Though their first three months in Vietnam passed without any direct contact with North Vietnamese-backed forces, by mid-March the company had suffered 28 casualties involving mines or booby-traps. Army as the Viet Cong. Henderson, the 11th Brigade commander, urged his officers to "go in there aggressively, close with the enemy and wipe them out for good".
If you recognize yourself or anybody in my photographs please email me. For the last eight years I have traveled to the Annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Melbourne, Florida, in hopes to locate former unit members, but to date I have only located about a dozen ers and only one that I actually knew from Vietnam.
I guess we have all aged some and look a little different now from the old days. If you have never been to a Vietnam Vet Reunion before, I urge you to attend as its good medicine for your heart and soul. We all aren't getting any younger and some of our Brothers that survived Vietnam have since passed on after returning home.
I had mixed emotions about attending my first reunion and I am glad that I didn't let those emotions stop me from going. There's nothing like seeing your old buddies that you served with in Vietnam and honoring those who did not make it.
I will attend the Melbourne reunion at the End of April each year, for the opening ceremonies. I hope to see you all there. Alot of healing is delivered there where you are among your Brothers who understand.
Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity.
I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the US Army.
But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life.
They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.
I cannot say where we are headed. Ours are not perfect friendships; those are the province of legend and myth. A few of my comrades drift far from me now, sending back only occasional word.
I know that one day even these could fall to silence. Some of the men will stay close, a couple perhaps, always at hand.
As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my Family and my Comrades.Sign in now to see your channels and recommendations! Sign in. Watch Queue Queue.
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Joshua Frawley, Marine Corps. Joshua Frawley received the Marine Corps Military Child of the Year® Award as a year-old freshman at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, N.C. Joshua is the son of retired Gunnery Sgt.
Daniel Frawley and Susan Frawley. Looking back after eight years of service to my country, several key concepts in my first military experience taught me followership, responsibility, and teamwork.
In the first week of basic training, we quickly learned the importance of followership.