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I earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) when I was in the infantry with the 2/16. I earned my Crew Member's Badge when I became a door gunner. I earned the Air Medal by flying all those heroic, dashing, brave, "disregard for personal safety", "above and beyond the call of duty" and fearless combat hours.


And General Hay himself pinned the American Stud Medal on me when I.... well, I don't want to brag anymore....


The next time you meet a Vietnam vet ask him what he did there. If he says he was in the infantry, then buy that man dinner. No one had fought or lived harder than the infantry.

Only 25% of US forces in Vietnam were actual combat troops. The rest are support. That's about the average in any war and in any army.

© 2021 Rick Incrocci, Longhorn 77 Lai Khe South Vietnam. Send me an email at: I'd love to hear from you.