Jeff Daley - U.S. Army
Dates Served: October 1963 – Oct 1969 Duration 6 yrs 1 montth
Base of Operation: Vietnam Central Highlands
Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) -288th Ordnance
US Army - Infantry MOS 11C - Heavy Weapons
24th Infantry Division 1st Battalion, Company C, Augsburg, Germany
The indirect fire infantryman is a member of a mortar squad, section or platoon. The mortar has the most power and range of any weapon in an infantry unit.
Set up, load and fire four types of mortars: 60mm, 81mm, 107mm or 120mm Employ crew and weapons in offensive, defensive and retrograde ground combat Operate, clean and store automatic weapons Employ, fire and recover antipersonnel and antitank mines Locate and neutralize mines Carry out scout missions to spot enemy troops and gun locations Assist in reconnaissance missions
Operate two-way radios and signal equipment to relay battle orders
AWARDS, CITATIONS, and HONORS
Presidential Unit Citation Army Meritorious Unit Citation
Jeff Daley left Germany by way of air to Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) and landed at the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport. As we flew in there were few lights to be seen and we begin a fast descent landing at the airport at about 0230. We rolled to a stop, and all doors opened to exit the craft.
People on the ground were directing us to a warehouse looking facility about 50 yards from the aircraft. The first thing that hit me was the heat. It felt as if I was walking into a blast furnace, and just taking a breath was an amazing experience. The humidity was high, probably just this side of raining. We moved quickly to the warehouse with the yelling of the ground crews as our background. By the time we got inside I was already sweating and I was in excellent physical condition.
Once inside they had the soldiers move together as one group where we were debriefed and received additional orders. The SNCO giving our instructions was standing on a crate as he spoke he was smoking a cigarette. The thought that crossed in the back of my mind was how could he smoke and still take a breath of air.
Early in the morning I was to catch a flight to Pleiku in the central highland region of Vietnam and report to the Command Center in what was called Camp Holloway. Our Caribou landing was noisy as we landed on a PSP (perforated steel planking) runway, a first for me but there would be more to come. It was going to be a new day for Jeff Daley. Map of Vietnam
Vietnam took its toll during, and after the war.
- KIA: 58,220 - 8 were female
- WIA: 304,704
- MIA: 2,338
KIA = Killed in Action
WIA = Wounded in Action
MIA = Missing in Action
After the war it was the psychological effects from the U.S. civilian population, combat events, and the gift that keeps on giving called, Agent Orange.