The Unknown Soldier

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    106RR196LIB
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    (7/2/01 2:29:30 pm)
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    Some say that with the advent of DNA testing there will never be a true Unknown Soldier for the Vietnam War. I disagree.
    As grunts we knew each other only by nicknames. There were many newbies who were dead before they even got a nickname. It is these men who are the true Unknown Soldiers. It is not that no one knows their true identity, but that some of the people who cared most for them and watched them die do not know their true identity. The emotional hole in the lives of Americans is what makes the Unknown Soldier so vitally important.

    In the 196th LIB we addressed this problem with a private memorial service at the Black Wall. Each member of the Brigade was carefully marked with flowers and our unit patch. The public was excluded from the Wall for a few hours. There were a stunning one thousand two hundred names marked for our unit. All of these men are Unknown Soldiers to someone. I am resigned to the fact that people will never know the real names of "Babysan", "Cadillac", "AltarBoy",
    "Kentucky", "Dixie", "Frenchie", "Little Frenchie" , or
    "DEEtroit Fattie". All of them and the hundreds of Docs, Gunners, and Sparkies will live forever in that eternal flame. Mike H

    LarryJK
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    (7/2/01 4:04:35 pm)
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    Amen.

    homer4
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    (7/3/01 2:50:00 pm)
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    Nicknames that were badges of Honor as well Mike.

    Good and Thoughtful post bud.
    ...and two hard boiled eggs.

    dap22
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    (7/3/01 2:59:46 pm)
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    This past weekend, a group of the survivors of our Air Ambulance Company attended a reunion at Fort Rucker, AL, the home of Army Aviation. Interestingly, we couldn't locate a whole bunch of the company for a couple reasons. One was due to the poor record keeping of the unit and the other was that most everyone had a nickname, seldom using a complete and accurate name. Possibly, this was a way through which no one would become too familiar with another since that "distance" was a way to not come too close for fear that someone wouldn't be there the next day. In reality, we became very close to one another. The brotherhood thing was proven to me at the reunion this past weekend.

    Edited by: dap22 at: 7/3/01 4:01:54 pm
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