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S: Welcome Home

1: Dedicated to Tommy Hurst, Sr. by his family. Happy Father's Day. We hope this collection of your photos will serve as a honorable tribute to you and your friends who fought for our freedom. To all who so graciously served our country we are forever grateful. Welcome Home

2: Tommy Hurst, Sr. U.S. Army 1967-1969

4: Certificates

13: Combat Infantry Badge

14: Vietnamese Currency

20: Fort Knox, KY Basic Training

22: You're in the Army Now!

24: Fort McClellan, AL AIT Infantry Training

30: Saigon

31: Downtown Saigon

33: River at Saigon

34: 199th Infantry Base Camp | The 199th Light Infantry Brigade was formed at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1966, and arrived in South Vietnam that December. The 199th assumed responsibility for Operation Fairfax, defending the approaches to Saigon, until late 1967. In December 1967, the brigade undertook Operation Uniontown, a sweep into War Zone D (Iron Triangle) near Bien Hoa. During the Tet Offensive, the brigade defended Bien Hoa airfield together with the Long Binh post complex and the headquarters of II Field Force Vietnam. However, elements of the brigade were used to recapture the Pho Tho racetrack in Saigon and, together with other American and South Vietnamese troops, held the area during two days of house-to-house fighting. During most of 1968, the 199th Light Infantry Brigade continued to patrol the area around Bien Hoa in support of a series of joint American-Vietnamese operations known as Operation Toan Thang ("Total Victory"). The brigade also supported the invasion of Cambodia (Operation Binh Tay) in May 1970. The 199th Light Infantry Brigade was withdrawn from South Vietnam in the fall of 1970 and was deactivated at Fort Benning in October. The 199th sustained more than 3,200 casualties during its stay in South Vietnam.

35: 90 | (Note from the back of the photo) This is where we stayed when we would go in for a stand down. Would stay here for 3 or 4 days. Would be in the field for 3 or 4 months at a time. | 90 MM Gun shoots a large rocket

39: Tommy Hurst & Keith Krueger

41: Getting ready to go on R&R to Hawaii | Tommy Hurst & Richard Solesbee

42: Keith Krueger with a broken arm | Keith Krueger (left) Pete Christich (right)

43: Keith Krueger

44: Pete Christich Richard Solesbee

45: Right out of the hospital after being shot | Duece and a half transporting Vietnamese workers from camp

46: Army Buddies

48: In the Field

49: In a bunker while being bombed

50: Filling sand bags

51: Guarding Artillery

52: Tommy Hurst and Keith Krueger | Tommy Hurst and Keith Krueger

53: Tommy Hurst, Richard Solesbee and Keith Krueger | Tommy Hurst and Keith Krueger

57: Guarding POW Camp Tommy's M79 Grenade Launcher

58: On Patrol

61: Stopped on the side of the road | Viet Cong

62: Our Squad

63: Barracks

64: Helicopters

65: Chinook Helicopter | Huey Helicopter coming in to transport

66: Helicopter Wreckage | 4 helicopters landing; 3 lost visibility due to dirt road and landed one atop the other

70: Butch Alford | 2 Other Soldiers from Memphis, TN

71: Justin placing flags on the graves for Memorial Day at National Cemetery | Tommy with grandson Justin – Memorial Day 2011 – placing flags on graves at Veteran’s Cemetery, Memphis TN | Grave belongs to Robert Hurst, Sr. Tommy's Father

72: Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall June 2011 Memphis, TN

79: POW/MIA REMEMBRANCE TABLE The hats of the five services, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army, reminds us of the unity of purpose shared by our comrades-in-arms. The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return. The red ribbon, tied so prominently on the vase, is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breast of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. There is salt upon the plate symbolic of families' tears as they wait. The glasses are inverted - they cannot toast with us today. The chairs are empty - they are not here. Remember - all of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended on their might and aid and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you. Please raise a toast to those who are absent today as prisoners of war or missing in action. To those who served so honorably, who were lost or are still as yet unaccounted for. To our comrades, who gave their tomorrows for our todays. Please - don't ever let them be forgotten!

81: We Stood For Freedom We stood for freedom just like you And loved the flag you cherish too Our uniforms felt great to wear You know the feel, and how you care In step we marched, the cadence way The same is true with you today Oh how we tried to do our best As you do now, from test to test How young we were and proud to be Defenders of true liberty So many thoughts bind soldiers well The facts may change, not how we jell Each soldier past, and you now here Do share what will not disappear One thought now comes, straight from my heart For soldiers home, who’ve done their part I’m honored to have served with you May Godly peace, help get you through And now I’ll end with a request Do ponder this, while home at rest America, respect our day Each veteran, helped freedom stay

82: Home & Family

85: A Father's Legacy "The father of one who is right with God will have much joy. He who has a wise son will be glad in him." (Proverbs 23:24, NLV)


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