Leonard Bruguier (Horse)

Rank:

Cpl

MOS:

Year(s) in Nam:

66

Unit:

Delta 1/5

Contact Info Available?:

No

Status:

Professor

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Tell me about the time you found out you're going to Vietnam up to the time you left for Vietnam.

We flapped out of 1st Marine Brigade, MCAS, Hawaii in 1966. They locked us down, we packed everything but issue for shipment home and headed for the boats. Hawaii was a gas, tough duty to leave but we were ready, willing, and able to go to war, it was the chance to finally do the real thing. 

Tell me something about your time in Vietnam.

Had a variety of jobs within the Company so got to participate in many activities, from humping and shooting to running mail between the beach and our different detachments within the Chu Lai TAOR. I was always impressed with the beauty of the country, the richness of the land, the serenity and sometimes beastiality encountered while we were there. The smells, the heat, the cold, the hurts, the thrills, the laughs, the cries, the full range of feelings found within a young man at war. The children were irrepressible, we had many good times with them.

Tell me about your first few days back in the USA

It was cool, went home to my folks, hung out a bit on the reservation, then went back to the city to work.

Tell me about you today, and how Vietnam has influenced what you do and how you live today..

It took years before I found the profession that gave me the most satisfaction. I was always a reader, add in some experiences garnered from many sources and voila, this is the perfect position for the moment. I think motivation with a purpose is the most succinct lesson the Marine Corps taught me. Being able to share success and less than successful adventures with fellow students is the most meaningful lesson I can give them.

Give me a 1 or 2 liner about anything you want to say.

Know your past, love your today's, and savor the tomorrows.

 

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