Blood on the risers: an airborne soldier's thirty-five by John Leppelman

By John Leppelman

From Dak To to the Tet Offensive, John Leppelman observed all of it. In 3 excursions of accountability, he made strive against jumps, spent months of fruitless attempt searching for the enemy, watched as his budies died as a result of awful management and awful guns. He observed the conflict as few others did, and lives to inform in regards to the valor and sacrifice that outlived the lifeless.

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Tran Van Phuc’s Story CHAPTER 5 Release One week before Tet began, we were officially notified of our release and moved to a separate area away from the less lucky remaining inmates. Each of us was given dark gray pants and a white shirt, the uniform for the release ceremony. The celebration took place in a great hall outside the camp, attended by the camp chief, cadres from central administration, and the cadres of the camp, in addition to a delegation of more than twenty foreign media representatives.

The sight of surrounding, glittering-yellow apricot blossoms, the traditional symbol of the Vietnamese New Year, added to my pleasure, as the flowers also seemed to be welcoming me home on this auspicious occasion, holding out to the family long-repressed hopes for a better and brighter future. After fully absorbing the happiness of the long-awaited reunion with my wife and children, I rushed to the house next door to see my mother. After years of longing and hoping to be reunited, she looked so very old.

We were organized into cells of ten people. Three cells were organized into a company with an assigned leader to monitor all company activity. Each company was under the direction of a security agent who acted as cadre in charge of education. As before, there were two meals a day. At first, there was sufficient food, but as time went on, the quantity was reduced more and more. 14 Col. M. M. M. Labor initially included hoeing weeds, collecting garbage, and cleaning sewers, followed soon after by more difficult tasks such as cutting and transporting wood for cooking and carrying bags of cement or rolls of barbed wire.

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