These pages are dedicated to the
men who served with Dusters, Quad
50's, Searchlights, Vulcans and
HAWKs in the Vietnam and Korean
The NDQSA Web Site is going to be
revised and reformatted during May and June, 2012
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ADA'S Medal of Honor Recipient - Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout
New Article on MOH Ceremony in May
"We were the most
highly decorated army artillery outfit in Vietnam. The only A.D.A. unit with
a Congressional Medal of Honor, Mitchell Stout. We were awarded
Presidential and Meritorious Unit citations, Silver Stars, Bronze stars,
and over 1,000 Purple Hearts.
"We were in demand, 'Fire Power for Hire'. Over four million 40
MM rounds, ten million .50 cal. rounds, and a million miles of illumination
from the D.M.Z. to the Delta."
- Hugh Roberts, former President of "Dusters,
Quads and Searchlights Association"
Click here for information about the vehicles,
history and Order of Battle of ADA units in Vietnam.
"I am frankly of the belief that no amount of American military
assistance in Indochina can conquer an enemy which is everywhere and at
the same time nowhere, 'an enemy of the people' which has the sympathy
and covert support of the people. . . . In November of 1951, I reported
upon my return from the Far East as follows: 'In Indochina we have allied
ourselves to the desperate effort of a French regime to hang on to the
remnants of empire. There is no broad, general support of the native
Vietnam Government among the people of that area . . . . [To try to win
military victory] apart from and in defiance of innately nationalistic
aims spells foredoomed failure.'"
- Senator John F. Kennedy,
has become of the steed?
What has become of the warrior?
What has become of the seats of banquet?
Where are the joys of the hall?
O for the bright cup!
O for the mailclad warrior!
O for the glory of the prince!
How that time has passed away
And grown dark under the cover of night,
As if it had never been."
- "The Wanderer"
you served in a Duster, Quad 50, Searchlight, Vulcan or Hawk unit and want
your own memoirs and images to be included on these pages e-mail Paul
Kopsick, the DQS Historian, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vietnam Memoirs Book Shelf
· See reviews of some
excellent books on the war and its aftermath.
· Order directly on-line
from Amazon Books.
Quads and Searchlights Sites
· ADA Magazine Online - the professional
journal of Air Defense Artillery
· Fort Bliss - U.S. Army Air Defense
Red Sigle's Vietnam Photo Slideshow
· Have-Gun, Will
- C 5/2 Arty (Octofoil Magazine, 1969)
Battle at Khe Gio
Bridge (Don Wittenberger)
Memorabilia of a Duster Crewman (Joe Belardo)
Links to Other Vietnam Sites
New Novel - Hard Way
I was in the 1/44th .... Dong Ha, Con Thien and various I-Corps locations in 69-70.
I have written a new novel. It is fiction; however, it is fact
based. The first chapters start with observations while in serving in
1/44th in I-Corps. The book has been well received by those who have
The link to the book and my website is dennisclarknovels.com.
Click on image for larger view
Ronald Marks HHB 1/44,
I am the son of Ronald Marks who passed away in 1987. He was part of
HHB 1st BN 44th Arty in 67-68. He died before I had the opportunity to
ask him about his service in Vietnam. I was 7 when he died and am very
eager to learn about his experiences while he was stationed there. Any
info would be great. I have enclosed a pic from
his tour in case you recognize him. Thanks again.
Daniel Marks, Principal
Pioneer Conferencing LLC
Stained Glass IIFFV Patch
This beautiful artwork has been crafted by Col. (Ret) Jim Perry (I-29
Art shipped within 2 weeks of receiving order.
$5 of every order will be contributed to the National Dusters,
Quads and Searchlights Association.
See Jim's other work at BookNCrafts.
Jim can also make up a First Field Force patch at the same price for those
who are interested.
Proposed 1/44 Memorial
A memorial has been planned for the 1st Battalion of the 44th Artillery
at Fort Bliss.
Donations may be made c/o the 1/44 Fallen Hero's Fund, 1/44, Fort Bliss.
For more information contact CPT Frank Nieto at email@example.com.
Bricks will be made up in memory of veterans for contributions of $100
(Click on links below to load images.)
The 1/44 "Fallen Hero's Bell" is self explanatory. The
memorial at the left front is the Mitchell
Stout memorial. The tablets at the right are
from the command structure of the Republican Guards Air Defense School,
which were captured by members of 1/44 in Iraq.
Submitted by Robert H. Lauver (G-65, 66-68) firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Rakkasan* Association HAS APPROVED an attempt to organize
a sub Chapter For ALL Hamburger Hill Vets.
You need NOT have been a member of the 187, just either under their
control or in support off them - Arty, Engineers,
other grunt outfits, etc. ARE eligible - basically ANYONE In the 3rd Bde of the 101st during 10-22 May 1969, plus other
supporting XXIV Corps Art, etc. ( I think even a
IN ADDITION any Rakkasan from any time period is
1. You MUST be eligible to join the National Association (and join!)
2. You can be from ANY geographical part of the world. (This is an
exception to most sub chapters.)
3. You can be active duty or a vet.
ANY ONE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT DIRECTLY Ltcrhd101abn@aol.com
If you know of anyone who does NOT have e-mail, my snail mail address
Roger H. Dent
7929 Charter Oak Lane
Charlotte, NC 28226
* Rakkasan is the Japanese term for "umbrella.".
They had NO WORD for parachute when the 187th Combat Inf
Regt first jumped in during WW2. It now applies to any member of the 1/187-
2/187-3/187; which are all currently comprise the 3rd Brigade of the 101st
Airborne Division It hasn't always been that way. They were part of the
11th Airborne and at times part of the 82nd also. It will probably change
some with the new changes scheduled in the near future.
A Chaplain Remembers Vietnam by Sam Hopkins, who
served with 4th Battalion 60th Artillery (Dusters), is now available.
"From 1966 to 1968, I was privileged to serve with 800 men who
were called upon by our country to go to Vietnam and fight against a
dedicated and deadly foe. We formed a new unit together, trained for six
months together, shipped out together, served our tour of duty together,
and came home together. Togetherness is the main theme of our unit's
"My unit's veterans celebrate these precious bonds to this very day,
especially our affections for our former fallen buddies and their
surviving families. The National Dusters, Quads, and Searchlight
Association actively supports the American Gold Star Mothers, an
organization for women who lost their sons in combat. Proceeds from sales
of this book will be donated to projects and services that will benefit
these ladies. May God add His blessings to these enterprises".
God and Country,
CH (COL) Samuel W. Hopkins, Jr., Ph.D.
Priced at $19.95, A Chaplain Remembers Vietnam is 294 pages soft
cover and features over 80 full-page photos.
(Truman Publishing) for more details, photos, excerpts and ordering
Jim McLaughlin, brother of DQS KIA John McLaughlin,
would like to hear from anyone who knew or served with his younger brother.
PFC John McLaughlin was KIA on may 11, 1969 at Fire Base (LZ?) Oasis in the
vicinity of Pleiku. He was an Azimuth Tracker on
a Duster with D Battery, 4/60. D-4/60 was attached to D-5/16 Arty at Oasis.
Jim has been searching for many years for info or someone who knew his
brother. Let's do what we can to help!
Stuart Robinson from Redmond, Washington has acquired a
Duster from Craig Rossner which has been almost
completely restored to its original operating condition. For Craig, it was
a labor of love which he dedicated to all Duster crewmen who served in
Vietnam. Currently, Stuart wants to complete restoration of the interior.
He would appreciate advice from anyone with technical expertise on the
If you are able to help and willing to answer a few questions, please
contact Stuart at:
Chuck Baker (Triple B) served with C Battery. 1/44 Arty (AW) (SP)
- the DMZ DUSTERS.
"My service with the Dusters was at Fort Bliss to Orogrande
then by ship to Vietnam in Oct.66 to Oct. 67. The 1st, 44th service was
with the 3rd Marines at Khe Sahn,
Calu, Rockpile, Camp
Carroll, and convoy duty on Highway 9, along with the Quad 50's. I was
wounded in March 1967 at Camp Carroll during all night fire fight during an
NVA attack. Would love to hear from any fellow Dusters."
You can contact Chuck at: email@example.com
Were you there 12 March 1970, Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam?
"Looking for members of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery and
G-29, who might remember Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout. He was a
KIA on that date and was awarded the Medal of Honor on the 17th of July,
1974. A memorial has been built where Sgt. Stout is buried in Knoxville,
TN. I would like to recognize the other 12 Americans who were at Khe Gio Bridge on March 12,
Anyone who can help, contact Gary Puro at:
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