4:53 | With great difficulty, Sardo Sanchez recounts critical events that prove both devastating and fortunate. After taking the life of a VC soldier, he is hit by a sniper and told he may never walk again. In a state of shock, he narrowly avoids a fatal miscalculation.
Keywords : Frank Hall Combined Action Program (CAP) friendly fire sniper paralyzed hospital Firefight medivac Killed In Action (KIA) Wounded In Action (WIA) Camp Zama Medevac(Medical Evacuation)
Sardo Sanchez always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, a WWII marine veteran... but his combat experiences have profound and lasting effects on his relationship with his parents, his siblings and his wife.
Sanchez trains as a reservist until the age of 18, when he is shipped off to Vietnam. His first tour as an orderly aboard the USS Ticonderoga does not offer the combat experience he was trained for.
On his second tour, Sanchez is assigned to a CAP unit, where he develops a close bond with fellow soldiers, along with some of the villagers he protects. Under the leadership of a distant but dedicated sergeant, his platoon learns to survive day by day.
On his Third Tour, Sanchez is posted to a sweet position at 2nd CAG HQ, but longs to be back on patrol. He finds his place in a roving CAP unit, and is soon back in the bush with his brothers.
Sanchez shares a story that takes him from his final days in Vietnam, through his career as a criminal investigator and into retirement, where he makes time to reunite with fellow CAP vets.
After his first deployment, Brice Barnes was stationed in Thailand and then retired as a civilian in the Army National Guard. During Desert Storm, his unit was mobilized to provide support for training for that conflict.
Racial tensions in Vietnam were very high between black and white soldiers, which John Harms was tasked with helping resolve. On one particular mission, he and his battalion came across a lost NVA company that they laid pretty heavy fire on.
Cooperating with local forces was very important to the success of Marines in Vietnam. Maintaining health while on the ground was also a necessity, as disease spread quickly among open wounds and less than ideal climates.
After getting new orders to fly a combat helicopter designed to draw enemy fire, Joe Ponds started to patrol the Vietnam-Cambodia border. Later in life, he found out that his patrols may have led to intel that resulted in the invasion of Cambodia.
Brice Barnes remembers having a dinner with a Vietnamese Chief during the Tet celebrations, which led to a good relationship throughout the war. Coordinating with local agriculture was important for him as he tried to get help for the Vietnamese people.
Kramer must rely on his resilience and inventiveness to overcome the challenges of Khe Sanh Combat Base. After a precarious landing, his unit spends several months under intense artillery fire in a dusty, war-torn camp with limited food, water and sleep.
Early Christmas morning, Franklin Mendez and his battalion loaded up to head to sea from Okinawa. Seeing the size of the Navy fleet he was in, he started to realize that it wasn't just a training exercise and that they were heading somewhere with a purpose.
After enlisting and going to basic at Quantico, John Harms left the States to go to Okinawa. From there, he served as a captain in Taiwan for almost 3 years. Serving there, he made great friends that lasted for many years after.
After getting his Master's degree at the University of Virginia, John Harms moved to the headquarters of the Marine Corps for the Assault Amphibian Vehicle command. Here he worked to get the tanks pattern painted for better reconnaissance, thanks a lot to his efforts.