After dinner on my last night in the General's Mess, MG Pepke awarded me the
Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.
The next afternoon, 28 June 1969, I was flown to
Can Ranh Bay on a small plane.
MG Pepke after pinning on my Legion of Merit
After adding the Bronze Star Medal, we cut the celebratory
Approaching Can Ranh Bay
One of my Command and General Staff College classmates was Commander
of the 22nd Replacement Battalion and took good care of me. Lacking transportation, I didn't see
much of Cam Ranh Bay but did get a couple of pictures.
A couple days later I flew by charter to McCord Air Force Base near Tacoma,
WA, took a taxi to the Seattle-Tacoma airport just in time to hop on an
overnight Northwest Airlines flight, and arrived in Madison, WI, early on 2
July. I had called my wife during a transfer in Minneapolis, and she was at
the airport with our four sons to meet me. The adventure was over!
Barracks in the 22nd Replacement Battalion
An ugly bunker on a beautiful beach
Over Cam Rahn Bay. My last look at Vietnam