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Welcome to the memories...

If you served with us, be sure to leave your contact information for sharing with others, along with any memories and/or any photos you want posted. Send this link to others and let's have a common place to find each other. After all, nobody knows us like us. We depended on each other with our lives then, the least we can do now is stay in touch, share our memories, and maybe even help each other when possible.


But this web site isn't about the 169th Engineers, at least not in the broad sense. They have a web site of their own (and you can actually find it in our link list). It's about a certain group of people who served their country between 1966 and 1971. They served together as members of the 169th Engineer Battalion, Charlie Company in Long Binh, Vietnam.


This web site is for you, those very people to share their stories, their memories, their photos, and reconnect to those you served with. Despite what information you can find on other web sites, no one can know what its like, except for those that served and endured as you have.


While this site is being updated with a major redesign, if you find a page you wish to view has not been updated yet, you can click here and navigate the old site. Once the redesign is complete of the entire website, the like the old site will be removed.

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Reminders! Upcoming Events:

20th Brigade Reunion
July 28-31
Lawton, OK

169th Engineers Reunion
September 9-10
Franklin, TN



April 15, 2013

A moment of silence..

April 13th, James Eddie Yelton passed away. Information on his services and other information can be found here.


December 17, 2012

New member has come to our attention. Please welcome Terry Dugan. As his email states "MY NAME IS TERRY DUGAN I WAS IN C CO FROM JUNE 1968 TO MAY 1969 I WAS A FRONT LOADER  AND DOZER OPERATOR .WITH THE EARTH MOVING PLT."


November 3, 2012

New member has come to our attention. Please welcome George Negrete. As his email states "WOULD LIKE TO POST MY NAME AS A NEW MEMBER.  I WAS WITH 169 ENG C CO. IN 1966/1967 AT LONG BIN AND AT BEAR CAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH."

Later today I will edit the member lists to reflect this addition. Welcome Home George Negrete!


June 7, 2012

Reunion has come and gone, and new photos have been sent. However, there is news that the site may be switching hosts, so I'm holding off from uploading the new stuff until it is all settled (no point in getting it up, only to have to take it down and put it backup again).

There's a few other changes too that need to be done, but I'm also using the time between the change to make sure all the files across the board are all synced up. This way, no matter where I am working from I've got the latest and newest stuff all together.


February 24, 2012

Viewing and wake @ Coffey Funeral Home

Durant, OK

Thursday, March 1, 2012 @ 6-8 PM

Funeral Service @ First Baptist Church

Calera, OK

Friday, March 2, 2012 @ 1:00 PM

Burial @ Highland Cemetery (Immediately Following Services)

Friday, March 2, 2012.


Please check here or the 169th Engineer's Facebook Page for further updates.


February 23, 2012

A moment of silence..

At 6:45 A.M this morning, Tommy Reynolds passed away.

He will be buried in Durant, Oklahoma. Information will be posted as it comes available. Please check here or the 169th Engineer's Facebook Page for further updates.


February 3, 2012

Method of Reservation, Our Group Code is S120434 and it is  as 169th Engineer  Battalion Vietnam Vets Reunion, Can Make Reservation by their website Or you may call hotel reservation department at 1- 888-946-2847 and press 1 for reservation and identify your self with the group code and present a credit card number to hold your reservation.

You must also make your  hotel reservation by the 29 of April, and send 25 dollars single or 30 dollars family to Louis by the 29th of April also, this will be used for the Hospitality Room.


January 17, 2012

UPDATE ON THE REUNION! Please see the Reunion page or the 169th Engineer's Facebook Page for more information!


October 28, 2011

UPDATE ON THE REUNION! Please see the Reunion page for more information!


September 29, 2011

With regret due to circumstances beyond their control, Brenda & Eddie Yelton will not be able to host the next reunion as planned. They send their apoligies along with their disappointment.


Your help is being requested in the form of a volunteer to host the C Company169th reunion. Tommy & I hosted the first reunion in Biloxi, we would gladly due it again if he was not going through these cancer treatments. We planned & organized it all by phone, except for the itinerary & invitation which we did by mail. Pat & David hosted the second, the third was done by Shirley & Louis, the fourth by Sue & Larry - any of us would be happy to answer any questions & help where we can.


Until a new volunteer will accept to host the next one, the reunion is put on standby status. If you have questions it is easier to reach me by e-mail.


June 27, 2011

Few new members and photo pages are added to our members page, and fixed the bugs and such with Mike Reed's obit. I realize the memory pages are a bit more buggy than originally thought, and due to a glitch in uploading with dreamweaver, a few of the "template" pages ended up over writing the official page itself. Mike Reed was the first that was brought to my attention, so there may be more, and I'll be looking those over when possible.


If anyone stumbles over anything else, such as broken links, pages with pictures not loading, or template pages loading instead of the real thing please don't hesitate to let me know! It helps when I know there is a problem, and I can fix it asap.


June 11, 2011

More images are now up on Van Allen's page, we have another member (Richard Hodnett), and few other bugs that were brought to my attention are being addressed as we speak.


May 13, 2011

Information was given to me that a member many have been looking has been found, but unfortunately, he's already passed. Charles Phillip Van Allen Jr. has been added to the memory page, has a personal memory page, and I'm looking through for photos for him. Currently there are only two, a picture I was able to get from his official obit page and one from Lt. Kaminski's photo gallery.


May 8, 2011

Alright, I have finished the coding completely on the member pages with photos, and added a few more captions to the photos on the pages (atleast photos that had captions to begin with).


I haven't gotten to the reunion photos there, so there still may be glitches that crash computers as the other pages have, so tread carefully. I don't think there are any major problems, as no one's brought any about the reunion pages to my attention, but the plan is still to code them as the other pages have been.


April 18, 2011

Another member of Company C, 169th Engineer Battalion Vietnam has been found : Rodney Hedrick


Rodney was one of the first members of Company C to arrive in Vietnam as part of a advanced party. Along with Red Dawson and Billy Galloway, he was sent to Saigon to unload heavy equipment arriving by ship from Okinawa.


April 17, 2011

Alright, few changes! All the member pages with pictures have been re-coded, so they should not crash again. I haven't been able to actually test the pages, so tread carefully. With that said, we have two new picture galleries, one from Tom Shannon and one from R. D. "Rags" Raghanti.


I may also look over the reunion pages, because they were set up in the same way the member pages were, so I will be taking some time to reset the coding for those pages so they match up and everything runs the same way.


We also have another member turn up after finding the website. A welcome to Brock E. Lindley. He served with the Charlie Company from 1969 -1970 as a 62L20 wheel tractor operator.


And it has also come to our attention that Ed Ingram passed away Oct. 13 2010. He will be added to our memorial wall post haste.


March 2, 2011

Another member has come to our attention. Welcome R. D. Raghanti a.k.a. "Rags"


"I served at Charlie Company just south of Dinh Quan from 13 April 70 to 9 September 70. My name is R. D. Raghanti “Rags” first name is Ralph but I did not go by that."


Updates to the members page will follow. On that note, it has come to my attention that some of the picture pages have a glitch that is overloading the ram on some computers, causing them to freeze up and ultimately crash. PLEASE DO NOT VIEW THE PHOTO PAGES. I'm working on the problem now, and hope to have remedy the situation as fast as I can.


Also, once that problem is solved, I've received photos from Thomas Shannon and he will have a photo page as soon as the photo page problems are resolved!


February 5, 2011

"It is with great regret that I need to inform you that David Eilert from Branson, Missouri passed away last night [February 3rd] at 8:15pm.  David and Pat hosted the second Reunion in Branson which was immensely enjoyed.  Arrangements are currently being made by his family, I will update you when I get more information.  David was diagnosed with ALS from Agent Orange in the fall of last year." - e-mail from Cathey Reynolds


The updated arrangements I've recieved in email is as follow:


David Paul Eilert Jan. 5, 1947 - Feb. 3, 2011

Memorial Mass Feb. 7, 2011 at
Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Branson, MO

Rosary Feb. 9, 2011

Funeral Mass Feb. 10, 2011 at
St. John's Catholic Church, Beloit, KS.