Duty, Honor & Love of Country

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The Warriors Code Of Honor
Written by a warrior, to help others who were in battle

Jeff Harris, SP4 ~ Army
36th Engineer Battalion
Thank You Jeff

Photo: Near Vinh Long, VietNam 1970

Duties: Operating a 10 Ton Roller.
Most of us tried not to think about being out in the open,
oblivious to the sounds of possible enemies.
We relied heavily on our guards.
When asked what we built roads for, most of us were unsure.
It seemed to help the VietCong more than the guys.

Other Duties: Occasionally operating a D7 Dozer.
Fighting for our country who we love,
even though they allowed others to spit on us when we returned home.

The bonds between those of us in Nam, were unlike anything I have ever experienced.

I would never hesitate to fight for my country if asked again.

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Tim Collins
Thank you Tim
Graduate Navy Basic 1966
TF 117
2nd photo, from National POW/MIA National Recognition Day
in 2005
Retired 2nd time in 2009

When This Navy Warrior was Wounded:

CONFIDENTIAL [DECLASSIFIED] On 2 May, river assault craft of River Assault Division (RAD) 132
encountered three enemy initiated firefights emanating from
the area location on the Rach Ben Tre 2 1/2 miles east of Ben Tre (XS 556 298).
The first incident occurred at 0945 as RAC were enroute to beaching sites
with two companies of the 3/47th Infantry Battalion.
One B-40 rocket, small arms and automatic weapons fire aimed at the RAC missed
causing no damage or casualties. Fire was returned and suppressed.
After landing the troops along the Rach Ben Tre, RAC were enroute back to a
fire support base and again were ambushed at 1125, receiving about 6 B-40's,
one recoilless rifle (R/R) round and small arms and automatic weapons fire.
CCB-132-1 was hit by one R/R found resulting in minor damage but no personnel casualties.
Fire was again returned and suppressed.
During the afternoon, RAC were underway to backload the troops
as they encountered similar and progressively accurate enemy fire
from the same ambush site.
This time ATC-132-4 and ATC-112-2 received direct rocket hits,
causing flooding, which was quickly brought under control, on ATC-132-4,
and the *wounding of one sailor from shrapnel.*
Fire was again suppressed. Enemy casualties in all cases were unknown.
Waterspouts erupting close aboard RAC during the last two firefights
were initially considered as mining attempts but were later evaluated,
after shrapnel analysis, as exploding rifle rounds.
The enemy's persistence in use of advantageous ambush sites was again demonstrated on 4 May.
RAC, enroute to an extraction point to backload units of the 3/47th Infantry Battalion
which had conducted ground oper- Enclosure (5) CONFIDENTIAL

Captain Bruce Obermeyer ~ USAF
Pilot, 361st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron

Thank you Bruce
Ubon, Thailand, 1973
DaNang, South Vietnam; NKP and Ubon, Thailand

From Bruces' Website (which is linked below):
"Like you, my conduct and the conduct of my peers
was and continues to this day to be slandered by politicians and the media.
Sadly, they have again been joined by both the ignorant and the unpatriotic
and encouraged by enemies and traitors
to undermine your efforts and those of your peers.
Military veterans are a brotherhood of unique individuals,
melded together in the crucible of wars past and present,
and bonded by duty, honor, sacrifice, blood, and love of country..."

Promise Kept

Ron Berryman, SP5

Thank You Ron
Assigned to Detachment B 1st Military Intelligence Bn,
Air Recon & Surveillance.

Duties: Studying high-resolution aerial photos of enemy held areas,
trying to find targets for our aircraft and naval gunners.
(Note the 70x microscopic stereoscope for enlarging photos,
also the photo montage on wall, of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos.
The white blotches are all bomb craters).

Other Duties: I spent a short time flying in a Cessna Birdog
over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos
which I found both exhilirating and nerve-wracking.
The Birddog was a slow flying, low altitude aircraft
that often buzzed treetops with the engine cut off,
in an effort to surprise the enemy and catch them in the open
so I could take their picture with a 200mm camera lens..

Click Here For Rons' Intel Pics

SIR Edward Artis

Thank You Sir Edward
Photo: From Jump School Fort Benning, GA 1963
82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne, LRRP-RANGER Association (HONORARY),
Military Order of the Purple Heart

Spec 5 Ed Riffle

Thank you Eddie
Vietnam Dec68-Dec69
608 Trans Co ADS USARVN
Dong Ba Thin, Republic of South Vietnam
MOS 67V20
II Corps Helicopter Direct Support

Our primary job was the recovery of helicopters that had crashed
or were taken down by hostile fire within the boundaries of II Corps.
Our secondary responsibility was the heavy maintenance
(engines, transmissions, rotor blades, skids, tail booms, etc) within II Corps.
Twice monthly we would fly to Cam Ranh Bay to off-load new helicopters from a C5A Galaxy.
We would assemble (attach rotor blades and tail boom), fill with JP-4 jet fuel
and fly back to our base at Dong Ba Thin for distribution to our units.
Other things we did: fill sand bags, string concertina wire, build bunkers, guard duty on our perimeter,
and pull drums from the back of our 8 holer outhouse
(pour in the JP-4, burn and stir, burn and stir). Never forget that smell

Click Here For Eddies' Vietnam Pics

Vic Cortes

Thank You Vic
1967 - I became a Marine Oct 9th

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Chester Lay

Thank You Chester
I was assigned to UT AFB, Thailand, until march of 1973.
I provided support for B52 aircraft delivering their payloads
in north Vietnam.
This was the the last of the heavy bombing prior to the war ending

Danny O'Neal

Thank You Danny
India Battery 3rd Battallion 12th Marines - Northern I Corps

Dannys' Vietnam Pics

Duke Sherman

2/11ACR Gtroop
Thank You Duke

Dukes' Website
A Soldiers' Thoughts

Dukes' Wall Of Heroes

Clyde Ferguson
Senior Master Sergeant

Thank You to Clyde, who gave all
Clydes' plaque at the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

Clyde is also on the Korea page, as he fought in both wars.

Skip Fendley
Changing of the Unit

Thank You Skip
I'm standing at the near end of the color guard.
I was the battalion mortar platoon leader on LZ Maude,
near DaNang, 1/46 infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade.

Skip is the battalion mortar platoon leader, in the background on the left, facing the camera.
Also pictured is the headquarters company commander, CPT Guinn, with his back to the camera,
and our battalion commander, LTC Perkins, the African American on the right.

Skips Awesome Blog

Awesome combat videos are below the clickable Ad

Interesting Veterans Statistics on the Vietnam Memorial Wall
(Thank You Vic)!

Jacks' Story (Another Great Veteran)

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