Wednesday, August 31, 2016
This past weekend I attended a reunion of the squadron I first served with in Vietnam during March ‘66 until April ’67, fifty years ago. What a great experience! The squadron was VMO-6 based at Ky Ha just a few miles from Chu Lai in Southern I Corps. For those of you who were in that area, our call sign was KLONDIKE. We flew the UH-1E gunship escorting troop transport helos, medevacs and providing close air support for troops in contact. Of all the flying I did over thirty years, that tour was the most rewarding. We saved a lot of lives and we took out a lot of the enemy.
About a third of the original squadron attended the reunion, both officer and enlisted. We talked and laughed a lot, sharing stories, telling jokes, remembering different missions and remembering our fallen comrades. More than a few tears were shed. We were all reminded of what a special relationship we shared during that combat tour. We were special; we were Marines. Today, I see similarities in our Detachment. Although we are not being tested as my unit was in combat, we have all faced similar tests in our military service and life after leaving the Corps. Our Marine heritage serves us well now. We all know the value of service together to accomplish the mission.
On September 10 we will render honors at the dedication of the new Vietnam Veterans Monument in Hurricane. I encourage all hands to fall out for that event, especially Vietnam vets. Later that day we will announce the winners of the rifle and pistol drawings. We have sold almost all of the tickets. Thanks to all who helped with this successful fundraiser. We have a few tickets left if you missed out.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Please click on the flyer for information on Medical Care for Veterans. Thanks to Steve Ikuta for this posting.VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM FLYER