Skip to comments.Corpsman Up - An Hoa, RVN - 4Aug1969
Posted on 08/04/2012 7:07:13 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa
Rest in Peace, Doc Simpson - Well done, you good and faithful servant!
Your service, and that of your brothers, was very much appreciated at the time.
By my reckoning, that service will be held in high regard for enternity.
Hey, Doc. Always sad to lose a comrade. My condolences.
Looks like we were there the same year. I was up at Phu Bai with the wing.
Semper Fi, Doc, from a Lima, 3/26, 81 mortars FO/radio operator! (Arizona Territory during Taylor Common and what followed that. Rotated home Sept, 69 )
You corpsmen were great! (well, except for one idiot named Dusty who thought tossing a disarmed frag at folks was funny. I almost shot him before I realized it was disarmed) Y’all did unbelievable things taking care of your Marines.
Thanks to our Lima 3/26 corpsmen and all the rest of you!
Thank you very much, brother. Welcome home. RIP, Doc Simpson.
I’m sorry to hear about your friend.
Gator Fleet HM-2, 1972-76. Never in country like you guys, but caught up in mild action when Cambodia fell, and then again when Saigon fell a few weeks later. My hat’s off in deep respect to you and your buddy and all you did and all you put up with in country. God bless you.
Stay safe and healthy, and live long.
BRAVO ZULU, DOC.
Neil E. Wright, RM2, USN
Vietnam 1970-1971, USS Fresno (LST 1182)
God speed Doc..may you rest in peace. Me?????? After serving 3 tours, I’ll hold my cards and chips close to the vest for now and let God sort it out later.
Bravo 1/11 and Golf 2/1, Jan '66 to May '67.
Thank You, ConorMacNessa.
RIP Doc Glenn Simpson.
USS PIEDMONT(AD-17) R-1 Div.
I’ve always felt uncomfortable with all the kindness I was shown after my relatively tame deployment during OIF, especially from the Vietnam Vets.
God bless Navy Corpsmen, wherever they are.
Yes Mamn, I couldn't agree more as a Wounded Warrior supporter, a Patriot Guard Rider, and a Navy veteran.
I am so sick of seeing our best wasted on wars and on nation-building. Viet-Nam was a righteous attempt at stopping communism, but our media lost that effort.
Although we won the Iraq war, they WILL revert to their barbaric ways as is always the case in that part of the world. Aftganiscrap is already doing so, not to mention the State Department attempting back-channel negotiations with the Taliban. Egypt and the other "arab spring" countries are going to be more problems.
As before, in my 62 years, I've seen a waste of our youth and resources and foresee more to come.
The next time we go to war, I want to see complete devastation of the enemy and teach a lesson like we did with Germany, Italy, and Japan. No more half-assed attempts. Kill them all! - make an example! It worked for the aforementioned 3 nations, it can work again if we and true allies have the resolve.
As we leave Aftganiscrap, with all our good will and candies and food and water and our soldiers play nice and building their infra-structure, we're still seeing a body/wounded count. They are a sick culture that should have been bombed/nuked back into their beloved 7th century. And no, I don't care about their children or moderates - better they die than ours.
Sorry, Kathy, this thread touched a nerve. I'm old and I'm tired. I grew up in an era when America wouldn't take crap from anyone who wanted to harm our productive way of life. We were the "Shining Promise on the Hill". We would stop them by whatever means. Now, no one cares, as I watch our great experiment die. Better go to bed. Have a nice day.
I get it. I've always had some guilt feelings for not being in the sh*t during Nam when some of my friends did. However, you DO realize that during any war there are many more REMF's than those actually fighting? There is always logistics that support them and without that, the grunts couldn't do their job. That doesn't mean the REMF's wouldn't fight, if need be. Ever seen, "WE WERE SOLDIERS" movie? There were many Rangers who were in support positions, but volunteered to go out into Mogadishu after hearing their brothers were cornered?
The same for fighter pilots on the flight deck. The movie, "TOP GUN", gave little acknowledgment to the many yellow, white, blue, green, and purple shirts who get them on and off the deck with weapons ready. Without them, the pilots would sit in the ready room and just drink coffee. Those same simple sailors would give their lives to make sure those pilots got off the deck.
I'm proud I served well for years working on the flight deck and later chasing Soviet nuke ships from a surface ship. As long as you were Honorably Discharged, you should be proud you served. Not everyone can storm the hill. Thank you for your service.
BTW, love those old 1911's, if that is what your handle means. That was my first introduction to a pistol back when. What a kick! My choice of sidearm is my Sig P226.
Actually, my favorite is my Rem 870. Recently went to a famfire and learned to shoot from the hip and under the armpit. You'd be surprised how easy and accurate it is from those positions, while not nestling the stock in your shoulder and feeling that nasty kick. Just swings in your arms - no problem.
I salute all HM's. Although not happy about the twin bullets after leaving Subic Bay. Damn, you guys were brutal. Stick...next! You guys had no mercy. I can still feel your less than hospitable shots. Har! But then, my ex-wife thanks you!
USS Peoria, LST-1183.
I am in full agreement about your assessment of the way our troops are now used for everything but winning wars.
Sorry about the “bullets.” We weren’t trying to be brutal, at least I wasn’t, but the doses were huge and thick, and the needles were therefore necessarily like railroad spikes. Perhaps you can think of it as a small price to pay for the uniquely bizarre experience of total immersion - however briefly - in the animal soup that was Subic back in the day.
Hey, Yo! Swab Jockey!!
(I earned the right to call you that.)
Sometimes I sit and listen to stuff day in and day out. Then, of a sudden, something just trips my switch. Just like you today with this thread.
I won't go into it here, but I KNOW how you feel.
Go to bed now Sailor, tomorrow is another day, and God WILL shine his love on this country. Too many of us swore an oath, and BELIEVE in what we swore.
The dream will NOT die without a fight.
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