Sgt Walter G. Hyatt
"C" Battery,
FO Party



Walt was from Midland TX, and was also a Recon Sgt with an FO team, but do not know who the other teammates were.  Walt died after returning from Nam, but I don’t know how, when or where.  I do know that he was married and had a son, Monty.  He and  I made the same trip to Hawaii (his bunk was above mine on the ship, in December, 1963) and we were both assigned to Charlie Battery and for a while, we were both in the Ammo Section, until they decided I should take typing classes and become battery clerk.   Walt was a hard working, intelligent type guy and they put him on a gun section as assistant gunner, then gunner and finally, added to the FO teams.


Michael Huseth remembers:

I joined "C" Battery, 2nd Bn, 9th Artillery a week before Christmas, 1963.  A fellow from Midland Texas, Walter G. Hyatt, arrived the same time on a Merchant Marine vessel from Oakland Army Terminal.  Christmas in Hawaii was just a little strange with warm weather vs. the cold & snow of Minnesota and Wisconsin that I was used to.  Also, the scraggly Christmas  tree in the middle of the Quad made it seem just a little out of whack.

Both of us started out in the ammo section, then split up within the Battery, he to 3rd Gun Section, and myself to the Orderly Room as Battery Clerk, taking Jerry Evans of Marshalltown Iowa’s place.  Some of the battery departed Hawaii late December, 1965, with the balance arriving in January ’66.  I arrived in Vietnam on January 2, 1966.  The 1st Sergeants I remember were James Henry, who later went to Battalion  to be Sergeant Major,  and James Taylor who went with us to Vietnam. Captain John Oliver was our CO when we left for Nam, but was relieved by Captain Ricardo Morales in early ’66.   Walt Hyatt became Recon Sergeant for the FO, as did Aubrey D. Ramsey.  One of the FO’s (we had a number of them go through) was Lt. John Williams. 

I  left Nam around 15 Sep 66, Hyatt shortly thereafter and Ramsey by the end of ’66.  Walter G. Hyatt has since died sometime in the 80s and Aubrey Dale Ramsey in 2007.  Ramsey and I communicated for a while a few years ago, but lost touch in his final years.


submitted by Sp4 Mike D. Huseth