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  1. Black Lions June 22, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    Welcome and please sign our Guest Book.

    • johnrobert_eckhart July 16, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      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 johnrobert_eckhart@yahoo.com or by telephone at 419/874-2423 or by mail at 9892 Connor Lake Cr. Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. I would appreciate any/all information.

      • Mike spurr November 13, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

        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
        My email is mikeblacklions@outlook.com

        Mike Spurr

        Alpha Co. 2/28th
        1st Inf. Div.
        Vietnam .

        • Dave April 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

          Mike Spurr,
          If you want to talk with the President then please call him at (612) 408-5731 or email him at president@28thinfantry.org You can also subscribe to our newsletter and that has all his information in it.
          Black Lions!
          Dave Aldridge

    • James October 27, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      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.

    • raycib July 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

      Just dropping by, Served in A co 1st Bn @ Phouc Vinh from Jan 66 to July 66

    • Nancy Freeston September 27, 2017 at 7:12 am #

      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 October 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

      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

    • Jack Merica Jr May 8, 2019 at 12:41 am #

      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?

  2. Larry June 27, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    I served with 1/28th in Vietnam during 1969 with Bravo Co. and with Recon Platoon in Echo Co.

  3. Thomas June 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I served with Charlie Company, 2/28 – 5 Sep 68 – 29 Dec 68

  4. RICK July 5, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I served with B, co. 2/28th from 9/65- 1/66. 4/2 mortars.

    • metzlerhg July 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

      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

      • Hartmut July 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

        that is Bravo Co 2/28

  5. Steven July 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    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.

  6. Russell July 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    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

    • Kirbydodd July 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

      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.

  7. Dave August 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    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.
    Candice Miles

    cmiles4518@gmail.com

    • Bryce June 22, 2015 at 12:32 am #

      Contact the 1st Infantry Division Museum at Catigny Park in Wheaton, IL Archives. They have names of all who served in the Blacklions.

    • acmcmaster April 5, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      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
      CELL: 386.898.5222

  8. Victor E August 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    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.

    • Marshall Knight February 20, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      I also served in Alpha Co. from November 68 to March 68. Sgt Dando was my squad leader.

    • Bryce June 22, 2015 at 12:33 am #

      Amen

  9. Curt Lance November 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    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

    • Curt Lance November 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      I was med-evac’d in October 68….first to Japan, then San Francisco, then Madigan General Hospital at Fort Lewis, Wa.

      • Ken Brown January 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

        Curt,
        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!

        • Vern May 7, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

          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.

          • Ken August 18, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

            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.?

          • Ken Brown August 18, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

            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.

  10. Tom Cooper January 9, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    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?

    • Dave February 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

      Tom,
      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).
      Black Lions!
      Dave Aldridge

  11. encanto1558 February 8, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    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 encanto1558@msn.com.
    BLACK LIONS! John Parmenter

  12. Craig Singleton February 11, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    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.

    • Dave February 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

      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.
      Dave

      • JEROME YEARBY April 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

        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

        • Dave April 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

          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.
          Dave

  13. Greg Murry May 14, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    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

    • Dave May 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

      Greg,
      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

  14. jrichcarp1 July 23, 2015 at 4:57 am #

    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.

  15. Jerry D. February 7, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    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

  16. melgardnerxx February 11, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    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.

    • Gary January 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

      Elke sommer sent you a letter after you left, don’t worry I answered it

    • Pasquale September 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      Mel Gardner. Are you still in Chicago area. My e mail pcaputo@wisconcorp.com

  17. schaffner0948 June 1, 2016 at 5:47 am #

    Is there any intention of a reunion for the 28th this year?

    • Dave July 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

      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 (webmaster@28thinfantry.org)

  18. Steven February 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

    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.

    • robert May 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

      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 :asillyrabbit551@gmail.com
      Bob Schiller

      • steve.fortenberry June 28, 2017 at 10:18 am #

        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 Fortenberry

        • David December 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

          Steve, this is Dave Otto if you see this email me at Gagrunt@att.net Glad you and Patty are well

  19. acmcmaster April 5, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    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
    CELL: 386.898.5222

    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.

  20. Leland Brown April 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    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.

    • Jim Ausel March 3, 2020 at 1:16 am #

      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

  21. Glenn April 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    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 love@inbox.com

  22. fpsoft May 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    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.

  23. Ronald Borgel July 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    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 wiz600@att.net

    • dmvannelle September 3, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

      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.

      • Dave September 7, 2020 at 9:51 pm #

        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?
        Dave Aldridge

  24. Kim Walker August 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    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.

  25. jim devlin October 12, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    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

  26. Loren Richards October 29, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    Loren Richards I served with Charlie Company 2/28 1st INF DIV from January 27 1966 to January 27 1966 BLACKLIONS for ever

  27. Otto November 30, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    I served with Milton Bazzinau with the 1st if the 28th. just responding to your inquiry. Leave a reply.

    • Otto January 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

      I served with Milton. 65-66 Out of ft.Riley. leave a reply and I will find you.

  28. gritchhart February 2, 2019 at 12:47 am #

    I was in Mainz, Germany from 1975 to 1978. C’ Co. 2/28

    • ditsau November 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

      Greets bruh – B Co 2/28 78-80 pizza from aldos and fatigues starched at cheap charlies – hope this finds you well

  29. Louis M. Pisano February 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

    Looking for medics with 2/28th Vietnam 1966-67

  30. James Hayes (IRA Hayes) April 25, 2019 at 10:02 am #

    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 December 6, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      Hayes
      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?

    • Robert Conniff December 6, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

      Hayes
      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?

  31. Holliday R. October 28, 2019 at 1:48 am #

    B Co. 1/28 Inf. Ft. Riley 73-76 Black Lions Brothers!

  32. Ronald Warehime May 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

    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?

    • waylaw August 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

      Wayne (Stretch) Lawrence Also C Co. 2nd/28th Oct 68 – Oct 69. I also haven’t been on in years. Hi Ron.

    • Dave September 7, 2020 at 9:53 pm #

      Ronald, Our President Mike MacDonald was with C 2/28th during that time. You can write him at President@28thinfantry.org to make contact.
      Dave Aldridge

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