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My memories as an Infantry Small Unit Commander in Viet Nam, with B/1/8 and D/1/8, 4th Infantry Division, from AUG 1968 - MAR 1970.

Here you will experience life among the Grunts, who slept in the mud of the Ho Chi Minh Trail on the Cambodia/Laos Border. There are stories of unsung heroes, bravery, regrets, and haunting mistakes. I was a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Headquarters Commander in base camp, and a Company Commander in the field. Come along as I recall courage, death, anger, fear, sadness, and red Pleiku mud. Arriving a Second Lieutenant and leaving a Captain after two consecutive tours, nearly destroyed me psychologically. Go on to the 4th Infantry Division Unit Pages to get the full story. Over 300 Veterans have contributed materials to this site.

Me in the dust of Pleiku

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the 4th Infantry Division

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Bullets was the nickname
of 1/8th Infantry. We wore a bullet in the camouflage band of our steel pots, a sign we did not intend to be captured alive!

Above - Me as XO of B/1/8 returning to Pleiku during the dusty dry season, after the Battle on Hill 467.
Below - Bathing in a stream at Polei Kleng, just minutes before a mortar attack and my departure to join Task Force Alpha.

Dam's Photo

"Thou Shalt Not Kill."

Someone I deeply regret KILLING, was a young NVA Medic, Hoàng Ngọc Đảm.

This photo of Dam is on an Altar in his family's home. To view other Personal Documents carried by this heroic Medic, the story of our deadly encounter, and the impact of returning these personal documents to his family and village, nearly 35 years later, click on the photo. This simple act resolved only one of the nearly 200,000 missing in action cases Vietnam is still desperately investigating. In May 2008 I returned to Vietnam and aided the Hoang family in locating and returning Dam's remains to the family cemetery.

Nation Books released Wandering Souls: Journeys With the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam late in September 2009. On March 19, 1969, then young First Lieutenant Homer R. Steedly, Jr., shot and killed a North Vietnamese Medic, Hoàng Ngọc Đảm, when they met on a jungle trail. Nearly forty years later he returned to locate and bury Dam's remains in the village cemetery. This book tells that emotional journey with details from both sides. It is a captivating story written by Wayne Karlin, a former Marine Corp helicopter door gunner in Vietnam, who has written extensively on the Vietnam War and visits the country often. The "Thou Shalt Not Kill" section above tells of his aid in my journey. My version of the story pales in comparison to Wayne's. Everyone should read this story. It will touch your very soul.

To read my complete story, click My Combat Stories. To read about the other units, who served with me in the 4th Infantry in Vietnam, click on 4th Infantry Division Unit Pages. These links also appear on the floating menu for Java equipped browsers.

Any of you who served with me, please contact me and tell me what you remember of these events. I can't be sure my memories are accurate after over all this time and I know each of you have different viewpoints and memories. You all have stories to tell, many that I was too busy to even notice. Write, email, send photo's, video, audio tapes. I will incorporate all stories into this site's guestbook and return your precious materials to you safely. I want to tell our story from all our perspectives. It's time everyone found out about us and what we did over there. Not all heroes got medals, in fact most did not. I do not remember all your names, but I do remember your courage every day, when I wake up alive and free, and again every night before I fall asleep. Help me to keep the memories of those we left behind alive for future generations. As John Lennon so aptly said in his 1969 single, lets just "Give Peace a Chance".

Anyone who served with, or in support of the 4th Infantry in Vietnam is welcome to contribute to this site. That includes the family members of those who served. Your story about how their service changed them and your lives is just as significant as the tales of your loved ones service overseas. We were all changed by the Vietnam experience. Click Here for more information about how to help me build this site and tell the complete story....

Where are all you support and service troops??? We grunts would never have made it without you. I know you have stories to tell...we want to hear them also.

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SP/5 Dan McCall
4th Admin Company
4th Infantry Division, Vietnam

I was a member of 4th Admin at Ft Lewis, came over in SEP 1966 and left 13 months later as a SP/5. I worked in the 4th Infantry Division, Finance Office with a LT Wesche (the finance officer). I am looking to connect with anyone who might remember me. I am especially interested in reconnecting with someone I worked with, Larry Baer.

Photo of PFC McCall taken in early 1967.

Posted 11 APR 2022

You can make contact via email to the Swamp_fox address at the bottom of this page.

Vietnam Vet looking for his friend,
Robert W. English Jr.
E Company, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry
4th Infantry Division

We are looking for Robert W. English Jr., who at the time lived in El Paso, TX. Robert was known as Robby, and his nickname for his buddy was Porkchop. Also, Porkchop said everyone in 4.2 Platoon would remember Irma, the stray dog Robby adopted. Any ideas you can send our way will be greatly appreciated.

You can make contact through the swamp_fox email address at the bottom of this page.

Sgt Leonard McElroy

It is with great sadness I must pass on that SGT Leonard McElroy passed away Feb 7, 2022. Mac had heart surgery to replace a heart valve on Monday, January 3rd and had some complications. He passed away peacefully.

Thanks to Rick Sauer, A Co 1 / 8 Inf for letting us know. Really enjoyed being with Mac at the Alpha Company reunions and will surely miss him. He was a true patriot. Rest in peace my friend.

Eladio H. Valenzuela

My dad served as medic 1968-69 in either 2nd or 3rd battalion. His name is Eladio H. Valenzuela. I unfortunately can't ask him any longer as he has advanced dementia. As I was growing up, he very slowly opened up about what he saw. Recently, in the last 10 yrs, he often wondered what happened to many of his brothers in arms. One of his buddies Eliot Wirshbo just recently passed away but when I told Dad, he no longer remembered him. I just wanted to see if anyone remembered my dad.


 Eladio 3rd

Posted: 06 JAN 2022

If you remember his Dad, send an email to the swamp_fox address listed at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to him.

John Charles Beirne
1st Bn, 8th Infantry
4th Infantry Division, RVN

Hi Homer,

Veterans Day having just passed had me looking deeply into the internet about the 4th ID and the 1st of the 8th.

My father was a platoon leader with the 1st of the 8th in 1969. I think he got there in February or March. He left after being shot and wounded on September 26th of that year, having just had his 23rd birthday eighteen days before.

He died of stroke related complications back in late 2010. His name was John Charles Beirne from Jersey City, NJ.

I wish I knew in which company he served, but I do not. I just spent the last three hours lost in your website. If I can find anything in his army related files that I think might make a good fit for the site, I will definitely send them your way. Thank you so much for putting that up. It puts so much perspective on what you guys went through.

All the best to you!
John Charles Beirne Jr.

Posted: 14 NOV 2021

If you remember his Dad, send an email to the swamp_fox address listed at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to him.

From Yout Webmaster "Swamp_fox"

Another Sad Passing of a Vietnam Veteran and True Patriot
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Lt. Robert Kent Goolsby
Platoon Leader
Bravo Company 1st Bn, 8th Inf
4th Infantry Division, RVN

Kent served as an officer in the prestigious Old Guard tied to the White House and Arlington Cemetery, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He later served as a platoon leader in Vietnam, earning numerous medals, including both a Bronze Star and Silver Star. The Silver Star, the Army's third highest honor, was awarded to Kent in 1969 for distinguishing himself by advancing under heavy enemy fire to take out a sniper position with a well-placed grenade. A Platoon Leader and very brave hero, Lt. Goolsby saw some very intense combat and his courage and leadership were awe inspiring. My condolences to those he leaves behind. We have lost a true patriot and I have lost a good friend. I was the Company Executive Officer and admired Kent very much. His men spoke very highly of him and trusted his judgment completely. He was an example to us all. I am proud to have served with him and called him a friend.

Posted: 10 OCT 2021

If you want to add to Lt. Goolsby's memorial, send an email to the Swamp_fox email address at the bottom of this page and I will post it on the B/1/8 Infantry Guestbook page.

PVT Art Hughes
1st Bn, 35th Infantry
3rd Bde, 25th Inf
4th Infantry Division, RVN
1967 -1968

I'm looking for information on William Dean Wilson, KIA 5/25/1968 on FSB-29. Dean was from Oklahoma and was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Bn, 8th Inf, 4th Inf Div, RVN.

Dean was a good friend and I would like to find out more about his service and the details of his death.

Posted: 09 SEP 2021

If you know more details, send an email to the swamp_fox address listed at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to him.

Update from Andy Day on C/1/8th Reunion for 2021 in Branson, MO.

Thanks to Joe Barrera B/1/8 Infantry, for sending this link. "What is a Vietnam Veteran?"

PFC Franklin E. Sollars
B Company, 3rd Bn, 12th Inf
4th Infantry, Vietnam

Hello, I am Alexander Tadlock. For a few months I have been researching men from near my hometown who were killed in action in Vietnam. I recently asked my grandmother if she knew any names I could study. This led to a US Army PFC from B Company, 3rd Battalion, 12th Regiment, 4th Division named Franklin E Sollers. He was in the same graduating class as my grandmother. I have reached a block on his story, only knowing the general circumstances of his death. If there is any information or any veterans who may have known him, I would appreciate it greatly.

Posted: 1 AUG 2021

If you can assist Mr. Tadlock, send an email to the swamp_fox address listed at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to him.

Ernie Camacho
125 Air Traffic Company
4th Infantry Division, RVN


Dak To Vietnam - 1967-1968 - ​Photos, Documents, Maps

Ernie Camacho came to Dak To in June of 1967 to set up the field for an operation called Operation Greeley (June 17 - Oct. 12), which morphed into Operation MacArthur that lasted until the end of January, 1969. His website is dedicated to the men who participated in Operations Greeley and MacArthur, including members of the 4th Infantry Division, the 173 Airborne Brigade, and his unit, the 125 Air Traffic Company. Great site, which you should visit, if were ever in Dak To, or Pleiku.

Posted 27 JUN 2021

If you wish to make contact with Ernie,email swamp_fox at the address on the bottom of this webpage and I will forward it to him.

Sp/4 Peter R. Hansen
Company C, 2nd Bn, 8th Inf
4th Infantry Division, RVN

1 JAN 1968 - 6 FEB 1968

I am looking for anyone who served with my brother, Peter R. Hansen. Pete was a Specialist Four in C Co, 2nd BN, 8th Infantry, 4th INF DIV, USARV. He started his tour on 1/1/68 and was KIA on 2/6/68, so he was only there a month and was stationed in Pleiku Province. He was MIA initially, but his body was recovered a week or so later and then declared KIA at that time. He was a quiet small town boy, standing 6’-6”. As he was 12 years older than me, I don’t remember much about him, but hope to learn more about his time in the service. I would love to have a phone call with anyone that remembers Pete, or buy him a cup of coffee.


Posted 16 JUN 2021

If you wish to make contact with Kurt, email swamp_fox at the address on the bottom of this webpage and I will forward it to him.

Don Siemers
4th Admin Company
4th Infantry Division, RVN

I would like to reconnect and talk with anyone I served with in 1969-70 with 4th Admin, Camp Enari and Camp Radcliff.

Posted 1 JUN 2021

If you wish to make contact with Don, email swamp_fox at the address on the bottom of this webpage and I will forward it to him.

Don Reinholz
1st Bn, 12th Infantry

Hello Homer Steedly.
I am looking for a man named Joe Cook who was in the 4th Div. I don’t know what unit. Time frame 1967/68. We were in Basic and AIT at Ft Polk. After arriving in country were were sent to the Fourth Infantry Division. I was in the 1/12th Infantry. I saw Joe once on a hill top north west of Dak To for about 15 minutes. If you know of him or how I might be able to follow up looking for him, your help would be greatly appriecated.

Thank You Don Reinholz

Posted 14 MAY 2021

If you wish to make contact with Don, email swamp_fox at the address on the bottom of this webpage and I will forward it to him.

SGT Michael "Cuddles" Burwel

HHC, 1st Bn, 12th Infantry 4th Infantry Division, Vietnam FEB 1969 - MAR 1970

"Cuddles"  is how I was affectionately known. I was a radio operator sent out to LZ Mile High the morning after arriving at Camp Enari on Feb 15, 1969. Spent just about all 13-1/2 months on the several LZ's in the area. Returned to Base camp 5 days before DEROS. I would really like to get in touch with some of the guys I served with in the Commo Section.

Posted: 28 MAR 2021

If you remember Michael, send an email to the swamp_fox address listed at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to him.

SP/4  Lawrence William Maple
HQ Company, 3rd Bn, 8th Inf
4th Infantry, Vietnam

My name is Christopher Maple and I am a Veteran of Desert Storm. My father recently passed away and in his things I found my Uncle Larry's DD-214.He served in Vietnam as a supply specialist between 30 Dec 1966 - 17 DEC 1968.  My uncle never talked about the war even after I entered the Army. He died several years ago and I was wondering if there are any sources, besides these pages, that might shed some light on his service.

Posted: 28 MAR 2021

If you remember SP/4 Maple, send an email to the swamp_fox address listed at the bottom of the page and I will forward it to Chirstopher.

Great photo gallery of Charlie Company, 1/69th Armor sent in by CPT Ray Baird, CO 1968-69.

Looking for the owner of this Vietnam Era Jacket. Click here for the photo. CPT Long - Airborne - 4th Infantry

Leonard Stovall
4th Infantry

I arrived in country 10 June 1968, and departed 09 June 1969. We were mechanized, meaning we moved around on Armored Personnel Carriers, relocating every few days or weeks. Our main base camp was Camp Enari in Pleiku, and sometimes we were stationed in An Khe and Kontum. I remember Chandler Pringle and Joseph Wiser or Weiser, both from Philadelphia, Andre Brown from Baltimore, Tommy Jackson, Raymond Cuss or Kuss, and Will Clark from parts unknown. I know Chester McDaniel was killed in 68. I remember Jose' Barrios and 2 more last names Saenz and Ramirez. Would like to reconnect with some of the men I served with in Vietnam.

Posted 16 NOV 2020

Use the Swamp_Fox email address to make contact. He doesn't have email, but I can get you in touch with Leonard.

Help this daughter connect with her Veteran father.

I hope this email finds you well. I am helping my mother look for her father, who was stationed in Pleiku in 1967. My mother was born August 1967 and also has a younger sister that was born 2-3 years after her, same father. A few years later, he came home to the states and brought my moms younger sister home and my mom was in a different city so was not able to come back with him. After everything, my grandma burned any pictures or letters that had to do with my grandpa because the communists were coming and they could not risk their lives. With that being said, we do not have any name or address. The only information I have of him is he should be about 74-78 years old, younger than my grandma, had a family member that was a nurse, and called my mom "Lucky" as a nickname. If you have any information or anyone I could get in contact with, please let me know. I would love for my mom and her father to be reunited, or for her to know any information about him.

Use the email address at the bottom of this page to contact me, if you can help.

Calling All 4th Infantry Division, Vietnam Veterans

If you have any copies of orders, travel, unit assignment, awards, anything with the names of your fellow soldiers, please send them to me. I will not release any SSAN or Service numbers to anyone, except those listed on the orders. These valuable historical documents can assist in getting records updated/corrected and often help veterans reconnect with the persons, who are only remembered by their nicknames. This is really important! Go through your stuff...copies of orders were often included in the awards case, when the award was made. Send a cell phone copy or scanned computer image to me or better yet, email me and I will give you my mailing address so you can send me a photo copy. Your documents could mean a lot to one of our fellow soldiers.

Thanks...Homer - aka Swampfox

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Major Homer R. Steedly Jr.
Infantry Small Unit Commander
1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Division, Vietnam

2Lt. 1st Plt Ldr, B/1/8th Infantry ------------ AUG 1968 - NOV 1968
1Lt. Executive Officer, B/1/8th Infantry ----- NOV 1968 - MAY 1969
1Lt. CO HHC, 1/8th Infantry Battalion ----- MAY 1969 - OCT 1969
Cpt. CO D/1/8th Infantry ------------------ OCT 1969 - FEB 1970
Cpt. S-3 Air, 1/8th Inf, Battalion TOC ----- FEB-MAR 1970

I remained on active duty until 1975, then stayed in the Reserves until 1982, leaving the service with the rank of Major.

I served two tours in the Jungles of the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, along the Cambodia/Laos border, patrolling the Ho Chi Minh Trail system...Dak To – Ban Me Thout – Pleiku – An Khe – Qui Nhon, but spent most of my time in the triple canopy jungles, sleeping in the mud, heat, insects, and climbing those mountains and ridges with my 80 lb. rucksack, always aware that at any minute the boredom could become terror, as the enemy tried to kill everyone of us, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all the while waiting for that first explosion or the sound of AK-47 rifle fire.

As an inexperienced 22 year old 2nd Lt Platoon Leader on my first tour commanding 2-3 dozen men and on my second tour as a Captain Company Commander responsible for almost 100 lives, I never fell asleep until exhaustion forced me to and then slept fitfully, terrified that I might have forgotten to do something important, which could get some of my men injured or killed.

Now half a century later, as I approach my 75th birthday, I still find myself reliving those traumatic times, when men died under my command ... wondering ... if I had been smarter ... could I have done more ... was I diligent enough ... why them and not me.

I made it back alive, but a major part of my soul died in those jungles. I am no longer that innocent, shy, farm boy, who went to war for the country he loved. While I am the person I am today, because of the hard lessons I learned in Vietnam, I pray that someday our leaders will find a way to stop sending young men away from their home and loved ones, to kill young men doing the same thing.

Wonder what it would be like, if we spent all the military budgets of the planet on making life better for EVERYONE!

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