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I hope someone can help me. My name is John Eckhart. I served with the 2nd 28th in 1968. I arrived in Vietnam in October 1968. I was wounded on dec.7th 1968. I have no memory of what happened that day. The after action reports are vague and are written in the Army language , that most of us never understood. If anyone has any information I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 419/874-2423 or by mail at 9892 Connor Lake Cr. Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. I would appreciate any/all information.
I tried to contact u. but your phone number does not work anymore. I was in the 2/28 oct.68-oct. 69 . I was wounded at cantigny nov. 20th 1968. the next battle was junction city dec. 68
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Alpha Co. 2/28th
1st Inf. Div.
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I served in CSC, 1-28, Scout Platoon from Jul 1975 until the BN transferred to Germany in Nov 76. Many good memories of that time, and proud to have worn the Black Lion crests.
Just dropping by, Served in A co 1st Bn @ Phouc Vinh from Jan 66 to July 66
I worked at the Society from 2001 to 2012 and know how important the BRO patch is to all of you. I just returned from a trip to Europe, with the last stop in Berlin. When I visited Checkpoint Charlie, there was an “actor” wearing a BRO patch and I asked the guide about his wearing the patch. I received a very unclear answer, so I emailed Andrew Woods who told me that the 28th was in Germany. He sent pictures that John Parmenter had given the Museum. He did not have clear info that the 28th had soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie, but said the 16th was in Germany as well. I checked the 16th’s history but couldn’t get a clear answer there so I emailed them for clarification. Could someone please set me straight? If neither regiment was manning soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie, I think the German historians should demand a change be made there.
Regards to the Black Lions I met over the years!
Loren Richards Charlie Company 2/28th INF Regiment 1st INF from January 1966 to January 1967 I sure remember battle at Lock Ninh On June 1966
Hi my name is Jack Merica. My elder brother, George Sanford Neill, Jr. served with HHQ 1/28th in 1966 – 1967. He was a member of the association. How do I submit an obituary for him?
Hello I am Ryan Calabaza, my dad was Tommy Dean Calabaza he served with Delta Co 2nd PLT 2/28th as a rifleman, from Nov 1967 to April 1968.
My Dad would tell me brief stories about his jungle days and how you could trust the men to your left and right. My Dad would mention the men who he served with were his family.
He was certainly right he join a brotherhood that he could trust his live with.
Sadly my Dad, Tommy Dean Calabaza passed away on 23 February 2021. He left behind a Wife, two sons, and his best friend my son Ryan. As well as many family members and his Army family Tommy would always look forward to another reunion with his men.
I served with 1/28th in Vietnam during 1969 with Bravo Co. and with Recon Platoon in Echo Co.
I served with Charlie Company, 2/28 – 5 Sep 68 – 29 Dec 68
I served with B, co. 2/28th from 9/65- 1/66. 4/2 mortars.
i started with Bravo Co Weapons Plt under Lt. Cardosi and MSG Johnson in June ’65 and went to HHC 4.2 in January of “66. Do you remember me ?? I was a FO
that is Bravo Co 2/28
I served with B Co, 1/28th from Oct 1974 to Jul 1978. To which it became B Co. 3/28TH that was transferred to Wiesbaden Germany.
I served with HHC 2/28 in Recon and as acting Supply clerk and in 3rd plt. C co. 2/28 from Jun 68 to May 69. I wore Corporal stripes during most of my tour
I was with B Co. also, at the same time. Brigade ’76. I’ve tried to find historical records of Brigade ’76, but none exist.
I was in 3rd Plt. for 4 years.
I am the wife of a retired Marine and I had him look over what little bit of information I have been able to pull out of the Army ( I have been EVERYWHERE looking). Best my husband can tell my dad was boots on the ground in October of 67 and was severely wounded around March of 68. We believe he was in Bravo company 2/28th. Is there anyway we can find anyone to validate this for us? His name was Richard Dowis Johnson. He was called Dowis. He was from Tucker, Ga. He was an All-American quarterback in HS and went to Troy State in Ala…hopefully someone will remember him. I have a story I want someone to help me with…a man saved dads life and was hoping to reconnect with that soldier.
Contact the 1st Infantry Division Museum at Catigny Park in Wheaton, IL Archives. They have names of all who served in the Blacklions.
Mrs. Miles –
Are you sure about the dates? I remember a guy in our squad who was always talking football and he was wounded in March of 1966. I don’t want to get your hopes up, but it may be your Dad.
SP4 Alfred C. McMaster
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
I served with company A, 2/28 from July 68 to Dec 68. WIA
Now I serve vets with the American Legion.
Say a prayer for the common foot soldier.
I also served in Alpha Co. from November 68 to March 68. Sgt Dando was my squad leader.
I was a member of Charlie Company, 1st Bn, 28th Inf., 1st Inf Div. in Vietnam. I arrived in country the third week of January 1968, and the Tet Offensive began the day after I finished jungle school and was assigned to the Company…I was med-evac’d
I was med-evac’d in October 68….first to Japan, then San Francisco, then Madigan General Hospital at Fort Lewis, Wa.
I was in C1/28 while you were there. I was there May 1968 to May 1969, with a medic to Japan to recover from Falciparum (sp) Malaria. Rex Mills and. I kept in touch and visited . Rex. Died of cancer ten years ago. We met Sugar Bear once. Hope all is going good!
Ken Brown, I was also with C 1/28 from Oct 68 to Oct 69. I don’t remember to many names and which Platoon I was with, but I best remember the ground attack on Mothers Day May 12 69.
Vern, I was in and out of the company several times, but was almost always with Lima Plt. Some of the names I recall were prob. Gone by Oct. you might remember Dick Sewell…but he was wounded at Loc Ninh and May have medivaced. Lt Crump was Lima 6 when I left…he was killed by friendly mortar fire later I was told. Norman was in my Plt. I have had two strokes so I have some memory problems. So, Welcome Home! Have you been to any Reunions? 28th or 1st Inf.?
Vern, I was in and out of the company several times, but was almost always with Lima Plt. Some of the names I recall were prob. Gone by Oct. you might remember Dick Sewell…but he was wounded at Loc Ninh and May have medivaced. Lt Crump was Lima 6 when I left…he was killed by friendly mortar fire later I was told. Norman was in my Plt. I have had two strokes so I have some memory problems. So, Welcome Home! Have you been to any Reunions? 28th or 1st Inf.? Other names, Mountie, Jesse James, Cpt. Hogan, Gonzales, Dixon, Neighbors, Sgt. Purcell, Sugarbear, Goofy.
I had been a member of the Association fro many years but have not received a letter requesting membership renewal in probably 2 years. I guess I will need to renew online. I miss getting the newsletter and the yearly membership list. Is that still done or is everything now online?
It is prohibitively expensive to send out reminders to every member of our 28th Infantry Regiment Association to remind them to send in their dues so we scrapped the policy to save money. Our President, Mike MacDonald, is working on a newsletter and it will be published this year (2015).
D Co., 1st Battle Group (Pentomic) & later A Co., 2nd Battalion (ROAD) 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division 1961 – 1964. 1st Battle Group participated in Operation Bristle Cone (Ft. Irwin) & Operation Sea Lion (Little Creek) in 1962. In 1963, 1st Battle Group participated in Operation Long Thrust VI — deployed to West Germany to reinforce 7th Army & conduct field training exercises & ATT at Wildflecken. 1st Battle Group then advanced through communist East Germany to West Berlin to augment U.S. Berlin Brigade spring & summer 1963. Black Lions were in Berlin during President John F. Kennedy’s memorable “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” visit on 26 June 1963 & returned to Ft. Riley later that year. In early 1964, Pentomic organization was done away with in favor of ROAD: 1st Battle Group became 1st Battalion & 2nd Battalion was assigned to 1st Infantry Division. Spring 1964, 2nd Battalion participated in counter-insurgency training at Ft. Leonard Wood. It was my privilege to serve in 28th Infantry during that period of Cold War. In 2012, I was honored by being assigned DMOR. Black Lion Brothers may contact me at email@example.com.
BLACK LIONS! John Parmenter
Are there any plans to get the quartermaster operation back up and running? I purchased several high-quality items in the past and was quite impressed with the operation.
Yes, the QM store is up and running. Just click on the “Search” button up near the “check out cart” in the upper right hand corner and you can shop for regimental items.
THATS OK BLACKLIONS , IF YOU ARE REAL THEN YOU ARE REAL IF YOU ARE A REAL 11BRAVO THEN YOU ARE NOT REAL .. YOU HAVE TO BE THE BLUE ROPE BLACK LION YOU ARE NOT THE BLUE ROPE
Can you tell me what your point is, Jerome? Do I need to remind you that the Infantry needs a lot of people, good people, to support them in their jobs? They are indispensable to the Infantry guys who wear the Blue Rope.
There will be a presentation of the battle of Xom Bo I-II and memorial service for the dead on the evening of 17 June 2015 at the 1st ID reunion in Chicago. We hope that some representatives of Bravo Company and the rest of the battalion will attend. It will be fairly short but we can give a few minutes to a representative to speak about the 2-28 part in the battle and to call the names of the dead at the end. If there is any interest in participating, please let me know ASAP. Greg Murry, (512) 296-8639
I served with Bravo Company 2/28th during Operation Billings and I will do my best to be there for the Memorial Service on 17th June 2015. I will try to give you a phone call at the number you provided. Black Lions! Dave Aldridge
Welcome Home, guys! Just sending out a quick sit-rep on the mike platoon reunion of A 1/28th…..’68, ’69, ’70.
We have this family style get together every other year at the home of a pre chosen member of ‘mike’. This year the reunion will take place in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 25 w of Chicago. Host is Don Adams.
Anyone from Alpha company is welcome, if they are interested.
Good morning, Black Lions! Served with Dauntless Bravo as first platoon leader, then company XO in 1969 and 1970. I had the opportunity to serve with several exemplary leaders, LTC Bill Parks, CPT Chet Davis, and CPT Don Best. My real pride were the soldiers with whom I had the opportunity to serve. I get a special excitement whenever I hear from one of the men with whom I served, as I did this past week, Larry Wright. After nearly 50 years, we remember the proud moments, dread the anticipation of “what’s next,” and grieve for those soldiers who we were not able to bring home with us.
Black Lions, I salute you!
Jerry D. Pritchett
Dauntless Bravo 1-6
Mel Gardner, shipped out of Riley in 9/65, ship to VN was the Daniel I. Sultan. I was Col. Eyster’s driver until we got in country, then RTO for Maj. Hettle, S-3. We were the ones that filled all those sandbags for the 2/28th HQ CP, while the senior staff occupied the two houses. I turned 18 on the way over in Subic Bay where we ported for a few days. Wounded in Jan 66 while clearing Cu Chi for the 25th. ID out of Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. Rotated back to the world in late Oct. 66, a year older and a heck of a lot smarter. Black Lions.
Elke sommer sent you a letter after you left, don’t worry I answered it
Mel Gardner. Are you still in Chicago area. My e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there any intention of a reunion for the 28th this year?
Yes, there will be a reunion in Tifton, Georgia in October. Are you signed up for our mass emails? We just sent out the information and the applications for it. October 11-14, 2016 is the date. If you need me to forward a copy of the mass email let me know. Dave (email@example.com)
Bravo Co 2/28th 1st Div. Sept 67 to May 68. (Bravo 3-6) Capt Kasik & Capt. George were my CO’s. Later to Bn. Ops. Almost 50 years ago since I arrived in country. Hard to believe.
Steve, I was Cpt George’s RTO in Jan ’68. I then went to the 1st Plt and RTO for 2Lt Don Heald. I’m sure we know each other or crossed paths. Do you go to any of the reunions, either the division or regiment? Email me at :firstname.lastname@example.org
So I think I know both you guys. The Steven you responded to is, I think, Steve Harris. I was also a platoon leader under Jim Kasik and Jim George and a very brief stint under Bracia. I joined Bravo Company in August 67 and was a platoon leader the entire time (except for a brief stint as XO, BORING!). So in in less than two months it will be 50 years since I first saw Lai Khe! Seems like a couple of years, not 50! I married one of the Donut Dollies who used to visit us in the field, Patty Bright. We have two grown sons now, and 6 grandkids. Both sons are pilots. One for the FAA and the other for Horizon Air, a regional airline based in Portland, OR. I retired from Japan Airlines as a B747 captain and now work for the FAA as a leadership coach and leadership consultant. Still going strong (thank God!) Even though I did another tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot (for the Robin Hoods and Tomahawks who used to provide our lift, if you remember), I still consider that 67-68 tour as my “combat tour”, and I proudly sport my CIB pin on my baseball cap, along with my Black Lion pin. Black Lion to you all!
Steve, this is Dave Otto if you see this email me at Gagrunt@att.net Glad you and Patty are well
Good Morning my fellow “Black Lions” –
I am a survivor too, I was in Charlie Co. 2nd Bn. 28th, 3rd Bde. in 65-66. My Sergeant was Davis and our platoon sergeant Blankanship (I think) he was from Louisiana and I think Davis was from Alabama. I just got back from Hooks, Texas, where I was a pall-bearer for SP4 Kenneth W. Bovee. He was a good buddy of mine when we were in Lai Khê, Việt Nam…
Kenny was blown up on April 18, 1966. We were approximately 10-15 klicks out frrom Lai Khê when Kenny tripped a VC booby-trap. Through the grace of God he survived and returned home. After more than 80 operations and 60 skin grafts Kenny succumbed to his wounds on the morning of March 22, 2017 at his home in Hooks, Texas. I attended the funeral and was able to place a BRO shoulder patch and a 28th Infantry unit crest in his coffin. This is one of the saddest funerals I have ever attended
SP4 Alfred C. McMaster
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
PS – Call me and we can get together for a coffee or some other liquid refreshment. We can chew the fat and talk over old times… If my wife (Sandy) answers, she will take a message.
My Dad, Ben Horton, was a Black Lion in ’65-’66. He was with B Co.1/28 at the time and was wounded on January 24, 1966. I’m saddened to say my Dad passed away April 11 of this year. I am interested in anyone who served with him and any information about that day in 1966. Thank you very much.
I remember your dad but can’t recall what he looked like-age I guess. We went to Vietnam on the General Mann-an old WW2 troop ship. Your dad was hit on Operation Crimp as were a lot of guys
Hey all. FO RTO for Lt. Haller when I was with 1/5 arty. Was with C 2/28 for only a couple months before they stood down than sent to hump a radio with A 1/2. desert email@example.com
My name is David Hearne and I was Alpha Company 2/28th FO during the battle of Billings -Xom Bo II at LZ X-Ray. We are coming up on the 50th Anniversary of the battle. Alpha and Bravo companies along with Alpha and Bravo of the 1/16th fought in this battle. I wrote a book about the battle titled , June 17, 1967 -Battle of Xom Bo II. It tells the true story of a battle that pitted less than 500 1st Infantry Division soldiers against 800 to 2000 Viet Cong from the 271st Regiment. The bloody clash took the lives of 39 Americans and seriously wounded 150 more. It is the minute-by-minute story of what happened that day in the steamy jungle and the story of the men who fought so valiantly to survive the ambush. It is the story of the loved ones left behind and the wounded who struggled to become whole again. It’s a story that is the result of talking to many of the survivors of the battle and the wives, brothers, sisters, or friends of those who were there when over 8000 artillery rounds rained down around LZ X-Ray to dislodge the entrenched Viet Cong. June 17, 1967, is a story of war, men, and the loved ones. It is the story of the youth, culture, and happenings that made the battle of Xom Bo II such an enigma for the summer of love in 1967. I can be contacted at David@david-hearne.com and also by phone at 409-656-4625. Love to hear from you.
Hello Blacklions I served with the A Company 2 BG 28th Infantry in 58 to 61 in Munich Germany. I took Basic in Fort Riley Kansas with the 1 infantry Div Black lions I is very refreshing to see all the new Black lions here. I was Looking for a Buddy that I serve with in basic and Germary his name is Gene Patterson he is fron texas If you see him please give me a e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Richard Vannelle. I served with the 28th Inf. Black Lions. Basic at Fort Riley, Kansas. Munich in Dec. 1958. Played quarterback on the football team both at Ft. Riley and Munich. Honorably discharged June 1961. Good to see someone from he same time frame.
So Richard, you were part of the “Atomic” Division back when? Did you know Fred Tolson when he served with the 28th Infantry Regiment back then?
Hello I am looking for anyone who served in vietnam….A co 1st battalion 28th Infantry between Nov 68 and Dec 69. My Uncle was a Sgt and squad leader.
jim devlin ‘dauntless’ served with bravo company 2/28 from may 69 to feb 70. would like to hear from from others that I served with . give me a call. 215-437-9064
Loren Richards I served with Charlie Company 2/28 1st INF DIV from January 27 1966 to January 27 1966 BLACKLIONS for ever
I served with Milton Bazzinau with the 1st if the 28th. just responding to your inquiry. Leave a reply.
I served with Milton. 65-66 Out of ft.Riley. leave a reply and I will find you.
I was in Mainz, Germany from 1975 to 1978. C’ Co. 2/28
Greets bruh – B Co 2/28 78-80 pizza from aldos and fatigues starched at cheap charlies – hope this finds you well
Looking for medics with 2/28th Vietnam 1966-67
Medic recon platoon Feb 67 thru July 67 then Aid Station until deros
Louis, anyone who was a medic in Vietnam should get a big kick out of this: Two Vietnam medics have recently published “Long Daze at Long Binh,” a highly entertaining and very informative memoir about their year in South Vietnam with the 24th Evac Hospital. Excellent reviews, somewhat reminiscent of M*A*S*H but set in Vietnam. See photos, reviews and sample chapters at http://www.longbinhdaze.com
Looking for Staff Sergeant John Russell Hadwin. Served with him April 67 – April 68. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Divison (Big Red One) USARV
Robert Conniff here. I was with B Lima 1/28th from July 67 – July 68. I was platoon rto for Hadwin and Lt. Miley, them Bravo rto for Capt. Jones. I have a great group photo of Lima. Last I heard of Hadwin he was living in Carolinas. He was Reg Assoc. member but has dropped out of sight. I live in central N.Y. State. Where are you? Do you remember when Boucher fell in the shitter?
B Co. 1/28 Inf. Ft. Riley 73-76 Black Lions Brothers!
I served C Co. 2nd/28th Oct. ’68 – Oct. ’69 . I haven’t been on here for years. Anybody else on here from Charlie Co. during that time?
Wayne (Stretch) Lawrence Also C Co. 2nd/28th Oct 68 – Oct 69. I also haven’t been on in years. Hi Ron.
Ronald, Our President Mike MacDonald was with C 2/28th during that time. You can write him at President@28thinfantry.org to make contact.
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