I received the below message from the former 444 TC Commander. Jack Cole and I along with everyone in our group got to meet and talk to him at the recent Kokomo military reunion.
Great to meet you for the first time at the Howard County event last Friday.
Yes, I was aware of your gun truck site and I congratulate you on your stewardship.
Fifty years ago, almost to this day, I was completing about twenty five months as the CO of the 444th Trans Co (Lt Trk). We deployed from Fort Riley on
3 October 1965, sailing from San Francisco on the U S N S Gordon the next day. There is more to tell and I hope to get that done over time. Fortunately, all three lieutenants are still with us. The XO, David Ellis, originally from Iowa is now living in Bedford Indiana. Lyn Coy lives in PA and Don Johnson lives in Downers Grove, IL. Both Coy and Johnson were recent graduates of the TC Basic course at Ft. Eustis and joined the company shortly before deployment. All three officers were great. Evidence available confirms that Warrant Officer Robert G. Dawson and 1Sgt Rees are passed. Dawson was killed in a traffic accident in Germany in 1976. He is buried in a cemetery south of Lafayette. I plan to check out the site. I think I have located 1Sg Don Rees’s grave site in Dunkirk, Indiana. I have no obituary so far, but if I have the correct Rees, he passed in 1971. He was a WWII and Korean War veteran. I hope to find the story as time goes by.
Jack Horvath’s unit joined the 27th Trans Bn during the summer of 1966, so I know him. I appreciate his work telling the story of the early days on QL 19 and more. I need to have a conversation with him.
Please feel free to share this information.
LTC, USA, Retired
My father in-law was LEONARD S. CONFORTH served in 8th Trans Op I think from 1969-1970. Though out his life he lived in Aberdeen Idaho and went as SOREN. He passed away in 1999. Several years ago his widow gave us his photo albums from his Service in Vietnam. Something has been moving in me to reach out to see if anyone can tell me more about his service or if the pictures I have of other Service Men might be helpful to other families. Soren was awarded a Line Haul Certificate for January-March 1970 was looking for some history on that. I know he drove an armored jeep and served close to the gun truck “Satans Lil Angel”. Any information would be great wither you knew him or not. I have some photo albums and willing to share just let me know. Thanks for your service, Scott
Hi Fella,s Been out of the loop a long time, hope all are doing well. Yes , i found the original m54a2 [E 5 8261 ] hood i.d. , used for Colonel , well not found but it went to Royal Saudi Land Forces ; when ?.where? available ? anyone here have contacts there could ck this out , , just a thought , 50 gunner
You can post pics anytime. I think I have attached a msg from Deb on this. Just click Help at top of page, then postings pictures. If I’m doing a couple of pics I go to the photo gallery and click create a gallery, on the nx page I choose a gallery or create a new one, Then Browse your computer in Pictures or documents and select the pic and and click upload.
From John (“Crowbar”) Porter…
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE DEDICATION OF THE REPLICA GUN TRUCK BRUTUS:
1 OCT 2016
MILITARY VETERANS MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER, 4300 POBEREZNY RD, OSHKOSH WI 54902.
IT WILL BE DEDICATED TO HONOR ALL OF THE ARMY TRANSPORTATION CORP’S UNITS THAT SERVED IN VIETNAM.
IT WILL BE ON PERMANENT LOAN TO THE MUSEUM WHO PROVIDED THE CREW THAT CONSTRUCTED THE EXACT REPLICA OF BRUTUS TO ITS 1969 CONFIGURATION AND DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB. THEY WILL HAVE IT ON DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM FOR THE PUBLIC VIEWING.
BRUTUS BELONGS TO ROGER BLINK THE THIRD DRIVER OF BRUTUS WHO WILL BE TAKING IT OUT OF THE MUSEUM AT VARIOUS TIME FOR PARADES AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS IS: ROGER BLINK. E-MAIL: RJBLINKINC@AOL.COM
Jack Horvath’s 2 Million Miles of Bad Road that was in the Vietnam Magazine, The Video is also on the site. Click on TRUCKERS below. You can subscribe to Vietnam Magazine.
John (Jack) Horvath, 64th TC, Wanted to share this.
I must sadly report that Bruce Askew, 523rd TC has passed. Bruce attended many Gatherings and loved to sit on my tailgate and tell stories. He will be missed. My prayers go out to Diane and Bruce’s family.
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