HOLIDAYS SPENT IN
is at Cua Viet: "We went into the Navy mess hall
and got our chow, I remember paper plates, rain, and not much food was left for
us. I clearly remember Big Daddy bitching and moaning about the little bit of
food that was left. About a half hour later they picked a group of guys to go
across the river, when the landing craft opened the front door to let us out I
jumped out and landed in water up to my neck. We hiked up to a cemetery and set
up an ambush site in the middle of a bunch of graves, one was open and Big
Daddy and I decided that was our foxhole."
The picture was taken on the evening of Thanksgiving Day,
November 1969 on the
Front Row: the new medic, The Kid, Coop; Back Row: Pineapple, Peter Rabbit, Sniper Veatch, Milard the Mallard Mills
I left Quang Tri on Thanksgiving Day 1970 to come home. We
were to go to
The National Archives has 2 documents relating to a gift of foodstuffs that
arrived at A 4/12 Cav HQ on
Captain Kennth G. Carlson, C.O. of A Troop, declared the Brownie Troop honorary members of our unit..
In November 2004, Captain Carlson wrote a letter to the editor of the Pueblo Cheiftan newspaper about the Brownie Troop.
My most memorable Christmas in
My family and myself want to wish you the best Christmas ever as we pull together after all these years to meet again, looking back together, at the memories we made together. It's a time to rejoice and share with the family, and I feel the Cav is my family, and at this time of year I always remember The Little Tree that made Christmas in Viet Nam seem so real but so far away from loved ones that it was painful, but thanks to my grandmother, (now 96 yrs. old) The Little Tree made Christmas for me and my platoon, it was a surprise that came in the mail, but it made a lot of us happy to be able to have some simblance of Christmas as we decorated it and done our photo shoots with it. I chose this pic with a fallen comrade we all respected very much, and as I reflect back on this Little Tree and the cav, I wish I had taken it around to the whole troop so everyone could have shared The Little Tree, and made their Christmas more special for all.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS
MIKE AND FAMILY
I got one of those trees also!! Thanks for the memories!!
Hey Mike(s)... I was in 18th Surg
after my hand was crushed at Charlie 2. A homeboys
sister sent me a small pine branch which hung from the IV stand my cast was
attached to. I remember Jesse Esparza, the cook who was burned when that stove
or immersion heater blew up, coming in. God was he hurting. I was given two
beers and a kiss from a nurse on Christmas Eve. Had to drink
them both before I kissed her back. Flew down to Phu
Bai on Christmas day for the Bob Hope show, and was
seated about six rows from the stage. Bittersweet memories...
picture of Sgt. Di and your little Christmas tree.
And God bless your 96 year old grandma. She must be quite a woman! I remember
the holidays (Christmas and New Years) spent on the DMZ. Does anybody remember
the flare show on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. I
believe we were pulling perimeter guard in Charlie-2 and around of both those evenings, Alpha 4 must
have sent up dozens of flares to brighten the northern sky. Now maybe they were
being probed at the time but I like to think they did it for the holidays. It
was one of the coolest sights I ever saw. But thanks again for sharing that
picture of our late great Platoon Sgt.
"Does anybody remember the
flare show on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve." I
remember. I was still an FNG in December 1969 but I remember that on New Years eve we were in C-2, and pulling perimeter guard. Before we
went out to the bunker line, we were told not to shoot flares at . The leadership had not been amused
when everyone went through a month's worth of pyrotechnics on Christmas eve and they didn't want a repeat on New Years eve. Oh well,
at least they made the effort. It was an impressive light show. Once was enough
though, not worth extending for in Viet Nam to see the 1970 light show. I'm sure glad we didn't get hit at 0200 New Year's
day, because we would have had to light our zippo
lighters for illumination, we'd blown the basic load of flares at midnight.
I was at that show also, Sgt Barrows raffled off two tickets and I won one of them, I can't remember who the other guy from our platoon was.
One day in December 1969, I think it was around Christmas, HQ platoon set up a memorial for those troopers who had died or left us because of wounds. They had attached bayonets on M16's and placed helmets on the rifle butts. I was astounded at the amount of people that we had lost; most of them were so new at the time of their casualty that I didn't recognize their names. A catholic priest presided over the ceremony. As part of the ceremony, the priest asked if anyone would like to have communion, and if so, he would give us "general absolution. When I asked what that meant; he said that our past sins were forgiven without us having to go through confession because of the extraordinary circumstance we were in. We had a clean slate. I lined up immediately. My last communion was nearly 10 years ago, and I felt that if all my sins were forgiven without me having to confess, it was the best damn thing the church could had done for me, and now I could die as pure as the driven snow, sin-wise. It was still raining. It was still muddy.
New Year's Eve
Subject: Sitrep: New Years 1969 Around New Years of 68 I found out that I
was being sent to the 11th Cav. At that time we were told that that would be
trained on the
39 might have been in Quang Tri alone for repairs - or our whole platoon might have been in, but I know Matthieus and I were in the 75' guard tower on the QT perimeter New Years 69/70. We added a few flares and star clusters of our own to the celebration. You're right Turtle, great memory and impressive sight. I've longed for a few of those star clusters on several holidays since (especially if I could keep getting them paid w/ those "unreal tax dollars")... wheeee..........