Canadian Vietnam Veterans Association





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Great finding your organization and website! I served as an 0331/8651 M60 Machinegunner/Force Recon with "C" 1/9 3rd MARDIV "The Walking Dead" from 1968 - '70. Participated in Operation Dewey Canyon, Apache Snow, and several others in the A Shau Valley, running patrols throughout the I Corps area including Con Thien, Cam Lo, Dong Ha, Quang Tri. Khe Sanh, and the Rock Pile. Later on, was in the very first official troop pullout ordered by then President Nixon, as 1/9 boarded the WWII troop carrier USS Paul Revere to redeploy to Okinawa. Also served on the amphibious assault LPH USS New Orleans for several months off the coast of Viet Nasm in the China Sea. Was born and lived in "The Point" in Montreal, moved to SoCal in the '60's, did my time in the Marines, and became a naturalized US citizen when I got out of the service in 1972.
Proud to be one of the few Canadians serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Thanks for doing such a great job of keeping the Canadian spirit alive.

Admin reply: Hi Ted, thank you for visiting our C.V.V.A. cyber home and for signing the guestbook. We always love to hear from a Canadian born U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran! We found your South East Asian tours in "I Corps" quite amazing! Thank you for having served your adopted US country so well and for representing Canada with distinction. Welcome Home Ted, you have good reasons to be proud. The Few. The Proud. The Marines.


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I would like to extend a 'special' thank you greeting to Connie and Ron Parks for their hospitality in Lancastor over the "Long" weekend...@ to Rick, for opening up his home during the Gimli fish fry....It has been a pleasure for me to meet my Canadian friends and learn of your contributions during the Vietnam Era. A """real""" special thankx to Penney @ Paul for guiding on your guestbook! Look forward to seeing all during your December 6th Christmas Party....Served with 1ST Air Cav..67-68...An Khe @ LZ English.......

Admin reply: Thank you Wayne for signing our guestbook, as it's always a pleasure to hear from a North Dakota Vietnam Veterans of America friend! You were so instrumental in erecting the tents at last year's Lancaster, MN picnic; we would like to extend to you a cordial invitation for next year's tent building. It was a pleasure being your assistant on the tent project.


Added: November 13, 2009
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I am a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Navy in "I" Corp from Feb.-Aug.1970 supporting ground troops in shelling targets around the DMZ and
Da Nang, Yankee Station, partrol off N. Vietnam, and Cambodia.

On this Veterans Day in the USA, I want to thank my Canadian comrades who volunteered to serve in Vietnam in the US Military.

I also want to acknowledge My cousin Leo Baldwin who is Royal Canadian Airforce Retired for his service in the Cold War, and my cousin Neal Baldwin for his service in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Admin reply: Thank you Frank for your Vietnam service and for the I corps ground support you gave us from the sea. On this past Remembrance Day , I also want to thank your counsins Leo and Neal for serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.


Added: November 11, 2009
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Gathering at lancaster was fantastic again this year so many are missing out on so much fun and friendship and rob and shirley's breakfasts were great

Admin reply: Thanks Jim for signing our guestbook. It was a pleasure having you with us again this year in Lancaster, MN. Yes, Shirley and Rob Purvis's meals were superb again, as always! Wishing you a safe journey back home to Maui, Hawaii, and we'll be thinking of you this winter. Come back SOON comrade, we will miss you!


Added: September 16, 2009
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I am a Nam Vet,1965-66,1968-69,served with both the 1st and 3rd Marine Division. Member of VVA chapter 862 Beaver,Pa. Skip Haswell our president emailed me and told me about your unit. Im a U.S.Citizen,living in Canada. was a recruiter in Niagara Falls,NY. in 67-68 and signed up many fine Canadians who later served with honor in Vietnam.Am also a member of Korean Veterans of Canada,unit 15,Niagara Area. its an honor to sign your guestbook.

Admin reply: Hi Bill, its an honor to have a former Marine recruiter sign our guestbook. Welcome home, you have served your country well by pulling two tours of duty in Vietnam. A friend and I initially had been accepted in the US Marines, but only to have the US Army recruiter sway us into signing with the US Army while the Marine recruiter was away. I still feel I missed out by not having served with the US Marines, even though Im now proud of my stint with the US Army.


Added: August 2, 2009
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.....Just a short note but a huge thanks to all my brothers/sisters from Canada who served in the Vietnam War. WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Admin reply: Hi Skip Haswell, thanks for signing our guestbook and Welcome Home! I visited your informative website, keep up the good work!


Added: August 1, 2009
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I served at Tan Son Nhut and Pleiku with the 720th MP's and 586th Sig Co respectively from 1965-66. Also welcomed the 1st Cav boys when they arrived at An Khe. I'm still working (even though retired Army) in Winnipeg withe the US CBP PreFlight section at Winnipeg Int'l Airport. I just had two of your members come through my line this morning!

Admin reply: Nice to hear from you Robert and thank you for signing our guestbook. I bet Ron and Rob were surprised to see you this morning at the airport. Welcome home Robert and thank you for your honorable service to the United States of America. Please keep in touch and you can always contact us at the following email address: webmaster@cvva.ca
Paul Dufault


Added: July 28, 2009
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It was great to meet Rob, Sharon and Rick in North Dakota this weekend....I'm looking forward to seeing you again in Louisville!
I'm sure I speak for the entire AVVA Board of Directors when I say that we are honored that you are a part of the VVA and AVVA family. I'm looking forward to working with your Association in the future.....
Pat Furno, Region 6 Director, AVVA

Admin reply: Thanks for taking time to sign our guestbook Pat, it's an honor to have you visit our website. Wishing you a safe trip to Louisvile!


Added: July 20, 2009
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thankyou for your service and welcome home big brother from little sis. I give BANDAID FOR THE HEART medals and sing WELCOME HOME and THANKYOU DEAR SOLDIER plus other Patriotic/60's/Wall/Inspirational songs, and listen without asking questions at the perimeter of the traveling walls. I help Vietnam Veterans cope with the Wall. I've volunteered for 42 Wall venues the past 4 years in 22 states.
you eat an elephant, one bite at a time, so you cope with the Wall just a step at a time. I will be in Dickinson July 11 for the ND PGR Rally and would like to attend the July 17-19 ND VVA reunion. little sis

Admin reply: We appreciate the support you're giving the veterans, and thank you for singing our guestbook.


Added: May 31, 2009
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Just another Canadian Vietnam USMC vet stopping by. I served an extended tour in Nam from 1965 thru 1967. My four year hitch was from 1964 thur 1968. I was born and raised in Winnipeg and left to join the US Marines in August of 1964. I might have been right up there with the first batch of Canadians to enlist? I decided to stay in the US after discharge and don't get back to Canada as much as I would like to. I had a chance to see your travelling wall yesterday in Fargo. It's nice to see that those who gave all are still remembered. It's also nice to know I wasn't alone when I crossed over. Semper Fi to all!

Wayne Bachinski
Sgt. USMC
1964 - 1968

Admin reply: Thank you for signing our guestbook Sgt. Bachinski! It's a pleasure to hear from another Canadian, who crossed over to the southern side of the border to enlist in the US Armed Forces, and serve in the Vietnam War. Welcome Home!!!


Added: May 25, 2009
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