5:08 | Paul Kaupas remembers going to Phu Bai and getting acclimated to the elements there. While out on patrol, they would often face sniper fire and have to deal with maintaining cover.
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Paul Kaupas remembers growing up in Chicago and the circumstances that led him to join the Marines. While in basic training, he learned a lot of valuable skills that helped him be a great soldier.
Paul Kaupas remembers some memorable moments from his training at Fort Pendleton. After that, they left for Vietnam and arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam.
By chance, Paul Kaupas met up with his twin brother in country in Vietnam. They got to spend a few days together and catch up on things before leaving for Combined Action Group school in Da Nang.
Paul Kaupas remembers some particular missions he had while in CAG school, moving around Vietnam. Having to think quickly and reasonably was essential for him and his group.
Paul Kaupas had a number of close encounters that he had to think quickly in order to keep himself and his platoon safe.
Paul Kaupas received a Purple Heart for taking shrapnel while in country. After spending some time in the hospital, he went back out into combat.
Paul Kaupas remembers leaving Vietnam and still getting some updates from his platoon, which was difficult. Returning home and having to deal with some people dissenting to the troops was something he and his friends had to deal with.
As Marine Captain Ron Christmas fought to regain the city of Hue, he found the enemy adept at concealment and surprise. Every soldier in a spider hole was armed with a rifle and a RPG launcher. He also encountered a nun with an AK-47. His action during this time earned him the Navy Cross.
The RPG that severed Joe McDonald’s foot didn’t kill him. The machine gun fire that hit him as he still tried to help others didn’t kill him. The grenade taped to his hand might have killed him if the VC had found his hiding place.
In a letter home, Tommy Clack expressed his worry that something bad was going to happen and it did when his unit engaged the NVA near the Cambodian border. He saw the enemy soldier stand and fire the RPG that changed his life forever.
Sgt. Tracy Sheils never had to pull rank. He had rank, meaning his men respected him and carried out his orders. His mother was concerned about his brothers getting drafted and sent to Vietnam and so was Sheils. He didn't think they had the makeup to survive in that war, unlike the Marines in his unit.
To Tracy Sheils, Vietnam was not a bad thing and it had a noble purpose, stopping the spread of Communism. He had to go home in civilian clothes to avoid any trouble and it did not sit well with him. Neither does the prosecution of Americans such as Lt. William Calley.
His one trip to the hospital was memorable. Fed up with the chaos and screaming, Tracy Sheils couldn't wait to get back to his unit. He talks about surviving an ambush, how he took up smoking and why that was a good thing, and why his flak jacket was worthless.
He thought it was hot when he stopped in Hawaii, but when Tracy Sheils got to Vietnam, he found out what hot really is. His 2nd night there, the base was targeted in a rocket attack. That's when he found out what scared really is. Soon, he would see action in Hue and the A Shau Valley, and earn a combat promotion.
As the 95th began to get settled in Da Nang, they started building tents and getting some semblance of a base going so that they could take on patients. As an OR tech, Balk assisted doctors during the various types of procedures that went on at the base.
After some intense time in-country, Bob Averill and his battalion got the chance to take a brief leave to the beach for some recovery time. Following his time on Hill 174, Averill was reassigned to command a Combined Action Company, taking him away from Hotel Company and into a new area of operations.