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The Beginning- the first guestbook

May 2000 through April 2001

Posted: September 13th, 2006 @ 11:00pm

The Beginning

Our very first guestbook hosted on a free site started in May 2000. We start with the first posts to the last from this book which ran until July 2003 when the pop-ups and pop-unders became too numerous to go there!

May 5th 2000 at 09:53:35 AM

16, Thanks for the site. Each unit member should apply some input to this site, so our history can be viewed by all. The time I spent as your crew chief were some of the toughest times I have ever endured, but they were also some of the most satisfying.

Thanks for being a great pilot,but more important, thanks for being a great friend.


May 6th 2000 at 03:45:24 AM

I agree with Joe, scouts & guns should get a short place to tell their stories. You and I found the gooks crossing the blue line from Laos into our AO and they didn’t engage for two days, then all hell broke loose, and the battle around Hep Duc lasted for 19 days and nights. Lots of good stories there !

I like what you’re doing and am proud to sign in as a participant and a Blueghoster. Donna has done a terrific job ! Dan, I think you ‘oughta keep her.

Robert Wiggins

May 6th 2000 at 06:29:19 AM

Very Good site! I’m sure as time goes by, many ex-BlueGhosters will be coming by for a visit. I was Blue Ghost 34 from 12/70 to 06/71. I have many fond memories from my days with F Troop. Good luck with your site.

Mark C. Christian

May 29th 2000 at 07:59:08 PM

It’s gr-reat to be asked to help you with this site. You’re on the right track 16. Go for it.

Danny, you have started a site that’s a winner. I am honored to sign on and help you with pictures and stories, or glimpses into our time in the sun. I treasure my friends and the memories and remember with pride, on this First Memorial Day of the 21st Century, the men of Blue Ghost then and now. Great site for us to honor the memories of those who gave their lives risking it all. As a scout you are the best, a little bit crazy sometimes; but, then that’s an MOS requirement.. for a scout, huh??

Tom Taylor, BG-3 1969-70

Jun 10th 2000 at 09:15:58 AM

Great site.Pictures of Ky Ha, Chu Lai, Hawk Hill make it feel like it was yesterday!

THE original BlueGhost 6X Oct 67-Sep 68

John Shepardson

Jun 11th 2000 at 02:59:13 PM

I was a Blue from Feb.’69 to Feb.’70. This is a great site with pictures that brought back some memories. Thank you for your efforts!

Jim Snider

Jun 17th 2000 at 12:55:38 PM

SSG US Army 1140 Delta Co. 4th Bn, 3rd Inf, 11th LIB, Americal. Class of 67-68. Thank you for your support. God bless you.

Steve Beers

Jun 18th 2000 at 05:29:36 PM

I served with the gun platoon from 5/68 to 12/68 and became Blueghost 6x until my deros 5/69. All of my time was out of Ky ha and hill 29; Que son, Tien Phouc, happy valley, Cuba valley, Quang Nai etc.. sorry about the spellings.

James Sheridan

Jun 25th 2000 at 08:36:30 AM

Just thought I’d say hello and maybe you could use some of my pictures. I was a loh mechanic from Nov 68 till Jan 70 and did the noseart on the lift, GHOSTDOCTOR, cobras, helmets and unit signs plus the 570th stage. I’m still looking for pictures of my artwork for my own collection. Looks like this is going to be a great site.

Carl Mumaw

Jul 13th 2000 at 05:22:35 PM

There must be hundreds of photographs taken by the members of BG that will be very stimulating to our memories. I hope former members will add to your site. Good site, glad you made the effort.

Charles Ivey


Aug 12th 2000 at 05:10:31 PM

One of the original Blue Ghost. Served as OH-6A crew chief from Dec 67 (C/7/17th) to Jan 69 (F Troop 8th CAV). Flew missions for 10 months then as line chief for the scouts. I also gave the new Scout observers their first two weeks of training.

Pat Armstrong

Sep 11th 2000 at 08:25:15 PM

I arrived at F/8 as a "shake and bake" infantry E-5 and eventually became platoon sgt. of the Blues.My tour was summer 69 to summer 70. Over thirty years I have talked to many people and have studied the war quite a bit. What the Blues did was truly different. When you think of a bunch of draftees standing out on the skids of a huey at 300 feet off the ground waiting to jump at the earliest moment. Now that was unique.

Thanks for this great site.

John Harris


Sep 20th 2000 at 08:38:04 PM

I was excited to find a "Ghost’ web page. Thanks! I served Aug 69 to Sept 70 in maint. platoon and weapons platoon. I think I was the 1stCobra crew chief to fly front seat on regular missions. Hello to Capt Owens and Sp4 Larry Barton, where ever you are. Welcome home all.

Dale Baker

Dec 5th 2000 at 09:41:01 PM

I was a BlueGhost from 7/69-7/70. I worked in maint. and was a crewchief for lift and nighthawk.

Ron Bennett

Dec 24th 2000 at 04:43:05 PM



Jan 6th 2001 at 06:09:22 AM

Great Site!

I have visited many times but am finally saying hello. Looking forward to Pensacola in March hope to see many ghost there. It will be hard to have more fun then last year at Rocky Mount but lets try. See you all

Dennis Galinski


Jan 12th 2001 at 12:01:41 AM

This is a wonderful site for the men who were part of the BlueGhosts and it is also very interesting for those of us who remember this time, but weren’t there. My hat is off to all of you who served. Thank you

  Susan Anderson

Feb 11th 2001 at 03:02:29 PM

Enjoyed looking at the pictures. I am one of the originals also. I Was a crewchief and door gunner in the Scouts, Blueghost 18. 1967 – Nov 1968.

Ronald L. Oglesby

Feb 27th 2001 at 09:55:45 PM

Thank you for preserving this history. I served with the F/8th from Dec 5 70 til Dec 5 71,callsign Blue Ghost 28.

Kirk C Bennett

Mar 3rd 2001 at 03:22:45 PM

Squad Leader, 3rd Squad Blues, from Aug ’68 to Aug ’69. I am enjoying my visits to the website.

Stan Fadely

Mar 4th 2001 at 08:37:30 PM

My thanks to Dan DeLor for this great Blue Ghost web site. I run a 60 MHz Pentium which is so slow I hold my breath every time I click on a photo. It sometimes takes up to 30 minutes to load a photo. But Dan’s photos load FAST! I love it.

I was the last Blue Ghost 6, and stood down the troop in February 73. I was also the first aerorifle platoon commander in B Trp, 7/17th Air Cav, when Blue Ghost was our C Troop.

I’m getting excited about the upcomin reunion in Pensacola. See YOU there.

Dan Dantzler

The Last Blue Ghost 6

Apr 13th 2001 at 07:22:28 AM

I was a crewcheif in lift Platoon in 68-69. I have just recently found out about the BlueGhost Assocation and have sent in my dues to join. Sorry I was to late to meet in Pensacola but I am looking forward to San Diego in 2002. 32 years have gone by, if anyone can remember me please let me know.

Jim Ware

Apr 17th 2001 at 06:02:10 AM

Hi to all the BlueGhosts I flew with and covered from May69-Dec70. Dan thanks for the site.

BlueGhost Two-Zero’s breaking right

Bob Drury

Dan, thanks for the tribute to my stick buddy in flight school and wingman in Vietnam. He was a dear soul and a very good friend.


BlueGhost Two-Zero

Bob Drury

Apr 24th 2001 at 04:09:02 PM

Dan..what a site…you done good…i am very saddened by the news of Chuck’s death. It was really great to see him in Nashville and catch up on old times…we’ll miss him…hope to see you in San Diego

Mike McDonald (DUCK) Blue Ghost 42

Apr 25th 2001 at 05:13:14 PM

Hello Blue Ghosts

I served with BlueGhosts as Blues Medic from May 69 to October 69. After transferring first to Bco Animals for a month I couldn’t go back to the Dispensary. Helping all the troop get back together is a great experience.

16 your page is fantastic keep up the good work

John Doc Anderson

Apr 25th 2001 at 06:17:57 PM

On behalf of my family I would like to thank Mr. Bob Wiggins and Mr. Dan DeLor for the TAPS page in remembrance of my uncle: BLUEGHOST 22. I would also like to thank Mr. David Owen for attending the memorial service on behalf of the BlueGhost veterans who served with my uncle. It was an honor and a pleasure to speak with him and to learn more about my uncle. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to learn more about him from those who served with him in Vietnam. Very Respectfully,Chris Gallagher

Capt USMC (active)

Apr 28th 2001 at 03:51:10 PM

Hi BlueGhost:

I’m one of the original BlueGhosts! I went over to Vietnam as part of C Troop 7th of the 17th Air Cav and shortly before I rotated, we became F Troop 8th Cav. My call sign was BlueGhost 27 and I flew a Charlie Model Huey in the Weapons Platoon under the command of LT. Chambers in ’67 – ’68. I was also the guy who came up with the original logo of the BlueGhost and painted it on the doors of the aircraft way back when. I also designed and drew the Ghost on the propaganda leaflet that we dropped all over the place. I haven’t made it to a reunion yet, but I hope to in the near future.

Tom Pueschel

BlueGhost 27




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