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late July 1969, we were operating out of LZ Mary.
One morning, my squad was returning from a patrol around the Firebase.
When we came to the barbed wire gate, we noticed that there were several
people waiting to meet us. Comedian
George Gobel, the 2/5th Battalion Commander, and a photographer were
greeting each soldier and shaking his hand.
It was very nice, although the experience was a little strange at the
About 15 years later, George Gobel was in Connecticut for some event at our local university. I had the opportunity to speak with him about the incident. He remembered it well because it was the only time during his trip to Vietnam where he left a large base camp.
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Courtesy Mike Hayes
Updated July 22, 2007