Memorial Day

From a post 3-years ago, but still timely I think.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Every Memorial Day one name always comes to mind:  Stanley (Stan) Lewis.  Doc Lewis was KIA (Killed in Action) at approximately 0400 hrs, January 31, 1968 (almost 46-years ago).  And I was there.

Doc Lewis was 30-years old; I had just turned 20 in May.  He was a Navy Lieutenant (equivalent to a Marine Corps Captain), Medical Doctor, and our Flight Surgeon.  I was a Marine Corps Sergeant, and Flight Operations Chief for VMFA-314 at Chu Lai, Marine Air Base, Republic of South Vietnam.

In the early predawn hours of  January 31, 1968, at approximately 0400 hrs, Chu Lai came under heavy enemy attack.  This attack was part of the well coordinated Tet Offensive of 1968.  In addition to a two pronged ground attack, the Air Base was also subjected to an intense barrage of 122mm rocket and mortar fire.  It was one of these rockets that…

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