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Date Posted: Sun, May 03 2020, 16:57:48
Author: Prince A Smith (:-()
Author Host/IP: ip98-166-167-243.hr.hr.cox.net / 126.96.36.199
Subject: Re: Were You There? Qui Nhon South Viet Nam 1966
In reply to:
's message, "Re: Were You There? Qui Nhon South Viet Nam 1966" on Mon, February 03 2014, 18:35:08
Around 1966, I worked in Qui Nhon Depot as a Fork Lift Operator. The Depot was divided into "A" Ration and "B" Ration, one was for cold storage, the other was for non-perishable supplies. A Fire started on the non-perishables side. Resulted from a Crane Helicopter accidentally dropping another Helicopter it was towing. We worked in two shifts. I was working Night Shift at this time. There was a stack of Cereals stacked about 3 stacks high that were on fire. There were high ranking Officers at this event. A Fork Lift was parked nearby. I was asked to remove the burning stacks of Cereals to cut the Fire off by one of the Officers. I was able to do this successfully with fire falling on the Fork Lift. Another G.I. name Sp4 Rowland Smith was a Fork Lift Operator in this Section. He reported working that morning after this occurred. This action by me saved the Depot from obtaining more damage from the fire. As a result of me preventing damage to the Depot, I was recommended to receive a Medal. The Medal was given to Sp4 Rowland Smith. He worked in the Section where the Fire occurred, but he was not present at this time. I Contacted the CO of my Unit (463rd Logistic Command). He stated that he was only given Rowland Smith name since he worked in this Section on Day Shift. My name is Sp4 Prince Smith, this occurred on Night Shift that I was working. My ID: US-53410434.I know this happened a long time ago. I approached SP4 Smith about this mistake, he said: "what can I do". He didn't attempt to correct this problem. He did show me the Medal while "spit shinning his Boots. I can't prove this, a few weeks later, I had a 4 hour Post at the Gate to our Unit:(was near a Helo Pad). I do not know where Mr. Rowland Smith is today. Anyway, it was a Fence near my post covered with heavy growth. An attempt was made on my life using a Cross-Bow. The Arrow hit over my head and found in the wood Guard Shack by Soldiers coming to check on me. This happened in March 1966; I left in May of that year. I would like for the Army to look into this if possible. Yes, I am blessed to have made it home alive, but I do feel that this took someone without a conscience to have not been so dis-honest. His fellow Soldiers had to know this was not right for him to get credit for something done by another G.I.I believe the CO's name was Capt. Flannagan, I am not sure of this. I would like for the content of this message to be given to someone that can investigate this and get in contact with me using my Email Address. I am 74 years old and would like to get closure. I received an Honorable Discharge on December 13, 1971.
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