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28th US Infantry Regiment - Black Lions of Cantigny

28th US Infantry Regiment - Black Lions of Cantigny

This crest is worn proudly by members of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, 28th Infantry Regiment. Both battalions are known as Black Lions. When we were in Vietnam the units were differentiated by a 1 or a 2 across the chest of the lion on the patch. You will find a brief history of the Regiment, as well as other information regarding both battalions here:

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ken koch 16-Oct-2017 16:50
I served with sgt tom wilson in lai khe in 1965,same squad
BILL CANINO 29-Sep-2017 03:11
Guest 26-Sep-2017 16:43
L Nolen
To Ron Mogenson, I was in C,2,28th hv wepons ammo bearer.
Deoplyed Ft Riley Ka via ship to VN. I remember some faces but cannot relate them to names.
Never the less let me know if you would like to talk someone time. Best wishes
Dwight Godfrey 23-Sep-2017 22:48
Dwight Godfrey, I served in 1st infantry 2/28 Inf. C Company from end of 1965 - end of 1966. Based out of Lai Khe. I would like to find the African American friend that I exchanged places with, given him my Bn. admin job for his infantry job, I was infantry and he was a high educated person for my job. 9/2317,
Guest 23-Sep-2017 05:06
Milton Bazinau, Army
unit was: 1st infantry 28th battalion a co, where served: vietnam when served: 1965
J. Glover 21-Sep-2017 02:57
Hi Black Lions did anyone serve in Vietnam Nam during the period of Oct. 1966 thru Oct. 1967? Our company commander was Captain John Turner. Hoping to hear from you.
Tracy 09-Sep-2017 15:06
Did anyone know a Mike Worsham?
Guest 08-Sep-2017 23:49
Anyone remember Sgt Tommy Wilson a co 2/28
Kia 2 Dec 65
Guest 14-Aug-2017 03:19
I am looking for anyone who served in A company 1st battalion 28th Infantry between Nov 68 and Dec 69
My uncle was a Sgt and squad leader during that time. Thanks in advance.
Charles rafferty 08-Aug-2017 15:56
I never see much from others in my fire team others who worked hobo woods . I realize all my blithe rings about self and experiences. I know what you went through I saw it. If you ever want to talk contact me. I don't want to say much about anything that could hurt another participant. Everyone I worked with did a much better job than I. And if I hadn't blocked out names somewhere in the wreckage of that military excersise in S / E. Asia all names would be there. This wasn't just about me this was my attempt to get this down for anyone to see.
Charles rafferty 24-Jul-2017 21:19
Jeff Norman. I was in b co. 1/28 68/69. I was given a camp scarf with an in country black lion patch sewn on. It has the red 1 on it. That patch may be hard to find.
Frank Bender 17-Jun-2017 23:18
Does anybody rememmber my father? Harold J. Bender. He was in country just before the Tet: 67-68. Company A: 1-28th. Carried the 60. He's still kicking - strong. We were just talking about his Nam experience and I found this online link. My contact information is Frank Bender:
Guest 29-May-2017 22:01
This buds for you little joe from philly.
Kia September Friday 13 1968 at bandit hill trapazoid loc ninh area.43 days short
Glenn 25-Apr-2017 01:19
C 2/28 as FO RTO 69-70.
Arthur, some high school guy contacted me about a kia friend a couple years ago. Probably the same type of assignment. He found me from a post I made to his virtual wall page. Good luck.
Arthur 04-Feb-2017 22:35
I am a student at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. I am looking for information about Pfc Jack Golden who died October 13,1968. We are doing a project to memorialize Vietnam Veterans. I would like information about where and how Pfc Golden served, and any personal information to add to my account of his life. Thank you.
Charles rafferty 30-Jan-2017 01:27
I never knew captain frank lietel c o of i believe. He was a go geter like a lot of captans in charge of an infantry co in vietnam 68/69 only my referance time. But captain was shit up really bad across thigh area. Back from vietnam i went to fort ord to finish ets. Captain lytell pulled me into his company Name not sure of spelling. I became a platoon training sergent for a i t troops. One day we went for helicopter acquaintace flight. The chopper was the old korean war vintage. All piled in but me cptn lytell called back arent you going i said i would wait. They went up 20 feet and the blades started hitting the trees close to chopper. Blades started flying all over as the bird crashed to the ground I stood in shock as debri stopped flying around i went in checking if all were ok. Lucky no one was injured badly enough to need ambulance. Frank did me a great favor signing me early out for college captain wanted to go back to v n so bad he was applying to flight school . His wounds were bad enough he was told not as a combat officer again. Thanks frank lytel co of black lions c co 1/28 68 . I always hoped you got your wings.
Buzz 16-Dec-2016 02:07
George Kelly...this is Buzz, C 2/28th 2nd platoon....same as you. Email me at: BLKLION@MC.NET and I can get you in touch with Olson and others.
Guest 05-Dec-2016 23:11
Cindy Lindquist Moore I served with your father call me at 832-381-0564
Charlesrafferty 04-Dec-2016 22:40
My email acct changed to
As my email at Charles rafferty6 was with other server. I have arbitrary numbers as mail.
george kelly 03-Dec-2016 03:43
vas in viet nam 6/68 6/69 want to say hi to all of you.And if Richard olsen out I have some pictures for you. to all of you happy holidays.hope everyone is doing o.k. go lions.
Guest 12-Nov-2016 01:45
My thanks to all serving out front , during our current wars. It's time to end this one up by taking territory Mosul and setting a major force other than American. Time for a stand down I'm sure black lions crossed those trails as well.
Charles Rafferty 07-Nov-2016 21:19
Dave berry. Another vets day and same old questions what if. But never an answer. Thank you Dave fellow black lion. This buds for you little joe kia 9/13/68. Friday. And the two burned officers bodies carried by myself and others. We had : bodies on airstrip that night. Services for joe and choppered from bandit hill to quan loi and eventually walking point into the rear of loc ninh village . After major battle had ended. But the stench was still in the air.
Charles Rafferty 21-Oct-2016 21:40
My thanks to officers and men of 1st inf div. that was a wild ride. Peace bros. b co Lima plt 1/28 68/69. Black lions
Charles Rafferty 20-Oct-2016 19:53
Lima 5 . The empty clearing we landed in that day In 1969
Was the strangest place I had been in in s vietnam or Cambodia the small clearing in a dense mountain forest somewhere near Cambodia border. As b co hugged the dirt for the first night hoping no one opened fire on us. At once you felt you were being watched. In the pitch black of. Night we could see the burning tip of a cigarette as nva were studying us. We did not fire on them and began digging in . Building the old type 1st inf bunkers with 2 ports interlocking with bunkers on left and right. We usually stayed out of bunkers because of snakes and scorpions. Same activities next couple days. Put up one strand concertina second day. Nights were usually ambush patrols in same area. But always downward on mountain. More and more enemy activity around Lorraine at night until we had a morning mad minute. Lorraine was overrun on March 29 1969 while the top brass glam fest took place at fsb doc. This made me finally realize we weren't supposed to win this miserable waste of time . In history of u s warfare we have always discovered and disabled enemy positions that consistently killed our troops. The fact that a middle fireing truck emplacement above fsb Lorraine was never taken out. Because the brass wanted their show to be at fsb doc
Good work col hoppenski Col So and so and son of ww2 armored commander hero of armored div Europe. I was only fodder for the play but if I could see major mistakes made by many . My only answer is career advancement. I was drafted and only looked foreward to my release. But I saw mistakes made and not looked into. I gave my time for someone else's dance and nothing accomplished the officers in charge at this point were not black lions
Charles Rafferty 02-Oct-2016 22:37
After reading lots of info on experiences country rvn. I haven't heard anything about anyone taking out the rocket launcher on truck. This truck launched a salvo of large rockets into lai khe one night thee rockets went directly over our heads and seconds later hit the first division camp

This took place march 1969. I would have gone up there and blown it up myself. But never got to. The truck was approx 300 yards from fsb Lorraine . Above us In the rubber plantation.
Charles Rafferty 28-Sep-2016 20:12
Why I never complained about walking point
In bad areas. This was the only place in the whole of the military complex where you were free from all the rank and file above . No one wanted combat point man of a line company in vietnam 68/69 . So you never had to hear the jumble of countermanding orders flying about. I enjoyed the freedom of running the large pathways of the nva supply routes. I could get jump on nva soldiers who I could dispatch around a bend in trail or face to face.i do not pretend the men in my squad would catch up were witness I had them take a couple nva officers dispatch currier bags leather shiny Russian leather. With papers etc back to lt. Funny things about lt. They didn't stay long with you in field.
Jon Lampert 23-Aug-2016 21:50
I know my father served as an officer w/ the 28th because of his pictures which he avidly documented through out his experience (thank goodness specific dates were expressed on film back then unlike now ?). Listen everyone, I didn't serve, sometimes I really wish to hell I did & I thank all of you so very much for all sacrifice in any American conflict. My father is David Lampert & he served from I believe because of the photogrametical footage July 66' to August. 67' .. I understand something really bad happened over there & I just wanted to know if anyone out there who can help me who "knew" my dad please feel free to let me that it's OK or something so I can tell him while he's still alive in the hospital that everything's going to be OK mainly because all of you are ok . He's suffering from complications to COPD & pnuemonia, there's a possibility he may not pull through this hardship ? He may not remember you if I told him to his listening ear, but I would like to know who you were? & what's become of you in some way that @ least he would really enjoy . Thaank you for anything ?
Jeff Norman 22-Aug-2016 15:16
I was in 1st battleion 28th infantry Charley company I'm looking for our company patch it was a black lions head with the big red one in its head I looked all over I need help please1
Gloria Anderson 25-Jun-2016 21:48
Anyone remember Charles Shamblin...called him Sham...received 3 Purple Hearts and remembers Captain Rogers
Daniel Engel 30-May-2016 22:00
Dan Engel 1st of the 28th Big Red One HHC recon Feb 66 to 67. Still kicken. Liven life for those who can't. I guess the 1st moved to Quon Loi after I left. Looked at Sat pictures of Phouc Vinh and can not find any thing of the old base camp.--Anyone know how to locate major Steele battalion XO in the same time period?? Here's a Black Lion that sure like to find him.
Curt Lance 26-May-2016 16:51
Co C, 1st Bn, 28th Inf. - November and Oscar Platoons. Jan 11,68 to Oct 16,68. An My, Thu Duc, and more. All those Thunder Road NDP's waiting for replacements, sweeping the road... Remeber Sgt Hildebrand of Oscar, and Frank "Cheech" (sp)Correccia, but not much more. We lost 32 men during Tet and that and more med-evac'd. Anyone who remembers the First Sgt Name, let me know... I also remember some good acey-duecy games.
SP/4 Alfred C McMaster 19-May-2016 15:45
I was in C co, 2d Bn 28th in 65-66. I've been searching for Kenneth Bove from Arkansas and [Norman] who was from Chicago for more than 50 years. All that I remember is that [Norman] was severely wounded when we were ambushed on March 5, 1966, while on Operation Coco Beach. Bove was blown up on April 18, 1966, when we were on patrol about 5 klicks outside Lai Khe. To all other "Black Lions" I can only say WELCOME HOME...

I'm now living in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Guest 18-May-2016 21:25
John Parmenter:
I guess we are showing our age. I was with Combat Support Co (Davy Crockett Section) 2nd Battlegroup, 28th Inf in Munich (Warner Kaserne) '61-'63 and the with Co A, 2nd Bn, 28th Inf, Lai Khe '66-'67. Bill Woolridge was Battlegroup Sergeant Major in Germany and 1st Div Sergeant Major in VN.
current email:
Guest 15-May-2016 18:06
hi all blacklions sgt mc waters a co 2/28 1966 and 1968 u all take care
Guest 15-May-2016 00:23
Richard, this Julio From Recon 67-68 2/28th Sorry I don"t remember who you are but you can email me I would love to talk to you,
Charlesrafferty 22-Apr-2016 21:46
A Myers I am having e mail problems. Question lost are you red feather and did you kno tony Romero. ? Please contact. I don't remember many people names or faces. But my mind photographed the whole thing. I know that after a bad firefight. I would ask guys beside me what they saw. Theirs and mine and every one involved. You had to have been at lorraine. Please contact me by phone I will see if I can send my number on private to this site.
John Turner 19-Apr-2016 16:09
Lonnie Mosby what year was you at Wiesbaden? I was there in 77-79. Wasn't a mechanic , but your name sounds familiar
allan Myers 12-Apr-2016 20:56
I remember you Rafferty. Allan Myers a.k.a. Chico I as in B Co and recon 7-68 7-69
Guest 25-Mar-2016 20:23
Back in the world, was with black lions C co. 2/28 in Lai Khe. Battalion attacked by VC on 5 March 66 early in the AM. Was wounded. Anyone out three remember that?
Guest 16-Mar-2016 18:59
I read where Purcell passed. He helped me in vietnam he and Steve Robertson. Thanks much. Purcell c. Co I was b co 1/28 68/69
James Marsala17-Feb-2016 21:47
Great web-site !!! I did my time in Vietnam in 1968.I just stop by to say HELLO. I'll be posting comments from time to time. JIM,
Paul Del Chiaro 16-Feb-2016 20:33
Bless all the soldiers who never came home from Vietnam
Paul Del Chiaro 16-Feb-2016 20:32
I was attached to the Black Lions 2nd 28th Infantry. My second MOS was a mechanic, spent a lot of time on the perimeter in Lai Khe and went on operations in support of the infantry. On Operation Crimp our Battalion Commander was killed. His name will never be forgotten by all those who knew him: LT Colonel George Eyster He graduated from West Point following the foot steps of his father. Bless this man and may he enter eternal Life with the Lord
Madeline Hawkins 12-Feb-2016 19:56
My name is Madeline Hawkins and my English class is beginning a project memorializing servicemen whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial wall. We are commemorating lost servicemen and I received Michael J Hunter's name. Through my research I found this site. He served in the B Co, 1st BN, 28th Infantry. I was wondering if anyone had or would be willing to share any memories,experiences, photos, or any information that I can include in my memorial to make my tribute more personal. If you would like to see similar projects to the one I'm working on and where my memorial will eventually be posted please visit .
Thank you very much for your time,
Madeline Hawkins
Patrick , Gregory Earl 04-Feb-2016 13:17
Hello Black Lions! I am Dale r. "Moose" Nagan, VFW Dpt of Europe Service Officer. VFW is assisting a retired vet Gregory E. Patrick with his claim before VA. He served in 2/28th 65-66 in Vietnam. The records of his service have been lost and VA claim denial is based on no proof he was in Vietnam. If any of you knew him in Vietnam please contact him at email below. If you are willing to give a statement please send to him on a VA 21-4138. Thank you all for your service.
“No One Does More for Veterans”
“Honor the Dead,
By Helping the Living”

Have a Great VFW Day!


A great VFW Day for a Service Officer is when you help a Vet!

Dale R. “Moose” Nagan
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Department of Europe Service Officer
(Do not put DSO’s name on any APO Mail)
Send mail to:
VFW, Attn: Dpt of Eur Service Officer
CMR 454 Box 3799, APO AE 09250 or
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Joshua Mercado 15-Jan-2016 21:23
My name is Joshua Mercado, I served as a corpsman in the 1/28th during the 1968-1970 of the Big Red One. Anyone without might remember me or other persons who served during theses years please contact me at Joshua Mercado, 2929 west 29th street,Brooklyn,N.Y. 11224 or free to call my cell number at. 718 864 7182 your assist will be appreciated. Have been looking for a friend of mine, also a medic whose name was Isaac Fritz from San Francisco,Cal.....also a platoon buddy of mine by the name of Frank Camacho of Puerto Rico. Thank you in advanced.
Guest 17-Dec-2015 12:53
Thank god for my training at tigerland . I was sent there by cadre of b 2 3 bct fort ord ca. I tested them as the n c o 's wanted to get me best training by special forces plt instructors. Mostly We received special instructions by s sgt Ezekiel Foot ball star at u s c. Before army special forces . Zeke made sure you understood. His motto. Ok you have been trained to kill. Now you will be trained to stay alive. To me the special forces personell are the zen masters not all can be one for they are the best. Merry Christmas major Rene st'pierre
Guest 17-Dec-2015 12:32
Fred riney. I would like to hear more of what you heard of 1/28 recon at lic ninh end of sept beginning of 69. I never heard of an officer and sergent making it back. I only saw red feather.
Spec 4 Anderson, Dennis 14-Dec-2015 07:22
I'm Dennis Anderson, and I served in this unit from 1980-1982 at Weisbaden Air Base. I was a crew member of an ITV 11 Hotel Echo 9!
1st. Sgt Keogh was Top, and Bulldog was our CO!
Fred R.Riney 06-Dec-2015 16:51
Fred Riney or was called Ho Ho Green Giant I was in Nan 68 TO 69 with 1/28 RECON carried the 60 gun. We came into the unit right after they lost all but three people,LT. a SGT.and Indin from Calf. who walked point. I still live in Kansas.
Charles rafferty 02-Dec-2015 16:56
After all these years and reading posts I realize I knew ponath from jungle devil school at Dian . I saw others from other companies in black lions. I was asked to join recon by tiny Romero my friend from New Mexico. I turned down offer and it was like turning my back on my friends I had in recon. Romero told me I would be his 25th man I declined and recon went out of quan Loi I was left by bravo company for radio watch while others went to have some fun. I was in radio contact with recon while being ambushed and the fire fight that ensued. The person on radio . Most of recon was kia but they couldn't get a fire mission. Kid on other end of radio asked me to call around the network and call in air bursts treetop level willie Pete . He said hurry and said they just shot someone and then he said they took the m 60 crew and phone went dead. I did what he asked and called in arty on their position wit grid numbers to an arty unit who answered my calls for help. One man lived . They found one man alive hidden under the bodies of others I spoke to red feather when he came back to quan Loi He just stared into nothing and didn't speak a word. What happened to red feather. He was the indian boy who called in broken arrow.
Charles rafferty 01-Dec-2015 22:43
I knew a post who came in after me by a month or two. I turned down the lt . On promotion as sgt squad leader. And a post and tim watts were both made sgt.s. I was better at spotting things in jungle so I stayed out front to survive. I remember you being in b co 1/28. 68/69. I have black outs about a lot of things. But I always gave you a bad time. If this you maybe you remember when c Padilla jumped from the leading apc. Or track and I was forced to jump with him at 20 mph I was asst. gunner. Like had full gear and two m 60 ammo cans full. I never saw that guy make a bad decission. But that one to jump as the lead track was taking fire. I have terrible arthritis in my spine from those injuries. And good to hear you made it home.
Guest 01-Dec-2015 01:49
Merry Christmas black Lions rvn 68/69
Daved 29-Nov-2015 12:36
Hello my name is daved leaton B/company 2/28 (67/68) i have several photos of company area and village with buddies and operation Billings. Email, i also fighting prostrate cancer.
Guest 27-Nov-2015 22:01
I am looking for any personal pictures or war pictures of James W. Phair who was killed Casualty Location in battle at Loc Ninh rubber plantation
1966-06-11 for my mother his wife.
Ron Mogensen 14-Nov-2015 16:52
I was with company C,2/28 Black Lion and arrived in V.N. by ship from Ft Riley In Sept 1965. I was a gunner on 81 MM Mortar, Looking for anyone I served with.
Ron Coselman 29-Oct-2015 08:08
If anyone is interested, Facebook has a group page for FSB Gela. Alot of great pictures and contact info for others who where stationed there and at Lai Khe. Stop in and join the group.

Ron Coselman
A co. and HHC 1/28th Inf
Richard 22-Oct-2015 06:04
My name is Richard Hunter,served with 2/28th Black Lions may 67/May 68 HHC Recon. Julio Martinez you were something then.
Donald M. Holmes 01-Oct-2015 17:12
Hi my name is Donald M. Holmes, Sgt. USMC. My Brother's name is Sgt. Delbert C. Holmes. He served With Alfa Co. Black Lions of Cantigny 2 Bn. 28 INF 1st Infantry Division.
I am looking for any information on my brother while he was in Vietnam. He served two times in Vietnam, last served and was shot in the neck sometime during the Tet offensive 1968, resulting in him becoming a Quadriplegic. Anyone who knew him or anything regarding the Battle he was in when he got shot please notify me, thx God Bless Our Troops.
sylvester grant 09-Sep-2015 04:26
i served in Vietnam 67/68 june to june 1st. 28th my brother also served in 2nd.26th. in laikay passed away this march his tour was 66 to 67 my best bud was walter weeks from Detroit mi,kia 1967 with about 13 days left in country {short}e and a couple of friends had visted me in the camh rahm bay hospital anybody remember him or me {Sylvester grant}
Terry Brown 02-Sep-2015 02:55
I'm trying to find info of my friend, Ronnie "Joe" Payne, 2nd Bn 28th Inf, 1st Div, C Company. Ronnie was KIA on November 7,1967. He only had 18 and a wake up left. The info I have stated KIA by small arm fire in Binh Long Province. For forty eight years I have had such a guilty sole for not enlisting with him and watching out for him. I thank anyone that can give any info please.
Charles Rafferty 26-Aug-2015 21:18
Lai khe. If you remember the plaza. And the plaza stage set up with all the best amps and fender guitars. When in plaza once with Ronnie baucom when he and others were given the equipment the Vietnamese rockin roller want to bees and let some teenage american boys take over. I knew Ron was good on lead but that dude with his equals rocked the place down. Only time I saw him play. I looked for his name in music industry. Roll over Beethoven
Guest 25-Aug-2015 22:04
I am helping a friend (Terry Post) who served A Co. 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Brigade 1st in '68. He's looking for a casualty report for the time he served and I've had no luck finding anything for him. Does anyone know if that information is available and where it could be found? God bless you all.
Charles rafferty 25-Aug-2015 18:40
Something happened at fsb gila in 69 I think or end of 68. I only recall the name and when I hear of fsb gila I feel dred . One of the times we were pinned down for long enough to require back up by the armor unit . When the artillery began it seemed it was behind the enemy . How much arty did the Nva have in Cambodia.
Charles rafferty 25-Aug-2015 18:22
Lima 5 the two most fearful were in real bad area. We were pinned down for 72 hours and many of our troops were on way to cut off enemy. My question. Was a man next to me hit direct by artillary round ? This a constant flashback in my mind . I keep seeing a man being evaporated down to his boots . If this didn't happen please acknowledge. It seemed everybody came and went so fast. My cancer on shoulder after surgery is healing well. Stitches out yesterday. Now I'm working on guts to have nose surgery for carcenoma near left eye . If I make it through this near surgery . I still have the prostate cancer. Wtf. Lol. I have written everything I remember concerning my first job in the u s army was staying alive running with the black lions 1/28 b co lima plt 1968 1969
Charles Rafferty 18-Aug-2015 00:13
Thank you for the sit rep Wardell . Although I can't place you. I am relieved to know someone who shared that experience is still alive. I lost hope anyone who shouldered the responsibility for lima platoons living or not. You did a good job. Welcome home. Lima 5
Guest 13-Aug-2015 21:41
Guest: My name is Jaime Perez and served with Delta Co. 1/28th. From Dec. 68 to Dec. 69. Base Camp Lai Khe. If anyone remembers me, I'm at:
Ken Brown 25-Jul-2015 01:25
C co 1/28 may 68 to 69. Rex Mills died of cancer. SFC Lemaster died long ago. I was in Lima mostly, jumping from squad leader to Plt Sgt, Leader, field First. Never knew what was going to happen.
Ken Brown 25-Jul-2015 01:19
I served with C co 1/28 may 68 to May 69. Rex Mills died of cancer. Sgt. Norman out there? Maute. Dixon? Purcell. SFC Lemaster died. Dick Sewell.
Dave Berry19-Jul-2015 04:33
Kurt Francis Ponath
Milwaukee county
Vietnam Conflict
Regular Military
Light Weapons Infantry
Private First Class
1st Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, A Company
★ National Defense Service Medal
★ Combat Infantryman Badge
★ Purple Heart
★ Vietnam Campaign Medal
★ Vietnam Service Medal
Ambush 5 km NE of Loc Ninh, South Vietnam, Binh Long province
Died through hostile action .. small arms fire
VVM Wall, Panel 44w, Line 41
Guest 18-Jul-2015 02:29
Carp. Did you know ponath I believe a co 1/28 Kia loc ninh. 1968
Guest black lion 11-Jul-2015 17:21
Thanks for being out there berry. You are helping us touch bases. Black lion 1/28 b co 68/69 quan Lou lai khe.
Guest black lion 11-Jul-2015 15:49
I met a tank commander on a big boy. Went out on ambush outside fire support base doc end of April 1969. We were basically the trip wire for a large mass of Nva who were moving towards f s b doc. After talking with the t c for a couple hours his radio watch was handed over to me. Mortars rockets and tracers were flying in the air some in our direction . I woke the t c and he called in ground attack in progress. . We blew the ring of clay mores we had set out. On three everything in our per emoter was blasted. We then set out to take on the Nva spivey myself romping off on the metal beast which blew track. We three and one cav machine gunner. I took weapons off the Nva bodies to keep away from enemy who could be seen between each axial flair milling back and forth. I had a dead Nva r p g launcher with half his head blown away. His brain on my face and field shirt. It was small sticky particle
Guest 22-Jun-2015 18:06
To all black lions. Last year this month I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I found out the major problem was a large carcinoma next to read duct. And five other biopsies over different parts of body. We were in the same shit. I'm sure mine is throughout my body. Insist on regular exams. To you b 5 Wardell. Cheers to little joe.
Ben Martin 22-May-2015 20:10
To:Chaplain Clemmons my unit at that time was A2/28/laikhe
Ben Martin 22-May-2015 20:06
To:Chaplain Clemmons
my name is ben martin I was wounded april,2,1968 by friendly fire.I just wanted to thank you for your visits while I was at the hospital.
Guest 07-May-2015 20:30
Julio Martinez I served with the 2/28th from July 67 thru June 68. When I first arrived I was assigned to Alpha Co. then was transferred to HHC Recon. Many memories and lots of brothers.
Jerry Smith 22-Apr-2015 18:12
I was Arty Recon Sgt with Company "C" 1st Bn. 28th Infantry from Oct.1967 to Oct. 1968. I was right beside Captain James Hay when he was KIA. I've forgotten most of the guys but still can recall a couple of names from the unit.
Jay Gurry 05-Apr-2015 18:03
My name is jay Gurry in country 67 October with a co 2/28 black lions big red 1 wounded in October on lp mission. Later wounded in May 68 outside of Saigon the 12 th. Sent to Japan ! Now suffering from agent orange. Searching for surviors who served with. ! Remember terry kempher. Sgt. Harris. Delong. Wheeler ????? Contact me please via mail at 16 swan pond rd north reading. Mass. 01864. Or call 978. 664 4075 ! God blesss it's been way to long !!! Hope to hear soon!
Lonny Mosby 23-Mar-2015 03:36
Looking for Black Lions with me in Wiesbaden -- Please contact Lonny Mosby
Lonny Mosby 23-Mar-2015 03:34
Looking for Black Lion buddies -- Please contact Lonny Mosby 3/28 Infantry HHC mechanic
Guest 17-Mar-2015 18:39
Thanks Dave. Rvn 68/69
Guest 11-Mar-2015 01:19
Black Lions Of Lai Khe on facebook at

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Steven Webb 27-Feb-2015 00:47
My first unit was B 3/28 in Wiesbaden Germany in '83 unfortunately they disbanded a short time later.
Chaplain Amos Clemmons 01-Feb-2015 22:23
I moved from 2/2 to 2/28 (Rocket Alley) just before Tet, '68. My "hootch" behind the O Club was destroyed the first night of TET by a 122 mm rocket....just the beginning of many "adventures" with the Black Lions. LTC's Menetrey and Coffee were the battalion commanders during my tenure. Menetrey became a 4 Star; Coffee was a military to President Nixon for a while....SP5 Eric Snoberger was my assistant...great field grunt!
Guest. 25-Jan-2015 18:55
To Walt Wardell I had a positive biopsy for prostate cancer. And skin. I think agent orange. We went into areas near phuc vinh that had been recently sprayed. No one talks from 1/28 so I can't get message. Have blood screening spread word.
Guest. 25-Jan-2015 18:22
Message to sp/4 bailey B co. 1/28. The day I walked away from you and company at fsb Lorraine I was point man coming into Lorraine with company to support Lorraine a small
Co ndp at time. You were on listening post. I spoke to you. And you said Lorraine was to be hit that night. The lt told me to leave Lorraine on chopper for fsb doc. You asked me not to leave with squad I was ordered by battalion to leave or court martial. I left and you were shot at by the attackers so close a miss to your head that your ear was burned black from muzzle flash. After fighting outside doc perimeter that night on a disabled apc with john spivey. I was pissed. I want you to know that wasn't my call.
Santiago Griego 26-Nov-2014 01:30
To Alvin Lewis My name is Santiago Griego I remember you from D co. Please contact me . We have been looking for you for many years .
jose troche 17-Nov-2014 03:11
I served as a platoon leader in C and A Company in 1968 at Quan Loi
Mary Bazinau Bolthouse 11-Nov-2014 04:37
Did anyone serve with Milton Bazinau? I am his daughter
Alvin L 20-Oct-2014 03:01
My name is Alvin L.Lewis i served in the Big Red One.The year was 1967-October.
Gene Ritchhart 31-Aug-2014 00:22
I was on line poking about for guys I knew with the 28th in Mainz-Gonsenheim,Germany. I found an old comrade had passed away in 2012. His name was Randolph Ottoboni. I was pleased to know that he made sergeant before he left the service. Any one out there that was with C-2-28 , please remember him.
Guest 29-Jul-2014 17:21
Daughter of First Sgt. Raymond R. Lindquist Company A 2/28th served in Vietnam 1965-1966 would like to find anyone who knew my father he has just passed away.
Cindy Lindquist Moore 29-Jul-2014 17:12
I am the Daughter of First Sgt. Raymond R. Lindquist, Company A 2/28th. My father has passed away and even though its late I would like to know more about his military history. I know he was with SFC Jerald L. Dozier, Platoon Sgt. Loyle Hale. He was a Black Lion from Fort Riley, Kansas 1960's, a highly decorated war veteran. Was in Vietnam Sept 1965.
Guest 22-Jul-2014 09:37
Guest: This was my first unit in weisbaden in 83. What a history.
Guest 19-Jul-2014 10:01
does anyone remember frank r hill in the 1/28 black lion in november of 67
larry schaffer 01-Jul-2014 01:49
RTO 69/70 D 1/28 & HHC
Guest. Black lion 29-Jun-2014 04:34
If u were a black lion please have regular tests for cancer we are falling to cancer cause A/o.
Guest 26-Jun-2014 01:53
Being the "next" generation after Vietnam- my father's war. I'm a huge Vietnam junkie! What I can't figure out through years of listening, reading, watching, learning history, etc; why? This war makes no sense to me. What pisses me off more than anything- the very same protestors who "exercised their Democratic right" to protest the war and bring the GI's home. What a bunch of bullshit! Spitting on veterans, calling names to young men who were sent to do the government's bidding. I can firmly say that I've worked with many vets on different levels through the years. They are all proud, yet hesitant of their experience. I'm disappointed in how we treat our fellow American. If you think killing another human being is a natural action, you are crazy! To live with that is awful enough , but to be labeled as a killer and treated like an animal-is bullshit! 58,000+ for what? You had the balls to pick at one guy or two coming out of an airline terminal, but not to stop a war. Feel proud about nothing protesters. You spit on the guy next to you at work, not the guy who made them do it.
Carter Swart 23-Jun-2014 18:44
Carter Swart and Howard M. Swart
1958-60 Cold War vets

Drafted, and lucky to serve in Munich. The only fighting we did was with each other. Still proud of my service, tho it pales next to you combat vets. Always a Black Lion!
Charlesrafferty6 25-May-2014 21:28
This buds for u little joe from b co 1/28 and friends in recon 1/28 1968 loc ninh u paid the high price black lion. By fact not choice. C m Rafferty.
Charlesrafferty6 25-May-2014 17:31
Dong nai regiment 50 miles Saigon. Black lions fought them . They were in 1id A O. They were tough. And enlisted women fighters They r attacking Chinese and killing. In the same area today world news or google for info.
Charlesrafferty6 25-May-2014 17:24
To carp I don't remember names. U knew who u had to. To many friends died soon to afford friends. I don't remember many good times. Of course I was a draftee.
BILL CANINO 15-May-2014 22:52
George Moore 20-Apr-2014 02:44
Hello all,
Asked by a friend to try to find, John F. Hinderson, Vietnam Nam 1968.
1st. Div. 1st. Btn. 28th. Inf.
Any info would be welcome.
Thank you.
George Moore.
John Parmenter 10-Apr-2014 14:11
Cold War Veteran of 1st Battle Group & 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division 1961 - 1964. Assigned to Ft. Riley, in 1963, 1st Battle Group deployed to West Germany & advanced through communist East Germany to reinforce Berlin Brigade. We returned to Ft. Riley later that year. In 2012, I was honored to be appointed Distinguished Member, 28th Infantry Regiment. Black Lions forever!
Louis Pisano Sr. 10-Mar-2014 14:39
I was a medic for Charlie Co. and HHC medical platoon from Aug.'66 to Aug. '67. My name is Lou Pisano better known as on the 1st Infantry Assoc. lounge as 'DocLou'... I served with Charlie Co. Sept. '66 through Nov '66. If anyone remembers me and has photos of the time please send to ... God Bless All the Blacklions and troops overall.
JOHN K PARMENTER 03-Dec-2013 15:54
Having served in both 1st Battle Group & 2nd Battalion, 28th U.S. Infantry, I salute all salute all Black Lions, past, present, & future. Perhaps the proudest day of my life came in 2012 when I was appointed Distinguished Member of the 28th Infantry Regiment.
walter wordell 24-Jul-2013 19:21
charles rafferary my name is walter wordell i was once know as lima 5. the platoon sgt.
Charles m rafferty 16-Jun-2013 19:19
R v n tour 6/68 6/69. Started out at pagoda phu Loi. Anyone remember fab lorraine or fsb doc ?end of march 69 .
Charles m rafferty 16-Jun-2013 19:15
In country. June 68/69 black lion b co Lima plt. 1/28. Started out at pagoda phu Loi .anyone remember fire support base doc. Fire support base Lorraine ?
Casey Victorino 30-Apr-2013 17:48
My Dad, Peter Victorino, Was a combat medic in a recon unit with you guys for a couple years, he doesn't tell me much though. anyone remember him? id love to talk to you.
E mail me at
LARRY CATALDO 26-Jan-2013 16:43
ALLEN COLEMAN 24-Oct-2012 12:12
looking for friends in black lions 2 28 inf. also lrrp served 6months each
Carp 29-Sep-2012 13:29
I have my 1st Bn. unit crest in my medals and awards display. Also have my old camo cover from my steel pot. Means a whole lot to me! Looking back, I'd do it again in a minute. The buddies I have are more family to me than family!
John Rich Carpenter, Alpha Company, 1/28th Infantry, Oct '68 - Nov '69 Mike platoon
charles keating 30-Aug-2012 03:33
68 69 b co. Laikhe and e co. Charles keating aka buda
charles keating 30-Aug-2012 03:28
Big red one black lions god bless all
Jon Lanham 30-Aug-2012 01:24
Black Lions in the Night! 2003 - 2004, Fort Jackson, SC. C-1-28 3rd Platoon "Terminators"
Patrick A. Shew 23-May-2012 14:55
Patrick A. Shew 1/28th Alpha. I still morn friends lost in Nam, and the ones that seem to be dying daily now. The older I get [65] the more I reflect. Just bought a cap, decals, and watch from "The Quartermaster" something and support them...great resourse. If you remember Have a wonderful day! In Him, Patrick
C.R. McClain 02-May-2012 19:13
My Bro was 1rst and 28th around 68-69. Made it home safe age 65 went to sleep one night closed his eyes that was the last time we saw him. He was proud of the Black Lions,didnt talk much about it but then I didnt ask. But I know he was proud!! P.D.McClain 1944-2110 a.o. cause of death!
Dave Aldridge 09-Mar-2011 02:01
To Dave Turnball,
You can purchase by downloading the Quartermaster List on our website at
our website as shown above...without the "his.htm" at end of hyperlink. It is the official Black Lions Website. The checks or money order for purchases can be mailed to 28th Infantry Assoc. (D. Aldridge) P.O.Box 5328, Fort Lee, VA 23801-0328
Donald Turnbull 31-Mar-2010 15:45
Where may I find this patch? B 2 28th Black Lion I would like to purchase.
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