We talked and I gave Mike Walker my business card with “A Weekend to Remember, 25th Anniversary; Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”
Then on Saturday, September 12th, we meet for coffee and he revealed something very unique… He is the crew chief on C-130 Hercules flying mission(s) into Khe Sanh,the U.S. Marine base under siege. Khe Sanh siege started in January, 1968 until April, 1968.
Their primary role is “beans and bullets’ for the Marines who hold their position while 40,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers have surrounded their position with trenches, heavy artillery (dug into sides of the surround hills. The U.S. Marines, number 6,000. The 26th Marines are tasked with patrols outside their perimeter.
I have included a letter written by Karl McCrosky from Hayward, California. Here is his senior picture from Tennyson High School, June, 1967. Karl graduated from U.S. Marines, Camp Pendleton, Ca, Oct. 1967. A month later he was assigned to 26th Marines Regiment at Con Thein siege. The 26th reassigned him to Khe Sanh, January 1968.
Here is the hand written letter from Karl, March 1968 at Khe Sanh, Vietnam.
December, 1968 while on leave to Lowry AFB, Karl and I talked about the war. He said “You don’t need to go to Vietnam !” Word has it he is alive and well in Texas. Karl, “Welcome Home Brother !”