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After several months at the secure camp of Tay Ninh, we moved to a fire support base camp called Prek Loc. When we got there, it was a Special Forces camp with Cambodian mercenaries and a handful of Special Forces personnel trained to fight the Viet Cong. When it got dark, the place was crawling with rats. We asked the Special Forces Sgt why they didn’t poison the rats. He said they did at one time, but the men started getting sick! –Chop, chop, number one!

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I was a Counter Intelligence agent with MACV Team 36, a Phoenix team dedicated to "neutralizing" Viet Cong political infrastructure in the Central Highlands. We did a good job and I'm proud of my service. Why do I still cry?

 

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The only good thing about going to Tay Ninh was that I was able to go to Steve’s old unit and pull the records to see how, when, and why he was killed. Also, if I hadn’t gone to Vietnam, I wouldn’t have known exactly how it was over there.

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I became the helicopter company's designated maintenance test pilot. One day in June 1964 after our company had lifted Vietnamese troops into an enemy-invested zone, a terrible fire fight broke out. Our armed ship 3rd platoon (named Cobra) needed a pilot to fill one of the seats on a chopper being scrambled to assist in the fight. They tried to contact me via radio while I was on a test flight and failed to find the radio and frequency we were using. Next they went into one of the "slick" ship platoon officer hooches and found 1/Lt James (Paige) Wright (Custer, SD). He went on the flight, which was shot down within the hour, killing him and the other pilot. Jim and I had both been graduates of SDSM&T and traveled together to the 114th in Vihn Long after flight school. He was my tie to a home life on the other side of the world. What a lossand he took "my seat" on that flight!!


His self-regard was so great that he deemed even God a failure

I was in Vietnam during 1966 and 1967. During this time, my parents would write to me and tell me that people in the farming community were asking them why their son was over in Vietnam fighting a political war. The also told me about the men that were burning their draft cards and those who went to Canada to get out of serving our country. This was very frustrating at the time and I have never forgotten it.

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Almost daily, I am reminded of that fateful day in February 1965 when our base was infiltrated by Viet Cong sappers and simultaneously hit by mortar rounds. Twenty-three of my comrades were KIA. This and other memories cause me to question why some young men were struck down at such a young age and some of us survived to be grandparents. On the day of the dedication, I know they will be with us in spirit.

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Perhaps the best illustration would be to ask “If the GRVN was such a contemptible, despicable government, why didn’t the South Vietnamese people simply flee to the north or escape in Boats?” The fact is, it took North Vietnamese communist totalitarian domination to drive the Vietnamese people from their ancestral homelands.

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I served with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force which President Johnson called into action on March 8, 1965. We had been on "stand by" for three days when the official call came. We then mounted 6x trucks and rode from the north part of Okinawa to the southern tip of the island and flew out of Naha Air Base. We were told that hardcore Viet Cong (VC) were preparing to attack the DaNang Air Base and our assignment was to defend and hold the airfield. As we neared DaNang, we flew over Monkey Mountain, which was a VC stronghold, and they fired at our C-130's. When we landed, we saw that our plane wings looked like swiss cheese, but the underbelly armor had protected us. This further intensified why we were there. There has been much speculation and condemnation of the political reasons why we were there, but we Marines were only there for military and humanitarian reasons. And we saw a lot of the abuse and cruelty that had been administered upon the local people by the VC. Our unit was unique in that we were the first official unit assigned there, and that nearly all of us had been together for about three years before going to Vietnam. We had gone through boot camp, infantry training, and a year with the 7th Marines at Camp Pendleton. Our battalion was like a small town; we knew everyone in our unit. When someone was injured or died, it was like it happened to a brother, and that pain is still with us today. After we had been in Vietnam for about a month, a person from "Charlie Company" stepped on a French-laid land mine, and about a month later, our battalion ammo dump got blown up. After being on the air base for about three months, we were moved to the hills overlooking the air base and eventually we moved into the jungles where we conducted daytime patrols and nighttime outposts.