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TR-1.jpgCoffee BreakTom Roman: what could be better than hot coffee in a hot FDC CONEX?
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TR-2.jpgFDC Crew & VisitorTom Roman, Lt Ed McNew (FO, FDO) and a gun bunny (cannoneer) taking a snooze.
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TR-3.JPGFO & The FDC CrewL to R (back): Calvin T. Garrett (Houston), Lt Charles Stout, PJ Newlin (Coloado), Phil Johnson (Pittsburgh). FR: Jay Flamme,(Colorado-deceased), Sp4 Kelly (New York), and Tom Roman. Sp4 Kelly was the brother-in-law of the famous recording artist Aretha Franklin. She dedicated the song "Mr. Kelly" to him.
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TR4.jpg"Yeah, I'm talking to my girl"Date: 22Oct68 Location: 40 mi S of Ban Me Thuot; 5 mi from Cambodia and the NVA. Working hard as always in the "Home Sweet Home" bunker. Notice the definite look of tension from the war. Actually, this is a quiet moment in the FDC shack (CONEX).
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TR5.jpgMy Buddy Max LeachMaximo T. Leach and I take a stress break from the FDC of "B" Battery.
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TR6.jpgCompetition?"Bravo" Battery has the honor of being named "Best Firing Battery" for the month of December.
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TR7.jpgLZ Ranger IIThe "gang" gets ready to kill a fifth of something. At left, standing, is Lt Don Blankin. I'm wearing the fancy hat.
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TR8.jpgWhat, me work?Date: 30 Dec. Location: LZ Schuyler.
Would you believe work? This hole was dug completely for dirt to fill sandbags. Lots of sandbags. They told me to look for gold to keep me motivated.
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TR9.jpgDonut DoggieDate: 20 March Location: LZ Valentine.
Jay Flamme & I with a scout dog at LZ Valentine. Post Note: I learned that Jay was killed in an accidental shooting on the range after returning from RVN, 1969.
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TR10.jpgThe Warning OrderThese "I'm Coming Home" warning letters were very popular for all the "short timers".
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TR11.jpgM60 Machine GunDate: 20March69 Location: LZ Valentine

Cleaning the M60. If you want it to work, you had better keep it clean.
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TR12.jpgMoving TimeAnother move, another 1,000 sandbags. Think we got a little muddy in the process. Next to me is Joe Goldstein with those ever classic military style glass frames.
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