Lt Joe Hannigan
1969 - March, 1970 (2/9th returned home)
I arrived in RVN straight out of OCS Class 19-69 and was assigned to "A" Battery which
was in the Ban Me Thuot area when I arrived, just a couple days after the LZ
St George attack. At the time, Pat O'Meara was the Recon and Rick
the RTO. B/1/14 was the unit we were attached to and on perimeter duty at LZ
Lois, and we then went to pull perimeter security at an airport in BMT.
On Thanksgiving we were sent out on what was my first combat assault- happy
holidays! I remained as the FO, Rick became the recon and Mike Pskowski was sent out
as RTO. The units moved to An Khe around New Years and all of a sudden
the world became uphill, followed by downhill and multiple repetitions of
the same. In the middle of March, we were attached to another
company, possibly B/1/8 as there were some realignments going on due to the
deactivation of one of the 4th ID brigades. That little experiment
didn't last long as I managed to get a punji stake in my leg, get medevaced,
and received orders to report to the Americal Division- all within the space
of about 2 hours. That was the end of my FO career.
When I arrived in Chu Lai, I became to HHB DivArty Supply and Property Book
officer. My own hooch, three hot meals, daily showers, nightly
officers club and a beach across the helipad! Being 23 years old,
I didn't quite grasp the benefits of that boring existence so I managed to
get assigned as an aerial observer for my last 5 months. When my year
long tour ended, I was assigned to Ft Dix as a training officer in a basic
training unit until I left active duty in July, 1971.
After my Army time, I worked for the VA for about six and a half years,
and in 1978 became a FBI agent and retired from there in June 2001.
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