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From: "Stoken, George S"
Subject: Thanks for the site.
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 15:04:25 -0600
I was with the initial group that brought the 45th surgical hospital to Tay Nihn.
We brought the Must hospital to Viet Nam by transport ship. I was one of the last soldiers to join the Unit in Fort Sam Houston. It took about thirty days to make the trip by ship. We stayed at Long Bihn for a couple of weeks then went to the site at Tay Nihn to clear land and build the hospital. I had a camera there and I have a lot of pictures. I also had a video camera and have about 45 minutes worth of movie pictures from my tour in Viet Nam. I have been looking for more information on the hospital since I left. I was in Viet Nam from slept 1966 to Aug. 1967, I was drafted. I was a operating room technician and showed movies in my free time at the hospital movie hut.


From: "Marshall Barr"
Subject: aussie contact
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 22:30:04 -0000

Dear Alfred, Have just caught up with your website. Congratulations.
My name is Marshall Barr. I was the senior(only!!) anesthesiologist with the Australian army in Vietnam from April 67 to April 68.
I visited the 45th Surg for a couple of days in June 67. The place scared the hell out of me, but I was very well looked after. I have just written a book about my year in Vietnam which includes a description of my visit and the kind way I was treated by all, notably Maj Gerald Lyons, Maj Hollis Bivens and Maj Helen Fugowski.
Surgery, Sand and Saigon Tea was published in Australia in September 2001 .
The book has sold well in Aus and is going to a reprint. It will not be distributed in the US until May 2002, when it may only be available on Iine from Amazon etc. In the meantime, it is available direct from Allen and Unwin's website:
priced at .20 Australian plus p&p which will be about .00.

I thought you might like to put this information on your site. If anyone reads the book I would be very interested to have some feedback. My colleagues at 8 Field Ambulance/1 Aust Field Hospital and at 36 Evac in Vung Tau have been very kind in saying I got the descriptions of life on and off duty just about right.

I worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, UK from 1973 and retired aged 60 in 1994. Now I'm involved with History of anaesthesia and local medical heritage projects. Frequently return to Aus, particularly as our elder son is in Sydney, selling very good wine.

Very best wishes,
Marshall Barr
Rosebery Road
Tokers Green
Reading RG4 9EL
Tel/fax 0118 9479646

Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 10:29:37 -0700
From: "Mark A Drake"
Subject: Moose?
I was a medic and x-ray tech over at 15th Med 69 & 70 did some x-ray OJT at the 45 Surg and was awarded a secoundary 91p20 mos. I was trying to remember the x-ray Techs at the surg. They gave me an old rusted out film dryer for my x-ray ath 15th Med. Moose if you read this and remember me let me know. I hardly remember myself what and who any one was.

Name: Mark Drake (Duck)
Where are you from: Longmont Co.
Comments: Worked a week of OJT in X-ray at the surg. I was a skinny redheaded medic that learned x-ray on my own and with the help of the two techs at the surg. I was with 15th Med 69 & 70
January 31, 2002 17:34:39 (GMT Time)

Name: Doug Smith
Email: mvdental@midohio
Where are you from: Marysville, Ohio 43040
Comments: Was not at the place where you were, but was at the 6th Convalscent Center in Cam Ranh Bay. Anybody else who was there...get back to me. Nice site...!
Febuary 3, 2002 21:34:02 (GMT Time)

Name: Chris Wratten
Comments: looking for anyone who knew my father Gary P. Wratten KIA 10/4/66 at 45th MUST
Febuary 21, 2002 19:54:00 (GMT Time)

From: "Clay Crowder"
Subject: info
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 17:54:06 -0600

The colors of the 199th Infantry Brigade were returned to Fort Benning, Georgia on October 11, 1970 when the unit was inactivated. It was brought back to life during Desert Storm/Desert Shield, assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington 1991-1992 later transfered to Fort Polk, La and reassigned as the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. I hope that this helps with the correct info you can check my site located at

Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 15:05:44 EDT
Subject: THANKS from former patient

While pre-flighting a Crusaeder huey on 04-27-70 I got kissed by a
122 rocket. To be precise, it hit me right in the butt. I do not
remember a lot after that, only flashes, but I was told that
if it had not been for the tremendous care I received ,
I would not have left half my butt in Viet Nam,
I would have left it ALL, literally.
So to All of you, a Great Big Thank You
Very Sincerely, CW-2 Jeff Pepper 187 th AHC 1970

From: "G. Ernest Hughes"
Subject: I was there
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 20:30:09 -0600

4/67 to 4/68 after leaving Danag I completed my tour in Tay Ninh.
I was with the 567 S&S Hq.&Hq. Combat Support Battn of the 25th. & 196th.
Later the Tay Ninh LSA under the US Army Command. We were located southeast
of the air field and east of the Gas and Diesel tanks. I delivered water to
the 45th two days a week and work at graves registration three days each
week during Tet of 68.
I have a Rx written from one of the doctors at the 45th. and a write
on the death of a doctor and anther troop during a mortar stick in the start
of Tet. SP-4 Hughes at that time. I was there when the mountain was on fire.

From:Ron Titus
Subject: Tay Ninh
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 09:16:59 - 0400

Al, if you weren't there yet, visit the 175th Eng Site Below.
I see you were with the 45th Surg. It was up the street from us in 66/67.

Ron Titus

Subject: Tay Ninh
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 17:20:16 EST

I was with the 228th supply&service company at tay ninh just to the west of you guy's.
we also had the grave's registration and morge.
yes it was mid august'68 when you had the heaviest load of wounded.
we sent alot of dead home that month!
Thanks you guys.
Jerry Stoker

Source:Glenn Hekking " IMAGE FROM NUI BA-DEN '68"
Hi Pete,Finally found a photo I wanted to send you.From Nui Ba-Den in the spring of '68. Says alot about the War. Pass it on to anyone you want. Its title is "S.H.A.T.E.O.T.R" ........and the letters stand for, Shit House At The End Of The Rainbow. Best regards from a fellow "TLT"
From: "Glenn Hekking" Book

Thanks Glenn ! Pete.