily. Who knows?? Maybe in the end, the Agent Orange will take a far larger toll on us than the NVA could never accomplish!!! We have already lost many good friends to the various effects of Agent Orange. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Another big problem for many of us Vietnam Combat Veterans was the untreated PTSD. Due to the fact that we were deployed into the Vietnam War Zone as individuals. Then thrust into an unimaginable reality of hostility and brutal survival where we quickly learned to only rely on each other for protection. Over the course of the next year we endured things that we couldn't have never imaged. _We witnessed and participated in some very unreal actions. _Afterwards, when our tour in "Hell" was over, we were returned home and processed out of the Army, again as individuals. _This happened very quickly without any time for the proper decompression from the trama's and horrors what we had experienced for a year. We were released back into a US civilian population which was at that time very hostile to Vietnam Veterans. _Many of the misinterpreted PTSD issues among us combat vet's were simply mocked or ridiculed by society and never treated properly. This forced us to suppress and deeply bury our re-occuring visions and bad feelings about our experiences in the war. -We just tried to fit back into society the best way we could. Our families and friends couldn't understand us, or help us in dealing with these feelings._And many of us only pushed the people who loved us further away. _These suppressed issues within us never really went away and would surface from time to time only to get us into trouble or send us deeper into the pit of isolation. -Even forty years after the war, our minds are still trying to make some kind of rational sense of what we experienced. -Here is one of the best explainations that I have come across, written by a Militray Chaplian, Richard Davis. . . . AFTER THE WAR - AN INSIDERS LOOK ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
These are a couple of reasons why we are reaching out to support each other today, and why it is so important for us to locate our unfound friends and brothers. Nobody can understand how a combat veteran feels like another combat veteran!!!
THE AVERAGE WW II COMBAT SOLDIER HAD 40 DAYS OF COMBAT IN FOUR YEARS - THAT'S THE AVERAGE..., AND THE AVERAGE COMBAT SOLDIER IN VIETNAM HAD 204 DAYS OF COMBAT IN JUST ONE YEAR. . . YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THAT DID TO THE MINDS OF THE YOUNG MEN THAT SERVED!!
_____________________A Piece of History - Charlie Co. Roster as of about the 3rd of July 1970_________________________ __I picked this gem up from SSG John Fowler, Plt Sgt 1st Platoon during the just concluded Ripcord Reunion at Myrtle Beach. It was typed by Sgt Billingsly, Co Clerk, on or about 3 July. Jeff Wilcox is the CO, and all the guys KIA on 902 are off the roster. The date on this is a mistake. Pete Meloro, the just departed Co Clerk said that "Billingsly probably used mimeograph paper with pre-typed date". A total of 4 pages. Please feel free to disperse as you see fit. A great little snapshot in time. Part of our company’s history. Bob Leibecke
The Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord in July of 1970 marked the last major confrontation of U.S. military ground forces against the North Vietnamese Army. This prolonged fight, which lasted 23 days, was a destructive, deadly event that cost many American causalities. There were many battle confronation events which happened during this period in the area around and below FSB Ripcord. Hill 805, Hill 902, & Hill 1000 battles were all part of this major NVA attack. Hear some of the actual Veterans recount the Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord.... http://video.wpt2.org/video/150047097
Video #1 on "FSB RIPCORD"....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYLm18PFcwM
Video #2 on FSB RIPCORD ......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w67-YKbVOog
The 101st Airborne in the A Shau Valley 1969-1971....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWUphwnDvHs
A Pictorial History of the 101st in action....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J94JKYMGVCk
Here is a great link to a very large in-depth resource of the Vietnam War with History, Stories, Maps, and info. All cataloged in a easy format. Thanks to, Bob Seitz for the addition...Vietnam Resources...http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html
OUR BELATED "WELCOME HOME" . . .
A short video article of the (2009 WOE) three day weekend honoring Vietnam Veterans with a long overdue "Welcome Home Celebration" held at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky by the 101st Airborne Division.....Not a dry eye in the building, young and old alike.... http://www.army.mil/media/amp/?bcpid=6981683001&bclid=0&bctid=40921056001
A TRIBUTE TO A VIETNAM WAR VETERANS ....... http://www.v-prod.com/trailer_vietnam.html
A TRIBUTE AND THANK YOU TO OUR AGING VETERANS AND
DEDICATED TO VETERANS WHO HELPED TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM.
“FINALLY, A LONG OVERDUE THANK-YOU TO VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM WAR”....http://www.beforeyougo.us/play_byg_vn
Vietnam Vets Welcome Home #2..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P2JSzjMpWI&feature=player_embedded
Vietnam Vets Welcome Home #3..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy7a83WGstA&feature=player_embedded
Vietnam Tribute #1...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMOmF7lBrDE&feature=player_embedded
OTHER GREAT VIDEO's OF INTEREST. . .
101st Airborne Tribute (All Generations) - Blood Upon the Risers . . . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6UXcUgRa60
The Man In The Doorway – Very Powerful . . . . . .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH2vbYs6ebc
And while we were all off keeping freedom safe....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBdeCxJmcAo
50,000 Names Craved Into the Wall (George Jones). . . .http://home.comcast.net/~singingman7/TNOTW.htm
Good Ole Boy, Toby Keith. . . .THIS ONE WILL GET YOUR BLOOD PUMPIN'!!!
Support of today's 2nd Bn/506th Regiment at Ft. Campbell KY,_Now back at Ft. Campbell. Our group continues to have a close relationship with the young men and women of today's 2nd BN, 506th Regiment. We attend many of their functions at Fort Campbell to show our support for them in the job that they are doing and to demonstrate the rich history of our unit to them. And you would not believe how much they enjoy us being there with them. It's a great relationship! Our very own Capt. Bob Seitz (Retired Colonel Bob Seitz) is the newly appointed "Retired Colonel of the Regiment". He, along with the 4th BCT Brigade Commander Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr, 2nd 506th Commander LTC Kirkpatrick, and Captain Jon Oglesby the current Company C, Commander work closely together to develope new ways for us veterans to support todays troops. And of course, Charlie Company will always hold a special place in our hearts, but we call all the regiments currahee's our brother's... If you haven't made it out one of the events yet, you really need to. You will come away with a chest full of unit pride and feeling absolutely great!!! That' a promise! Seeing old friends and making new young friends. It doesn't get any better then that folks ....once you go, you will be back again & again. And I will see you there at the next event....
See the latest News here on our "Charlie Company Today" webpage....Charlie Today
Keep checking back here for the lastest info on coming events. We will try to give you the earliest news of what is coming up so you can make plans to join us...See you there! ...Our next planned event is......
____Come and join us as we visit "The Wall" (Vietnam War Memorial) in Washington DC as a "Band of Brothers". _______ _____Many of us have not been able to approach "The Wall" on our own, but as a group, we can do it together!!_________ Come out for a once in a lifetime event. . A time of brotherhood, friendship, and healing!
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Charlie Company 2015 Reunion, April 9th - April 12th in Washington DC.
For our next reunion in Washington DC, the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel is requiring a contract for the rooms from April 9-12 2015 which Captain Bob Seitz has agreed to guarantee this room rate. But we need to know right now how many rooms to reserve to tie down the contract and get the best room rates. Make your confirmation to attend now. . . Do not procrastinate. . .!!
Please contact Steve Bago with your confirmation that you will be attending and who/how many will be accompanying you along with how many rooms that you will need. _Phone 586-419-2212 Email email@example.com
We will be staying at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (Arlington, Virginia) April 9th 2015 thru April 12th 2015
The Marriott Group Reservations phone number Toll Free: 1-877-212-5752 Be sure to ask for….
-- Company C 2nd Battalion 506th Infantry Currahee Group block of rooms
-- with the group rate of $129 for each night
-- The dates are from from Thursday April 9th 2015 to Sunday April 12th 2015
Everyone will need to provide a major credit card number to hold the first night room deposit, nothing will be charged on your card until next April. We want to secure this block of rooms as soon as possible in case we need to try to add more rooms to block. So please don't procrastinate, call today and book your rooms!
If you are planning on coming by yourself and wish to share a room, please inform Steve when you confirm.
"Our Planned Schedule of Events"
Here is the agenda for our reunion 9-12 April 2015 at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel in Arlington Virginia. Please note there are open times on Friday and Saturday afternoon to allow everyone some time for their own planned activities. The hotel has a concierge in the lobby (703 920-3230 ext6906) to assist you in your planning of other things you might want to do while in Washington DC.
Thursday 9 April
Most everyone will arrive this day. Those flying in to Reagan National Airport (DCA) will be able to take the hotel shuttle (runs every 20 minutes continuously from the hotel to the airport (baggage level) to the Marriott, which is just a few minutes (or one metro stop) from the airport. Those arriving by train at Union Station in Washington DC can take the Metro from there to the hotel. We have a hospitality room at the hotel (the BIN1700 room, on the first floor of the hotel) and will meet each other there until we go upstairs for dinner at 6PM in the SKY VIEW room. Our dinner speaker is BG Pete Johnson, who commanded the 506th Infantry Regt/4th BCT from 2007-2009, including a deployment to Afghanistan. We are planning to all wear our Charlie Company Reunion Shirts with the new Ripcord/Lam Son Logo to theThursday Evening Welcome Dinner. Group Pictures will be taken!
Friday 10 April
Everyone will have breakfast on their own (Casual Dress Day). The hotel has a restaurant, along with a coffee bar and there is a Starbucks nearby. Casual Dress to travel through Arlington. At 9AM, we will gather in the lobby and walk down to the lower level of the hotel to Metro for a short ride to Arlington National Cemetery. Once there, we will walk a short distance to the 101st Memorial along the main entrance drive to Arlington Cemetery. We will lay a wreath at the base of the 101st Memorial, take some photos and then walk a very short distance to the Arlington Visitors Center to view the displays. We will take the tour bus with guide through the cemetery with stops at the JFK gravesite, Lee House and of course, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After this tour, which should complete around 1PM, everyone may return to the hotel via the Metro, or continue on their own to other interests in Wash DC.
Our hospitality room at the hotel will be open for us from noon to 4PM.
Our Memorial Dinner will begin at 6PM in the hotel’s Restaurant MEZ. Casual Dress, Sports Coat if available. We have a guest speaker, Harry Robinson from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to talk to us about the Wall and its meaning to our Nation.
Saturday 11 April
Again, everyone will have breakfast on their own in the hotel (Casual Dress Day). At 9AM, we will board our bus in the front of the hotel for a short trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The bus will drop us off at the VVM where we will lay a wreath and have a remembrance ceremony for our lost brothers, complete with a buglar to play taps. We will have plenty of time at the VVM, and then, if you desire, walk a short distance to the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War memorial and the World War 2 memorial. The bus will pick us up at 1PM to bring us back to the hotel, or for those who want to visit some of the other museums, they may stay on their own.
Our hospitality room at the hotel will be open for us from noon to 10PM
Our farewell dinner will begin at 6PM in the hotel’s Restaurant MEZ (Casual Dress). No speaker this evening, to allow everyone to speak to the company if they desire. This will be a good time to discuss the next reunion, select those who will coordinate the arrangements.
SUNDAY April 12th..... Departure Day, On your own time, some may want to extend their stays to see more of Washington DC
VERY IMPORTANT. . . For the two evening meals at the Crystal Gateway Marriott on the evenings of April 9th and 10th, we have arranged for lovely buffet dinners. The hotel is requesting an advance payment to cover the cost of your meals, and our reunion committee needs everyone to pay in advance (by a personal check) for these two meals. Each meal is $66 per person (inclusive of service charges and tax), and the complete total is $7,920 which is $66 x 60 x 2 meals…(60 of us for the 2 dinners).
If you are attending by yourself, your meals cost is $132 ($66 x 2 meals). If you are attending with your wife or guest, your meals cost would be $264 ($66 x 2 meals x 2 people).
Our reunion committee must pay $3,000 by mid-November, another $3,000 by mid-January and the rest by early April. Our reunion committee will cover this initial $3,000, but we are asking you to send in your meal payment to us as soon as possible so we can cover the costs. Please don't delay in sending your personal check for the meals to Ken Pitetti, our reunion treasurer, make checks payable to Ken Pitetti, who will keep track on the payments made, and make sure the hotel is paid on time. Ken's mailing address to send in your checks to is…
____Ken Pitetti___________________(Ken's phone #: 316-788-6315)
____7700 E. 13th St. #62
____Wichita, KS 67206
We paid $40 a person during our last reunion at the Steak House near Fort Campbell, but this is Washington DC, and the prices are a bit higher. And sorry no C-Rats are available here! Thank you for your understanding on the meal payment in advance. _We are really looking forward to seeing everyone again on 9th - 12th April 2015.
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This Year's Shirt Design
"PAST EVENTS"..... OUR WRITE-UP's AND REFLECTIONS
To help our homepage download speed. The lastest event will be displayed here on the homepage for a period of time, then moved over to the Reflections Page as they are replaced with newer articles. Thanks for your understanding...RP
2014 Reunion, March, Ft. Campbell KY
Charlie Company Members
Our "Photo Gallery of Albums" now has over 1600 Nam photos, have a look! You can find a menu-bar button on this page, and each of the platoon pages. During our reunion in late May at the "Rendezvous 2009" we had our 1st chance to pass around our individual photo albums for all to see. We found that everyone is in everyone else's pictures. It was really neat to see photos of yourself (from 40 years ago) that you have never seen before. We all agreed that there should be a central place for all of us to place a copy of our pictures for all to enjoy. This web based PHOTO GALLERY is the perfect solution. Heck, you can even get photo printouts sent to your home in the mail. We can easily setup a photo album for each person that submits their photos. So get yours sent in soon! If you need any assistance in scanning and converting your old film photos, I will be happy to help you..... Just send me an email with your questions. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org