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The 22nd Inf. Monument at Ft. Benning.
From Tommy Tompkins: Each year my wife, Dee, and I attend the State Fair of Texas. On the grounds of State Fair Park in Dallas is the Texas Vietnam Memorial. We always take time to go by and visit and say hi to any vets that may be there. This year, one of the vets saw the 25th patch on my cap and remembered they had a 25th wreath in storage that had not been put on display. He retrieved the wreath and I had my wife snap a few pictures for me to forward to you for the newsletter. Not sure how many of our members even know about the memorial.
Top Warner in the Michelon Plantation
Photos sent in by Dave Gehr - more to come - check back...
B-52 CRATER WITH FRESH AGENT ORANGE WATER…..
Smoke em if you got em.
James Lind – Bob Duplechin – Danny Christain – Radio (Cummings ?)
On Friday - March 30, 2019 Ruben Barkley, Jr. was guest speaker for the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at the Freedom Support Center in Petersburg, Virginia. During the ceremony approximately 200 veterans were pinned with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin by state and local dignitaries. Ruben served his entire tour in Vietnam with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment (June 7, 1967 – June 7, 1968).
Sent in by Trevor "Limey" Grange: Escaped John Deere. Pictured L to R - Vince Anderson, ? Davidson, Gene Hahaj (R.I.P.)
From Pete McNaughton: The enclosed (click on the PDF) article from the Wall Street Journal several months ago might be interesting to those visiting the website or for the next newsletter.
Click the link below for the article.
John Murphy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] would like to share his song.
The Promise VIETNAM FALLEN REMEMBERED
The Promise - https://www.mnvietnam.org/story/the-promise/
Left: Dave Gehr sent this picture taken in1967. Dave is pictured on the left and Roger Omalza (?) on the right. Click on to enlarge.
Many of you have fond memories of seeing Angel Fire, New Mexico, often with Larry Rhodes, 4th Plt. Medic 65-67. Barbara Rhodes sent this article she ran across in her local paper. Click link below for the article.
"I think that anyone of us that is traveling through New Mexico should take a little side trip to visit “Angel Fire” Vietnam Memorial. It is truly awesome, with a visitor center with many great items of interest. Larry Rhodes (C/3/22 Medic 65-67) and Barb Rhodes took us to Angel Fire during one of visits with them. It is a beautiful part of the country and Carolyn and I have returned to visit several times. I know Larry took many of our Brothers that visited him up to the Memorial. Larry and I both have personalized bricks on the walk way. The bricks are for Vietnam Vets only. You can purchase a brick to be installed at the visitor center." Don Snyder.
Joe Mack sent this picture of him holding the painting from combat artist, Jim Nelson.
"On Top of Black Virgin Mountain."
Dave Gehr sent this:
These pictures are from 1987 – our first gathering in 20 years. Enjoy!
Included: Dave Say – Bob Duplechin – Bill Schwindt - Dave Gehr - Larry Rhodes - John Stelzer
Angel Fire, N.M.
In the early days.
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From Dave DeMauro (edited in part):
There was a virtual memorial conducted today (Memorial Day 2020) by the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. It included several segments such as the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Mount Soledad Memorial,, Miramar National Cemetery and others. Charlie Company was featured in the Mt. Soledad Memorial ceremony. I thought that you'all may want to view it. Use the link below to watch. Our segmant is at the 55 minute section. This is a HUGE honor for us to have been chosen out of the several thousand commemorative plaques there.
Check this out! - From Dave Gehr
Moving documentary about U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Shorty Menendez, tunnel rat for Charlie Company, 3/22nd Infantry is featured. Very nice presentation!
MY 2nd PLATOON AFTER OUR FIRST AMBUSH...SUCCESS ! ME, SHEDD & PHIL THOMPSON CHRISTMAS 1966
Pictures from Vietnam sent in by Dennis Sigler: click picture to enlarge
Submitted by Joe Piazza, 1965 era Viet Nam. Blast from the past!
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Chuck Boyle emailed: "I recently came into an archived after action report from the Battle of Good Friday, 11-12 April 1968.
It is 160 pages long with eyewitness accounts, radio logs, map, sketches, etc...."
Look on the Good Friday page under War Stories, for the link (at the bottom) to read the report.
I've discovered a sensible, truthful and gracious response to people who tell me, "Thank you for your service." I heard it first on Veterans Day, 2020. Someone on the radio said that they'd overheard a veteran respond to that kind remark with these words: "You're worth it." I immediately filed these words away for future use.
Sincerely, John W. Edwards, Chaplain Assistant in Dau Tieng, Veteran of F.S.B. and the Battle of Good Friday
Brothers lost on 1/7/69
52 years ago, we lost six of our fellow brother in arms: Lt. Leo Mullins, Danny Scott, Craig Olson, James Merrill, William Francisco and Larry Welch. I would like for you to remind those of C/3/22 who are fortunate to be here today of those six fallen comrades. A personal prayer of remembrance would be a fitting tribute to keep their memories ever present in our minds.
Happy New Year and Stay Safe, Bob Slater
Step by step construction and dedication of the monument sent shared by Fred Buttinelli.
The amazing story of the (Harley from Wisconsin) Left at the wall. submitted by Dave Gehr
Lawmakers introduce bill to extend VA care to 490,000 more veterans ill from Agent Orange
John Eickhorn, 4th plt '67, emailed 2 interesting links for the "Links" page. Take a look, they are toward the bottom of the page.
Three Agent Orange Presumptives Added
Three conditions will be added to the list of those presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange. Those conditions are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism.
Vietnam War era Veterans and their survivors, who previously filed and were denied benefits for one of these three new presumptive conditions, will have their cases automatically reviewed without the need to refile a claim.