I first learned about the base camp of the 199th Infantry Brigade and for whom it was named, PFC Herb Frenzell and SGT Billy C. Jones, in the 1980's. I contacted Herb's mother, Chilant Frenzell Sprague who furnished me with excerpts from Herb's diary and his 8mm film footage. I later contacted Billy Jones' family, his sister, Ann, and his wife and daughters, Theada, Connie and Dana. Ann furnished me with photographs, while Theada loaned me Billy's letters. We compiled the letters along with information from members of the unit and official records to tell a complete anthology of the 199th's arrival in Vietnam in 1966, which is both a personal and stirring story. The two infantrymen, Herb and Billy, died in January 1967 and the brigade main base at Long Binh was named in their honor.
We are proud to announce that the book, CAMP FRENZELL-JONES will be available for purchase on 6 June 2016, and will debut at the 50th Anniversary of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia. Pia and I are looking forward to meeting and talking with members of the unit. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.