|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 background.
|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
|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 about it.
|L-R Jake Kubik, Doc Dew, Mike Domenici.
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 imagination!
|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