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by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   823rd, 1970 

For whatever reason, and to this day I don't know why, my 1st tour of duty in Vietnam had me go
through Eglin Aux Fld 2 prior to deployment, even though I was not assigned to a RH squadron.
My orders were for BCE, 633d Special Ops Wing, Pleiku AB. Anyway... a Penny Short sqdn.
was going through Fld 2 at the time and I flew over with them into Phan Rang, their final
destination, and I went on to Pleiku from there.

When the plane landed at Phan Rang, it was the most impressive thing I've ever seen and I'll never
forget it ! On the runway, and in formation, was the squadron they were replacing along with Step
And a Half with a RH blanket on his back. Out-standing site to behold.... give a person goose
bumps big enough to put hats on name 'em !!! Never forget that man... made me want to cry that I
was heading to a BCE unit at the time. That was in November of 1968.

I did have a pretty exciting tour at Pleiku though... was told I was sent there for rocket damage
repair and at Pleiku business was good. Also served as SP Augmentee the entire tour. BUT... still
wanted to serve with 'THE HORSE' so I kept volunteering and I got my wish... served the second
tour of a 4 yr enlistment with the 823d in '70 - '71..... Yahoo !!!!

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