An old buddy of mine recently posted this notice in a paper for Vietnam vets:
Looking for Doc George, a medic assigned to Delta Co. 1st of the 8th Cav. March 1969 @L.Z. White. Also looking for other guys with the Company at that time.
In an effort to help expand the search parameters, I’m requesting that anyone who knows of the good doctor or recognizes him in the picture below, to please leave a message in the comments section of this post. Other comments are welcome, particularly from “Jumping Mustang” vets (D 1/8, 1st Cavalry Division) who were on the LZ on 3/21/69.
Here’s a bit of Tom’s story:
“I was RTO [Radio/Telephone Operator], humping the Company radio, when we were hit on LZ White, 3/21/69. [The] battalion RTO and I were next to the command bunker. I was on guard, heard mortar rounds going off in the distance and knew we were going to get hit.
We were under a culvert covered with sand bags, about 25 feet from the bunker where Skeeter [Donald Johnston, MOH] and Bobby [Joseph Eustaquio] were killed. I was very lucky—got blown of my feet by an enemy sapper lobbing a satchel charge, my weapon and one of the radios were inoperable due to shrapnel damage. I was only slightly wounded, ruptured eardrum and minor shrapnel wounds, not ambulatory. It was a real clusterf**k, enemy soldiers all over, about half of the perimeter. Doc George and I carried this guy to the first aid tent, he was screaming all the way…light in the tent revealed that his leg was gone, don’t think he made it.”
Thanks in advance for your help, guys, and thanks for your service.
“Each soldier past, and you now here
Do share what will not disappear
One thought now comes, straight from my heart
For soldiers home, who’ve done their part
I’m honored to have served with you
May Godly peace, help get you through”
©2002 Roger J. Robicheau – We Stood For Freedom