Fifty years after the Vietnam War’s bloodiest battles, the ‘lucky ones’ are gathering for what could be a final reunion
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Some lasted only a few days in Vietnam – two were killed Oct. 14, 1967, the day after they arrived, according to a classmate who knew them.
A few still have mementos of the war – faded telegrams sent to their families, a memorial card from a friend’s funeral, snapshots of themselves in Vietnam.
This year and next year, when most of the men served, mark the 50th anniversaries of some of the bloodiest months of the Vietnam War.
The two years account for almost half the 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, which honors those killed by the war.
Barents had been in Vietnam about 10 weeks and had yet to see much action.
In Vietnam, he wrote Kathryn regularly and discussed, among other things, whether she should get her hair cut before they met in Hawaii when he had R&R. “I wouldn’t mind if you cut your hair for Hawaii,” he wrote her nine days before he was wounded.
The fighting in Vietnam often came in such close quarters that it was too dangerous to ask for an artillery attack, lest Americans be hit.
They included his Quantico classmate, 2nd Lt. George M. Broz, who had been in Vietnam a month.
Now, a month later, during the fight for Lam Xuan just south of the demilitarized zone dividing South and North Vietnam, he was leading a squad of Marines after another lieutenant had been killed by mortar fire.
Callanan underwent surgery – the first of many over the years – to have shrapnel removed and internal damage repaired, and shipped back to St. Albans Naval Hospital in New York City, where he would be for almost six months.
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