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  1. Hi tooch. Yeah. That fits. You were there when I got there (late July 69) and that event was pretty fresh. Glad the 90 made a dent in them.

  2. Sort of a LAW story but it’s really a 90mm brag story. I get no credit. I wasn’t there yet. In about June-July 69, one of the companies in our battallion was in a situation with an NVA bunker that they could not knock out; the laws would not penetrate it. They called in to Echo company for a 90mm. As I heard the story (from someone other than a 90 guy) the 90 destroyed the bunker in one shot and made the 90 a bit more popular and so on. I asked about this at a reunion of us 90 guys and was told the gunner was Dale Usher. Real nice guy, then and now. Retired mailman. He said it was him and I believe him. I like to brag that I carried the largest caliber hand-held infantry weapon of all time. As far as I know, that’s still true of our 90mm. I’m sure they have better stuff now, but i don’t think there is any infantry carried weapon of that large a caliber.

    Of course, a nice thing about the law was it only weighed a few pounds, with rocket included. 90 was about 35 lbs plus you guys had to carry our rounds at about 20 lbs. each. So, the rest of you guys can probably brag that you carried the heaviest ammunition of all time. I still feel a little guilty for that, you guys carrying our ordinance.

    1. I think I only worked with the 90mm group once or twice but always glad to have the extra firepower but I never had to carry the rounds.

    2. Jim, I was there that day. There were 3 gooks in the bunker who refused to come out. BOOM!! One was blown wide open and another had no wounds but died from the concussion. If I remember correctly, we were all carrying a 90 round. Tooch

  3. I just remember a story about LAWs. Don’t remember when in my tour we had been in triple canopy jungle in the mountains and were getting low on supplies. We came to a clearing which had potential for an LZ. We started clearing it. However there were a few tall trees in the center. I have no idea who made the decision but they started shooting LAW’s at them. It became funny after a few. They couldn’t hit any of them. Only time I saw them fired. Now that I think about it almost 50 years later don’t know why we didn’t use C-4. Surely we had to have some in the company. I don’t remember if we got supplied day but do remember laughing hoping the NVA were not watching & laughing at us.

    1. The only time I ever fired a LAW was in training and I came within a foot or so of missing a whole tank. :-) I aimed center mass and just clipped it on the front fender.

  4. OK I need help. What does LAW stand for? I know what it is but don’t know what the abbreviation stands for.

    What is a “wagon wheel” maneuver? Getting older & dumber.

  5. Hey Bill Beckum… I looked up Don Alexander on Google and there is a Citation that says he was critically wounded by small arms and automatic weapons fire and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Maybe one of you guys that know how to do the cut and paste thing can put it on the web site.

  6. Carl Fryman,
    I know you said you left country before Don Alexander was KIA. I was in that action & saw Alan Bernstein carried out. Don was killed the next day & I don’t know how or even remember. Can you or someone else who reads this site tell me the story how Don was KIA?

  7. Brother Bill Beckum wanted to buy a round of drinks for everyone at the reunion, which I did. I sent him a copy of what the round cost and he sent me a check for way more that the round of drinks cost. He has made contributions towards the expenses of mailing reunion notices and web site expenses in the past. So here is a big thank you to Brother Bill for the drinks and donation for expenses!

  8. There are a lot of guys that would like to have our 2017 reunion in Cleveland. The rock and roll hall of fame is there and Canton, OH home of the NFL hall of fame is about an hour south of Cleveland. The weekend after Labor Day has been a good date for our reunions in the past as it is not busy in the hotel business and we get better rates. That time of year the kids are back in school and things are just not so busy plus the weather is usually still really good.
    What are you guy’s thoughts?

  9. I forgot to mention two days ago the 50th anniversary of the deaths of the first Charlie Grunts and my good friends, Richard Smith and Roger Bonner.
    My heart aches in their memory.

  10. Just wanted to say thanks to Terry and Louise for being such wonderful host in Seattle. They did a terrific job hosting the reunion. I went to the Americal reunion in Albuquerque, NM the next week, 14th thru 18th. For those of you who may remember or served with Don Alexander, he was KIA in March of 69. I left country before Don’s death. One thing that I wanted to do while in Albuquerque, was to visit Don’s gravesite in Socorro, NM 80 miles south of Albuquerque. I was able to rent a car in the hotel, make the drive down there, and successfully find the cemetery and Don’s gravesite next to his parents and pay my respects to Don. It was a good feeling being able to do that successfully. Hopefully, I’ll see everyone next year in Cleveland!

    1. Carl,
      Thanks for visiting his grave. Although I did not know Don I was in that major engagement. My first major firefight. May he RIP.

    2. Don became a close friend to me. We both got purple hearts the same night in Nov. I later went to the C P as RTO other wise I no doubt would have been near him when he took 7 rounds( I was told)
      About 4 years ago I went to Socorro to visit his grave but I could not fond it. Nor could I find any relatives. Last Sept I saw his “brick” at the Vietnam Memorial at Angle Fire N.M.

  11. Brothers, thanks to all who came to Seattle. Such a beautiful place to visit and live. We had a great time hosting and look forward to seeing our west coast brothers a bit more often. Thanks again and again to Larry for making this possible and also for helping my wife. Brother, Terry

  12. Everyone who couldn’t attend the reunion missed a great time. Louise and Terry did wonderful job. I hope more can make the next reunion you know we aren’t getting any younger.

  13. Colonel Si Nerone sent me a check to buy refreshments for the guys at the reunion. Everyone got several refreshing drinks from his contribution. I had several of the sales receipts signed by the guys. Several made comments along with their thanks that I will be forwarding Brother Si.
    Brother Bill Beckum also wanted me to buy a round of beverages on him and send him the bill.
    All the attendees thank Brothers Si and Bill.

  14. While at the reunion, I received an very nice contribution for the web site and other expenses for Charlie Company guys from Ron Causey. Thank you very much Ron, it is very much appreciated!

  15. I think we had 28 in attendance for the reunion. First time reunion attendees were Tate Hayes and Randy Budlong. We had a great time as usual. We got to see a lot of stuff around Seattle, especially the traffic. We did everything from going to a Seattle Mariners baseball game to the space dome. We also went to the market where they throw fish about 10 yards and another guy catches the fish and throws it back to the guy that threw it. And of course lots of socializing. It was a great reunion. Thank you, Terry and Louise Roberts for being a great hose for the reunion.

    We discussed next year’s reunion. It was brought up that if we hold a reunion in Cleveland that Captain Morris will be able to attend. Everyone thought this would be a good place to go next. Anyone have any suggestions?

  16. Well lets have some feedback on the reunion. Sorry Kay and I couldn’t make it. She is having a major test Wednesday & see the doctor Friday. Went to see Tom Hanks in “Sully” as she wanted to. Thought it was going to do her in. Prayers please. We met in High School, married 2 1/2 years when I went to Nam, & married 50 years in June.

  17. am in Florida-visited ron hurst–hope to see “mac” mckiney on Drive back to AZ. DANG grunts are getting are getting older.

  18. Took basic training at Fort Devens, Mass. and was a squad leader with 2/1 but because of my typing skills I was assigned to HHC Section 4 as a clerk typist after basic. Sargeants Patterson and Rodrigues were my drill sargeants in basic. I worked for Major Ashley and Sargeant Lenhart in S-4 Section.

    1. Hi Donald
      I think you must have been in Lt. Paul Cahill’s platoon in basic.
      I don’t remember Ashley but Capt. Snow was in the S4 office for quite a while at that time.
      Your are one of the very few C Cpmpany guys here from the very early days.

  19. Seeking information on death of 2Lt (posthumously promoted 1Lt) Robert “Chomp” Russell Lewis, from Pierre, SD; WIA 5 Jan 68, died of wounds 10 Jan 68. Chomp was my childhood friend and college classmate. He was killed while I was in Officers Training and soon to Vietnam, so was not aware of his death and circumstances at the time. Would like to correspond with those who knew him in unit and might have information on his loss. Thanks, Larry, Vietnam ’69-70.

    1. Hi Larry,

      My name is Carl Fryman and Lt Lewis was my platoon leader. I was with him on 5 January 68 when he was wounded. Send me an email at carlfryman@fuse.net We will set something up to talk over the phone rather than over the net.

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