Stephen DeWitt (Steve)

Rank:

Cpl

MOS:

Year(s) in Nam:

68/69

Unit:

Delta 1/5

Contact Info Available?:

No

Status:

Risk Manager

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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.

I was just finished with ITR and was stationed in Camp Pendleton for jus
a few days when i got transferred to the 27th marine regiment. we mounted
out and i flew over to ''Nam in a c-147. We landed in Danang and then went
out to the rocket belt south of marble mountain to relieve the 7th Marines. 
I don't know the name of the place, but we were hit that first night. All we
had was our m-14s that we fam fired only once before we came over. And, it
was a real mess. we formed up and I was in Lima company, 3rd bn. We used to
go out on patrol at dusk and never had a problem Mike company would go out
and get hit every time.
I transferred to Delta 1/5 after the 27th Marines were sent home. 

Tell me something about your time in Vietnam.

I remember the Arizona Valley pretty clear and one day when we were on
patrol, we made contact and had one of those drawn out firefights. i was
watching on nva pop up and shoot and then duck down. the next time he popped
up, I got him..Went to Taipai for r&r.

Mostly, i remember the good times. I'm having a hard time remembering names,
but I think jose called me a couple of years ago, and we talked. I remember
him.

Tell me about your first few days back in the USA

I flew out of danang on Continental and as soon as the wheels left the
ground, we all cheered. Got to L.A. and it was cold and I was ignored. I
remembered coming home with a friend and we went into an airport bar to get a
beer before we went to our respective planes to go home. He wasn't 21 yet and
the bartender said "sorry". we pitched a fit and he finally sold up a
pitcher of beer just to shut us up.
I was basically ignored a t the airport. no hippies around at that time, I
guess.

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

I'm in construction now after riding a Harley.
Married, no kids.. life ain't too bad

 

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