Photography by Lou Cioccio

During the 1960’s I enlisted in the US Army. My first overseas assignment was a Radio Communications site of 1st Signal Battalion 21st Signal Group. We shared an outpost with the ARVN’s and 5th Special Forces at the Binh Tan.  We moved south to Dong Ba Thin. I was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for “Counter Insurgency Efforts” through our radio communications transmitters that I maintained. I left in Jan 1968 to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and finished my tour in the Army in March 1969.

As you look at these slides some were not taken care of and had scratches and even fungi that was stubborn to remove.

It is important to take are of this sensitive material as I did not pay attention until a few years ago.

As you can see if you go to the links that are in the previous column you can see the differences in our site just a few years made.

I had made great friendships made that year as I turned from age 20 to 21. It is sad that a few of my comrades have passed on. Some are still alive and well. One in particular is our SFC Demitrios Franco who was the oldest in our unit and could do more pushups then us young fellows. Very impressive! Although he has a t-shirt on in one of the images he is grilling chicken for us. You will have to look.

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