Avel South Vets

This is a contact list of the known Vets who served in Avel South and the 317th Maintenance Co. (LEM).


Allen, Bruce (SP/5)
Avel South
bpallen61@hotmail.com
55 Savannah Drive
Pawleys Island SC 29585
Avel South, Vung Tau: March 1966 to Jan 1967
MOS: 26D30
Comments: Left Fort Lewis with the 335th but I remained in Vung Tau

Babel, Otto
Avel South
DIED 5 JANUARY 1999
Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel

Ball, Gary Wayne (SP/4)
Avel South
Accidental Death:16 July 1968
Bien Hoa Province

Bartish, Robert J. (SP/5)
Avel South
bobbartish@gmail.com
22 Paradise Ct.
Faitport Hbr., Ohio 44077
440-364-2408
Avel South, 69 Sig. Det., Tan Son Nhut: 67 68
MOS: 35m20

Batterby, Karl (SP/5)
Avel South
He died on 16 March 2008

Beal, Terrance (SP/5)
Avel South, 2nd Plt., Tan Son Nhut, Long Than N.
bealte@comcast.net
30227 Whitehall Dr.
Milton, Delaware 19968
302-329-9585
Avel South, 2nd Plt., Tan Son Nhut, Long Than North: April 1967 – March 1968
MOS: 35L20

Berlin, Leonard (SP/5
Avel South
DIED 4 AUGUST 1999

Booth Johnnie (CPT)
Avel South
DIED 18 SEPTEMBER 1973

Boulineau, Larry (SP/4)
611th Maint. Co. (LEM)
larryboulineau@bellsouth.net
P.O. Box 1033
Louisville, GA 30434
611th Maint. Co., (LEM), Vinh long & Can Tho: 1971-1972
Other units assigned to in Vietnam: 604th Trans. Co.

Braden, Stanley N. (SP/5)
317th LEM, Vung Tau
stan.braden@mchsi.com
PO Box 266
Williamsburg, IA, 52361
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: Jan. 1970-Aug. 1970
stan.braden@mchsi.com
MOS: 35L20
Comments: I have graduation picture of my group from Ft. Gordon. I served from Oct 1967 - Aug 1970. Was instructor at Ft. Gordon before Vietnam. ETS'd from Vietnam.

Buchanan, Albert H. (SP/5)
2nd Plt. AESCS
tetvet68@hotmail.com
25322 Morris Mill Road
Millsboro, DE 19966
302-934-9791
2nd Plt. A.E.S.C.S.: March 1967-May 1968
Tan Son Nhut, Long Thanh (north)
MOS: 35L20
Comments: The patch shown on the Avel South is the one we wore in the
2nd PLT Aescs at the time we were in Vung Tau, Can Tho, and Tan Son Nhut, after TET
we went to Long Thanh (north) near Bear Cat (9th INF firebase.

Burson, Garry (SP/5)
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
ccgburson@bellsouth.net
6457 Old Kentucky Road
Sparta, TN 38583
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: Dec. 1969 – Feb. 1970
Also served: Liaison for 765th Trans Bn., AMMC, Tan Son Nhut to Nov. 1970
MOS: 76P20

Bush, Robert (SP/6)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM)
rwbnms@bellsouth.net
721 Parkwood Dr
Long Beach, MS 39560
317th LEM Co, Vung Tau: 1971-1972
MOS: 35L20
Also assigned to the 3/47 INF
Military Retired: E9

Chapman, John M. (SP/5)
Avel South, Long Thanh North
applaseed1@gmail.com
5013 Lear Nagle
N. Ridgeville OH 44039-2107
440-327-4344
Avel South, Long Thanh North: June 1969-June 1970
MOS: 35L20

Cuban, Victor (SSG)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM)
DIED 10 April 1972. He was home in Hawaii on R & R when killed in an automobile accident

de Leon, Mario C. (SP/5)
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
m-c-deleon@hotmail.com
3001 Vine Ave
McAllen, TX 78501
956-358-2399
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: Sept 1971 to Mar 1972
MOS: 35M20
AGENT ORANGE

Drozeski, Leonard A. (SP/4)
258th Signal Detachment
Erie, PA
258th Signal Detachment, Vung Tau. 7 months TDY with 335th Signal Detachment, Phu Loi: September 1966 – April 1967
MOS: 31Q20
AGENT ORANGE, Died on 29 May 2012

Engels, William L. (CWO2)
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
wlengels@gmail.com
91 Rotunda Circle
Asheville, NC 28806
828-505-7418
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: January 1971-May 1971
wlengels@gmail.com
MOS: Aircraft Maintenance Officer
Other units you were assigned to in Vietnam: 1st Signal Bn -Nha Trang Jan 68-Jun69
Army Retired: CWO2
AGENT ORANGE
Questions / Comments: was Med-Evac'd out from the 317th with ulcers.

Fanelli, Thomas J. (SP/5)
Avel South Central, Saigon Plt.
tom@cpsuinc.com
22113 Willis Dr.
California, MD 20619
301-994-2807
Avel South, Saigon Platoon: 1966 – 1967

Faulk, Emmett (MAJ)
Avel South, Vung Tau
emmettlou@aol.com
18 Woodside Circle
Evans, GA 30809
706-863-7791
Avel South, Vung Tau: Commanding Officer April 1967-April 1968

Fourroux, Claude Henry (SSG)
Avel South
DIED 1 APRIL 2005

Garringer, Dale (SSG)
Avel South
garringerdale@yahoo.com
9701 Pikedale Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Cell: 702-467-6008
16th Infantry, 1st infantry Division: 1965 - 1966
Ave Central/ South: 1966 – 1967
8th Cavalry, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal): 1967 - 1968
Avel Central: June 1970 – July 1971
Retired Army Master Sergeant

Gray, Paul Alan (SP/5)
6th Sig. Det. USARPAC, Tan Son Nhut
gray3115@yahoo.com
17234 Cadiz Dr.
Lore City OH 43755
1-740-489-5967
6th Sig. Det. USARPAC, Tan Son Nhut: 23 Mar. 1967 to 23Mar. 1968
MOS: 35N20
Other units you were assigned to in Vietnam: 1st Aircav for 60 days
AGENT ORANGE

Griffin, Stephen (SP/5)
Avel South
DIED 15 SEPTEMBER 2003

Grosz, Alan M. (SP/5)
Avel South, Vinh Long Platoon
alangrosz@att.net
Rialto Retirement Home
1441 S. Riverside Ave.
Rialto, CA 92376
760-964-1221
Avel South, Vinh Long Platoon: 1968 - 1969

Gurkweitz, Dmitri (aka James) E. (SP/5)
Plt. AESCS, Saigon and Long Thanh North
firefighternrescue1648@yahoo.com
732 Fine Street
Fillmore, CA 93015
805-512-2153
HQ 765 \th Trans. Battalion/ 258 Signal Det./ 2nd Plt. AESCS, Saigon and Long Thanh North: 27 March 1967 – 22 March 1968
MOS: 35M20
Other units you were assigned to in Vietnam: 8th Signal Det./ Nov. 1967
Questions / Comments: I was know as Jim, aka GURK

Hagenstein, Carl (SP/5)
Avel South, 317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
ExeterRocks@yahoo.com
121 Liberty Church Road
Exeter, RI 02822
401-295-1866
Avel South, 317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: Dec. 1969 – Dec. 1970
MOS: 35L20

Hanson, Paul B. (SP/5)
317th Maintenance Co. ( LEM), Vung Tau
pnl.h@sbcglobal.net
1247 W. Nicolet Circle
Appleton, WI 54914
920-738-9964
317th Maintenance Co. ( LEM), Vung Tau: Jan. 1970 – Dec. 1970
MOS: 35M20
Comments: I never got to use my MOS. They had too many of us. I was cross-trained to repair refrigeration units that were used in the IR systems. I worked with a civilian (John Hutchins) who was the manufacturers rep.
Agent Orange

Harris, Earl L. (SP/5)
317th LEM, Vung Tau
connieandearl@yahoo.com
8143 Essex
Warren, MI 48089
586-758-7774
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: 1970-1971
MOS: 26M20
Comments: I have over 350 hours as a "UH-1H Huey Door Gunner" flying Med-Evac, Re-Supply & Transport Missions
I drove in convoys in Duce 1/2's or 1 Ton Trucks for the 56th Trans Co., Long Thanh.
I also spent spurts of time with the 101st Airborne, Americal, 1st Cavalry (Airmobile), and the 25th Infantry.
I either volunteered or was ordered away from my MOS. I moved around a lot which helped me through.
Places I was in: Vung Tau / Long Thanh / Bear Cat / Da Nang / Chu Lai / Cu Chi / Vinh long & Others
PTSD / AGENT ORANGE / Disabled

Hart, Don (SP/5)
Avel South, Long Thanh North
donhart6@hotmail.com
49 Clover Hill Road
Newburg, PA 17240
717-423-6957
Avel South, 2nd Plt., Long Thanh North: March 1968-June 1969
MOS: 26C30
Possible Agent Orange
Comments: I have full blown PTSD and am totally and permanently disabled as a result

Hill, Billy J. (SSG)
Avel South, Saigon Plt.
DIED 19 MAY 2014
Augusta, GA
Advisor: 1962 – 1963
Avel South, Saigon Platoon: 1966 – 1967
5th Transportation Co.: 1969 – 1970
Retired Army Sgt. First Class
Agent Orange

Hoffman, Leon (SP/5)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM)
k9aawstb@gmail.com
3463 Lily Bay Road
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
920-743-2087
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: May 1970 to March 1971
MOS: 26N26
AGENT ORANGE

Hooker, Joe (SP/5)
Avel South, 258th Signal Detachment, Vung Tau
hooker@zoominternet.net
2815 Florence Ct.
Huntington, WV 25704
Avel South, 258th Signal Detachment, Vung Tau: Feb. 1968 – Feb. 1969
MOS: 35M20

Hooks, Carl Clyde (SSG)
2nd Plt., Avel South, Tan Son Nhut
DIED 9 MARCH 2014
Belvedere SC
2nd Plt., Avel South (Det. 255 & 458, Tan Son Nhut: Dec. 1, 66 to Nov. 26, 67
MOS: 35P4H
Other units you were assigned to in Vietnam: 98th Maint. Co., Qui Nhon & H&MSC, 62nd
Maint. Bn., Pleiku
Retired Army Sergeant First Class (June 1, 72)
While assigned to 62nd he was attached to 1878th Com. Sq. to operate AF MARS Station at Pleiku from Jan. 71 to May 71.

Horsley, Tom (SP/5)
Avel South, Vung Tau
tom-horsley@hughes.net
17246 Swisher Hill Rd
Dewitt, IL 61735
Avel South, Vung Tau: 1 July 1969 – 2 July 1970
MOS: 41G20
Agent Orange

Hurst, Howard E. (SGT)
Avel South, Vung Tau
Sgt. Howard E. Hurst was assigned to Avel South, Vung Tau Platoon (258th Signal Detachment) in December 1966. He was later transferred to Avel North at Pleiku. He caught a transport up to An Khe and then boarded a C-130 for the flight to Pleiku. The aircraft developed mechanical failure on take off and aborted the take off. It ran out of runway and crashed, bursting into flames. 34 people were killed. 22 survived the crash. Sgt. Hurst was one of those killed. His MOS was 35P20.

Hysell, James (SP/5)
Avel South
DIED 8 OCTOBER 1996

Jacob, Thomas L. (SP/5)
Avel South, HHC AMMC, Tan Son Nhut
candtjacob2@verizon.net
3739 Washington St.
Bethlehem, PA 18020
Avel South, HHC AMMC, Tan Son Nhut: Jan. 1968 – Sept. 68
MOS: 74D20
Other units you were assigned to in Vietnam: 110th Trans which became AMMC
Agent Orange

Johnson, Jim (SP/5)
247th Signal Detachment, Avel South, Vung Tau
mortgages.realestate@gmail.com
1658 Treasure Isle Rd
Hot Springs, AR 71913
425-346-0830
247th Signal Detachment, Avel South, Vung Tau: March 1969 to Sept 1970
MOS: 26D20
AGENT ORANGE

Kavalesky, Ed (SP/5)
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
ewkav2005-online@yahoo.com
2824 Decamp Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44511
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: October 1970 – October 1971
MOS: 26N20
Agent Orange

Kelly, Robert (SP/5)
Avel South, Vinh Long
cankel3302@aol.com
167 Neville Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA15202
412-734-1332
Avel South, Third Platoon, Vinh Long: 8 Aug. 1968 - 7 Aug. 1969
MOS: 35M20/35K20

Kientz, Roger B. (SP/5)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
Rogerbkientz@att.net
454 Deer Creek Drive
Vacaville, Ca. 95687
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: Sept. 1970-Sept. 1971
MOS: 26M40
Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class
Agent Orange

Kirk, James B (SP/5)
Avel South Vinh Long
kirkairbase@comporium.net
1007 Kirk Air Base Rd
Lancaster, SC 29720
Avel South, Vinh Long: Nov 1968 - Nov 1969
MOS: 35K20
Served: 3 active USA / 3 Inactive - 18 USAF

Koontz, Dexter (SGT)
317th LEM, Vung Tau
ginganddex@juno.com
616 N 22nd St
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
317th LEM, Vung Tau and Saigon: August 1970 - January 1972
MOS: 35K & 76T
Also served in: 388th Trans. Co., AMMC, and 110th Trans. Co.

Kopczynski, Robert (SP/5)
258th Signal Det. (Avel South), Vung Tau
arkay765@aol.com
1190 Warwick St.
Uniondale, NY 11553
516-292-8593
258th Signal Det. (Avel South), Vung Tau: June 1967-June 1968
arkay765@aol.com
MOS: 26 D 20
AGENT ORANGE

Kuempel, Walter (SP/5)
Avel South/317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
kuempelw@aol.com
5751 Dogwood Rd.
Port Orange, FL 32127
Avel South/317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: 1969 – 1970
MOS: 26M20

Lamb, Myron (SP/4)
2nd Plt. AESCS
myronlamb@gmail.com
4340 W. Periwinkle Ln.
Post Falls, ID 83854
951-775-4462
Avel South (2nd Plt. AESCS), Saigon and Long Thanh North: December 1967 – December 1968
MOS: Electronic Parts/Stock Control & Accounting

Langlois, Roland (SSG)
317th LEM, Vung Tau
langloisroland@hotmail.com
1291 N Brookfield rd
Oakham, MA 01068
508-882-1034
Dates you served in Avel july 1969 to june 1970
258th sig then 317th LEM, Vung Tau: July 1969-June 1970
Rank In Avel: SP/5
MOS: 35B20
Other units you were assigned to in Vietnam (no answer)
Highest Rank Held: SSG
Possible Agent Orange issues

Lauriat, Edward R. (SGT)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM)
thelauriats25@gmail.com
12 Elm St
Goffstown NH 03045-1903
603-497-3002
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: 5 Dec 69 to 12 Feb 72
MOS: 63B20
AGENT ORANGE: Heart Disease, Diabetic, Arthritis, Prostate & Bladder Cancer. I'm totally & permanently 100% Disabled due to all my agent orange and health problems.

Leman, Phillip (SP/5)
Avel South, Long Thanh
DIED January 2014
Olney, Maryland
Avel South, Long Thanh: 30 October 1968 - 27 October 1969
MOS: 35M2H
Possible AGENT ORANGE

Logan, Gene
Avel South
gokings3@yahoo.com

Lyman, Edward V. (MAJ)
Avel South
DIED 23 SEPTEMBER 1997
He was a Commanding Officer of Avel South and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel

Lyons, Dave (SP/5)
Avel South, AESCS: Saigon & Long Thanh
davelyons47@gmail.com
2345 Clay Pike
Zanesville, OH 43701
740-704-7313
Avel South, AESCS, Ton Son Nhut & Long Thanh: 3/24/67 – 3/24/68
MOS: 35M20

Martin, Richard S. (SP/4)
Avel South, Vung Tau
martin.richard47@yahoo.com
3258 SW Crumpacker St.
Port Saint Lucie, FL. 34953
816-377-0929
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM): 1971-1972
MOS: 72C20
AGENT ORANGE

Mattes, Edward (SP/5)
Avel South
DIED 12 JULY 2000
Retired Army Sergeant First Class

McCarthy, Paul (SP/5)
Avel South
paulmax3@comcast.net
24 Union St. #1204
Waterbury, CT 06706
203-759-0225
24 Union St. #1204
Waterbury, CT 06706
203-759-0225
128th Signal Co., Cam Ranh Bay: 9/65 - 7/66
Avel North/250th Sig Det., Nha Trang: 9/66 - 3/67
Avel North/260th Sig Det., Qui Nhon: 3/67 - 11/67
Avel North/250th Sig Det/614th Maint Co., Nha Trang: 12/67 - 3/70
HHC 165th Avn Gp (Cmbt), Long Binh: 1/71 - 1/72
317th Maint Co., Vung Tau: 3/71 - 1/72

McDonald, James (SP/4)
Avel South
DIED 10 DECEMBER 1967

McClintic, Stephen C. (SP/5)
Avel South, Saigon Platoon
stevemcclinticod@gmail.com
401 E. M-61
Harrison, MI 48625
989-539-1545
Avel South, Saigon Platoon: March 1967 – March 1968

Meisner, Guy
Avel South
DIED 5 APRIL 2008

Morse, Brad (SP/5)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM)
morseb@sbcglobal.net
4050 Alt rd
Eureka
314-960-2822
317th LEM, Vung Tau and Phu Loi: Oct 1969 to Oct 1970
MOS: 35M20

Muthersbaugh, Bill (SP/5)
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
wmuthersbaugh@gmail.com
29 Elaine Dr.
Boyertown, PA 19512
610-369-5008
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: November 1969 – October 1970
MOS: 35R20

Newton, William Harlo (SP/5)
Avel South
DIED 2 AUGUST 2015

Nickerson, Lankford (SP/5)
Avel South
DIED 4 JUNE 1976

Nunnally, Ron (SP5)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
rnunnally8@bellsouth.net
13993 Tree Loft Road
Milton,GA 30003
404-307-2202
rnunnally8@bellsouth.net
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau: March 1970 - March 1971
MOS: 35L20

Parr, Thomas (SP/5)
Avel South
4406 Wooddale Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118
901-363-8659
Avel South: 1966 – 1967

Peebles, Bruce
Avel South
DIED 15 OCTOBER 1999

Porter, Richard (SP/4)
Avel South
DIED 29 NOVEMBER 2001

Schwalm, Ted (SP/5)
Avel South, Saigon & Long Thanh
trschwalm@neo.rr.com
1037 Heath Way
Stow, OH 44224
330-990-7460
Avel South, Saigon Plt., Ton Son Nhut & Long Thanh: 4/11/1967 – 4/5/1968
MOS: 35M20
Agent Orange

Shaffer, Lilard (SP/5)
Avel South
DIED 12 April 2010

Siefers, Bruce (Sp/5)
Avel South
bsiefers@roadrunner.com
5740 S Ridge Rd W
Ashtabula, OH 44004
440-415-5096
Avel South, 2nd Plt., Tan Son Nhut, Long Than North – April 67 to June 68
Avel South, 1st Plt., Vung Tau August 68 to March 69

Sill, Edward L.SP/5
317th LEM, Vung Tau
edwlsill@gmail.com
P.O. Box 2333
CA 93644
317th LEM, Vung Tau: 16 Dec. 1970 - 6 Sep. 1971
Also served in Vietnam: 1st Radio Research Company, Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam
MOS: 26M2T
Comments: I served as a S.L.A.R. Radar repair instructor at Fort Huachuca Arizona between my two tours in Vietnam.

Slagle, Gary (SP/5)
Avel South, Tan Son Nhut
garyslagle@hotmail.com
2850 Douglas Dr.
Gastonia , NC 28054
704-865-9101
Avel South, Tan Son Nhut: March 1967-March 1968
garyslagle@hotmail.com
MOS: 35M20

Smith, Richard A. (SP/5)
Avel South
ras3346@aol.com
6969 Stout Road
Memphis TN 38119
901-550-1704
258th AVEL South, June 1968 through June 1969 TDY July 1969 to December 1969
NCOIC GCA Radar Shop
Highest Rank Held In Avel SP5 E-5
MOS: 26D20
Also assigned to 125 ATC 1st Aviation

Theroux, Roger L. (SP/5)
Avel South, Phu Loi
rs-luv2fish@att.net
1830-E. 83rd Terrace
Kansas City, Mo 64132
816-523-5119
Avel South, Phu Loi: 1967-1968
MOS: 67N
Also served with: Arrived with 20th Trans.- transferred to 605th & Pipesmoke

Tolbert, Fletcher J.
Avel South
DIED 18 SEPTEMBER 1983

Vega, Mati
Avel South
DIED 23 SEPTEMBER 2004

Velasquez, Joe (SP/5)
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
joev1292@msn.com
1707 Thistelwood Dr.
Clarksville, TN 37042
931-801-0641
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
MOS: 35k20
Also served in Vietnam with the 7/17th Cav. In Pleiku
Army Retired Master Sergeant
Agent Orange

Verhulst, Eugene H. (Gene) (SP/5)
Avel South, Saigon/Long Thanh North
higenev@msn.com
3688 N. Carl Path
Pine, AZ 85544
928-476-2297
Cell: 623-680-4148
Avel South (2nd Platoon) Saigon/Long Thanh (North): 1968
Agent Orange

Velikanje, Jon (SP/5)
Avel South: Saigon
jon.velikanje@gmail.com
6212 31st Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-355-0131
Avel South, 2nd Platoon Saigon: April 1967 – April 1968
MOS: 35M20

Whitsell, Dan (SP/5)
Avel South, Vung Tau
Evansville, IN
258th Signal Detachment: 1968
MOS: 26D20
Died 16 July 2004

Williams, Robert (Willy)
Avel South
bowill1231@msn.com
1601 S. Sandhill Rd. #177
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Avel South (no other details known)

Young, Rodney (SP/5)
Avel Sout, 317th: 1969-1970
ryoung@gctel.net
8766 County Rd 73 NE
Nelson MN 56355
651-272-9216
Avel South, 317th LEM, Vung Tau: Oct. 1969-Oct. 1970
MOS 35M20

Webb, Terry (SSG)
Avel South
DIED 19 JULY 1991

Weitz, Leon E. (SP5)
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), Vung Tau
ccchoir@optonline.net
4091 S. Broad Street
Yardville, NJ 08620
317th Maintenance Company (LEM), Vung Tau: July 2, 1970 - July 29, 1971
ccchoir@optonline.net
MOS: 35R20

White, Samuel
317th Maintenance Co. (LEM)
DIED 15 MAY 1990
He also served in Avel North

Wilson, Fred (SP/5)
317th Maint Co., Vinh Long
fwilson@kelshwilson.com
Wilson, Fred (SP/5)
7614 Montgomery Ave.
Elkins Park, PA 19027
317th Maint. Co. (LEM), 3rd Platoon. 611th Transportation Company, Vinh Long: 9 Nov. 1969 - 16 Oct. 1971