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9/30/2009 6:26:27 AM
Through The Eyes Reply
I was assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry, from January 31, 1971 until January 15, 1972.
I just want to thank you personally for that story.....I will make sure my 2 daughters read the story, because it tells alot about myself which I probably could not have done any better. Through the help and suggestions of a few veterans, and various links from the wall.com and from ranger25.com, I was able to locate all 8 fallen cavalry brothers I lost during my time.
I just recently visited the wall on June 27th, 2009, and I was able to scan with my fingertips of all the names for the entire month of June 1971, for I could not remember the names of the fallen....but as I ran my fingers across Franklin Crites, tears came down my eyes. I stopped at his name, and released some of my heartfelt emotions. After a few moments, I continued scanning the entire month, saying out loud each name...until the end.
I was able to locate all 8 on the website, including Crites on that dreadful day of June 14th, 1971. I walked point for the other squad. I believe it was Crites that was directly hit by a B-40 rocket, plus surrounding Chinese chi-com mines (spelling unsure of). There were other incidents, but no need to go into them now.
Again, Thanks for the memories.
Fellow cavalry brother