Tracking Our History
By Francis Remkiewicz
Vietnam is now part of History. This podcast brings to life the actual experiences of Tank crewmen who spent a “lifetime” in Vietnam. It seeks to show the significance of our contributions and those of all tank crewmen to the war effort we now call The Vietnam War.
Episode 19 Hue/Dai Do/Typhoons
This is an extensive discussion with John Wear. John just arrived in country and was shipped to Hue in the early stages of the battle. His descriptions of Hue and Typhoon Bess are absolutely fascinating. The music is used with permission from the writer and performer, Sailor Jerri.
September 8, 2021
Episode 18 Part 2 Wally Young
This episode is a continuation of the multiple firefights in which Wally was involved. You will learn new names of places you may not have heard of before. While you will hear about dozens of firefights this portrayal by Wally is fairly precise and graphic. The music this time is a rather unusual singer for Viet Nam vets. But if you listen to the words closely you will find that Arlo has moderated his position and it is the first "folk singer from the 60's" to actually begin to understand the Viet Nam vet. Nobody seems to notice when a soldier makes it home has taken on a renewed meaning since Afghanistan was abandoned. The audience ought not to be fooled by the hype and press now or then. Marines are warriors and warriors go where they are told to go and fight who they are told to fight. There is an old adage that seems to conveniently slip peoples minds. "Old men make wars that young men must fight." Music is used by permission. ASCAP licensing.
September 6, 2021
Episode 18 Wally Young
Drivers, Drivers, Drivers. Yep, without a good driver one was in a world of hurt. Today is, by consensus, the best driver in Viet Nam. At least during his tour. This is part 1 of two parts and I believe you will enjoy both parts. Music is performed by Billy Rae Cyrus and is used with permission from ASCAP and BMI.
August 12, 2021
Episode 17 Andy Anderson
This is Part I of two parts that describe some of the more unusual ways we spent our time. The listener may even find it a continuation of a conversation that was begun one dark night close to the Demilitarized Zone. Recordings are all used with permission from the owner/publisher.
July 24, 2021
Episode 16 James Coan and The Hill of Angels
Most everyone has heard of the siege Khe Sanh. Did you know that before Khe Sanh there was the siege of Con Tien. The siege of Con Tien took place on May 8, 1967 which was exactly 10 years after the siege of Dien Bien Phu - only this time the outcome was significantly different. The North Vietnam lost several thousand soldiers this time. Listen and learn about the tough and determined Marines and Marine Tankers who sowed the NVA just how different the Marines are from the French. Listen to one of the knowledgeable Marine Officers lay out the details of one of the most dangerous places in all of Vietnam.
March 24, 2021
Episode 14 The Wunsch Family
This interview is one of the most intriguing of all. Here the audience gets a real glimpse of a close family and how they each dealt with to death of a brother. As the audience will learn, The death of Captain Wunsch has left a hole in each member's heart. this is the story of how a family lives through conceivably the worst tragic event of anyone's life. Music is Requiem for Vietnam Part 1/2 by Country Joe and the Fish. The USMCVTA is most grateful for the use of this music and a heartfelt thank you to Joe McDonald.
February 23, 2021
Episode 13 Grady Nappier
This is the second in a continuing series about the Idaho Canyon Operation and the firefight between an NVA Regiment and Kilo Co. 3/3 with Alpha Co. 3rd Tanks. Episode 12 spoke of a unique experience of one of the tankers. Episode 13 speaks to the battle raging with Alpha 24. Episode 14 will be the concluding episode with the family of Captain Michael Wunsch, the Company Commander of Alpha Co, 3rd Tanks. The beloved commander of he company was killed almost immediately at the start of the firefight. Music for the episode is a Vietnam standard, Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones. ASCAP has licensed this song to the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association. As the governing body of Tracking Our History all rights are reserved to the interviewee and the Association. The right to copy, duplicate, record is prohibited without the writt3en permission of the USMCVTA.
January 23, 2021
Episode 12 Dave Turner and the Vision
Episode 12 with Dave Turner is a fascinating study into battlefield phenomenon. An experience such as this is rare but not unheard of. I believe the audience will be both intrigued and stunned by this unusual happening. The music is Mourning Blues, donated to the VTA by Country Joe MacDonald. We are pleased that the music from Joe's album, Vietnam Experience, is both fitting and appropriate for the work we are doing.
January 11, 2021
Episode 11 Love Letters
Episode 11 is an interview with Bruce and Nancy Appeldoorn. Bruce and Nancy have been married for over 50 years. The story starts shortly before Vietnam. This episode focuses on the time Bruce is in Vietnam and the correspondence between this couple during Bruce's time in Vietnam. As you listen you will be convinced as I am that this is joyful side of a couple brought together by love, separated by war, and reunited in marriage. The music is used by permission from ASCAP.
December 15, 2020
Episode 10 Lt. Pete Rich
This episode is a very far ranging episode with the Secretary of the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association. We talk about Pete's experiences in Vietnam as a tank officer in yet another Company of the 3rd Tank Battalion. We also talk about Pete's responsibilities as the Secretary of the VTA and the great work he has done in the area of documenting the experiences of Marine tankers in Vietnam in a wide range of media. The music is very recognizable, albeit in the background, from the Vietnam era. In fact, Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones will usually bring to mind the many and varied memories of many a Vietnam veteran. We thank ASCAP for the rights and privilege of presenting this song. As always, used by permission.
November 30, 2020
Episode 9 Rick Lewis On the Occasion of the Marine Corps Birthday
This episode was recorded on November 10, 2020, the 245th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. We talk about an operation on January, 1967; drill instructors, and the lore of the Marine Corps. Rick is a retired First Sergeant and the listening audience will find a bunch of information in this dandy little interview. It includes three different versions, one of which is the original version.
November 17, 2020
Episode 8 Hank Fuller
WE all have our favorite tank platoon leaders. Hank Fuller is mine. In this episode Hank talks about his time in the grunts. After his three months "pounding ground" Lt. Fuller arrived at 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 3rd Tank Battalion. Hank will also share some of his work as a notifications officer in and around New York. A specially moving story appears towards the end of this episode. Be sure and listen through the end, Music for this episode is Strange Days by the Doors. It is used by permission from ASCAP.
November 3, 2020
Episode 7 Clyde Hoch
Clyde Hoch was assigned to 1st Tanks, south of Da Nang. An experienced and knowledgeable tanker clyde covers the watershed on M48 tanks and on Ontos. There is a great story on the Veterans Brotherhood. Music is War Within (PTSD Song) graciously donated by Tom Byrne.
October 20, 2020
Intermission 1 of Tracking Our History
Music graciously donated by Country Joe MacDonald and Bob Belmont. Intermissions a brief explanations of material that has been published but may need further explanation. These are unscheduled and may be published at any time.
October 18, 2020
Episode 5 Light 'Em Up
Episode 5 is an interview with Thomas "Sparrow" Moad. Sparrow was the most junior grade Flame Tank Commander in Vietnam. As a PFC (Private First Class) he was given command of a Flame Tank he nicknamed Aftermath, a reference to the Rolling Stones. This is a fascinating walk in the boots of a warrior in a unique and frightening weapon of war that was equipped with napalm and a match. Gives a whole new meaning to "crispy critters". Our grateful acknowledgement to Country Joe for the use of his song Agent Orange.
October 6, 2020
Episode 6 over Hill and Dale
Episode 6 interview is with Jan Wendling, AKA “Turtle”. Jan’s memory is excellent and his stories are many. Our thanks to BMI for Stand By Me copyright privileges.
September 22, 2020
Episode 4: "When an old person dies a library burns to the Ground" African Proverb
Episode 4 of Tracking Our History is a talk with John Wear, President of USMC Vietnam Tankers Association. This is all the "hot scoop" on the USMC Tankers Association, founding, reunions, work, and membership. Music is graciously provided by Mutt Cooper, writer/performer, and made available through one of our own, Wally Young.
September 8, 2020
Episode 3: Tracking Our History All In the Family
This will be a unique listening opportunity. Throughout the Vietnam War the focus, justifiably, has always been on the military. In this interview we will hear from a family member whose brother was killed in Vietnam, the brothers experiences at the time of the incident, and how it has affected his life since. This is a remarkable look into the heart and soul of a relative of a Vietnam veteran. This is "don't miss stuff". Music is used by permission from Concord Music. Thank you Wolfgang and LeAnn.
August 25, 2020
Episode 2 Driving with "Blues"
Come along with Roger "Blues" Unland as he drives up to Con Thien and back to Dong Ha. Along the way we will learn a lot about the Marine who was among the best tank drivers in Vietnam. Listen in as he salutes another driver who "Blues" considers one of the best drivers as well. Once again our thanks to Country Joe MacDonald and Bill Belmont for the music they so graciously donated to our podcasts.
August 4, 2020
Welcome to Tracking Our History
Overview of the Vietnam Tankers Association and our goals and objectives for this podcast. Music is used by permission from Bill Belmont and Joe MacDonald
July 28, 2020