We started the sessions at about 8:00 AM with 4 classes attending for a 90 minute discussion each. Our members included Army, Navy and Marines. Some of the panel members were Infantry, supply by land and sea, and artillery among other duties. We each introduced ourselves and gave a brief description of what we did while in Vietnam. One of the members was an Army Infantryman, but was severely wounded shortly after arriving in country. Another Army member received a Silver Star for Gallantry In Action, and was also wounded. One Army member was in an artillery water mobile operation also known as Rivereen. The supply men, one in the Navy was stationed on a supply ship. Their responsibility was to bring supplies to numerous units by sea from the south all the way to the DMZ. The other supply person did the same, but by land instead. The Marine was a Communications Technician, responsible for helping to keep the lines of communications working.
The students asked many excellent questions, some temporarily stumped the panel. The asked what the weather conditions were like, what were the conditions like while doing our respective jobs. They also asked what the food was like, and what we missed most about being away from home. The students also asked what were our overall feelings about the war, and of course would we do it again.
One class of students had just finished a 9 week course about Vietnam, while another class was just beginning.
Our Education Committee is trying to arrange the opportunity to do this at other schools in Lancaster County, because the students are so receptive when we do conduct these presentations.
Chapter 1008 will have another presentation on May 8th at Warwick High School.