Posted on Mar 8, 2015
SGT Jim Z.
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On this day in 1965 ground combat commenced in Vietnam. Thank you and welcome home to all the Vietnam Veterans.
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GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad
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GySgt Wayne A. Ekblad
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No, I did not --- I went on active duty in August 1975. Thank you for your service there ... welcome home!
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Thank you all for remembering. The units involved were the
United States 7th Cavalry Regiment:
1st Battalion
2nd Battalion
United States 5th Cavalry Regiment:
2nd Battalion
This was the first true test of the Huey UH1D helicopter in combat. The recently named First Cavalry Division ( Airmobile ) was tested against all odds at LZ X-Ray and Ia Drang Valley. There were about 2,000 NVA and Vietcong, against 1,000 Cav soldiers. The Huey proved itself by saving many lives, picked up and flown to hospitals. The U.S. Airforce did air strikes and dropped bombs from B-52's. Artillery was dropped close in to the Cav troops, on a Broken Arrow response from General Hal Moore, killing many enemy. I'm proud to say after I got to RVN, in June 66, my CO was Maj. Bruce Crandall, portrayed in the movie "We Were Soldiers Once And Young". Maj. Crandall was the pilot who kept coming in time after time picking up wounded soldiers. He was a great, modest CO.
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CW4 Dan Cady
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Thanks for remembering.
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SGT Jim Z.
SGT Jim Z.
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You are welcome CW4 Dan Cady.
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SGT Jim Z. Memories from Marine, Daniel M. Walsh III of campaigns and lost platoon members.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/vietnam_war_50th_anniversary_o.html
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