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Sorry, my memory does not work well enough to recall my CO. The statement that was prepared by my Squadron Administrative Officer (Capt. Donald B. Dana) was already submitted to the VA and deemed not credible (Can you believe that?). The VA is insisiting that I furnish some sort of Military Record that varifies my presence in Viet Nam. A copy of my TDY orders would suffice. The only copies of those orders I had were sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs in 1971 in order to recei ve my State Bonus......that was paid to me then. (They were not retained. Only a copy of the application and the payment varification.) (I submitted a copy of that application and pay voucher to the VA. (Again, NOT credible).
I feel certain that copies of those orders are archived somewhere. I need to find them.
Perhaps you may know a Government Records Research Specialist that could locate the archived records. I can supply you with any addiitional info you desire.
PS: My brother retired from the Marine Corp.....and died before he could win his battle with the VA. (He served three tours in Viet Nam) His memory is what is driving me to win this dispute. I will sincerely XXXXX XXXXX help.
Capt. Dana supplied the necessary varification documentation that was requested by the Pa Dept. of Military Affairs in order for me to receive the entitled bonus.
Yes. I requested and received some of my records. They did not furnish my Medical Records.....they said they were not available. I enlisted in the Army Reserve and the Pa. National Guard after my discharge from the Air Force. I was told that the Nat'l Guard probably has my Medical Records archived. I have to persue that avenue.
The 463rd maintained a Detachment at Cam Rahn Bay. Everybody in the Squadron took part in manning the detachment during their assignment at Clark AB. Each specialized shop supplied men on regular intervals. (It was normally 60 days at a time) I only got to go "in country" for three trips....a total of 6 months.
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