John Nesser
- Read about John's book "The Ghosts of Thua Thien"

Looking for a Hero - A book about Joe Hooper
Salute to Lowell Lockhart - A special salute from Michael Dorch

Citation Request - Personal Award citations

Transition to duty Leo "Doc" Flory's book

Avenger News

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  2/501 Reactivated - now part of 82nd Airborne

Tyler Eckheardt - 82nd

Medic Michael Kays MOH
Shared by Guy Rudawski

Medic Michael Kays - Memorial
Day Tribute
By Guy Rudawski

Dead Man Calling - By Larry Mize

Guy Rudawski's Accounts - All stories authored by Company Medic Guy Rudawski









 Notes from John Nesser

I was with Alpha Company from late May 1969 (just after Hamburger Hill) to about January 1970 when I transferred to the 159th Aviation Battalion to be a door gunner. 

You other Avengers may be interested to know that I wrote a book titled "The Ghosts of Thua Thien" and had it published by McFarland and Co. in 2008.  It won the Military Writers Society of America's 2008 Gold Medal Award for Memoirs.  If you or anyone is interested, the book is available on Amazon.Com which has several book reviews.  Other bookstores can order the book as well.  A good deal of the book is my recollections of ground ops with Alpha Company. Some may recognize themselves in the book though I used fictitious names at the direction of my publisher.





There has been a book written about the life and times of Joe Hooper. The authors are Peter Maslowski and Don Winslow. Several Avengers attributed to the background history of Lt. Hooper. One of the places you'll find the book is www.amazon.com

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Michael Dorch was from Tampa Florida. He now resides in Alvin, Texas. See his entry in the guestbook. Michael would like to give a special salute to Lowell Lockhart from Whitwell Tennessee.

If you would like to know about Mike's background with Alpha company go to this URL:





The 101st Abn Div is putting together a written history of awards from WWII, Vietnam, etc., for the BSM and higher. They are looking for all personal award citations that veterans and/or families have to submit. I will send you a copy of the information request and who to contact. The trooper in-charge is stationed at Ft. Campbell and is feverously working on getting as many of the names and citations as possible so it can be published for the official 101st historical record. He's for real and I've dealt with him for the last year.

Roger Barski

Here is the citation request form:
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Ladies and Gentleman,
We are building our History event from WWII to present and are including the following awards:

Bronze Stars with Valor
Silver Stars
Purple Hearts

Please provide any supporting documents that you might have of yourself or a family member.

CW2 Niebuhr, Ryan P.
Systems Integrator 2BCT, 101 ABN DIV (AASLT)








Robert Richard Malecki of Alpha Company 2/501 (Chicago, IL) was Doc's inspiration to write the book. He was KIA May 13, 1969 in on Firebase Airborne in Thua Thien, South Vietnam.



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The 2/501st has been reactivated after 40 years.
On 16 October 2013 the 2nd Battalion of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment was reactivated at Fort Bragg, South Carolina. We are now part of 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.


In November of 2015 a grpoup of Alpha Company members attended the ceremony at Fort Bragg.

Dave DeSoucy, Floyd Turnley and the - CO and 1SG of the new 2/501 82nd Airborne

Floyd Turnley and Dave David DeSoucy

Dave DeSoucy - Floyd Turnley - Ken Counts - Jim Schmidt


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We were blessed to have Tyler Eckhardt and his wife Jordan from Cedar Rapids, Iowa as guests at the 2018 Avenger reunion in Gettysburg, PA. Tyler is with 2/501 - 82nd Airborne. On 16 Oct 2013 the 2/501st, 101st Airborne was reactivated after 40 years to be a part of the 82nd Airborne.



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