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Old 21 May 2018, 19:12
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Got to meet a Vietnam era SF....

over the weekend. My good friend married his daughter. Chester B. Howard, very nice gentleman, great talking to him. I told him about this site. Here are some pics I found of him(and others he uploaded) during that time in country. http://www.projectdelta.net/1969/howard.htm

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Old 21 May 2018, 19:39
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His picture #2...he is in that picture with some absolute legends of SF. Joe Alderman, Squirrel Sprouse, Sammy Hernandez. Joe Alderman was one of the most impressive SF soldiers to ever serve.

You're lucky to have met him. Men like him...giants among men.
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Old 21 May 2018, 20:06
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Glad he let us take a gander at those, too cool.
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Really cool photos.
I wish the M79 mod in pic28 occurred to me back in the day. It always bothered me carrying a plank on the back of my M79
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Old 23 May 2018, 07:45
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You're lucky to have met him. Men like him...giants among men.
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Joe Alderman was one of the most impressive SF soldiers to ever serve
10 yrs in RVN, Jesus...
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Old 23 May 2018, 16:26
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He had a dog named "Scrotum". LOL
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Old 23 May 2018, 16:30
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10 yrs in RVN, Jesus...
I wouldn’t have wanted to spend 10 days. Lots of respect for our Vietnam brothers.
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My neighbor and mentor growing up (also my history teacher/assist principal in HS) is John Wolf, retired from the Army in the mid-70s, almost all of his time in SF, with several years in VN. I loved listening to his stories, and he was far too humble to put them to paper.
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Joe Alderman, one of those amazing Americans few have ever heard of.

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MSG Alderman’s awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Soldier’s Medal, six Bronze Stars (four w/Valor), Meritorious Service Medal, five Air Medals (two w/ Valor), Joint Service Medal, six Army Commendation Medals (two w/Valor), three Purple Hearts. Vietnamese awards include Special Service Medal for Heroism, Cross of Gallantry w/Silver and two Bronze Stars, and the Armed Forces Honor Medal. Badges and Tabs earned included the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachute Badge, Scuba Badge, Ranger Tab, Vietnam Parachutist Badge, Republic of China Parachutist Badge, German Army Parachutist, German Army Marksman Badge, Austrian Army Parachute Badge, and the Pathfinder Badge.

Military Training and Education includes the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol, Pathfinder, 7th Army NCOA, SF Combat Engineer, Jumpmaster, MACV Recondo, Combat Recon Leader 10 Course, Advance Airborne Techniques (HALO) RVN, Military Freefall Ranger, Intelligence Analyst, MFF Jumpmaster, ANCOES, Arctic Military, PO Course, Mountaineering, Desert Warfare Operations, Jungle Warfare Operations, Amphibious Combat Scout Swimmer, Norway Winter Warfare Course, Military Skiing, Underwater Operations (SCUBA), First Sergeant Administration Course, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Vietnamese and German Command Language Courses. He was an Honor graduate from the US Army Ranger School and Special Forces Underwater Operations Course.
In addition to all that, MSG(R) Alderman was a plank holder in the Ranger Regiment. He was one of 16 officers and NCOs selected by the Army Chief of Staff to stand up the 75th.
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Joe Alderman, one of those amazing Americans few have ever heard of.
Wow.
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Old 24 May 2018, 12:51
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I always found it interesting that guys like this were running around the Battalion and Group HQs during the late 70's. Just regular guys doing their jobs.

One day I was reading some MoH awards for 5th Group during VN and I was like "Zabitosky??" Why, he works over at......
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Old 24 May 2018, 19:23
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I always found it interesting that guys like this were running around the Battalion and Group HQs during the late 70's. Just regular guys doing their jobs.

One day I was reading some MoH awards for 5th Group during VN and I was like "Zabitosky??" Why, he works over at......
Much like Jon Cavaiani...
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Old 24 May 2018, 22:42
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To add to the original post...

When I arrived at the wedding. It was held at a rental wedding resort on a river here. He was swinging over said river on a rope entertaining the young kids in his wedding attending attire(slacks and nice shirt) and back to the pier at 70 yrs old. He didn't look a day over 50 yrs of age, still in great shape and looks young.. I just received this book from Amazon>>https://www.amazon.com/Ether-Zone-Sp...oding=UTF8&me=
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Thanks for the pics. Here's one of that 4th guy from the left, second row back sitting, looking less grim. Cut from our Medic Class pic at Ft. Sam in '67.

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Old 24 November 2018, 14:04
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Sorry, I think I am mistaken. Just put the two picks side by side the same size.
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Old 25 November 2018, 13:41
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10 yrs in RVN, Jesus...
My Tm Sgt in Key West had 26 combat hash marks. Spent 13 straight years PCSin to Viet Nam, back to Okie and TDY to Viet Nam.
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Old 25 November 2018, 20:18
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Joe Alderman, one of those amazing Americans few have ever heard of.



In addition to all that, MSG(R) Alderman was a plank holder in the Ranger Regiment. He was one of 16 officers and NCOs selected by the Army Chief of Staff to stand up the 75th.
I was just talking about Joe Alderman last week with my uncle who went to school with him at Big Creek High School in War, WVa. I know he dated my aunt Bobbiann and my mom knew him also. They speak highly of him.
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Much like Jon Cavaiani...

Jon was an absolute wildman. I got fucking smashed with him one night in Orlando. Thought for sure we were going to wind up in jail.
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Old 27 November 2018, 12:37
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Jon was an absolute wildman. I got fucking smashed with him one night in Orlando. Thought for sure we were going to wind up in jail.
I did, as well. Teutates and Bill Harsey were there, same night?

Jon was on stage singing.
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