Archive for the ‘Vietnam War’ Category

In this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we feature an August 1966 note home from Terry Weber, serving in the Vietnam War as an infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. “Lately, we have been busy night and day,” Weber wrote.  “The Cong have been giving us a lot of [...]

In December 2010, we posted on the disturbing case of Major Henry Serex. If you remember, Serex’s aircraft, “Bat 21,” was downed on April 2, 1972.  Some twenty years later, in 1992, satellite imagery taken over North Vietnam’s Dong Vai Prison, near Haiphong, revealed a message—“72TA88.”  The combination of letters and numbers matched Major Serex’s [...]

Danny Weber served in the Vietnam War with the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion. In this Letters From War Wednesday, we feature a short note from Weber to his father, Jack, back home. In October 1967, Weber turned 20 and set foot in Vietnam. “I thought I would write and let you know we made it [...]

This week’s Letters From War Wednesday features a short note home, first impressions from Pvt. Eddie Wells, setting foot in Vietnam in the spring of 1968. “I got over here to Bien Hoa at 12:30 yesterday,” he wrote to his parents upon arrival.  “…I can hear bombs going off in the distance. “…You couldn’t believe [...]

No doubt, some of the worst Letters From War imaginable are those sent by our War Department, like the Western Union telegram received by Evelyn Black, mother of infantryman, Dennis Black, serving with the 7th Cavalry in the Vietnam War. “THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY HAS ASKED ME TO EXPRESS HIS DEEP REGRET THAT YOUR [...]

Since the release of the movie, We Were Soldiers, starring Mel Gibson, we hear a lot about the Battle at LZ X-ray. People seem to forget the ensuing, even more brutal, engagement at nearby LZ Albany. As the Battle of LZ X-ray came to an end, survivors of the 1st of the 7th were airlifted [...]

Today on Letters From War Wednesday, we feature a short November 1967 note home from Danny Weber, who served with the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion in Vietnam. “I’m working in a yard at Can Tho, which is located about 115 miles south of Saigon.  …I finally got my bags unpacked last night.  Now I can [...]

Secret Vietnam War Bunkers

October 20, 2011

A secret, Vietnam War-era bunker has been unearthed below the historic Metropole Hotel in downtown Hanoi.  The hotel housed many foreign guests during the war, and the shelter below served to keep them safe from American bombings of the city. The story reminded me of a similar surprise Airborne trooper, Tom Steele, discovered in the [...]

For the newly drafted, plucked from hometowns across the country, life in the service was an adjustment, to say the least.  Terry Weber was drafted by the U.S. Army in December 1965, during the Vietnam War.  Following Basic Training, he reported to Fort Polk, Louisiana for AIT in March 1966. “I don’t like the Army, [...]

Yesterday, we took a look at the tragic end to the promising young life of Bruce Eamick, an American infantryman during the Vietnam War. On August 6, 1969, just two days before his death at Fire Support Base Washington, Eamick wrote a short note home to his parents.  It would be his last. “…We’re working [...]

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