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The following is an email that was recieved from Renée Thibodeau
Wallate " RATMAN" Thibodeau's Sister
Thank you for this wonderful place. I have been in it several times,
the last 2 days. Emmett Mulroney of Haweye 1 Alpha, gave me the information
so that I could find it and now I just can't seem to stay away from it.
I have several articles from different newspapers out of Viet Nam you might
be interested in.
One article by Benny Perez, says that Rat had been in Viet Nam since July 28,
1964, which is when I kind of thought he went over there as an advisor?? At
that time, however, he was attached to the 52nd Security Detachment as an
infantry machine gunner. It mentions that he was at Camp Holloway and had to
go on a sweep made to Pla Ma Naiu, they came across a tunnel in which Buddy
was sent in to investigate.
Another one is Feb 2, 1968 where Lt Breeman Baker, Camp Holloway Security
Force Commander, Thibodeau and 2 squads were sent out to the Rice Paddys to
look for the enemy who had that morning had them under mortar attack. What
they found were three mortar positions that 'Charlie' had used to hit Camp
Holloway that a.m. These positions were on the outskirts of Plei Monu
Village located about one and a half miles from Camp Holloway. It goes on to
tell of how Thibodeau had to enter a tunnel without his Lucky Chicken
Feather, and the exchange that went on between him and his friends there at
the tunnel. It was a very funny story, but then again, Buddy 'Rat' was a
very funny guy.
I have a couple of more recent clippings, one, out of Camp Radcliff, about
the Hawkeye team with Thibodeau, PFC Dennis Belonger, PFC Robert Thomas and
an unnamed montagnard team member. Written by PFC Chuck Colgan. This one is
pretty funny too, except I imagine it was also pretty scary as it was
It is a time when there team ran into about 15 enemy soldiers carrying
rucksacks and AK47s, the Hawkeye team just happen to have some detainees with
them to worry about AND the dilemma as to how to get out of there safely.
The team did get out of there safely only after they had confused the enemy.
Thibodeau had Belonger stay in a nearby structure, they had come across, with
the detainees while Thibodeau, who had a whistle, started running and blowing
it, the other men were running around yelling like crazy, zigzagging and
firing into the tall elephant grass. They say the team never got any closer
than 40 meters of the enemy force, as the enemy was really moving out in all
directions. Thomas didn't even think the enemy got off more than a few rounds
at them. Thomas captured one and led him back to the structure, Thibodeau
dashed back in to report the action to headquarters and Bolonger decided it
was his turn to run out and join in on the fight. When he got out there the
Montagnard was still running around firing into the tall grass, so Bolonger
joined in with his M79. The article says that every so often one of the
enemies heads would pop up out of that tall grass as if they were trying to
locate one another.
The last article I have is from the Ivy Leaf, Famous Fourth, Camp Enari.
Firebase Blackhawk dated 2/23/69 By Sp5 Robert G. Frechette. The name of
the article is 'Hide and Seek VC Lose in Bad Game'. This one isn't funny at
all. It reads, the Famous 4th Division 1st Brigade Long Range Patrol team
were instrumental in the death of two V.C. during a harrowing game of "hide
and seek" Private First Class Norvert Yan of Palau Island, Thibodeau, Emmett
Mulroney of St Paris, Ohio, Specialist 4 George Pender of Beaverton, Ore, and
Private First class Randy McBride of Hayward, Calif were engaged in a lot of
pretty hairy stuff with the bad guys, which later, after the reinforcing
element from Co. C, 1st Battalion 8th Infantry arrived they uncovered several
huts and two small grain caches..It was a successful mission the article
If you would like, I have no way of sending these via e-mail, but I could
retype the full articles and send them to you.
Thank you Emmett and Larry for telling me about this site, and Ron for making
it available. I have tried to find those of you that I've known of for
I have always been proud of my brother and have always wanted to connect with
his friends. I was able to get to know Al Kidd not long after you all sent
Buddy home to us. Back then I was THE spoiled brat teenage sister, but he
was still my idol and even then I looked up to him. From the pictures and
things I would like to tell you all, Thank you for caring so much that even
after 30 years you still remember him like I do.
Thank you and WELCOME HOME
THIS IS THE BEGINNINGS OF A PLATOON ROSTER
Freeport Pa 1968-69
Beard, [Cajun] Joey
Winnsboro La. 1968-69
Broadnax, Donald R.
Washington D.C. 1968-69
Browning, [Doc] Mike
Burns, [Heavy] Tommy
Castillo, Jo Jo
Olton, Texas 1968-69
Chambers, [ Stubby] Edward J.
Childers[Fat Albert] Doug
Harvard, Ill. 1969-70
Conroy, Brian Lt.
Rockway, NJ. 1968-69
Quincy, Ma. 1967-69
Woodbridge, N.J. 1968-69
Ferguson, Ronnie D
Figueira, [Wop] John
Filipini, Lt. C.O. K/75
Chicago, Ill. Sniper 1968-69
Middlevillage, N.Y. 1968-69
Weatland, Wy. 1968-1969
Hurricane, West by god Virginia 1967-71
Boiness City, Mi.1968-69
Deluth, Minn. 1968-69
Detroit, MI. 1968-69
Hooker [ Capt Hook] Rick
Santa Anna, CA. 1969-70
Southbridge, Ma. 1968-69
Baffalo, WY 1968-1970
New Jersey 1968-July 7, 1969 [K.I.A.]
Hunter, [ Chief ] Michael H.
Bellingham, Wa. 1968-69
Janak, Paul L.
Jauron, [O.J.] Michael T.
Fresno, Ca. 1969-70
East Point, Ga.
Jones Melvin D
Durham, S.C. 1967-68
Kidd , Al
Farmington, MI. 1968-69
Kincade, [Baby Huey] Donald
Gibson City, Ill. 1969-70
Kirkman, James C.
La Rue, Donald (K.I.A.)
East Amherst, N.Y.
Light, Gill Jr.
Sierra Madrs, Ca.
Beech Creek, Pa. 1968-69
Harlingen, Ta. 1968-69
North Riverside, Ill.
Portland, Or. 1967-69
McLaughlin, James "Jelly Belly"
1968-69 KIA April 16th 1971
Meadows Larry E.
McComas W.Va. 1968-69
Apple Creek, Ohio
Newman, Plt. Sgt.
Columbus, Ga. 1968-69
Nieves, Louis "Munoz"
Canal zone, Panama 1968-69
Palau Island Guam
Robinsn, Alan (Passed away Natural causes) 1998
Wilmington, Vermont 1968-69
Rockford, Ill. 1967-69
Sulivant, [Sully] Steve
Thibodeau, [RATMAN] Wallate Fred
Orange County, Calif 1966-JUly 19, 1969[ K.I.A.]
Shannon, Ga. 1967-69
Wapakoneta, Ohio 1968-70