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 123 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 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 the 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 bad thoughts and 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 them further away from us. _These 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!!
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....
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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 will be planned soon......
Rendezvous 2014 Reunion, March 12th - March 16th at Ft. Campbell KY was fantastic time for all.
What a Great Reunion! We enjoyed so many wonderful memories together this year.
Wednesday evening we enjoyed wonderful dinner at the Harper House with the 2nd 506th Inf. Battalion Commander LTC Kirkpatrick along with 82 veterans, wives and family. Charlie company 1970-71 had 60 of those in attendance. I was so proud to introduce Charlie Company to the commander. Charlie Company had prepared a presentation at the end of the dinner. Vic Roubidoux (Charlie Company 2nd Platoon) and Gary Pratt the Chief of the Iowa Nation presented LTC Kirkpatrick with a native American Grateful blanket that contained all the battle ribbons of WWII, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan with his call sign "WHITE CURRAHEE 6" embroidered into the blanket. What a once in a lifetime event and well received by the Battalion Commander, who offered a word of appreciation afterward.
On Thursday morning we attended the awards ceremony at Currahee Memorial at the Brigade headquarters. There COL Val Keaveny awarded Vic Roubidoux a Bronze Star w/V device and Doug Kolm the Purple heart earned 43 years ago. Doug was unable to make the trip to receive his Purple Heart so Tom Weides, Bob Lister and Gary Gilliam were there to accept this award for him.
We had 7 Charlie Company 70-71 DMORs Steve Bago, Doc Jerry Cafferty, Glynn Hale, Bob Lister, Jeff Wilcox, Mike Womack, and Domenic Smigliani (posthumously awarded and accepted by his nephew Marco Polo Smigliani).
We enjoyed a great lunch at the dining hall; which was an eye opening opportunity of how the Army has changed.
After lunch Charlie Company asked for an opportunity to meet with the Brigade Commander Col. Keaveny to make a presentation. Again Vic Roubidoux and Gary Pratt made a presentation of a Grateful Nation blanket with the battle ribbons and embroidered CURRAHEE 6. COL Val Keaveny was pleased and spoke of his appreciation of the gift and the nature of the presentation. He was very proud of Charlie Company and those who support the Currahee nation.
Several of the men who had attended the 2012 reunion played volley ball with the young Currahee's. Earning their respect, as the old men gave a pretty good challenge for men 3 times their age. So they came up with the plan to have a rematch while at Ft Campbell. With the help of LTC Kirkpatrick and CPT Oglesby we were able to secure a recreation hall for the rematch of the century. The first game was a warm up for the old Currahee's losing 21 to 14. The second game the old men showed their tenacity and won 21 to 17. The third game we made sure we did not injure their confidence in battle and gave them the game 21 to 13. Sometimes you have to just do the right thing. CURRAHEE!
Thursday evening we had our Memorial Dinner recognizing our 7 DMORs and some first time attendees. Bob Seitz awarded Charlie Company Coins out to the 1st time attendees. We remembered our men who did not return, John Fowler read the men lost in 1970, Bob Lister read the names of the men lost in 1971, and Randy Parmley read the names of those who have passed since we came home. Cal Kato tolled the Bell after each name was read. Frank Matsko then offered a toast to remember our lost brothers then, now, and always.
After dinner we hosted many of the young Charlie Company Currahee troops at the hospitality room located in the American Legion hall. CPT Jon Oglesby, Charlie/Fox company commander spoke to the gathering of young and old Currahee's and discussed the bond of brotherhood that has been built. We recognized the officers; who were attending for the first time, with Guidon Awards for their service to Charlie Company 1970-71. Dave Simonds presented a Guidon award to 1LT Ken Pitetti, who was his platoon leader in 3rd Platoon, Gary Gilliam presented CPT Glynn Hale, 1LT Jim Campbell, 1LT Charlie Lieb and CPT Jeff Wilcox with their Guidon awards. Afterward we had a raffle where we gave away some fun items such as pith helmet, knives, ditty box, ammo belt with vintage canteen, Charlie Company one of a kind magnets and stickers. The young Currahee's made out like bandits and had a great time! We are so proud of them.
We took time to get close to these young men and many of us adopted and sponsored them as our Currahee brothers, providing a year’s subscription to 506th Infantry association and made a commitment to stay in touch with each other.
Friday we met and discussed the next reunion which will be held in Washington DC April 2015 as well as another visit to Ft Campbell this year. Steve Bago and LT Ken Pitetti will be coordinating and planning both reunions.
We also took time to discuss VA issues and needs for addressing some of the health challenges that many of us are experiencing. Marco Smigliani a veteran advocate explained the processes and answered questions. This was very interesting to those attending.
Friday several went down to the Gaylord Hotel and attended the Regimental Ball in Nashville, enjoying a lovely evening. The others took time to hang out together, continuing to tour the post, visited the museum/gift shop, and dined together. Followed by another fun evening at the American Legion and some young troops, having a wonderful time of bonding.
We began to disband on Saturday morning with a few holding on to our goodbyes until Sunday.
OK everyone I am ready for the next one, SEE YOU IN WASHINGTON DC!
Charile Company Attendees at the Vietnam Memorial Stone
2014 DMOR Awardee's
"PAST EVENTS"..... OUR WRITE-UP's AND REFLECTIONS
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2013 Reunion, May, Branson MO
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