On April 17 members of my Vietnam Platoon met in The Villages, Fl, to celebrate 50 years since we left Vietnam. We had a great time. It was fantastic seeing all those guys again after 50 years. We ate three meals together and went to Plesser's house for dinner. He was the host. We visited the Eisenhower memorial. Our lieutenant, 1-6, who had recently been married to his sweetheart from many years ago, had another ceremony right there in the outside grounds of the lobby. we reminisced about firefights from Ashau Valley, Khe-Sahn, Thanksgiving Day, 1967 and many other memorable battles. I distributed copies of my book, Incoming Rounds, A Vietnam Diary and they were thrilled to receive it. The reunion lasted from April 17 through April 21. It was therapeutic.Wyoming wants to have another reunion at his house in Wyoming, next year.
These past two days have been real sad. We were engaged in a fire fight all day on the 22nd. Eight helicopters were shot down. The entire battalion was out there, except 'A' Company. I experienced fear like never before. We were all scared. 'D' Company's CO was killed. It was pitiful. We had men who were wounded at noon and weren't medevac until midnight. Helicopters could not get in to help them because Charlie was shooting them down. Consequently, some of them lay there and died.I am grateful to be alive today. there were doubts in my mind last night. I prayed to God day and night. the others must have prayed too. Personally, i never want to go through anything like that again.
Nov 22, 1967.
Today was about the saddest day in my life.I went out with the 1St Platoon as a rifleman We assaulted in Lee Houn Pheun. Then we made a second assault. We came into a hot LZ. the 3rd Platoon of out company was pinned down, along with the 2nd Platoon of Delta Company. B, C and D companies were all out there. Jets were all over the place. Eight choppers were shot down. Three men from our company were killed, five from Delta and three from Bravo Company. The battalion had about 40 wounded. It was terrible. I am alive and unhurt. Thank God.