From Leann Spranza
The below letter was handed to a Vietnam vet that attended our town's memorial service held at our veteran's park on memorial day.
To The Viet Nam Veteran
To those who returned home with no one to greet them
To those who have been told that PTSD will go away in time
To those who have never been told that you're officially welcomed home
To those who have returned physically, but are still haunted by nightmares of war
To those who still react to a backfire and break a sweat at the sound of a chopper
To those who have traveled endlessly never letting roots take hold or settled down
To those who have a familiar song that takes you back to a place you'd rather forget
To those who can count the friends they have on one hand for fear of losing another
To those who suffer from Agent Orange exposure and are still fighting the last battle
To those who fought battles in the steamy jungles of Viet Nam and also here at home
To those who have more friends on the Viet Nam Memorial Wall than they do in this life
Thank You!! and Welcome Home!!
Subject: Pictures of Presentation of Green Bay Citations to the CO of C 1-12 and the 1SG of C 1-12 at Ft. Hood - June 6, 2013
On June 6, 2013, I had the honor and privilege to present 5 awards and citations from the US Senate, both legislative bodies from Wisconsin, the City of Green Bay and the Oneida Nation that C Company, 1st BN, 12th Cavalry received at the reunion in Green Bay to the present company commander of C Company, 1st/12th Cavalry, Captain Mitchell and his first sergeant, 1SG Tatro at Ft. Hood, Texas. The commander of the 1st/12th, LTC Art Sellers and his Command Sergeant Major, Wayne Phillips were in attendance also. There were also about 50 Charlie Company active duty soldiers in attendance and several former members of C Company from the Vietnam War were in attendance also.
The plaques will be on display at the C Company orderly room from this date forward. I would note that both Captain Mitchell and 1SG Tatro are former paratroopers, as are LTC Sellers and CSM Phillips.
I’ve tried to send this to as many of our C Company brothers as I had emails addresses for. You might want to share them with the rest of the guys. I’m also asking Ron and Phil to post this on the C Company website for all to see.
C Company, 1st BN, 12th Cavalry, Vietnam
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