Posted on Sep 17, 2020
SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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We all have had those leaders we are/were crazy about. We have also had those leaders we were crazy about them leaving, getting fired, or PCSing. It happens. With this in mind, why is it that you never tend to forget those leaders good and bad? Most of us including me have a stellar memory which is to my detriment at times. I can remember every good and bad experience, dates, times, who, what was said, etc.

Why can you not forget?
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SGT Robert Pryor
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Negative: Being abandoned by my original commanding officer while wounded and in contact.
Positive: Being part of his being relieved of command and replaced by the best commander I could have ever wanted.
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SGT Robert Pryor
SGT Robert Pryor
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Sgt Dale Briggs - I actually loved it in Viet Nam. I was wounded a lot more severely a couple of months later -- receiving 11 gunshot, 19 major shrapnel one over 200 minor shrapnel wounds. But that doesn't even bother me in the grand scheme of things.
https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/5119
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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Damn, I certainly wouldn’t love Nam. You’ve earned your wings in spades, it would be nice if the worst time in your life ended in the 60/70s. I hate that 40-50 years later it’s still a thing. I wish you peace of mind,
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SGT Robert Pryor
SGT Robert Pryor
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Sgt Dale Briggs - I actually love it there. The people are so friendly and welcoming to Americans -- probably because the Vietnamese hate and fear China. I've been back four times since the war. My wife and daughter love it there too. We've been talking about where we'd want to visit once this COVID-19 problems goes away. They both want to return to Viet Nam. The picture of four little girls is from 2014. The girl in the sneakers is my now 16 year old daughter. The other girls are descendants of the folks whose lives I saved when I got wounded the last time. They are standing about 50 feet from the exact spot where I was found. The picture allows me to only see the good. None of those four girls would exist had I now been wounded. The other picture is of my then 32 year old daughter of me in 2003 -- standing where I was found back on June 20, 1969. Life has indeed been good so far.
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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Great pics.
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Lt Col Charlie Brown
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Memories with strong emotions tied to them are very difficult to let go of. This is part of what makes PTSD so hard to treat
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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It’s insidious. My PTSD isn’t military related , but I was shot twice and it’s such a hassle sometimes. Survivors guilt they say, but I could live without this crap.
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CWO3 Us Marine
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Their leadership, bearing, and care for those in their charge.
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