GOD AND COUNTRY

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VIRTUAL WALL MEMORIALS

MEMORIALS THAT I HAVE WRITTEN FOR THE 

   VIRTUAL WALL FOR ALL FRIENDS, AND MY OWN 

   COUSIN WHO WERE KILLED IN VIETNAM.

                               

            

        

                                                 

                            

                           

 

 

                            

               

                                                                                                           

                                          

                                 

                                                   

                                                         

                                                          

                                  

         

                

           
            

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Robert Arnold Mettert

Corporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
14 December 1946 - 07 May 1967
Vancouver, Washington
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3RD MARDIV

9TH MARINES
Robert A. Mettert

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
The database page for Robert Arnold Mettert
 
 
23 Jun 2001

The Mettert family and I were long-time friends, we grew up together. I first met the Mettert family in 1956 at MacArthur Elementary School in Vancouver, Wa. There were three brothers and one little sister, Mary Mettert. I went to school with the three brothers, Robert Arnold Mettert being the middle brother, first at MacArthur Elementary School (1956-58), then McLoughlin Junior High School (1961-64), and finally at Hudson's Bay High School (1964-67), all in Vancouver, Wa, where we lived and grew up together.

Robert Arnold Mettert was one of one of the finest young men a person would ever would have wanted to meet. Being well grounded in the Catholic church and coming from an all Marine Corps family, he had a firm foundation for "God and Country". Robert's dad, John Mettert Sr., served as a Marine infantryman for four years in the South Pacific during WWII, including on Guadalcanal. The oldest son, John Mettert Jr., served as a Marine infantryman in the Central Highlands of Vietnam for two tours and came back without a scratch.

CPL Robert A Mettert completed his first tour as a Marine infantryman in Vietnam and lived to come back and talk about it. Following in his family's footsteps he volunteered for a second tour, and was very tragically killed only seven days into his second tour. Younger brother Tom Mettert (my age) also served as a Marine, but was assigned to a radio battalion in DaNang, Vietnam.

Robert Arnold Mettert was an honest, hard working young man, whose loss has changed the face of Vancouver, Wa, forever. His loss was felt deeply by many people. Robert Arnold Mettert was a man of destiny. May he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love from now and forever more!

Your good friend
Greg Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058

teetee199thlib@excite.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Corporal Mettert served with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, during his first tour of duty and is remembered on the 1/4 Marines site

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a good friend,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com 
23 Jun 2001






 

With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 05/21/2004

 

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Robert Lester Vaughan

Lance Corporal
M CO, 3RD BN, 1ST MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
14 March 1949 - 27 December 1967
Ridgefield, Washington
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1ST MARDIV

1ST MARINES
Les Vaughan

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Lester Vaughan

26 Jun 2001

I knew ROBERT LESTER VAUGHAN from McLoughlin Junior High School in 1962-63 at Vancouver, Wa. I had him in my home room class, P.E. class, Metal Shop class, Mechanical Drawing class, and General Math class. "Les" led sort of a sad life as an unwanted orphan for whom school was not easy. He was accused of sleeping under cars and staying over at different friend's houses, and was likewise labeled in school as the "Hood" or "Lugi". We had a math teacher, Mr. Lydon, who was especially cruel to Les. He'd hit him in the back of the head, compare him to the number "Zero", and term him a place holder. One day in Mechanical Drawing class he got caught throwing a "Pink Pearl Eraser" into a radio speaker. Or in Metal Shop he was caught making "Plastic Dice". He would spend a lot of time in P.E. climbing the big rope or playing on the trampoline all alone.

There was another side to Les that these people didn't see. A noble side, a real defender in the time of need. He saved me one time from being jumped by a kid twice my size in height, weight and athletic ability. Les ran across the street and drove that kid off by just glaring at him. Les then asked me, "Tell me if he ever bothers you again."

Now I have the opportunity to come to your defense, Les, that you, Lance Corporal ROBERT LESTER VAUGHAN, died a real man, a real "HERO" and not a "ZERO"! They'll never be able to fill your shoes for you laid down your life for your country, you died a UNITED STATES MARINE!!!!!!! So now rest in Peace, Les, and know that you did yor best for those people who were so cruel to you. Now rest in the golden light of eternal Love...

Your friend
Greg Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com



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his real good friend,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com 
23 Jun 2001


With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 05/28/2004

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Prentis Barney Boykin, Jr

Private First Class
D CO (ANTITANK), 16TH ARMOR, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
08 August 1947 - 04 March 1968
Vancouver, Washington
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173 ABN BDE 16TH ARM RGT
Armor

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Airborne!
Prentis B. Boykin

The database page for Prentis Barney Boykin, Jr

23 June 2001

I grew up with Prentis Barney Boykin, Jr. I first met Prentis at the try out field of the Columbia (Vancouver, WA) Little League in 1962. He was the catcher and I was the pitcher. He had played for the Yankees and was about to be picked for the majors for OK Rubber Tires. I was younger than Prentis, so I had to stay with the minors, going from pitching for the Dodgers to pitching for the Yankees. PRENTIS had another good friend, Dale Anderson, who also played catcher. I also attended McLoughlin Junior High School (1962-63) and Hudson's Bay High School (1964-65) with Prentis.

The loss of Prentis Barney Boykin, Jr, was felt all over Vancouver, Washington. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love, from now and forever more!

Your good friend,
Greg Payne

teetee199thlib@excite.com


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The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his good friend,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058

teetee199thlib@excite.com 
23 Jun 2001


With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 05/21/2004

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Robert Paul Degen

Private First Class
A CO, 2ND BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
13 December 1947 - 20 November 1967
Vancouver, Washington
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173 ABN BDE 503RD INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Airborne!

The database page for Robert Paul Degen

03 July 2001

I went to school with ROBERT PAUL DEGEN
in the 1960's in Vancouver, Wa. He was a fine person
with a great sense of humor, his loss was felt all
over Vancouver, WA, and probably will be for some time
yet. Now may he rest in Peace, in the golden light of
eternal love, from now and forever more.

Remembered by a friend,
Greg Payne
teetee199thlib@excite.com

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Dell Coleman Odegard

Corporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 327TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
15 June 1948 - 30 January 1968
Vancouver, Washington
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101 ABN DIV 327TH INF RGT
CIB

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Airborne!
Dell C Odegard

The database page for Dell Coleman Odegard

25 Jun 2001

I went to Hudson's Bay High School in 1967 in Vancouver, WA, With DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD. He went by the nickname of "Coley". I had CWP - Contemporary World Problems - with Mrs. Richards, while Coley had it with a very controversial teacher at the time, a Mr. Kurrie. Mr Kurrie, because of a controversial flag he had hanging in the classroom and some rather controversial beliefs that he taught, was believed to be a Communist. Well you know then the kids were going to tease him. Coley had a good sense of humor, we'd ask Mr. Kurrie, "What's the film going to be on today, Mr. Kurrie? Mickey Mouse sees Red China!" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD was a fine person, with a great sense of humor. His loss was felt all through Vancouver, Wa. Now may he rest in Peace, in the golden light of eternal Love from now and forever more!

Your Friend,
Greg Payne

teetee199thlib@excite.com

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Daniel Loyd Poff

Sergeant
HQ COMPANY, 1ST CAVALRY DIVISION, USARV
Army of the United States
08 September 1947 - 23 February 1969
Vancouver, Washington
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USARV 1 CAV DIV
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Daniel Loyd Poff

25 Jun 2001

I was classmates with DANIEL LOYD POFF in the 1960's in Vancouver, WA. He was a very fine person, with a good sense of humor. His loss was felt very much in Vancouver. Now may he rest in Peace, in the golden light of eternal Love, from now and forever more!

Greg Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058

teetee199thlib@excite.com

30 May 2005

 

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Daniel Guy Wessler

Private First Class
G CO, 2ND BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
25 February 1950 - 19 March 1969
Vancouver, Washington
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3RD MARDIV

4TH MARINES
Daniel G Wessler

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Daniel Guy Wessler

26 Jun 2001

I first met DANIEL GUY WESSLER at the track field in 1962 at McLoughlin Junior High School in Vancouver Wa. He did events like pole vaulting, broad jump, 100 yd. dash high hurdles, and 50 yd. dash high hurdles. Myself I did shot put and sometimes the 50 yd. dash. I attended a P.E. class and a Mechanical Drawing class with Danny while at McLoughlin Junior High School from 1962 - 1964. From there I was with him at Hudson's Bay High School from 1965 -1967. There I had P.E. again with him, as well as on the high school year book " The Aquila", where he did the sports section and I did the art and advertising. He was also on the high school wrestling team, and ran track. From there he went into the Marine Corps on the buddy system with another good friend of mine, Ronnie Joshua. They went through Boot Camp, ITR, and Advanced Infantry then on to Vietnam together. DANIEL GUY WESSLER, was one of the finest people that you'd ever had wanted to meet. Ever since that day the old Irish song "Danny Boy" about their loved one that went to war so many centuries ago, and never came back. "O' Danny boy, I love you so" --- The loss of DANIEL GUY WESSLER was felt all over Vancouver, Wa, and will be felt for many more years yet. Now may he rest in Peace and in the golden light of eternal Love, from now and for evermore!

Your friend,
Greg Payne
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a good friend,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com 
26 Jun 2001

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James Earl Bouyer

Private First Class
D CO, 4TH BN, 12TH INF RGT, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
11 January 1948 - 01 April 1969
Prattville, Alabama
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199 INF BDE 12TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Earl Bouyer

01 Jul 2001

PFC James Earl Bouyer was one of the first people I met as I entered into D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. PFC Bouyer was our Platoon R.T.O. (Radio Telephone Operator) - he carried the infantry PRC-25 Radio. It was given to him after CPL Larry Eugene Boyer was killed. PFC James Earl Bouyer was very pleasant, a good person to have been around and had a good sense of humor. He was innocently involved in a very tragic grenade accident that took his life and the lives of two other people. His loss was felt throughout our Company and by all his friends and family. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love from now and for evermore.

Your friend and comrade in arms
Sp4 Greg Payne

teetee199thlib@excite.com


SGT Richard Allen Thursby and SP4 William DeBates
also died in the same grenade accident.

The men of the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light)
who died in Vietnam are remembered at

http://redcatcher10alpha.com/mini_wall/wallnames.htm



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a Squadmate,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com
1 Jul 2001

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Richard Allen Thursby

Staff Sergeant
D CO, 4TH BN, 12TH INF RGT, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
06 April 1946 - 01 April 1969
Bisbee, Arizona
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199 INF BDE 12TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Allen Thursby

01 Jul 2001

One of the first people I met when I entered into D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade, in the northern parts of the MeKong Delta Region of Vietnam, was my new Squad leader for 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, SGT RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY. SGT Thursby was probably one of the most knowledgeable people I've ever had the opportunity to meet. SGT Thursby for the most part was a good survivalist, he taught us how you could actually see an incoming mortar round during a Viet Cong mortar attack. As soon as you heard the marking round go off in the tube, you got down and rolled over, looked up in the sky, and for just a split second, at it's arching point you could see a black spot up in the sky, then you could get a rough idea just where that mortar round would land. Anything after that arching point would become invisible to the naked eye as it descended.

He taught us how to walk in the mud that no western human being had words to describe. "Don't get your legs together," he'd tell us, "It will form a vacuum around your legs, and you'll never get out, the more you work to get lose the deeper you're gonna go. If your boots aren't tied right, it will also suck them off your feet, so be careful how you tie your boots." He showed us how you had to wrap the extra laces around the top of the boot then tie them in a square knot, this method would keep that extremely deep mud from pulling the boots right off your feet.

He taught us how to lean forward into the "chopper" wind, so as to not get blown over.

He was a pretty good thinker in time of an emergency, for one time he stepped flat footed on a tripwire on a booby-trapped rice paddie dyke. Realizing what had happened he froze and said, "Get off the trail and get down, I'm flatfooted on a tripwire and I'm apt to go 'Boom'. I'm not going to wait all day for this either, so I hope this M-60 machinegun ammo can will be heavy enough to hold this wire in place."

He slowly lowered the ammo can off his shoulder and very carefully, very gingerly set it down on the booby trap wire, then slowly and carefully lifted his foot up and off the tripwire. It worked, he saved his life that day. Then he had us take a ball of twine he had us carry and tie it onto the canvas strap of the ammo can, unravel the twine, get down behind the dyke and pull the string pulling the ammo can off the tripwire and blowing the booby trap in place.

Yes, SGT Richard Allen Thursby was one of the best Squad Leaders I've ever had the opportunity to meet. He was a very good person with an equally good sense of humor. Unfortunately, SGT Richard Allen Thursby and two other men were very tragically killed in a grenade accident.

May he now rest in peace in the golden light of eternal light and eternal Love, from now and for evermore.

Your friend and comrade in arms,
Sp4 Greg Payne

teetee199thlib@excite.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The other two men who died as a result of the grenade accident were SP4 William DeBates and PFC James Earl Bouyer.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a Squad member,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Ore 97058

teetee199thlib@excite.com
1 Jul 2001

 

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William Arthur DeBates

Specialist Four
D CO, 4TH BN, 12TH INF RGT, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
01 September 1948 - 01 April 1969
Peoria, Illinois
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199 INF BDE 12TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for William Arthur DeBates

30 Jun 2001

WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES was one of the first persons I met upon entering D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Vietnam. He was a fine person who came from a good family. William was innocently caught in a very tragic accident that took his life and the lives of two other people, a grenade accident on top of a bunker. May he now rest in peace in the golden light of eternal love, from now and forever more.

Your friend and comrade in arms,
SP4 Greg Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Ore 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com



SGT Richard Allen Thursby and PFC James Earl Bouyer
also died in the same grenade accident.

The men of the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light)
who died in Vietnam are remembered on the

199th LIB Wall

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David Edward Kenney

Private First Class
D CO, 4TH BN, 12TH INF RGT, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
02 July 1947 - 11 June 1969
Woburn, Massachusetts
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199 INF BDE

12TH INF RGT
David Kenney

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for David Edward Kenney

3 Jul 2001

PFC DAVID EDWARD KENNEY was another person I first met in D CO, 4TH BN, 12TH INF. A lot of action came while we were there together, but the biggest action was in June of 1969 when PFC David Kenney was killed in action by an NVA claymore mine. His loss was felt greatly through out our Company and by his friends and family. He was a very good person with a great sense of humor. His loss will always be felt. May he now rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love, from now and forever more.

Your friend and comrade in arms
Sp4 Greg Payne
teetee199thlib@excite.com



The men of the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light)
who died in Vietnam are remembered on the
199th LIB site


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a comrade-in-arms,
Greg Payne
700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com 
3 Jul 2001

 

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Claude Richard Van Andel

Sergeant
D CO, 4TH BN, 12TH INF RGT, 199 INF BDE
Army Of The United States
03 October 1949 - 27 May 1969
Norfolk, NE
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199 INF BDE

12TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service

The database page for Claude Richard Van Andel

Another person I met when I first came into D Company was CLAUDE RICHARD VAN ANDEL. He was a very nice person, with a good sense of humor, whose life was very tragically ended by an NVA claymore mine at the begining of an ambush (firefight). His loss was greatly felt through out our Company, and with the rest of his friends and family. Now may he rest in Peace in golden light of eternal Love from now and forever more.

Your friend and comrade in arms
Sp4 Greg Payne
teetee199thlib@excite.com


The men of the 199th Infantry Brigade (Light)
who died in Vietnam are remembered at
http://redcatcher10.topcities.com/mimiwall/wallnames.htm





A memorial from his comrade in arms,
Gregory Payne
700 Veterans Drive The Dalles, Or 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com 
1 Jul 2001


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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)

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William Ross Bond

Brigadier General
COMMANDING GENERAL, 199TH INF BDE, AMERICAL DIV
Army of the United States
04 December 1918 - 01 April 1970
Relay, Maryland
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AMERICAL DIV 199 INF BDE
CIB (3rd Award)

The database page for William Ross Bond

30 May 2005

General William Ross Bond came to Vietnam to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade after I had already left the 199th LIB and Vietnam. I would have been at Fort Hood, Texas at the time of his death. From what I understand of General Bond, however, he was no back seat General, he wanted to be right up there with the front line troops, and wanted all the front line information to be gathered and sent back to Headquarters himself. He was one brave and gallant man, according to the people I've talked to who actually knew him. I'm just picking up this site so he won't be forgotten, now others who actually knew him can add their memories to his Memorial site.

Gregory Payne
Oregon Veterans Home
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
teetee199libvietnam69@yahoo.com

 

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David Wallace Baker

Sergeant
K CO, 3RD BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
16 March 1951 - 18 September 1970
Ridgefield, Washington
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1ST MARDIV

7TH MARINES
David W Baker

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for David Wallace Baker

20 Jun 2001

IN MEMORY OF DAVID WALLACE BAKER

To my cousin DAVID WALLACE BAKER, to a strong willed person, one who did not back down from a fight. Who stood up for the truth of which he believed in in his heart to be right at the time. A defender of the weak, with a strong background in God and Country.

For these reasons you joined the Marine Corps, the rough and tumble life fit you well. You answered the clarion call, and when sent to Vietnam, you did more than your duty; o'David you laid down your life for your country. Even though I write this soliloquy, for once you were a combat soldier, though you were scared you did not run, for once you were a combat soldier, for by God you were a Marine! Go o' David, go and take what you have fought so long and hard to get. Take hold of your eternal life, as the golden rays of the setting sun light up all eternity, go o' David, to rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love that shall be with you for now and forever more!

I LOVE YOU, DAVID.

Your cousin, Greg Payne
teetee199thlib@excite.com

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             Harley Hubert Hall

                   Captain
                 VF-143, CVW-14, USS ENTERPRISE
                     United States Navy
                         23 December 1937 - 29 February 1980
                        Vancouver, Washington
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USS ENTERPRISE F-4 Phantom II VF-143
POW Medal

Naval Aviator

         Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign         
 Harley H. Hall  

                   The database page for Harley H. Hall12 Apr 2006

 

 

 

In Memory of Harvey Hall
You Are Not Forgotten

  As a native Vancouverite and Vietnam Veteran who lived in your neighborhood not far from your house in west  Vancouver, Washington 98663. I pay tribute to my home town POW/MIA, on the behalf of the The Vietnam Veterans of America for Vancouver, Washington, Chapter 512. We Salute You, Sir!

Gregory Payne
Oregon Veterans Home
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com

                                  

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ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT

 

CPL - E4 - Marine Corps - Regular

Length of service 2 years
Casualty was on May 7, 1967
In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds, GROUND CASUALTY
MISADVENTURE
Body was recovered
 
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ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT
Marine Corps - CPL - E4
Age:20
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Dec 14, 1946
From:VANCOUVER, WA
Religion:ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status:Single

Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com




Wednesday, June 1, 2005


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Best friend's brother and friend,
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058
IN MEMORIE OF ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT
In Memorie of Robert Arnold Mettert, the Mettert family to me was along term friendship that went back to 1956 at MacArthur Elementary School Vancouver, Wa. The Metterts' were an all Marine Corps family. Mr. Mettert (John Senior) served as a Marine on Guadelcannal in WWII, his oldest son John Jr. served as a Marine infantrymen for two tours in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The second son, Robert Arnold Mettert ("BOB") served one touras a Marine in Vietnam, volentered to go back for a second tour like his brother, but was very tragically killed in his seventh day into his second tour. Youngest brother Tom Mettert also my friend likewise joined the Marine Corps. Bob Mettert was a deeply commited well focused person, a hard worker, and a firm believer in God and Country, because of his Marine Corps family he was very patriotic, that's probably why he laid down his life for his country Bob mettert was probably one of the finest people you'd ever want to meet. His death changed the face of Vancouver, Wa forever. A true man of destiny! Now may he rest from his labors in the golden light of eternal peace and love! your friend Greg Payne
Wednesday, June 06, 2001


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
A Long time friend from 1956
OREGON VETERANS HOME 700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles,, OR 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT
Sunday, May 30, 2004


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com


Monday, May 31, 2004


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Robert served with - B COMPANY 1st BATTALION 9th MARINES, 3rd MARINE DIVISION
Tuesday, June 01, 2004

  

ROBERT LESTER VAUGHAN

 
LCPL - E3 - Marine Corps - Regular

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Oct 17, 1967
Casualty was on Dec 27, 1967
In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
 
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ROBERT LESTER VAUGHAN
Marine Corps - LCPL - E3
Age:18
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Mar 14, 1949
From:RIDGEFIELD, WA
Religion:PROTESTANT
Marital Status:Single

Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com




Wednesday, June 1, 2005


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Went to the same Junior High School
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT LESTER VAUGHN I first met "Less" Vaughn in McLoughlin Junior High School in Vancouver, Wa in 1963. He Was in my P.E. class, General Math class, Metal Shop, General Science, Home Room, He led some sort of a sad life, sort of the unwanted child. In school he was labeled "The Hood", or "Lugi". Teachers would pick on him our Math teacher was eapecially cruel, by hitting him in the back of the head, and comparing him to the number 0, a place holder! I'am afraid there was another side to "Less" that these cruel people didn't see. That was a type of nobility. One time I got attacked by a much larger and more atheletical kid, and it was "Less" Vaughn that ran across the street to my rescue, he drove that big kid off just by looking at him. "You let me know if he bothers you again!" replies "Less". The thing I remember "Less"the most for was in our Metal Shop Class he came bursting in with news that would change the world, "President Kennedy has just been shot!" shouted "Less." Everyone in that shop class dropped their hammers, and stood in awe as the final announcement came in over the intercom. Class dismissed, the President has just been shot!" "Everyone file out of the school in an orderly fashion and go to the Methodest Church across MacArthur Blvd for a short prayer and go home for the day. "Less" witch was actually short for Lester, later on was taken by the Brewester family in Ridgefield, Wa. "Less" was a good kid that would have given the shirt off his back for most anyone, yet they accused him of sleeping under cars? That always bothered me I knew better than that. "Less'" life may have not been the most ideal, but he sure died like the noble HERO that he really was, he died a real man, he died like the brave Marine I knew he always was. All to often people like "Less" go unrecognized. Only now things will change the people who did those cruel things will pay but "Less" will live on forever! and forever!in eternal peace and love. The love you didn't get while here on earth sall now be yours, "Less" Eternal love forever!1
Thursday, June 07, 2001




Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com


Monday, May 31, 2004


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
ROBERT served with the - 3rd BATTALION LANDING TEAM (BLT) 1st MARINES 1st MARINE DIVISION -
Tuesday, June 01, 2004

    

PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN JR

 
PFC - E3 - Army - Regular
173rd Airborne Brigade

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on May 5, 1967
Casualty was on Mar 4, 1968
In DARLAC, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
 
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PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN
Army - PFC - E3
Age:20
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Aug 8, 1947
From:VANCOUVER, WA
Religion:METHODIST
Marital Status:Single

Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Grew up together
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN JR I first met Prentis on the little league field try outs, I was the pitcher and he was the catcher at Columbia Little League in Vancouver, Wa, about in 1963. I played pitcher for the Dodgers the first year, and I pitched for the Yankees the second year. Prentis played for both the Yankees one year, and OK Rubber Tires. I also attended the same schools, McLoughlin Junior High School and Hudson's Bay High School both in Vancouver, Wa. Prentis was one of the finest people I've ever met, and his loss was felt through out all of Vancouver, Wa. May he now rest in the golden light of eternal peace and love. Your friend, Prentis, Greg Payne
Thursday, June 07, 2001



Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com


Monday, May 31, 2004

   

ROBERT PAUL DEGEN

 
PFC - E3 - Army - Regular
173rd Airborne Brigade

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Aug 13, 1967
Casualty was on Nov 20, 1967
In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
 
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ROBERT PAUL DEGEN
Army - PFC - E3
Age:19
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Dec 13, 1947
From:VANCOUVER, WA
Religion:ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status:Single

ROBERT PAUL DEGEN
 

Gregory Payne
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Classmates, in school
700, Veterans Drive, The Dalles, Or., 97058, USA

IN MEMORY, OF ROBERT PAUL DEGEN
Robert Degen, was probably one, of the finest people, a person, could have wanted, to have met. His loss, will always be felt, in Vancouver, Wa.. Now may he, rest in peace, from now and evermore. Greg Payne
Friday, June 08, 2001

 

 

DANIEL LOYD POFF

 
SGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service
1st Cav Division (AMBL)

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Mar 25, 1968
Casualty was on Feb 23, 1969
In BINH DUONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
 
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DANIEL LOYD POFF
Army - SGT - E5
Age:21
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Sep 8, 1947
From:VANCOUVER, WA
Religion:PROTESTANT
Marital Status:Single

Gregory Payne
Friend


Monday, May 30, 2005


1st AIR CAVALRY DIVISION (AIR MOBILE)


Monday, May 30, 2005


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Classmates in school
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF DANIEL LOYD POFF Danny was a good person, his loss will always be felt in Vancouver,WA, may he rest in peace now for all eternity forever more. Amen Greg Payne
Friday, June 08, 2001

 

  

DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD

 
CPL - E4 - Army - Regular
101st Airborne Division

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Jan 27, 1968
Casualty was on Jan 30, 1968
In PHUOC LONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MISADVENTURE
Body was recovered
 
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DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD
Army - CPL - E4
Age:19
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Jun 15, 1948
From:VANCOUVER, WA
Religion:ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status:Single


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Went to the same high school
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD I first met "Coley" Odegard In my senior year at Hudson's Bay High School, CWP class, Vancouver, Wa. We used to joke about the CWP teacher he had was a Mr. Kurie, believed to have been or had pro -communist ideas. CWP stood for Contemporary World Problems Any way we used to make jokes about that CWP teacher, and say,"What film is it today Mr. Kurie, Mickey Mouse sees Red China?" Dell probably had one of best sense of humor, straight forward, honest and just alaround a very good person to be with in general his loss to Vancouver, Wa. Was great, and he will always be missed. May he now rest in Peace and Eternal love. your friend, Greg Payne
Thursday, June 07, 2001


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com


Monday, May 31, 2004


                                          
               
                                                                                        
DANIEL GUY WESSLER
 
                                                                                     
 
PFC - E2 - Marine Corps - Regular

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Jan 21, 1969
Casualty was on Mar 19, 1969
In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
Body was recovered
 
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DANIEL GUY WESSLER
Marine Corps - PFC - E2
Age:19
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Feb 25, 1950
From:VANCOUVER, WA
Religion:PROTESTANT
Marital Status:Single


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com




Wednesday, June 1, 2005


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Went to school together
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
In Memory of DANIEL GUY WESSLER I grew up with Danny Wessler, I first met him at McLoughlin Junior High School, in Vancouver, Wa where I grew up, and grew up with Danny. At McLoughlin Jr. High we ran track together, Danny did Pole vaulting, and some relay races. I did shot put, Danny was a very fine young man, who worked and communicated well with people. Later on I attended Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wa together. I was one year older than Danny, but in my senior year at Hudson's Bay, he was on the Aquila Yearbook staff together he did the Sports section, where I did the art work and advertising. I graduated before Danny did I also went to Vietnam before he did, but it must not have been by much because I was in Vietnam during the same time frame and year 1969 as he was. To this day when ever I hear that old Irish song, "O' Danny Boy" I think of you Danny, and how their loved one so many centuries ago never came back from their war. Danny Wessler was one of the finest people that you'd ever wanted to meet. "O Danny Boy, I love you so ." your good friend, and commrade in arms Greg Payne
Thursday, June 07, 2001


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com


Monday, May 31, 2004

G CO, 2ND BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps

 


 

DAVID WALLACE BAKER

 
SGT - E5 - Marine Corps - Regular

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Dec 29, 1968
Casualty was on Sep 18, 1970
In QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
 
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DAVID WALLACE BAKER
Marine Corps - SGT - E5
Age:19
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Mar 16, 1951
From:RIDGEFIELD, WA
Religion:PROTESTANT
Marital Status:Single

Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com




Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
My cousin - (Family)
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058
To my Cousin, DAVID WALLACE BAKER
To my cousin, David Wallace Baker, a fine person of strong character, was someone who did not back down from a fight, when he felt what was right in his heart. A defender of the weak, a person with a strong sense of duty to God and country, you answered the clarion call! For these reasons you joined the Marine Corps, the rough and tumble life fit you well. When sent to Vietnam you had done more than just your duty, you laid down your life for your Country. Now my dear cousin, David your struggles are over the fight is done. Even though I write this soliloquy, for once you were a combat soldier, though you may have been scared, you did not run! For you were once a combat soldier, for by God you were a Marine! With these things in mind that you have done your best, now o' David it's time for your eternal rest. As the golden rays of the setting sun light up eternity. Go David, take what you've earned and fought so long and hard to get, your love and peace of eternal life. The golden light of eternal love shall be with you now forever more! I LOVE YOU, DAVID your cousin, Greg Payne
Wednesday, June 06, 2001
K CO, 3RD BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps



        

                                                                                   

JAMES EARL BOUYER

 

PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
199th Light Infantry Brigade

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Feb 5, 1969
Casualty was on Apr 1, 1969
In GIA DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER ACCIDENT
Body was recovered
 
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JAMES EARL BOUYER
Army - PFC - E3
Age:21
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Jan 11, 1948
From:PRATTVILLE, AL
Religion:BAPTIST
Marital Status:Married


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com


Saturday, October 08, 2005
 
 
Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Served in the same Squad in Vietnam
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF JAMES EARL BOUYER I served in the same Squad with PFC Bouyer, 3rd Squad 1st Platoon D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. James was a fine person and what ever happened that fateful night. That involved SP/4 William Arthur DeBates, and SGT Richard Allen Thursby, all killed at once was wrong. I write this in concern for the family PFC Bouyer and SGT Thursby were both killed at once. SP/4 William Arthur DeBates died of wounds the following morning on 1 April 1969. I was an eye witness to this, the Army said that all three of them were in the bunker is also not true. All three of them were on the outside of the bunker. I found SGT Thursby's watch and it had stopped at 8:45 pm March 31st 1969, and this is for the official record from an eye witness account, to report to the family for their own knowledge as to what happened that night. Please contact me at my e-mail teetee199lib@yahoo.com Gregory Payne D 4/12 199th L.I.B.
Friday, June 08, 2001

RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY

 

SSGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service
199th Light Infantry Brigade

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Nov 26, 1968
Casualty was on Apr 1, 1969
In GIA DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ACCIDENTAL SELF-DESTRUCTION
Body was recovered
 
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RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY
Army - SSGT - E5
Age:22
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Apr 6, 1946
From:BISBEE, AZ
Religion:PROTESTANT
Marital Status:Single

Gregory Payne


                   


Thursday, June 09, 2005


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
He was my Squad Leader in Vietnam
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles,Or 97058
IN MEMORY OF RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY SGT.
Richard Allen Thursby, was my Squad Leader in Vietnam. He lead 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Richard was quite a knowlegable man. He shwed us how to spot an incoming mortar round by watching for it's arching point in the sky after you heard them go off in the tubes, for just a split second you could see the mortar round in mid air at it's arching point. Then you could get an idea of where the round would fall. He taught us how to walk in mud that was so deep that no one had words for. "Don't get your legs together, or it will form a vaccumn around your legs, and it will suck the boots right off your feet," he'd reply. He even taught us how to tie our boots to help prevent them from being sucked off our feet. He was a good Leader, he taught us how to properly walk into the wind from in coming hewys. he was good at watching for booby-trap wires, and how to act in an emergency, because one time he stepped flatfooted on one wire and used an M-60 ammo can to hold the wire in place while he safely raised his foot off the wire. Yes Richard was a good leader, a man of good caliber. I was an eye witness to Richard's Death, it was a very tragic thing for both him and PFC James Earl Bouyer, and SP/4 William Arthur DeBates. It was something that should never have happened to him or any one else. Richard was a fine man I always felt that the Army got the death dates mixed up, because I found Richard's watch and it had stopped at 8:45 March 31st 1969 SP/4 DeBates died the following morning 1st April 1969. I say this for the sake of the familie. I feel like they have the right to know if they see this note they can contact me. Richard deserves to have things made right, after all he did pay with his life. What more can the country ask? Richard was probably one ofg the finest and most knowlegable leaders I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Now his struggles and strife are over may he rest in the golden light of eternal peace and love! Greg Payne, 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D Company 4th Battalion 12 Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade,
Wednesday, June 06, 2001


           
                                                           
                                                          
WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES

 

SP4 - E4 - Army - Selective Service
199th Light Infantry Brigade

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Aug 16, 1968
Casualty was on Apr 1, 1969
In GIA DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER ACCIDENT
Body was recovered
 
Panel 28W - Line 102

 


WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES
Army - SP4 - E4
Age:20
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Sep 1, 1948
From:PEORIA, IL
Religion:ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status:Single

 

Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 08, 2005
Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
He was in my squad in Vietnam.
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES -William was in my Squad in Vietnam, 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. He was a very fine person to have met. He had a very tragic end along with PFC James Earl Bouyer, and SGT Richard Allen Thursby, what ever happened that fatefull tragic night should never have happened, because it ended up taking three of the most wonderful people youe'd ever have wanted to have met. May William Arthur DeBates rest in peace now and for evermore! your fellow Redcatcher, and commrade in arms Greg Payne 3rd Sqd, 1st Plt, D 4/12 199th LIB.
Thursday, June 07, 2001

 

DAVID EDWARD KENNEY

 

PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
199th Light Infantry Brigade

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Jan 21, 1969
Casualty was on Jun 11, 1969
In LONG KHANH, SOUTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died of wounds, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
 
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DAVID EDWARD KENNEY
Army - PFC - E3
Age:21
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Jul 2, 1947
From:WOBURN, MA
Religion:ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status:Single

Gregory Payne


Monday, May 30, 2005


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
Served in the same unit together
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Or 97058
IN MEMORY OF DAVID EDWARD KENNEY Another one of the first persons that I met as I entered, D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. David was a very fine person, and his loss will be felt to all those that ever had the opportunity to meet him. May he now rest in Peace and eternal Love. Your commrade in arms, Greg Payne D 4/12 199th L.I.B. 1969.
Friday, June 08, 2001

CLAUDE RICHARD VAN ANDEL

 
SGT - E5 - Army - Selective Service
199th Light Infantry Brigade

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Jul 19, 1968
Casualty was on May 27, 1969
In BIEN HOA, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
Body was recovered
 
Panel 23W - Line 4

CLAUDE RICHARD VAN ANDEL
Army - SGT - E5
Age:19
Race:Caucasian
Sex:Male
Date of Birth Oct 3, 1949
From:NORFOLK, NE
Religion:LUTHERAN & MISSOURI SYNOD
Marital Status:Single

 


Gregory Payne
teetee199lib@yahoo.com
served together in the same unit
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles,, Or 97058 USA
IN MEMORY OF CLAUDE RICHARD VANANDEL To one of the first person I met as I entered D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade, Claude was a very fine person and his loss will be felt to all those that ever had the oppertunity to meet him. May he rest now in Peace and eternal Love. Your Commrade in arms, Greg Payne D 4/12 199th L.I.B.
Friday, June 08, 2001

 

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Gregory  Payne
teetee199thlib@usa.com
Harley is my Hometown & Adopted POW
OREGON VETERANS' HOME 700 Veterans Drive The Dalles, Oregon 97058 USA
POW/MIA OPERATION JUST CAUSE_HARLEY H. HALL_MY ADOPTED POW/MIA
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Gregory Z. Payne writes: I write this Memorial in the honor of the last POW/MIA casuality of the Vietnam War 1973: U.S.N. COMMANDER HARLEY HUBERT HALL F4-J Phantom fighter jet pilot Vancouver, Washington In dedication and in honor from The Vietnam Veterans of America Hall-Howell Chapter #512 Vancouver, Washington 98666 'We Salute You, Sir!' Author: Gregory Z. Payne E-mail:
teetee199thlib@usa.com
Dec 19, 2008
VF-143, CVW-14, USS ENTERPRISE
United States Navy
USS ENTERPRISE

                                                          

           

                                        

                 

                         

                       

                 

                              

                                      

                                                 

               

                                

                                                 

                                                                                    

MY VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL  FUND

 

            

    MEMORIALS THAT I HAVE WRITTEN FOR THE 

    VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND 

      FOR ALL MY FRIENDS THAT I GREW UP

    WITH AND ALL MY "REDCATCHER" FRIENDS WHO

    DID NOT RETURN.

                                              

        

                     

             

  

                           

                  

                  

  

                  

    

                                                                                                                                                                                

                            

                    

                     

                   

                             

                               

                             

                                           

 

                  

                                      
              confirmed  ROBERT A METTERT confirmed

 
  IN MEMORY OF ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT
Posted for: ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT:
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ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT
Vancouver, Washington
14 December 1946 - 07 May 1967
Corporal E-4
Service number: 2138999
MOS: 0311 Rifleman
Service time 2-3 years
B Co 1st BN 9th Marines 3rd Marine Division
United States Marine Corps
Casuality - Sunday May 7th 1967
Age 20
Body Recovered
Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
Death: Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason- Misadventure - Ground Casuality
Panel 19E Line 053



I first met the Mettert family in 1956 at MacArthur Elementary School in Vancouver, Wa. There were three brothers, and a younger sister Mary Mettert. I attended MacArthur Elementary School, with the Metterts' from 1956 - 1958. Then McLoughlin Junior High School, from 1961 - 1964, and again at Hudson's Bay High School, from 1964 - 1967. "Bob" ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT, was probably one of the finest persons you'ed ever wanted to meet, being well grounded in the Catholic Church, and being brought up under "God and Country." "Bob" ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT, came from an all Marine Corps family, and was very patriotic because of it. His dad, John Mettert Sr. served as a marine infantryman on Guadelcanal in the South Pacific for four years in WWII. The oldest son, John Mettert Jr. served as a marine infantryman for two tours in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, and came back without a scratch. CPL. "Bob" ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT served as a marine infantryman for one tour in Vietnam, and came back to tell about it, but volenteered again and was very tragically killed in the seventh day of his second tour. The youngest brother my age, Tom Mettert, also served as a marine in Vietnam, but was assigned to a radio battalion in DaNang. "Bob" ROBERT ARNOLD METTERT, was a hard working honest person, who had much to offer the world, his loss changed the face of Vancouver, WA forever. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love! Semper Fi, Marine! Your friend, GREGORY PAYNE e-mail teetee199thlib@excite.com

Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: We grew up together as friends
Friday, April 14, 2006

            

          confirmed ROBERT L VAUGHAN confirmed   

 
  IN MEMORY OF ROBERT LESTER VAUGHN
Posted for: ROBERT LESTER VAUGHAN:
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I first met "Less" ROBERT LESTER VAUGHN at McLoughlin Junior High School in Vancouver,Wa, in 1963 - 1964. I had "Less" in Home Room, General Science, General Math, P.E. and Metal Shop Class. "Less" was a good hearted kid, a defender of the weak, one who meant well, but seemed to on the same token lead the life of the unwanted child. One who in school was labeled the "Hood", or "Lugi". In Metal Shop Class he was caught making "Plastic Dice." In Mechanecal Drawings he was caught throwing a "Pink Pearl Eraser" into an old fashioned radio speaker. We had a math teacher who was eapecially cruel to "Less" comparing him to the number zero a place holder, and would hit him in the back of the head. In P.E. he would climb the big rope, and use the trampoline by himself. Accused for sleeping under cars, being the unwanted orphan, but I can say this for "Less" he was a true man at alot earlier in life than most people will ever be. He saved me from being jumped one day after school by some kid that was twice my size in ,height,weight, and atheletic ability. "Less" ran across the street after that kid and glared him down, in a way that kid took off running, like a scared jack rabbit. "Less" was taken in by the Brewster family in Ridgefield, Wa. One day in Metal Shop Class on November 22nd 1963, "Less" came bursting through the door, and said, "President Kennedy, has just been shot!" The whole metal Shop Class dropped their tools in awe, sileince fell over the class, as the intercom came on and made this announcement. "May I have your attention please! May I have your attention please! President John F. Kennedy has just been assassinated, school is now dismissed, students are to leave in an orderly fashion to cross MacArthur Blvd. to the Methodest Church for prayer. These were tumulant times, and even harsher times were yet to come, Vietnam! The people who said and did the things they did to ROBERT LESTER VAUGHN, should hang their heads in shame for this man gallently gave his life for his country. L/CPL ROBERT LESTER VAUGHN, died a "HERO," and not a "ZERO," "Less" Vaughn died a man they will never be able to fill his shoes, for L/CPL. ROBERT LESTER VAUGHN died a UNITED STATES MARINE!!!!!!Now "Less" you can rest from those cruel people in the Peace and golden light of eternal LOVE!!!! Semper Fi, Marine!!!! your good friend, GREGORY PAYNE e-mail teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: as good friends
Saturday, March 25, 2006

          

        confirmed  PRENTIS B BOYKIN JR confirmed  

 
  IN MEMORY OF PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN JR.
Posted for: PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN JR:
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I first met PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN JR. on the little league tryout field for Columbia Little League, in Vancouver, Wa. in 1961. I was the pitcher and he was the catcher, but being older than I as he was he made the majors from the Yankees to OK Rubber Tires. Where I was on my second year with the minors for pitching for the Dodgers the first year, and pitching for the Yankees the second year. PRENTIS had another good friend Dale Anderson, who was also my catcher. So as good friends we all played Little League together. I attended McLoughlin Junior High School together in 1964, and at Hudson's Bay High School in 1966. PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN JR. was one of the finest people you'd ever wanted to have met, his loss was felt all over Vancouver. Now PRENTIS BARNEY BOYKIN JR. can rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love. Your friend, GREGORY PAYNE e-mail teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: We grew up together
Saturday, March 25, 2006

      

     confirmed  ROBERT P DEGEN confirmed

 

 IN MEMORY OF ROBERT PAUL DEGEN
Posted for: ROBERT PAUL DEGEN:
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I went to school with Bob Degen, at Hudson's Bay High School Vancouver, Washington in 1964 - 1965. Bob was in the class of 1965, he was two years older than I was, I graduated in 1967. I knew the younger brother Ken Degen, who was also in my class of 1967.
It was hard for Vancouver and Hudson's Bay High School to learn of the loss of Robert Paul Degen to the Vietnam War. Now may he rest in the golden light of eternal love for now and forever more!


Your Friend,
Gregory Payne
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: We were high school classmates
Wednesday, January 24, 2007

     

    confirmed DANIEL L POFF confirmed

 

  IN MEMORY OF DANIEL LOYD POFF
Posted for: DANIEL LOYD POFF:
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DANIEL LOYD POFF
Vancouver, Washington
Sergeant
Service Number 56933841
MOS 11B40 Infantryman
HQ Co 1st Air Cavalry Division
United States Army
08 September 1947 -23 February 1969
Age 21
Body Recovered
Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar - Ground Casuality
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I pay tribute to a fellow Vancouverite from Vancouver, Washington DANIEL LOYD POFF, his loss was greatly felt in Vancouver,Wa. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love.

Your friend,
Gregory Payne
Oregon Veterans Home
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles Oregon 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: we were from Vancouver, WA
Thursday, April 13, 2006

       

       confirmed DELL C ODEGARD confirmed

 
  MEMORY OF DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD
Posted for: DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD:
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DEL COLEMAN ODEGARD
Vancouver, Washington
Corporal
Service Number 18959387
MOS 11B1P (Parachutist)
B Co 1st BN 327th Inf
101st Airborne Division
United States Army
15 June 1948 - 30 January 1968
Age 19
Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam
Hostile, Died
Body Recovered
Misadventure - Ground Casuality
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I first met "Coley" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD at Hudson's Bay High School, in Vancouver,Wa in 1966. He had a rather controversial CWP (Contemporary World Problems) teacher that was accused of being a communist, because of some flags and certian beliefs that Mr. Kurie had. The students would all make fun of the teacher and say, "What's the film on today, Mr. Kurie? Mickey Mouse sees Red China?" "Coley" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD, was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor, he'd keep our classes laughing during very difficult times. The loss OF "Coley" DELL COLEMAN ODEGARD was felt alot in Vancouver, Wa. Sometimes we must remember some of the better moments of our lives. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love, from now and forevermore. Your friend, Gregory Payne e-mail teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: We were high school classmates
Thursday, April 13, 2006

                     

 confirmed DANIEL G WESSLER confirmed

   

IN MEMORY OF DANIEL GUY WESSLER
Posted for: DANIEL GUY WESSLER:
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DANIEL GUY WESSLER
Vancouver, Washington
PFC E-3
Service Number 2444422
0311 Rifleman
G Co 2BN 4th Marines 3rd Marine Division
United States Marine Corps
25 February 1950 - 19 March 1969
Age 19
Body Recovered
Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device - Ground Casuality
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I first met DANIEL GUY WESSLER at the track field at McLoughlin Junior High School in Vancouver, Washington. He did events like Pole Vaulting, Broad Jump, 100 Yard Dash High Hurdles, and 50 Yard Dash High Hurdles. Myself I did events like Shot Put, and sometimes the 50 Yard Dash.
I attended a P.E. class and a Mechanical Drawing class with Danny while at McLoughlin Junior High School in Vancouver, Washington from 1962 - 1964. From there I was with Danny at Hudson's Bay High School also in Vancouver, Washington from 1964 - 1967. There I had P.E. again with him, as well as the High School yearbook "The Aquila" with him, where he did the Sports section, while I did the art & photography for the Advertising section with Sharon Dole. He was also on the high school wrestling team, and ran track. From there Danny went into the Marine Corps on the "Buddy System." with another good friend of mine Ronnie Joshua. They went through Marine Corps boot camp, ITR - (Intermediate Infantry Training), and Advanced Infantrty Training, then went to Vietnam together where Danny was killed within two short months. DANIEL GUY WESSLER was probably one of the finest people that you'ed ever want to meet. Ever since that day an old Irish song comes to mind "DANNY BOY." about their loved one that went off to war so many centuries ago, and never returned. - "So oh, Danny Boy - I love - You - so-----!" The loss of Daniel Guy Wessler was felt for many years through out Vancouver, Washington, and will be felt for many years yet to come. So now may he rest in peace in the Golden Light of Eternal Love, from now and for evermore. Amen.

Your Friend,
Gregory Payne
Oregon Veterans Home
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, OR 9705
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: We were Jr. High & High School
Thursday, April 13, 2006
                  

                   confirmed DAVID W BAKER confirmed

 IN MEMORY OF DAVID WALLACE BAKER
Posted for: DAVID WALLACE BAKER:
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DAVID WALLACE BAKER> Ridgefield, Washington>
Sergeant
(Service Number 531482930>MOS 0351 Assaultman>United States Marine Corps
16 March 1951 - 18 September 1970
Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam>Death Hostile, Died of Wounds>Multiple Fragmentation Wounds - Ground Casuality
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To My cousin,DAVID WALLACE BAKER,to a strong willed person, who did not back down from a fight. Who stood for the truth of which you believed in your heart to be right at the time! A defender of the weak, with a strong background in God and Country.
For these reasons you joined the Marine Corps, the rough and tumble life fit you well. You answered the clarion call, and when sent to Vietnam you did more than just your duty O' David, you laid down your life for your Country!
Even though I write this soliloquay, for once you were a combat soldier, though you were scared you did not run, for once you were a combat soldier, for by God you were a Marine! So go O' David, go and take hold of your eternal life that you have fought so long and hard to get. For as the golden rays of the setting sun light up all of Eternity! The streets and the Gate of Heaven shall be guarded by UNITED STATES MARINES! So go now O' David, to rest in Peace in the golden light of Eternal Love that shall be with you from now and Forevermore!

I LOVE YOU, DAVID!
Your Cousin, Gregory Payne
Vietnam Veteran (Infantry)
4th May 2001

Gregory Payne
OREGON VETERANS HOME
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: David, was my Cousin
Thursday, April 13, 2006

 

            

                 confirmed JAMES E BOUYER confirmed

 
 
  JAMES EARL BOUYER              28W, 101

                      JAMES EARL BOUYER
         is honored on Panel 28W, Row 101 of
             the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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                  JAMES EARL BOUYER
                   Prattville, Alabama
                    Private First Class
           (Service Number)67112358
                 D Co 4th BN 12th INF 
          199th Light Infantry Brigade
                 United States Army
                 11B10 Infantryman
        11 January 1948 - 01 April 1969
   My Yen, Gia Dinh Province South Vietnam
                  Panel 28W Line 101

PFC JAMES EARL BOUYER was one of the first people that I met when I joined D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. James was our Platoon RTO (Radio, Telephone, Opperator) so he humpped the PRC25 Infantry Radio. I remember following behind him walking up some narrow muddy winding jungle path. Also because I was the new guy he made me trade weapons. "Here I'am swapping you my M-79 Grenade Launcher for your M-16 Rifle." James replied. I'll be darned if I'll get caught in a firefight with some old single shot thing!" he replied. Well as time went by, we got caught in a Viet Cong mortar attack on our permiter that adjoined a canal. James just happened to be crossing that canal in a sanpan (bamboo boat)with my M-16 Rifle when an incoming Communist 82mm mortar round landed not far from Jame's sanpan, it detonated in the water and capsized the little boat. Leaving James unharmed,but having to swim for it. He made it to the shore alright but my M-16 Rifle went to the bottom of the canal.
A few days later the tide went out leaving that canal high and dry. My M-16 Rifle was laying right on the top of a big thick mud bank. The C.O. was not at all happy about the situation, and made James go back out there and fish that M-16 Rifle out of the mud. Well James started wading out there to go get it. he had barely reached out and grabbed the muzzle, when he started to sinking up to his waiste in mud and crying for Help! So we came to his rescue and pulled him out of the mud with a rope.
Shortly afterwards PFC JAMES EARL BOUYER was killed in a grenade accident that took him and Sgt. Richard Allen Thursby and William Arthur DeBates all from 3rd Squad (my Squad). James was a good hearted guy with a great sense of humor and his lose was felt through out our Company. May he now rest in peace in the golden light of Eternity from now and forevermore! Amen.

Your Comrade in arms,

SP/4 Gregory Payne
OREGON VETERANS HOME
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Posted by: Gregory Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: We served together
Thursday, April 13, 2006

                             

              confirmed RICHARD A THURSBY confirmed

 
  RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY              28W, 106

                                       RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY
           is honored on Panel 28W, Row 106 of
           the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

        Full Name:RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY
        Wall Name:RICHARD A THURSBY
        Date of Birth:4/6/1946
        Date of Casualty:4/1/1969
        Home of Record:BISBEE
        State:AZ
        Branch of Service:ARMY
        Rank:SSGT
        Casualty Country:SOUTH VIETNAM
        Casualty Province:

GIA DINH

        

                                                                               

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RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY
Bisbee, Arizona
06 April 1948 - 01 April 1969
SGT E-5,(Promoted to SSG E-6 after death)
Service Number 56911405
11B40 Infantryman (SGT E-5 Squad Leader/SSG E-6 Platoon Sergeant
D Co 4th BN 12th Inf 199th Light Infantry Brigade
United States Army
Service Time 1-2 years
Age 23
Body Recovered
My Yen, Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
None-Hostile, Died Of Other Causes
Other Causes - Ground casuality
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RICHARD ALLEN THURSBSY (SGT) was my squad leader in Vietnam, he lead, A - (Alpha) Fireteam, 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. In places like Binh Chanh, and My Yen of Gia Dinh province, Vietnam. RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY was a good Squad Leader, a very informable man. He taught us how you could see an incoming mortar round by hitting the ground on the first sound of the tubes going off, you then rolled over and looking up, and for a split second at the arching point of the round, you could see it just before it's descent back down. It would appear as a black dot in the sky, by then it could give you an idea of just where that mortar round was going to fall. He taught us how to walk in the mud that most people would never have drempt of seeing. "Don't get your legs straight together, 'cause it will form a vaccumn around them and you'll never get yourself out, it works almost like quick sand for then, the more you move the deeper your going to go." he'd reply. "Youv'e got to walk with your legs flexed at the knees, keeping your legs appart." he'd tell us. "Or the mud is gonna suck the boots right off your feet." he'd reply. He even showed us a special way of tying our boots to prevent this from happening. You had to wrap the boot lace twice around the top of the jungle boot, and tie what was left of the lace in a square knot to secure the boots from coming off in the mud. He was quick thinking in most cases in an emergecy type situation. One time he stepped flat footed on a trip wire to a booby trap on a rice paddie dyke. When he relized what he had done he froze and said. "Get off the trail, and get down! I'am on a trip wire, and I'am not going to stay here forever. I hope this can of M-60 machinegun ammo with the canvas strap will be heavy enough to hold it down or other wise I'am apt to go "BOOM!" he replied. His idea worked 'cause he lowered the can of 60 ammo off his shoulder by it's canvas strap and set it down on the exposed trip wire, and slowly lifted his foot straight up, and the weight of the can was just enough to hold the trip wire down. Until we could blow the booby trap in place by tying a ball of string on to the canvas strap of the can, unraveling the ball of string getting down behind the rice paddy dyke, and pulling the can off the dyke by the string and the booby trap went off. SGT. THURSBY also taught us how to walk into the wind of the Hewey Choppers without getting knocked down by the wind. He was a good Squad leader and a good man. This information is for the family and friends of SGT. RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY, I was an eye witness to RICHRARD'S death, PFC JAMES EARL BOUYER, and SP/4 WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES were the two other people that died, but not all together like the Army said they did. I found RICHARD'S watch the following morning on a clean up detail. His watch stopped at 8:45 P.M. 31 March 1969. SGT RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY, and PFC JAMES EARL BOUYER, died that night and SP/4 WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES died the following morning on the 1st of April 1969 around 10:00 A.M. They also were not in the bunker like the Army said they were all three of them were on the outside of the bunker. I've wanted to tell this now for years and have never had the chance to say it now I hope it's not to late. RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY was a good man and his loss will be felt deeply to all those who ever had the pleaure to know him. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love. Your Commrade in Arms, SP/4 Gregory Payne D 4/12 199th L.I.B. e-mail address teetee199thlib@excite.com

Gregory Payne
Oregon Veterans Home
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
teetee199thlib@excite.com

Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: My Squad leader in Vietnam
Friday, April 14, 2006
 

                  

                               

                          confirmed WILLIAM A DEBATES confirmed              

  WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES              28W, 102
                 

                  WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES
           is honored on Panel 28W, Row 102 of
              the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

              Full Name:WILLIAM ARTHUR DEBATES
              Wall Name:WILLIAM A DEBATES
              Date of Birth:9/1/1948
              Date of Casualty:4/1/1969
              Home of Record:PEORIA
              State:IL
              Branch of Service:ARMY
              Rank:SP4
              Casualty Country:SOUTH VIETNAM
              Casualty Province:

GIA DINH

 

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WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES
Peoria, Illinois
Specialist Four E-4
Service Number 54828253
MOS 11B40 Infantryman
D Co 4th BN 12th Inf 199th Light Infantry Brigade
01 September 1948 -01 April 1969
Age 20
Body Recovered
My Yen, Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
None-hostile, Died of Other Causes
Other Accident - Ground Casuality
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   I first met SP/4 WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES, on my enterance into 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. He was a good person, with a good sense of humor. Unfortunately, WILLIAM was inocently involved in a grenade accident that took the lives of two other people, SGT RICHARD ALLEN THURSBY, and PFC JAMES EARL BOUYER all perished together. SP/4 WILLIAM ARTHUR DeBATES' loss was felt through out the entire Company, as well as friends and family. Now may he rest in Peace in the golden light of eternal Love. Your Commrade in Arms, SP/4 Greg Payne 3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, D Company 4th Battalion 12th Infantry 199th Light Infantry Brigade. E-mail teetee199thlib@excite.com

Posted by: Gregory, Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@excite.com
Relationship: In the same Squad in Vietnam
Thursday, April 13, 2006
                                        

                 

                  confirmed DAVID E KENNEY confirmed
 
  DAVID EDWARD KENNEY              22W, 20

DAVID EDWARD KENNEY
is honored on Panel 22W, Row 20 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name:DAVID EDWARD KENNEY
Wall Name:DAVID E KENNEY
Date of Birth:7/2/1947
Date of Casualty:6/11/1969
Home of Record:WOBURN
State:MA
Branch of Service:ARMY
Rank:PFC
Casualty Country:SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province:

LONG KHANH

 

Posted for: DAVID EDWARD KENNEY:
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I came into D 4/12 199th LIB and served with David and Claude VanAndel and now I'am the only one left out of the three alive.

your commrade in arms
SP/4 Greg Payne
OREGON VETERANS' HOME
700 Veterans Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058

Posted by: Greg Payne 
Email:
teetee199thlib@usa.com
Relationship: We served together
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

        

        confirmed CLAUDE R VAN ANDEL confirmed
 
  CLAUDE RICHARD VAN ANDEL              23W, 4

CLAUDE RICHARD VAN ANDEL
is honored on Panel 23W, Row 4 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name:CLAUDE RICHARD VAN ANDEL
Wall Name:CLAUDE R VAN ANDEL
Date of Birth:10/3/1949
Date of Casualty:5/27/1969
Home of Record:NORFOLK
State:NE
Branch of Service:ARMY
Rank:SGT
Casualty Country:SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province:BIEN HOA
Posted for: CLAUDE RICHARD VAN ANDEL:
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I came into and served with D 4/12 199th L.I.B. in February of 1969 with PFC David Edward Keeney and now I'am the only one left alive out of the three.

Your commrade in arms
Greg Payne
OREGON VETERANS; HOME
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Posted by: Greg Payne
Email:
teetee199thlib@usa.com
Relationship: We served together
Wednesday, November 12, 2008