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Redcatcher70

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I get a little maudlin around Thanksgiving. I was in the Army, serving with 1st Aviation Bde. At Firebase Bearcat. I had just been re-assigned from the 199th Inf. Bde. about a month earlier. I was not scheduled to leave Vietnam until Dec. 31, 1971. I had not tried to make any friends at my new assignment, I missed all the guys I had served with the ten months prior, and I knew I would be leaving in a month anyway.

I was doing my regular assignment when the Sgt. came up and said, "go pack you bag, your orders came down and you are leaving ASAP." My jaw dropped and I just took the papers from him and headed to the barracks. Long story short, I made it home in time for Thanksgiving dinner with my family. Each year at Thanksgiving I think about some of the guys I had served with in Vietnam. I think about the few who did not make it home and say a silent prayer for their peace and Thanksgiving for my safe return.

Please say a prayer for those separated from their loved ones serving in far off places and their safe return home. Sorry this is a little long but I know some of you brothers-in-arms will understand....


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Posted: 11/27/19 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am not a Veteran but I thank them for their service and I remember them and their families in my prayers.

Thank you for your service,
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Also not a veteran, but quite a few in the family as well as a few currently serving. Always thankful


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I spent Thanksgiving 1970 just south of Da Nang. Didn't even realize it was a holiday except for the better chow.

Enjoy you Thanksgiving this year.


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Posted: 11/27/19 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grateful thanks to all who are or have served.


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I can relate to your situation there. Thanksgiving 1969, I was keeping my fingers crossed that hubby would soon be home. He was part of the 69th Brigade of the KS ARNG that was activated in 1968. Every other member of the Emporia unit that had been sent to Viet Nam was home but he was still there with the 82nd Airborne Combat Engineers. He missed Thanksgiving but he did make it home December 4th.
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I was among the “lucky: ones. I was on an actual base (Phan Rang AB) and the chow hall did it’s best. As I recall so did Charlie with his rockets that day.


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Posted: 11/28/19 07:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I entered country on March 15 1969. Spent a year in I Corp with 630th Combat Engineers building roads to the DMZ and A Shau Valley.

I was told one afternoon that I was going home the next morning. When I said "I have 10 days left." The response was " There is an empty seat on a plane and if you want to be on it you better be ready." Left 10 days early and 7 days after I left our platoon got overrun and 7 of my friends died. I am still haunted by that.

The wife and I had just married and we spent 2 months together in 2 years. We celebrated our 51st anniversary last March 2nd which is Texas Independence Day.

I still mourn those we lost and think often about those who made it back thinking someone they loved would be waiting only to find that they had broken their promise.

It was a sad time in our country and most of us had no idea of what what happening here as we seldom had news except for letters from home.


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Posted: 11/29/19 09:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I spent about a year in Vietnam during the 60's with the Marines. I was last stationed at Khe Sahn, near the DMZ. To this day, I don't know how I made it out alive, without a scratch, having survived bullets, an anti personnel mine (set off by a guy next to me), and numerous rocket and artillery attacks. All of those with whom I was friendly didn't survive.


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