Four newly commission 2nd Lt infantry platoon leaders on board the USS Mann en route South Vietnam September 1965. Left to right,
Bob Dunn March 11, 1942 – May 18, 2010
George McCoy June 24, 1941 – February 26, 1966
Larry Peterson December 6, 1940 – May 22, 2017
Larry Peterson died last week.
We had been best friends since that day 53 years ago when he threw me a life line.
How the U.S. Tracked and Killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the Leader of the Taliban
Following newspaper article of 23 May 2016 details the demise of an ol’ adversary of US intelligence, in an area I know well.
See my comments at the end.
How the US lost the war in Vietnam
Chapter 1 of 12
I served 5 years on SEA battlefields.
Went over initially as 22 year old 2nd Lt Platoon leader in the 1st Division and saw a year’s combat action NW of Saigon, in the Tay Ninh, Minh Thanh, Cu Chi area.
My goal for 2017 was to lose just 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.
I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they’re flashing behind you.
Ate salad for dinner! Mostly croutons & tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce. And cheese. FINE, it was a pizza. I ate a pizza.
Friends from Southeast Asia Battlefields
George McCoy Slippery Clunker Six Ray Seaborg
Skip Jackson Tran Van Hai Le Vang Hung
Hog Bag Ly Lieu
Bamboo Mac Little Tom Fosmire
Heinie Aderholt Ed Reid Cliff Hendrix
Jim Rhyne Hubie Baker Frenchy Smith
Kayak Clean Sword
Van Quill Junkyard Tony Poe
Cecil Bratcher Ringo Bob Dunn
Robert Haldane Pat Landry Vang Pao
Tiny Dhep Bill Lair
Hugh Tovar Jim Handlin Vint Lawrence
Fred Platt Jim Delaney H Ownby
This was initially posted end April 2016
Over this past year I took a look at how our US military went from world beaters in 1945, defeating two highly industrialized countries with ferocious, dedicated military, to its unsuccessful fight with piss ant North Vietnamese 1965/1975.
Started where I never imagined.
Which led to Korea 1950 and Vietnam 1960.
CIA spook recalls Thailand’s role in secret war
A 4,000-strong force of US-trained soldiers known as Tahan Sua Pran played a big part in one of the least known victories by allied forces in the Vietnam War