On Saturday, July 27, 2019, (3:00 PM) at the Hill 411 Reunion in Columbus, Georgia I will be talking about our Vietnam trip along with photos of Chu Lai, Duc Pho, Debbie and FSB 411 (then and now) and other sites in our A/O.
It’s been a little over a year since Mike (Dankert), and I completed our "second tour” in Vietnam. We were lucky to be together for the first tour in 1969. Our paths crossed a couple of times through seemingly random circumstances before we were finally linked together and became “Dankert-Haynie” - nearly inseparable, for our time in the field with the 1st platoon.
There was nothing accidental about our second tour to Vietnam. Mike and I have been friends for 50 years. I asked Mike to join me and my son David, and Mike immediately agreed. In March 2018 operation “Enduring Friendship” began. I handled the logistics, and on June 14 we boarded a plane bound for Korea and then Vietnam. As best we could, we visited sites important to us from our 1969 experiences, took photographs, and recalled our time together as young infantry soldiers.
When I Turned Nineteen Soldiering After the Vietnam War