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    the best seller lists when it was published last November offers a clever and intriguing plot that s powered by page turning dialogue driven prose I couldn t rest until I reached the final pages to see how DeMille wrapped up this tour de force police procedural thriller The plot a mentally unbalanced American billionaire oil baron decides to create nuclear Armageddon in order to wipe out every Muslim nation in the world Former NYPD detective John Corey now working for the federal anti terrorism task force in New York City gets wind of the plot which begins in two American cities Then the proverbial excrement hits the fan Corey a blunt iconoclastic hard case who has appeared in other DeMille novels immediately proceeds to get into trouble with the feds with his wife an FBI agent and with police departments in at least two jurisdictions He breaks rules stretches ethics and wisecracks his way into the lair of the madman who happens to have been an Army lieutenant in the 1st Cav in Vietnam DeMille s old unit But is it in time to save the world You ll want to find out once you get started MEMOIRS IN BRIEF Mike McCarthy s Phantom Reflections The Education of an American Fighter Pilot in Vietnam Praeger 176 pp 44 95 is a well written memoir that centers on the author s 1968 69 tour of duty with the USAF s 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron aka Satan s Angels flying out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Base One guess what two countries McCarthy flew 124 combat missions over in his F4 Phantom I ve tried to describe what it was like to be there flying in the skies of North Vietnam and Laos McCarthy said My intent was not to write a book about the glorification of war or showcase what fearless heroes we were but to show what it felt like McCarthy who retired as an Air Force colonel succeeds well in evoking what his war was like He also shows well how his thoughts about the Vietnam War changed Characterizing himself back in the day as a young hotheaded ideologue ready to take on the North Vietnamese Army single handedly McCarthy today believes the war was a mistake We should only be willing to go to war if some major strategic interests are truly threatened he says In Vietnam that was not the case although we tried mightily to convince ourselves that it was Robert L Tonsetic s Days of Valor An Inside Account of the Bloodiest Six Months of the Vietnam War Casemate 304 pp 32 95 looks at the period beginning with the start of the Tet Offensive at the end of January 1968 In this his first book Tonsetic focuses on the battles fought by his unit the U S Army s 4th Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment assigned to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade Tonsetic who commanded an infantry company relies heavily on first person testimony

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    303 many of whom wore Santa hats took part in the chapter s annual Christmas gift event at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center s Nursing Home on December 14 Each resident received a Christmas card signed by many chapter members along with VA canteen coupons and a Christmas decoration The chapter also presented Christmas cards to the nursing home staff the Red White and Blue team staff and the volunteer services staff PFC Bruce W Carter Chapter 121 in Coral Gables Florida has launched a campaign in conjunction with Georgie Carter the Gold Star Mother of the chapter s namesake to have the Miami VA Medical Center named in honor of her son who received the Medal of Honor for courage under fire in 1969 in the Vietnam War The chapter is asking all VVA members students teachers and the general public for support of this worthy effort Address letters of support to Whom It May Concern and send them to Frank Kovac 11161 S W 57 Ave Miami FL 33173 1103 and they will be forwarded to the VA Members of Suffolk County New York Chapter 11 attended a Christmas Party at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook in December where they helped distribute gifts to the residents In January the chapter received a grant from the GEICO Insurance Company that will be used in programs to help veterans Last Veterans Day Chapter Vice President Bill Baessler and members Mel Cohen and Ralph Zanchelli received awards from Suffolk County for their community service efforts Geno Lenyk the head of the Speaker s Committee for Rochester New York Chapter 20 had a busy fall He led three groups of school students from Pittsford Mendon High School Holy Cross Middle School and a group of French exchange students on guided tours of the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial And he gave presentations to an auditorium full of 7th graders at Red Jacket Middle School and to seniors at Medina High School Welcome to VVA s newest Georgia chapter Chapter 981 in Baxley The chapter hit the ground running last year undertaking many community activities including a Christmastime fund raising sale of barbeque ribs VETS CONNECT Northern Virginia Chapter 227 President Len Ignatowski is asking chapter members to place an electric candle in a window of their homes every night to honor American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Let the Stars and Stripes boldly fly during the day and burn the single candle at night to show the world that we stand with our brave soldiers and remind everyone that the daily sunset does not mark the end of the work day for our troops in harm s way Ignatowski said Members of Chapter 616 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio hosted a dinner on November 19 to honor the parents of SSG Matt Maupin of Union Township Ohio who has been listed as Missing in Action in the Iraq War after his convoy was

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    22 Contact Lynn Hagen 12000 First St W Watson MN 56295 320 269 8925 Kilo Co 3rd Bn 7th Marine Regiment Vietnam Era Sept 12 16 San Antonio Texas Contact Bill Rolke 870 247 1146 wrolke wi rr com or Harry Smith smitty kilo37 com or visit the website www kilo37 com 509th Engr Co P B Vietnam Era reunion planned for Sept 2008 in Branson Missouri Contact Richard Trapp 528 S 10th Geneva NE 68361 402 759 3659 NMCB 40 Seabees all eras reunion Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel Atlanta April 19 22 Contact Edward Holston P O Box 112 Franklinville NJ 08322 856 740 0078 nmseabee40 mycelery com 84th Engineer Battalion Construction Group Vietnam reunion Parker Colorado June 21 24 Contact Richard Sharp 314 821 8640 kwagnersha aol com 510th Fighter Squadron Association All Era Reunion Radisson Hotel Hampton Virginia Sept 11 15 All related units invited including 405th FW 509th 510th and 511th FS Contact Stephen W Tanner 6219 Billinsgate Dr Katy TX 77449 281 550 5518 buzzardroost charter net or visit website at www 510FS org 19th Combat Engineer Battalion Association Vietnam reunion Roubidoux Park Campground Waynesville Mo Sept 7 8 All attached units also invited Contact Tom Ebrite 765 286 4906 s2snoopy comcast net or John Hack 219 947 2363 jchack3 verizon net 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry is having a reunion with the Americal Division Buffalo NY June 21 24 Contact Terry Babler W5889 Durst Rd New Glarus WI 53574 608 527 2444 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry National Reunion to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Contact Terry Babler W5889 Durst Rd New Glarus WI 53574 608 527 2444 pointman69 tds net 2nd 32nd F A Proud Americans Vietnam and Cambodia 1965 72 Sheraton National Hotel Washington D C May 17 20 Contact Ralph Jones P O Box 498964 Cincinnati OH 45249 rjones2u aol com or visit http proudamericans homestead com proudamericans html 667th 932nd 933rd 934th Aircraft Control Warning Squadrons U S Radar Sites Iceland all years and all eras Radisson Hotel Branson Missouri April 26 29 Room reservations 417 335 5767 ext 481 use key words Iceland Reunion Contact William Chick 803 932 9596 littlechick msn com 117th Assault Helicopter Company all detachments Orlando Fla June 21 24 Contact Al Bennett 774 Wilkes Rd Adel GA 31620 229 896 2500 namvet42 hotmail com or visit website at www 117thahc org 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Association The Magnificent Bastards All Marines corpsmen attached and support personnel invited North Charleston S C July 11 15 Contact Bob Mastrion 1040 Governors Rd Mount Pleasant SC 843 881 7586 rmastrion comcast net Society of the 5th Infantry Division 87th Annual Reunion Mystic Conn Aug 30 Sept 2 All veterans who wore the Red Diamond are invited Contact Phil Maniscalco 860 536 4080 pmaniscalco comcast net A 37 Dragonfly Reunion Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel Herndon Va Sept 6 9 All invited who flew worked on worked with or just have a high admiration for the

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    died recently in Buckeye West Virginia He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Elkins Chapter 812 Kenneth W Kenyon 64 died October 31 2006 in Tully New York from prostate cancer He served in the U S Army in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Syracuse Chapter 103 Levi Hillman Keyes 58 died November 1 2006 in Ponca City Oklahoma He served in the U S Navy from September 1960 to June 1970 and served as a Corpsman to the Third Marine Division in the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Ponca City Chapter 750 and served as president for many years Prior to starting Chapter 750 he was instrumental in starting two other VVA chapters in Tulsa Oklahoma Alexander J Lamanna 87 died October 3 2006 in Willowbrook Staten Island New York He served in the U S Army during World War II with the Third Infantry Division and saw duty in Europe and Africa He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Staten Island Chapter 421 which named him Associate Member of the Year 2005 Marie Lasauce died recently in Alexandria Virginia She was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Farmingville New York Chapter 11 Robert A Leach died July 2 2000 in Eagle River Wisconsin He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Wisconsin James M Lee 60 died December 3 2003 in Moreno Valley California He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Norristown Chapter 349 John J Lennox 77 died November 23 2006 in Webster New York He served in the U S Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Rochester Chapter 20 Michael Gordon Leslie 58 died December 1 2006 in Clearville Pennsylvania He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cumberland Chapter 172 James A Lester died recently in Webster New York from Agent Orange related cancer He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Rochester Chapter 20 Robert Peter Lindsey 63 died November 1 2006 in Hampton Virginia He served in the U S Marine Corps from February 1965 71 with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tidewater Virginia Beach Chapter 48 Alvin Leroy Litton 64 died November 26 2006 in Short Gap West Virginia He served in the U S Army in the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cumberland Post 172 Tommy Ross Marshall 56 died November 23 2006 in Hamilton Mississippi He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from November 1969 70 He was

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    any fellow members of 23rd Artillery Grp 2nd Field Force Artillery C Btry 1st Bn 27th Artillery 155th SP Howitzers Contact Roger O Russell 1111 Somerset Acres New Lenox IL 60451 815 463 0031 Looking for Patrick McCloskey former Navy hospital corpsman stationed at NNMC Bethesda Maryland in early 1960s Contact Michael Hennig 2650 Bell Hill Rd Kelseyville CA 95451 707 278 0571 Seeking the helicopter pilot who crashed near my village of Ia Blang Hamlet 4 Chu Se District Gia Lai Province July 13 1969 I helped rescue this pilot and received a commendation from the U S Army Where is that pilot today I would like to re connect Contact Dang Duy Cu 9001 15th Ave South Bloomington MN 55425 Seeking Charles Chuck Meehan RTO in HHC 1 5 Cav 1st Air Cav 1967 68 We did numerous radio relays together out of LZ Uplift Wunder Beach and LZ Jane We went on R R together in Hong Kong Contact Joe Mastrorilli 10 Erick Rd Unit 30 Mansfield MA 02048 Looking for Howard Goff door gunner with Co A 227th AHB 1st Cav Le Khe 1969 Howard flew in chopper number 67 17439 and was known as the Michigan Menace Contact Ron Lazenby 1200 Macomb St Morgantown WV 26501 304 292 4219 Need to verify stressors for PTSD claim Seeking anyone stationed with VMF 235 1st Marine Air Wing Danang Nov 1967 Aug 1969 who recalls being on body detail after an LST was blown up or the ammo dump explosion around Sept 1969 Contact Gary Mattson 54007 S Cloverland Rd Hancock MI 49930 906 482 7885 David R Blevins you placed a notice in the Locator seeking PTSD assistance but your e mail is not working I want to help I was with B Co 20th Engr TDY to B Co May 1969 1971 Contact Bernard Mike Mercier 512 Walnut Ave Newburgh NY 12550 845 564 3029 acmaivet77 aol com Seeking grunts from 1970 with 3rd Plt Delta Co 1 52 Americal Div Contact Brian Doc Bartlett 523 Hopkins Rd Sandpoint ID 83864 bacsi sisna com Looking for Tim Buehl or anyone else assigned to 84th Engr Bn or 45th Engr Bn Qui Nhon 1968 69 Need help to verify stressors I remember the incidents but not exact dates or locations Contact Dale Burley P O Box 304 Chatham MI 49816 906 439 5716 Searching for Robert A Boyland Myles Crockard Kenneth Goebel Pat D O Brien Robert E Simpkins Loren Spinnanger George Varden Larry Hull Dennis Conway Michael C Delaney Konrad Faust Planning a reunion for HQ Co and Co A 704th Maint Bn Tech Supply for mid July exact location and details TBD Contact Bob Dall 7 Sunnyside Ave Middletown NY 10940 845 342 2160 bobdall hotmail com Seeking Kenny Banks former sergeant from California married to Jenny We were together in AIT at Ft Lewis Washington 1968 We kind of messed up Jenny s car one night George Tom Gabbard 2014 Taylor Ln Batavia OH 45103 513 625 3761 Looking for anyone who served with me in 2 12th Cav Div Airmobile Bravo Co 4th Plt Need verification for Agent Orange claim Also seeking John Kelley William Williams Donald Stump John Boyce and Glotfelty for verification of firefights at Pleiku Plei Mei and Camp Holloway Special Forces Camp Contact Freddie TJ Slaughter 1243 Sylvania Rd Cleveland Heights OH 44121 Freddie Slaughter sbcglobal net Searching for members of Bravo Co Bastard Bravo 1st Bn 13th Marines Khe Sanh 1966 67 Donald Kraus Texas Denny Jensen Minnesota William Smith Massachusetts Dunham Help me remember the details Contact Francis M Walker 600 Stephen Hands Path East Hampton NY 11937 Trying to find H T Snow former lieutenant and my C O in Svc Btry 2 35 Artillery at Long Binh I was a wrecker operator and Lt Snow witnessed an accident when I was pulling an engine from a 155SP when mortar dropped in Would like to hear from Snow or anyone attached to the 2 35 Arty Contact Donald R Benjamin 107 3rd St Alma IL 62807 618 547 3559 618 322 4094 cell Zeke Brown I found your long lost slides of that tour with the brown water Navy You were a door gunner serving in the Delta last known location working as a surveyor in Alaska Contact Gil Eggleston 9559 E Leavenworth Rd Leavenworth WA 98826 509 670 6333 ccfd302 hotmail com Looking for Peter J Luther formerly a Lt Col in the Army Last known duty station at the Pentagon Last known residence in Arlington Virginia Contact Brian Bobek 21180 Armada Ridge Rd Armada MI 48005 bbhog sbcglobal net Seeking anyone from the 512th Quartermasters who provided support for the 199th Light Inf Bde Aug 1967 Feb 1968 Contact Jerry Allen 3813 Leominster Ave Joliet IL 60431 815 729 2786 harley1355 yahoo com Anyone out there who served with me in Plt 272 at Parris Island Recruit Training Center How about in 1st FSR FLC H S Bn Truck Co Danang and witnessed a steam jenny explosion Contact Ronald S Klepper 148 Stewart Dr Lot 21 Rogersville TN 37857 423 921 8185 pegasusnp earthlink net Searching for Cahill formerly a Navy lieutenant and Todd Nelson former Navy S E A L who served with me in Vietnam 1970 71 I was team point man for the Hoi An Unit Urgent that I speak with you Contact Thanh Van Nguyen 3030 Eisenhower Dr E Norriton PA 19403 610 222 0722 Seeking anybody who served with Mike Whitcraft in Vietnam June 1969 June 1970 I lost all my pictures If you served with me and have photos especially of Civic Action VAT 13 let me hear from you Contact Michael B Whitcraft 5950 Pelican Bay Plaza S No 602 Gulfport FL 33707 727 343 2530 mikewatrest yahoo com Need help with a VA claim Seeking former members of Adv Tm 37 Binh Thuan Province working out of Phan Thiet and Ham Thuan District 1970 71

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    boy who would be called Snoopy 6 The recon team had taken to calling themselves Snoopy anyway and they all thought Ransbottom bore a striking resemblance to another more famous Snoopy He didn t look a day older than any of the rest of us but he looked fresh Hoe said We were all curious about this guy Within a matter of hours we were all saying Great choice He was a soldier s soldier He wasn t with us more than 90 days before Kham Duc but if you asked me now he was with us for 50 years The battle of Kham Duc spread across three days May 10 12 the last day being a Sunday Mother s Day Hoe s unit didn t normally operate in the Kham Duc area but the battalion had been volunteered to provide security in the area while the Special Forces camp there was evacuated The North Vietnamese Army had been systematically clearing the area of such camps and Kham Duc was the last In late April things seemed to be calm Hoe who had already delayed a planned R R got word that his time off would begin May 1 John Doc Stuller whose remains would be found by JPAC would fill in for Hoe Skip Skivington would take over as Ransbottom s RTO with Blanford going on R R too Hoe went home to Hawaii returning to Vietnam on May 10 the day the NVA attacked Ngok Tavak In Chu Lai people told Hoe there was no rush for him to join up with his unit He could just wait until his outfit got settled into Kham Duc and then he could catch a ride on a chopper and fly up On May 11 he still waited but now the wait came amid reports of how bad it was at Kham Duc Greatly outnumbered by NVA forces the camp was under a brutal assault Low on ammo low on medical supplies the situation looked dire Hoe was again told to go down to a chopper pad and wait to see if a bird showed up that could take him to Kham Duc He brought his medical bag to the pad and waited No chopper came On May 12 he heard the word overrun I was sick heartbroken he said You know who made it who didn t make it You suck it up and tell yourself it will work out Then when the reality is that it won t work out all right you say OK I just have to keep going on with the mission By the end of the 12th that night late Sunday when guys started getting back to battalion headquarters and you started hearing the stories I knew what happened to Skip and the others May 13 began a 38 year wait for the men who disappeared at Kham Duc Before attacking the Special Forces camp the NVA hit Ngok Tavak an old French redoubt only a few kilometers away Until 2006 11 Marines and an Army soldier were listed as missing from the battle One of the survivors former Marine Tim Brown resolved to find them back in the early 1970s when he saw an ad in Leatherneck magazine by the parents of a Marine missing at Ngok Tavak That was the beginning of the search for Brown As far as he knew no one else was bothering to look In 1983 he joined VVA In the ensuing years he brought Ngok Tavak to the attention of the VVA particularly Bill Duker then chair of the National VVA POW MIA Committee In 1994 when the Veterans Initiative Task Force conducted its first mission to Vietnam Tim Brown and two fellow VVA members Dan Carr and Don Waak traveled with the delegation their hope being that they could negotiate permission from the Vietnamese to visit the Ngok Tavak battlefield They succeeded and returned in 1995 VVA using its contacts made over the years through the Veterans Initiative would continue to encourage the Vietnamese to allow JPAC field teams to inspect the site Tim is reluctant to take credit Duker said But without him we never would have known about Ngok Tavak or Kham Duc If Tim hadn t come to the POW MIA Committee who knows For his part Brown says he did nothing that any of his Marine buddies wouldn t have done if he had been one of the missing We have a bond and it s about the guy next to you he said It happened because of the good work of a lot of people and in particular the Veterans Initiative and the good offices it established with the Vietnamese government It led to a step by step progression that brought some peace to people who have been waiting for years Duker underscored the step by step nature that has been the defining element of the Veterans Initiative through its inception 13 years ago It took literally years he said And it would get a little bit better and a little bit better and a little bit better It happened because we did what we said we would do We kept coming back and from what I understand consistency is what the Vietnamese look at Your message is very important with the Vietnamese You have to stay on message and they like to see familiar faces too It takes a long time to develop trust That relationship has become one of mutual trust now and it s really helped Duker said the same even handed approach was used when bringing cases to the attention of JPAC and DPMO as well We ask questions on specific cases he said We tell them it s a case we promised to stay on top of I think we were successful in doing it that way Doc Hoe began corresponding with Skip Skivington s father in 1969 Over the years they would become like father and

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    ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec A Cathedral of Courage The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor BY DANA FINN HALLFORS WILLIAM LARES At New Windsor Cantonment just north of West Point George Washington s troops encamped for the last time at the close of the American Revolutionary War To honor the service of his men he selected a few to receive a small purple cloth Badge of Merit In 1932 the new Purple Heart Medal which took its shape and color from Washington but added his profile was presented to 150 veterans of World War I on the same grounds Last November the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor was dedicated to honor and to memorialize those veterans who have received the Purple Heart and to record and preserve their stories It sits on a hill at the site of Washington s final encampment now known as the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site It s administered by the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation What started simply as a letter from Patric Morrison asking why there were no honors for Purple Heart recipients came to fruition last November 10 when three thousand people gathered to dedicate the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Hundreds of veterans wearing their Purple Hearts were joined by their families fellow veterans politicians both local and national and a grateful nation Some had come from across the country At nine o clock the ribbon was cut VVA National President John Rowan was there accompanied by VVA Region 2 Director Fred Elliott New York State Council President Ned Foote NYSC Secretary Francisco Muniz and NYSC Eastern Director Samuel Hall The ceremony began as Patrick J Douglas blew the notes of The Rowan Tree and Wings into his bagpipes When he finished playing Douglas donated his bagpipes to the Hall of Honor He had played those pipes at more than seventy five military services since March 2004 New York Gov George Pataki and U S Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton were among those who spoke at the event Pataki called the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor a beautiful cathedral of courage Local State Sen William Larkin said This is to let people know that these are the sacrifices that were made so you could live a free life Sen Clinton promised continued federal support and recognition for the hall Tom Poulter national commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart asked everyone to remember those young men and women who gave their tomorrows so we could have our todays The 7 500 square foot facility will share the stories of America s combat wounded veterans and those who never returned The Hall of Honor will collect

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    was a passing fad Rogers says a bandwagon people wanted to jump on But the fact is that there was a great deal of compelling evidence that Agent Orange causes all kinds of illness even at that time Rogers helped a researcher named Arnold Schecter who was studying the effects of herbicides and defoliants One such study demonstrated that North Vietnamese Army veterans who had fought in the South had elevated fat tissue levels of dioxin while North Vietnamese who had never been in the South did not It was quite clear that something was going on with Agent Orange Rogers says I wrote about the growing body of evidence for The VVA Veteran and other publications in this period making the case that the VA was not considering all the scientific evidence when deciding what conditions were related to Agent Orange exposure Rogers published a similar report Agent Orange in Vietnam America s Shared Legacy in Indochina Issues in the fall of 1985 All delegates to the 1986 VVA National Convention received a copy of that Rogers recalls Jim Rogers professional clout as a practicing physician brought additional legitimacy to Agent Orange at a time when more than one federal agency would have been happy to dismiss the controversy Many veterans have since been served through disability ratings and VA assistance by Dr Jim Rogers early campaign to get the word out on a problem unique to Vietnam veterans Rogers continues to practice medicine today as a surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the Northern Navajo Medical Center on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners area of New Mexico But Rogers did not start out in New Mexico he s a native Appalachian born nearly 1 500 miles to the east in the small town of New Martinsville West Virginia I graduated from high school and spent three semesters in college Rogers says By that time most of the guys in my high school graduating class had been to or were still in Vietnam I didn t feel too good about that so I decided I d go too To do so though Rogers notes that he didn t enlist in the Army and wasn t exactly drafted That s because even though he was volunteering Jim Rogers figured he shouldn t spend any longer in the Army than he needed to When he discovered that the term of enlistment was three years but draftees served only two years he decided it might be better to get drafted The lady at the draft board was very accommodating and moved my name to the head of the list Rogers says Her only question was Does your mother know about this Rogers married before he shipped out and served with MACV Advisory Team 98 as a radio operator in 1968 69 both in the bush and in the rear Meanwhile back home in West Virginia his first child a daughter was born The young father and veteran came home

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