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Thomas L. Collins III <>
Athens, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 18, 1967 - April 1, 1967?
Association: patient

I am looking for anyone who might remember me. I was wounded in the face. I took a bullet just below my left eye and it exited in front of right ear and thru my right shoulder. I do not remember names of anyone there but have never forgotten the care that I was given and all others around me were given. Would love to hear from anyone just to say a great big THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU! Please email me at the above email addy.
Tue Sep 10 19:31:46 2002

Nancy K. Payne <>
Altamonte Springs, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1971-1972
Association: Nurse - Neurosurgery & ER

A warm hello to all those I knew at the 24th Evac. Just trying to let everyone know that I have relocated to Florida and also have a new email address. I certainly do not want to lose touch with the folks from this great organization! Sorry I could not make it to the reunion in Texas, but please keep me informed of any future reunions!
Wed Sep 4 13:42:12 2002

Dennis <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Bodofsky
jemison , al usa
Association: helicopter crew

Hey I made a mistake I think we where next to the 93 evac hospital. Later Dennis.
Thu Aug 29 2:22:41 2002

Dennis <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Bodofsky
jemison, al usa
I was at the 24th Evac from: 70 ,71
Association: helicopter crew

hey all, was next door at 45th dust off. still going on and on and on. taking everyday as a gift.

Thu Aug 29 1:56:58 2002

Tony Anderson <>
Peoria, Il USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Jan - Dec 1970
Association: Assigned to 24th Evac for Meals - great chow

The mess hall was a friendly place where the chow, in any other setting, would have been described as great. I remember eating mushrooms sauteed in butter by the bowls full. While a lot of my compatriots complained about the chow, I think they were really complaining about something else. I don't remember any of the 24th Evac personnel, just that it was a good place to eat - one of the few enjoyable memories I have of Long Binh and Vietnam.
Mon Aug 26 17:12:47 2002

I was at the 24th Evac from: JUNE,1966 TO JULY, 1067

Sun Aug 25 0:43:07 2002

Joe Turner

I was at the 24th Evac from: 71-72
Association: Corpsman

I see a lot of entries about the Foon Loon Restaurant, which was a real nice escape and morale-builder at the Long Binh Slums. But it was called The Mandarin House when I was there.
Thu Aug 22 9:10:46 2002

William J. Cerynik <>
Pompton Plains, NJ Morris
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 60-Sept 62
Association: Power Generator Technician

Hi folks. I am back on line. Had a nice visit with Colonel Gerald Allgood and his son at West Point ceremony on July 19.
Sat Aug 17 17:03:49 2002

Mel Libby <>
Durand, Mich
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept '67 to Nov '68
Association: corpman 5 & 6

Hello all, thought maybe the site
was down for a while but I read Cindy's explanation.
Joe Patawaran wrote he wanted a few opinions about the reunion in San Antonio. Joe I am not sure if you were there or not. Hard to describe the feelings over my brief 3 day stay.
From the pleasant meeting of Cindy and Doug and the hospitality they showed, to meeting old acquaintances and new ones. Nice people there and many stories were told. Unbelievable the memory we all had of the good and bad during Nam.
Meeting Freddie Fields ,courtesy of Linda T, was refreshing.
By the pool, very early in the mornings with a cup of coffee, was my time to reflect .Quite peaceful for me.
All take care
Fri Aug 16 23:29:45 2002

Ronald E. Ferree Sr <>
Pembroke Pines, Fl USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-1967
Association: helped build
Fri Aug 16 19:16:22 2002

The Webmistress apologizes for the error which caused so many entries (since June 10!)  to go to the middle of the page instead of the top. It has been corrected.

Also, apologies around for lack of updates.  Traveling for Christian mission (Honduras and Vietnam) had tied up time this summer.  

Full report on our week and a half in Da Nang City coming soon!

xoxo - cmy

Tom Minnick <>
Leander, TX USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 66-67
Association: Corpsman

Was one of the originals. Know I'm behind in contacting the people who were at the 24th, but I'm ready to catch up.
Didn't know about the reunion this year until it was over.
Definitely want to be on the list for the next one. Anyone
from 66-67 who can remember me please give me a shout.
Tue Jul 30 0:09:22 2002

Joe <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Patawaran
I was at the 24th Evac from: July 4 1970-July 4 1971
Association: Registrar

Please, if any one has anything that they would like to share about the reunion, please put it on this web site.
Luv to hear from people that was there.
luv you all,Joe
Sun Jul 28 21:58:33 2002

Martha Colvin <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Mooney
Richmond, Va
I was at the 24th Evac from: March 70-March 71
Association: nurse

I have signed in before but have changed my email address..I am so sorry that I missed the reunion, but plan on attending the next one....Martha Has anyone heard from Nancy Roberts Saenz?
Sat Jul 27 21:04:45 2002

Joseph (DOC) <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Valencourt
I was at the 24th Evac from: dec 22,68-Apr 7,72
Association: medic
Sat Jul 27 16:57:43 2002

David K. Pilliod <>
Newport Beach, Ca USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 4-68 and 6-68
Association: Patient-twice

I was with the 9th Inf. and was Medi-Vaced twice to 24th for basically superficial wounds. Two days max stay. Was later transferred to Central Finance just down the street from 24th Evac. The people at 24th Evac. were God sends in a time of utter chaos. Thanks, you can't even see any scars now, probably because they are covered with middle age fat.
Thu Jul 25 15:23:26 2002

Mark R. Skattum <SKATTDACHEF@hotmail.COM>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Baby-san
Seattle, Wa USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 68 to Jun69
Association: Assignment in the Nam was the 24th

My E-mail address was previously listed wrongly so I'm back to correct it. Ya know Monday was my 52d birthday and every birthday I can't help but remember that I was there and the things I saw and did in triage and the helipad then got medevaced myself, back to Madigan. Then 4 weeks later I turned 19. I guess a lot of us just never had a chance.
Thu Jul 18 14:12:08 2002

mike fitzgerald <>
normal, il usa
Association: was a pilot with the 240th aslt hel co Greyhounds, 69-70 and had the opportunity to take some injured into the 24th. believe the call sign we used for you was wide minnow great web site. laughed when i saw the picture of the Loon Foon restaurant. that was a favorite place for the pilots out of Bear Cat to come in and eat. you all did a phenomenal job in vietnam and it was a distinct pleasure for me to find your web site. all the best. mike fitzgerald, Greyhound 26, mar 69-mar 70.
Thu Jul 18 12:07:39 2002

Rudy L. Garza <>
Austin, TX usa
I was at the 24th Evac from: August 71-January 72
Association: X-ray Tech

I arrived in Long Binh in February 1971 and was assigned to the 93rd Evac. hospital which soon closed. I was then assigned to the 332nd Medical Detachment. When that facility closed, I was assigned to the 24th where I finished out my tour.

Mon Jul 15 0:14:41 2002

Hugh (Bo) Oldham <>
Anderson, SC USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970
Association: 312th ADD Air Traffic Controller based @ Sanford AAF

312th ADD Air Traffic Controllers worked traffic in & out of 24th from tower at Sandford AAF (visible at top of 1971 picture on this site) and from small tower at 93rd Evac.

Thanks for all your good work!
Mon Jul 8 13:27:47 2002

Joe Dugan <bienhoa357@aol,com>
Atlanta, GA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: November 1971
Association: Patient - great case of hemorrhoids.

Moved from Bien Hoa to Long Binh in November 1971 with
Officers Records, 357th Personnel Services Company.
Company stood down and went home April 1972.

Thanks 24th Evac for the great job on my butt.
Tue Jul 2 12:17:10 2002

William J. Cerynik <wjc @>
I will not be at this email address any longer. I am retiring.
Fri Jun 28 11:03:23 2002

Mark R. Skattum <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Baby-san
Seattle, WA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 68-June69
I guess I was a really young looking 18 for the hootch girl and the rest of the cadre called me baby-san. I worked in the PX, supply, and in crunch time the heli-pad and triage. I guess I wasn't really ready for crunch time.
Association: I was assigned there.
Mon Jun 24 13:55:11 2002

Pat Gutkoska <>
Chicago, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 70 through May '71
Association: Played with 8' Clearance at as many evenings at Officers Club as possible. Stationed Long Bien, 79th Maint. Bat., 147th LEM Co.

Heartfelt thanks to you who helped me keep a little bit of sanity during chaos. Seeing some of you smiling made being there much easier to take. I'm sorry we missed Christmas Eve '70 but hope we made up for it other times we tryed to entertain. If anyone remembers this, contact me?
Fri Jun 14 14:04:16 2002

I was at the 24th Evac from: AUGUST 1967
Association: May have been treated @24th from burns before evac to Burn Center in Japan.

Any info on Sp 4 Michael Dagostino C Btry, 3/16 ARTY wounded Aug 13, 1967 Medevac'd to Japan then Ft. Sam Houston, would be appreciated.
Mon Jun 10 15:06:55 2002

Susan Dunn <>
San Mateo, Ca USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Feb 67-Sep68
Association: Staff- RN- Ward 5 and 6- also medical ward X 2 mos.

Just a thank you to Ken, Cindy, and all who made the reunion so great!. Enjoyed the whole thing but perhaps the most touching and memorable is the honor guard from Fort Sam Houston given for us. It touched me to see the young army of today paying tribute to us. I went t o them and thanked them and told them I was proud of them for what they are doing today. I missed those of you that couldn't come but am on reunion committee for next time so will try to assure you all make it. Jack Brown thinks we should have a west coast reunion . I do too. Many want to go Back to DC. Let me know via e-mail.

I also was touched by the patient who found his neurosurgeon. Not during my time but the feelings were the same. I know what we did there mattered. I am just beginning to come to terms with some of my feelings about VN and how it affected my life. Perhaps some of you have had that experience. I work with Vets every day and am proud to do that but also see their suffering. Let's not forget them. We have, or have tried to, move on but some of them have not or still suffer the effects of war. They need our support. Looking forward to next time!
Fri Jun 7 0:39:11 2002

Susan Bourne <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Frye
Powells Point, NC, USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Dec 68-69 Long Binh USARV HQs
Association: Patient

Was a female civilian volunteer at HQ USARV Comptroller; became ill and was admitted.

The nurses and doctors were kind to me.

Also, I did volunteer for a short time... My guilt to this day is that I was not strong enough emotionally to continue.. my heart broke when looking into the eyes of the young 18-19 year old men.... My heroines were the nurses. and to this day.... I wish I could have been one of them.


Fri May 31 21:27:18 2002

Kenneth Butke <>
Springfield, VA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1969-1970
Association: Registrar

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to return to the friends of the past. Outstanding work by Ken, Cindy, Marty, and the SGT's. I only wish there had been more time to enjoy the great gathering. Looking forward to the next reunion! Please note new E-mail address.
Sat May 25 14:15:25 2002

Jim Patterson <>
Wellsburg, WV USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: My home was at the 50th but I worked at the 24th in 1969 & 1970.
Association: I was a medical repairman at the 50th VC compound hospital & the 24th Evac.

Just like to thank all the guys from the 24th Evac Medical Equipment Repair shop for taking care of me.
Fri May 24 16:24:03 2002

Karen (Kay) Johnson <>
Asheville, NC 
I was at the 24th Evac from: October 68-69
Association: RN on Ward 2

I am sorry I missed the reunion - I did revisit with others from the 24th at the dedication of the VN Women's Memorial.
I have kept in touch with JD, corpsman on our ward, and would love to hear from the other corpsmen-never would have made it without them. Does anyone know where CPT Yvonne Holley, the 1st head nurse I had on Ward 2 is now?
I went back on a cruise in 1996 and revisited some old sites and saw beautiful parts of the country I did not know existed. The trip was life-changing for me.
Think of all those that I served with frequently and realize these were some of the closest friends I've ever had
Have only begun to read the guestbook-already have seen the names of doctors on our ward. Never forget.
Mon May 20 18:22:19 2002

Richard Rongstad <>
San Diego, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: April 1969
Association: patient

I was medevac to 24th Evac by Huey from Tan An via the
downtown Saigon hospital, April 1969.

While serving as a U.S. Navy Advisor to a crew of Hai Quan
HQ sailors rigging antennas on a tile roof at the RAG/RAID
base at Tan An, the roof collapsed, taking me with it.
I had broken/dislocated bones left wrist, arm, elbow.
A U.S. Army doctor with a shaved head and a handlebar
mustache did the bone setting as far as I know. With
that description you'd probably know him.

I'd like to see any details that might be
found in 24th Evac log books.

Richard Rongstad
CWO2 USN (Ret.)
Republic of Vietnam 1969-1970
Phu Cat to Phu Quoc
Sat May 18 15:25:36 2002

Mel Libby <>
Durand, Mich
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 67- Nov 68
Association: Corpsman 5 & 6

Hello all--Just want to say thanks to Ken and Marti and the others that set up the reunion that turned out great. Also without this website, this reunion might not have come about, so a big THANKS to Cindy and Doug. Pleasure was mine in meeting you all. Linda T, thanks for letting me know that Freddie Fields was there. The pictures I have will refresh my eyes to the people I met, but they don't show the tone of the words spoken.
Hopefully someday word will get out and there will be more people "found".
Thu May 16 7:38:48 2002

Fred Bradley <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Harker
Montrose, WV. United States
Association: I was stationed at Long Binh in 1969 with the 624th Service and Supply Company which I believe was right next door to the 24th Evac. Hospital

I served in Long Binh Vietnam during the 1969 tet counteroffense with the 624th Service and Supply Co. which I believe was next door to the 24th Evac. Hospital. I have a lot of vivid memories of Long Binh I served in Long Binh until 1970. I am trying to locate anybody I served with in Long Binh from 1969 to 1970 with the 624th Service and Supply Co. which I believe was right next door to the 24th Evac. unit. If you have any names or information about who might have serve with me I would appreciate you emailing me as soon as possible. I have been trying to locate some of my old Army buddies from Long Binh Vietnam 69-70 but haven't had any luck so far. Thanks Spec.4 Fred Bradley Harker
Thu May 16 2:00:38 2002

John N. Baldwin <>
Twain Harte, CA USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: May 68-69
Association: Surgeon

I apologize for not attending the reunion. I had intended to go, as the experience at the 25th in DC was so incredible. I have no decent excuse, unless it be that now that I am 68, getting to, on and from an airplane is a giant pain, especially since Sept 11. I also did not come because I found only three or four of the May 68-68 nurses and surgeons were attending. I am sure I missed out making new friends from other years. My wife (Jean Mitchell 1st Lt 68-69) and I have a 9 year old son, and if you do the math, the whole thing is incredible. Suggestion: next reunion, update the website every week particularly featuring folks who indicate they are coming...that is the draw that would get me out next time. Congratulations to Ken and his staff for what, from the chat line, looks like it was great fun. All that work paid off, and like the 25th in DC, the only losers were the stay at homes, like me. All best to the best there ever was...the 24th staff and patients...John Baldwin
Wed May 15 21:48:27 2002

Nancy (Baldwin) Wagner <>
Easton, CT
I was at the 24th Evac from: They were there in 1968.
Association: My father was a surgeon and my stepmother a nurse at the 24th Evac.

Lots of memories of stories from my father. He would send home tapes (the old reel-to-reel kind) and I remember hearing the rain pour down & all the frogs chirping. I was just a 7 year old kid, waiting at home for her father to return. My heart is with the soldiers who fought, those who came home and those who did not, and the doctors, nurses & support staff of the 24th Evac who did their best to give care, love and first class medical treatment under extraordinary circumstances. God Bless.
Tue May 14 21:51:53 2002

Carol Rogers Pitula <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Rogers
River Forest, IL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 2/7--2/71
Association: Nurse in neuro and ER

Hi to all who I met again or for the first time at the reunion this year! It was great, warm, welcoming! The hotel was good and the weather co-operated too. Sorry that many of you missed it but there will be a next time! Ken and Cindy and Marti did a super job!
Sun May 12 21:48:23 2002

Cherie Boudwin ("Posie") <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Boudwin
Sturgeon Bay, WI USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1966-67
Association: RN, Head Nurse ICU-3

The reunion was absolutely wonderful and I wouldn't have missed it for the world! Thanks Ken and all who helped to make it such a great success. Sooo many stories and renewed experiences and friendships. It just warms my heart to think about it. Looking forward to the next one! I love my 24th Evac pins and bumper sticker and can't wait to see the pictures. Take care everyone and do stay in touch! Bless you all!
Sun May 12 13:38:10 2002

Piscataway New Jersey Dance <>
pisctaway, nj usa

just a visitor, never at wor with the 24th evac. sure the site warms the hearts of those involved.
Sat May 11 17:18:07 2002

Mary Reynolds Powell <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Reynolds
Shaker Heights, OH
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov 1970-Nov 1971
Association: Nurse: Internal Medicine

Today, one week after the reunion, I'm savoring the warm memories Doug and I have of the reunion. I am so impressed by the large number of caring people and the affirmation we experienced. I felt it at the first reunion and Doug experienced it at this reunion. I only wish that so many others who served at the 24th could have been with us to experience it. It was/is what we all need. I look forward to our "mini-reunion" in DC in Nov '93. Hopefully we can connect to the folks from the 93rd. Thanks to Ken, Marti, Cindy, Doug and all who made last week possible!
Sat May 11 16:10:37 2002

Mike Shearin <>
Columbia, MO USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Never
Association: None

It was great to see a picture of Tom Hovey and be able to print a few others for him. I was in the Marines outside Da Nang back then. Eleven years after discharge, I joined the Army Reserve's local hospital unit and trained as a 91B. A year later, Tom arrived and was appointed chief of nursing service. We soon became good friends, a relationship that continues to this day. Thanks for your work on this web site.
Sat May 11 14:23:53 2002

william j, cerynik <>
pompton plains, nj morris 07444
I was at the 24th Evac from: november 60 - september 62
Association: power generation technician

I wish to thank all of you for accepting me as one of your own at the reunion in SA. It was an honor meeting you and sharing a very special event with you. I could not hold back the tears at the banquet ceremony. A lot of you were also joining in with me. I met a lot of good people and hope to keep in touch with some of you.
Fri May 10 11:00:46 2002

Jim <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Betthauser
Alexandria, VA

The reunion was FANTASTIC!!!!! Met OR Tech friends that I haven't seen in 31 years, and Ralph, Ken, Tom, & Bob, I have to say, you guys look great!!! It was so nice to see you and Ralph & Ken, I look forward to seeing you in 2003 at the reunion of the 93rd Evac.

The most touching moment of the reunion, in my opinion, was the meeting of doctor and the patient (1st Cav) whose life he saved so many years ago!! It was heart-wrenching to say the least. Just wish that you could have all made it, and keep this in mind when considering whether to attend the next reunion or not. There is ALWAYS a moment such as that. Don't miss it!!!

Keep your eyes returning to this website for the posting of the piece that I read to the group at the reunion. Cindy, I will be sending it to you soon.

And I'd like to personally thank Ken Bowen for the wonderful experience that we all enjoyed!!! GREAT JOB KEN!!!!

Hope you all had a safe trip home, and I'm pleased to have met so many NEW friends from other years as well as renewing acquaintances with those that I knew when I was there.

Love you all!!!   Jim
Mon May 6 8:06:38 2002

Leslie Drew <>
Madison, ME

All of you lucky people that were at the reunion, I hope you will share it with those of us that were not able to attend. If anyone would like to share photos it would be great to see them on the web page. PLEASE!!!
Sun May 5 21:32:07 2002

Dan Scarborough

It was great, guys ...
Sun May 5 20:43:53 2002

Patricia <>
My last name while in Vietnam was: Kuhn
Edgewater, Fl USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: 1970-1971
Association: Operating Room Supervisor...

Dear 24th Evac Reunion attendees: I am unable to be there this year but God-willing will be @ the next reunion! Wish all of you there a sweet remembrance of those days long ago in our lives when we served together. You were a terrific and dedicated group of people and I am so proud of all of you who served our country so very well. Savor the moments of the past, enjoy one another, savor the memories you are making now together @ this reunion. Thank-you everyone for the loving, caring, patient care you gave and the support you gave to me when I needed it. You were a wonderful group of people to work with and showed so many qualities of greatness that it was an incredible life experience to share with all of you in Vietnam. As I look back....we did the BEST work of our lives during those times and established some wonderful relationships with those we worked with. Thank-you everyone.....for making my experience such a memorable one. Enjoy yourselves....savor the moments both past and present as you join together in remembrance. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat Kuhn
Fri May 3 11:12:48 2002

Mel Libby <>
Durand, Mich USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sept 67-Nov 68
Association: Corpsman ward 5 & 6

Jim - Clear the air space I'm right behind you.  Be there Friday.

Thu May 2 12:45:07 2002

Stan Kaufman <>
Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA
I was at the 24th Evac from: Sep 68-Sep 69
Association: Dentist

The website brings back many incredible memories. Thank you so much!
I'm still in the Reserves and belong to a combat support hospital.
I'm sorry I couldn't make the reunion. Best wishes to all.
Wed May 1 22:57:07 2002

Jim Betthauser <>
Alexandria, VA USA

"My bags are packed, I'm ready to go. . . .  I'm leavin, on a jet plane. . . . . "

See ya in a few hours!!!
Wed May 1 21:21:09 2002

Are your bags packed??? 
Wed May 1 19:34:58 2002

George A. Slater <>
Davison, Mi US
I was at the 24th Evac from: Nov.71-Apr72
Association: Ambulance Driver

I started my tour in the central highlands, RECON 4/3 198th 23rd Inf. When our unit stood down out of the bush i was sent to the 24th Evac. I spent the rest of my tour at the 24th Evac. I was also sent to Thu Duc TDY for a month at the alamo as an ambulance driver on Highway one, plus serving as medic for the combined police force there. (Thu Duc meat wagon.)  Dam what an adventure , Love and miss you all.
Wed May 1 0:33:45 2002

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