David Charles Dolby was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1946. He entered the United States Army at age 18, and fifty years ago today on May 21, 1966, he was a Specialist 4 in Company B, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) fighting in Vietnam.
(This post originally appeared at Pocket Full of Liberty on May 25, 2014. As that site is no longer active, I have relocated it here, as this is something I don’t want to lose)
Memorial Day is the holiday on which we recognize the sacrifice of life by the American warrior in combat, regardless of who they were, where they were slain, and why they were sent to fight, and remember the debt owed to all of them by the rest of us. Continue reading The American Deficit of Victory
On Monday, November 16, 2015, I attended a lecture by retired United States Army Colonel Ramon “Tony” Nadal at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. Fifty years previously – November 14-16, 1965 – Nadal was a Captain and a company commander in the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Ia Drang.
Colonel Nadal was Medal of Honor recipient Joe Marm‘s company commander, and himself received the Silver Star for his own heroism during the battle. My interview with Joe Marm was broadcast as part of the November 14, 2015 edition of Their Finest Hour on Vigilant Liberty Radio.
The below recording is unedited. I hope you find it interesting.
Their Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific! Please come join the program in VLR’s chatroom, or listen using the other show players you’ll find on the site, or direct over on Spreaker (or on their mobile device apps)! You can also use the #TFH hashtag on Twitter to interact with the program while I’m live!
First up this evening, I have a great conversation I recorded on Friday, November 20 with Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) of Investor’s Business Daily. Andrew, a.k.a “The Prince of Twitter” (per Ed Morrissey!), has decades of political reporting experience and is always entertaining and knowledgeable. I’m sure you’ll find our conversation interesting. Andrew’s writing at IBD is also a can’t miss, and he’s a great supporter of “new media” with his own experience that bridges genres and media delivery since the 1960s.
Then, to follow up on last week’s show and my conversation with Medal of Honor recipient Joe Marm, on Monday, November 16 I attended a lecture given at Washington and Jefferson College by Marm’s company commander, Colonel Ramon “Tony” Nadal. I’ll be playing content that I recorded during that lecture to expand on the story of the Battle of Ia Drang from last week.
I’ll probably fill in some of the gaps with some open phones, so tune in!
10E/9C/8M/7P – talk to you then!
Their Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio TONIGHT at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific in its new Saturday night time slot! Please come join the program in VLR’s chatroom with embedded show player! You can also listen using the other show players here on the site, or direct over on Spreaker (or one of their mobile apps). You can also interact with the program using the #TFH hashtag on Twitter.
The Saturday “relaunch” of TFH will get the program “back to basics” as it were. I will be recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang, November 14-18, 1965, which was the first time American forces faced off against the People’s Army of Vietnam in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The highlight of tonight’s show will be my interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Joe Marm, who graciously gave me some of his time on Friday, November 13, 2015. We’ll also hear the stories of the two other Ia Drang Medal of Honor recipients, Bruce Crandall and Ed Freeman, other high valour award recipients, and other historical aspects to the battle, including the fight at Landing Zone (LZ) “Albany” – which many don’t know about as it didn’t make it into the movie We Were Soldiers. There’s even a connection between the Ia Drang and September 11, 2001 that everyone should know.
Then, I’ll be discussing the latest on Friday, November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, reportedly at the hands of the Islamic State. We’ll recap the latest news, probably get a little bit Churchillian, and talk about the possibility of parallels between our current situation in the Middle East and Vietnam of fifty years ago.
It all starts at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific TONIGHT. Please tune in!
And here’s the replay! The interview with Colonel Marm was fantastic, as well as the rest of the show!
Hulon Brocke Whittington was born on July 9, 1921 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He was residing elsewhere in the state when he enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1940. I have reason to believe he was a member of the Louisiana National Guard federalized along with other guardsmen in the run-up to World War II, but could not confirm that (more below).
Whittington was a member of the 2nd Armored Division (“Hell On Wheels”) and fought with its 41st Armored Infantry Regiment in both North Africa and on Sicily. Three days after D-Day, the 2nd Armored landed in Normandy for that campaign.
Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr. was born in Brandon, Mississippi on February 11, 1920. He graduated from Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) with the class of 1941 and immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Wilson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in November of 1941, and at some point in his early service his commission became with the regular Marine Corps. After his initial officer training, he was assigned to the 9th Marine Regiment at San Diego which was being formed between 1942 and 1943 for combat in the Pacific as part of the 3rd Marine Division.
Roger Hugh Charles Donlon was born on January 30, 1934 in Saugerties, New York. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953, and was appointed to attend the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1955. He resigned from the Academy for personal reasons, but later reenlisted in the United States Army in 1958.
Donlon attended Officer Candidates School and was commissioned as an officer. In August 1963 he joined the United States Army Special Forces.
Note: In many cases where World War II Medal of Honor recipients are “stacked”, TFH is choosing to post some of their stories early. This is to prevent both writing crush and division of attention to these heroes!
Van Thomas Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Mississippi on June 15, 1919. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1940, and prior to the United States’ entry into World War II, served in the 1st Infantry Division.
He was promoted to Sergeant in December 1941, and assigned to an Army unit planning for amphibious assault tactics co-located with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. When that unit was disbanded, Barfoot was reassigned to the 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division.
Kenneth Lee Worley was born on April 27, 1948 in Farmington, New Mexico. He was orphaned during his early teens, and later lived with an aunt in California. Worley’s living conditions were impoverished and he left school to work as a truck driver in agriculture. After suffering a workplace injury, he was taken in by Don and Rose Feyerherm of Modesto; they became his surrogate family.
Worley volunteered and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 14, 1967. After completing recruit and advanced infantry training, he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment for combat with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. Prior to leaving for war, he was promoted to Private First Class.