In two voluntary tours in Vietnam I served as CO of Company A, 2d Battalion, 18th Infantry, and later as Executive
Officer, and Operations Officer (S-3), 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry. The 18th Infantry (Vanguard) was a great outfit,
and no one knows better than I that the Big Red One has always been a great fighting division. But if anyone
remembers me as a soldier, I want to be remembered as a Wolfhound. For it was in that dangerous, unpredictable
environment along the Cambodian border, fighting a war our country's leaders had already decided to lose, I was
privileged to serve with men who matched Stephen Vincent Benét's view of the soldiers in the Army of Northern
Virginia in the American civil war.
...Strange army of ragged individualists, the hunters, the riders, the walkers, the savage pastorals, the
unmachined, the men come out of the ground...
The lazy scorners, the rebels against the wheels, the rebels against the steel combustion chamber...
...You had your cowards; your bullies, your fakers, your sneaks, your savages. You got tired of marching. You
cursed the cold and the rain, you cursed the war and the food--and went on until the end. And yet there was
something in you that matched your fable. What was it? What do your dim, faint voices say?
I say -- in the words of my friend and personal hero, Major Charles "Butch" Darrell, who was Executive Officer and
Operations Officer before me in the Second Wolfhounds:
The regimental insignia was the head of a wolfhound above the motto Nec Aspera Terrent... The insignia looks
like a fraternity pin and we often said, "That's as it should be. We are a fraternity."
Please tell me about your part in our history. I will do my best to record it honestly and provide a link for us with
our descendants--for all time.
Go to "Tales of the Wolfhounds"
Please fill out the form in as much detail as you can. The DATES OF SERVICE are the dates you served as a
Wolfhound during the Vietnam War. You can put other dates including overall service, DEROS from Vietnam,
dates you attended Army schools, etc., in the large COMMENT block. In the COMMENT block, put your company
and job title; such as Company C, rifleman, squad leader, etc. The COMMENT block is the heart of the form.
Write in as much detail as you wish. The appearance of the form does not determine how much information it will
hold. Many pages of information will fit in the block if you wish to write that much. Tell me about your unit, the men
in it, the fire support bases where you were posted, unusual occurrences, and anything else you consider
significant in your service in the Wolfhounds. Don't worry about spelling. I can usually figure out what you mean,
and spelling Vietnamese words and military abbreviations is difficult at best. If you have pictures, documents or
other things you are willing to share, let me know so I can arrange to copy them. Your response will be
acknowledged as soon as possible.
|Angel's Wing, Bo Bo Canal, Boi Loi Woods, Cambodia, Cu Chi, Dau Tieng,
Diamonds, Filhol Plantation, FSB Jackson, Go Dau Ha, Hoc Mon, Ho Bo Woods,
Iron Triangle, Michelin Plantation. Mushroom, Nui Ba Den, Parrot’s Beak, PB
Harris, PB Kotrc, Phuoc Luu, Renegade Woods, Shamrock, Sugar Mill, Trang
Bang -- and all the other places we sweated and bled, and where some of us
Let me hear from you, Wolfhounds!
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