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We will always remember …


If any Air America veterans happen across this site, I’m interested in trying to track down the helicopter pilot who picked us up from the Le Vang POL point on Easter Sunday, 1972.

Welcome to the Guestbook Blog for “The Last Seven Days,” an article I wrote years ago following my return from Vietnam.  If you’ve read the previous posting of this article on the old Geocities web site, you’ll note that I’ve added to the original account a prologue, a postscript and some pictures provided by fellow 407th Radio Research Detachment Veterans.  I believe this will help place things in context for you.  If you’d like to download the article as a pdf, click on this link and select “save” (or “save as,” depending on your web browser).

To leave a comment in the guestbook blog – and I really do want to hear from you – scroll down through the existing comments and fill out the comment form (Name, email address and your comment), then click on the “Submit Comment” button.  Only your name and comment will be visible once the comment is accepted – I’m the only one who will see your email address, unless, of course, you put it in your comment!

If you’d like to contact me outside of the blog, please email me directly.

If you want to know something about the author, check out “A Bit About Me.”  I’ve also set up a page on which I occasionally add information concerning the Easter Offensive of 1972 – “Additional Information,” and a MACV Team 155 member has provided me with an account of the days covered by “The Last Seven Days” from his perspective.  You can read Major Robert Well’s recollections on the “MACV Team 155 Story” page.

Over the years I’ve subscribed to press releases from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), I thought that visitors to this site would be interested in the successful recovery efforts of that organization, so, I’m beginning to post those press releases on my “Returned Home” page.  JPAC has a very informative and interesting web site – well worth the visit.  I also recommend that you visit the Department of Defense’s POW/Missing Persons Office web site.  They’ve added a new feature highlighting the “recently accounted for” from Vietnam, Korea, World War II and other conflicts.

Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to reading your comments.

Thank a Veteran’s family for their sacrifices in supporting their Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine!

G. Duane Whitman

151 Responses to Home

  1. Guy E. Slagle, Jr. says:

    Duane,
    Enjoyed your story. I was the engineer LT you sited in your story. It was a tense situation at La Vang. We were told that two choppers were coming in to carry us to Phu Bai. We were to split up into two groups as one chopper could not carry us all. Well, when the first chopper landed both groups ran and jumped aboard. Not wanting to stay there by myself I was the last one to board. The chopper took off with us all and landed in Phu Bai safely.

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    • RetiredMSG says:

      It’s great to hear from you, LT, I trust you’re doing well and I look forward to reading your account of those days. I’d be more than happy to post it along side Major Wells’ MACV Team 155 account. You have me mixed up with someone else, though, I didn’t have any children until well after returning to the States.

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  2. Rodney Maxson says:

    Duane,
    Wow! Thank you for sharing this part of your life. Amazing 7 days! Can’t begin to imagine living those days.
    Thank you and your fellow soldiers for your commitment to our country.
    Thank you Dorcas for sharing this on Facebook.
    Rod – long time family friend
    Friend of the late, ever joking, Pastor George and Jean Whitman.

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  3. Shirley Hooton says:

    Thank you for your story, I never knew the facts on Gary’s last day so Thank you

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    • johnnmastro says:

      They are always remembered, God Bless.
      John Mastro

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    • Susan Brown Worley says:

      Thank you for sharing this and, especially for your service. It is very meaningful to me as Gary Wescot was a family friend in high school and escorted me to my Senior Prom. I lost contact with him after school but was informed of his death by my sister who maintained closer contact . With great sadness and fond memories , I was able to locate his name on the Viet Nam memorial in DC when visiting there. It is heartwarming to know that his great sacrifice has also been documented.

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  4. Greg Banicki says:

    Wow! What story!! I recently came across this website. I served with the 509th RR Group at Davis Station from March until December 72. i was a Viet linguist who did not get sent out to another unit in the field, No one was. All troops were coming back in during this time period. The author lived through something we lived in fear of happening all through this time period. Always on guard. Always worried about when the shit would hit the fan with the NVA and the ARVN.

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  5. Gary Huber says:

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