My Dad's service in Vietnam (A Co 2/5th 1st Cav)


I am seeking anyone who might know my Dad.  He was in country from Dec 68 - Dec 69.  Primarily in and around Tay Ninh.  I have his OMPF and can provide additional info if needed.  I would I have spoken to a few VN vets who were part of A Co but not in my Dad's platoon.  I would like to find anyone or perhaps sources for records that could tell me what platoon he was in.

Thomas (Tom) E Clark
1969-1969, 11B40, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

Many thanks.



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  • Try searching the Texas Tech University Vietnam Canter's Virtual Vietnam Archives. It's a collection of papers donated by Vietnam veterans (and organizations), is digitized, and searchable.

    The search engine is a little quirky, though. So first, search for 5th Cavalry, then search within that for 2nd battalion, then within those results for A Company. If you just search for A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, you'll get anything that has any of the terms in it.

  • Thank you Donald for the tips.  I am actually a TTU alum and have been on that site.  Your right the search is quirky.  But I will try your suggestion.  Many thanks for the tips and thank you for your service.

  • Hi Brad, I believe my Dad was also 1st Cavalry Division A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment and was in Vietnam from March 1968-March 1969. Unfortunately he passed away in 2010, but I have letters he wrote to a friend during that time. I'd love to compare notes.

  • Good morning.  Thank you for your message.  I would love to compare notes.  I have been able to get some traction into A company, but not must past there.  It is real hard getting any sort of info at the platoon level.  I have been able to connect with a handful of vets that served in A but don't think they knew Dad.  I have some resources I can share with you.  What was your Dad's name and rank when he left VN?  Not sure how we exchange contact info

  • Hi Brad, I tried, but the moderator does not let us exchange email addresses/contact info. My Dad was Joseph Winkelbauer and his rank was E5.

  • Hi Brad, my name is William Hendrix, I am trying to get information on my father’s service in Vietnam, his unit was Co A 2nd Bn 5th Cav 1st Air Cavalry. 1st Sgt Luther C Hendrix. I really don’t know how to get info. I think I am going to contact the 5th Cavalry in Texas. If anybody has any suggestions, would You please respond. Thank You

  • There are several sites I use in my research.  I also paid a professional researcher (Army VN vet) to pull records from the Archive in DC.  It is a very tedious process but I have been able to talk to a handful of vets that were in A Co.  Unfortunately, easily accessible records only drill down to the company level.  I would love to chat further, share some of my resources, but this particular forum doesn't allow for the sharing of contact info.  If the moderators will allow, I can share some websites I use

  • I appreciate that, I called the 1st Cav association but they said there was a fire and a lot of records got destroyed. The only thing the had to say was the archives. I appreciate any thing You can do. Thank You very much , William Hendrix

  • Hello Brad. My name is Norman Ray. I was the medic in 2nd Platoon from Sept. 68 until May 69 when I left the field and went to the Aid Station. I definitely remember a Tom Clark in 2nd Platoon. If I remember correctly he came over about October or so. His mother passed away and he went home and rejoined the Platoon later in the year. If this is the Tom Clark you are looking for, I have a picture of him in the squad he was with. I saw him at Fort Carson, Dec 69 or Jan70. If this is your Dad, I would be glad to send you a copy of the picture.