Deadly Delays

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19 July 2012

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    SGT Bird · 6 years ago
    Chief, all I can say is thank you, some of those missions were my friends. I understand red tape, with tears I writ this. Thank you for all you did and continue to do.
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    Gerry · 6 years ago
    What amazes me is how much of this revolves around one Medevac unit.  CWO3 Brodeur was in the 571st Medical Company out of Fort Carson.  When the med companies were rolled into the GSAB model the 571st moved to Texas and reflagged as C-Co 2-227 AVN, 1st Air CAV Brigade; the same unit that the PowerPoint presentation and request to arm aircraft came from.  This has all happened before and was pushed under the rug.
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    Bill Lioio · 6 years ago
    A simple and eloquent statement of fact that should be heard and acted upon at the highest levels.
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    ironargonaut · 6 years ago
    Thank you for fighting the good fight, Sir.

    Please, name the battalion commander.
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    Mark William Garris · 6 years ago
    Thank you Mr. Brodeur. I am a Vietnam veteran of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavaqlry Division. I was wounded just outside of Khe Sanh on 9 May 1968. Even though we were only about a click from the Laosian border and a few clicks south of the DMV, the Medivac choppers risked heavy anti-aircraft fire to save my butt, and I will be forever grateful to these brave soldiers for their continued sacrifice in the face of extreme odds. Thank you, again.
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      Heinz Rainer · 6 years ago
      Sorry Sir,
      What exactly was your business in the Vietnam - Laos border area. I went there in 2012, and now after 40 years we have innocent kids losing their limbs from land mines and other ordnance which the US never removed from these areas.
      You may have been wounded but you should not have been there in the first place.
      :sigh:
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        Bill Staggs · 6 years ago
        If I may: I be leave Pvt. Garris was doing his duty. Simple as that. Thank you Pvt. Garris, Welcome Home.
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        Mark William Garris · 6 years ago
        [quote name="Heinz Rainer"]Sorry Sir,
        What exactly was your business in the Vietnam - Laos border area. I went there in 2012, and now after 40 years we have innocent kids losing their limbs from land mines and other ordnance which the US never removed from these areas.
        You may have been wounded but you should not have been there in the first place.
        :sigh:[/quote]

        Thank you for your interest in my story. Since I was only a PFC at the time, I was not privy to the strategic or tactical deployment orders of the divisional command for that company level movement, that day. However, what I've learned since is that we were one of several companies of the 1st Cav that were sent out to clear the area of enemy troops, subsequent to our mission to relieve the Marines at Khe Sanh FOB. They had been surrounded by NVA since before the Tet Holiday Offensive in early February 1968. I had arrived in Vietnam at about the same time that Tet began, so I hadn't been there very long -- about three months. When the Cav attacked, it was the largest (two brigades) cavalry charge in our history -- horse, armor or chopper -- up to that date. We came in in several waves of massed helicopter sorties, landed on the tarmac at Khe Sanh under artillery fire, among the destroyed hulks of helicopters and C130 and Caribou cargo planes that littered the landing strip. It looked like the trenches of the Western Front in WWI. The next day we were deployed to the Old French Fortress, a former base of the French Foreign Legion in 1954, which was completely leveled by our B52 bombing. Later, we went back to Khe Sanh FOB, then walked out on the 9th of May, through the deserted Khe Sanh village and the destroyed Lang Vei Special Forces Base, toward the southwest. As we came close to the river gorge marking the border with Laos, we stopped for a break, and while I was kneeling down on my rifle, I set off a booby trap that tore into my knees and threw me in the air. I wasn't too badly wounded, but I couldn't walk very well. My courageous squad members took turns carrying or dragging me up the hill to where the medivac could land. The commander of the Medivac refused to send in his Dustoff choppers, so the battalion commander was going to come in for us. After his chopper was nearly shot out of the air, he withrew, but an unknown (to me) pilot of a Medivac helicopter took the chance against his own commanders orders to come for me and another three wounded.

        I hope this satisfies you, Mr. Rainer. As a matter of fact, I agree with you. We shouldn't have been there. But I didn't understand that then as an 19 year old, Gung Ho grunt. I had to come home, go to college to study history, before I understood the truth.
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    Michael j. Kerrigan · 6 years ago
    I do not know which takes more courage, to launch as fast as possible, fly as fast as possible and save the wounded or to take on your battalion commander.Both types of courage in America need to be shred wit the civilian population.
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    Dennis Davidson · 6 years ago
    Chief,
    Thank you for your service and your courage to speak out. If more people followed your lead, and had the courage to break ranks, some of our boys would have come home. My only advice is to try not to be too bitter and win the fights you can.
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    Bob Baird · 6 years ago
    We need more like you and the Army needs less like your BN CO. Hope he is gone soon, 1st Cav does not need his type.

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