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I need contact info and back story for character development on, (circa mid to late 80's) then 1st Hembree of HHT. AND particularly His Family in Tenn (AS I RECALL they were wealthy socialites and held the military in disdain- a dogs and soldiers stay off the grass theme) His predecessor-whose name I omit on purpose- and the dra-GOON PLATOON and those who know the story will know why I also would like info on the CHAPLAINS ASST (GREEN?)HIS ADMIN ASST.(OF THE GREAT BAHNHOF TRAIN ROBBERY ESCAPADE) UNIT MAIL CLERK(THAT TIPPED OFF WHEN THE SAMPLE BOTTLES ARRIVED FOR CEDAC) AND  S-1 LEGAL CLERK (THAT WOULD LOSE PAPERWORK FOR YOU)AND ANYBODY THAT REMEMBERS THE SENIOR NCO'S THAT HAD THE BET ON WHO COULD HIT BIG RED ONE'S MOTORPOOL AND MAKE OFF WITH A JEEP AND IF IN FACT THE REST OF THE BET CALLED FOR ITS RETURN 24HRS LATER AND THE KP THAT WAS IN THE GOON PLATOON THAT TURNED A GOOD GAG INTO A CONGRESSIONAL WHOYA.

THEN 1ST LT EBERT (I THINK HE WAS FROM NEBRASKA) HE WAS A TRP - WORKED FOR CPT HIGHTOWER - THIS ISN'T BOOK RELATED,JUST TRYING TO FIND AN OLD FRIEND.

 I NEED THE NAME FOR THE CSM THAT REPLACE CSM GOSS - HE BORE A STRIKING RESEMBLANCE TO SIMON BAR SINISTER in the under dog cartoon. Last but not least sgt corpus and my driver Trujillio of N.M.

FYI- THE BOOK IS FICTION BUT THERE IS A GANG OF FOLKS WHO ALL HAD SIDE ACTION GOING WHO BECAME by accident of fate INTEGRAL TO UN COVERING A PLOT BY DOMESTIC TERRORISTS who realize they are all going down unless they shut the plot down cuz no one would believe they aren't part of it etc. they hook up with Hells Angels as heroes and take down the unlikely bad guys - some has been troublemaking brass and a pair of crooked marshalls playing some sovern citizen types as foils.I can be reached directly at http://markmatter.com

oh yeah- lt FRITAG (GREAT FRIEND) IF ANY ONE KNOWS HIM...EXPLAINATION- MY EX ALLISON, BURNED ALL MY STUFF LIKE PHOTOS AND ADDRESS BOOKS ETC. HENCE THE NEED TO GET SOME MEMORY JOGS.

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I WANT TO DO A DEDICATION PAGE ON 14 TROOPERS WHO PAID THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IN FULL. IF ANY ONE RECALLS THE NAMES OR WHERE I CAN GET THEM THERE 6 MEN IN GROUND SURVEILLANCE RADAR UNIT WHO DIDN'T COME BACK. i'D LIKE THE UNIT DESIGNATION IF POSSIBLE - THAT HAPPENED MY 1ST WEEK THERE AND THAT EVENT CHANGED MY LIFE AND APPROACH TO THE MISSION WHICH SUDDENLY BECAME OH SO REAL.
Hembree retired. Long haul truck driving now last I heard. Was featured on a Mil. channel program for a Vietnam Tank Battle not too long ago (Wealthy socialites and disdain???) He loved the Army as I recall. Even donned his 2nd ACR uniform for the program. Keep digging around. Some of those guys might pop up.
TOP WAS MY MENTOR. I had been an NCO prior to ROTC, AND HE MADE A MUCH NEEDED LESSON the day he told me I had to stop being a NCO and my NCO's DO NCO STUFF AND TEND TO OFFICER STUFF. HE HAD A SAYING HE WOULD LAY ON ME SOMETIMES CUZ I HAD A HABIT OF THINKING that THROUGH LEADERSHIP I could bring any troop up to speed but that led to wasted time and getting taken advantage of, he'd pull me aside and say LT,your alright but sometimes you have GOT TO LUCK A MAN IN THE EYE AND JUST SAY F*** YOU, sir.I got to digging around at S-1 getting some guys ready for promotion boards and I found his personnel jacket and Photo and saw a SILVER STAR on it he wasn't wearing, Asked him why and told another good lesson, He didn't think it wise to wear decorations that exceeded those worn by his CHAIN OF COMMAND. I.E. THE LTC didn't have one or CSM GOSS. ASKED ME NOT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT and I agreed but only he'd tell me the story - I suspect that is what his appearance on the Military Channel was for  - the only real tank on tank battle of the VIETNAM WAR. He also got one for being a TUNNEL RAT. He was due to use some leave and I asked him why he didn't go home and visit family, and basically he allowed that his Idea of being a success and theirs were two different things, and he wasn't interested in the family business etc. Since your Moniker is CAVDOC gotta ask - did you know SSGT SHOCKEY? WIFE WAS EX NFL CHEERLEADER (WHICH I MENTION AS A MEMORY CUE ONLY) AND WAS SPECIAL FORCES 'NAM.

Mark,

 

I knew Randy Shockey and his wife Pat.  I was in charge of the HWB operations center and later the FDC section from '83 to "86.  Randy and I hung out together in the field and off post.  He was truly one of a kind and the stories he told me about his time in Vietnam, and areas around there, were interesting to say the least.  Sadly I lost touch with him when I returned to the States.  You can find some information about him on the web, but not much.  I believe he hailed from New Mexico and may still be there.

 

CPT "Skip" Hall could probably tell you a thing or to about our favorite "Doc" if you are able to contact him.

 

Good luck with your endeavor!

 

Robin Hobgood

THAT HELPS. HE HAD TWO OTHER THINGS THAT OFFER POSSIBLE WAYS TO GET HOLD OF HIM. WHEN LEFT THE ARMY THE 1ST TIME HE GOT INTO BANKING, AND HANDLED A COMPLICATED LOAN PROGRAM FOR A BANK OUT OF COLORADO THAT INVOLVED FARM HOME LOANS AND VOUCHERS FROM THE DEPT OF AGRICULTURE, LONG STORY SHORT, A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO LOAN FRAUD HAD STARTED UP WHICH LATER INVOLVED PETE DOMINECI OUT OF NEW MEXICO. THIS CAME UP WHEN MY WIFE )FROM A FAMILY OF POLITICIANS AND ATTORNEYS) HIT ME WITH DIVORCE PAPERS TO GET ME WHILE I WAS IN EUROPE AND COULDN'T DEFEND IT, HE TOLD ME ABOUT THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS RELIEF ACT WHICH HE WAS USING TO KEEP FROM GETTING DRAGGED INTO LAWSUITS THAT HIS OLD BOSSES WERE IN WHERE THE SUITS LISTED EVERYONE WITH A SIGNATURE ON THE DOCUMENTS. HE WOULD HAVE GONE BANKRUPT FROM ATTORNEYS FEES IF HE'D STAYED IN THE STATES.

THE OTHER AVE. IS SPORTS, HE WAS JETTING AROUND EUROPE IN HIS SPARE TIME, doing full contact karate competitions. he was tops in his weight class and often won open classes. thanks for the memorie cue I had thought COLORODA not nxt door in N.M. probably cuz of the BRONCOS connection. I'll tell him you said high and reference DRAGOON BASE when I find him.

Thanks Mark.  I think about him often.  If you remember Pete Kain, one of our FOs, he had a nasty cyst in his neck that the regular Docs did not want to mess with.  Randy and I met him in the clinic after hours and Randy cut that thing out of his neck.  He was a real pro with a scalpel.

 

I hope you have better luck finding him than I have.

  The "ex destroying the memories" is all too familier!  90% of my paycheck at the Rock was going  to my wife in the states which I found out later was not used to pay bills(duh)! Back to the memories - I had some loyal friends in Christiansen Barracks who helped me out ALOT (jeff may, david drury, joe heffernan,bill wagner, especially Sgt. Tigh and others). When I returned to the states she destroyed all the addresses and pictures, so i had no way to contact anyone under better circumstances and return the favors that got me thru alot over there. Probably a good thing at the time that she moved out of Florida. Those guys were the best!
THERE WAS a SGT TIGH who lived in apt above mine across from a SGT BOSE (MESS HALL). iF IT WAS THE SAME ONE IN BAD BERNECK HE WAS AS BARREL CHESTED AS HE WAS TALL(SHORT) LIKE A GENETICALLY ENGINEERED TANKER. THINK THEY WERE ONE AND THE SAME? i'LL LOOK OUT FOR HIM TO AS I RECONNECT WITH THE OTHERS.
 Yessir thats him ! He was on duty one night when i overdid it, I guess he knew my situation and let me sleep it off instead of hanging me. I'll never forget that. It made a difference. I was there in late '70's
Hey,this Drii11b,no that I have not been on the the site for awhile,but just wanted to do an update.One of our brethen died today.His name was Jody Booker, and he was a great friend of mine, and all dragoons,hE WAS A VIETNAM VET, AND A MULTIPLE 2acr VET.Please rember him in your prayers tonight.I know I will. Bob Webb

Good to hear from you Bob. Real sorry to hear about your friend, though. My sincere condolences.

Tacoma Dave

Dave,

I appreciate your condolences.I need to get the word out about Jody.He was a long time Cav soldier, and I want everyone who knew him to hear about this.He lived in Florida,and his family needs our support.He leaves a wife ahd two children.

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