The Mighty Ninth

Strive To Reach The Summit

1stSgt_McPeek.JPGFirst Shirt1SG James E. McPeek. This is First Sgt Mac. We didn't get along. He lived in the FDC bunker and he was a big poker player, going to the rear for the $100s of dollar pots. He had a poker game going in the front of the bunker (his domain took up a quarter of the bunker). I was not a poker player and had to write down what-beats-what. I won a few bucks, he got pissed, and from then on wanted me off the FB. Don't know when he went home, but it was none too soon for me. Fortunately McKuen (XO) saved me since I could do a high-burst registration.
AnKhe_AO.JPGBan Me ThoutOn the ground. These two photos look the same, but they aren't.
An_Khe_AO.JPGBan Me ThoutOn the ground in the AO.
BC-_Hillbilly.JPGSent to me by othersBack of photo says "BC & Hillbilly". Pictures were sent to me over the years by Tex Shelton and Jackie Catron; most were taken before I arrived at the battery.
Best_Buddies_-_Modern_Day.JPGBest Buddies - a few years laterWell, more than a few. Clint "McClintock" Curry (left, deceased 4/18) and Mike Medley at their reunion, March 2011.
Best_Buds.JPGBest Buddies"FNG" PFC Mike Medley and Sp4 Clint Curry out next to the conex "window" and entry way into the annex. Must have been a day or two after getting to the battery at St. George since I have on a WHITE tee shirt. Can't remember even having a green one during my tour, let alone underwear or socks. Note that the sign reads "A" Battery in the background.
Blown_Bunker.JPGLZ St George battle aftermathOne of the above-ground monsoon bunkers at St. George blown by the sappers. I think this and the next two photos were sent to me by Jim "Tex" Shelton since I was out of film during the aftermath.
Bn_Area_at_Enari.JPGSent to me by others"Battalion Area" at Camp Enari. Soldiers Unknown.
BreakTime_-_AnKhe_AO.JPGBan Me ThoutPFC William "PigPen" Nankervis (deceased 2013), Bullet Bob, Cruit, Tom Terrific, Carl, George, and Dennis Van Linder in foreground with glasses.
Break_Time_-_An_Khe.JPGBan Me ThoutIn foreground is FDC: (Left to right) Tom "Terrific" FNG from Manitou Springs, CO, Carl from Georgia no longer the FNG, Cruit who forever was just that, "George" Jarisch, Bullet Bob (back to camera with glasses), and Bill "Nan the Man" Nankervis(deceased) who could always give the Peanuts character Pigpen a run for his money.
Brothers-in-Arms.JPGBrothers-in-ArmsHome from LZ Cathy 9-69. The non-lifer traveling FDC band of brothers (left to right): Clint Curry, Eugene ("George") Jarisch, Denny Mrowzinski, Mike Medley, and our leader eltee "Rucksack" Rucker (Lt. Hermie "Rucksack" Rucker).
Building_LZ_Lois.JPGLZ Lois - RebuildingLZ Lois, rebuilding a RVN firebase.
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