World War II 113th Cavalry (July 1944 - June 1945) World War II was not too philosophical-despite the entire spectrum of events leading up to it. For a young eighteen year old it was something that had to be done-to let good replace evil. If one needs to have creditable reasons to fight a war, this war seemed to qualify. These two tyrannies had to be stopped. For many, WWII was our defining moment! ……at the moment of leaning into 2012, I still communicate with tankers of Fox Troop, 113th Cavalry: Wally Loberg of Grand Forks, ND and Marty Grady, Port St. Lucie, Florida-he is 93-First Platoon Leader for most of the war and our company commander at the end.
Korean War 65th Infantry (August 1952 - July 1953) The lessons of Korea are manifest. But hardly anyone heeded them and out of the carnage of that ‘Forgotten War’ came Vietnam which was strategically, politically, and militarily the same.….this war of attrition and quasi-trench warfare bred by the defensive mode at the end left a bad taste in the mouths of commanders remaining. Leaders like Joe Fix, Dick Cavazos, Dave Hackworth and Jack Singlaub saw the stagnation and deterioration and tried to remedy it. But they were the rare ones.….I realized another war had come and gone for me. I felt in a small way as the soul of the Sixty-fifth Regiment during their most critical times. And fought and endured times with some good Puerto Rican soldiers. I was proud of that.
Vietnam Cap ROK LNO/Task Force South (TFS) Lessons from the Vietnam War surface readily and some were bantied about in the flow of Desert Storm. Schwarzkopf and Powell had good feelings about the concept and quick ending of Gulf One, but not Vietnam where they served as young officers. Many argued we did not finish that one either and was exacerbated by the futility of Gulf Two, the exultation of early success diminished by the aftermath, insurrection and civil war with threads of Islamic ideology and Jihad.…..almost a year to the day I left Vietnam and facsimile of ‘turning it over to the South Vietnamese’ with our combined headquarters named Task Force South under the command of Colonel John RD Cleland where we combined the tactical and administrative decisions with Viet counterparts. Two US Airborne battalions and the ARVN 23 Division were embryo of this transition in 1968/9.
Combined headquarters: Two US Airborne Battalions, & the 23rd ARVN Div, TFS. I’m the Deputy (kneeling far right) to Col Cleland.
Nellis Air Force Base (1969 - 1972) I arrived as the new Army Liaison Officer to the Nellis Airforce command-home of the Fighter Weapons School and the Thunderbirds. First brush was the emotional trauma, as word came that my predecessor, Don Schroeder, a part of the Hank Emerson command had been killed in Vietnam. I would teach at the school and be an advisor on Army matters to General Taylor. I had the honor of flying with the essence of the command: Tom Swalm, who soon commanded the Aeriel Demonstration Thunderbirds, Chuck Horner, a Captain, who led the Air Assets in Desert One, Bill George, and Jumpy Johnson who would die in an accident over Washington D.C. Later in retirement, I joined Reed Wakefield on occasion as occupant in his small liaison craft similar to the type he flew as air liaison coordinator for the First Cavalry in Vietnam. These guys were so.....so hot, and memorable. Many events happened during this time: The new Governor O’Callaghan; Sally Jeanne was there and we represented him at a couple of things while I was still in the service….did not work out since, as I said in my last book, both of us were married to different people and the evaluator thought, probably, it may embarrass the governor. We got divorces, and we were then married Dec of 1971, I retired from service in June of 1972, (and we just had our 49th anniversary).
Gen Taylor bestows the Legion of Merit on me for actions during the VN war. My new assignment at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV, 1968-1972.
Trumpet for Freedom Pictorials of published books and other enterprises under the auspices of “A Trumpet for Freedom” reveal a corporation and public access TV program in the 1980’s in Tucson, Arizona. Neither of these entities exist currently, however, a repository of videos depicting war and peace, personages and interviews were made including Soviet Union before fall, Africa, et al.