I was at Camp Enari in '69, Camp Radcliff / Hon Cong Mt. in '70, Air Traffic Control (radar approach) with
the 1st Aviation Brigade, 165th Aviation Group, An Khe Army Airfield Command, a very small piece of the whole scene: Infantry, Medical, Artillery, Signal, Supply, Maintenance, Aviation....
1st Cav 173rd Airborne 4th Infantry ? ? More about my job there.
When we came home, there wasn't much in the way of thanks from our country --
it was an unpopular war, sometimes called "the only war we ever lost". Lost?
Or did our leaders just decide it wasn't worth it anymore, so they pulled us out?
I don't know, but most of us troops were just kids out of high school, trusting that
our leaders would choose and conduct our fights wisely; and most of us faced the
challenge bravely, did our jobs as best we could, and watched each other's backs --
-- the best qualities of a Warrior --
After coming home, I discarded my uniforms & photos, spent all these years staying busy, trying to forget, trying to outrun dark things. But that didn't really heal anything,
didn't solve the problem. Now, I'm done being a workaholic, done running ...
Recently, I heard a Grandfather-Spirit say ...
" Welcome back... Welcome home...."
If you were a pilot, or took aircraft rides, see "My Job There" page,
there's some good short stories...
For some history / background about Camp Radcliff / An Khe, see top of "My Job There" page.
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"Greater Love hath no man than this:
that a man lay down his life for his friends"
John ch XV, v. 13
Thank you Vietnam Vets and others for sharing photos, maps, stories and encouragement.
And to our extended families, who can help bring out our best...