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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, just in
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
happening. 
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
says. 
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
years.  
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
Sincerely,
Renée Thibodeau
Gilbert, AZ

THIS IS THE BEGINNINGS OF A PLATOON ROSTER

Paul adami

Anderson, Jan
Freeport  Pa   1968-69

Bade, Bernard
1969

Beard, [Cajun] Joey
Winnsboro  La. 1968-69

Belonger, Dennis
1969-July19 [K.I.A.]

Biackburn Jim
Denver, Colo

Bowles Jerry
WV. 1968-1970

Broadnax, Donald R.                                            
Bronx N.Y,

Brice, L.
Washington D.C. 1968-69

Browning, [Doc] Mike                                           
Columbus, Ohio

Burns, [Heavy] Tommy                                       
Orange,Calif

Butler, Ed
Oakland, Calif

Carpenter, Ronald
Marietta, Ohio

Castillo, Jo Jo
Olton, Texas 1968-69

Chambers, [ Stubby] Edward J.                           
Portsmouth, Va

Childers[Fat Albert] Doug                                     
Harvard, Ill. 1969-70

Conroy, Brian    Lt.
Rockway, NJ. 1968-69

Davlin Mac
1968-69

Duffy, John
Quincy, Ma.   1967-69

Estok, Steve
Woodbridge, N.J. 1968-69

Ferguson, Ronnie D
Jamaica N.Y

Figueira, [Wop] John
Patchoque, N.Y.

Filipini, Lt. C.O. K/75
1968-69

Finnegan, James                                                 
Audubon, N.J.

Flanagan,  Larry
Brocktomn, Ma.10/68-10/69

Florkiewicz, Eddie
Chicago, Ill.  Sniper 1968-69

Gentilella, Matty
Middlevillage, N.Y. 1968-69

Geringer, Joe
Weatland, Wy. 1968-1969

Gibson, Lonnie
1969-9/69 [K.I.A.]

Gibson,[Festus] John
Hurricane, West by god Virginia 1967-71

Hackney, Ron
Mcandrews, Ky.

Gotts, Calvin
Boiness City, Mi.1968-69

Hadlock, Blain
Ashabula, Oh.

Handris, James
Deluth, Minn. 1968-69

Hawkins
Detroit, MI. 1968-69

Hise, Frank
N.J. 1968-69

Hooker [ Capt Hook] Rick                                    
Wayland, MI.

Hoyle, Ray
1968-69

Hubbard, J.J.
Santa Anna, CA. 1969-70

Hufault, Edger
Southbridge, Ma. 1968-69

Hulet Dennis
Baffalo, WY 1968-1970

Humes, Frank                                                      
New Jersey  1968-July 7, 1969 [K.I.A.]

Hunter, [ Chief ] Michael H.
Bellingham, Wa. 1968-69

Janak, Paul L.
Freemouth, Ohio

Jauron, [O.J.] Michael T.                                      
Fresno, Ca. 1969-70

Johnson, Larry                                                     
East Point, Ga.

Jones Melvin D
Houston, TX

Jones, Terry
Durham, S.C. 1967-68

Kanyo Steve
Rhodes, MI.

Kidd , Al
Farmington, MI. 1968-69

Kincade, [Baby Huey] Donald                              
Gibson City, Ill. 1969-70

Kirkman, James C.                                               
Liberty, N.C.

La Rue, Donald (K.I.A.)
1968-69

Leising, Roy
East Amherst, N.Y.

Light, Gill Jr.
Sierra Madrs, Ca.

Litz, Carl
Beech Creek, Pa. 1968-69

Long, Delmer
Harlingen, Ta. 1968-69

Long, Kevin
North Riverside, Ill.

Manderfeld, Bill
Portland, Or. 1967-69

Mason, Frank
1968-69

McBain, Mort
1967-69

McLaughlin, James "Jelly Belly"
1968-69 KIA April 16th 1971

Meadows Larry E.                                                
McComas W.Va. 1968-69

Moore, Charles
Cornetvile, Ky.1968-69

Mulrony, Emmit
1969

Musser, Carl
Apple Creek, Ohio

Napier,  Price
1968-69

Newman,  Plt. Sgt.
Tennessee. 1968-69

Nelson, Ronald
Columbus, Ga. 1968-69

Nieves, Louis "Munoz"
Canal zone, Panama 1968-69

Norvekt, Yano
Palau Island Guam

Parris, Charles
Nashville, Tenn.

Patterson, Niel
Olympia, Wa.

Pender, George
Beaverton, Or.

Porter, Sgt
1968-69

Ramirez, Valentino
Bakerfield, Ca.

Robinsn, Alan (Passed away Natural causes) 1998
Wilmington, Vermont 1968-69

Ryan Dennis
Asstoria, N.Y.

Sagin, Mike
1968-1969

Shea, Mike
Kanas City,MO.

Shelenbarger, Gary
1968-1969

Smith, Merle
1968-69

Spraggins, Emory
Rockford, Ill. 1967-69

Stone, Jim
Decator, Ill.

Stone, Jerry
In.

Strong, Marcus

Sulivant, [Sully] Steve

Thibodeau, [RATMAN] Wallate Fred                   
Orange County, Calif 1966-JUly 19, 1969[ K.I.A.]

Thomas, Bob
1969

Vaughn, Jerry
Shannon, Ga. 1967-69

Wells, Dave
Westport, Wa.

Watson, Stan
Pekin, Ill.

Zwiebel, James
Wapakoneta, Ohio 1968-70

Garza, Joe
Clovis, Ca.