I was in A Troop and in significant combat in War Zone C in the spring of 1970. In March 1970 my unit was involved in the rescue of a company of American infantry that was surrounded by the North Vietnamese. For our part in this action we were invited to the White House in October 2009 when our unit, A Troop, was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation by President Obama
in the Rose Garden.
During the Cambodian invasion in May 1970, I was severely wounded in a road ambush. I was wounded in the head, left arm, left chest, left leg, lower back. I lost my right eye. I spent six months in three hospitals, Walter Reed being the longest.
I was discharged in 1971, and was hired at the dental clinic in Butler, PA where I was trained. Most of the time I was a dental lab technician, making dentures for veterans. I retired at age 50 and continued to volunteer at the VA.