This web site is dedicated to the memories of a fallen Brother and his Ranger Team. They were members of Papa Company Rangers, 75th Infantry. This team was also known as, "Killer Team 16" - "Dowd's Dirty Half Dozen". Ranger Team 16 operated out of Quang-Tri Province, South Vietnam in 1969.
On Sunday, December 21, 1969, Ranger Team 16 was heading out on what they all believed to be just another routine mission, when their chopper came under heavy enemy fire. The helicopter crashed. and all members of Ranger Team 16 were killed with the exception of one. The only other person to survivor from the Helicopter Crew that day was crew chief Mike Amos.
The Lone Survivor from Ranger Team 16 that day was Larry Smith. Larry is quite a remarkable man, and he often wondered why he did not die with his team. Well, I thank God for sparing your life that day. Larry, you are truly an instrumental part of my life, and you fill the voids with memories of a brother to whom I only vaguely remember.
I was only 11 years old when I lost my Brother, and my memories of him are few. With that, I want to express my special gratitude to Larry Smith for helping me fill those voids. Your kind and gentle spirit allows me to believe there is good in this world. You’re an inspiration Larry, and you afford me the opportunity to know my Brother through your shared memories of him with me. Thank You "REB".
I would also like to express my gratitude to Terry Roderick, for answering my initial e-mail that I sent. And, for putting me in touch with all of the other Rangers who had served with or knew my Brother. I thank you very much for responding to the e-mails that I left on the 75th Rangers Associations Web Site.
And last but not least, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the Rangers out there, who have shared their pictures and special stories about my Brother and his Team with me.
Just to name a few: Terry Bishop - Duke Dushane - Jim Femiano - George "Dave" Gates - Eddie "Hardcore" Johnson - Garry Norton - Mike Rossi - Thomas Wilson
If I have left anyone out, please forgive me. All of your kind thoughts and numerous contributions do not go un-noticed. I send you all my personal "Thanks"
RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!