"John and I were Lieutenants in Charlie Company. I had the 2nd Platoon and John had the 3rd Platoon.
We competed with each other for everything and argued endlessly about who had the best platoon."
"We were best friends and when he died I promised never to forget him. John, you were a great soldier, a great leader and a great friend."
"Our unit, the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1966, and arrived in Vietnam that December.
We assumed responsibility for Operation Fairfax, defending the approaches to Saigon, until late 1967. In December 1967, we undertook
Operation Uniontown, a sweep into War Zone D known as the Iron Triangle."
"During the Tet Offensive, we defended the Bien Hoa airfield together with the Long Binh complex and headquarters of II Field Force
Vietnam. Some elements of our brigade were used to recapture the Pho Tho racetrack in Saigon and held the area during two days of
"In 1968, the 199th Light Infantry Brigade
continued to patrol the area around Bien Hoa in support of a series of joint American-Vietnamese operations known as Operation Toan Thang.
The 199th Light Infantry Brigade was withdrawn from South Vietnam in the fall of 1970."
"The 199th suffered more than 3,200 casualties (KIA and wounded) during combat operations in Vietnam."
- - Jim Kearney, April 2, 2013