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BLACKKNIGHTS

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"All the way Sir"......

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I have heard it said....that "once in a Blue Moon"......
a mans' spirit is called upon...to face and beat back...the shadows and the darkness of its'inner realm...to set free for all time...the beasts...the monsters...buried so deep within so long ago...and maybe...just maybe...find a long sought peace within...a calm...a place to rest...this...you could say...is "My Blue Moon"...

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Home | BLACKKNIGHTS | ON THE TRAIL TO THE CAV | CAV COUNTRY | TOUR OF DUTY68-69 | OUR FALLEN KNIGHTS | IN THE BUSH | SKYTROOPERS | FACE OF THE ENEMY | THE OTHER SIDE | TIMES AND TUNES | BROTHERS FOREVER | A 2/5 1st CAV KIA's 67-69 | SCRAPBOOK I | MAPS/LINKS

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Memories.....according to Mr.Webster....to reminiscence...recollection..... Mine are like one big puzzle....did I do that...was I there...did that really happen...I spent so many years trying to forget that now I can't remember...I can recall a little here and a bit there...but there is no full picture....Thus.....the "BLACKKNIGHTS" are born.Here...all can come... tread upon the canyons of the mind....share...relate....Remember and Honor...find old.... and make new. ...heart felt Memories.........

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I..like many others..have spent the major portion of my adulthood...not trying to forget... for how could any of us...no....the days and most nights were spent burying the ghosts and demons of the past...put this one here..that one there..you can let this one out now and then....just keep this one down here forever......Copeing with the past was not an easy thing to do and still isn't......not just the war itself but our leaders of the time.....the people and the students.....our friends and families....it was all so confusing........

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The face of our nation was about to be changed forever...James Dean...Buddy Holly...the big Bopper...Brando on the waterfront..We had Camalot with the Kennedy's...backed down the Russian's...saw Elvis go into the Army and survived the British invasion of the Beatles.. Rock and Roll was here to stay....we started to send men in space and on to the Moon...life was good once more...till the darknes came...JFK..Bobby and Martin..Chicago..Selma...Berkely..Kent State...protests.. segeration..more protests...students being shot..arrested...beaten and some fleeing their country...and the war in Viet Nam just keeps on rolling...

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This site is for all who did not come home and those who have been there and returned home to a country they no longer knew.....to old pals that now were afraid of you.....to wifes and girl friends that didn't understand you now....we left as kids and returned home as strangers to our families and friends.....and to ourself....the lessons of Nam are still being unraveled....Honor and remember our fallen and those who served...we did what we were asked to do......it wasn't pretty...we did not like it......but that is War......

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All of us knew or met at a special time in the history of this great nation..The world was changing and our country was in turmoil..Assinations..Protest...
Segeration.....Black Panthers...Charles Manson...cults and hey....a thing called Woodstock.........Our world would never be the same again...

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Kids...that's all most of us were...sons of the first generation of immigrants...the Irish...Polish...Hungarines and Italians[not to be at any time confused with the Scillians]...they had battled the great depression...won a world war...suffered thru its horrible aftermath...endured the terror of war for a piece of frozen land in Korea...and survived old Joe McCarthy...We were raised on the shirtails of these great warriors.... their beliefs were ours...as was their values... their pride and their patriotism was ours....but a new era was on the horizon......

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For thirty years I have been told by family and friends,"the war is over mort..put it in the past..move on with your life.So I gathered the ghosts and demons...buried them deep within.At certain times,the way the moon looks..a sound or smell..the wind or a storm and BAM..back in the Nam,so I bury it a little deeper.
Marriage..children..coaching baseball..football.The Cub,Boys and girl scouts..band concerts..field hockey,and then..Graduation.Two in the service..another out on her own..Ahh,life is good.
Three turkey days ago,I donated blood at the local VFW and received a letter from the Red Cross alerting me that hepatitis C is present and see a doctor and hey,we don't want your blood.After many labs,x-rays,liver biopsy....yep..Hep C,from wounds received in Nam ....well....so much for putting it in the past....the war maybe over...but the battles still rage.....

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A 2/5 AIR CAV
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"I was that which others cared not to be. I went where others feared to go and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those that gave nothing. And, reluctantly, accepted the thought of eternal loneliness-should I fail. I have seen the face of terror, felt the chill of fear, warmed to the touch of love. I have hoped, pained, cried. But foremost, lived in times others would say best forgotten. At the very least, in later days, I will be able to say with greatest pride, that I was indeed a Soldier".
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