How you gonna act? 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company

I found a photocopied letter with my dad’s Vietnam stuff and I thought I would share excerpts of it. Handwritten at the top is the following: Letter from Lt Simm from hospital after he was wounded. I don’t who the recipient was.

25 March 1968

Hi Pig,

I got your letter and the picture & I sure enjoyed hearing from you. Hey, that military courtesy was really something now that I’m First Lt and you’re a big, mean old Sgt. Congratulations on your promotion and on making it home.

It sure was nice to see you guys drinking and having fun on duty-reminded me of old times. I guess the third platoon will always be the same-not much for garrison, but tremendous in the field. Captain Brett wrote me how proud he was of you and the rest of the Company for what you did in the Bong Song fight. I will always regret missing out on it-I really hated to leave the field. But while you were fighting the NVA I was fighting for my life in the hospital. We both were. Continue reading

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A Walk on Part in a War

A favorite article of mine:

VC Upset When Sp4 Drops in For Lunch

Landing Zone Betty (1st CAV-10)

An American soldier recently dropped in on a Viet Cong platoon for lunch and no one observed proper table manners.

The man who came to dinner was Sp4 Dennis Cole of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry.

Cole was point man for his platoon on a search and destroy mission two miles west of Continue reading