My Short but Intense Military Career


Drafted into the US Army in 1969 at age 20

Charlie Troop 1/9th (Blue India, 1970)

After Basic Training at Ft Polk, LA, and Advanced Individual Training (recon) at Ft Knox, KY, I received orders for Vietnam.

In March of 1970, I arrived in Vietnam and was assigned to Charlie Troop, First Squadron, Ninth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division (Airmobile). We were a recon unit for the 1st Cavalry Division. Our primary mission was to find enemy activity and also QRF (quick reaction force) for downed helicopters. I was with Charlie Troop 1/9th my whole tour (thirteen months) and returned to the ‘World’ in April of 1971.

Upon my arrival at Oakland Army Base, I received my discharge from the Army.

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