2/94th Battalion Update Number 33
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trip report and rebuttals to Meeting in Washington DC on Dec 6th
Hi to All:
Bruffee, David - SP5 67-68 Service Battery
I’m David Bruffee who served with Service Battery, Second Bn 94th Artillery from May 1967 to August 1968. I was reviewing the website and wanted to pass on some items.
I am listed as a private, but arrived in country as a PFC and left as a SP5.
You list a “Gitlo”. I remember him, his name was Jerome Barber and he was at times my assistant cook at service battery.
Capt. Corbett came from Worcester, Mass. I can’t think of his first name.
Capt Thomas Sharrett of HQ Battery was also CO of Service Battery.
I did not notice the names of (SSG ? SFC?) Aldo Fortuna Mess Sergeant at Service Battery; SFC Rocco Catalogna ( spelling is phonetic) also a Mess Sergeant at Service Battery, 1st SGT (???) Beher ( First SGT at Service battery - I think that was the spelling of his last name. it was pronounced “Bear”). Sp4 (?) Eldon Collins from Tennessee was also a cook at Service battery.
You have set up a very good site for our old unit. Thank you
Thanks Dave for the update. If anyone can clarify the rank and spelling, etc please let me know. I updated what I could on our Service Battery roster.
I wanted to point out:
Bennett W. Shriber
C Btry 2nd Bat 94th Arty 66/67 Communications Sergeant (E5)
Transferred out for rotation easement in early 67 to: C Btry 3rd Bn 6th Arty.
Not sure where that outfit was located.
Gary Anderson's son found the website so he is found.
Anderson, Gary (Andy). - SP4 69-70 B Battery.
For you D Battery fellows, we do have contact data now for two D Battery Fellows:
Rathbone, Bobby and McClure. Not sure of the first name for McClure.
Lee Walker will be operated on shortly for heart issues and we all want to wish him a successful and speedy recovery.
Have not heard anymore about Gus Green's heart and valve surgery other than he was doing good. No news is good news I guess.
One of the 1/83 and 2/94th fellows wrote in:
How about having a 1st/83rd site linked to the 2/94.
I know a lot of us were with 1/83 before it was deactivated and we went to 2/94th.
Thanks again for all our help & work with our site,,,,
Sorry fellows I am stretched now. To add another site would be impossible for me at this time. I would if I could.
Correction to last posting:
It was not a 175mm that was blown up, but a M548. Three killed is my recollection without looking at the history. Personnel on 175s may well have been wounded, I don't know, I wasn't there. But I was sent out the next day in charge of a detail to rig the M548 for lift by a CH-53, which brought us and the M548 back to Camp Love.
Everyone remembers the Dusters and Quads of the 1/44th around the DMZ.
Joe Belardo of the 1/44th writes:
I don't know if you get the magazine called "Vietnam". If you do or don't it should be at Border Books or Barnes & Noble book stores sometime after Tuesday.
Check out the article called "Dusters Battle for Route 9. Hope you enjoy it.
I think Joe mentioned years ago he had four Dusters blown out from under him but in all cases managed to save the shield which we all remember as the "Widow Maker".
For those I am copying that have some knowledge of the Veterans' testing issues please respond to this request. I am not up to date on any of this.
"Would you be so kind as to tell me what you may or may not know about chemical testing with our Vets in 1959 and 1960 at Fort Dix NJ.
If you know of any articles I could reference I would be most appreciative. My husband was one who was tested during that time and has medical issues now but records have mysteriously disappeared."
One of the original folks that was battling our toxic chemical issues contacted me.
Gary was instrumental in deciphering the Herbicide tapes that allowed us to get a real idea of just how much toxic chemicals in Agents Orange, White, and Blue were used in our I Corps area and around the many firebases (little Alamos set up).
This of course was deemed impossible by our government for 40 years including the CDC. Although recently the Columbia research folks finished the official report in record time. Including the finding of a more toxic chemical than was thought used. Bet you heard a lot about that from the VA or the DOD as soon as it came out.
I would also like to know, which seems to be impossible, as to where the Agents Pink, Green, and Purple were used as two of these were more potent than Orange. I forget which two except for Purple which was about 15 - 25 ppm more potent in the dioxin TCDD than Orange, as I recall. Although, it probably makes no difference.
I do think there is potential difference when they changed the formula entirely. Whether this was the "Super Agent Orange" or "Agent Orange II" or not, I do not know. I do recall the base formula was changed in reading the Columbia University update. I have it somewhere just forgot where I put it. Ha Ha
My thanks to Gary and his Commission. We owe that crew a great deal of gratitude for exposing these issues.
Received this from one of the Ranch Hand fellows:
I'm a C-130 Ranch Hand guy - Vietnam = 6 years
Still fighting the VA today on my monoclonal gammopathy. VA doctor says due to Agent Orange, but to get the rating board to buy off on that -- isn't happening.
Now folks this is just mind boggling considering that monoclonal gammopathies are associated to the development of all the cancers that are already admitted to and associated. You can have this medical issue and still not have the cancer. DUH!
You only have to look at the publishing's of Doctor Norman Latov of Columbia University who is one our Nation's experts in this area. Not only recognized in this nation but world wide. His published works regarding the associations to gammopathies and the associated immune system damages and creations, including a matrix to autoimmune diseases and disorders as well as some gastro issues is well documented.
While his concern has not been our toxic chemical issues. The majority of of our nation's scientists and even the world's scientists now agree that the immune system is a major target for the medical issues related to the dioxin TCDD. His correlations backs up what is already associated as well as those that should be as it relates to these blood issues, immune system issues, as well as cancer issues. As well as many forms of neuropathies and related disorders.
If you read this; send me the gammopathy issues you are having and maybe I can help. IgG, IgM, IgA, etc or if they have identified the sub tiers.
The power the VA and the BVA have is just incredible; beyond belief in this nation.
As one Marine wrote just recently: “A ruler who is not restricted by a constitution, laws or any opposition” is the definition for the word “Dictator.” "Seems the Secretary of the VA and this definition have a lot in common…"
Can you imagine the outrage by civilians if the congress gave this same legal power to the Social Security Administrator or any other federal agency.
Statement by Barb Cragnotti Legislative Coordinator for Veterans Equal Rights Protection Advocacy (VERPA)
Thank you for attending the House Committee on Veterans Affairs/Operation Firing for Effect meeting on December 6, 2005. I am Barb Cragnotti, the Legislative Coordinator for Veterans Equal Rights Protection Advocacy (VERPA). We appreciate the invitations we received to attend that meeting, thank you. We are sorry that we were not able to attend. We (VERPA) prepared a Statement for the public record, that we would like to share with those of you who were able to attend the meeting. Here is a link: http://www.verpa.us/pages/37/index.htm
We would appreciate receiving your comments and concerns regarding the Feres doctrine, thank you.
trip report and rebuttals to Meeting in Washington DC on Dec 6th
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