8:51 | Upon leading the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Myron Harrington had to help conduct an attack on the citadel in Hue City, Vietnam. This is the story of how he and his men charged the tower, which took longer to accomplish than expected.
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Myron Harrington grew up with a very loving family, including a father who was a World War I veteran, and knew from a very early age that he wanted to go into the military. Before he did so however, he took a number of classes at a few different schools for training.
Upon graduating from The Citadel, Lt. Harrington was placed into Officer Candidate School. It was from here that he would join the Marine Corps and be shipped off to Vietnam for combat.
Due to his network of friends and colleagues, Lt. Harrington was able to find himself taking over the Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. This unit was heavily trained and ready for combat, which really helped in the long run.
The attack on the citadel in Hue City, Vietnam was no easy task, as one can imagine. It is here that Myron Harrington goes into descriptive detail on how exactly they planned and conducted this tower attack.
Here Myron Harrington talks about what happened after the intense battle of Hue City in Vietnam. They had a brief rehab period to compensate for all the lost men and heavy casualties. Harrington was thankful that he was still alive after all of that.
Myron Harrington recalls day-to-day living experiences while at war in Vietnam. Some of which include involvement with mail from back home, food rations, and radio communication.
After coming home from Vietnam, Harrington did a lot of traveling around before finally settling in one spot. Here he tells about the places he went and the events he participated in.
After traveling around a lot post-returning from Vietnam, Harrington actually went back to the country for his second tour. This time he was an advisor, and the war was very close to an end. In addition, he shares some final thoughts about the war and for future generations.
When Bob Hyatt got to Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group, he found many of his friends from training already hard at work. The group was spread throughout the country, with headquarters at Nha Trang. As he awaited assignment, he noted one particular camp that seemed exposed and not very secure where it was located. Wouldn't want to be posted there!
On an unexpected day, Barry McAlpine was told he had received the OK to go back home to the states. Upon getting back, he was immediately enrolled in chiropractic school and was slowly but surely integrating himself back into the ways of American society.
Bob Hyatt's friends talked him into joining the National Guard where they played a lot of cards. But when the draft came calling, he enlisted and took the path of Special Forces after his testing indicated high aptitude. He also qualified for Officer Candidate School, so he was in for a lot of training.
One of Sgt. Gilbert Howland's duties was to make a circuit of the perimeter of the base and make sure the guards were awake. It was at this time in Vietnam that drugs began to flow from there back home, transported by soldiers. Knowing that disturbed him, but he, too, brought home something illicit, souvenirs. Before he left, the B-52 strike that had been requested finally came, to everyone's surprise. (This interview made possible with the support of DAVID W. MARQUEZ.)
The closest encounter that Fairman had while in Vietnam was way too close for comfort. On top of all of this, it happened to be friendly fire instead of from the enemy. As one can imagine, he still has a vivid memory of how it all happened.
After serving as part of the 9th Cavalry, Huynh was appointed to the unit known as MAC-V, or Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. It was during this time that America decided to withdraw its efforts from the Vietnam war, which unfortunately left him and the south to fend for themselves.
Lt. Ortolano continues talking about his experience flying Dust Off missions, some of which were rather unpleasant due to dealing with dying soldiers and dead bodies. When operating missions like these, it was very important that Dust Off members conducted these medical evacuations with the proper procedures and methods.
Barry McAlpine grew up in Michigan where he developed an interest in playing baseball, which would ultimately jump start a new life pathway for him shortly before he applied for service in Vietnam. Not before getting his application rejected twice, that is.
As much as it was life changing, flying Dust Off was never easy for Lt. Ortolano. He remembers that he had to work some very stress inducing situations, even though he was only flying the ship to and from and not actually treating the patients. Was it all really worth it?
In Bill Ryan's everyday life in Vietnam, he had a daily mission to wake up to. Most of those missions took place in the air, having to locate and target the enemy. Following that, Ryan closes with an 'army pet peeve' that irritates him about other soldiers.
His first tour was not the only time Bill Ryan was deployed to Vietnam, he was actually sent there twice. Here he talks about what he did with his time back in the states before being shipped off to war once again, including his time in different schools like flight school.
After successfully migrating to America, Huynh was finally able to transport his family over 4 years later. In the years following the war, he was able to acquire a few jobs in the states, where he worked until retirement. Now and then, he returns to Vietnam and pledges donations to his home town and its people. To conclude, Huynh has a few words of advice for future generations that hear his story.
Lt. Ortolano recalls many memorable Dust Off pilots during and before his time, some of which include Patrick Brady and Charles Kelly. He believes it's worth taking the time to talk about these individuals because of the sacrifices they made for the unit and for the people they saved.
During his time serving in B Troop, McAlpine was more often than not blessed with his interpreter Thien Huynh by his side. Here he talks about his experiences working with him and how well they got along together. Following, he also talks about how he found humor even while being under fire.
Alex Ortolano talks about his interesting early life growing up in New Orleans as the son of a grocer. Despite his parents both being against the idea of flying in an aircraft, he decided that upon his enlistment into the Army that he was going to apply for flight school.
American advisor Bob Hyatt was sharing a cigarette with his one of his Vietnamese soldiers when the man made a startling prediction. He was a North Vietnamese who had come to help the cause of the South. It was a difficult fight because of so many disparate factions, including competing Buddhist sects.
The Special Forces camp was prone to mortar fire directed by Viet Cong sympathizers within the camp. Bob Hyatt points out how that problem mirrored the problems of the South Vietnamese government at large. The French educated Catholics at the top were directing people who had a completely different culture.
It wasn't just the Viet Cong who spread booby traps in Vietnam. Bob Hyatt describes a type of mine that sent out trip wires in multiple directions. It was advanced technology for the time but it was prone to being taken and used by the enemy.