1st Battalien, 173rd Airborne, 8 November, 1965, Operation Hump, OpOrd 28-65

 

Just before "Loading Up" we had "Mail Call", Cordell Spencer, 3 Cots down in our GP Medium Home, received a letter and Picture of his Newborn Baby. He was the most decent, very Religious Man I have ever known, never took Pass to go into Bien HOA with us, he stayed in Hootch and read his Bible. He had been Transferred to "C" Company for this Mission, I was with "A" company. On November 8th Charlie got hit, taking the Brunt of a NVA Regiment and local VC, approx. 1200 strong. Cordell was Killed in that Battle. The old Platoon (Commo) still get together and keeps in touch, Cordell is always in our thought. At least he saw his baby before he left us. First Major Battle of the Vietnam War!
The traveling "Wall" is in Tucson today, never been, Wife and I will be going to see Cordell and Belton's (Also Killed that day with many others)panel and pay our Respects.

I've been to the Big Wall in

I've been to the Big Wall in DC. If the traveling wall is anywhere as near moving as the Real one, then you better take plenty of tissues. I don't care how tough you are. sad

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Frank Nuvi 3597LMT 37.322760, -79.511267

Powerful

Thanks for your service.

I've been to the Wall in DC. It is remarkable how something so simple and elegant can be so powerful.

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It was truly worth it

Seeing their names and knowing they were Immortals on the Wall in DC. But the most moving of the visit was sitting in some chairs across the field at all the Panels. From that far away the engraving was blended to almost a solid on each panel. looking at that I felt the enormity of all those lost. All of us still in touch, remember Cordell Spencer most because he was so special.

Traveling wall

phranc wrote:

I've been to the Big Wall in DC. If the traveling wall is anywhere as near moving as the Real one, then you better take plenty of tissues. I don't care how tough you are. sad

The traveling wall has been in my neck of the woods a couple of times in the last 20 years, most recently two summers ago. Very touching. During the ceremonies there was a two-plane fly-over and a lot of teary eyes.

Phil

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450