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1st Tank Battalion

Photo/Logo Name Co. Plt. location Date
"Mad Harlot" Alpha HQ Hue Feb 1968
  "A12"  Alpha 1st     
  B - Z' S  BUTCHERS
A24
Sgt TJ Siva
Alpha 1st Operation Eagle Flight 49, Hill 163,  24 Jan. 66
           
"Nadine"
Submitted By Tom Snyder
Crew: Cpl. Ed Wojo, Cpl. Paul Heffernan, L/Cpl Sam Soltesiak, L/Cpl. Dave Suttles, PFC Rick Armstrong, L/Cpl. R. Mason
Bravo HQ Chu Lai 1965
           
"For Charlie"
Submitted By
P.R. Emmitt
Sgt TJ Siva
Bravo 1st Da Nang 1965
           
"Vengeance Is Mine"
Submitted By
Bill Bohlen
Bravo 1st 1st Tks 1967
           
"Mojo Man"
Credit
Tim Matye
Bravo 3rd   1968
"My Mistake"
John Hunter Photo
Stan Williams
Bravo 3rd USS Point Defiance LSD-31 Jun/Jul 1965
"Sorry Bout Dat, Kitty Kat" Submitted By
Tom Snyder
Sgt. Waggle & Crew
Bravo 3rd Chu Lai 1965-66
"I.C.U. Retarded"
Submitted By
Tom Snyder
Sgt. Ned Shultz & Crew
Bravo 3rd Chu Lai 1965-66
"Frenchie Flounder"
Submitted By
Tom Snyder
Sgt. R. Fontenot & Crew
Bravo 3rd Chu Lai 1965-66
AA/F "Dragon Wagon"
Submitted By
Tom Snyder
 Sgt. Art Allen & Crew
 (L/Cpl J.C. Kuczek (L) and PFC Lloyd on photo (R)
Bravo 3rd Chu Lai 1965-66
           
  "Death"  Charlie  1st  An Hoa  5/20/70 
  "Disaster"
C23 
Charlie 2nd  Da Nang  2/12/70 
  "Tula"
C34 
Charlie  3rd  Pipestone Canyon  6/2/69 
    H&S      

1st Anti-Tank Battalion

Photo/Logo Name Company Platoon location Date
    Alpha      
    Bravo      
    Charlie      
    H&S      

3rd Tank Battalion

Photo/Logo Name Co. Plt. location Date
"Birth Control" & ??     Hue 3rd Tk Bn HQ Early 1967
           
  "Eve of Distruction"
Bob Minetto KIA
Alpha     1968
"Stink Finger"
Virgil Melton Jr. 
Alpha  1st   67/68 
  A 11
"The Lemon"
Jan "Turtle" Wendling
Alpha  1st DMZ 1969
  A 12
"Sidewinder"
Jan "Turtle" Wendling
Alpha  1st DMZ 1969
  A 13
"The Hulk"
Jan "Turtle" Wendling
Alpha  1st DMZ 1969
  A 14
"The Bleeding Eyes"
Jan "Turtle" Wendling
Alpha  1st DMZ 1969
           
A 24
"Da Judge"
Frank "Tree" Remkiewicz
Tree also got it tattoo'd on his back.
Alpha   2nd DMZ 1968-69
           
"Apocalypse"
Larry Staats
Submitted By
Kristine Murdock 
Alpha 3rd Camp Carroll Mar. 1967
           
"Little Irration"
Submitted By
Tom Colson Sr.
Alpha 53      
           
"Bodacious Bastard"
Submitted By
Charlie Clements
Bravo      1967 
"Ho Chi Minh's Nightmare"
Submitted by
Jerry White
Lt Richard Nagle
S/Sgt. Alvarado
Bravo   Hill 55 Summer 1966
  "Gpsy Rover" 
Jerry Wahl photo
Jeff Griffith
Bravo 1st  An Hoa 1967 
"Gpsy Rover"  on xeon cover,
??? on Gun Tube,
"Mothers Worry" on sign.
Bravo?      
  "The Protester"
Bob Fornwalt Photo
Charlie Carson, Jim Moyer, Leo Miramontes (KIA), Fred Mace (kneeling). 
Bravo 1st    1967 
  "Super Goof"
Jerry Wahl photo
Bravo   1st  An Hoa  May 67 
  "Andy Capp"
Submitted by
Lloyd "Pappy" Reynolds 
Bravo   1st  Rockpile  Oct 67 
  "Super Goof II"
Submitted by
Lloyd "Pappy" Reynolds
Bravo   1st  Rockpile  Oct 67 
  "Misanthrope"
W/Super Goof 
Xeon cover
Bravo   1st  Camp Carroll  1968
           
"His Mistake"
Wally Young
Bravo 2nd Cam Lo June 1968
           
"Girl Watcher"
Steve Deveney
Bravo    3rd   1968-69
"Old Abe"
Steve Deveney
Bravo    3rd   1968-69
"The Avenger"
Steve Deveney
Bravo    3rd   1968-69
"Revolution"
Steve Deveney
Bravo    3rd   1968-69
"Nomad"
Chris Vargo Photo
Marrale, Ritch, Vargo, Mendez,
Bravo    3rd Vandergrift Summer 1969
"Fujimo II" Bravo    3rd Khe Sanh Early 1968
           
"Pray for Slack" 
Bob Peavey  
Charlie      
C21 Gary Hall (TC) drew the bat signal on the cover of the xenon search light with a permanent marker.  The original crew was Frank Brazil, loader, Charlie Tucker, gunner, Jimmy Jaynes, driver.  Later, Fred Glenn replaced Frank Brazil, and on Pegasus,  Glenn was replaced with John Rodriquez.  Gary was assigned Charlie 21 at Camp Evans and continued with it until the loss in the ambush of 25 April, 1968. See map. Charlie 2nd Camp Evans 1968
"Dead End Street"
Robert "Bob" Vaxter "Vax"
Charlie 3rd FSB-LZ Hawk Early 1968
"Have Gun Will Travel"
Larry Staats
Submitted By
Kristine Murdock 
Charlie 3rd Hue Aug. 1967
           
"Dirty Green Machine"
Guy Wolfenbarger Photo
H&S     1967
"Crispy Critters"
John Wear
H&S     1968
"Hot Stuff"
John Hunter
H&S     May 1966
  "Devils Disciple"
Jan "Turtle" Wendling
H&S     1969

3rd Anti-Tank Battalion

Photo/Logo Name Company Platoon location Date
    Alpha      
    Bravo       
    Charlie       
    H&S       

5th Tank Battalion

Photo/Logo Name Co. Plt. location Date
    Alpha      
"A-22 FUJIMO"
Jim Raasch
Alpha 3rd Hill 190 1969
           
  "Better living Thru Canister"
Bob Peavey 
Bravo 2nd  Liberty Bridge  1968 
           

5th Anti-Tank Battalion

Photo/Logo Name Company Platoon location Date
"Roadrunner" During a period of time afloat with BLT 2/26 someone with too much time on his hands painted a roadrunner graphic on the rear hatch of the vehicle along with the caption "Beep Beep Your Ass".  Once the artwork was revealed via disembarkation upon return to Da Nang all hell broke loose.  Commanders threatened significant brig time for the offending artist who was never identified.  The rear hatch artwork was soon painted over but not before a number of photos of the artwork were taken.  The name Roadrunner survived.
James Estock
Alpha   Float W/BLT 2/6 1969
"Roadrunner"
James Estock
Alpha   Float W/BLT 2/6 1969
  "Six Shooter" Alpha   Float W/BLT 2/6 1969
  "Hanoi Hemi" Alpha   Float W/BLT 2/6 1969
  "Beaucoup Boom Boom" Alpha   Float W/BLT 2/6 1969
    Bravo       

unit unknown

Photo/Logo Name Co. Plt. location Date
"The Original Flower Children"     Hue  
"The Grave Diggers"        
  "Puff Jr."        
  "Funky Ride"        
"Joe Hunter"        
"Austrophodia"        
"Spooky"
Submitted By
Tom Colson Sr.
       
"Sweet Sweed"
Submitted By
John Yawl.
John is on the far left.  Kneeling is Mike Tabor, who was the crew chief at that time.

The strangely clean person is a machinist, who obviously had not been in the field with them.  Joe Kuhn is standing on the far right. 

The “Sweet Swede” was the only heavy tank retriever operating in Northern I-Corps at the time.

       
  "Mothers Worry"        
  "Looks like Jelly, burns like Hell"        
  "Dante's Inferno"        
  "The God of Fire"        
  "Baby Burners"        
  "Thor's Hammer"        
  "VC For Lunch Bunch"