Willing & Able

 

 

July 2008

320th Field Artillery Association

Po Box 14

Hazel Green, WI 53811-0014

 

Message from our Chairman

 

David B. Smith, HHB/A/2-320th AFA, ‘64-‘66

 

Greetings from rainy Vernonia,Oregon.  We in the Northwest are convinced that Spring has gone AWOL.  It keeps raining here, and the snow level is down around 2,000 feet.

 

A special plea for our veterans of the 2-320th when the battalion was part of the 1st Brigade (Sep), 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1965 to 1968.  I have attended the last 3 or 4 of the Brigade’s reunions, and have been one of the very few artillerymen to be there. COL (Ret) Bill Madden, who commanded the battalion 1966-1967, was a regular attendee until 2006.  I was told that Bill now has Alzheimer’s, and was unable to attend. I ask all of you to keep Bill in your prayers.

 

The Brigade is having its reunion this year in Hampton, Virginia from September 25 through 28.  Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend due to a conflicting business meeting in Los Angeles.  However, I encourage all of you former members of the Always First Brigade to attend and wear bright red shirts with crossed cannons. I know there are lots of you on our membership rolls. I found my attendance at Brigade reunions quite satisfying - for the first time ever, infantrymen (from the 1-327) came up and thanked me for providing fire support.  It’s nice to be appreciated. Let me issue a special invitation to COL (Ret) Bill Braun, who commanded the 2-320th from 1965 to 1966, to go the Brigade reunion in COL Madden’s stead.  He was my boss when I was the S-4 and when I commanded A Battery, and actually saved my life once.

 

For information on the reunion, and registration forms, go to the Brigade’s website, at www.http://firstscreamingeagles.org/, and click on the reunion information.

 

As this Spring wears on, I’ll be working with your Officers to revise our Tennessee State Charter, and our bylaws. Both are out of date, and we’ll work up revisions that can be approved by the membership when we meet in 2009. I have also drafted a new mission statement for our Association that our Webmaster can use on our website. The statement reflects that there are now 4 battalions of the 320th Field Artillery Regiment, and that all 4 are Air Assault rather than Airborne. Here’s what the Mission Statement says:

 

The aims and purposes of the 320th Airborne Field Artillery Association are to develop the common bond existing between those who served in the battalions and batteries of the 320th Airborne Field Artillery and the 320th Field Artillery (Air Assault) Regiment, to perpetuate the memory of those who have died, to maintain contact with those who are ill or disabled, and to be of assistance to the families of those who have died, or who are ill or disabled.

 

I have not yet had any feedback from my last newsletter on where everyone would like our next reunion to be in 2009. If nobody comes up with any better ideas, we will assume that the Clarksville/Ft. Campbell area is still OK, and work toward that goal.

 

If anyone wishes to communicate with me, I recommend contacting me by e-mail (attyd_smith@hotmail.com).  I access that e-mail both at my office and at home.

 

Airborne, Willing and Able!

 

Dave

Chairman

 

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1950’s News and Information

02 Jan 2008                                                

                 I will be spending more of this 2008 New Year working with the 1950's 320th again. These 50's troopers were slighted this past year as we were finding and updating the 60's roster with almost 500 new 60's and 70's guys. I have started the New Year by beginning to update the 1950's Officers Roster. This Roster was started as only an Email address roster but we have been adding more info including mailing addresses, telephone numbers, Retired Rank,Wives names Etc. 

                The first call I made was to Courtney Klingelhoefer Widow of John. We have Courtney's updated information in the roster and have updated a few others. I had a very pleasant talk with Courtney this morning. When I was still trucking I used to call John and he would meet me at the Hardies Restaurant in Evansville, IN. We had many a good visit. (Hardies had a large Truck Parking Lot) Courtney told me that John's Mother had passed away at the age of 100 about a year ago. At her funeral Courtney found out that John's first wife Betty that had moved to Canada years ago to live with her Daughter had passed away also some time before John's Mom.

                I received the Name of Lt William C Overman from the early 50's at the reunion or someone gave me information on him about Reunion time. I found his widow recently and William only had a short tour of duty with the 320th. His wife Anne would like to know who was asking about him and get in contact. I can't remember who was asking so I can't tell Anne who it was. If any of you knew him or asked me to find him please let me know.

 

 08 Jan 2008         Helen Fausset Widow of 55/56 Bn Commander Col (ret) Louis Fausset

                I received a change of address on our 55/56 320th BN Commanders wife Helen Fausset today and made a call to see how she was doing. Helen fell down the stairs at her home in Boise, ID sometime before Christmas. She picked herself up, went back up the steps, got a towel to stop the bleeding, called 911, unlocked the door so the EMT's could get in and then sat down in the chair to wait for them. They arrived, checked her out (several broken ribs) and took her to the hospital. As they were unloading her from the Ambulance at the Hospital the legs on the cot collapsed and the cot dropped to the pavement. (I drive Ambulance for our local Rescue Squad) and it is my duty as Driver to handle the cot at all times. This is a situation that I have a fear of happening although it is nearly impossible with the New Cot’s we recently purchased

                Helen said the Ambulance crew all came back into the Emergency room to check on her to see how she was doing and to tell her how sorry they were about dropping her. After two falls, "Both, Without a Parachute" in a half hour and a fast ride to the Hospital she was as chipper today as ever. Yes, she has moved but only about a mile and a half to a retirement and assisted care facility. She says it is a fantastic place. She has her own apartment and kitchen, but is also able to have meals on site if she wants them. I'm sure those of you that knew Helen in the 50's know that she has Macular Degeneration and has been Legally Blind for quite a few years now. I try to call her several times a year and she is a delight to visit with. Helens son Neal is in Boulder, CO has email and has checked into the website already. I also visited by phone with him today.

                Helen says to tell everyone hello for her and if you want to call (I can assure she would love to get a call as it is nearly impossible for her to read.) I have included her address information for you as well as her son Neal.

 Helen Fausset, Hillcrest Retirement and Assisted Care 1093 S. Hilton Apt 124, Boise, ID 83705-1972, 208-854-3124. Son Neal Fausset, 1419 Bradley Dr, Boulder, CO 80305-7369, 303-543-8918, nealfausset@hotmail.com

 

10 Jan 2008  James D Farrar Svc Btry 54/56.  Jim sent in $40/00 in dues after receiving his Newsletter recently. His address Label had 2005 and a Red X on it. I gave him a call to let him know I received his check and I ask him how he was doing health-wise. He said he has had Prostate trouble and that he had some Blood Clots in his lungs a few years ago. James said they took him to the local hospital for a Cat Scan but must have had the Helicopter waiting at the door. He said as soon as the Dr. checked his Cat Scan they loaded him in the Helicopter and flew him to a big Fancy Hospital in Nashville. I asked what they did there and he said they gave him Rat Poison. He said it's cheap and taken at the right dosage it will keep you alive for years. During the course of our conversation I reminded Jim that he had paid ahead a couple of years on his dues and he replied "That's good incentive isn't it."

            I knew that Jim was the Motor Pool Dispatcher in Camp Wood Japan in 55/56 but didn't know that he lived in the Motor Pool. He said that Harry Kinsey and he shared a room at the Motor Pool but I didn't think Kinsey went to Japan with us. Perhaps Jim was talking about the Motor Pool in Ft Campbell and I didn't get it straight. We reported Harry Kinsey as passing away in Rome, GA in 1989. Does any one remember Harry Kinsey's job??          

            Jim also asked about the Smith brothers from IL, Guy Watters from Cheraw, CO. He also asked about then Capt, but later Major Harry D Martin from Alabama. Harry was an old man (to us young 18 to 20 year old Troopers) in 1955 and went through Jump School in Camp Kashi, Japan as did Farrar, Bruce Tyler, and Gordon Loveless and a lot of others. Jim said Col Fausset personally pinned his wings on him and he remembers that Col Faussett was a great leader as many of us do also.

            Now I'm a little hard of hearing, never took shorthand, can't read my own writing most of the time and am losing a lot of short term memory so Jim, if I didn't get all this information straight I want you and everyone else to know I did the best I could with what I have to work with.

Guy Watters HQ/Svc Btry 54/56 Jim asking about Guy Watters led me to my next phone call. I called Guy and he said that I was just the guy he needed to talk to. He started drawing his SS several years ago and can't collect on his time spent in the Army. He has no records to show this and the Army tells him that his records burned up in the St Louis Fire. I'm sure a lot of you guys can send a letter of Verification that you remember him as being in the Service with him. The next question I ask was did he Fly to Japan with us on the C-124's and he said no that he went on the boat. He must have been on the advance party then. I will try to find Col Jack Irwin’s copy of the Flight manifest. I do have a copy of orders from 23 May 1956 that shows Guy assigned to HQ Btry and Fired the M-1 Rifle for Qualification which I'm sending on to Guy.

Jim Kilburn Svc Btry 54/56 Guy also asked if I had an address on Jim Kilburn. I had an address in Belle Vista, AR but it was no longer current and the phone number was disconnected. I called Jim's brother Dean who was in HQ Btry with me and he told me Jim passed away 07 April 2006. Jim and Dean married sisters so Jim's wife Donna has moved back to Lawrence, KS. I will get Donna's address and add her to the list so you guys can contact her.

Jim Mills, Svc Btry 53/55. I sent this to Jim Mills this afternoon. Guy Watters can't draw his SS Retirement on his time in the Army as they have no records for him. He wanted to talk to you and Jim Kilburn but Jim passed away about a year ago. Have you been into the Website and got the Newsletter and updates okay?? rodg

27 Jan 2008 Clem Humphrey “B” Btry 55/56

I talked to Clem several days ago and he is doing fine. Much, much better than expected. Clem had Colon Surgery two weeks ago at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, AR and they had to remove quite a lot of the lower intestine. Clem said they took a lot but everything still works okay!!!!!  He asked his Dr about a diet and what he could eat. The Doc said if you ate it before you can eat it again "no problem."

 Clem said the last time he was in the VA Hospital he was in with a bunch of old guys. This time Clem said he was the old guy and roommates were in their 50' and 60's. One guy had a Brother that was in "C" 321 after he was in the 101st. He could well be one of our 320th guys. Clem didn't have a name though.

 

If you want to contact Clem as I did his info is: Clem Humphrey, 767 Highway 159 S, Dermott, AR 71638-9133

870-538-9353 clemb32055@yahoo.com

 

04 Feb 2008   Donald “Don” Spriggs HQ Btry 55/56

Don Spriggs called me several months ago and gave me his new mailing address in an assisted care home in San Antonio, TX. He was real upbeat about getting settled in and was thinking that things might be getting better for him. I mailed his newsletter the 27th of December and just got it back as undeliverable. I called Granada Homes where he was living and they said he went to the Hospital shortly after he moved in and that he never got back. The Home told me he passed away about three weeks ago but not sure of the date. I will follow up on this and get more information for you. Rodg

18 Jan 2008

Update on Eddie Shamp A/C 320 51/53. When I sent this update to “C” Btry 55/56 Eddie Shamp’s email bounced. I couldn’t understand this as we talked and I received a change of address and new email in Aug or Sept 07. I called today and only talked for a couple of minutes as Eddie had to leave for a Dialysis Treatment. Eddie had a Heart attack 27 Nov 07 and moved in with his daughter until he is able to go back to the farm. His home phone has been canceled and this is his daughter’s phone 409-466-7630 while he lives with her.

Eddie’s USPS mailing address has not changed as they still pick it up at the farm. Send Eddie a “Get Well Card”. 

These guys email addresses all from HHB 60’s and 70’s bounced also. Earl D Masters, George “Bill” Welch, Richard Pristas, Bill McCreedy, I Amis, Robert Horton. If you are in contact with any of these guys please get a new address for me and let me know what it is. Rodg

 

60’s INFORMATION and NEWS

 

02 Jan 2008 Viet Nam Era News, Larry Turner McBurnett

      Please add this new information to our rosters. Larry is listed on our roster as not found. This information is from Ancestry.com US Casualties Vietnam War.

      Pfc. Larry Turner Mc Burnett A/2/320th Arty. 18749383, Born 09 Jan.1948, KIA Oct. 15 1967 from Tulsa, OK. No known family contacts.

      This was the same date and place that Sgt. Webster Anderson was awarded the CMH. Larry had been with "A" Battery a very short time.

       Thank you, Jack D. Johnston, 12-30-07

 

I found a phone number for Larry McBurnett's Brother Jerry some time ago. Their was no address connected to the Phone number and he would only give me his email address. He was going to send me more information but has not done so. Neither his Email address or phone number are any good now so have lost contact. rodg

Ricky Oyas, A/2/320th 1966-67

      I located and talked to Ricky Oyas A/2/320th 1966-67 in Prescott, AZ. Ricky and his wife Sandra lost every thing including his purple heart, papers, pictures, uniforms etc. in a wild brush fire that roared through San Diego County Ca. a couple of years ago. They have since moved to Prescott, AZ.

      Rick was with "A" battery in Vietnam near Tam Ky on 15 Oct.1967 when it was over ran by NVA forces. If this date sounds familiar it is the same battle that Sgt. Webster Anderson was in that resulted in Sgt. Anderson receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. A lot of Ricks Friends were killed that night and a lot wounded including Rick who received shrapnel wounds. Rick has applied for VA medical benefits in Prescott. Senator Kyle helped Rick by getting a copy of his DD 214 from his Army records but the DD 214 turned out to be a temporary DD 214 that the Army gave him when he was discharged at Ft. Bragg since his records were in transit to and from Vietnam. This temporary DD 214 does not list his Purple Heart, Airborne Qualification, or any thing else.

      Rick needs to prove his Purple Heart to the VA to be covered by service connected issues and the Purple Heart gives him additional benefits. Rick is going to try and have a second look at his records and see if his final DD 214 was over looked and see if his Purple Heart orders are in his records. Another way is to locate some one that received a Purple Heart and were on the same orders as Rick. If any of you received a Purple Heart in late 1967 and still have the paper orders with Ricky Oyas name on them please get in touch. The orders will have a number on them that can be traced and verified.

      Roger I e-mailed Sandra the A Battery roster but they are having a problem opening it so I am going to USPS a copy of it along with the 60's e-mail and address roster. Please forward this e-mail to all 320th in case there is a vet from another battery that may have orders with Rick's name on them.Richard and Sandra Oyas, 1504 N. Holly Dr., Prescott, Az. 86305-7209, 928-771-2223, sandraoyas@yahoo.com

 Thank you, Jack D. Johnston

 

      Hi Roger;

      This information from Ancestry.com Vietnam War Casualties

 Wayne A Podlesnik 15761096 born 14 Jul. 1948 KIA 15 Oct. 1967 near Tam Ky Republic of South Vietnam. A/2/320th Arty. Wayne was single from Clairton, PA. Sgt. E-6 Burnell Simmons 14350143 A/2/320th Arty. Born 26 Aug, 1932, KIA 15 Oct.1967 near Tam Ky Republic of South Vietnam. He was from Leary, GA. Panel 28E row 11, Andersonville National cemetery, GA. section P site 223-rh. Sgt. Simmons was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his courage under fire the night of Oct. 15 1967, This award was Post-Humus  

      To see description of Sgt. Simmons actions go to yahoo.com and type in with quotation like this "burnell simmons" this will take you to a list of selections page. Click on the one that says Vietnam war recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross-Citations. This is the best quickest way I find to get there.Thank you, Jack D. Johnston 

Note from Rodg,

I checked for Simmons in Leary GA and found one who was a Cousin. He knew that I could find Burnell's brother Alex by contacting Bobbye Taylor in Leary. I finally talked to Alex. Alex is the only family member left. His mom, dad, Burnell, two older sisters and a Brother that served in the Navy have all passed away. He has a relative that may get us an email address. I gave him the Website address and he will try to get together with his relative to see it. I will send him the Association Newsletter by USPS. (I just now received the following email so will let you read for yourself. Rodg)

 Hi Mr. Jacobson and I hope that this email reaches you in the best of health. My name is Kimberly Crayton and I am contacting you on behalf of my aunt and uncle (Bobbye& Alex Simmons) whom you spoke with this evening (1/2/08) about his brother Burnell. I navigated through the page that you gave my aunt. I did find a little info on Uncle Burnell but I did not see any pictures. Could you please, if you do not mind, navigate me through the page to actually find pictures so that I can print them for my Uncle. Thank you very much,

Kimberly

 

03 Jan 2008 Capt Dennis Magovern HHB/A/2/320th 1966-68

                I located and talked to Dennis Magovern in North Carolina. Dennis was an OCS officer that served 40 months active duty 1965-69. He served as FDC A/2/320th and FO officer with 502 INF at different times with HHB and A/2/320th in Vietnam.

      Dennis had just returned from R&R and had not made it back to the hill that “A” battery was on the infamous night of 15 Oct 1967 when they were over ran by a large force of NVA. He was at base camp on radio watch and could not believe what he was hearing coming over the radio.

      He never did make it back up on the hill as all of “A” battery was replaced with fresh replacements.

      I called off some names of vets that were on the hill, I called Ricky Oyas name and Dennis said I wonder if Rick is still pissed off at me for eating his donut that was left on the FDC table for him.

      Dennis then said I really owe him (Rick). Dennis told the story about a young private that had done something stupid. LT. Magovern as his commander was disciplining him verbally when the private unslung his loaded M-16 and pointed it at the LT. Magovern’s gut. A tense moment passed until Rick Oyas walked in observed the situation and stepped between the private and LT. Magovern. Rick said to the private you don’t want to do this, give me the weapon. Rick took the M-16 and the private was taken to a rear hospital for psychiatric evaluations.

      After the army Dennis got his degree from the Univ. Of Delaware and put in a 30 year career in the health care administration field. Dennis said he was lucky in that he never got a scratch during his 40 month army experience.

      I I e-mailed Dennis the Officer’s roster and A/2/320th roster. I directed him to our web site www.320thfieldartilleryassociation.org,where he can print our membership application form and mail it in.

 Dennis P. Magovern, 4280 Saddlewood Forrest Dr. Winston Salem, NC. 27106-3576, 336-922-5335

 dpmagovern@yahoo.com HHB/A/2/320th 1966-68

 

04 Jan 2008 Note from Robert Horton

                Stephen Holder was from Mt. Airy, North Carolina.  I have no contact with the family. I do recall seeing a letter or an email from his wife several years ago.  It was in either the 1st Brigade (Sep) or the 101st Division Association newsletter.  Perhaps he is in one or the other’s database. 

                I see you have a Mark Goddard listed.  He is the younger brother of Rockford Goddard (not listed) who was KIA in June of 1966.  A number of months before he was killed, Rocky transferred to the Tiger Force platoon Hqtrs. Co. 1st of the 327th

I’ll keep looking.  Thanks for the work you are doing.

 Regards, RS Horton

 

07 Jan 2008

      I located and talked to Ricky Oyas A/2/320th 1966-67 in Prescott, AZ. Ricky and his wife Sandra lost every thing including his purple heart, papers, pictures, uniforms etc. in a wild brush fire that roared through San Diego County CA a couple of years ago. They have since moved to Prescott, AZ.

      Rick was with “A” battery in Vietnam near Tam Ky on 15 Oct. 1967 when it was over ran by NVA forces. If this date sounds familiar it is the same battle that Sgt. Webster Anderson was in that resulted in Sgt. Anderson receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. A lot of Ricks friends were killed that night and a lot wounded including Rick who received shrapnel wounds. Rick has applied for VA medical benefits in Prescott. Senator Kyle helped Rick by getting a copy of his DD 214 from his Army records but the DD 214 turned out to be a temporary DD 214 that the Army gave him when he was discharged at Ft. Bragg since his records were in transit to and from Vietnam. This temporary DD 214 does not list his purple heart, Airborne status, or any thing else.

      Rick needs to prove his Purple Heart to the VA to be covered by service connected issues and the Purple Heart gives him additional benefits. Rick is going to try and have a second look at his records and see if his final DD 214 was over looked and see if his Purple Heart orders are in his records. Another way is to locate some one that received a Purple Heart and were on the same orders as Rick. If any of you received a purple heart in late 1967 and still have the paper orders with Ricky Oyas name on them please get in touch. The orders will have a number on them that can be traced and verified.

      I  e-mailed Sandra the “A” battery roster but they are having a problem opening it so I am going to UISPS a copy of it along with the 60’s e-mail and address roster. Please forward this e-mail to all 320th in case there is a vet from another battery that may have orders with Rick’s name on them. I have CC’d David Flood who was on that hill that night.

Richard and Sandra Oyas, 1504 N. Holly Dr. Prescott, Az. 86305-7209, 928-771-2223, sandraoyas@yahoo.com  A/2/320th 1966-67

 Thank you, Jack D. Johnston,

      
  Hi I;

      This information from Ancestry.com Vietnam War Casualties. Wayne A Podlesnik 15761096 born 14 Jul. 1948 KIA 15 Oct. 1967 near Tam Ky Republic of South Vietnam. A/2/320th Arty. Wayne was single from Clairton, PA.

 Sgt. E-6 Burnell Simmons 14350143 A/2/320th Arty. Born 26 Aug, 1932, KIA 15 Oct. 1967 near Tam Ky Republic of South Vietnam. He was from Leary, GA. Panel 28E row 11, Andersonville National cemetery, GA.section P site 223-rh. Sgt. Simmons was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his courage under fire the night of Oct. 15 1967. To see description of Sgt. Simmons actions go to yahoo.com and type in with quotation like this “burnell simmons” this will take you to a list of selections page. Click on the one that says Vietnam War recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross-Citations. This is the best quickest way I find to get there.

 

Sgt E-5 Archie James Maple Jr. 17661786 A/2/320th Arty. Born 22 Dec. 1946 From Canton, Mo. KIA 15 Oct. 1967 near Tam Ky. South Vietnam, section 28E row 9.  Sgt. E-5 Nathaniel Dabon 55746621 A/2/320th Arty. Born  Feb 1941 From Harvey, IL. KIA 15 Oct 1967 near Tam Ky Vietnam section 28E row 8

 

 09 Jan 2008 Franklin D Wezyk in Florida. A/2/320th 66-68

      At the Clarksville reunion Ken Sudduth had a news paper clipping with A/2/320th troopers loading rounds into a 105 howitzer with Happy Valentine’s Day 1967 Viet Cong written on them. Frank Wezyk is one of these troopers. This same picture appeared in the First Screaming Eagles in Vietnam magazine issue #38 back in Nov 2007 (a reprint). Go to www.firstscreamingeagles.org  to order back issues and view contents of back issues.  Anyway I copied close ups of both troopers at the reunion and they are on our web site www.320thfieldartilleryassociation.org, in Sudduth’s photos. 

      Frank operated a successful business in Miami and now operates a resort at Lake Wales where he also is closely involved with vets that are down on their luck. www.lakepierce.com Click on lost Vets .com. You can e-mail him at the resort address or call him or just drop by he is always glad to see a vet.

      If some one wants to scan his 35mm slides of Vietnam they are welcome. If I lived closer I would love to scan them and send them to the Association Web Master Tom Walinski.

      Frank was wounded in action while serving with A/2/320th on the infamous night of Oct. 15 1967 when they were attacked and over ran by a large force of NVA.

    Franks contact info is; Frank Wezyk, Lake Pierce Resort, 3500 Canal Rd. Lake Wales, Fl. 33898-9158

  863-439-2023, www.lakepierce.com.

      Thank you Jack D. Johnston

 

   Ansel F. Cogley  A/2/320th

      I talked to Ida Cogley tonight. Her husband, Ansel F. Cogley was a 24 year vet and retired in 1974 at the rank of E-6. They were married in 1976. They knew each other before his army career. Ida said Ansell was just a terrific dad to his 4 step children that Ida had from a previous marriage. Ansell had a daughter from a previous marriage also.

      Ansell was with A/2/320th. I think he was a replacement in late Oct 67 after the Oct 15 67 NVA over run that KIA and WIA so many. He served 4 tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star several times according to Ida, as well as Bronze Stars and the South Vietnam service medals. Ida said Ansell was a quiet guy that never talked much about the war and it was not until after his death that they learned of his war record.

 Ansell Floyd Cogley, A/2/320th Arty.101st Airborne 1967-68 B.11 Feb 1933 D.28 Dec. 1994, Veteran of Korean and Vietnam Wars. He is at rest at Port Hudson Notational Cemetery, Zackary, LA. Section I, site 119.

  Ida Cogley (wife) 6411 E. Myrtle Ave, Baker, LA. 70714-4345, 225-775-5628  idacogley@aol.com

 Thank you, Jack D. Johnston, 01-09-08

 

                This note from Dave Flood,

  I remember SSG Cogley very well. He came in after Sad Hill. I remember speaking with him about our battle at Sad Hill. He told me that in his previous tour he was in 5 major battles. One of the stories I heard about him in his previous tour was that while under heavy fire the unit lost internal communication. SSG Cogley grabbed a reel of wire and ran from gun to gun under fire running a hot loop with all the sections.  Dave Flood

 

09 Jan 2008 I received the following letter with Application and dues from 1/Sgt Grady Ferrell.

Dear Association Team,

                Sorry I couldn’t make it to the Reunion. My health is not the best now days. I’ve had five by-pass operations and prostate Cancer along with a lot of other Medical problems. I lost almost all contact with the Troops I served with in Nam. I do keep in touch with my former CSM Dudley Scott. He was a longtime Ft Campbell Soldier. Sure would like any information on anyone that was in my Battery (“C” in 1969 and HHB the early part of 1970) Keep up the good work. Grady W Ferrell 1st Sgt Retired 567 Chapel Hill Rd Spring Lake, NC 28390-2122 910-497-1563 C/HHB/2/320/68/70 Editor’s note, I will send Grady the printout for “HHB” and “C” both.

 

Dudley Scott. 427 AAA/320/55/56-HHB/2/320/68/69 As a result of Grady’s letter I now have Dudley Scott’s address and phone number again. We had lost contact with Dudley when his wife passed away some years ago when they were in Gulf Shores, AL. He moved back to Franklin, TN as he has two daughters living nearby.

                I don’t know when or where Dudley’s career started but he served in the 187th in Korea. He served with the 427AAA Btry 320th in 55/56 in Ft Campbell, KY and Camp Wood, Japan when I was in. We talked about “Tex” Emmons, JohnZugschwert and many of the 427 AAA guys. Dudley also served with HHB/2/320th in 68/70

                Dudley has Macular Degeneration and is legally blind. I ask him if I could send him the Newsletter but he said he can’t see to read at all. He sure would like to hear from you guys so I have included his address and info. Please give him a call as I’m sure his days without sight get pretty long and lonely. 

 Scott, Dudley CSM Ret 2100 Roderick Pl W. Franklin, TN 37064-5594 615-791-5814

  

17 Jan 2008 Note from Robert S Horton
                Here are a few more guys from the 2/320th that may help with an update.  I had a pleasant chat with Doris (Holder) several days ago.  Thanks for hooking us up.  Here goes:
(1) James Earing, 10820 SW 10th St. Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. (2) James Workman, 1025 Kings View Ct. Henderson, Nev. 89015 (3) Pfc John B Laskey  54363753 DOB 44 KIA 6/7/66 (4) PVT Robert L Emerson 15702880 DOB 43 KIA 6/7/66 (5) SGT Jerry D Carter 5330115 DOB 33 KIA 6/7/66 (6) CPL Robert B Hemnes 19789313 DOB 43 KIA 6/7/66
As you can see, most of these guys were killed in the same battle for “B” Battery on 6/7/66.  I happened to be on a hill above the fight and dealt with some of the radio traffic. It was quite a scrap which, of course, our guys won.
I’m sure I’ll turn up more information as time goes on. Regards, RS Horton

 

17 Jan 2008 Richard Fennoseff “C” Btry 55/56 and HHB/2/320/ 1964/65  I called Richards wife Barbara in Clarksville today as I found out recently that we also had a Richard Fenoseff in the 60’s group. I wanted to be sure that he was one and the same and she confirmed that he was. Richard was one of our younger troopers with us in Japan 55/56.

I would like for someone from the 60’s that knew Richard to contact me and fill me in a little more. It wasn’t clear to me if Richard went to V/Nam for sure or not. Barbara has a daughter nearby that has a computer and will get into the website with her Mother and will also have email contact.

 I’m not positive I got all this straight but best I can get is Richard had to leave the Army with a Medical Discharge. I’m almost sure he had 20 years in. He had Diabetes and Heart problems and eventually lost a leg to the Diabetes.

 Barbara and her daughter had been to Nashville Shopping. When they got home Richard had passed away sitting in his Recliner with an Ice cream cone in his hand and it hadn’t melted yet. The Doctor said he must have passed away just as they were walking in the house of Congestive Heart Failure. Barbara said that was his favorite Chair and he loved his ice cream cone.

When we sent this message out yesterday we weren’t even sure what units Richard was in, if in fact he was in V/Nam. Now we know as our Association Chairman can and did testify that Richard served under him twice. Thanks David. We get more info all the time.

Dear Rodger:
 SSG Fenoseff was the Mess Sergeant of “A” Battery in 1965-1966 in Vietnam (he was the first cook in HHB at Ft. Campbell in 1964 when I was the XO of HHB).  I believe 1SG Wright told me he had passed away.  He did an outstanding job for me, particularly when the Battery was at Phan Rang, Bien Hoa and Ben Cat, and living off “A” rations. I still tell my wife he made better Cinnamon Rolls than anyone I have ever known, including her. We must make sure to invite Richard’s wife Barbara to our next reunion.
 David B. Smith
Chairman

Jim Winkeljohn A/2/320 69-70 sent me this info regarding George Welch from Altamont Springs, FL. “George was active in the 101st Airborne Division Association and especially the association’s annual “Snowbird Reunion”. The second paragraph of http://www.a101avn.org/Snowbird2002.htm mentions his unexpected and untimely death. George had a massive Heart Attack near the Registration Table during the Reunion. In a sense, he died on duty.”  Thanks for the update Jim. Rode

Thanks for all the work you have done in organizing the association. I was happy to see a picture of my old friend, Dave Smith, on the home page. Here’s my info: LTC (ret) Jerome “Jerry” Andersen, 6641 Wakefield Dr Apt 412,  Alexandria, VA 22307-6865  703-768-4819 I was with the 320th from about March of 1964 until about March of 1966. Jumped into Iran on whatever that operation was in 1964, and then on to Desert Strike. I started out in A Btry as an FO as a 2d Lt. W\I was then assigned as A Btry FDO then to Bn HQ as S1/Adj. I got to fill our manning slots prior to deployment to RVN. We deployed with 1st Bde to RVN via the great ship Leroy Eltinge (or something like that).  I was assigned as Bn FDO shortly after arrival in RVN. Had that job for about 4 months then went to B Btry as XO and ended my tour as Asst Bde S1. I was in the Bde Hq at Dak To when Carpenter got put in for the medal of honor, and where the battery I had just left was attacked by a large RVN force. My second tour was with 3/319th FA in the 173d, I commanded first B Btry then C Btry. I retired in 1985 as a Lt Col.

 A check for life membership will be in the mail shortly. jerome.andersen@cox.net (editors note, Lifetime Dues Rec)

70’S INFORMATION and NEWS

We welcome another new group of 320th Field Artillery Personnel.

We recently received a roster of almost 100 Officers that served in Ft Bragg, NC in the 70s with the 320/82 and have been receiving information individually from many of them. These Officers have tentative plans to get together at the All America Week 2009. When we receive a roster like this we are hesitant to publish these names and addresses as some may request that their information be kept private. We are waiting on many of you for that permission.

We have Email address books for each and every 320th unit. We will share this information with you when you give us your information and your permission to add you to the Address Book. Most of you have received this request previously and we thank those of you that have already replied. We will send a hardcopy of this Newsletter to those without email.

If you served with the 320/82 at any time period we would like to hear from you and add you to this group. (Some of you years ago were put in with the WWII Glider FA by mistake as your info was 320/82 and no years of service.) We may well have your name and address not your unit and years of service so please update us. Mike Fleury, Jack Conlin, Harry Florence, Peter Forte, Pete Magrie and Kenny Workman may well all fall in this group as we don’t have their complete information. We also have a Senior NCO Roster from this time period with many of them found. If you want to know if we have already located your friend all you need do is email me at rodleone@centurytel.net or call me at 608-854-2317 with your request.

We do not require paid Membership for this service at this time but we may have to change this. We do appreciate all of you that have joined and sent in your dues.

“E” Btry 320th RED-LEGS that served in the Berlin Brigade

We welcome yet another group of 320th Red-Legs. These guys served in Berlin from around 1987 to the end of the Blockade around 1992. I don’t have exact dates they served and will publish them when verified. I have been in contact with quite a few of them recently. I will have to research the Linage as we had an “E” Btry 320/82 in WW1.

These “E” Btry Berlin Red Legs have signed in on our Website recently. The Battery Commander from 1988/1990 Ray Trevino, Vick Alvarez, Brian Martin, Jeff Tucker, Chris Mazaros, Scott Baxley, David Wetter, and Randy Pino.  I received a request from Jason Howell to find friends Jeffrey Tucker and William Whalen. I succeeded in finding Jeff Tucker this past weekend and Jeff and Jason have already visited. Jeff is still on active duty as I’m sure more of the guys will be.

I have been in contact with Vic Alvarez and he is in contact with 76 guys from this time period. Some of them I’m sure are listed above. Vic was going to try to get a message ready for the Newsletter.

GOD ~ COUNTRY ~ HONOR

I just wanted to get the day over with and...go down to Smokey's for a few cold ones.
Sneaking a look at my watch, I saw the time, 1655.
Five minutes to go before the cemetery gates are closed for the day.
Full dress was hot in the August sun.
Oklahoma summertime was as bad as ever -- the heat and humidity at the same level -- both too high.
I saw the car pull into the drive, '69 or '70 model Cadillac Deville, looked factory-new.
It pulled into the parking lot at a snail's pace.
An old woman got out so slow I thought she was paralyzed.
She had a cane and a sheaf of flowers, about four or five bunches as best I could tell.
I couldn't help myself. The thought came unwanted, and left a slightly bitter taste:
She's going to spend an hour, and for this old soldier...my hip hurts like hell and I'm ready to get out of here right now!'
But for this day my duty was to assist anyone coming in.

Kevin would lock the 'In' gate and if... I could just hurry the old biddy along, we might make the last half of happy hour at Smokey's.
I broke Post Attention.
My hip made gritty noises when I took the first step and the pain went up a notch.
I must have made a real military sight; middle-aged man with a small pot-gut and half a limp, in Marine Full Dress Uniform, which had lost its razor crease about 30 minutes after I began the watch... at the cemetery.
I stopped in front of her, halfway up the walk.
She looked up at me with an old woman's squint.
'Ma'am may I assist you in any way?'

She took long enough to answer.
'Yes, son. Can you carry these flowers?
I seem to be moving a tad slow these days.'


'My pleasure Ma'am.' Well, it wasn't too much of a lie.
She looked again. 'Marine, Where were you stationed?'
'Vietnam , Ma'am. Ground-pounder. '69 to '71.'
She looked at me closer.
'Wounded in action, I see. Well done, Marine, I'll be as quick as I can.'
I lied a little bigger, 'No hurry, Ma'am.'
She smiled............. and winked at me.

'Son, I'm 85-years old and I can tell a lie from a long way off.

Let's get this done, might be the last time I can do this.
My name's Joanne Wieserman, and I've a few Marines I'd like to see one more time.'

'Yes, Ma'am, At your service.'
She headed for the World War I section, stopping at a stone.
She picked one of the bunches out of my arm and laid it on top of the stone.
She murmured something I couldn't quite make out.

The name on the marble was; Donald S.Davidson, USMC, France 1918.
She turned away and made a straight line for the World War II section, stopping at one stone.
I saw a tear slowly tracking its way down her cheek.
She put a bunch on a stone; the name was; Stephen X.Davidson, USMC, 1943.
She went up the row a ways and laid another bunch on a stone; Stanley J.Wieserman USMC , 1944.
She paused for a second, 'Two more, son, and we'll be done'
I almost didn't say anything, but, 'Yes, Ma'am, Take your time.'
She looked confused. 'Where's the Vietnam section, son? I seem to have lost my way.'

I pointed with my chin. 'That way, Ma'am.'
'Oh!' she chuckled quietly, me and old age ain't too friendly.'
She headed down the walk I'd pointed at and stopped at a couple of stones before she found the ones she wanted.

She placed a bunch on Larry Wieserman USMC, 1968, and the last one on Darrel Wieserman USMC, 1970.
She stood there and murmured a few words...I still couldn't make out.
'OK, son, I'm finished. Get me back to my car and you can go home.'
'Yes, Ma'am. If I may ask, were those your kinfolk?'

She paused. 'Yes, Donald Davidson was my father; Stephen was my uncle; Stanley was my husband; Larry and Darrel were our sons. All killed in action, all Marines.'
She stopped, whether she had finished, or couldn't finish, I just don't know.
She made her way to her car, slowly, and painfully.

I waited for a polite distance to come between us...and then double-timed it over to Kevin waiting by the car.
'Get to the 'Out'-gate QUICK~! I have something I've JUST got to do.'
Kevin started to say something, but saw the look I gave him.
He broke the rules to get us there down the service road. “We beat her”.
She hadn't made it around the rotunda yet.
'Kevin... stand to attention next to the gate post and follow my lead.'
I humped it across the drive to the other post.


When the Cadillac came puttering around from the hedges and began the short straight traverse to the gate, I called in my best gunny's voice: 'Tehn Hut! Present Haaaarms!'
I have to hand it to Kevin; he never blinked an eye; full dress attention and a salute that would make his DI proud.
She drove through that gate with two old worn-out soldiers giving her a send off she deserved, for service rendered to her country, and for knowing Duty, Honor and Sacrifice
I am not quite sure, but I think I saw...a BIG salute returned from that Cadillac!
Instead of 'The End'.... just think of 'Taps'.
As a final thought on my part, let me share a favorite prayer:
'Lord, keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas.
Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.'
Let's all keep those currently serving and those who have gone before, in our thoughts. They are the reason for the many freedoms we enjoy. 'In God We Trust!'
Sorry about your monitor, it made mine blurry too!
I'm sure you might want to pass this one along to a few friends.

Bob Lacy

(Editors note) I have received this email more than any other email so I’m sure most of you have also. I think it needs reprinting for the sake of our friends without computers. I can’t verify the authenticity of this message but don’t believe it is needed. Rodg

Disclaimer:  The above story cannot be verified and is likely an “internet legend”.  There is no proof of a family by the name of Davidson or a family by the name of Wiserman in military records as used in this story. 

 

Message from your Newspaper Editor

As you all know, I’ve not been making any progress when it comes to getting the ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER out in a timely way. I have too many irons in the fire so some of them have to go and I have started. Those of you that have been with us a few years know that I have been active with both the 320th FA Association and the 508ARCT Chapter.

            I started this past week sending all the 508 ARCT Chapter information to Chapter Chairman Ken Hamill. I will at some point pack up all the File Cards, Orders, Jump School Rosters and remaining information and send to him also. I will maintain my 508 email addresses as long as they keep me updated with good addresses. I will answer as many questions as I can for them. I will no longer search for the 508 Troopers and will devote all my time to the 320th.

            This does not mean our 320th friends are off the hook by any means. I will start asking you personally to help write articles for the Newsletter. I can’t write about Viet Nam, Berlin, Afghanistan or Iraq as I was never there, I have and will continue to write about finding new friends and include the email messages sent back and forth as I always have. I think we need a Newsletter Editor to do the actual Editing of the Newsletter and all of us could send our information to that person. It would free up some more time for me to do more searching. I also think we need several more people to be searching for our lost friends

            We need to seriously get many more of you involved with us so we have some back-ups in place. Case in point, our Webmaster Tom Walinski was in the VA Hospital for a period of time and no way to keep the Website updated. I had some problems with my lack of computer skills. The Newsletter was all ready except for the last two paragraphs almost two months ago. I failed to do something correctly and in a flash it was gone. We have had problems in the past as any Association does with staying in contact and miscommunications. Our Memorial Book of Deceased Troopers started and maintained by Sarah Ellis is going to need help. Sarah’s health has been bad for some time and I personally think that we are doing her a great disservice to expect her to continue with it. I think we have enough hands out here to take up some of these duties and make it easier for everyone concerned. Please consider helping. 

 

Thank you,

Rodger