Blocking Force

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well it sure is a hot day here today.  We are building some shade out of sticks and palm leaves.  We have been a blocking force for the last two days so that when you (the company) set up in a straight line and another company goes to the top of the mountain and walks toward you, forcing all VC between us to fight.  We haven’t seen anything yet. Continue reading

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Vietnam Soldier: Average age was 19

He received his Statement of Acceptability from Selective Service and he was found “fully acceptable for induction into the Armed Forces.”  It was dated 20 April 1966, he was 19.

My dad was inducted into the Army on 5 January 1967 for training at Fort Bliss, Texas.  I have his ‘yearbook’ from his time at Fort Bliss. I also have, or rather, used to have, his engraved zippo lighter awarded to him for Continue reading