Randy Barnes worked (MOS) as a Combat Medic in an automatic weapons group that operated dusters and quad-50's, assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. Randy died 12/2/2006. Before his wife died 1/11/2011 she asked that [...]
This audio tape is 10MB and runs 22 minutes in which Randy describes "Vietnam" for his family. It takes about 15 seconds to load on my computer. Randy recorded this before Christmas 1968, early in [...]
Randy died December 2, 2006 and all veterans miss him as he never stopped working for veteran rights and care. He left a large collection of pictures but no words about them so I will fill in as best I can. Randy was a combat medic with an Automatic Weapons Group, Bravo Battery, 5th Batallion, 2nd Artillery, assigned to the 25th Division. We served in the same general area at about the same time (1968-1969) so I can remark on some of the pictures.
In September 2017 Ken Burns will release a 10 part series about our war in Vietnam that will use social media in conjunction with the showings and I plan to join in (uninvited) and discuss each showing and document my reactions to some of the topics.
We may not have been captured, but we were captive—restricted to a fire support base as our lives dragged along second by second. It was a year’s tour – 32,672,800 seconds with no place to go. Instead, we spent those seconds firing our howitzers at different times of day and from different places, never stopping for long. It was 24/7, relentless and mind numbing.