Daryle Wayne Batt

A Company 1969

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Daryle Wayne Batt

This is just to tell you Daryle that you will always remain in my thoughts. Friends? We were more then just friends, we were more like brothers.
You and the wife will always remain in my wife’s Sachiko, and my hearts for all the friendships that you and your wife both bestowed upon us early in my military career, when at times we never had the money to last out the month, and you and the wife would invite us over to your house for supper.
Remember the day that your parents visited you at Fort Campbell, and your dad played on our company softball team because we didn’t have enough players, at well over 60 years old, he played as good as some of the younger guys? I said to you, damn Daryle, your dad played better then us, and you smiled and said, hey Lou the old farmer still can play, can’t he?:-)
I will never forget the day I was told about your death, I was in Fort Bragg in the 623rd Aerial Supply Company back in 1969, I said oh no, not Daryle, not my best friend.
I got to get up enough courage to visit the Wall Daryle, I haven’t been able to so far, I know I will break down when I see all the names of all the great guys that gave their all for their country and for freedom. I still haven’t been able come to the terms of the disrespect we received from America, even after we lost mostly America’s young in that war. And even today we Vietnam Veterans still have to fight for America’s respect.
So long for now Daryle, I will get to the Wall, just to touch your name, and I know that you will be there in spirit.
Always remember I loved you both like a brother and a friend.
Lou Tawney