Jeff Daley – U.S. Army
Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) -288th Ordnance
US Army – Infantry MOS 11C – Heavy Weapons
Employ crew and weapons in offensive, defensive and retrograde ground combat
Operate, clean and store automatic weapons
Employ, fire and recover antipersonnel and antitank mines
Locate and neutralize mines
Carry out scout missions to spot enemy troops and gun locations
Assist in reconnaissance missions
AWARDS, CITATIONS, and HONORS
Jeff Daley left Germany by way of air to Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) and landed at the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport. As we flew in there were few lights to be seen until we begin a fast descent landing at the airport at about 0230. We rolled to a stop, and all doors opened to exit the craft. People on the ground were directing us to a warehouse looking facility about 50 yards from the aircraft.
The first thing that hit me was the heat. It felt as if I was walking into a blast furnace, and just taking a breath was an amazing experience. The humidity was high, probably just this side of raining. We moved quickly to the warehouse with the yelling of the ground crews as our background. By the time we got inside I was already sweating and I was in excellent physical condition.
Once inside they had the soldiers move together as one group where we were debriefed and received additional orders. The SNCO giving our instructions was standing on a crate as he spoke smoking a cigarette. The thought that crossed in the back of my mind was how could he smoke and still take a breath of air.
Early in the morning I was to catch a flight to Pleiku in the central highland region of Vietnam and report to the Command Center in what was called Camp Holloway. Our Caribou landing was noisy as we landed on a PSP (perforated steel planking) runway, a first for me but there would be more to come. It was going to be a new day for Jeff Daley. Map of Vietnam
Vietnam took its toll during, and after the war.
- KIA: 58,220 – 8 were female
- WIA: 304,704
- MIA: 2,338
After the war it was the psychological effects from the U.S. civilian population, combat events, and the gift that keeps on giving called Agent Orange.