25 New PhuLamers Checking in
In the past six weeks, the following 25 new PhuLamers have checked in.
After the list of 25, you will find exerpts from their messages….more
memories of that place we all shared a long time ago…….Phu Lam, Vietnam
Bright, Gary 11/67 - 10/68 garysueb@... Severn, MD.
Colvin, Larry 1/70 - 1/71 not on-line Gun Barrel City, TX
Connor, John "Guy" 3/69 - 8/69 GuyConnor@... Philadelphia, PA.
Fallon, William 11/68 - 10/69 fal-lon@... Methuen, MA.
Gilliland, Michael 8/69 - 8/70 Mgill0292@... Wichita, KS
Grimes, Gerald 10/67 - 10/68 geraldgrimes@... Sierra Vista, AZ.
Holderman, Glenn 10/70 - 10/71 not on-line De Grace, MD.
Hudson, James 1/72 - 11/72 HudsonJ@... Taegu, Korea
Hunsche, David: 1/70 - 12/70 dhunsche@... Ann Arbor, MI.
Ingvalson, Joe 2/68 - 4/69 jingval@... Kwakalein, Marshall
Islands Jaudon, David 12/69 - 12/70 Yucatandav1@...
Kressman, Donald 65-67 dkressman@... Daytona Beach, FL.
Leuk, Bob leuckr@... Great Falls, VA.
Orpin, Bob 12/66 11/67 boborpin@... CA
Plisco, Donald 71 dplisco@... Tulsa, OK.
Rodriguez, Antonio 4/67 - 4/68 school.buses@... Los
Schlagheck, Rusty 68-70 SchlaghR@...
Siler, Sam 12/64 - 11/65 ssiler@... Sicklerville, N J.
St Clair, Ray 1/67 - 5/68 ray@... Raleigh, NC
Tuure, John 3/69-3/70 ture@... Augusta, GA.
Velez, Stephan 11/68 - 7/70 stephan.velez@... Tacoma, WA.
Volkoff, Mark 67 -68 windlovr@...
Waclawski, David A. 12/65 -12/67 not on-line Omaha, NE
Wildermuth, Heinz 68 -69 HGWILDER@... Toms River, NJ
Paige, Emmett (General) 1964 EPaige@... Washington DC
From: ture@... (john tuure)
I served in Phu Lam from 69,70 at the tape relay.At the present time I live
in Augusta Ga. I retired from the army in 74,and from civil service in 95.I
have meet one other person that was there at the same.I saw Robert Hurst mane
and remember him. I was suprised to see the BN on the inter net.
I was there from Mar 69-70 I was assigned to the M&R section. Sgt Gary Kelly
NCOIC until I came in.I enjoyed working with him very much. Lt Duham,and Msgt
Finch were in charge.When Finch left I took his place.I have seen picture of
the taye relay,but can!t remember the peoples names,its been a long time,I
guess that we are all getting older.I sure enjoyed the PHULAM site I look at
it a lot.Do you remember mcknight he was in charge of tty maint.I came off
emergency leave,the relay was startint to close down,it was about the same
time we had water problems and they put me in charge of the water hollers,we
would to a eveac hosp and get water.I was fun while it lasted then my time
Letter from Glenn Holderman
I was at Phu Lam from October 1970 to October 1971. I worked in the teletype
center or comcenter. I appreciate hearing from you all and glad you got in
touch. One of the memories I enjoyed was the bands that came and played in
the EM club, The Endless Year. I have a picture of a lap dance then with
Wylie Cantrell enjoying the fun. Thanks again and I hope to hear from you
4156 Webster Rd
Havre De Grace MD 21078
From: ray@... (Ray St. Clair )
I was there too!! January 1967 to May 1968. I was trained as a fixed
station transmitter repair guy but of course didn't do that. I wound up
writing the OpSum for Phu Lam for the 18 months that I was there. I extended
in VN so I could get out of the Army 4 months early...unfortunately that
included being at PhuLam for TET...but all went well...ignorance is
bliss...and I got home in one piece.
Somehow I ended up with a complete site map...official... of Phu Lam but it's
way too big to scan in and probably would get me put in jail for something.
However I do have several pix that I will try to find and get to you.
Take care Ray
From: fal-lon@... (Bill Fallon)
Every so often I would type PhuLam into the key word section of my browser
and would never get anything really relivant to the PhuLam Signal Battalion.
Today, just on a whim, I did it again and found your site! What a great
site!! It brought back so many memories. I served in Company B from Nov
1968 to late October 1969.
Well, cross one more name off the missing list. I'm listed as SP4 John G.
Connor, That's my official name but everyone then and now knows me as Guy
I was in Vietnam from July '68 till August '69. I was assigned to the Nha
Trang Sig Bn until early '69 (I think it was March). When the phaseout began
there I was transferred to Phu Lam. I worked on the tape relay floor, mostly
on the night shift.
I bunked in the barracks that was right across the street from the EM
club. I remember the night the rocket hit just outside. There was a big flap
because the schrapnel all "disappeared"
Thanks for the opportunity to relive those days,
3981 Rowena Drive
Philadelphia PA 19114
From: school.buses@... (Antonio Rodriguez)
To whom it may concern: I found this site today. I served in Phulam from 4/67
to 4/68. I was a Computer Repair man. I worked in the data relay room. I also
installed an IBM 360/20 (self contained in a trailer) that was part of the
automatic message routing system. Worked with Art Mazarro, Will Docham, Sam
Fredo, Mears and Hutch.
Thank you. Antonio (Tony) Rodriguez.
From: dhunsche@... David Hunsche
I was stationed at Phu Lam from January to December, 1970, working as
theAdjutant's Clerk (R&R and awards, primarily). Virtually our entire class
from Fort Gordon (including an instructor) ended up at Phu Lam--way more than
were needed in the communications center, so several of us ended up in
S1/personnel (if you can run a teletype, you can work a typewriter).
It was midway through my tour that the Phu Lam Signal Battalion was renamed
Signal Support Agency Phu Lam. I still have a copy of the May, 1970, issue
of the USARV Command Communications which spotlighted Phu Lam (some 46 pages
with over 30 photos and diagrams). I also took great advantage of the photo
lab and have dozens of B&W photos (that's probably an understatement) and
over 100 slides taken around the compound and in and around Saigon.
Just to update your records, here's my current address:
2211 Ferdon Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6341
Letter from Larry Colvin
I was stationed at Phu Lam from 14 Jan 70 to 13 Jam 71. My MOS was 31J20
I have memories of long hours until com center was running smoothly. The dog
Suzy that roamed the perimeter at night. GI partys upon arrival. Being
scarred to death upon touchdown at airport, and talking to myself on bus
until calm and never being scared again.
Larry P Colvin
219 Maple Valley St
Gun Barrel City TX 75147
From: bstigen@... (Burt Stigen)
We will be leaving Louisiana on the 28th of this month, headed for Buffalo,
NY. to the convention on 2-6 August. It's one of those "Buffalo or Bust"
Keep us in prayer.
Burt and Deb
From: garysueb@... (Gary D. Bright)
I was the OIC of Distra 4058, AUTOSEVOCOM Signal Co, Phu Lam Signal Bn,
USA Regional Communications Group, 1st Signal Brigade from 18 November 67 to
16 October 1968. The cc addressee, Gerald Grimes, was the OIC Maintenance of
the Talk Quick then SECORD sections of AUTOSEVOCOM. Then CW2 Marlin Hammel
was there also. I really do not remember too many names as everyone came and
went quickly it seemed. I do remember Kevin Halley was either the Personnel
Warrant or the Supply Warrant for Phu Lam while I was there. Gerry and I
went through the TET Offensive together and we could tell you some stories
about that time frame.
I still have the patches, shoulder devices and other stuff. The National
Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade, MD is having a Vietnam corner. My story
about theTET offensive is on the wall as well as some pictures of the TALK
QUICK switch and the FTC 31 switch. Had some other pictures as well.
Mark Volkoff windlovr@...
Mark Volkoff ... former Autosevocom - Autodin grunt and Phu Lam photo lab
volunteer operator reporting!
WOW! What a find! You said I was missing! And, I was! Who would ever
guess Phu Lam would have a web site??? I really enjoyed checking out all the
photos. And, if you want 'em I've got a zillion more! I have many B&W and
color slides taken during my year "in country" I'm terrible at putting dates
on past times, but the tet offensive was at
about the 2/3rds point of my tour. I organized two full slide trays into a
two projector dissolve show way back when I was taking photo classes under
the GI Bill.
I did a quick scan of a "memory" I think many of my buddies must have ....
Filipino (sp?) entertainers who performed for a OVER-PACKED house in the
enlisted mens club.! This was from one of two events that I remember. I
have an absoultly AWESOME crowd reaction short at the the grand finiale of
one bump and grind act. You'll bust a gut when you see it! But, it's on a
slide so you'll have to wait for that one.
From: Joe Ingvalson <jingval@...>
I was there from February 1968 to April 1969 working mostly as a 32Delta and
Trick Chief in ADK Tech Control.
Stephan Velez stephan.velez@...
I was station in Phulam from 5Dec 1968 thru July 6,1970. I was in training
with Philco-Ford for 6 months working on the AUTODIN Fixed plant Tech
control as a Fixed Plant carrier repair. I worked with "Smitty" John Smith,
and extending thru until July of 1970.
Looking for two Phulamers from nov 1968 thru july 70 that served
with me at the Autodin site, Robert E.Lancaster SP5, and Walter Zinko
SP5. All of us were 32E20,Fixed Plant Cxr repair. Walt was from Cal.
and Robert was from North Carolina. All three of us went through
Fort Monmouth,Nj. from Nov 1967 thru Sept 1968. Walt spent the last year in
the Autodin supply and Robert was the top's driver.
I read another Phulamer's message that asked about a guy running around
with a 45 looking to put one of the TOP's away and asking if anyone
remembered this and what happened:: Don was in the Autodin c company and was
put under house arrest. We had the last set of bunks in the new barracks
second floor with Zinko and Lancaster. He had a MP watching him 24/7. As I
remember, he got a Dear John Letter from his Wife and Top wouldn't let him
call or go home and he went off the deep end. He was a Golden Glove Champ
from New York and had a hot temper. The end of the story was he got up from
his bed to go to the John,The MP just sat there, when Don came out he went at
full run out the back door and did a swan dive from the second floor,missed
the fence and landed on his back. the last report I had was he lived but was
never excepted to walk again.
Another thing that I was involve in was driving the bus and the
2-1/2 back from Cholon. One trip I was driving the bus and the MP escort took
off without us and I tried to stay with them, took a circle intersection just
before Phulam and got that bus up on two wheels....It sure got quiet in that
bus fast!! The old man put me up for a 15 but had to drop it because they
didn't go after the MP's. I never drove anything after that. ripped up my
drivers license and refuse to even drive TOP around.
Do you remember when they paved the front lot by the gate??? It was to be
parking lot for incoming trucks, but security but a stop to it because it was
too close to the high.. I ended up using it for a skating track for the last
6 months I was there(jan-july
"Donald C. Kressman" <dkressman@...> writes:
Yes I served at Phu Lam, 1965-1967. I was the first Medic assigned there
and set up the aid station and got all the medics. The building across from
the barber shop was where the aid station was back then, in the end of one of
the barracks. I would go to the repo depot, Tan Sanut, every morning I could
get away and look over all the incoming personel. I finally comondered 5
medics and one ambulance. I sent in request for
medical supplies and would get feild dressings and D5W saline solution by the
cases, however that wasn't what I wanted or ordered. The aid station was so
new and I missed some of the routing proceders suppy at Cholon didn't know
who I was or where I was.
I don't know when you were there but there had been two gates out to the
main road. The inside gate was manned by USA MP's, the second gate was manned
by Korean MP's, outside of that was manned by anyone that had the biggest
gun. I remember one day I as in the gaurd tower inside the second front gate
when I heard shouting. I dropped down behind the sand bags but peeked over
the top. Thee had been a civilian Vietnames riding a bicycle on the wrong
side of the road and the Koreans were yelling at him to cross over and the
White Mice were yelling at him also but what they were yelling was beyond me.
The guy started riding faster so one of the White Mice pulled his revolver
and shot. The guy on the bike went sailing off the bike and out off the side
of the road, he didn't survive the trip, 45's have a way of doing that to a
person you know.
Donald Kressman SP/5 E-5 Phu Lam 1965-1967-----USA 1962-1972---Home town
Daytona Beach, Fl.
End of Phu Lam Memories Part 1 of 2 July 22, 2000