A platoon that served together in Vietnam meets in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —
A group of Vietnam Veterans are in Chattanooga this week for a reunion to remember the sacrifices they made, reconnect with old friends, and honor their fallen comrades.
They lived through something they will never forget almost fifty years ago between 1968 and 1971
About thirty men who fought with the 5th Infantry Division 1st Battalion 77 Scouts Platoon met this morning at a memorial service in Collegedale, Tennessee.
"The Battalion Commander, when he wanted to know what the rest of them were going to go up against he sent us in to find out," Vietnam Veteran Bill Brown said.
The former soldiers say for years they didn't want to think about the things they left behind in Vietnam.
"In 2005, I went to my first reunion which I had a lot of doubts about," Mr. Brown said. "Vietnam was something I had laid to rest many years before, and I wasn't sure I wanted to open that box back up."
They all started opening that box fifteen years ago ago at their first reunion. It was the first time they'd seen each other in thirty-five years.
"We were at a point in our lives. We were 18 or 19 years old, and we had to depend on each other," Army veteran Corris Sworn said. "There wasn't no such thing as 'hey, I don't like you.' We had to depend on each other."
They get together in a different city each year. Al Blanenship is from Madisionville,TN, and he organized this year's trip. He says all of these men look forward to this event all year.
"For me it's one of the best things that ever happened to me," Mr. Blankenship said. "I'm pretty sure all of them would tell you about the same thing."