Cocoa High School Class of 1965

Military Service Data Base

Seth Matthews was the only class member lost in the Vietnam War

SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular 
25th Infantry Division 

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Apr 13, 1969
Casualty was on Oct 23, 1969
In Tay Ninh, South Vietnam
Hostile, Helicopter - Crew
Air Loss, Crash on Land
Body was recovered
Panel 17W - Line 110 on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC










Bob Mayo


Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Dates of Service September 5, 1967 - January 10, 1972

Specialty Training September, 1967 basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC, November, 1967 U.S. Army Military Police School, Ft. Gordon, GA

Rank at Discharge SGT E-5

Vietnam Service February 14, 1968 - March 7, 1968 Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Vietnam (unable to get to duty assignment due to Tet Offensive), March 7, 1968 - February 14, 1969 144th Aviation Company, 224th Aviation Battalion, 509th Radio Research Group (Army Security Agency), Nha Trang Air Base, Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Other Duty Assignments March, 1969 - January 10, 1972 U.S. Army Security Agency Training Center & School, Ft. Devens, MA.

Military Awards Good Conduct Medal (imagine that!), Vietnam Service Medal with four battle stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, Marksman Badge - pistol, Sharpshooter Badge - rifle.

Comments Both my daughters (Diana & Deborah) were born in 1970 at Ft. Devens, MA. I think they still hold it against me.


Perry West


Branch of Service Army

Dates of Service 6/69 - 6/72

Specialty Training Engineer Basic and AIT Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 9/69 - 1/70 Engineer OCS Ft. Belvoir, Va through 7/71 Intelligence Officer Basic (Army Security Agency) Ft. Devens through 1/71

Rank at Discharge ILT

Other Duty Assignments ASA HQ Arlington Hall Station, VA through 6/72


Dennis Arter


Branch of Service US Navy

Dates of Service June 1969 to September 1975

Specialty Training Nuclear Power School (Mare Island, CA) July 1969 to January 1970 Nuclear Power Prototype (Arco, ID) February 1970 to July 1970 Qualified in Submarines January 1971 Submarine Officer Advanced training (New London, CT) August 1972 to January 1973

Rank at Discharge LT (O-4)

Vietnam Service Underwater all the time

Other Duty Assignments Fast attack submarine (SSN 664) out of Norfolk, VA August 1970 to July 1972 Missle submarine (SSBN 598) out of Guam February 1974 to September 1975 Transit the Panama Canal February 1774

Military Awards Presidential Unit Citation (cold war related) Meritorious Unit Citation (cold war related)

Comments You can take the guy out of the submarine, but you can never take the submarine out of the guy.

Johnny Waits


Branch of Service US Navy

Dates of Service Jan. 1967- Jan. 1973

Specialty Training Electronics Tech... Radar, Comm. Classified sonar mine warfafe

Rank at Discharge E5

Other Duty Assignments '67 Great Lakes school '68 Charleston Naval Base USS Sturdy Mine Warfare '71 Charleston Naval Base USS Adroit Mine Warfare '72 Charleston Naval Base Mine Warfare photography

Military Awards Good Conduct National Defense

Comments Loved the 13 button salute. Was issued a bottom of dramamine and personal trash can to be used anytime line 2 was taken in or if the boat rocked any. Enjoyed spending 4 years steaming 10 miles out to sea and making a hard right, steaming south for 20 miles to make a u turn so we could return to the starting point only to repeat the above for one to two weeks. Officers used the "secure" Bat Phone and costly sonar to find a good fishing hole and anchor for the night. Did escort two Coastal Mine Sweepers to the Panama Canal Zone. On this trip, my ET gang and I, were "BANNED" from ever picking up another paint brush on the Adroit. Still do not understand the problem... we thought, my idea, our work shop would look nice if we painted the ceiling black and threw glitter on it while wet so there would be a starry sky. The ole man said it was his ship! Ship was decommissioned as we stopped and never had to work on another paint detail. I did get to Command the ship one time during "Charlie Rescue" due to our making fun, we ETs, of deck hands and the officer during the exercise. The Officers thought it would be fun to put us on the spot, thinking we could not perform the task. How ever, we did so good that the ship made a tight turn and stopped dead in the water so the gang only had to lower the hook and pull Charlie up. Yep, banned from the bridge then. They learned to not messing with the ET gang.

Larry Macey


Branch of Service Air Force

Dates of Service Apr 1966 to Mar 1970

Specialty Training Radio Comm Maint/Radar Maint

Rank at Discharge Sargent/E4

Other Duty Assignments Kiesler AFB-Training Inchilik AB-Turkey Diabakur AB-Turkey Antigo AFS-Antigo, Wisconsin

Robert C. DeWitt, II


Branch of Service US Air Force US Air Force

Dates of Service Sep 18, 1966 to Oct 1, 1986

Specialty Training Firefighter Jan 1967 to Nov 1969 Instrument Repairman Dec 1969 to Nov 1973 Medical Logistics Dec 1973 to Oct 1986

Rank at Discharge MSgt

Vietnam Service 1972 to 1973 Saigon, Vietnam

Other Duty Assignments Kindley Field Bermuda Apr 1967 to Apr 1969 Homestead AFB, FL May 1969 to Aug 1969 McClellan AFB, CA Sep 1969 to Oct 1971 Hurburt Field, FL Nov 1971 to Nov 1972 Saigon Viet Nam Dec 1972 to Apr 1973 CCK AB Taiwan May 1973 to Nov 1973 March AFB, CA Dec 1973 to Nov 1975 Rhine Main AB Germany Dec 1975 to Nov 1979 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Dec 1979 to Oct 1984 Tyndall AFB, FL Nov 1984 to Oct 1986i Military Awards

Military Awards AF Commendation medal, AF Good Conduct w/5 devices, Small arms expert, NCO Professional Military Education w/1 device, AF Longevity Service w/4 devices, National Defense, Viet-Nam Service w/3 devices, AF outstanding unit award w/2 Valor device and 6 devices, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross W/ Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, AF Overseas Service Long tour, AF overseas service short tour

John Nero


Branch of Service US Air Force

Dates of Service June 1966 - March 1970

Specialty Training language Specialist, radio intercept.

Rank at Discharge E4 - Buck Sgt.

Sandra Lilly


Branch of Service US Navy

Dates of Service 06/66 to 06/68

Specialty Training Communications

Rank at Discharge E-3

Other Duty Assignments Basic at Bainbridge, MD Stationed at NAS Alameda, California.

Danny M Calhoun


Branch of Service Air Force

Dates of Service Sept 66 to Sept 70

Specialty Training Airborne Early Warning Radar Repair 31052

Rank at Discharge Sergeant

Vietnam Service Over Vietnam from Korat Thailand

Other Duty Assignments Lackland AFB Sept 66 to Oct 66 Keesler AFB Basic Nov 66 Electronics Basic 18 weeks 301X2 trraining to October 67 McClellan AFB 552nd AEW&C Oct 1967 to Sept 1970 TDY Tainan Taiwan TDY Korat Thailand TDY Keflavik NAS TDY McCoy Afb TDY LTV Greenville Tx

Military Awards National Defense Good Conduct Expert Marksman Unit Citation

CommentsI enjouyed my service time as I look back on it. Saw a lot of places, and stayed in California.

Jerry T. Stansfield


Branch of Service US Army~Military Intelligence

Dates of Service Upon completion of 4 years of ROTC @ University of Florida: Commissioned 31 December 1969 ~ Retired 31 August 1995

Specialty Training Armor Officer Basic Course-Ft Knox, KY (Jan-Mar '70); Intelligence Research Officers Course-Ft Holabird, MD (Mar-Jul '70) ~ MOS: 9666-Special Agent/Military Intelligence; Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course-Ft Huachuca, AZ (Aug '74-Jun '75); Basic Electronic Warfare/Cryptologic Officers Course-Ft Devens, MA (Jun-Aug '75); U.S. Army Command & General Staff College-Ft Levenworth, KS (Grad Oct '78); Philippines Command & General Staff College-Manila, PI (Grad Nov '82); Armed Forces Staff College-Norfolk, VA (Grad Jan '86); Defense Language Institute/German-Monterey, CA (Grad Nov '86); US Army War College-Carlisle, PA (Grad Jul '94)

Rank at Discharge 06/Colonel

Vietnam Service Due to force reductions and political pressures for ending the war, I was diverted from Vietnam service and sent to South Korea in 1973. Although "visiting" Vietnam on a few occasions, I was never formerly assigned to any Army unit(s) in Vietnam.

Other Duty Assignments Other than military schools/training listed above, my duty assignments included: Fort Shafter, Hawaii (Special Agent: Jul '70 - May '73); Camp Coiner, Korea (Company Commander: May '73 - Aug '74); 358 ASA Company (XO); 313 ASA Bn (Signal Security Officer); G2-82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, NC (Counterintelligence Officer: Aug '75 - Jul '79); 502nd MI Group, Yongsan, Korea (X0: Jul '79 - Dec '81); Deputy Chief of Staff Intelligence-Forces Command, Ft McPherson, GA (XO:Nov '82-Jul '85); HQs US European Command, Stuttgart, Germany (CI-HUMINT: Oct '86 - May '89); 532d MI Battalion, Yongsan, Korea (Battalion Commander: May '89 - Jun '91); J2-US Forces Korea~8th US Army (Intel Analyst-Production: Jun '91 - Jun '93); J2F-NORAD~US Space Command, Cheyenne Mountain-Colorado Springs, CO (Vice Commander-Combined Intel Center/Deputy Director Intel Systems: Jun '93 - Jun '95) ~ Retired 06 Colonel (26 years) at Fort Carson, CO.

Military Awards Parachutist Badge; Expert Rifle/.45 Cal Qual Badges; Army Overseas Ribbons (4); Army Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medals (2); Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medals (4); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medals (2)

Comments I noted the obit information in the Military Service section that Seth Mathews was the only death in our class (1965) resulting from the Vietnam War. I had lost track of him when we graduated in 1969...until now. We were both on the same "Tiger Sharks" swimming team under coach Hugh Miller... I was a free-style swimmer and Seth was a "diver"... May he rest in peace!

David Hord (deceased)


Branch of Service Army Reservist

Dates of Service Vietnam war time period

Specialty Training Served 8 years in the reserves.

Rank at Discharge E-6

Other Duty Assignments Fort Leonardwood, Co

Comments David was in the first "lottery" draft during the Vietnam war era. His birthday was the first birthday picked. The army decided not to send him to Vietnam and kept him stateside in the reserves. This was due to his post grad degree that could help the wounded body and mind who returned home.

Dennis L. Harrington


Branch of Service US Air Force

Dates of Service June 18, 1971 to June 17, 1975

Specialty Training Weather Equipment Repairman Chanute Air Force Base Technical Training Center August, 1971 to March, 1972

Rank at Discharge Sargeant (E4)

Vietnam Service Did not go to Vietnam. Vietnam Era Veteran

Other Duty Assignments Cairns Army Air Field Detachment 9, 16th Weather Squadron Fort Rucker, Alabama March, 1972 to June, 1975

Military Awards Airman of the Quarter Award (2 times) Outstanding Unit Award

Raulie Morse


Branch of Service Army

Dates of Service Nov. 67-Oct. 69

Specialty Training 63c40? I think, been a long time Motor Sgt.

Rank at Discharge Sgt. E5

Vietnam Service I corp, Sept. 68-Sept. 69 from just south of the D.M.Z. to Phu Bai but operated all over I corp. Artillery Unit 6/33 Arrived as a spec. 4, promoted to Sgt. Appx. Feb. 69. Was a motor Sgt. in a 105 split trail Howitzer Battalion

Other Duty Assignments Basic @ Fort Benning, permanent party @ Fort Rucker until assignment to Viet Nam.. P.S. I thought permanent party meant something else until I got there.sigh.

Military Awards the usual

Comments proud to serve,proud of my service, very happy to have got out intact.


Claud Jay Riches


Branch of Service US Navy

Dates of Service June 1965 to October 1985

Specialty Training Storekeeper 1966 Newport Rhode Island SERE Training 1968 Little Creek Virginia Non Appropriated Activity Leadership and Accounting 1972 Patuxent River Naval Air Station Maryland Air Cargo Handling 1981 Shepard Air Force Base Various other specialized training throughout career

Rank at Discharge Storekeeper Senior Chief (SKCS)(E8)

Vietnam Service Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFOR) and Chief Naval Advisory Group Vietnam (CNMAAG) June 1968 to October 1971. Headquarters in Saigon but travelled throughout the country.

Other Duty Assignments June 1965 to September 1965 - Naval Training Center (NTC) Great Lakes September 1965 to April 1966 - USS Arcturus (AF-52) Norfolk Va April 1966 to July 1966 - Storekeeper "A" School Newport Rhode Island July 1966 to April 1968 - Polaris Fleet Missile Command (POMFLANT)Atlantic Charlestown South Carolina April 1968 to June 1968 - SERE Training Little Creek Virginia June 1968 to October 1971 - COMNAVFORV/CHNAAGV Saigon Vietnam December 1971 to June 1973 - Naval Training Center (NTC) Bainbridge Maryland July 1973 to June 1974 - Navy Communications Station (NAVCOMMSTA)Asmara Ethiopia (Now Eriteria) August 1974 to August 1976 - Navy Communications Station(NAVCOMMSTA) Nea Makri Greece September 1976 to May 1977 - Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) Addis Ababa Ethiopia June 1977 to July 1980 - Naval Recruit Officers Training Corp Unit (NROTC)Villanova University September 1980 to January 1982 - Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay Crete February 1982 to October 1983 - USS Saratoga (CV-60) Philadelphia PA and Jacksonville Florida October 1983 to October 1985 - Integerated Logistics Office (ILO) Philadelphia PA October 1985 - Retired from The US Navy on board USS Conyingham (DDG-17) in Philadelphia PA

Military Awards Joint Service Commendation Medal Navy Achievement Medal Navy Unit Commendation Medal Navy Meritorious Medal Good Conduct Medal (4 stars) National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service (13 stars) Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Republic of Vietnam Action Medal with Palm Vietnam Campaign Medal

Comments Enjoyed the service and the opportunity to see many parts of the world. Advanced to Chief while stationed at NAVCOMMSTA in Nea Makri Greece Was the 1st Senior Enlisted Advisor of the command while stationed in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay Crete


Joseph McGuire


Branch of Service US Army

Dates of Service April 1968 -February 1972

Specialty Training AIT Combat Engineer Fort Leonard Wood, MO 1968 OCS Fort Sill,OK Artillery Jan 1969 to June 1969

Rank at Discharge Captain

Vietnam Service 1971 - 1972

Military Awards Bronze Star


David Conley


Branch of Service Army

Dates of Service Sep 20, 1965-Sep 12, 1968

Specialty Training Enjoyed basic at Ft Knox 9-65 to 11-65; Birddog, Beaver and Huey mechanic training at Ft Rucker..12-65 to 2-66. 67a10 and 67n20.

Rank at Discharge Specialist 5 E-5

Vietnam Service Arrived in Nam just after Tet and settled in at Di An, base camp of the Big Red 1. My UH 1-C gunship (I was going to be a doorgunner) was given away and we were issued Cobras. I was sent to mini gun school at Bien Hoa and was assigned as the armorer's assistant...gun cleaner and ammo loader. Unit moved to Vinh Long on the Mekong in early June 68. I went to Singapore for R&R in July and had a great time; hated to go back to the Nam. My 3 year enlistment was up in September and as Top was tired of me hanging around, let me leave a week early to see my new born son. Rode that freedom bird to Oakland, Ca, was discharged 9-12-68 and went home to my family. Goodby Uncle Sam :>)

Other Duty Assignments At Ft Rucker was in the MP company, March 65-August 67, and did crash guard duty...when an aircraft went down, we would fly on the rescue helicopter and guard the aircraft or pieces (whatever the case) until they were brought back to the airfields. Almost set a Huey on fire when a c ration cook fire got out of control and caught the grass on fire. I also did some mp patrol work, radio commo, and finally as the supply sgt until the Army realized I had a Huey mos and was sent to Ft Knox to join A Troop, 7/1 Air Cavalry in August 67, which was forming up to go to Nam. We flew our aircraft to Stockton, Ca in December where they were readied for the ferry trip over the pond. After leave, we boarded the msts Upshur troopship at Long Beach, Ca for our pleasure cruise across. At Danang while letting another unit off, I saw jets strafing a mountain and thought "what have I got myself into".

Military Awards Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, National Defense, marksman, expert, Vietnam Service, Good Conduct

Comments I joined for aviation as I dreaded to be drafted and put in the infantry...would rather fly than walk. Best rank the Army gave me was pfc...proud fine civilian.

Richard Lee (Dick) Harman

Branch of Service United States Navy

Dates of Service  1969 to 1992 (15 active, 8 Reserve)

Specialty Training Senior Medical Officer, USS Okinawa (LPH-3), serving during Operation Eagle Pull and Frequent (fall of Phnom Penn, then Siagon; Navy Flight Surgeon HC-3, North Island; Boarded in Family Medicine, served a year as an ER physician at Balboa Naval Hospital, then stayed at Balboa for Ophthalmology Residency training. Chief of Ophthalmology, Memphis Naval Hospital. Started private eye practice in Arlington, Washington (1984) and spent 8 years in Reserves at Whidbey Naval Air Station and Hospital.

Rank at Discharge CAPT, Medical Corps, USNR

Vietnam Service 1975 Operations Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind in the very last days of the conflict. If you look up Operation Frequent Wind in Wikipedia, on the first page is a photo from my ship (USS Okinawa), shoving S. Vietnamese helicopters over the side to make room for our helos, returning from Saigon.

Other Duty Assignments Whoa! Too numerous to list! Thus said, while in Ophthalmology training, the navy sent me to Cairo, Egypt, for three months (Eye diseases and surgeries experienced there are much different than in the US.)

Military Awards Navy Meritorious Service, Armed Forces Expeditionary, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Battle Efficiency E (hope I remember that one correctly),a couple of others I can't remember, off hand. Oh, American Defense (gedunk) Medal. Recently learned and am applying for the Viet Nam Service Ribbon. Apparently, if awarded more that one Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and participated in Op Frequent Wind, a member could exchange one AFE Medal for the Viet Nam Service Ribbon. Have the VA paperwork, but haven't sent it in yet.

Comments Though I bitched and moaned with the best of them about this or that, I wouldn't have wanted to miss my Navy experience: (Met my wife, Judy, a lovely Navy Nurse; received terrific ophthalmology training; learned to fly; made lifelong friendships; saw the world.)


Robert Busk


Branch of Service: U.S. Navy

Dates of Military Service: 14 Feb 1966 - 1 Feb 1973

Specialty Training, MOS, AIT (dates & places): Boot camp in San Diego Feb 66 - May 66 Polaris Electronics "A" school Dam Neck, VA May 66 - Dec 66 Missile Technician "C" school Dam Neck VA Jan 67 - Jun 67 Submarine School Jun 67 - Sep 67 Groton CT USS Thomas A. Edison Oct 67 - Feb 73

Rank at discharge: Missile Technician First Class (SS)

Vietnam service records (dates & places): No Boomers in Viet Nam

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List service awards: Qualified in Submarines...the others don't matter, just the Dolphins.

any other comments you wish to enter: Except for 4 years at the University of Florida, I served the Navy ever since I got out of high years active duty (8 Polaris patrols), 23 years Civil Service, Dept of Navy, 11 Years with Navy contractors CACI International and Kratos Government Security.



Brian Weeks
Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps
Dates of Military Service: 05/17/1966-04/18/1968
Specialty Training, MOS, AIT (dates & places): 0331-Machine Gunner Entered Basic Training May 1966 Parris Island, South Carolina, ITR Camp Geiger, NC
in Viet Nam by November 66. Joined L Co. 3rd Bn 4th Marines- Rotated to Okinawa Apr 67. Back to Viet Nam in June 67 with BLT 1st Bn 3rd Marines
Rank at discharge: E-4, Corporal
Vietnam service records (dates & places): With 3/4 operated in I Core (DMZ area) With BLT 1/3 made landings anywhere from Da Nang north. National Defense Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal,
Vietnam Campaign Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon,Three purple hearts. Wounded 02/27/67, 07/04/67, and 10/31/67.
Medivaced Home November 67 to Jacksonville Naval Air Station Hospital. Finished Service at Camp Lejune NC
List all other duty assignments (dates & places): After finishing school,I went back into the Marine Corps as an Officer . OCS 06/14/72-08/24/72
Commissioned 08/25/72. Finished 03/17/75 All service Camp Pendelton, Ca.

Stephen Parker


Branch of Service: US Navy

Dates of Military Service: June, 1969-Aug, 1973, June,1986-April, 2004

Specialty Training, MOS, AIT (dates & places): Hosptial Corpsman, Medical Technologist - 8415 1969-1973 San Diego, Bethesda, MD, Philadelphia, PA Navy Chaplain - 1986-2004

Rank at discharge: 04

List all other duty assignments (dates & places): Hospital Corpsman, Medical Technologist,- Bethesda Naval Hospital, Philadelphia Naval Hospital 70-73 Navy Chaplain - 1986-2004 Reserve Service Seabees: NMCB 24, Huntsville, Al - 86-89; Marines: USMC 3/23, New Orleans, 89-2001; MWSS 474, Philadelphia, PA , 2002-2005; 6th Motor Transport Bn, Red Bank, NJ, 2006-2008; USCG: San Diego USCG Station , 2003 Active Duty: USMC, Desert Storm, 1999-2000 Other duty stations: Parris Island , USMC Recruit Depot, Peurto Rico, Mayport Nav Station during "9/11", Balboa Naval Hospital, CA


 Dennis Simpson

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Dates of Military Service: Aug 67 to August 69

Specialty Training, MOS, AIT (dates & places): Inftry , Vietnam mar 68 to feb 69 assigned to 1 st air cav division served in the 2 cor discharged as a e-5 my mos 11 C , received the air medal for 50 combat missions. Went to ka Shan April 4 68 was blessed to come home with no Purple Hearts.

Rank at discharge: E-5

Vietnam service records (dates & places): Mar 68 to Feb 69 quantri N to the DMZ worked with 3 rd marine div

List all other duty assignments (dates & places): Ft. It'd, Calf April 69 to August 69 Hon Discr List service awards: Air Medal for 50 combat missions any other comments you wish to enter: Came home to wife and new 4 mo old daughter



 John Hower


Branch of Service: USAF

Dates of Military Service: 1970-1978

Specialty Trainins, MOS, AIT (dates & places): AFSC 645 = Inventory Mgt Specialist Rank at discharge: SSgt E-5

List all other duty assignments (dates & places): Nellis AFB, NV - 442nd TFTS 1970-72 Tatalina AFS, AK - 717 ACW Sq. - 1973 Robins AFB, GA - 5th Mobility Comm Grp - 1974-75 Lowry AFB, CO - Inv. Mgt. School Instructor 1976-78