6:25 | Getting drafted for Vietnam and heading off to basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia was a long process as Bob Bole waited for his deployment. Eventually, he would be sent over to Da Nang, Vietnam on the USNS Geiger.
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After arriving in Da Nang, Bob Bole and his team had a few rough nights on the shores of Vietnam. He remembers the brotherhood that he felt with the men he served next to.
Bob Bole remembers some of the traumatic moments he and his team faced as they dealt with American casualties off the battlefield in Vietnam.
Bob Bole remembers coming home and feeling some of the animosity that was directed towards Vietnam vets. Thinking back on the war, he realizes that though he didn't want to be there, he knew he was doing a necessary job.
Returning home, Bob Bole finished his college degree in Michigan and began working as a teacher. Wanting to get out of the hustle and bustle, he decided to move to Wyoming to raise his daughter.
Bob Bole remembers visiting the Vietnam Memorial and feeling the emotions of reflecting on wartime. Though he has mixed feelings about the United States' role in Vietnam, he is glad he had the experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.