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September 16th 2007
02:24:05 PM
What is your name?  

Ronald (Ron) Lewis

Where are you from?  

New Harmony Utah

How did you find this website?  

Google search

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

A 27-year veteran of the US Naval service

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How do I define an American Hero? Stacy N. Binning is my hero! With the utmost respect and gratitude, I honor you Stacy! Your website was/is VERY inspiring for this old Vietnam veteran.

I am a proud 27-year veteran of the United States Naval service and a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

I began my naval career flying from the US Ranger in 1965/66 as the aircraft carrier seamed up-and-down the Vietnam coastline. This was my first, but not my last deployment to Vietnam.

I retired in March 1991 and moved to a small town about 45 miles north of St. George, Utah. I was recently asked if I would be willing to help with a banner signing as part of the town’s July 4th celebrations -- a banner that we can all sign and send to the troops. “What a great idea, I will wear my uniform”.

I blew the dust from my navy uniform and was honored to march down small-town-USA as my neighbors and friends lined the roadway waving our “flag”. The town’s banner was covered with hand-written messages of unwavering support for our troops.

This event started my journey back along memory lane. I began by retrieving a small cardboard box from under my house. Inside -- my “Cruise Book” from the Ranger’s 1965/66 deployment. I sat in my easy-chair and began to read -- each page brought back oh-so many memories of my younger days. As I turned the pages, I would suddenly burst into laughter as vivid images flashed before me -- many happy memories. AND THEN I came to the last page. There are thirteen names printed on that page. Names of thirteen shipmates who paid the ultimate price in serve to country. Above the last five names were these words: “Missing in Action”. Sitting in my easy-chair, I began to cry and was flooded with shame and untold guilt. How could I forget them? They were much more-than my shipmates; we lived together; we ate together; we played together -- many evenings playing “go-fish” card games, monopoly, dominos, ace-deuce and of course I recalled the day when we all sat on the hard steel floor of the aircraft carrier’s hanger-bay as Bob Hope’s USO Show entertained us ----- but above all, we shared the air as we flew in-and-out of harm’s way over North and South Vietnam. How could I forget that I came home!!!! I came home to my family and friends -- I watched my children grow and play. Now they have children of their own. Stacy: your words have hit me with a heavy blow and I quote: “A Man Is Not Dead Until He Is Forgotten”

I began to search the internet hoping and praying for good news as-to the current status of my five missing shipmates:

Cmr Hubert E. Loheed’s remains were recovered from Vietnam on 02/01/1986 and identified by JPAC’s DNA laboratory on 08/15/1994. This American hero, my brave shipmate, remained missing for over 28 years. Welcome home Commander!

LTjg Dieter Dengler remained a POW for over 5 months before he escaped and was safely returned home. Welcome home Dieter!

LT William D. Frawley -- LTjg William M. Christensen and LTjg Donald J. Woloszyk are still unaccounted-for in Vietnam. They have been missing for over 41 years! Their families and friends have no burial site to “visit” – no place to touch the headstone of their American Hero. No honorable place to say good-by to a lost Son, Husband, Father, and/or Grandfather.

Stacy: I came home. My final resting place will be on American soil and will be known to my family.

I retired in early 1991 – I am truly sorrowed by my actions over the past 17 years as I did little to confront my own apathy on this issue. Stacy -- I am ashamed to say my lifetime membership in both veteran organizations is less-than 30 days old. I have got out of my easy-chair and NO LONGER will I allow myself to walk down the pathway of apathy! I can do little to bring my missing shipmates home, but I will NEVER FORGET them.

I have created a memorial display to honor ALL missing comrades; past and present. It provides statistics and information on America’s ongoing commitment to “bring them home” with honor and fulfillment of a Promise Keep -- DPMO’s vision;

The "Promise Kept" to those who serve in defense of this great nation to bring them home, honor their sacrifices and keep faith with their fellow warriors and families.

My display gives praised and honor to the Department of Defense’s -- Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO). On the end table, visitors will find a banner rolled out for all to sign in support of the men and women who go into jungles and mountainous areas across the globe to find/recover America’s unaccounted-for heroes. By there collective devotion and individual toils; 873 of America’s best have been repatriated from Southeast Asia -- brave men like USCG Lt Jack Columbus Rittichier have “come home” from a faraway land.

Thank you Stacy!

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August 26th 2007
06:56:03 PM
What is your name?  

Kristine Horning

Where are you from?  

Croghan,NY

How did you find this website?  

searching for my POW bracelet name

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

my Dad

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I want to contact Cordine McMurray in NC to give him the bracelet I wore for several years.

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January 8th 2007
12:28:17 AM
Private Entry.
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June 11th 2006
12:57:50 AM
What is your name?  

Al Currie

Where are you from?  

Hudson, MI

How did you find this website?  

Searching google for info on VMA(AW)533

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

Veteran

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Regarding Ron Forrester and Ralph Chipman:
I was at Nam Phong the night ED05 failed to return... I worked in the Fire Control shop, we maintained the weapons system on the A-6. Capt Forrester, then a Lt., was a Bombadier/Navagator, and worked the systems we maintained. I had debriefed him after missions. He was a great guy, and so young, not much older than I was (22). Capt. Chipman was a Great guy too. I still think about them. We had others MIA, 3 to be exact. One POW, Lt. Krobath. They are my heroes. Semper Fi.

   

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June 5th 2006
08:55:27 PM
What is your name?  

Tony Tone

Where are you from?  

Scottsdale, AZ

How did you find this website?  

I did a search on Eve of Destruction

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

Related

Please enter your comments:  

I wrote a sequel:

Eve of Destruction Revisited

Tensions in the Mid East
Are coming to a boil
The invasion of Iraq
Was strictly for the oil
Christians killing Muslims
Brings terrorists to our soil
Question King George
They say that you’re not loyal

And you tell me over and over and over again my friend
You don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

Pedro, Juan and Jesus
Cut my vegetation
Grueling work they do
Without hesitation
Minutemen on the border
Are stopping immigration
Nothing being done
By our administration
Brotherhood of man
Facing elimination

And you tell me over and over and over again my friend
You don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

All you politicians
Got to get a grasp
I’d make the trip to Washington
But I can’t afford the gas
So I just sit at home
And fill another glass
I break out the bong
Take a hit of Hash
If I’m drunk and stoned
I won’t see the flash

And you tell me over and over and over again my friend
You don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

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February 2nd 2006
04:35:09 PM
What is your name?  

Andy Hogue

Where are you from?  

Texas

How did you find this website?  

Route memorization.

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

Of course.

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Happy Groundhog Day, Stacey! I was thinking about you today and wanted to see what you were up to, only to find your personal site was down! Oh well. Write me sometime! And why is it that I've been through Texarkanna TWICE in the past year and we didn't seem to get together? Third time's the charm, maybe. Come up to Gainesville some time and I'll take you to the zoo. creton4[at]yahoo.com

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January 30th 2006
08:54:29 PM
What is your name?  

Ben Stayton

Where are you from?  

South Bend, Indiana & Dayton, Tennessee

How did you find this website?  

Um, you told me where it was.

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

My father is a Vietnam Vet, both Grandfathers WWII

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Great sight Stacey, when I've got some time I'll take a closer look around.

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November 29th 2005
05:46:32 PM
What is your name?  

SSG MIchael Boxer (retired)

Where are you from?  

Staten Island New York

How did you find this website?  

from a foum post and google

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

Vietnam Veteran and retired USA

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I just sent you an email, hoping for a response in reference to a name on your list of Jerry Lester Guffey who was a POW march 1969 who was rescued by my company. I will let the email to you say the rest, but we are trying to locate Guffey as we are piecing together the $hit which happened during those days of March 1969.
Great site, keep up the good work

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July 17th 2005
01:22:24 AM
What is your name?  

Anthony W. Pahl

Where are you from?  

Murray Bridge, South Australia

How did you find this website?  

It's been among my very favourite websites for 5 years

Are you a veteran or related to one?  

Australian Vietnam Veteran - 1969/70

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Dearest Stacey,

Your development of this site is professional and excellent.

Your dedication to the cause of all veterans, particularly the POW/MIA, is an example of patriotism at its highest level, and love in its purest form.

Thank you... you are inspirational to me and to many others.

My love to you always,
Tony

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