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Terry Sage
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How many of you were at Thunder 4 in Anloc? I was there from November 69 to June 69 . I was with  HHC recon platoon and was Lt Col. Michenzi’s track commander.  He was the best damn Battalion commander the 2/2 ever had. A true soldier’s soldier.
ken
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TERRY: I could not agree more. LT Col Michenzi was the best Battalion Commander I ever had any where while I was in the Army. He personally saved me and my Platoon. In Late December 1968 we were at a Firebase by the name of Jim or Hawk op con to the 11th ACR and things were going from bad to worse for us. I called him asking for help, He was at An Loc and he flew to our location with in less than an hour. To have a look for him self. And he told me to not to go on Ambush that night. He said get Your people rested tonight. And to rejoin the 2/2  at An Loc ASAP the following morning. And we did just that. I will forever be in LT COL MICHENZI`S debt. IMHO He should have been made a General.
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ken
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Am I offending you guys. Every time I post anything. No one else ever has any thing to say and it just goes dead. If this is the case say so. And I will stop answering and I will leave you guys alone.
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Curtis Parker
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Ken don't feel bad...when you look at the post there are only a few of us posting anything..sometimes it seems like there is not too many Ramrods left and many who just don't have anything to say..It is just a matter of time when there will be no 2nd Infantry Regiment Vietnam War Veterans around to support and keep this website alive and active...Like General Douglas MacAuthur once said "Old Soldiers Never Die We Just Fade Away"...and along with being older our memories of things are not that keen and sharp like it used to be...Noli Me Tangere


Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Infantry, 3rd Platoon, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968
ken
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CURTIS:  Thanks for both responding & answering me. In 1968 & 1969 I was assigned to Alpha Co 2/2 and my Call Sign was TARPON ALPHA 1-6. And I was so very proud of that. One of the highest points of my life. Most people don`t even try to understand just why I feel that way. And I have long ago stopped, even trying to explain my deep seated feelings to them. Combat Troops just seen a different VIET NAM than the REMF`s that slept behind the wire every night.
TAKE CARE MY FRIEND:
ken
Curtis Parker
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Ken I share your same emotions..I give great respect to all who served in Vietnam War epecially the front line combat soldier who face death and danger every day out in the jungle, monson, dusty Thunder Road "Highway 13", on the Thunders,ambush patrols, Road Security, Convoy Security,fire fights, LP/OP; Ground Attacks, being wet, dirty scared counting the days, blood and guts, dust offs..Those rear echelon personnel served their purpose to support us in the field, but those clerks at the Division Base Camp in Di An back in April 1968 really pissed off us grunts who went there for R&R and would not allow us to enter camp until 1700 hours so we had to stay out in the hot sun waiting to get in...talk about some pissed off combat Soldiers especially when all just had fought through the TET Offensive and me surviving the battle on 3 April 1968 after B 2/2 suffered heavy casualties engaging a NVA Regiment with Red Chinese northeast of Chahn Thanh.. The Division Commander later heard of the many complaints about how combat Soldiers were being treated at Di An and that reception of field Soldiers were remedied. So my repect for some remps is not that high especially during those days of glory.One thing for sure B2/2 built Thunder One after departing Lai Khe after the TET Offensive on 14 Feb 1968 and departing Thunder One on 1 April 1968 to occupy Thunder Two and did not have a standdown until late July 1968 after coming out of Song Be, that's a long time for a Combat Infantry company to be in the  field(NO REMPS THERE).  Again Ken many of the Ramrods have passed away, many may find it hard to get their thoughts together and just enjoy reading what is posted to read and it has been more than 50 years for the majority of us Vietnam Combat Veterans to keep the zeal and zest of a time gone by..We have our time to shine again on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and on those private days that we continue to only share with ourselves...There are still among us Ramrods who are here to have a shoulder to lean on for  our mental massage medicine to help soothe each others anxeities...Noli Me Tangere


Curtis Parker
B 2/2 Inf, 3rd Platoon, Track B231
9 Dec 1967-10 Dec 1968




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