To The 1/8th Cavalry

I knew of your deeds before I joined your ranks. Your fame was widespread including those on your flanks.

On the 6th and 7th of December past, you met the NVA and he breathed his last.

You had fought a battle that is still talked about, of your valor at Dai Dong there is not any doubt.

Let’s meet the men who withstood the test, and count them among America’s best.

“A” Company had a commander bold, an Irishman named McAndrews who was not very old, yet this Captain with a flip and a grin, said “They need us coach, put Alpha in”.

They went in fast in the early light, behind CS and full of fight; the tot was short so they say and Alpha had some wounded that day.

“B” Company went in on the night of the 6th lost two men but got in their licks. They fought all day on the 7th of December a day that every man in “B” will remember.

“C” Company joined in the fight I know, but had some casualties to a thing called “Go-Go”.

“D” Company proved that they had what it takes, when they tangled with “Charlie” while OPCON to the 2/8th. This was late in December, but after all our only purpose is to make the enemy fall.

Now Big Duke “6” was a real fine man, he commanded us with an iron hand yet for all his size, and being tough; for “Snuffie”, he couldn’t do enough. The men knew well that there wasn’t a day when “6” didn’t see them and have something to say, they knew that the Skipper would be on hand and help them survive this troubled land.

Photo taken at LZ Mustang

Ed Burba as the “3” and Lum the LNO, combined their talents, and put on many a show.

As a team they were great, as** individuals just fine, I’d be proud to serve again, any old time.

With Zrojewski as One and Wilson the Four, it’s a wonder we got mail or something to pour.

Vigue and his headquarters crew brought in from the snatches a CD or two.

Now Heintzman and Church came out of the field, thinking perhaps it was a real good deal, they soon found out much to their woe, when working in the TOC, time goes slow.

Carter and Chung, those ingenious gents played cards for money both dollars and cents; but experience proved, with billfolds bent, that money; instead of coming-it went.

Jim Poor and Top Fischer, my hat is off to you for keeping the company up tight, and fighting the whole night through.

I have missed some names, but I know these men, their faces are not forgotten, the memory is not dimmed,

Some place, some day we will all meet again, and remember each other as fighting men and as Big Duke always said as he flew away; “Keep your head and tail together every day”.

–Major David D. Valandry, Infantry, Ex Big Duke 5