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Got drafted 1969 Went to Germany for 9 months. Sent to Vietnam Arrived in the middle of the night via Flying Tiger airlines. Transferred to terminal by bus with bars on Windows. Went to AnKe on c130. Spent maybe 2 months there.
Met Montyard tribesmen They helped CIA Sent up to DMZ about 10 klicks from NVN Spent couple weeks dealing with monsoons Assigned to1/5 infantry Pretty uneventful so far till one of our officers got gunned down by our own troops pretty sad Then one of Lirp units was killed on night ambush Did not want to be there Luckily I was a short timer Arrived home 1971 Most people did not like Viet Vets
Story Themes: 1969, 1970, 1971, Army, Coming Home, Harold Preuss, Montagnard Troops, Saint Paul, St Paul