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by Niner Alpha
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

There is no rule of thumb I wouldn't think.....just make it up as you see fit. I do know that when I kick the bucket Vietnam won't have anything to do with it. Probably medical malpractice is a much larger possibility.
by Niner Alpha
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

You got a point, Vern. It isn't like those who died after a full life were any less veterans of Vietnam who probably served honorably. At the same time there were more than a few men who died after Vietnam, at relatively young ages, who were indirectly killed by that war even with no visible wound o...
by Niner Alpha
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Alpha Company
Topic: Anybody remember what Babysan's real name was?
Replies: 0
Views: 22

Anybody remember what Babysan's real name was?

There was a young commo guy in Alpha in 1970. He looked about 15 but had to have been at least 19. He was a E4 assistant commo man that we all called Babysan. A couple of us were wondering what his real name was. I think his name may have been Alfred Bright but that's just a guess from an old roster...
by Niner Alpha
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Replies: 4
Views: 38

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

We all know that some names were added to the actual Washington DC Wall for people who died of wounds at some later date than the date they were wounded and not in the original wall list. But now there is an organization that calls itself the Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund. There is a website and ev...
by Niner Alpha
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Memorial
Topic: Thomas G. Rodriguez
Replies: 0
Views: 35

Thomas G. Rodriguez

E5 HQ Company. 1968. Leavenworth Kansas. May 16, 2020.
by Niner Alpha
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: Politicians wasting money
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Politicians wasting money

Well....yeah. I agree it's pretty much a dog and pony show. Trumps choice could admit to all of the accusations and it wouldn't make any difference in the outcome. About like when they tried to impeach Trump. Trump was guilty as charged but the Republicans didn't care. If the tables were turned the ...
by Niner Alpha
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: From the timeline 50 years ago
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: From the timeline 50 years ago

Yep, Vern. You have a point. I was just noticing a story noting the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII on September 2, 1945 when the Japanese signed the official surrender and figured the 50th anniversary of the end of a battalion that only existed for a few years deserved a notice.....even if only...
by Niner Alpha
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: From the timeline 50 years ago
Replies: 2
Views: 116

From the timeline 50 years ago

A half century ago this month the 6th of the 31st became history. In September of 1970 the battalion was dissolved. An unknown number got an early return home but the majority with as little as a couple or three months left of a one year sentence, the Army called it a tour, got sent to other units. ...
by Niner Alpha
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: "Dumb Grunts"
Replies: 0
Views: 96

"Dumb Grunts"

A friend was quoting something in a online military news source aimed at the active military. One of the pieces was about today's Army and about how today's soldier is more professional. One tick on the list was about the Infantry. Back in the old days if you were drafted you must have been a bone h...
by Niner Alpha
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: "beercan" pin on ebay
Replies: 1
Views: 191

Re: "beercan" pin on ebay

I sent the seller a message on ebay congratulating him on the very close to perfect face on that pin compared to the original. I also told him there was a obvious mistake on the back, without telling him what it was. I suggested if he had some more and listed them for about a tenth the asking price ...
by Niner Alpha
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Reunion events Past, Present, Future
Topic: Future Reunions
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: Future Reunions

At any given time lots of ...somebody or something... is watching this site. As I type this after the Thursday chat at 10.25 pm there were three people looking at this one post before I started typing. Now....maybe the majority of the lookers are spambots looking for a way to infest this site like t...
by Niner Alpha
Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Reunion events Past, Present, Future
Topic: Future Reunions
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: Future Reunions

Age is getting to all of us. Most of us probably remember more people, close friends as well as not so close friends, relatives, workmates and assorted enemies too, that are now passed on than we do those still living by at least twice. Sometimes the thought crosses my mind that I should just go dow...
by Niner Alpha
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: James K. Galbraith projects the economic future
Replies: 0
Views: 193

James K. Galbraith projects the economic future

Read this just now. It's a noted economists take on the present economic condition of the US as the pandemic continues and what the outcome will be. He also offers his idea of what the solution should be. Our service economy problem is obviously an existing problem that may have no easy fix. The sol...
by Niner Alpha
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Vietnam Open Forum
Topic: "beercan" pin on ebay
Replies: 1
Views: 191

"beercan" pin on ebay

I check out ebay every once in a while for interesting stuff that comes to the surface..There was an original Regiment punch bowl cup once and often photos from generally the early days of the regiment show up. Just put in 31st infantry in the blank and anything with 31st in it comes up including 6t...
by Niner Alpha
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: Frightening thought on Presidential Race
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Re: Frightening thought on Presidential Race

If we are only going to have two parties I think there should be a choice on the ballot of "reject all candidates". If that choice won both parties would have to go back to the political wishing well of the respective parties and come up with two more choices and do it all over until there...
by Niner Alpha
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: Frightening thought on Presidential Race
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Frightening thought on Presidential Race

What if either Biden or Trump should suddenly drop out of the race? What if one of them gets Coronavirus, drops dead from whatever ails them, or suddenly goes raving mad, or just wakes up one morning and has an epiphany and not want the job? What if it happened after the traditional conventions that...
by Niner Alpha
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: 31st Assoc.
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: 31st Assoc.

It's complicated.
by Niner Alpha
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: 31st Assoc.
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: 31st Assoc.

He knows about this site but apparently has never signed the guestbook because he knows that would get him on the roster of what the Association has long seen as the opposing team. I think it's kinda like a Red Sox fan can't advertise that he had attended a Yankee's game when the Yankee's weren't pl...
by Niner Alpha
Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Shooting the Breeze
Topic: 31st Assoc.
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: 31st Assoc.

He's the same guy who did the Southeastern Region when he took over the job from the regular guy for a few months. I was surprised to see someone with a title in the organization that actually contacted people.
by Niner Alpha
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Alpha Company
Topic: Anybody want a reproduction Alpha Ace patch?
Replies: 0
Views: 267

Anybody want a reproduction Alpha Ace patch?

It works for a shadow box or just to have for whatever reason. I got one from this guy in Vietnam not long ago for a shadow box. It looks really close to the real thing. The white cloth has the same lines and texture. A very good reproduction. Almost exactly like the original. Same size and everythi...
by Niner Alpha
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Memorial
Topic: Anniversary of death of Buck Buxton
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Anniversary of death of Buck Buxton

Got this reminder of his death from an online memorial guestbook. Buck was a big old Louisiana boy who was often at the center of attention. A brave and able soldier.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thead ... =159178837
by Niner Alpha
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Memorial
Topic: More names on the Obit list
Replies: 0
Views: 203

More names on the Obit list

Jerry found the following deaths among battalion former members: 1 SGT Franklin G. Ledford, Bravo 1969,1970 DOD 9/13/2015 MAJ Raymond F. Salerno S-3 HQ company, 1969,1970 DOD 8/8/2014 PSG Orville Pentico Jr., Bravo 1969, DOD 11/1/2016 PSG George Segrest, Charlie 1968 1st Plt. DOD 10/30/2017 PSG Mari...
by Niner Alpha
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Welcome and Announcements
Topic: One important thing has been fixed on the site
Replies: 0
Views: 319

One important thing has been fixed on the site

When anyone comes to 6thofthe31st.com they come to a menu page with the links in a bar at the top of the page. It's been that way for a long time. However when the messageboard had a crash the changeable "collage" image went away. I have really missed it because that blank space made the w...
by Niner Alpha
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Alpha Company
Topic: Larry Heen
Replies: 12
Views: 1282

Re: Larry Heen

Got this email today: Hello Robert, My name is Mike Carretero and my buddy Paul Shaffer sent me this email that he received from you. I was on Firebase Bastogne when the incident happened. I had just transferred from Alpha Co. 3rd Herd to TOC as an S2 Clerk the week before Thanksgiving before the Ch...
by Niner Alpha
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Alpha Company
Topic: Larry Heen
Replies: 12
Views: 1282

Re: Larry Heen

Another thought after sleeping on it overnight. In the general run of things the company commander of Alpha company should have known where his 2nd Platoon was at all times, particularly in a night location. The defensive targets would generally be plotted and given the platoons by the official comp...

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