Nothing that I've ever seen Now means much of anything In traveling through this part of you And
the Vietnam that I had dreamed The place you wore your life "fatigued" I'm traveling through this part of you
are you amongst this madness On the streets of Saigon? Where were you in 1969? When I was but a youth Oh, here
were you You were traveling through this part of you
I'll make my way now on my own Back to my home to live alone I
have traveled through this part of you Yet, I will save this time and place For the time when I can say I traveled
truth this part of you
You were an American boy Whose innocence was lost here in the wat And
I wear your scars While traveling through this part of you
Nothing that I've ever seen Now means much of anything In
traveling through this part of you And the Vietnam that I had dreameed The place you wore your life "fatigued" I'm
traveling through this part of you I'm traveling through this part of you I'm traveling through this part of you
(photo- Richard Ferguson)
Richard Served in Viet Nam from 17 Jun 1966 to 16 Jun 1967,
assigned to the
578th Transportation Company, Part of the First Logistics Command
based in Long Bin. Richard says they called each by last name or a nick name. He was with Jean Teaner, William
Sanders, Charles Davies, Billy Tate and WO Shuff. and also a stupid little LT Roberts that busted Richard twice and a gravely
old First Sgt McFry gave him back his rank both times. Richard still didn't like the 90 day wonder.
Also stationed with them was an american Indian, last day Begay,
he was one heck of a soldier and they called him Ton Toe and another guy Boatwright they called Tazan, He could drive
a M48 Tank through Mari Gra and never mash a toe or break a bead, one hell of a truck driver too.
and Davies were a contact team that went out and repaired vehicles broke down in the field or brought them back to the
Ordinance shop to be repaired. If it was a hot zone, they would set incendiaries and destroy them, needless to say, there
was a hell of a bunch of melted scrap iron when they left.
still thinks of the little pip squeak 90 day wonder picked his missions and can count on one hand the times they went to a
site and didn't have to fight their way out. He always seemed to be standing in sight when they came back to re-supply, Richard
still wants to slap that smirk off his face.
My friend John J. Rynkiewicz, whom I met through my PA genealogy
group. He was instrumental in finding information about my father's brother Albert Simchick.
He is also a Viet Nam Vet and did a Total of 33 years total Military
time with AD and ANG and Reserve time. This photo of him taken at Cam Rahn Bay, VN in Dec 1968. he was on the C-130
coming from CCK AB in Taiwan heading to VN.