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My Time in the Nam

I was attached to Bravo 1/7 , 1st Marine Division as a Corpsman. Went to NSA hospital three times ,as a patient, in the first three months. Two purple hearts, ten medals in all. Good grief; didn’t know Corpsman were such a big target. I love the Corps; never saw a ship! That’s fine too, I go to Marine Corps functions only. Semper Fi , Doc 1966-1970
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G Willard 0311, 8651, 8511…. - April 20, 2020

YES Bill. The time I thought I was wrong….and I wasn’t. Think we learned to use that one week one in D.I. school at P.I. LOLOLOL. (Not an original line. Fonzi said that to Richie Cunningham when Richie asked him that same question on “Happy Days”). Thanks for making me laugh at myself Gunner, made my day. Speaking of right and wrong Bill, excellent pick on Alpha “2/1”!!! And props to you; NOTHING more terrifying than a shotgun blast and you guys breathing fire out of a “60” in the dark of night. Hump all the belts I could for you ’31’s. SEMPER FI Bill.

Bill 0331 - April 20, 2020

Good point G. Willard. Have you ever been wrong? Bill 0331

G Willard 0311, 8651, 8511,…. - April 20, 2020

Paul Ford: Selected by interview board for D.I. School ’70 while at 2nd Recon, Onslow Beach. Came out on the Field (3rd Bn) June ’70 at 20 yrs old. Think I was more scared first day out than you recruits lol. For some reason E-6’s, E-7’s, E-8’s, and Bn Sgt Maj kept me under their wing constantly, like big brothers. FOREVER grateful to them!! Bill 0331: Not that it matters at all, that is geographically correct gunner, but the first battle for Quang Tri province primarily affected Quang Tri City, Thanh Pho Hue, AND Danang.

Nick - April 20, 2020

Harry, I refuse to let the stupid politics of the war take away the fact that we fought our ass off!! NEVER ! We did not lose the war our SMART ASS politicians just walked away from it. Hold your head high brother Nick

Murray hermanson - April 20, 2020

Good to hear from you Harry, I was wondering where you were. Not many know what a 1371 did but you and I do and yes I am proud to have been one. Or is it like always a Marine, we are always a 1371? Been waiting for the new stories they should be on the page soon maybe later today. One of these days I am going to submit a story, I keep telling myself that any way, will see. Don’t be bummin’ out today. Happy Vietnam War day back at you Harry.

Harry - April 20, 2020

Hey Murray. It’s official today 29 March is now Vietnam War Day! To bad it is not Vietnam War Victory Day! Any way……29 March 73 last combat units left Nam??? Still lost good men after that and we all know that. Harry…..Proud 1371

Bill - April 20, 2020

Speaking of Medals, I have 8,including 2 PH ,turned down the next 2 band-aid wounds ,the centipede bite was worse! also PUC,MUC..CAUC,CAR,GCUC Why am I telling this? Someone opened the door! Bill 0331 “Suddendeath”

Nick - April 20, 2020

Do you mean the SonThong massacre Feb 70 ? 16 civilians were murdered (5 women and 11 children) by Marines from “Hunter Killer “squad of out of Ross. Huge scar left on 7th Marines Two Marines served time and the others probably got a BCD not sure about the latter. to bad. The the OIC tried to cover it up and got written up for it and maybe charged with something don’t know. Not as bad a Me-Lai but pretty bad Nick H&S 3/7 69-70

Paul Ford 0311 3/1 - April 20, 2020

Hey G Willard where and when were you a D.I. ? Paul

Murray hermanson - April 20, 2020

Bob, I was there in Apr 67 but just for about a half of day, coming in from an operation with F 2/26 and went right back out with H 2/9 stayed with them in the field till middle of May than came into Dong Ha. I got in country Dec 66. I was back at Camp evens in Dec 67 that was 3rd Eng Bn stationed there and I was on my way home for leave, I had extended for 6 months. When I came back, they moved to Quang Tri. I remember the ammo dump getting hit a couple of times, that’s why they built Quang Tri it was back south far enough so the artillery couldn’t reach it. was in the field when the ammo dump was hit I think.

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