Salt lake City, UT
3rd RRU - Saigon - Jan to Dec 1962
Here's a picture of me taken in the EM Club at Davis Station in 1962
I served in Vietnam from January to December 1962 with the 3rd RRU. I was a 986 DF Plotter and worked in the hangar. I took an ITT transfer to Okinawa and was there until the end of my enlistment in May 1964. In February 1965 I re-enlisted in the Army. My MOS was no longer valid and personnel put me in Public Information and not the ASA. On August 31, 1966 I was transferred to the 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi. The very next day I was given a newsbeat with the 1st Battalion (Mech), 5th Infantry and was with them on a S&D when the armored personnel carrier I was riding in hit a mine and was destroyed. I banged my foot and limped for a few days but nothing serious - no PH. I rode point for Operation Attleboro, the largest operation of the war to that date. I was pulled from the field and sent to Saigon as press liaison and worked with the Saigon International Press corps. I stayed with the 25th until the end of that enlistment.
I had a girlfriend, Tuyet (Le Ngoc Lan) and we had a baby girl who was born in Saigon, February 6, 1968 - Tet. I had left the country before I could get married. I joined the Air Force and went back to Vietnam to 7th AF Hqs. I began the marriage process again until Tuyet decided she didn't want to go to America. I took the child and raised her. She lives in California and is married with three beautiful children.
I spent eight years in the Air Force and then walked away from the military for good. I went to work in the Post Office and went to school at San Jose State University where I earned a BA & MA. I'm now living in Salt Lake City because I can't find a cheaper place to live. I've lectured on Vietnam at SJSU and taught Western Civilization in Massachusetts where I was born and raised. For my service in Vietnam I was awarded the Bronze Star medal with oak leaf cluster and the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal (Dan Du Boi Trinh). I have 12 battle stars on my Vietnam Service Medal. When I first went to Vietnam in the ASA I went in civilian clothing with an official passport. I liked Vietnam and what we were doing in '62 but I couldn't handle the company commander and that made me transfer to Okinawa rather than just extend my tour. When I got to Vietnam the tour or duty was 18 months unaccompanied or 24 months accompanied. Many NCO's and officers had their families there and had on-post housing. It wasn't until August 1964 after the Gulf of Tonkin incident the dependents were sent home.