Some of the most revered soldiers to me in the US Army were the combat engineers. In this episode a story about a group of those esteemed veterans holding a reunion will be featured. The story comes from The WOCJournal.com titled: ‘Healing experience’: Vietnam veterans who served together convene for Skaneateles reunion submitted by Jonathan Monfiletto firstname.lastname@example.org.
The story tells about 35 Vietnam veterans of the 35th Land Clearing Team and the 538th Land Clearing Company who are holding a reunion and will take part in the Skaneateles, New Your Labor Day parade on Sunday, Sept. 4. One of the unit members who lives in Skaneateles will be driving a ten ton tractor much like the one he drove in Vietnam in the parade. The truck comes from a collection of military vehicles owned by local resident Jack Gregory.
Vietnam Veterans from the 538th Land Clearing Company started organizing reunions in 2000 when a former member, Roger Briggs decided he wanted to meet up again with his comrades in arms. His efforts led to the unit holding numerous reunions. In 2001 they met in Benton, Kentucky, the group has organized events such as touring in 2004 the Rome Plow plant in Rome, Georgia that built and supplied the bulldozers the two used in Vietnam and dedicating a plaque to the 538th in a veterans ceremony in Fremont, Wisconsin in 2012. The group also visited veterans museums in LePorte City, Iowa in 2009 and in Burleson, Texas in 2013.
The veterans of the 35th have a lot to talk about at their get togethers. It was one of three land clearing teams formed at Fort Lewis, Washington in the spring of 1967. The 35th landed at Phu Cat Airbase, just north of Qui Nhon, in early July 1967. From there they moved on up to the central highlands and later participated in the battle at Dak To with distinction.
All are encouraged to attend the Skaneateles Labor Day parade Sunday, Sept. 4 where members of the 35th Land Clearing Team will be on parade in their 10 ton truck.
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