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I can't say I ever really understood what it meant to be a veteranís daughter. Throughout my growing up years, the war was not talked about in our house. If it was brought up, the subject was changed. Now, I knew of Captain Terry and Cliff Buchanan and I knew they kept in touch with my father and they seemed to share a special bond, but I still had no idea the importance of that bond. 

When my dad was diagnosed with PTSD, I wanted to know more about what my dad had gone through in the Vietnam War.  As I started researching my fathers company, I couldn't find anything on them! I kept looking and looking and would find bits and pieces here and there, but nothing made sense to me. All the places and dates seemed to stay jumbled up. I couldn't keep division, battalion, etc. straight,  several nice men on the internet that were in C 2/5 started helping me put all the pieces to the puzzle together, along with my husband. One fellow from C 2/5 started sharing information with me about his experience. The more I talked with him and others, the prouder I became of my dad and his friends.  I told my husband and my mom that I was going to start a website for these men, no not just for my dad and his friends but for all the men that served with C 1/5! My husband was afraid that I was going to make someone mad or upset.  That wasn't/isn't my intention at all. I thought about it and I knew my dad had at least 3 men that he kept in touch with, so I wrote them letters, asking them what they thought about the idea and if they would help me. I heard back from 2 saying they thought it was a great idea and would help me. Thanks to Captain Terry, he made this site possible. I hope that in time, the more men that find this site, will be honored and proud. I want this site to help families understand what their loved ones went through, put family members in contact with others that know, really know, what happened to their loved ones that didn't make it home. I want these men to find healing by finding one another again. And now....after all these years,  I know why "most" 1st cav. men never say goodbye....so  I'll leave you by saying, "until our next post". :-) 
 
  A proud Vietnam Veterans daughter, LaRhonda 
 

Nam Vets

When the Lord was creating Vietnam veterans, he was into His 6th day of overtime when an angel appeared.
"You're certainly doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you seen the specs on this order? A Nam vet has to be able to run 5 miles through the bush with a full pack on, endure with barely any sleep for days, enter tunnels his higher ups wouldn't consider doing, and keep his weapons clean and operable. He has to be able to sit in his hole all night during an attack, hold his buddies as they die, walk point in unfamiliar territory known to be VC infested, and somehow keep his senses alert for danger. He has to be in top physical condition, existing on c-rats and very little rest. And he has to have 6 pairs of hands." The angel shook his head slowly and said, "6 pair of hands ... no way." "It's not the hands that are causing me problems ... it's the 3 pair of eyes a Nam vet has to have." "That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through elephant grass, another pair here in the side of his head for his buddies, another pair here in front that can look reassuringly at his bleeding, fellow soldier and say, "You'll make it ... ", when he knows he won't.

"Lord, rest, and work on this tomorrow."
"I can't," said the Lord. "I already have a model that can carry a wounded soldier 1,000 yards during a firefight, calm the fears of the latest FNG, and feed a family of 4 on a grunt's paycheck."

The angel walked around the model and said, "Can it think?" "You bet," said the Lord. "It can quote much of the UCMJ, recite all his general orders, and engage in a search and destroy mission in less time than it takes for his fellow Americans back home to discuss the morality of the War, and still keep his sense of humor."

"This Nam vet also has a phenomenal personal control. He can deal with ambushes from hell, comfort a fallen soldier's family, and then read in his hometown paper how Nam vets are baby killers, psychos, addicts, killers of innocent civilians."
The Lord gazed into the future and said, "He will also endure being vilified and spit on when he returns home, rejected and crucified by the very ones he fought for."

Finally, the angel slowly ran his finger across the vet's cheek, and said, "There's a leak ... I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."
"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "That's a tear."
"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.
"It's for bottled up emotions, for holding fallen soldiers as they die, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for the terror of living with PTSD for decades after the war, alone with it's demons, with no one to care or help."

"You're a genius," said the angel, casting a gaze at the tear.
The Lord looked very somber, as if seeing down eternity's distant shores ..." I didn't put it there," He said.

Cause for reflection ... God bless Nam vets.

Author Unknown

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John 16:33

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

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