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Individual History  

A small, but very real history originates with every new story of each person's life, thus building an interlinking system of experiences - learned and taught.

Just two bad days in a long year
 
Long goodbyes have a finality that I have avoided most of my life.
Long goodbyes have a finality that I have avoided most of my life.
 
A heart warming story about Ann Margret and her Vietnam gentlemen.
 
This is what I call making a difference. If you are or have ever had a teacher like this, say a private or public thank you if they are still around.
This is what I call making a difference. If you are or have ever had a teacher like this, say a private or public thank you if they are still around.
 
I am writing my most difficult book report ever at 70 years old. It is about another GI I did not know, and an enemy I never wanted to know. Yet we were all in the same place forty-eight years ago along with a bunch of others, with us trying to kill him and his comrades and him trying to kill us
I am writing my most difficult book report ever at 70 years old. It is about another GI I did not know, and an enemy I never wanted to know. Yet we were all in the same place forty-eight years ago along with a bunch of others, with us trying to kill him and his comrades and him trying to kill us
 
Most people will remember April 4, 1968 as the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated. While that was a more histrionically important event, that date will always seired in my mind as the date of a battle we fought in Vietnam. I was only in country for a couple of months and the loss of comr
Most people will remember April 4, 1968 as the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated. While that was a more histrionically important event, that date will always seired in my mind as the date of a battle we fought in Vietnam. I was only in country for a couple of months and the loss of comr
 
Thomas Wolfe is famous in part for a book published posthumously in 1940: You Can't Go Home Again. I am slowly coming to grips with that fact as I watch old friends, acquaintances and companies Fold Up their Tent and go home (or wherever if you wish).
Thomas Wolfe is famous in part for a book published posthumously in 1940: You Can't Go Home Again. I am slowly coming to grips with that fact as I watch old friends, acquaintances and companies Fold Up their Tent and go home (or wherever if you wish).
 
Like most people, I have a few (???) artifacts from the past in the house.
Like most people, I have a few (???) artifacts from the past in the house.
 
In my opinion, all countries have a Military Industrial Complex with politics, economics, and military factions. Ken gives Cliff Notes on the Complex in the USA, North & South Vietnam.
In my opinion, all countries have a Military Industrial Complex with politics, economics, and military factions. Ken gives Cliff Notes on the Complex in the USA, North & South Vietnam.
 
The 1930's Depressions and WW2 produced some hard looking 1960s actors but most decorated Audie Murphy's good looks slowed his leading man acting career.
The 1930's Depressions and WW2 produced some hard looking 1960s actors but most decorated Audie Murphy's good looks slowed his leading man acting career.
 
Finding the strength to say goodbye,
 
Most of my stories to the grandkids start with believe it or not. In 1963, believe it or not, my school was segregated and the only confusion was with two ethnic Japanese sisters.
Most of my stories to the grandkids start with believe it or not. In 1963, believe it or not, my school was segregated and the only confusion was with two ethnic Japanese sisters.
 
I do not understand the association of Marines to Navy except old wooden ships delivered soldiers for beach landings.
I do not understand the association of Marines to Navy except old wooden ships delivered soldiers for beach landings.
 
The war with France in 1946 and a final war with Cambodia in 1978 are like book ends to 30 years of conflict. Maybe West Point studies this one.
The war with France in 1946 and a final war with Cambodia in 1978 are like book ends to 30 years of conflict. Maybe West Point studies this one.
 
The Red Cross ladies were very welcome in Vietnam. These volunteers were very welcome.
The Red Cross ladies were very welcome in Vietnam. These volunteers were very welcome.
 
Mess line in a temporary Field Perimeter. The food was delivered in large insulated canisters.
Mess line in a temporary Field Perimeter. The food was delivered in large insulated canisters.
 
In 1960s Jungle, you could not call a taxi. You could radio base for a Chopper ride and mark your clearing with Smoke.
In 1960s Jungle, you could not call a taxi. You could radio base for a Chopper ride and mark your clearing with Smoke.
 
The Military has a simple 10 week method to determine mental health ... called boot camp.
The Military has a simple 10 week method to determine mental health ... called boot camp.
 
Compared to our other wars, 1200 MIAs are a small percentage of total combat veterans.
Compared to our other wars, 1200 MIAs are a small percentage of total combat veterans.
 
Cambodian Genocide (The Killing Fields) was the dream of Pol Pot to return Cambodia to an agrarian society by murdering the elite.
Cambodian Genocide (The Killing Fields) was the dream of Pol Pot to return Cambodia to an agrarian society by murdering the elite.
 
Vietnamese are not fond of mixed children and I am told the Chinese offered to send troops but got a 'thanks but no thanks'.
Vietnamese are not fond of mixed children and I am told the Chinese offered to send troops but got a 'thanks but no thanks'.
 
I truly wish that our founding fathers had been a bit more clear on what they meant when writing the 2nd Amendment but numerous contemporaneous writings clearly show their intent was for individual possession and ownership of firearms.
I truly wish that our founding fathers had been a bit more clear on what they meant when writing the 2nd Amendment but numerous contemporaneous writings clearly show their intent was for individual possession and ownership of firearms.
 
One of my Standard Operating Procedures when I hear of a Vietnam Veteran in the news is to research them to find the 'Story behind the Story.
One of my Standard Operating Procedures when I hear of a Vietnam Veteran in the news is to research them to find the 'Story behind the Story.
 
"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL"
"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL"
 
In the spirit of giving this year, it is perhaps appropriate to remember that some gifts cannot be bought or sold but earned.
In the spirit of giving this year, it is perhaps appropriate to remember that some gifts cannot be bought or sold but earned.
 
I am somewhat sensitive to the "a soldier" reference in most of the news articles. The result is now that we are embroiled in a donnybrook over the death of someone who is now being referred to in almost every account as "a soldier."
I am somewhat sensitive to the "a soldier" reference in most of the news articles. The result is now that we are embroiled in a donnybrook over the death of someone who is now being referred to in almost every account as "a soldier."
 
If you will bear with me, I will try to bring this post to a point. Memory triggers of past events are often disturbing, but they don't always have to be regardless of what the Google says.
If you will bear with me, I will try to bring this post to a point. Memory triggers of past events are often disturbing, but they don't always have to be regardless of what the Google says.
 
The recent hurricane Irma reminded me of one of the now primitive techniques we used during 1968-1969 in Vietnam.
The recent hurricane Irma reminded me of one of the now primitive techniques we used during 1968-1969 in Vietnam.
 
My first grandchild had his 2nd birthday recently and his parents gave him a ukulele. My son asked me to tune it for him. I told him he was too young to appreciate the tuning but it was better just to let him get used to making sounds. The music might come later.
My first grandchild had his 2nd birthday recently and his parents gave him a ukulele. My son asked me to tune it for him. I told him he was too young to appreciate the tuning but it was better just to let him get used to making sounds. The music might come later.
 
Life is a not a 100 yard dash, it is a marathon with many hurdles along the way.
Life is a not a 100 yard dash, it is a marathon with many hurdles along the way.
 
I learned an important lesson during my "Kiss Years as a swinging single".
 
Alex Ortolano recently posted an article here on BCN which explained how a Medivac crew located and picked up wounded soldiers during his tour in 1965. Here is another tribute to those Lunatics of the Sky.
Alex Ortolano recently posted an article here on BCN which explained how a Medivac crew located and picked up wounded soldiers during his tour in 1965. Here is another tribute to those Lunatics of the Sky.
 
The documentary shows the tactics of both sides. I have not seen another documentary with these details. This battle was between Australians and Vietnamese.
The documentary shows the tactics of both sides. I have not seen another documentary with these details. This battle was between Australians and Vietnamese.
 
Do you often drop things now that you never did before? Here are a couple of solutions. One helps pick them up the other may help keeping you from dropping things.
Do you often drop things now that you never did before? Here are a couple of solutions. One helps pick them up the other may help keeping you from dropping things.
 
I did not serve with Lt. General Harold Moore but I benefited from his trail blazing techniques in the use of helicopter warfare. May have possible seen the movie about the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14-15, 1965 at LZ X-Ray in South Vietnam.
I did not serve with Lt. General Harold Moore but I benefited from his trail blazing techniques in the use of helicopter warfare. May have possible seen the movie about the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14-15, 1965 at LZ X-Ray in South Vietnam.
 
I received this card in recently asking for an update on one of my old cars. I never responded but was surprised that they would still have me in the files since 1974 when I bought the car.
I received this card in recently asking for an update on one of my old cars. I never responded but was surprised that they would still have me in the files since 1974 when I bought the car.
 
Here are the North Vietnamese. No series would be complete without mentioning both sides of a conflict. South Vietnamese communist were labeled Viet Cong.
Here are the North Vietnamese. No series would be complete without mentioning both sides of a conflict. South Vietnamese communist were labeled Viet Cong.
 
There is always a part II to most of my stories. Most of the time I do not publish them here on BCN because even I know that very few care about Part I, so a Part II is further proof that my own narcissistic tendencies have overcome my better judgement.
There is always a part II to most of my stories. Most of the time I do not publish them here on BCN because even I know that very few care about Part I, so a Part II is further proof that my own narcissistic tendencies have overcome my better judgement.
 
The fact is that music has always been a major part of my family since I was born. My dad was a self taught musician. We always had instruments around the house.
The fact is that music has always been a major part of my family since I was born. My dad was a self taught musician. We always had instruments around the house.
 
More than 80% of the airstrikes on North Vietnamese Army and guerrilla camps were carried out from these Thai bases (Randolph, 1986).
More than 80% of the airstrikes on North Vietnamese Army and guerrilla camps were carried out from these Thai bases (Randolph, 1986).
 
The Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) surrendered in 1975 ending foreign domination started by the French in 1861.
The Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) surrendered in 1975 ending foreign domination started by the French in 1861.
 
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