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  1. Larry Harper says

    I traveled to PA Monday and Wally Searight picked me up at the airport. We first went and saw Bob Sabo an ole 2nd platoon guy we served with. We had a great get together. Bob worked in the mines after he got out of Nam and when they started closing all the mines because of all the gas and oil fields, he went to work for the post office. He walked and delivered mail for 24 years. He is now retired and enjoying life. He has had some interesting times in the army. He took basic training with Rocky Blier. Rocky also ended up in the 196th and I think he was in 3/21. He was also in Hiep Duc when we went there to rescue another 4/31 unit and had some guys killed including my squad leader Duck Detwiler. Rocky was wounded in this battle and got to go home.

    Bob was in the field from May,1969 until we think January, 1970 where he lost hearing in his right ear and went back and took a job in supply. Bob looks good and is getting along pretty well for and ole fart.

    More on our travels soon.

    • Carl Fryman says

      Larry,
      Rocky was in 4/31st. I read his book several years back.

  2. Chuck Missar says

    LT
    You’re half way there….

  3. LT says

    Hey Chuck,
    Oddly enough I do drive a Rinkin(Aviator). k

  4. Chuck Missar says

    LT
    Happy Birthday…….
    Guys with eye patches look cool……. Especially if they drive a Rinkin……..

  5. Terry Roberts says

    LT, happy BD, Bill, is your cataracts joke politically correct? If not, who cares? Good one!

  6. Bill Beckum says

    Bill,
    Oh………………………….that hurt! No More

  7. Bill Connell says

    Happy Birthday, LT…….I hope the surgery is successful and the recovery period not too bad……I won’t say “Keep your chin up”….because you better not…..OK….a joke to amuse you….A guy goes to a Chinese eye doctor and he says “Doc, you got to help me…I got cataracts”. The Chinese eye doctor says ” Oh that nothing. I got two Rinkin Continentals”.

    • Gary Capshaw says

      (Groan….)

  8. LT says

    Gary,
    You are allowed to get up to eat and do your bodily functions but you must keep your head down at all times. The problem eye is the one I had the detached retina operated on years ago. The detached retina followed cataract surgery by about 2 weeks or so. I lost 1/3 of my vision field temporarily. When I saw the retinal specialist and he told me I had a detached retina I asked him what my options were. His answer: surgery or go blind! Not much of a choice! 69 years old today and feeling it!

    • Gary Capshaw says

      Yeah, not much of a choice.

      Thank goodness we’re old and getting ready to die.

  9. Gary Capshaw says

    LT: That sounds like the cure is worse than the disease! If you lie on your stomach for two weeks, how the hell do you pee or crap?

    I may be looking at that myself in the not too distant future. Within the past 3 or 4 months, I’ve had “floaters” pull off little pieces of the retina in both eyes. So far, they’ve either healed themselves or responded to laser treatment. Sooner or later, one of them will pull off a piece big enough to require surgery or, worse, allow fluid to get behind the retina and cause me to go permanently blind.

    Old age is getting to be a real adventure,…..ain’t it?

  10. LT says

    Thank you Dr. Beckum!

  11. Bill Beckum says

    LT,
    Remember these are your “golden years”. I have a hole in my head according to Kay which what smarts I had fell out. Too late to plug. Just don’t move your shoulder in the wrong direction. That will be $125 for my long distance office call.

  12. LT says

    I don’t know where the smiley face came from, it is supposed to be dinner.

  13. LT says

    Happy Brithday to Ty Harper! I believe he is a young man of 65. Tomorrow I will celebrate my :D inner for Two” birthday! I keep coming up with new ailments everytime I turn arounjd. I have developed a hole in the back of my eye that I will probably need surgery on. It is a very unique surgery where they inject a gas bubble into the eye that pushes agains the back of the eye to flatten out the hole but the bad part is you have to lie on your stomach for 2 weeks or more. Some folks get a massage table to lie on. A couple of days ago I did something to my shoulder which is now causing a lot of pain when I move it in the wrong direction. It is hell getting old but still better than the other option! We just lost 2 Korean War vets from our VFW/American Legion in the last two weeks. Hope all can keep it together so we can party in Escanaba in late July!

  14. Bill Beckum says

    It happen more than we will ever know. For you Ben you have made a good friend out of a possible tragic story.

  15. Ben Buehler says

    Friendly Fire: In a firefight, we were in a treeline with fire coming from the next treeline. Lt Harper called for air support. Two Cobras appeared and lined up on our treeline and commenced firing. I thought we were goners, but their run was just short of us.
    Early January, 1970, while on patrol, Second Platoon opened up on us. Their platoon leader was gone the next day.
    At the end of my tour I was stationed on OP Legionaire (Hill 251). One day my metal sensor down the trail went off. I fired arty on that spot. Radio came alive with Recon calling for a cease fire. I missed them, but always felt bad about the incident. A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet Doss Kornegay, their platoon leader and apologize. Doss said they found the sensor and thought it was a booby trap. They set some C-4 with a fuse and backed off the trail at a right angle about a 100 yards when the arty hit the trail. If they had not seen it there would have been casualties. How lucky can you get! Doss has told the story many times. Little did he know he would someday meet the man that called the artillery. Doss and I have become good friends. I just got back from a month with him in South Texas, had some good times. How lucky can you get!

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