I served with the 101st Airborne Division in Northern South Vietnam (I Corps) from Dec. 1967 to Aug. 1968 as an Infantryman.
Feb. 1968 I received a gunshot wound during the TET Offensive. Here's a little about that battle
In Feb 68, I had the honor of fighting between two CMH (Congressional Medal of Honor) recipients in one battle.
SSG. Clifford Sims fell on a grenade and died shortly there after.
SSG. Joe Hooper was behind me, as I looked over my right shoulder I could see Hooper motioning me forward.
As I stepped out in the clearing I was immediately cut down by enemy fire.
Hooper went on to be a superman killing machine that day, he lived thru it and was presented his MOH by President Nixon. A book was written about us, "LOOKING for a Hero, the story of Sgt. Ronnie Joe Hooper"
Hooper died in 1971 from an aneurysm, never getting to read the book.
April 1968 I received a shrapnel wound to my left hand.
Aug. 1968 I received another shrapnel wound to the back of my left ankle and was sent to a Hospital in Yokohama Japan then back to the States.
I spent 31 years as a Telephone man.
In Aug.2000, my PTSD had gotten so severe I forced myself to retire before I did something I would regret.
I discovered Zazzle in 2009 and have been designing things from my "Man Cave" in the basement every since.