Monday, October 26, 2009

Vietnam vets finally honored for bloody rescue mission

This article brought back some memories for me. I was part of the engineer group (31st Eng.Battalion) that was rebuilding the old French road that led into Cambodia (mentioned in this article).

Less than a month later my squad was attached to the combined American and South Vietnamese forces that took this road to invade  Cambodia in search of the NVA high command.

While working on the road I met several members of the 11th Armored Cavalry. Now, I can’t help wondering if they are dead or alive. Was one of those men honored someone I talked with back in 1970? I guess I’ll never know.

After 39 years, Alpha Troop is awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for its heroism during 'The Anonymous Battle' in 1970.

(Above photo) President Obama, at a ceremony honoring Alpha Troop, says the treatment of Vietnam veterans has been a "national disgrace." (Tim Sloan / AFP-Getty Images / October 20, 2009)

Read the whole story at The LA Times 

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