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2nd Platoon in 1968, does
anyone recognize anyone here?
Top left to Bottom right:
Picture 1 is of Capt Burns (Company CO) and his Command Element while
on Patrol out of An Hoa in early 1969
Picture 2 is of PFC Zukoff (or something close to that - It has been
a while!) What I do remember is that he was "MAGIC" with a M-79
grenade launcher. He could put a round anywhere you wanted him to,
just by using "Kentucky windage". Awesome!
Picture 3 has Chris Belmont and then Christianson (I think, I can't
recall for sure, sorry) both awesome Fire Team Leaders and ultimately
Squad Leaders; #3 unknown; Herb Butcher - my Radio Operator; and on the
far right me (2/Lt Jim Treadwell - Second Platoon Commander).
Picture 4 is a close up of Herb Butcher my radio operator on a break
while patrolling. He did great service humping that radio!
Picture 5 is of the Second Platoon Barber, Richard Lankalis, giving
me a high and tight in the bush! Notice he did not trim my mustache!
Picture 6 is of several of us LT's on liberty in DaNang. I am second
in from the right. Don't know what the official reason was for us
Picture 7 Richard Lankalis and Christianson (?) and an unknown Marine
toting an M-14. Very unusual to have an M14 along, but very handy for
long ranges. This weapon was called "Old Betsy" stayed with the
platoon for a long while and is in other pictures on the Mike Website.
Picture 8- Yes, this really is a formal inspection for the Second
Platoon. Not personnel, but weapons! I am the Inspecting Officer and
I spent the whole time listening for the sound of incoming mortars. We
were not out there very long!!!