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Re-elected as Commander, VFW POST 1741!!

Carlos Norman Hathcock II was one of the best snipers in US history. Hathcock learned to shoot as a child, mostly out of necessity to help feed his family. As a kid, he would dream of being a Marine and on May 20, 1959, Hathcock accomplished his goal and enlisted at the age of 17.

Hathcock is most known for firing a shot through his enemy's rifle scope, killing him instantly. Hathcock concluded that the only way that shot was possible was if the enemy sniper was zeroing in on him at the same time. In 1967, Hathcock used an M2 .50 caliber Browning machine gun to kill a Vietcong guerrilla 2,500 yards away. The People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) placed a bounty of $30,000 on his head, which was far outside the typical range of $8 - $2,000. Hathcock killed every known Vietnamese marksman who tried to collect the $30,000.

One of Hathcock's last mission was to kill a PAVN General. Moving inch by inch, he slowly crawled over 1,500 yards to get into range. One day, he was almost stepped on as he laid camouflaged and also almost bitten by a bamboo viper. After four days and three nights, without sleep, Hathcock was within range and shot the General in the chest, killing him instantly.

Hathcock’s career ended when the LTV he was riding hit an anti-tank mine. He risked his life by reentering the LTV submerged in flames and pulled out seven Marines. He suffered severe burns on his legs, arms, and face. He had a record of 93 confirmed kills; however, at the time, snipers did not have a spotter by their side, which made confirmed kills hard to measure. Hathcock estimated he had killed between 300-400 enemy personnel during the Vietnam War.

📸1: Carlos II with Son, Carlos III Hathcock, 1965. Carlos Hathcock Collection (COLL/5613) at the Archives Branch, Marine Corps History Division
📸2: A young Carlos Hathcock, April 1945.
📸3: Hathcock Brothers and Friend, 1958. Carlos Hathcock (far right) with Billy Jack Hathcock and Dicky Thomson

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VFW Expects Apology From POTUS

‘TBI is a serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 24, 2020) – "In light of today's announcement from the defense department that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of Iran's retaliatory strike and President Trump's remarks which minimized these troops’ injuries, the Veterans of Foreign Wars cannot stand idle on this matter.

TBI is a serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly. TBI is known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches, dizziness and fatigue — all injuries that come with both short- and long-term effects.

The VFW expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks. And, we ask that he and the White House join with us in our efforts to educate Americans of the dangers TBI has on these heroes as they protect our great nation in these trying times. Our warriors require our full support more than ever in this challenging environment." — William “Doc” Schmitz, VFW National Commander


ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in over 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at

Media Contact: Terrence L. Hayes, Director of Communication & Public Affairs, [email protected], (o) 202.608.8357

From my friend Bill Parsons!!

From my friend Bill Parsons!!

VFW POST 1751 will be open for veterans and active duty personnel ... if you're attending the Veterans Day Parade, stop ...

VFW POST 1751 will be open for veterans and active duty personnel ... if you're attending the Veterans Day Parade, stop in for something to eat, drink and chat with fellow comrades.

The following is my speech proclamation for Federal Way Flag Day 2019 hosted by Soroptimist International of Federal Way...

The following is my speech proclamation for Federal Way Flag Day 2019 hosted by Soroptimist International of Federal Way with a special invitation by Linda Staples that I unfortunately was unable to attend due to a more pressing and important medical consultation in Seattle:

It was read, though, by Deputy Mayor Susan Honda for which I am forever in her debt. I understand there was a terrific turnout, the weather was perfect, and our flag was flying proudly over the event.


Every time I see the STARS AND STRIPES, I feel proud to be an American, proud to have served in our military, proud to be an effective and caring citizen of Federal Way.

In April 2019, I was elected to be Commander of Auburn VFW Post 1741 and am very excited to lead our post into the next decade. Post 1741 is a vital link to the men and women who served in the military and were willing to sacrifice their all for our country and we will never abandon those veterans in their time of need.

Recently, there was a very publicized memorial event on the beaches of Normandy. For those who may not know, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of D Day, the day that World War II changed directions for the good of the world. Our flag was and is our mark on history in turning the tide in Europe against Hitler’s Nazi regime. Join me in never forgetting the sacrifices made by our then young men and women.

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation, at its memorial site in Bedford, Virginia, has 4,414 names enshrined in bronze plaques representing every Allied soldier, sailor, airman and coast guardsman who died on D-Day. The total sacrifice made by our military in WWII was 416,800.

World War I, there were approximately 116,516 US military killed or subsequently died.

Korean War, there were approximately 36,914 members of our military that died in combat or eventually died as a result of injuries and disease.

In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., inscribed with the names of 57,939 members of U.S. armed forces who had died or were missing as a result of the war. Over the following years, additions to the list have brought the total past 58,200.

Our military has been involved in Iraq and Afghanistan for years now. The following is a bit out of date, but as of June 29, 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,424 total deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 31,952 wounded in action (WIA). In 2015, 10 American troops were killed; nine were killed in 2016; and 11 in 2017. In 2018 so far, 12 American soldiers have died in combat in Afghanistan.

As a child, we said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning before our classes began. I felt proud to stand with my classmates to say those mighty important words. I still do today when we gather in meetings and city affairs.

Recently, I was asked to join a task force committee dedicated to siting a Veterans memorial in Federal Way. I was elected by my committee peers to be chair and I am very excited to work on this project and bring it into our community as a place to remember the contributions by our men and women in our military and to give homage to OLD GLORY on Flag Day.

Not only has our flag flown in battle but it also is our symbol of success in bringing many countries into our sphere economically. I will point out that Vietnam is a much different country today than it was in the early 1960’s because of our involvement. The same is true for South Korea. We cannot discount our close ties with Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, countless African countries, India, the list is endless. It’s my opinion that’s because of our country’s selfless dedication in making the world truly a better place is the cause behind those successes, and it continues today.

Look around us. Federal Way is a city of diversity and it shows but we have one flag, the Flag of the Greatest Country in the World!!



Recently, I celebrated my February birthday on Facebook and set up a fundraiser for the VFW National Home For Children. ...

Recently, I celebrated my February birthday on Facebook and set up a fundraiser for the VFW National Home For Children. The effort raised nearly $1000.00. If you donated, thank you!!



I found your email address online and was hoping you might be able to help find any information about my uncle Robert (Bob) Andrus. He passed away several years back and I had found this plaque in his attic.

I know he served in Viet Nam, but he always told my aunt he served in the secretarial pool. I have found a little information about this battalion, but when I saw your Facebook group I thought I would take a chance and write to you.

I appreciate your time and thank you for any information you may be able to remember or share about my Uncle Bob.

Thank you,
Matthew C. Gallagher
E: [email protected]

MARINE DOWN!  My buddy James A. Fossos is in ICU at Harborview Hospital, Seattle, Washington, recovering from a horrific...

MARINE DOWN! My buddy James A. Fossos is in ICU at Harborview Hospital, Seattle, Washington, recovering from a horrific subarachnoid hemorrhage.

He's on Facebook. So if you can find it within your comfort zone, please send him some good feelings.

Served in Vietnam two years before me. Solid gold guy!! Here's a picture from last night's VFW meeting wishing him speedy recovery.


Micheal Bean, Scott Bean, invite your dad to visit.

Aboard the Mighty MO, above and below decks, Pearl Harbor, an incredible historic battleship.

Aboard the Mighty MO, above and below decks, Pearl Harbor, an incredible historic battleship.


There was a comment about a reunion of the 52CAB in 2019. Anyone want to help me organize it? It would have to be in the State of Washington for lots of reasons. I am hoping to be elected Commander of VFW Post 1741 and installed by April 2019. I also have my name under consideration for the County Veterans Board which manages money for veterans, housing, et cetera. An exciting time for me right now...that's why I need to keep it local.


Military salute to my comrades. I am sorry to have stepped away for a while. A dear close friend succumbed to a widowmaker heart attack at the end of January.

He was a former submariner on a nuke powered boat. He left behind his wife who is suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease.

I have been helping her with critical issues, i.e., the celebration of life event, purchasing food and drinks for same, hosting a fundraiser, and helping find appropriate extended living arrangements.

Additionally, I asked to be nominated for an appointment to our County Veterans Advisory Board and my name was advanced by King County Councilman Peter von Reichbaurer.

If any of my friends would like to chip in to help her, you can find a link on my FACEBOOK page, Roger G. Flygare.


Young lady looking for information about her grandfather's tour of duty in Vietnam Camp Holloway...can we help her out?

Hi! I'm just searching to find some information about my grandfathers time in Vietnam. His name was Kenneth West and from what I've been told he was 52nd Aviation Battalion called the Flying Dragons stationed at Camp Holloway. This is one of the first pages I came across when searching. Did you know him by chance?




Merry Christmas
Do you remember care packages from home for the holidays?

Anyone know a veteran looking for employment, County Councilman Peter von Reichbaurer and I are putting together a job f...

Anyone know a veteran looking for employment, County Councilman Peter von Reichbaurer and I are putting together a job fair. Read the ad for date/time/location.

Waiting for a jet plane to take me home!!

Waiting for a jet plane to take me home!!


Found this on the Internet, interesting article:

In 1965, as the U.S. Army's involvement in Vietnam grew deeper, the ubiquitous use of the helicopter in the new "frontless" war became apparent. The Army had to have a means to maintain tactical and administrative control over all of its divisional and non-divisional aviation assets in country. It did this with the creation of the 1st Aviation Brigade, the Golden Hawks.

In April 1965 the USA Aviation Brigade (Provisional) was activated in Vietnam with the existing 13th, 14th, 52nd, and 145th Aviation Battalions reporting to it. In August it became the 12th Aviation Group. Now doubled in size, the 12th Aviation Group was used as the basis to form the 1st Aviation Brigade in March 1966.

The Brigade served in Vietnam from May 1966 until March 1973. At its peak strength, the 1st AVN BDE had over 4,000 rotary and fixed wing aircraft and24,000 soldiers assigned. The organization became so large that the Brigade was organized into Aviation Groups.

The Groups were then assigned Aviation Battalions and Companies, or Squadrons and Troops in the case of Cavalry units. The 1st Aviation Brigade was responsible for forty percent of the Army's helicopter assets and one hundred percent of its fixed wing assets in Vietnam.

In 1969, the brigade carried more than 6.5 million troops in more than 4 million sorties, flying more than 1.5 million hours to accomplish this monumental mission. Units of the Brigade performed brilliantly throughout the war and were instrumental in inventing and perfecting the art of helicopter warfare.

Upon withdrawal from the Republic of South Vietnam, the Golden Hawks were sent to Fort Rucker, Alabama, to serve as a training brigade where they are still stationed today.
During the Vietnam War, the 1st Aviation Brigade and its support units constituted the largest operational aviation brigade in the Army.

As such, the Golden Hawks were involved in practically every operation of note during the conflict. However, Lam Son 719 stands out because it involved a heavy use of aviation assets, including the 1st Aviation Brigade. This Operation demonstrates both the successes and the failures in the use of helicopters during the, up to that date, unconventional war that was Vietnam. It is also demonstrative of the sacrifices made by the aircrews who manned them.

Operation Lam Son 719 involved a mass use of Army helicopters. The Operation took place from February 8th to March 25, 1971. Its mission was the coordinated insertion of South Vietnamese troops by air and armored units into Laos. While ground troops were strictly South Vietnamese, the United States provided logistical, aerial, and artillery support. The intent of the operation was to drive North Vietnamese regular army out of areas of Laos contiguous to the South Vietnamese border.

As United States forces were not allowed to operate on the ground inside of Laos, the American portion of the mission was given the name Operation Dewey Canyon II. American lift helicopters ferried South Vietnamese troops into Laos. Helicopter gun-ships provided close air support for the South Vietnamese ground forces (ARVN) and destroyed an estimated 88 North Vietnamese P-76 tanks.

Unfortunately, the operation was considered a failure on the ground when the South Vietnamese forces took heavy losses in their withdrawal from Laos. Combined U.S./ARVN helicopter losses totaled 108 destroyed and 618 damaged. During Lam Son 719 American helicopters had flown more than 160,000 sorties and 19 U.S. Army aviators had been killed, 59 were wounded, and 11 were missing at its conclusion. Many of the helicopters were shot down by Soviet-built 37 millimeter (mm), radar-directed, antiaircraft guns.

During Lam Son 719, Army helicopter pilots often were forced to fly in what at best could be discerned as marginal weather. Helicopters serving in the Vietnam War did not have tactical radar on board, so pilots had a difficult time flying during inclement weather.

The fact that more helicopters were not lost during this operation was due, in large measure, to the flying skills and bravery of these pilots. Lam Son 719 itself incurred a great deal of controversy inside and out of military circles as to its efficacy and results.

The operation served as a lessons learned report for the Army. None of which detracts from the hard work and courage of the aircrews who wore the Golden Hawks shoulder patch.

Today, the 1st Aviation Brigade is responsible for training aviation officers, warrant officers, and soldiers with a variety of aviation military occupational specialties (MOS). The Golden Hawks Brigade Headquarters and most subordinate units are stationed at the United States Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

The 1st Aviation Brigade commands four distinctly different battalions, each with a unique mission to train young soldiers and officers - the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment; the 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment; 1st Battalion, 210th Aviation Regiment; and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Battalion at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Additionally, 1st Aviation Brigade commands the U.S. Army's Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Level C Training Detachment. Along with its many command responsibilities, logistical support requirements, and administrative duties, the Brigade's primary mission is to train and develop future aviation warfighting leaders.


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Will you be doing another reunion this year? I've been going through my father's things and found a lot of photos, unit newspapers, etc from his time at Camp Holloway Oct 66 - Sep 67, I wouldn't mind sharing. He passed last year, I wish I could've convinced him to attend one of your reunions.
Any 119th AHC guys here?
My father, James Stephens, one of your mechanics 66-67. Passed on 12 May, one week before is 76th birthday. We lost him to ashemic heart disease from his exposure to agent orange.
Does anyone recall who was the new Commander of the base for 1972? Came from the Pentagon and I believe was a West Point graduate? Took command about November of 1971 as I recall.
That's the first Picture of Camp Holloway I've seen in fifty years, the 4th. Aviati on Battalion was at Comp Enari but we landed at Holloway often for fuel.
Looking for info on PVT Gene E. Fecteau, an 18 y.o. who died July 1, 1968 in an apparent drowning in Kontum Province. His MOS was 70A10 (clerk) and served with the 52nd Aviation Battalion.
My father SGT James Stephens, one of the mechanics for your helps from 66 - 67, passed this month. He passed a week before his 76th birthday. Cause if death was due to Ishemic Heart disease from his exposure to Agent Orange.
My father's cousin died November 24, 1970 reportedly in an explosion and was in the 52nd Aviation Battalion. His name was Phillip Allen Duncan. Anyone remember him or know the story of what happened. His cousin accompanied his body home and then was killed 2 weeks later. My daughter is writing about the cousins for school, and my father would love to know anything, I am sure.
I was there in 68. No everything’s OK but everything is getting far away as we get older would like to touch base with some of the guys that were there
Here’s my dad SGT George “Buddy” Sutton. 52nd Security Detachment 68-70.