From 1968-69 only a few names made the journey back with me. I spent much of my tour avoiding friendships and even casual acquaintance.
This month has been unusual. Two names have floated to the pool’s surface and I’ve been able to make contact with them in one manner or another. It’s been a very interesting period of reconnection. One of the names belongs to a Sgt who worked in the S-3 shop, doing 12 hour days. The other, to a Lt. holding multiple responsibilities that kept him sleepless.
Though we three were all assigned to the same company, our duties kept us largely separated. The nature of the company was that it had more officers than most companies in an infantry company. The brigade commander and his staff expected to be served by the non-staff EM and officers. The company HQ personnel were responsible for the needs of the entire company as well carrying out the security, communications, logistics, motor pool, health care, and other tasks that keep a military unit operational.
The Sgt. and I got along well. The Lt. and I got along well. The Sgt. and the Lt. don’t recall each other. Although we lived within meters of each other, we were, at any given time to be at three different parts of our AO, depending upon what the Brigade was doing under direction from Division. Neither the Sgt or I recall many names not related to our duties. The Lt., by nature of his duties, probably had more contact with the EM and NCO’s than either the Sgt or I.
It will be interesting to see what these contacts lead to.