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  1. My eldest daughter recently ran into a man my age who bragged about burning his draft card and running off to Canada to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War. She and I have discussed the issue of draft dodgers before and she knows I hold no grudges against them. In my opinion most reacted to the prospect of being drafted with plain fear and allowed that emotion to drive their decisions. At the time, service in Vietnam was being portrayed by the Left and the media as a death sentence for draftees. Vets were being characterized as brutal murderers. It's not hard to see how a young man
  2. I submitted this one to EDF, but even if they accept the story it won't appear for a month or two. I figure this is a good day to post it here. JRH I never wanted to visit the Wall. For many years Vietnam veterans had only each other; as a memorial the Wall seemed too little, too late. Besides, there were too many names -- too many memories. I often dream of one night in August, 1968. All was black. I rubbed sweat from my eyes. Under the wavering light of a parachute flare squat bunkers and tangles of concertina wire emerged. I smelled blood, hot weapons, burned powder. My b
  3. I have just uploaded a skin pack for the 2/17th Cavalry (101st Airborne Div) to the DCS Repository and LOF. This will also be uploaded to Combat Ace once the file section is back up. The pack includes five skins representing A, B, C, F, and Headquarters Troops. Note that the B Troop skin here differs from the skin in the UH-1 Medal of Honor skin pack, so with both skin packs you will have even more variety! Here are some screenshots: Enjoy, once the file is approved!
  4. The skins included are: US Army 82nd Medical Detachment (Air Ambulance) US Army 2/17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division US Army 173rd Assault Helicopter Company, 1st Aviation Regiment US Army 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (#775) US Army 229th Aviation Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (#888) USMC Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO-6) I have added the names and ranks (at the time) of the pilots and co-pilots of these airframes at the time of the action. While I have attempted to be as accurate as these gentlemen deserve, I may have made some incorrect assumptions (this is espe
  5. Here are some screenshots from my skinpack that pays tribute to the Marine squadrons that flew the Huey in Vietnam. Since this is a DCS module of a more modern UH-1 variant (the UH-1H), I have opted to put the flight crew in contemporary uniforms. Note the MARPAT body armor on the door gunners. In chronological order, here is: VMO-2 Angry Two (1966) VMO-6 Tomcats (1967) VMO-3 Scarface (1967) In April 1968, VMO-3 was redesignated as HML-367, and changed their paint jobs accordingly. Another shot of HML-367 with the door gunner getting into the picture. And finally, HML-367
  6. Scramble Seawolves! This was the common call in Vietnam when the US Navy Riverine Forces and SEALs needed immediate fire support. Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three (HAL-3), known as the Seawolves, was the most decorated unit in the Vietnam War. Seawolves flew UH-1B Huey gunships in all weather, day or night, in support of the Brown Water Navy. In fact, most of the missions were conducted at night in inclement weather, which is exactly when the SEALs preferred to operate. HA(L)-3 would conduct Close Air Support, Hot Medivac and Insertion/Extraction of SEAL Teams. You can fi
  7. This is a collection of 12 skins representing commands that supported the 1st Cavalry Division from 1965-1969. Commands represented include: 82nd Artillery Battalion (Battery E) 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (Command bird) 229th Aviation Battalion (Companies A-D) Note: The 229th AvBn A company 1965 skin in this pack differs slightly from the Crandal/Freeman skins in my Medal of Honor Skin Pack. Be sure to get that pack as well if you want even more varied skins for the 229th AvBn (i.e. if you wish to create an Ia Drang mission). All reference imagery was taken from http://vietn
  8. Old Guy

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    I started thinking about this a couple days ago and did a lot of mental composing. Finally, I had to sit down and write it down as you see it here. Consider this an advanced draft. I'll surely work on it some more. Missing They say the '91 War in Iraq wiped out the stain of Vietnam. What stain was that? Was it due to the actions of a combat medic who never fired a shot in a year of treating wounded -- ours, theirs, and civilian? Or was it in the nightmares of the rifleman who could not shake the visions of dead villagers slaughtered by NVA 'freedom fighters'.
  9. I figured this one is topical. I posted it before, but it's been a long time. Christmas in Vietnam, 1967 We celebrate Christmas in the Mekong Delta, though war won't wait for a holiday. No white Christmas here; our colors are mud and green. It hasn't snowed in the Delta since the last ice age. In our hooch we have a tiny silver tree, somewhat worse for wear. An APC sits in a nearby revetment, festooned with garland. Down the hill a howitzer sports tinsel and a plastic angel. It ain't New England in winter, but we try to keep up appearances. No mistletoe, though.
  10. Okay, I went ahead and pulled out my old orders, letters to my wife, and fading memories to record this bit that occurred when I left the 242nd ASHC and transferred to the 346th ASD. Behind the Wire -- Into Chaos On the 27th of January, 1968, I boarded one of our company's Chinooks (242nd ASHC) and rode down to Bien Hoa. I had been transferred to the 125th Air Traffic Control Company. The 125th supplied controllers for Army airfields across much of Vietnam. Although organized as a company, the outfit was called the 125th Mob because it had enough personnel to make up a small batt
  11. I'm writing -- slowly writing -- a memoir of my time in the army and my Vietnam service. My daughters and granddaughters have been hassling me about getting the thing done. This is a brief account of an experience I had when stationed at Cu Chi in late '67. Nothing earth shaking about it. I just thought it provided a glimpse of what it was like as a REMF prior to Tet '68. Behind the Wire -- Bunker Guard at Cu Chi Those of us assigned perimeter guard gathered in the Orderly Room. Not much was said. Very little was explained. We were given bunker assignments; three men per pos
  12. Here are some screenshots from my just released skinpack that pays tribute to the Marine squadrons that flew the Huey in Vietnam. Since this is a DCS module of a more modern UH-1 variant (the UH-1H), I have opted to put the flight crew in contemporary uniforms. Note the MARPAT body armor on the door gunners. In chronological order, here is: VMO-2 Cherry Deuce (1966) VMO-6 Tomcats (1967) VMO-3 Scarface (1967) In April 1968, VMO-3 was redesignated as HML-367, and changed their paint jobs accordingly. Another shot of HML-367 with the door gunner getting into the pict
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