Hello! I am really glad I found this website! My grandmother's brother was Claude Paul Miller, he was a PFC from Saraland, Alabama. He died on July, 10 1967. I was wondering if anyone remembers or knew him and if so to please contact me as I would love to know more about him and his service in Vietnam.
I have been trying to find out information about the early deployment of C Troop, 3/4 Cavalry from Hawaii to Vietnam. I was a member of the troop, a SSG at the time and the Radar Team Leader. If anyone remembers one Bridgade, the 3rd from the 25th along with C Troop were being deployed together. We went by ship ( the Sultan) which hit a coral reef in the Okinawa Harbor and from what I heard cut a 200 or so foot in the boat. We were evacuated into LST and brought into Okinawa. There were drew M48 Tanks (we had M41s in Hawaii) then left the island aboard the USNS Summit County (I think that was the name of the LST) Our LST ran convoy with another ship all the way to Quinon (SP) Harbor where we down-loaded and road marched over Mang Yang Pass (spelling) into Plieku. It was a harrowing road march, one in the base camp at Plieku we set up our tents. I spent time with my radar section on the perimeter. We had many missions but the one that sticks in my mind the most was our trip into the Idrang Valley. We had to plow our own road, with helicopters overhead, our mission was to provide security for an Artillery Unit in the valley. Some one from the troop took a C Rations box and wrote 3/ Horse Trail and posted it on a tree. The deployment of C Troop to Pleiku seems to be forgotten. I was there from 1966 - 1967. Later I went from the Radar section to a scout leader. Again I cannot find anything about those times anywhere. Later, before I left they wanted to melt us (C troop) into the 4th Infantry Division and change our patches, something I never did.
SSG Aaron B Ryan
To all Charlie from 1969. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.