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PostSubject: Camp Casey 1969 1/31 Infantry 7th Div   Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:41 pm

I don't see many posts from infantry, are they all hiding? Ha! I landed in country in 03-1969, I was glad cause it had to be better than Vietnam. I don't know why but I don't remember a lot of specifics, I guess the years took its toll on my memory, i really have not talked about it till I applied for compensation from agent orange exposure. I have prostrate cancer as well as peripheral neuropathy, both of which are admittedly caused from agent orange exposure. I thought the lack of leaves on the trees was the cold weather, I didn't realize really why until very recently.

We were located north of Camp Casey digging holes in the rocks so that engineering company could poor a concrete bunker. I do not know where I was but I would sure like to know, we went to a village off time but I cant tell you the name of it and i sure would like to know, Ha! Not TDC either cause than was Camp Casey and I know I was north of there several miles. I would like to meet "my girl" again, I know a 65 year old Korean woman would not do my memories justice, I think I need to leave that memory stay. While at I was at Imjin Scout Training she was at the gate every day for 4 weeks until I rolled back in for a week end pass just to go back the following week, she was protecting her investment.

I volunteered for Imjin Scout Training, didn't take them long to put me there for 4 weeks of infantry training, like that was something new. I would love to meet a guy with the last name of Kuzan, I know he has not forgotten me. We spent 4 weeks of fun in the DMZ together, never forget it.

Feel free to comment, it make the soul feel better.

Dave Jackson 62 in Illinois
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PostSubject: Re: Camp Casey 1969 1/31 Infantry 7th Div   Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:59 pm

Hello David,
Welcome to the site. I hope that the VA does right with your claim. I have been lucky so far and no indicators yet. I had 4 tours in Korea, and 1 in Nam. so I am sure it is just a matter of time. Heck. I remember once in Nam being stopped on the side of the road on a nice clear blue sky day, and all of a sudden it started raining. Looked around, and a damn C123 flying low spraying the road. We went up the road to a ROKA guarded bridge and went swimming to get it off us. On my tours in Korea, I was on the DMZ 2 of the 4 tours.

Hopefully some of the guys from the 1/31 that know where you guys were at drop by, On the ville action, with my 4 tours I met some bad people about like in any GI town, but I met more good people than bad. In the early years Korean people were fighting for there survival, so the Slicky Boy stuff was to be expected. I would of done the same to feed my family if needed. Met somw great girls there also. Think about a few of them from time to time.

Was stationed in Korea 1960-61, 69-70, 78-79, 81-82.
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PostSubject: Re: Camp Casey 1969 1/31 Infantry 7th Div   Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:20 pm

Well, If you was sprayed with Agent Orange and by looking at your tours in Korea you are at least 9 years older than me so I think you have fared very well. Each of us will tolerate exposure to toxins differently and to differing degrees. I think you are past the point of being an issue, I do not know for a fact what caused my issues but if VA openly states the effects of AO I assume that was the culprit.

I volunteered for the draft shortly after I turned 18, I knew I was going to Nam so I might as well get it over with. I felt fortunate that I went to Korea, I was an instant NCO E-5 and the casualty rate for NCO Academy graduates was high in Nam. You had 20 years in so you must have retired, did you stay in more than 20? My 2 was more than enough and I had a job waiting for me at home, ironically I returned home after drawing hostile fire pay and couldn't buy a beer since I wasn't 21.

I did read that there are several medals, decorations and/or awards that I had not received. I just finished receiving my DA form 20, it showed more details as to where I was while in the Army and submitted that along with a two page documentation letter requesting they correct my DD414 and award the requested medals. I will believe that and or my VA claim on AO when I see them. I am happily retired any way but it is a personal thing. I feel that I have not don't my part by not going to Nam.

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