A parting gift from ‘Charlie’
We’re still en route to Vietnam. It’s a very long trip, especially with the 12-hour time difference and the International Date Line, and my father has been sharing memories of times he almost didn’t make it home 40 years ago.
In March 1968, about a week before he left Vietnam, the 25th Infantry Division’s base camp at Cu Chi came under a Katyusha rocket attack. Some shrapnel struck his “hooch,” igniting his mattress as he was sleeping. After the wounded had been evacuated and the all-clear sounded, he picked these pieces of shrapnel off the ground.
Click the audio link to hear the full story.