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I'd Never Been So Sick In My Life

Donovan Nash's first experience in country was getting what he guessed to be food poisoning from a fried egg sandwich. And so his journey began. He ended up as part of a 15-man recon team as part of the Black Scarf Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. He was lucky to make it out of Vietnam, albeit on a stretcher.

There were only 15 of us together... only a couple of us made it out, and I went home on a stretcher.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Army

Dates of Service: 1966 - 1968

Veteran Organization: VFW, DAV

Unit: Big Red One, Black Scarf Battalion

Specialty: Infantry

Donovan's story was captured with the help of TPT's Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

Story Themes: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1st Infantry Division, Army, Big Red One, Black Scarf Battalion, Brotherhood, DAV, Donovan Nash, Food, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Polk, Recon, Saint Louis Park, St Louis Park, State Fair Interviews, The Big Red One, VFW, Watch

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