Posted on Jul 26, 2020
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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What is Your Personal Account of Serving in the Vietnam War that you will share with all of the RallyPoint Members?

This is one of those questions for all of the Vietnam Veterans here on RallyPoint to share their personal account, stories, and experiences when they served in the Vietnam War. This is important history and our brothers and sisters need to share their individual stories of a time that saw the brave heroes who volunteered, military service members deployed, or who were drafted that served in a very unpopular war in our American history. Their stories and experiences are so important to us all here on RallyPoint. They need to be memorialize here for everyone to read and thank each member for their service to this country.

Please share up to (4) pictures on your response to this question, so they are here for everyone to see. Please Tag/Mention other Vietnam Veterans here on RallyPoint, so they can share their personal accounts and stories.

You will never be forgotten. "Respect Always - Warriors for Life!"

Thanks, COL (Ret) Mikel Burroughs
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SP5 Jim Curry
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As my mind sometimes wonders back to yesteryear I think about some of the missions I was on; those that were not so good and some that, after reflection, have a since of comedy to them. Getting out of the situation with no injuries, this one was comical to me. One would have to close their eyes, visualize the picture, and put themselves in it. There were 8 of us on this team. The chopper came in, hovered, and the team bailed out; over eight foot to the ground. Why these chopper pilots chose to hover so high I’ll never know. The shear impact with all that weight will jar your eye teeth and everything else about you. We’re on the ground, grouped up, and heading in an uphill grade to the tree line. Now there is this big mound between us and the tree line. Reminds me now of a bare Indian mound. As we approach this mound there is this unmistakable sound; thump. There are three sounds that are etched in my mind; the sound of a chopper, an AK-47, and a mortar round being fired. Thump, you could hear the mortar shoot and then the explosion. Oh, oh, the white cloud upon explosion indicates that they are firing WP rounds at us. Luckily someone was very bad at estimating the target range. Now we put it in high gear and head toward the mound to seek some type of cover. The RTO is feverishly trying to make communication with base camp. There is not supposed to be any friendlies near us. They make corrections and fire again. It’s getting closer. We run around the mound; nothing for cover except your own rucksack. Can’t hide under it too well. They keep adjusting and we keep running around the mound. Finally we make commo and they are able to find who was firing and got them stopped. Thank goodness.
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SP5 Jim Curry
SP5 Jim Curry
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1SG Walter Craig - !75 rounds make a hell of a sound going overhead...
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1SG Walter Craig
1SG Walter Craig
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SP5 Jim Curry - So does an 8 inch self propelled howitzer. if you are down range when it lets loose. Concussion almost knocked me out of a tree I was bowhunting from.
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SP5 Jim Curry
SP5 Jim Curry
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1SG Walter Craig - Yeah but the 175 is moving like 2000 ft per sec...
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SP5 Jim Curry
SP5 Jim Curry
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Cynthia Croft - It's my pleasure to have served my country and to do the same at RP... Thank you for your kind words...
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SPC Randy Zimmerman
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The weapons and ammo was a cache located in the Iron Triangle near Quan Loi in ‘69. We found mines, rockets, mortar rounds, RPG launchers with grenades, crates of AK’s and ammo in tins.

The photo with smoke was near Tay Ninh, marking our location for Air Force jets.

The photo showing the horizon was taken before an insertion near Loc Ninh in ‘70.

The last photo is of my pilots as well as the rear of one of our escort Cobras, named “We the People”.
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GySgt Thomas Vick
GySgt Thomas Vick
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Extremely well said Sgt. Pryor, and as a Marine we were always chasing after that weapons cache.
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PO3 Bob McCord
PO3 Bob McCord
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SGT Robert Pryor - Yup, we sang and danced in the rain.
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SGT Robert Pryor
SGT Robert Pryor
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PO3 Bob McCord - You got rain in your AO? Yeah, I heard it rained in Viet Nam from time to time. ;-)
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1SG Walter Craig
1SG Walter Craig
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SGT Robert Pryor - Yea all at once. You coming?
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CPT Jack Durish
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Available free of charge on Smashwords...
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/248158
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SGT Robert Pryor
SGT Robert Pryor
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CPT Jack Durish - I do have the first one now. I just need to find time to read it.
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MSG Felipe De Leon Brown
MSG Felipe De Leon Brown
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True stories don't have to be "politically correct", just true. I just downloaded your Ebook. I also read the biography. Fantastic things come from fantastic people. Thanks for being a friend.
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Awesome Sir!CPT Jack Durish
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CPT Jack Durish
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