Details For Comment No: 11

7/6/1999

Doug and Dee Ritchey

Tom, I read your father's story three times- I can't tell you how it affected me. The story was almost word for word the same as mine! I was there earlier by one year, and in a different company, A Co., 2/12, 1st Cav, and a few details were different, such as we were usually out on patrol 15 to 20 days, only rarely 24, but the story sent chills up my spine. I have three children, and while all know I was drafted into the Army, I don't think any of them know "my story". One, a school teacher, asked me once "what I did in the Army", but the very poor explanation I gave her left her uninterested in pursuing it any further. I understand the feeling- my Dad was in Infantry in WW II and he begged me not to let them draft me. I came to understand what he meant only when it was too late. Every time I am with him now I encourage him to talk to me about his experiences. He never spoke about it when I was a young person. Thank you for what you are doing, and God Bless you and your family! Doug and Dee Ritchey 1776 8th Court SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962