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Customer Comments


I am so happy my father returned to Vietnam.  It only took half a day to see the happiness return to his face; he got back a smile I haven't seen in years..
Wendy Owens   *  Father - USA - 9th Infantry and 520th PCS
  Tour:  VN-15054   Owens/Bartten Family Tour
May 25 - 29, 2015

It was the most fun two weeks I've had in my life and every day was full of surprises and excitement and felt like a kid's Christmas.  It was the right tour at the right time to the right places with the right company and I can't wait to go back someday with Vietnam Battlefield Tours!  I'm actually proud of myself for going!  Hell yeah!  HELL YEAH!!!
Tim Booker
  Tour:  VN-15053   Middle Tennessee State University
May 11 - 26, 2015

The best therapy for those of us Vietnam veterans with PTSD is to have "boots on the same ground" with those who have lived the same experiences and have shed the same tears.
Sam Grant  *  USMC - 11th Marines, K/4/11 Sub-Unit 1 Anglico
  Tour:  VN-15053   Middle Tennessee State University
May 11 - 26, 2015

This was my second tour with Vietnam Battlefields Tours.  I would like to if possible go once again.  The knowledge of the area, willingness to take you where you want to go and see what you want is outstanding.  I could not have asked for a better tour, tour guides, drivers than we had.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK VIETNAM BATTLEFIELDS TOURS..
Stephen Badger  *  USMC - 11th Marines, 2nd Anglico
  Tour:  VN-15053   Middle Tennessee State University
May 11 - 26, 2015

I would encourage those Vietnam Veterans who are interested to definitely go on the tours as they are enlightening, interesting, and most of all, very educational.  The changes in Vietnam during 40 (+) years without war are astounding and should be seen by all veterans who participated in the war in the 1960's and the 1970's.
Donal Hogan  *  USA - Advisory Team 1 MACV
  Tour:  VN-15052   I-Corps & 4th BN / 21st INF / 11th BDE
May 10 - 24, 2015

If you are a Viet Nam veteran, you need to go before you are 80 years old unless you are in outstanding shape.  I'm 79 and if I looked like I was faltering Gene Miller was there to give a helping hand or a kind word to help me get up the side of a mountain, go down in a tunnel, or eat his shrimp and lobster.
Oliver Jackson   *  USA - 1st Cav, MACV
  Tour:  VN-15052   I-Corps & 4th BN / 21st INF / 11th BDE
May 10 - 24, 2015

I can truthfully say that everything about this trip (from registration to the trip back home to LAX) was outstanding.  It was rewarding to spend two weeks with 15 fellow veterans and hear their recollections of their varied experiences in RVN.  Our VBT guides (Tex and Bob) went the extra mile to make sure each vet was able to return to the battle sites, hills and fire bases where they had spent their time "in country".  Additionally, the Vietnamese guides were very informative regarding the historical and cultural backgrounds of the various sites we visited.  I cannot imagine any other organization doing a better job.
Steve Gregory  *  USMC - 1/5
  Tour:  VN-15041   I-Corps (Emphasis on Southern)
April 12 - 26, 2015

Not only were the guides knowledgeable, but the other participants in the tour contributed personal touches that added so much more to the whole experience.  It was as those we were a combat unit returning to the scene of a battle.  This has been the highlight of my post war years.
Don Dorsey  *  USMC - F 2/7
  Tour:  VN-15041   I-Corps (Emphasis on Southern)
April 12 - 26, 2015

It was the best thing I have ever done for myself.  I gained a lot of closure and feel absolutely proud of what America accomplished during that war.
Neil Moreno  *  USN - Seabees - CBMU 301 & AFVN DET 5
  Tour:  VN-15032   Seabees Return
March 8 - 22, 2015

VBT tours have not only met every expectations but have also gone above the norm in insuring that every one of our request was made.  These tours are not your average tours or attendees, completely satisfied and recommend every Veteran to take advantage of their knowledge regarding the Battlefields and the Country of Vietnam today.
Raymond Cruz   *  USN - Seabees - CBMU 301, MCB 11
  Tour:  VN-15032   Seabees Return
March 8 - 22, 2015

This was one of the best tours I have ever been on... well organized operation in all aspects... also the only tour I have ever been on that was especially designed for a small group who actually put the itinerary together... I will never forget the memories of 45 years ago and the friends I met on VN Battlefield Tours... Ne Plus Ultra/CAN DO.
Dave Schlesinger  *  USN - Seabees - MCB 74
  Tour:  VN-15032   Seabees Return
March 8 - 22, 2015

The sincerity in which this organization factually represents our military involvement in Vietnam, is a credit to all who served.
Chauncey Spencer   *  USA - 504th Military Police
  Tour:  VN-15031   I-Corps (Emphasis on Northern)
March 8 - 22, 2015

If your objective is to go to the place in Vietnam where you or your family member served, this is the tour group to get you there.  We were amazed and impressed by the efforts of the group leaders on behalf of each of us to get to the exact place of our service.  Leaders Bill and Dave are extremely knowledgeable and were always accessible to us.
Kathy Weiss
  Tour:  VN-15031   I-Corps (Emphasis on Northern)
March 8 - 22, 2015

When I signed up for the tour I expected to have a good time on the tour.  What I wasn't ready for was the dedication of everyone associated with the company.  They made sure that every person on the tour was able to visit places important to them, revisit long forgotten memories and share it all with a brotherhood of fellow vets.
Tom & Ginny Simms   *  USA - 63rd Maint, 80th Gen Support Group
  Tour:  VN-15031   I-Corps (Emphasis on Northern)
March 8 - 22, 2015

When I left Vietnam in 1971 I never thought I would go back for any reason.  I was a helio pilot and shot down in Laos and spent 3 days fighting for my life.  This trip made me realize that both sides of my War were doing exactly what they thought was the right thing to do and we were welcomed by everyone we met there.  I think that all should go back.
Ralph (Butch) Elliott  *  USA - 174TH AHC
  Tour:  VN-15022   174th Attack Helicopter Companys
February 1 - 15, 2015

Vietnam Battlefield Tours operated like a well oiled machine.  They provide you with a tour of good value that is well organized and the guides do everything in their power to fill your personal requests to see specific sites that were important to each tour member.  I would recommend the tour to any VN Veteran.
Russel Lay  *  USA - 174TH AHC
  Tour:  VN-15022   174th Attack Helicopter Companys
February 1 - 15, 2015

This trip was one for the memory books.  It fulfilled a long held desire of mine to revisit Vietnam when it was not a war zone.  To make this trip with fellow veterans who shared similar experiences during the war was a real plus.
Jeffrey Morris  *  USA - 174TH AHC
  Tour:  VN-15022   174th Attack Helicopter Companys
February 1 - 15, 2015

This was our second tour with VBT.  We have traveled with them for a month total, from Hanoi to the Mekong and enjoyed every day.  The crew from VBT are great and the Vietnamese guides and drivers are outstanding.
Ed Thacher  *  USA - MACV Team 2
  Tour:  VN-15021   II, III, & IV-Corps
February 1 - 15, 2015

No better way to see the places we served during the war.  Great once in a lifetime Experience.
Robert Gentry  *  USAF - 555 Red Horse
  Tour:  VN-15021   II, III, & IV-Corps
February 1 - 15, 2015

Fantastic tour, wonderful accommodations, great guides, and a true value for the money.  Way better than my first tour 46 years ago.
George Merian  *  USA - 1st Inf Div, 2nd Bn, 28th Infantry B Co
  Tour:  VN-14091   II, III, and IV-Corps
Sept 7 - 21, 2014

Gene and Bob went WAY out their way to make this a meaningful tour for the veterans and family members, including Bob leading three of us forty minutes through a rubber plantation to find a 1967 ambush site.  These guys are just the best.
Tom & Jo Roberts  *  USA - C Company, 2nd BTN, 12th CAV, 1st CAV
  Tour:  VN-14091   II, III, and IV-Corps
Sept 7 - 21, 2014

There is no other organization that put to gather tours as this one.  I researched for two years before I found this one -- have had calls from all ranks regarding my tour.
Owen Wright  *  USA - 5th Special Forces
  Tour:  VN-14091   II, III, and IV-Corps
Sept 7 - 21, 2014

One of the most important trips of my life. A truly transformative, live-changing experience.
Bill Pike  *  USA - Medic
  Tour:  VN-14081   Voyage to Vietnam
Aug 21 - Sept 4, 2014

Caring, considerate, competent, great staff selection, friendly, professional and personable are descriptive terms (not necessarily in order) that come to mind when I think of the Vietnam Battlefield Tours organization.  There were no glitches in our tour, indicative of their attention to every detail!  Great job, Bill and Bob!
Donald Ricks  *  USA - 220th Aviation Co.
  Tour:  VN-14051   220th Aviation Company
May 4 - 18, 2014

This tour was set up for the 220th Aviation company.  There were six former members, also I believe 5 Marines, 2 addition Army people, 2 wives, and a son.  This being said, I don't think there could have been a more hamogenous group.   We joked, laughed, and felt what the other brother was feeling when the time came.  Great work by the tour company.
Stephen Badger  *  USA - 220th Aviation Co.
  Tour:  VN-14051   220th Aviation Company
May 4 - 18, 2014

Vietnam Battlefield Tours delivered everything I anticipated and more.  What I did not anticipate was the camaraderie that developed amongst the diverse group of participants as several in the group were to achieve a sense of healing that had eluded them for over 46 years.
Dennis Currie  *  USA - 220th Aviation Co.
  Tour:  VN-14051   220th Aviation Company
May 4 - 18, 2014

The trip exceeded our expectations.  The trip is made to meet your needs and is the reason you took the trip in the first place.  One of the most memorable trips of my life.
Macrina "Mac" Galloway  *  USA - Nurse Corps - 95th EVAC Hospital
  Tour:  VN-14035   95th Evac Hospital
March 30 - April 13, 2014

Vietnam Battlefield Tours far exceeded our expectations.  They provided us with a personalized experience.  You could tell that our guides Gene and Bob wanted this to be more than a "tour" for us but a unique personal journey into the past.  They were always there for us emotionally as we stepped back in time.  We laughed, cried and healed together.
Patricia Little-Upah  *  USA - Nurse Corps - 95th EVAC Hospital, 93rd EVAC Hospital
  Tour:  VN-14035   95th Evac Hospital
March 30 - April 13, 2014

Tours are tailored made to the wants and needs of the group going.  Every effort was made to accommodate whatever anyone wanted.  Appreciated the knowledge of both American and Vietnamese tours guides.  Quickly we felt like family.
Susan Cyganiewicz  *  USA - Nurse Corps - 67th EVAC Hospital
  Tour:  VN-14035   95th Evac Hospital
March 30 - April 13, 2014

I could not have done this tour without you guys.  You found all my special places and all my brothers were a support group.
Donald Harty  *  USMC - 3rd AmTrac Bn
  Tour:  VN-14032   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
March 30 - April 13, 2014

VBT handled all of our tour logistics beautifully which allowed us to experience Vietnam without a thought about "how" to do it.  We are strongly considering a visit to the Highlands as the I-Corps Tour was delightful.  Well done VBT!
James Smith  *  USA - 525 Military Intelligence Group
  Tour:  VN-14032   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
March 30 - April 13, 2014

If you are contemplating a visit or return to Vietnam I suggest packing your seabags and contacting VBT.  The showers are warmer, the beer cooler and the accommodations a far cry from days in the bush.  The guides and local transportation are outstanding.  VBT provided a wealth of history, and a commitment to see every vet step foot on our old TAOR.
Don Stuber  *  USMC - "L" Co. 3/5
  Tour:  VN-14032   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
March 30 - April 13, 2014

This tour is a walk through the unedited pages of history.
Rosalie Kelley  *  USA - 256 CSH Det.1
  Tour:  VN-14034   1st RECON
March 9 - 23, 2014

Connie and I returned for the second time.  Our prior return was some three years ago.  Like the first go round I would not be complete unless I had the chance to do it again.  I can't explain it but the experience of visiting the country, learning about the culture and the vietnamese people is a truly memorable journey.  Thank You VBT.
Fred Sepelak  *  USAF - 6924th Security Squadron
  Tour:  VN-14034   1st RECON
March 9 - 23, 2014

A great opportunity to visit the places where many of us came of age, many years ago!
Ed Rowland  *  USMC - 1st RECON
  Tour:  VN-14034   1st RECON
March 9 - 23, 2014

This once in a life-time opportunity represented 50 years since many of us first stepped onto the beaches of Qui Nhon, 1965!  Outstanding, seamless, over-the-top, first-rate by any measure, pace-setting, great!  Just do it, while you can! You won't regret it!  'Boot to Boot':
Colonel John G. Gergulis (Ret)  *  USA - Delta Co. Hq. 1/12th CAV, 1st CAV DIV, Airmobile
  Tour:  VN-14033   17th Cavalry & 1st Air Cavalry
March 9 - 23, 2014

My husband was killed at Bien Hoa airbase in 1968.  Getting to know Viet Nam, the war, the Vietnamese, traveling with veterans gave me closure.  I was so proud to be with the group.  Dave's memorial service for my husband gave his death the dignity it deserved and as his widow it gave me peace.  Thank you and God Bless.
Gloria Supansic
  Tour:  VN-14033   17th Cavalry & 1st Air Cavalry
March 9 - 23, 2014

Within 15 minutes after calling Vietnam Battlefield Tours, Dave Macedonia called me back with the exact location where a friend died.  I knew then and there that this was the Tour for me.  I felt supported and "safe" in traveling to a place that had held so much fear for me.  That fear is now gone, and replaced by the beauty that is Vietnam.
Dan Sarago
  Tour:  VN-14033   17th Cavalry & 1st Air Cavalry
March 9 - 23, 2014

For those with a desire to revisit the battlegrounds of years gone by, there can be no better choice than men that have shared in those experiences.  Vietnam Battlefield Tours provides that expertise and an appreciation of your needs and comfort.
John Strunk
  Tour:  VN-14031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 9 - 23, 2014

I, as most Vets would be, wasn't sure what to expect.  Thanks to our Vietnam Battlefield tour guilds, any worries were soon forgotten.  In most cases, they were able to get us right to the locations we wanted to see.  From the in county transportation to our Hotels and food, all was taken care of.  I'd gladly go with them again.
Anthony Peters  *  USMC - Delta Co. 3rd Recon
  Tour:  VN-14031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 9 - 23, 2014

This was my third visit to Vietnam and by far the best.  I appreciated the in-depth knowledge Bill had and his willingness to learn about my experiences.  The other [tour company] I went with were all about the tour "superstar" and very little what the "grunts" wanted to see and do.
John Huntz  *  USMC - 1/5
  Tour:  VN-14031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 9 - 23, 2014

Anyone who can go on these tours should do it!!  My trip to Vietnam was two of the most productive, enjoyable weeks of my life.  Vietnam Battlefield Tours is performing an invaluable service, not just to veterans of the conflict but to everyone with the desire to learn about this crucial period of world history, and its consequences, good and bad.
Nathan Abelt  *  Student - MTSU
  Tour:  VN-14036   Middle Tennessee State University
March 7 - 21, 2014

My trip to Vietnam changed my entire perception and understanding of the Vietnam War.  It not only allowed me to break away from the textbooks, but also allowed be to get a personal understanding from both the American veterans and Vietnamese civilians.  Truly, a life changing experience.
Erica Bettross  *  Student - MTSU
  Tour:  VN-14036   Middle Tennessee State University
March 7 - 21, 2014

The tour is an outstanding educational experience, even for those who did not serve.  Heading out into the bush with a GPS to find casualty sites of friends, loved ones, or alumni of your school gives you a chance to pay tribute in a significant way.  It is a great experience for a teacher, student, or even a history geek.
Jennifer Wallace  *  History Professor - Groton School
  Tour:  VN-14036   Middle Tennessee State University
March 7 - 21, 2014

From the first email after signing up on the Vietnam Battlefield Tours to the final leg of flight on the way home everything was handled in a superb and professional manner.  The tour was even better than anything that I could have imagined.  The guides, Tex & Dave, were great and very informative.  They were very patient with everyone on the tour and tried to please everyone when it came to visiting specific locations etc. were different people had served in Vietnam.  Even though my tour of duty was for 1 1/2 years in 67-68, this tour opened my eyes to the scope of the Vietnam war.  I served in the Cam Ranh Bay, Chu Lai & Da Nang area but now was able to visit many more locations in the I Corps section of Vietnam!  Thanks again for the great tour!  As time and health permit I am sure I will do it again some day!  What a tour!!
Pedro Van Horssen  *  USA - 80th General Support Group
  Tour:  VN-13041   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
April 14 - 28, 2013

This trip was one of the best trips we have ever been on.  My wife and I have travelled extensively, both with groups of friends and on organzied tours.  Vietnam Battlefield Tours met and exceeded all my expectations.  They most definitely have their bags packed tight.  I really appreciated the extra effort put out to make sure all of the veterans got to those spots we held near to us.  Thanks to Tex and Big Dave for a great trip.
Edward "Ed" Thacher IV  *  USA - MACV ADVISOR TEAM 2
  Tour:  VN-13041   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
April 14 - 28, 2013

This tour brought me back to the exact spot where I served.  Their diligence in helping me find it was beyond all of my expectations.
Steve Watkins  *  USA - HQ AMERICAL ARTILLERY
  Tour:  VN-13041   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
April 14 - 28, 2013

I pondered this trip for years and was reluctant to go, but in the end I am very glad I went.  The trip brought back a lot of memories, and most of them were good ones - of people I served with and friends made.  The countryside and the mountains were as beautiful as I remembered.
Steve Koran  *  USMC - HMM 263
  Tour:  VN-13033   Magical Mystery Tour
March 24 - April 7, 2013

I hope you guys can continue doing this good work for years to come.  I think every Vietnam veteran would benefit from seeing the drastic changes that have taken place and the genuine goodwill the Vietnamese people show towards Americans now.
Joey Keasler  *  Student - MTSU
  Tour:  VN-13032   Middle Tennessee State University
March 10 - 24, 2013

I feel like I've traveled to many places in and out of the United States, but this was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
Lizette Palk  *  Student - MTSU
  Tour:  VN-13032   Middle Tennessee State University
March 10 - 24, 2013

Vietnam Battlefield Tours provides a superior service that I doubt can be matched by anyone.  Having Vietnam Veterans as tour guides, who were involved in many battles during the war, brings a reality that I had not expected.  I have always respected our Vietnam Veterans, but after hearing the stories of other Vietnam Veterans who were on the tour, returning to Vietnam after so many years, has increased my awareness and respect for all they endured, not only during the war, but afterwards as well.  God bless them all.
Janis Roznowski  *  Founder - Operation Comfort
  Tour:  VN-13031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 10 - 24, 2013

Vietnam Battlefield Tours customized the military stops on our trip just for our group!  This gave the veterans the opportunity to tell their stories.  As a spouse of a veteran, that part of our trip was beyond description!  VBT did an amazing job balancing the tourist sites with the war history stops.  Bill and Dave's knowledge of the war, as well as the amazing sites, made this trip exceed any expectations we had!
Susan Potee  *  USMC - HMM 364, MAG 36 (Husband)
  Tour:  VN-13031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 10 - 24, 2013

This tour was one of the best travel experiences of our lives.  Unlike any other travel we've done, there was much more interaction with our traveling companions.  Everyone had their own stories of their tours of duty, along with well-versed guides "Big Dave", Bill Stilwagan and Mr. Cong, that made this a very rewarding return experience.  For those on the tour that hadn't served in the military, new insight and respect for those who had was gained.
John and Jane Miller  *  USA - HHC 1/506 INF, 101ST AIRBORNE
  Tour:  VN-12032   101st Airborne Return
March 11 - 25, 2012

Our "Return to Vietnam" with 101st Airborne Division Vietnam veterans was a very worthwhile experience.  Our American tour guides were outstanding--very well prepared, knowledgeable, upbeat, and superb leaders who accomplished our daily missions while taking VERY good care of all of us on the tour.  The journal of our daily events was very helpful, especially with the day by day itinerary, maps, and background informational readings.  Our Vietnamese national tour guides were helpful--and in the case of Mr. Cong, easily understandable and an excellent source of information about the culture and history of Vietnam.  The food was superb--tasty and plentiful.  The hotels and restaurants were very nice, and the hotel attendants/restaurant servers were very conscientious about taking care of our needs and food or drink preferences.  The times to share experiences and compare "lessons learned" from our combat experiences were very valuable, and helpful in putting our Vietnam experiences in perspective.
BGen Howard A Dillon Jr. (Ret)  *  USA - CO B, 101st AVIATION BN (AH)
  Tour:  VN-12032   101st Airborne Return
March 11 - 25, 2012

Other than the births of my children and grandchildren, this trip was the best and most exciting experience of my life.  Bill Stilwagan kept us on schedule and on time.  Meals were very good, even on the day we rebelled and ordered pizza from the menu.  The group was fantastic and after traveling, eating, shopping, and sleeping together, I hope I've made some lasting friendships.  God bless y'all.
Jay Hancock  *  USA - 1/7 CAV, 1ST CAV DIV
  Tour:  VN-12031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 11 - 25, 2012

Vietnam Battlefield Tours set up a tour tailored specifically to our F Troop 9th Cavalry desires.  We saw everything we wanted to - our old areas of operations as well as famous places that we had never been to before.  The entire experience was terrific! Vietnam is doing very well today.
Doug Madigan (Sabre White)  *  USA - "F" Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry
  Tour:  VN-12021   F Troop 9th Cavalry Returns
February 12 - 26, 2012

I am truly a blessed man with my family and friends.  I often say "if I die today, don't shed a tear because I have had a fantastic life".  Although not wanting to go too soon, but after this trip it will be a more comfortable departure.  Thank You 'Vietnam Battlefield Tours' you did a fantastic job for F Troop 1/9 Cav. and me.  We Can - We Will - We DID!
Bob Monette  *  USA - "F" Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry
  Tour:  VN-12021   F Troop 9th Cavalry Returns
February 12 - 26, 2012

My wife and I have travelled all over the world and we agree that this is one of the best vacations we've ever been on.  It was made even more special by travelling with guys and their wives that I served with in Vietnam 40 years ago, F Troop, 1/9th Cav.  A wonderful tour with wonderful people - it doesn't get any better than that.
Bruce & Francine McKenty  *  USA - "F" Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry
  Tour:  VN-12021   F Troop 9th Cavalry Returns
February 12 - 26, 2012

WOW!  What a wonderful tour.  My wife Peggy had worked on me for many years to return to Vietnam.  We could not have gone with a better group.  Dave Macedonia and Dave Lytle were a joy to be around, and everything was organized very well.  Tuc, our Vietnamese guide, was very personable, informative, and fun to be with.  The word "closure" doesn't really describe what happened to us, but rather we rediscovered a beautiful country with warm and welcoming people.  Seeking out our own and other people's areas of interest gave purpose to our travels and broadened our understanding of the country and the conflict.  The War Remnants Museum very difficult for me, but it was worthwhile to begin to understand the other side's perspective, but I don't know that we could ever step foot in there again.  The food was excellent, the Tiger Beer cold, the hotels were very nice.  42 hours by plane, 834 miles by bus, and 9 hours by boat!  What a trip!  Thank you, Big Dave and Dave for a great trip.  And thank you to Lee Lytle for taking Peggy shopping!
Bayard and Peggy Jones  *  USA - 2nd/47th INF (M) 9th DIV
  Tour:  VN-11091   The Delta - III & IV-Corps
September 5 - 19, 2011

Thank you Vietnam Battlefield Tours for allowing me the opportunity to revisit Vietnam with my dad who served in the Army.  Our trip gave him the opportunity to relive memories and share his stories with fellow veterans.  We can't wait to go back!
Amber Taylor
  Tour:  VN-11062   Return to Vietnam
June 18 - July 3, 2011

For someone who was never there, your tour guides made me very welcome.  I experienced a myriad of emotions from watching and interacting with the vets on the tour, including our tour guides.  I will never forget the strong emotional bond I felt with the entire tour group.  I am impressed by the efforts your guides made to get us to every location where the people on our group wanted to see.  To see the look in the vet's eyes as they went back in time to 1968 as we arrived at their bases was heart warming.
Robert Nishiyama
  Tour:  VN-11062   Return to Vietnam
June 18 - July 3, 2011

The professionalism in which the entire tour was conducted was nothing short of superb.  The transportation, guides, overall knowledge of where we went/what we saw, and accommodations were far better than anticipated.  There is no doubt that I would highly recommend Vietnam Battlefield Tours to anyone interested in going to Vietnam.
Marvin Pixton, III  *  USMC - VMO-2/HML-167 & VMA-31
  Tour:  VN-11061   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
June 5 - 19, 2011

My return to Vietnam in June 2011 was totally memorable.  Not only did I get to see places I served at, I was fortunate to view many sites -- as well as hear the memories -- that meant so much to the USMC, Army and Navy vets in our group.
Doug Woods  *  USMC - 1st MAW, MAG 16
  Tour:  VN-11061   I-Corps - Emphasis on Southern I-Corps
June 5 - 19, 2011

I was apprehensive about returning to the 'Nam, but VBT went 'above and beyond' to make it a healing, rewarding and pleasing experience. . . I did not want the tour to end and look forward to returning with VBT in the near future.
David Whitehorse  *  USMC - MACV (1962-1963);  1/9 & RLT-26 (1965-1967);  1st Recon (1970-1971)
  Tour:  VN-11041   RECON Returns
April 10 - 24, 2011

My 2011 return trip to Vietnam was everything and more than I ever expected.  It was surely one of the most fulfilling, gratifying and fun experiences of my life.  The camaradarie and friendships experienced and gained in this two short week tour will forever be priceless.  Our tour guides.............They don't get any better whether it was tending to my needs or understanding where I was emotionally on this journey which was of grave concern to me pre-tour.
Fred Sepelak  *  USAF - 6924th Security Squadron
  Tour:  VN-11041   RECON Returns
April 10 - 24, 2011

This was my second trip back with VBT.  My first trip was filled with anxiety and apprehension that was quickly alleviated thanks to the professional manner in which the tours are conducted.  I left with an incredible feeling of inner peace.  On this trip, I had specific goals and Tex and Gene insured that those goals were met.  Once again my expectations were greatly exceeded.  Thank you for another unforgettable experience.
Dennis Swick  *  USMC - 1st RECON
  Tour:  VN-11041   RECON Returns
April 10 - 24, 2011

I was so impressed with our guides Bob, Bill and Ed because they really went out of their way if they saw we were interested in a particular location as we traveled.  If they could not meet our request then, they offered alternative ways to meet our request.  Their caring attitudes enabled me to exceed my goals and to experience a few emotional moments as I participated in this trip!
Terrance Vlug  *  USA - 101st ABN DIV
  Tour:  VN-11031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 13 - 27, 2011

It was especially meaningful to hear the stories of the battles and of the daily routines as told by the men and women who actually served there at the time, including both the tour guides and the tour participants.  No two persons shared the same experiences, and a bond quickly arose among all of those on the tour.
Kerwin Stone  *  USAF - 17th. Radar SQD
  Tour:  VN-11031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 13 - 27, 2011

To me this was the most rewarding experience in my life.  Gene and Bob really have their stuff together.
Leroy Robinson  *  USMC - 1st and 3rd Shore Party
  Tour:  VN-10091   Special Forces - I-Corps
September 12 - 25, 2010

A++ Everything delivered as promised.  Two dedicated guides to bring the Vietnam Experience to you.  Their knowledge of Vietnam and understanding of the culture made this trip truly a once in a life time event.  I would not hesitate to use Vietnam Battlefield Tours as my tour service at all.  The attention to detail with map overlays, battlefield sites and complimentary hats, baggage preparation and on time moves was astounding.  Perfect job, Thank you
Gordon Bullard
  Tour:  VN-10091   Special Forces - I-Corps
September 12 - 25, 2010

We really appreciated the extra efforts VBT put forth to accomodate specific requests of everyone on the tour.  It was interesting to hear the stories of each veteran as we visited their specific sites.  The sharing helped to bring the group together and appreciate each other.  We appreciated the ability to gain access to areas/places that would probably not have been accessible on any other type of tour.  Also, appreciated ability to visit places "off the beaten path" of regular tourist tours.
Steve & Ruth Engel  *  USAF - 6924th Security Squadron
  Tour:  VN-10031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 7 - 20, 2010

Great tour.  It exceeded our expectations.  It was great to be able to take my wife and have her see first hand the camaraderie that is established between Marines and the care that they have for one another even after 40+ years.  The country is still beautiful and the Vietnamese people are gracious hosts.  I recommend this tour to all Vietnam Vets.
Larry & Debbie Sanich  *  USMC - 1st Marine Division Vietnam 1968-1969
  Tour:  VN-10031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 7 - 20, 2010

Vietnam Battlefied Tours doesn't just take you to visit Vietnam.  The guides take you to places that mean something.  They take the solder back to where they became a man and served their country with pride and honor.  I am forever changed by my trip with Vietnam Battlefield Tours and the men who so graciously shared their stories and experiences.  Thank you Vietnam vets for your service to our country!
Linda Gacsko
  Tour:  VN-10031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 7 - 20, 2010

Your descriptions and explanations were wonderful.  Your ability to have a structured tour and yet flexible enough to cater for the participants' past service was fantastic and a privilege to be part of.  This tour is as much about assisting the individual to return to Vietnam as it is about showing the battlefields.  We were both very happy to have been a part of this tour.
David and Di Sabben  *  RAR - Royal Australian Regiment, 6th Bn/Delta Co.
  Tour:  VN-10031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 7 - 20, 2010

Not only did I have a wonderful experience on the trip, my children: Jess, Meg, and John (ages 18, 17, and 14) actually admitted to having a good time.  They shared conversations with the other members of the tour and really shared a special bond, one that will stay with them forever!  I'm sure they will draw on this experience in high school, college, and life.  It gave them a different perspective of the world and made them stop and think about all the things they have at home, and how it must have felt to be 18, away from home, hot, and in a strange place fighting a war.  They really had an education about the war and saw the battlefields where relatives and friends fought and died...and, most importantly, they will tell others to ensure that we never forget!
Elaine Feerick
  Tour:  VN-09081   I-Corps and Places South
August 9 - 22, 2009

This 20 day tour from Hanoi to Saigon was the best tour I've ever been on.  The tour guides were super, the information provided prior to the trip was on the mark, and the hotels, food and Vietnamese tour guides exceeded my expectations.  I would recommend Vietnam Battlefield Tours to anyone wanting to experience Vietnam as seen through eyes of Vietnam veterans.  THANKS!
Don Alsbro  *  USA - COL, US Army (Ret) 1st Air Cavalry
  Tour:  VN-09042   Lest We Forget
April 19 - May 8, 2009

Vietnam Battlefield Tours allowed me the opportunity to revisit the areas of Vietnam where I served with the Marines.  It was uplifting to see how the country has recovered from the war.  It is beautiful territory, and the people are warm and engaging. I  would urge anyone to visit there.
Denton Kime  *  USMC - Delta 1/9
  Tour:  VN-09042   Lest We Forget
April 19 - May 8, 2009

I don't know how the trip could have been any better than what it was.  Each vet in our group got to stand on the ground in every spot he wanted to see except for places currently occupied by the VN military, which were few.  I don't understand how you can provide such a comprehensive tour for such a reasonable price.
Claude Frazier  *  USA - Co "B", S&T Bn., Americal Division
  Tour:  VN-09042   Lest We Forget
April 19 - May 8, 2009

The tour was so much more than I had expected!  The guides were great!  I was able to see the places that I wanted to see and the guys made the other parts well worth the trip.  I would recommend your service to anyone who is thinking of going back to Vietnam.
Gregory Fre  *  USMC - Lima 3/7, 1st MED
  Tour:  VN-09041   I-Corps
April 19 - May 2, 2009

I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive about returning to Vietnam.  After the first day all of my inhibitions and preconceived notions had disappeared.  The people are friendly and the country is beautiful.  VBT's tour guides are very knowledgeable and relate the current and past history of Vietnam in an understandable manner.  They guided me to every place of interest that I wanted to visit.  I would highly recommend this tour for not only Vets but for their families and friends.  I plan on going back again soon!
Gary Rigo  *  USMC - Alpha 1/7
  Tour:  VN-09041   I-Corps
April 19 - May 2, 2009

I went on this tour not really knowing what to expect.  In general I was trying to chase down old ghosts.  After the first 3 days, I stopped looking for ghosts and became a tourist.  There are no ghosts at the bases where I was previously stationed.  There is too much vibrant living going on there.
Louis Pincock  *  USA - 5th SFG, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  Tour:  VN-09031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 8 - 21, 2009

For anyone who served in Vietnam this was well planned and perfectly executed tour.  The changes and progress made in rebuilding Nam is unbelievable.  Anyone who served or fought there will find peace of mind and will feel good about being a Vietnam Vet.  I am a retired Army Nurse Corps officer stationed in Saigon at a 1200 bed hospital in 68 - 69.  I say every Vet should go back with Vietnam Battlefield Tours to put their "old ghosts" to rest.  You will make a grave mistake if you do not go with these great guys.
Sheila McCann  *  USA - Nurse Corps - 3rd Field Hospital, Saigon 1968 - 1969
  Tour:  VN-09031   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 8 - 21, 2009

The tour was incredible for me, my father and my son Richard.  I cannot find the words to describe my feelings that day we spent in Xom Tan Liem.  The emotions that we felt that day were of sorrow, pride, and relief all mixed together.

After 40 years I finally managed to visit the location where my brother Richard and 3 of his fellow soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice on May 10, 1968.  I will never truly be able to thank you and the Vietnam Battlefield Tours for the incredible personal service that you gave us during our stay in Vietnam.

I could not have imagined that I would have so many wonderful memories after returning to Vietnam.  The Vietnamese people made me feel very welcome, and I hope that I will be able to make another trip to Vietnam sometime in the not so distant future.

David Flores  *  USA - 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
CPL Richard Flores KIA 5/10/68 - USA - 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry
  Tour:  VN-08051   Return to Vietnam III-Corps
May 7 - 16, 2008

The tour exceeded all my expectations.   Bill Stilwagen and our friendly and knowledgeable Vietnamese guides went above and beyond to get our tour members to the battle sites and crash sites.   It was very hard and emotional to climb a mountain to my husband's helicopter crash site to scatter our daughter's ashes with her Dad, but a good feeling of peace and closure.   They showed us the beauty of the country and the people.   An amazing trip.   Thank you
Justine (Judy) Shield
Widow of WO1 Robert Hazen Shields KIA August 15, 1969
USA - 174th Assault Helicopter Company, 14th Combat Assault Battalion, Americal Division
  Tour:  VN-08041   I-Corps
April 7 - 20, 2008

Absolutely nothing to complain about - trip was excellent.  I have traveled to over fifty countries in the world and this was the most hassle free trip I have encountered.  I have been bragging on Vietnam Battlefield Tours to everyone since my return.

Like many Vietnam combat vets I was a bit apprehensive about returning.  I am extremely glad I took this trip.  The quality of the trip was amazing and the effort put into making it so by Bill S. was nothing short of terrific.  Finding the crash site of Pat Murray, and being able to talk to a witness to the crash was beyond unbelievable.  I know the information we were able to bring back was a huge comfort to my cousin and her extended family.

Tom Shabel  *  USMC - 1/27 and 1/4
Captain Patrick P. Murray, USMC - KIA January 19, 1968 - VMA-533, MAG 12, 1st MAW
  Tour:  VN-08041   I-Corps
April 7 - 20, 2008

A fine gathering of Marine and Navy combat veterans of Vietnam, along with the woman who supported us.  An absolutely wonderful combination of all human emotions.
Tim Halpin  *  USN - VR-21  C-130's
  Tour:  VN-12032   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 3 - 16, 2008

Outstanding experience.  Greatly exceeded my expectations.  I returned with an inner peace I cannot really explain.  Thanks Ed and Gene for an unforgettable trip.
Dennis Swick  *  USMC - 1st RECON
  Tour:  VN-12032   I-Corps - Emphasis on Northern I-Corps
March 3 - 16, 2008

Tex, The trip you put together for us exceeded my expectations.  I believe it to have been a life changing experience.  Where memories of calamity and chaos once dominated the thought process where Vietnam was mentioned, those images have in large part been replaced by the images of smiling, laughing children and the peaceful serenity of the beautiful landscapes.  I returned home tired but at peace.  Thank you and Semper Fi.
Steve Englebrecht  *  USMC - 5th Marines - Scout Snipers
  Tour:  VN-08021   I-Corps
Feburary 5 - 18, 2008

Batttlefield Tours is a first-rate operation.  The organizers' and guides' knowledge of the country and their willingness to accommodate individual needs and interests is extraordinary.  I can't imagine a better way to experience today's Vietnam.

The trip was great.  What you folks are doing for those of us who have been grappling with the consequences of the Vietnam War is invaluable.  You have hearts of gold.

Janet Peterson
Sister of SP5 Donald Carl Peterson KIA 11/17/1965
USA - HQ Co, 2nd Bn, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Div
  Tour:  VN-07061   Return to Vietnam
June 11 - 24, 2007

The Vietnam Battlefield Tours staff is great and they go the extra mile!   Tex did everything he could to get me to the places I had been during my two tours in Nam even though they weren't on the original itenerary.   If I ever get another chance to go again, this is the group I will go with!
Robert Longcrane  *  USMC - 2/26
  Tour:  VN-07061   Return to Vietnam
June 11 - 24, 2007

"Returning to Vietnam was something that I feared and yet wanted for 37 years.   It is a beautiful place when people aren't shooting at you.   It was very healing and rewarding."
"Doc" Bobby Cash  *  USN - USN Corpsman / USMC - India 3/7
  Tour:  VN-07061   Return to Vietnam
June 11 - 24, 2007

The tour guides are among the best.   They exposed us to all aspects of Vietnamese life; the people, food, culture, history, shopping.   It was a very rewarding experience and gave us a new and positive perspective of Vietnam.   We gained new friends amongst our fellow travelers and Vietnamese.
Bill & Katherine Symond  *  USMC - Kilo 3/4
  Tour:  VN-07031   I-Corps
March 12 - 25, 2007

For Californians... Dudes, totally awesome and gnarly!   For the rest of us ... Highly emotional, conscience clearing, and informative.   I'd do it again in a New Jersey second!
Richard Buggelli  *  USMC - HMM 263
  Tour:  VN-06051   Return to Vietnam
May 2006

For every Grunt this trip is a must at least once, we had time to concentrate on the beauty of the landscape rather than dodging bullets.   People very very friendly everywhere, even the VC we met.
Erkki Nevatie  *  USMC - India 3/7
  Tour:  VN-06031   I-Corps
March 2006

I was relieved knowing that one of the tour guides was also looking out for my wife's comfort and safety as we climbed the hills and walked the trails.   It appeared to me that one of the guides was always assigned to the wives.   Going back with guides who have "been" there made it much more worthwhile.   They were helpful in taking the attendees right to the special places the attendees "needed" to see again.   They took me right to the coordinates where I was wounded 37 years ago.
"Doc" David Snider  *  USN - USN Corpsman / USMC - 1st RECON
  Tour:  VN-06031   I-Corps
March 2006

An in-depth combination of broad view and up close & personal.   The combination of experience and learning was eye-opening and, in many cases, a much-needed look at a country that veterans and those who love them still find confusing.   A tour that was experienced personally and conducted professionally....
Micheal Holmes  *  USMC - 1st RECON
  Tour:  VN-06031   I-Corps
March 2006

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