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The 59th LCC 2017

Reunion Dates

June 22-26. 2017

Chula Vista resort

2501 River Rd

Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

New Chula Vista Resort
Thursday 6/22/2017 - Sunday 6/25/2017
Saturday Dinner 5:30 PM

$129 per night plus tax and does include passes to our Indoor & Outdoor Water-park, “Lost Rios.”

Your choice of a room with 2 Queen Beds, 1 King Bed, or a Tower Junior Suite including 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed with 1 Sofa Sleeper in a semi-private living area. All include Microwave, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Iron/Ironing board, and Hair Dryer. Connected to the Waterpark by an underground tunnel

Complimentary Meeting Space
Complimentary Hospitality Suite 3001
$16.99 Resort Fee Waived
Complimentary WIFI

Check in time is 4pm daily. Check out time is any time prior to 10:30am daily.

To make individual reservations for this event please use Reservation Number: 888-291-8320
Please refer to booking ID # F04153 when making a reservation

 

 

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Diseases Related to Agent Orange Exposure

  

LETTER FROM THE GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA

 

HITTING THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL

 

THE 59th BUSHWACKER SONG

 

DONG HA 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 

 

 

 

CPT Ryan

Brought out to the A Shau for a change of command replacing CPT Baker

 

 

 

Please watch this video, the link was sent to me by Roger Smith. Words can't explain.

3000 vets on motorcycles from across the USA paraded in D.C. the Sunday before Memorial Day, while a solitary, saluting Marine greeted them out on Constitution Avenue... the Marine stood at salute for 3 straight hours, while the parade of roaring bikes kept on coming.... it is held in remembrance of those who've fallen in the military.... the event (or the group) is called Rolling Thunder.
 
The camera is on the Marine a lot... watch his struggles with his emotions, and his struggles with holding that salute... the way he salutes is very touching... his head lowered, his eyes down, in reverence for the fallen...

Rolling Thunder 2010 - A Marine's Vigil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some sobering Memorial Day statistics and facts.



This was passed on to me and after reading it, well I'm sort of in the Vietnam frame of mind.

RECEIVED THIS FROM A RETIRED VETERAN, SOMEONE DID QUITE A BIT OF RESEARCH PUTTING THESE FIGURES TOGETHER. 

It is sobering to say the least regarding Memorial Day and our Viet Nam casualties.

Some thoughts to consider while reflecting on Memorial Day.

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.


Beginning at the apex on panel 1E and going out to the end of the East wall, appearing to recede into the earth (numbered 70E - May 25, 1968), then resuming at the end of the West wall, as the wall emerges from the earth (numbered 70W - continuing May 25, 1968) and ending with a date in 1975. Thus the
war's beginning and end meet. The war is complete, coming full circle, yet broken by the earth that bounds the angle's open side and contained within the earth itself.


The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass.. listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

The largest age group, 8,283 were just 19 years old.

3,103 were 18 years old. 

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

Five soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers on the Wall attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia.

Eight women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost six of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer0 busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. 
Only three returned home.


The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 - 245 deaths.

The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred. That's 2,415 dead in a single month!

"We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us." 

George Orwell.

  

 

 

The Vietnam War

THIS WAS POSTED IN THE VETERANS MUSEUM IN BRANSON, MO


The Vietnam War was the most divisive and controversial war in U.S. history, and the truth of the Vietnam War remains elusive. The first war played out every night in two minute segments on peoples' TV sets, most of what people think they know about the Vietnam War was generated by fragmentary and incomplete reporting, both on the TV and in the papers. Against this entrenched belief, even the most painstakingly researched and immaculately documented research to the contrary has made little headway, and the Vietnam War remains poorly understood and very controversial to this day. Some progress, however, has been made. Whatever the remaining controversy, virtually all of the American people admit that the Vietnam veteran got a raw deal and deserves the nation's thanks and a heartfelt apology.

NAME THESE GUYS, 3rd PLT

 

 

Memorial

The 59th Land Clearing Company was formed in the fall of 1968 in Dong Ba Tihn South Vietnam as part of the 18th Engineer Brigade. It was quickly assigned to Northern I Corps 45th Engineer Group. It's AO was from the DMZ south to Chu Lai. The Company Stood down in December of 1971, the colors were cased and hand carried back to the states by Sgt. Neal Sparrow of Indiana. The 59th was assigned to various units to include the 14th Engineer Battalion (Combat), the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat), the 39th Engineer Battalion (Combat) and the 84th Engineer Battalion. It worked closely with the 3rd Marine Division, the 1/5 Mech, the 3/5 Armored Cav, C Btry 5th Bn 4th FA, 2/34th Armor and later with the 1st Battalion 6th Infantry on the Batangon Peninsula.

 

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One out of every 10 Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty. 58,169 were killed and 304,000 wounded of 2.59 million who served. Although the percent who died is similar to other wars, amputations or crippling wounds were 300% higher than in WWII. 75,000 Vietnam Vets were severely disabled.

 


 

 

 

The Batangon Peninsula
SFC Edwin Byron Ryder 59th LC Captures Guns in Ashau
Combat Mag Article by Ray (Red) Porter

59th LC Captures 2 NVA

Lt Harry Prince

Land Clearing History in Vietnam

Route 547 Ashau Valley

Vietnam War Statistics

59th LC Destroys VC Sanctuary

Lore of Land Clearing

War Trophies of The 59th LC We Skinned The Cat
Letter From Presedent Bush

Letter From Governor Bredesen

 

 

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The Vietnam War


THIS WAS POSTED IN THE VETERANS MUSEUM IN BRANSON, MO


The Vietnam War was the most divisive and controversial war in U.S. history, and the truth of the Vietnam War remains elusive. The first war played out every night in two minute segments on peoples' TV sets, most of what people think they know about the Vietnam War was generated by fragmentary and incomplete reporting, both on the TV and in the papers. Against this entrenched belief, even the most painstakingly researched and immaculately documented research to the contrary has made little headway, and the Vietnam War remains poorly understood and very controversial to this day. Some progress, however, has been made. Whatever the remaining controversy, virtually all of the American people admit that the Vietnam veteran got a raw deal and deserves the nation's thanks and a heartfelt apology.