The End Of Combat?!?

Yesterday was 29-March the date in 1973 “That the last combat troops left Vietnam.” Our local VFW was having an event to commemorate that day. My friend and I decided to go. We are not members of that post but, all veterans and the public were invited to attend. They had refreshments and music but,not much else. It was more of a meet and greet. We were listening to a guy that was talking to a group of young people and I heard him comment that the last casualty occurred in March 73′. My friend JJ looked over at me and shook his head as to say “let it go” but I couldn’t. I waited for an opening and ask if he knew how many names are listed on the WALL after 29- 73′? I told them “at least 83 maybe more.I ask if he knew about the S.S.Mayaguez He said he did but thought it happened in Korean water. I said “No it was actually Cambodian water.” 41 Americans were killed including 18 Marines and Corpsman (3 of the Marines were executed by the Cambodians) Ask the families of those killed or wounded after the so called “End of Combat”. What they think. His response was that more would have died if we would have stayed I agreed and, we left it at that. jj and I also left! NEVER FORGET!! SEMPER FI!!


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  • Lcpl Jimmy Sanchez from New Braunfels Tx

    In reply to Thomas Kroh.
    I was part of a “ghost” platoon that was inserted by the CIA into Saigon on April 25, 1975. We were 1st blt, 9th marines, charlie co, 3rd plt, 3 marine division. I was in the back of the embassy compound in the early morning hours of April 29, 1975 when these two embassy marine guards were killed. They were about 50 yards away from me at first, then they moved a couple of blocks away to another post when they were hit by a rpg rocket fired by a NV soldier. I learned their names a year later, Cpl. Charles McHahon and Lcpl, Darwin Judge. I also heard in the news that Sen. John Kerry and Sen Edward Kennedy from Mass. when to Saigon to recover their remains and bring them home.

  • bill brocker

    In reply to Harry.

  • bill brocker

    In reply to Ron.
    I only say thanks for the opportunity to kill communist!

  • Sgt. Wolf aka Bob Rader

    In reply to Dan Cameron.
    Great Story!

  • Harry

    In reply to Sgt White 72-76.

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