6th Battalion, 56th Artillery (HAWK)
Members 6th Bn 56th Arty
Name A Date in Unit/
From Date or Year
To Date or
Year
 Battery Remarks           
 1Sgt William Brewer  10 Aug 1967   HHB  
 Msg Lawrence M. Walker  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Sfc William L. Facunco 10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Ssg Billy D. Graham  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Msg John E. O'Grady  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Sfc Walter D. Rosa  10 Aug 1967    HHB,  
 Sfc Garsel E. Bonds  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Ssg Nathaniel Young  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Ssg Henry S. Huntington  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Ssg Thomas C. Dorris  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Sfc Paul A. Smith  10 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Richard L. Thomsen  16 Aug 1967    A Btry  
 Sgt Bruce Cook  1 Feb1967    B Btry  
 Sgt Lawrence Petoia  1 feb 1967    C Btry  
 Ssg James m. Movey      10 Mar 1967    HHB  
 Ssg Robert J. Marek Jr.  10 Mar 1967    A Btry  
 Ssg Wayne L. Griffths  10 Mar 1967    A Btry  
 Ssg Michael W. Holt  10 Mar 1967    A Btry  
 Ssg Edward L. Cosby  10 Mar 1967    B Btry  
 Ssg Gilbert J. Richarson  10 Mar 1967    B Btry  
 Ssg Herbert E. Williams  10 Mar 1967    D Btry  
 SSG Mark N. Dunn  10 Mar 1967    D Btry  
 Sp6 William M. Mangrum  10 Mar 1967    HHB  
 Sp6 Roger L. Turner Jr.  10 Mar 1967    HHB  
 Sp6 Richard L. Allen Jr.  10 Mar 1967    HHB  
 Sp6 Grant E. Markwell  10 Mar 1967    C Btry  
 Sp4 George C. Tull III  16 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Sfc Don H. Finlayson  14 Sep 1966    C Btry  
 CW2 Gerald D. Roop  12 Nov 1966    A Btry  
 W01 Joseph N. Civitarese  12 Nov 1966    HHB  
 Sp5 Trinidad B. Gomez  12 Nov 1966    C Btry  
 Pedro J. Sanchez Jr.  12 Nov 1966    HHB  
 Sp4 Michael L. Kuntz  12 Nov 1966    HHB  
 Sp4 Allen Tisdale  21 Aug 1967    C Btry  
 Pvt Harry P. Pace  21 Aug 1967    B Btry  
 Sp4 Milton L. Green  21 Aug 1967    B Btry  
 Psg William D. Wallace  21 Aug 1967    B Btry  
 Sp5 James W. Lant  21 Aug 1967    HHB  
 Sp4 Francis J. Dolan  21 Aug 1967    C Btry  
 CPT Rich V. Martwelli  15 Mar 1965    HHB  Adjutant
 Sp4 Charles Bailey  Jan 1968  Jul 1969  D Btry  Bien Hoa & Chu Lai bigocharlie2@aol.com
 Sp4 David Erbstoesser  1964  1965  B Btry  Operation Desert Strike (erb1@bis.midco.net)
 Richard Carlander  Sept 1966  Jul 1967  HHB  rjdajo@hotmail.com
 MAJ Jay C. Willis  Dec 1973  May 1977  A Brty  
 SSG John J. Campbell Jr.  1967    HHB  
 1SGT Randy Stephens  1989    B Btry  6th Bn, 56th ADA (CV)
 1LT Jeff Underhill  1989    B Btry  Btry XO
 2LT Bill Schiffer  1989    B Btry  Chap Plt Ldr
 2LT Tony Micele  1989    B Btry  Vulcan Plt Ldr
 CPT Dennis Lumpton  1989    BN  S4
 1LT Kent Cusack  1989    BN  S2
 MAJ Bill Larimore  1989    BN  S3
 MAJ Prouty  1989    BN  BN XO
 Charlie Bailey  Jan 1968  Jul 1969  D Btry  bigocharlie2@aol.com
 MAJ Herbert A. Kitchin  1966    HHB  Asst. S3 Jun 1966
 MAJ Richard A. Phalen  1969    HHB  XO
 1Sgt Fred Fugate        1Sgt B Btry
 1Sgt James White        1Sgt B Btry
 Sgt Clifford M. Wippel 1967   1969  C Btry  1967-68 459th Sig Det/ Sept 1968 - 1969 C Btry LZ Oasis
 Sp4 Joseph A. Belle-Isle  Jan 1969  Aug 1969  HHB  delwin16@bellsouth.net
 Sp5 Jim Marquis  1968  1969  HHB  
 Leslie Henry  1966  Aug 1967  D Btry  
 Charles DeShazo  1967  1968  HHB  Danany, CRC, Monkey Mountian - cdesh28544@aol.com
 SP4 Jame Gropper  1963  1966  A Btry  jimfish1930@windstream.net
 SP5 Paul Durbin  7 Dec 67  5 Dec 68  HHB  pauldurbin03@yahoo.com
 SP5 Thomas Fitzgerald  1963  1964  B Btry  tooltimefitz@yahoo.com
 SP4 Ronald Abbinks  1966 1967   A Btry  rabbink@wat.midco.net
         
 John Carr  1963  1964    john_carr@res.raytheon.com
 SP4 John Dakun  1962  1964    johndakun@tampabay.rr.com
 Leslie Henery  1966  1967 D Btry   john3_16love@yahoo.com
Darrel  (Steve) Maine  Aug 1971  Mar 1973 HHB   stevemaine@indy.rr.com
 Willaim (Bill) Fogarty  Aug 1968  1968  D Btry  wmfogarty@comcast.net
 Donnie Bevenue  1965  1966  C Btry dbevenue@sbcglobal.net
 Felix H. Oakes  1965  1966  C Btry  fhjoakes@bellsouth.net
 Philp Richards      HHB & A Btry  singtao99@msn.com
 Eddie Donato    1968  C & D Btry  lzoasis@comcast.net  (Bn Photo Historian)
 Daniel D. Sizemore      A Btry  
 Joseph Tracy  Feb 1968  Jun 1969  C Btry  jftracy@hotmail.com
 Steven Reisdorff  Jan 1969  Aug 1969 B Btry  lo45741@windstream.net
 Sgt Bobby Jones  1975  1978  HHB  bobby.jones@gtri.gatech.edu
 CPT Michael D. Foncellino  Dec 1968      Dec 1969  HHB  Civil Affairs Officer
 Joe Segari  Oct 1966  May 1968  D Btry   Ky Hoa Island
 Sp4 Teddy McGhee  1967    A Btry  Dog Handler
 Marion Mew      May 1967  May 1968  79th Ord Det  hoppymew@rocketmail.com
 Benny Duval  May 1967  May 1968  79th Ord Det  
 SP4 James E, Kralowski  13 Jul 1967  4 May 1968  B Btry  Casulty type: Hostile, died outright
 PFC Lewis L. Lingley  17 Oct 1966  6 Nov 1966  B Btry  Casualty type: Non-hostile, died of other causes
 SP4 Robert V. Dimitt  1 May 1968  24 Oct 1968  HHB  Casualty type: Non-hostile, died of other causes
 Donald Wright  March 1968  March 1969  C Btry  05B20 (Radio Operator) at Tan Son Nhut & LZ Oasis: donwrightii@gmail.com
 Donald LaBelle  May 1966  June 1967  B Btry  Served with B Btry at Bien Hoa Air Base and moved with the battery to Long Bien: labelle1945@yahoo.com
 Larry (Audy) O'Neill Jr. July 1967   July 1968  HHB  HHB from July 1967 - March 1968 & D Btry March 1968 - July 1968: lonfon@cox.net
 Eddie Hall  Sept 1965  Sept 1966  C Btry  Dog Handler (King 234E) e.hall18@verizon.net
 Sp4 Robert E. Murphy    Jun 1966  B Btry  Member of the ORDER OF HAWKEYES, Given 11 May 1966 at Long Binh, Vietnam
 Spc Jim Palmer      1974  Mar 1976  A Btry  Spangdahlem Air Force Base  muffet11@earthlink.net
James B. Prince   June 1968  1969  D Btry  James B. Prince made to move with Btry D to Chu Lai  jamesbprince@centurylink.net
 Sp4 Richard V. Poremba  Sept 1965  Feb 1966  C Btry  Tim Poremba son of Richard Poremba    Timothy F. Poremba tforemba@pngusa.net
 Lloyd Vaughn  1964  1966  A Btry  Served with Capt. McCoy he was a great officer and 1st Sgt. Hocking. I was the Old man's driver, mailman & training NCO lloydvaughn@charter.net
 David Wofford  Mar 1968 June 1969   C Btry Heavy Equipment Operator. David spent about 45 days in Chu Lai. Pulled guard duty on a guard tower on the beach. Remember being hit with clorene gas   woffordd30@yahoo.com
 John J. Wilson  20 Aug 1967  14 Aug 1968  HHB  31st January 1968, 70,000 North Vietnamese soldiers, together with guerrilla fighters of the NLF, launched, the Tet Offensive. John J. Wilson was there.
 Sgt Rodney Richter  July 1972  July 1976  A Btry  Stationed with Btry A, 6th Bn, 56th ADA (C/V), Germany rrichter7@cfl.rr.com
 Wayne Lutz  1977  1980  HHB  stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, Commo platoon lutz@warriorswatch.org
 Culver Anderson  1968  1969  D Btry  Culveranderson@msn.com
 Dennis D. Clark  Jan 1969  Jun 1969  B Btry  DDCLARKWPB@aol.com
Allen Driscoll  Apr 1979  Apr 1982  HHB stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base driscollonline@gmail.com 
 David Davis (SSG Rock)  Oct 1968  Aug 1969  C Btry  NCOIC of the 15 man Detachment at LZ Oasis sddavis1@comcast.net
 Jesus Franco  Jan 1968  Mar 1968  C Btry From C Btry, 6/56th Arty, was assigned to the 23d Inf. Div (Americal) returned to Ft. Bliss, Tx in  August 1968
 Pat Olson    1968  HHB was with HHB during the first night of the Tet Offensive in the front bunker in front of the radar unit firing his M-14 on full auto. ptbasil@aol.com
 SP5 George P. Foster III  1966  1967    northpoint@aol.com
 Jim Lish  Aug 1967  Mar 1968  HHB  jwlish@hughes.net
 Ronald Lee Warren  Mar 1968  Dec 1968  A Btry & D Btry

December 1967 assigned to the 212th MP Co. Dog handler at the Long Binh Ammo Dump during Tet 1968. Assigned to D Battery, 6th Battalion, 56th Artillery (HAWK) in March 1968. When the HAWK Battalion redeployed to Chu Lai in 1968, he was assigned to Battery D, 6th Bn, 56th Arty (HAWK) on the island of Ky Hoa. rlee4148@yahoo.com

 Timothy J. Patton  Sept 1966  Sept 1967  HHB  Tim Patton [tjpatton@mindspring.com]
 Don Wright  Mar 1968  Mar 1969  C Btry  MOS: 05B20 radio operator. I was in a hootch with Lonnie Ramos, next to the MP hootch with Pat Daly.
 Richard Thomsen  Sept 1965  Sept 1966  A Btry  Engineer assigned to A Battery. Operated the scoop loader, built berms, missile pads, etc.
 Richard (Dick) Ray  Feb 1966  Feb 1967  C Btry  MOS: 16E Fire Control
 Robert Barresi  Sept. 1968  Jan 1969  C Btry  Was in A+S hootch with Smithy from Arkansas, Charles Maloncon, Grady Ballinger, Sgt. Hulsey. Was with B Btry, 6th Bn, 71st Arty in Cam Rahn Jun. 1967 to Sept 1968.
 Paul Atkison  1966  1967  B Btry  
 Pearley Freeman  Jan 1967  Jan 1968  C Btry  i was a parts runner.
 James Billiams  July 1968    HHB  When I got there in July 1968 the swimming pool was there, but no one used it as it was turning algae green. They told us they couldn't get any clorine to put in it. By the time we pulled out to move north to Chu Lai you could have walked on the pool it was so green.
 Craig Rowe  1974  1977  B Btry  B Btry, 6th Battalion, 56th ADA (C/V) , Bitburg, Airbase, Germany
 Gerald Parent  Jan  1969  Aug 1969  HHB  Was with the unit when it went back to CONUS, Ft Bliss, TX
 David Capshaw  May 1967  Dec 1968  A Btry  jodacaps@yahoo.com
 Roger Sanchez  1967  1968  HHB  
 James Halleran  Apr 1967  Apr 1968  B Btry  security section, then the battery clerk then mail clerk.
 Richard D. Keys  1966    HHB  First reportable battle casuality in the 6th Bn 56th Arty occured on 13 April 1966 at 0030 hours at Tan Son Nhut, RVN
 Sp4 James De Palma      5 Dec 1966  5 Dec 1967  HHB  Truck Driver. Remember when the ammo dump was blown up by the VC 4 Feb 1967. Telephone # 347-703-9790
 Ronald Loving  Sept 1965  Sept 1966  HHD

One of two Warrant officers assigned to D Btry, 6th Bn 71 Arty when they deployed to Viet Nam.reloving@earthlink.net

 Charles (Chuck) Clark  July 1966  July 1967  HHD  MP 95B20 Pulled duty in the towers and the main gate. spud122147@yahhoo.com
 Gordon Vipperman  Nov 1966  Nov 1967  HHB  gordovip24@comcast.net
 Lee Carrier  1984  1985  A Btry  Radio Operator. Graduated Ranger School Feburary 7, 1986 in Germany. leecar66@myspace.com 
John Williamson  1968  1969  B Btry johndsc57@aol.com 
 Benny Olson  1974  1976  A Btry  Station at Spangdolhem Airbase
 SP6 Bill Bialecki  Sept. 1968  Aug. 1969  HHB  Serviced in HHB returned to Ft Bliss, TX with the unit and was discharged
SFC Randolph W. Walker  Sept 1966  Jan 1968  D Btry  Chief Missile & lancher Mechanic. To bad there are not many photos of Battery D
randolph-walker@sbcglobal.net
 SP4 James Britt (JB)  June 1966  June 1967  HHB Military Police / HAWK Launcher Crewman
Jim Britt Military Police duties: Security at Main Gate, Guard Towers and patrol. Keeping the Air Defenders safe. jb2@columbus.rr.com
 Pvt Douglass F. Peay  27 July 1966  7 Nov 1967  A Btry  Died, Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
 SFC Frank Joseph Nadany jr.  11 Sept 1965  31 Oct 1965  C Btry  Died, South Vietnam, Posthumous Promotion
PFC Norman L. Lingley  17 Oct 1966  6 Nov 1966  B Btry  Died, Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam
 PFC Clifford D. Logsdon  19 June 1968  9 Sept 1968  C Btry  Died, Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
 SP4 Robert V. Dimitt  1 May 1968  24 Oct 1968  HHB  Died, Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam
 SGT Charles J. Ford  19 Sept 1965  10 Mar 1966  HHB  Died, Province not reported, South Vietnam
 PFC Robert E. Thornton  24 Apr 1967  29 Aug 1967  B Btry  Died, Province not reported, South Vietnam
David Sandgrund  Feb 1967 Feb 1968  HHB   Radio teletype operator
 Jerry Penuel  18 Oct 1968  Feb 1969 A Btry   I arrived in RVN 18 Oct 68 and was stationed with A Battery 6th/56th. Wounded in action last day of Feb 69 frag from a 122 mm rocket. went to Cam Rahn then to Camp Oji Japan and returned to CONUS in June 69. Separated 29 Jul 69 at Fort Bragg North Carolina.
 Earl Fokken  1966  1967 HHB 

1966 to 1967 HHB MP worked perimeter security remember helping build hootchs when I first got there also remember going on a civic action project

 William Zachek  1965  Jun. 1966  D Btry

I was with D Battery 6th Bn 56th Artillery  by Bien Hoa Airbase from the start 65 until June  66 as a SP 4 in fire control. I don’t see any of my old unit on this page.

 John Cummings 3 May 1967  2 May 1968   B Btry  Commo Section. mostly as Bravo Switch operator
 Jimmy Spurlock Jan 1963   Oct. 1964  B Btry  I would like to make contact with anyone who served in the 6th missile Battalion 56th Artillery, Fort Bliss, Texas- years 1963 to 1964 jish@madisoncounty.net
 Gary Mortimer  Nov. 1967  Nov. 1968  B Btry

I just discovered your 56th Arty. web page and was blown away by the content.  I served in B Battery at Ben Hoa and up in Chu Lai from Nov. 1967 to Nov. 1968.  I was personal friends with Don Thumbauer, Jim Kracowski, Larry Oaks and Walt Maguire. I turned down the ride with them to deliver some vietnamise workers to town that evening because of a hot card game and was not with them when the explosion took out their truck.  If you want photos or additional information, let me know by telephone and/or email.  Regards, Gary  Email: gmortimer1@yahoo.com

 
 D.R. Peters A.K.A. "Doc"  Jan. 1968  March 1969  

hontredoc@yahoo.com  I arrived in country the first week of Jan 68 with the 6/71st and shortly after arrival was moved to the6/56th stationed on Hon Tre Island. I rotated to the states 29 March, 1969. I was a 16 Bravo, Hawk Missile Crewman. The "AMERICAL DIVISION" will always be remembered by me as the finest unit I had the privilege to serve in during my entire military service. "NIGHT HIDES NOT"

Eugene Feldman   Jan. 1963  Sept. 1966  B Btry  In the battalion from when they started up at Fort Bliss, Texas
 Michael Pierce Jun. 1967   Jun. 1968  B Btry  I was in the Security Section with B Battery
 Jose A. Garcia-Anaya  July 1965  Nov. 1965  B Btry I was stationed in Panama with the A-4-517 Arty, then I went to B-6-56,July 65- Nov 65 as a SP4 Hawk Missile loader Operator(best in the business). I voluntered for the 1 Cav Div in Nov. (My SMOS was infantry). I left nam july 66. Went back in 1968 as a Duster Section chief with A-1-44 Arty working with 3rd Mar DIv @ Dongha Combat base. Retired after 21 years at Bliss in 1982 corredor@elp.rr.com
 William Wheeler  Feb 1968 May 1969   A Btry

I was assigned to A 6/56 from February 1968 to May 1969 as an MP. I have several photos of A battery from III Corp and I Corp and 3 Purple Heart winners from Chu Lai rocket attack on A Battery you didn’t mention.

 Gary Delargy  Mar 1967 Mar. 1968   C Btry  C Battery gate 5 Tan Son Nhut Airbase. (Tet 1968)
 Randy Jeffrey  Aug 1973  Mar 1976  HHB  Spangdahlem Germany
 Cpt. William R. Warren    Bn Hq  S3 From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Cpt. Albert R. Perkins    Bn Hq  Asst S3 From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Cpt. Theodore Hawranick III    Bn Hq  Adjutant From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
Cpt.William J. Galbraith       Bn Hq  S4 From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Cpt. Jerome D. Reed      Bn Hq  Maintenance Officer   From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Cpt. Robert L. Lechman      Bn Hq  Battalion Motor Officer   From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Cpt. Edward C. White      Bn Hq  Chaplian  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 1LT Wayne R. Mowrer     Bn Hq   S2 From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 1LT Clarence B. Sanders, Jr.     Bn Hq   Asst S3 From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 2LT Richard C. Gawenus      Bn Hq  Communications Officer From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Chief Warrant Officer James J. Crouch      Bn Hq  Asst Battalion Maintenance Officer  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
Chief Warrant Officer Loren E. Hughes       Bn Hq  Motor Maintenance Oficer  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Warrant Officer Arthur W. Middleton      Bn Hq  Unit Personnel Technician From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Warrant Officer Lee H. Stewart,  Jr.      Bn Hq  Unit Supply Technician From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Sergeant Major Richard W. Cohen      Bn Hq  Sergeant Major From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
MAJ Charles B. Lee      Bn Hq Executive Officer From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 1LT William H. Hodgers, Jr     HHB  Exective Officer From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 1SGT Charles Stroud      HHB First Sergeant From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 MSgt Adolf C. Greyhoskey     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 MSg Leroy P Austin     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 MSgt Kenneth R. Brown     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 MSgt John G. Hopkins     HHB  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 MSgt Jimmie S. Suyehara     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SFC Peter Clemente     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SFC H. G. McRae, Jr      HHB  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 SFC Emmett Rider     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SFC Leonard J. Christensen     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SFC Harry M. Lawrie     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SSgt Lonnie R. Brown     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SSgt Charles Bryan     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SSgt Orlin D. Howell     HHB  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 SSgt James E. Hurst     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SSgt Bobbie C. Jeffers     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SSgt Hilton L. Purnell     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SSgt Clark Scadden, Jr     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 SSgt Freeman Workman, Jr      HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 Sgt William Bertnick     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 Sgt Thomas E. Davis     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 Sgt Robert E. Dye     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
 Sgt Richard J. Fetzner     HHB  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Sgt Frederick M. Retzolk     HHB  From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963
 Sgt Maurice S. Sharp     HHB From Organization Day Booklet Ft Bliss, Tx 16 Mar 1963 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         





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