In 1964, the 200th Ordnance Direct Support was deactivated and our jobs were taken over by Civil Service employees. I wound up being the last man in the 200th to leave in May, 1965, when I was discharged from the Army. The 52nd Artillery kept operating until around the early 1970s, and then it was all sent back to Fort Bliss, TX.
Before we boarded the buses we were given a warning, which was a tell-tale sign of the times. It was strongly suggested that once at the airport we should use the "buddy system". That is, stay in a group for safety due to the anti-war protestors. It was also recommended that we seek sanctuary in one of the USO centers located throughout the airport.
Mary Ellen Storey North Royalto, OH
On May, 5, 1970, my guardian angel was working overtime. I was a rifleman with Co. B, 1st/50th Mechanized Infantry with the 1st Field Force in Binh Thuan Province near working out of LZ Betty at Phan Thiet, RVN. As were were getting ready to set up night ambushes, a little voice in my ear whispered to skip going out on our Armored Personnel Carrier and instead go on foot patrol. As the APC was attempting to cross a stream, it set off a large mine and completely destroyed the track killing the driver, Spec. 4 Charles Aaron and the .50 caliber gunner, Spec. 4 Ramon Grayson. A second whisper in the ear soon followed after the explosion which told me to stay on top of the rice paddy dike I was standing on. A second explosion went off at the base of dike and I thought we were being mortared. I waited for the blast to hit me, but the dike saved me. It turned out to be one of our claymore mines that detonated when the track exploded. Ever since May 5, 1970, I thank my guardian angel for "divine intervention" in getting me through 14 months in RVN in one piece. Each day is a gift I never take for granted.
James M. Stilwell North Vancouver, BC ()
Eighteen years ago, at the age of nine, an injury left me blind in my right eye. Until recently I knew very little about what options there were available to me. I can remember, when I was young, the doctor telling me that I could have my eye removed and a glass eye put in its place, but needless to say, I was horrified and scared by the thought of it.
Rebecca Mannella American Canyon, CA
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Walter & Michelle Grulli Yerington, NV ()
Through the years I have dealt my injury and it has shaped who I am and how others perceive me, but I would be lying if I were to say that I didn't wish that I could, at least, cover it up. My decision to get an artificial eye, with support from my family, the local Lyons Club and Erickson's Eyes, gave me that opportunity.
Ghislaine G. Smith Atlanta, GA ()
Working with Erickson's Eyes has been a great experience. Not only has it had an impact on my appearance, but most important to me is the impact that it has had on me mentally and emotionally.
John Trice Playa Del Rey, CA ()
I received my first scleral shell at six years old, but oddly enough, I rarely wore it. When I was young, I chose to be free of the discomfort they caused, except for school picture day and special occasions. I was referred to Kim at 20 years of age for my fourth scleral shell and after three days, I walked out with the most comfortable shell I had ever experienced.