The guy on the left is Robert
Lowery (M60 Guy), the middle
guy saved my life and I'm sorry
to say I don't remember his
name. The guy on the right is
Donald Miller from Ohio and
wasn't very friendly. I found out
later he wasn't friendly because
he lost some buddies and didn't
want to see any others killed.
Blue Panther helmet.
We only wore them on the LZ, otherwise it was
a washbasin or a stool and more often a stool
than a washbasin. Note the mortar pit in the
Smitty and Jim Leslie from Michigan
A Huey crashed and burned near us that day while we were on
defensive patrol. A bunch of kids were there from the village nearby.
When the helicopter crashed the kids vanished. I'll never forget that
because I turned around to look at them and it was like they
disappeared. The co-Pilot and a door gunner made it out OK.
Notice Jim is sitting on his washbasin.
Georgia Peanut Butter from Dawson, Georgia
On Log Day I told the guys to give me the peanut
butter from their C-Rations. They all did and I would
harass them by telling them how great it was. Is that
how Jimmy Carter became President?
The Two Smittys
This is Keith from Kalamazoo, Michigan on the right under
the towel. Somebody took our photo while we were asleep.
The paperback I was reading was called "The Cool Man", a
stupid mystery novel. It was a very hot day.
Quan Loi VIP Center
Smitty & "Doc Dew" Warren. It's good to be buds with guys that
stop up the holes! Thank God I never needed him for that.
The guy in the background is Bill Breck.. He was a squad leader.
This is one of our Montagnard scouts named
Dum-One(no joke) and that's three of his
girlfriends at the VIP Center-August 1969.
Working with the 11th Armored Cav-August 1969.
"The Blue Panthers" ride the Black Horses.
Recon was sent to Bu-Dop to get ready to go into
Cambodia for a scouting mission. We went through
some reorganization here and I was made Squad
Leader. Orders were changed and we never went
across the border.
L-R, Smitty, Byus, Jarvis who was getting short here. We
exchanged our LRRP rations with the CIDGs who had similar
dry food. I didn't like the fish but the candy was excellent.
I don't know if Byus was reading my letter, trying to get in the
photo, or getting fresh with me (that is definitely a joke)!
Ramrod 1-3, my squad for a short time. From left to
right and top to bottom: Jarvis, Domenici, Altwegg,
Coon, Seckler, Kubik, Byus, Smitty, Young. Altwegg
injured his finger and I'll bet he caught a lot of jokes
L-R Jake Kubik, Doc Dew, Mike
Three Bad Dudes. Location unknown.
Domenici Location unknown.
Mike came from a line company. When Recon was on the LZ, Mike would be
in the mess line yapping on about how Recon was for wimpy winnies. I spoke to
the CO and told him Mike wanted to join Recon. Pretty soon he found out how
to be a winnie. He actually used a different word than winnie, just use your
Last but not least, Good 'Ol Jake Kubik
at hospital after he was wounded.
Notice how happy Jake looks after his recovery!
|Echo Company 1968 - 1971
Recon Platoon Photos