The mail today included a notice that the Army has rejected my attempt to have my records corrected to reflect wounds received in August 1969 while serving with the 1st Infantry Division in Dau Tieng VietNam. This effort was refused despite the description of the event by a former soldier in the same unit.
When I first asked for the record mod in 2002 I had no knowledge that anyone else could partially corroborate my claim. This summer I stumbled across a book written by my former comrade in arms. He wrote about the event in a book published in 2011. I was able to contact him and he agreed to provide what support he could in reopening the claim.
Since then, I’ve also made contact with the unit’s former XO. He remembers me but was not present on site that day. He and I talked by phone and he provided a lot of information to fill in blanks and illuminate situations.
I intend to meet with the author sometime before year’s end.
While my medical records indicate shrapnel injuries, visible on X-ray, there is no documentation that I acquired the shrapnel in-country.
I’ve no further reason to pursue the matter any further.