PARTING SHOT

Basic Training Class Photos
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Ft. Knox Basic Combat Training
October 9 to December 4, 1967
Company A, 11th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, USATCA

via Peter Henderson

Ft. Knox Basic Combat Training
June 8 to August 10, 1963

“I was assigned to F Co., 15th Ballation, 4th Brigade USATC. (I’m the 4th one from the left on the top row.) I enlisted in the Army when I was 17. Our training Platoon was composed of half enlisted and half drafted men. I went on to serve a tour in Korea and Vietnam. I think about these guys often.” — Vern Nelson 

Lackland AFB, Texas
SQDN 3709 Flight 354
April 1963

via Cheryl Burt

U.S. Army Training Center, Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri
September 19 to November 22, 1966

“The photo is of my Platoon: (3rd) Company B, Second Battalion, Second Brigade ‘Saints.’ After AIT and a short leave I arrived at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Vietnam on January 28, 1967. I was immediately transfered to Bien Hoa and became a solider in the distinguished 1st Infantry Division and transfered to Phuc Vinh. In November I moved on to Quan Loi where I awaited Tet and my wake-up. I know most eveyone in my platoon went to Vietnam, but I've not seen any of them again.”

Ft. Knox Basic Training
B - 9 - 3
October 17 to December 17, 1966

“I enlisted at the age of 18 and was RA (Regular Army). There were only two others in Basic that were RA and a few US (Draftees), all the rest were NGs (National Guard). Most of them were out of shape. The drill instructors knew these guys were most likely not going to Vietnam but did not give them any slack or preferential treatment—even though a few of these guys had fathers who were politicians back home. Becoming the Honor Platoon was quite a surprise.”

Gerald L. Green
First Infantry Division
3rd. Brigade, "D Co. 701st. Mn. Bn.
Signal Section Chief
Quan-Loi & Lai-Khe
RSVN, June, 68 to June, 69

Ft. Lewis, Washinton
July-August, 1971

“Our Drill Sergeant’s name was Rogers. I was one of his squad leaders. One of the first things I recall him saying was, ‘My first name's Drill, my last name's Sergeant. If the Army wanted me to have any other name they would have issued me one.’ Great man, great influence. Got my attention.” — Louis Marucci, Jr. 

Recruit Training Command, San Diego
Navy Bootcamp Company #346
October 1972

“Attached is a photo of my Navy bootcamp company taken October 1972—about halfway through basic. I would eventually end up on aircraft carriers deployed in the South China Sea and beyond.” — Jeff Manthos 

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training, Ft. Lewis, Washington
D Company, 5th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 2nd Platoon, D-5-1
April 1 to May 24, 1968

“When we first assembled, they asked us if anyone had watched Gomer Pyle? Forgetting my dad’s advice to ‘never volunteer,’ I raised my hand and was made platoon leader. I’m 2nd from left on the first row bench. I was drafted on April Fool’s day and arrived in Cam Ranh Bay on August 20, 1968. In less than 5 months I was a lean, mean killing machine.”

Bob Correll SP4
US Army Viet Nam ’68-’69
14th Cbt Engr Bn
LZ Nancy I Corps

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training, Ft. Lewis, Washington
3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade

“I enlisted in the Army on February 19, 1968. After a late arrival at Ft. Lewis, basic training started early (0430) the next day. Training was under very tumultuous weather conditions and Mt. Rainer only appeared a few times during our two months there. Most of the platoon were from North and South Dakota or Northern California—as was I. We trained well and we all went our separate ways after graduation.” — Eugene Earickson