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MTL-2.jpgYou're in the Army now!Max T. Leach: Drafted 14Mar68 at Ft Worth, Texas. Took Basic Training at Ft Polk, La. 25Mar68 - 17May68.
Awarded the American Spirit Medal.
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MTL-3.jpgAIT - OCS Ft Sill, OklaAttended AIT - OCS at Ft Sill, Okla, but dropped out after 5th week. Did not want the additional time in service required of an OCS officer. Sent to Vietnam in October, 1968.
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MTL-5.jpgSoldier buddy: South VietnamA Vietnam soldier - yes, South Vietnam! A friend that wanted to go to America with me; makes a good friend!
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MTL-6.jpgDeep ProtectionOctober, 1968 - Assigned to "B" Battery, 2/9th Arty in the FDC section. Digging another shelter to keep me safe and hoping that "Charlie" doesn't kill me.
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MTL-7.jpgYes! It was cooler working without a shirt and getting lots of sun for a nice dark tan. Thank you, Vietnam!
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MTL-8.jpgMy hotel roomWere you expecting a 5-star hotel? Not hardly. Unknown friend. He was just a little taller than I was.
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MTL-9.jpgSandbag CityJust making sure that I am well protected in the next firefight.
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MTL-10.jpgPeaceful spotI am not coming out until the mortar shelling stops.
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MTL-11.jpgNew assignmentReady to join the Infantry from the FDC to the FO/RTO team. Somehow, I don't think I volunteered to do this!
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MTL-12.jpgLet us prayPraying to God to keep me safe.
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MTL-13.jpgWhere's Waldo?Yep...it's hard to find "Charlie" under all this jungle cover.
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MTL-14.jpgClear-cuttingClearing the jungle so that we could see "Charlie" better.
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