B Company 1970 – 1971
Went to Fort Polk for Basic Training and AIT in July, 1969. From there, Fort Benning’s NCOC and Paratroop School. Again, back to Fort Polk as a sergeant and then to Oakland April 28, 1970 (18th birthday) for processing to Vietnam. Served with the B-1/506th through July of ’70. Joined B-2/327 and remained there till July of ’71. Returned to Polk once again as a Drill Sergeant. This lasted till 1978 when the 1/6th Infantry in Germany called. Stayed with them until December of 1981 when Fort Benning needed another Drill Sergeant. In December 1984, promoted to First Sergeant retiring in 1989.
Originally from Gibsland, Louisiana but now living in Minden, Louisiana and hoping to reconnect wtih some of the men [Curtis (Buddy) Davidson, Jack Crane, LT Hipwell, Ruso, SGT Joe Roy Hooper, LTC Delveccio, LTC Gerda, Sidney M. Berry, BG David Doyle, David Droddy] I served with.
Joe and his buds in Saigon
Joe and friends disarming a booby trap
Joe’s sister said she worried about Joe and felt helpless when he was in Veitnam and wanted to do something. So they painted the car to show how proud they were of him and the rest of the 101st. So every Saturday night this car was racing around the track with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles on the side.
Here’s a more current shot of Joe, when he was just a lowly SFC. HUA Joe!