This message and photograph came in from Larry Painter on 11/15/204, Veterans Day
Howard Leroy Painter
KIA 2-10-68 Ap Cho
Larry's Email is:
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My name is Lara Kludy; I am Larry Painter's daughter. My dad doesn't have a
computer, so I manage his emails for him. Thank you for adding my Uncle
Howard's picture to the website. Although I wasn't born when Howard was
killed, I feel a very close connection to him and his story. I am a history
teacher at Shelby High School in Shelby, Michigan. I often read passages
from [the] book "Absolution" when I teach Vietnam. I read the passage about
Howard's death...it really brings the war home to some of my students.
Could you provide me information on how to order a copy of "Absolution" for
our school's library?
I thought you may also be interested in this article that appeared the day
before Veteran's Day in the Muskegon Chronicle (our local paper). My dad is
modest and probably wouldn't share the article on his own.
Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for not allowing fallen soldiers like Howard to be forgotten.
NOTE: When Larry Painter sent the above photo of his brother Howard, we replied by email telling him
that it was posted on the C/3/22 web site. We received the following message back from Larry's daughter.
Click the URL below to go directly to the news article about Larry, Howard, and the Painter family.
C-Cpt James Burl Hansard-CO
R-Sgt Benny Dooley-1st Plt
R-Sgt Benny Dooley
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These two pictures just came in from Sgt Benny Dooly 12/15/2004
John Meadows sent this picture in. He, Jackie, Nick Dragon and a few other C/3/22 guys and gals attended a mini reunion hosted by Bobby Goins last summer; June 25th, 26th & 27th.
Read entire article by clicking this picture and jumping to the Mini Reunion page.
The 2005 Reunion Agenda (tentative) has been posted on the Reunion page of this web site. As more information develops, it will be quickly posted there. Visit these pages often.
Ivan Katzenmeier, Medic for C/3/22, 68-69 sent in several photos from his collection. Thanks, Ivan!
Charlie Company Sign
at Dau Tieng
Bn Aid Station at Dau Tieng
Ivan, emerging from his hotel
The top of Nui Ba Den in Tay Ninh Province
Medic Ivan Katzenmeier
Front gate at Tay Ninh
A Marine Major writes from Iraq:
A guy gets time to think over here and I was thinking about all the support
we get from home. Sometimes it's overwhelming. We get care packages at
times faster than we can use them. There are boxes and boxes of toiletries and
snacks lining the center of every tent; the generosity has been amazing. So,
I was pondering the question: "Why do we have so much support?"
In my opinion, it came down to one thing: Vietnam. I think we learned a
lesson, as a nation, that no matter what, you have to support the troops who
are on the line, who are risking everything. We treated them so poorly back
then. When they returned was even worse. The stories are nightmarish of what
our returning warriors were subjected to. It is a national scar, a blemish on
our country, an embarrassment to all of us.
After Vietnam, it had time to sink in. The guilt in our collective
consciousness grew. It shamed us.
However, we learned from our mistake. Somewhere during the late 1970's and
into the 80's, we realized that we can't treat our warriors that way. So,
starting during the Gulf War, when the first real opportunity arose to stand up
and support the troops, we did. We did it to support our friends and family
going off to war. But we also did it to right the wrongs from the Vietnam
era. We treated our troops like the heroes they were, acknowledged and
celebrated their sacrifice, and rejoiced at their homecoming instead of
spitting on them.
And that support continues today for those of us in Iraq. Our country knows
that it must support us and it does. The lesson was learned in Vietnam and
we are better because of it.
Everyone who has gone before is a hero. They are celebrated in my heart. I
think admirably of all those who have gone before me. From those who fought
to establish this country in the late 1770's to those I serve with here in
Iraq. They have all sacrificed to ensure our freedom.
But when I get back, I'm going to make it a personal mission to specifically
thank every Vietnam Vet I encounter for their sacrifice. Because if nothing
else good came from that terrible war, one thing did. It was the lesson
learned on how we treat our warriors. We as a country learned from our mistake
and now treat our warriors as heroes, as we should. I am the beneficiary of
their sacrifice. Not only for the freedom they, like veterans from other
wars, ensured, but for how well our country now treats my fellow Marines and I.
We are the beneficiaries of their sacrifice.
Major Brian P. Bresnahan
United States Marine Corps
The following message is from a friend and posted with permission. As a Vietnam Vet, it'll make you proud
A really great war story has come in from Bill Schwindt, Bob Harlow,
and Dave DeMauro. Click this icon to read.
This one is from Jim Dice-67-68 (1st Plt)
Ricky Wayne Church
Jim Cunningham answered the call and sent this picture of
Ricky Wayne Church.
He writes: "...I came across this picture ... on a virtual wall website ... thought you could possibly use it on the web site..."
Jim informs us that you can read a bit about Ricky
by going to the following URL:
Thanks For Sending This Jim!
Taken Jan 1968 (1st Plt)
Left to Right:
Horacio (Dee) Dos Santos
and far right,Tony Colunga
So What's New?
I have the sad duty to report that another of our comrades has passed away. Steve Johnson was one of the 70-71 guys and served in 1st Platoon. I am enclosing a picture sent to me recently by Fred Buttinelli. Steve was slightly wounded in January 1971 when our platoon was hit by friendly fire while in contact with the VC. Benny Pack was more seriously wounded, as was Fred, and both returned stateside for long rehabs. Steve was wounded again later and pulled from the field for the final time. That was the last time I saw him. Steve was one of those guys who didn't write very much. Regardless, I sent him a Christmas card and letter ever year. I later learned that he enjoyed those letters. So let this be a lesson to all of us - continue to write each other even if you don't get a response. You are probably doing more good than you think. Steve was married for 30+ years, was a father and grandfather, and actually passed away (from liver failure) on Jan. 6th, 2002. His wife only recently wrote me, saying she still loves and misses Steve dearly. If you would like to write to her, contact me or any of the C/3/22 association officers. Best regards to you all. Bob Julian - 1st Platoon
Bob Julian recently sent this e-mail message to the association
Steve Johnson and Benny Pack, 1970 - 71