Dates Served: October 1963 – Oct 1969 Duration 6 yrs 1 month.
The base of Operation: Central Highlands Vietnam
Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) – Ord US Army – Infantry MOS 11C – Heavy Weapons Specialist
24th Infantry Division 1st Battalion, Company C, Augsburg, Germany
The indirect fire infantryman is a member of a mortar squad, section, or platoon. The mortar has the most power and range of any weapon in an infantry unit.
Carry out scout missions Locate and neutralize mines Set up, load, and fire four types of mortars: 60mm, 81mm, 107mm, or 120mm Employ crew and weapons in the offensive, defensive, and retrograde ground combat Operate, clean, and store automatic weapons Employ, fire, and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines Employ, fire, and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines Proficiency with the functions of all high-density light and heavy weapons Proficiency with Map Reading and Land Navigation
AWARDS, and CITATIONS
Presidential Unit Citation
Army Meritorious Unit Citation
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 approached 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 bunker facility about 50 yards from the aircraft.
Jeff Daley MACV, Army in Da Nang Vietnam (Right) with Dennis R Decker, USMC, 3rd Recon – Circa 1966
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 rain. 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 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) giving instructions was standing on a crate while he spoke smoking a cigarette. The thought that crossed 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
Photo Op with Senator John S. McCain on Memorial Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona – Copyright – All Rights Reserved
KIA = Killed in Action
WIA = Wounded in Action
MIA = Missing in Action
After the war, it was the psychological effects of the U.S. civilian population, combat events, and the gift that keeps on giving called Agent Orange.
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration
Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin
“A Lasting Memento of the Nation’s Thanks!”
Purpose: To recognize, thank and honor the United States military veterans who served in the Vietnam War from November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975.
Eagle – The eagle represents courage, honor, and dedicated service to our nation. As one of the most recognizable and notable American symbols, it is emblazoned with distinction on numerous military insignias.
Blue Circle – The color blue matches the canton of the American flag and signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The circle shape and blue color also match the official seal of the Commemoration.
Laurel Wreath – A time-honored symbol representing victory, integrity, and strength.
Stripes – The stripes behind the eagle represent the American flag.
Stars – The six stars represent the six allies who served, sacrificed, and fought alongside one another: Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the United States.
Message – “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You” is embossed on the back, closest to the heart of the wearer. Also, the official name of the Commemoration is included to remind each veteran that this is a national initiative, and this lapel pin is the nation’s lasting memento of thanks.
Combat Infantry Badge
Criteria: The Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) is awarded to Army enlisted infantry, infantry or special forces officers in the grade of Colonel or below, as well as warrant officers with the infantry or special forces Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code.