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Welcome to Charlie Company website.  This site is dedicated to the fine men that served with Charlie Company 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1966 to 1972.


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7 Surprising Facts About the US Army

7 Surprising Facts You Probably Don’t Know About the US Army

The Army is older than the country it serves.


Americans celebrate the birth of their nation as July 4, 1776, but the Army is actually the country’s “big brother.” Which makes sense, considering the Continental Army of 1775 — led by future President George Washington — needed to start beating the British in the colonies so Thomas Jefferson could finally get some time to write.

Before the Army was established, colonists were organized into rag-tag militias with no real structure or unified chain-of-command. But in the spring of 1775, most wanted to attack the British near Boston but knew they needed more structure to confront the professional soldiers on the other side. That’s where the official birth of the Army came in, on June 14, 1775, through a resolution from the Continental Congress.

The next day, George Washington was appointed as commander-in-chief of the new Army, and took command of his troops in Boston on July 3, 1775, according to the Army History Division.

If the U.S. Army were a city, it would be the tenth-largest in the United States.


There are just over one million soldiers currently serving in the Army. Just about half of that number is on active-duty and serving full-time, while the rest make up the reserve components of National Guard and Army Reserve. To put it in perspective, a city filled with soldiers would have more people in it than San Jose, California, Austin, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida, and San Francisco, California. Continue reading

11 Things Trainees Will Complain About

Through the use of insults, strict discipline, sleep deprivation, and controlled explosions, Army drill sergeants turn recent high school grads and civilians looking for a new job into trained soldiers ready to serve in America’s wars. This transition is, of course, painful — by design.

Here are 11 things trainees will complain about before learning to suck it up as an Army soldier:

“I’m tired. I didn’t get enough sleep last night.”


New U.S. Army soldiers are expected to operate on little sleep. While in the barracks, recruits’ sleep is regularly interrupted by drill sergeants conducting inspections, punishing infractions, getting head counts, or waking soldiers for the heck of it. The party continues in the field where soldiers sleep in bags instead of beds.

“This food is terrible.”


Military food is rarely praised, and basic training food is even worse. Eating periods are very short and are supervised by drill sergeants who pounce onto soldiers who reach for fattening or sugary foods. Continue reading

Private SNAFU

It Makes You Wonder If This Type Of Film Would Fly Today

Private Snafu was a cartoon character produced by most of the biggest Hollywood production studios including Warner Bros. Cartoons, MGM and Walt Disney Productions. They were meant to beinstructional in nature, training new soldiers in areas like sanitation habits, security, equipment and other military subjects. Humorous in nature, they were meant to also raise troop morale, because as you can imagine, tensions were high before deployment.

The voice of Private Snafu was performed by Mel Blanc, which as you might have picked up on, was also the voice of Bugs Bunny.

Directed by Frank Capra and written by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, Philip D. Eastman and Munro Leaf, this cartoon depicted Private Snafu doing everything wrong to illustrate what the consequences were. Another purpose was to break through to the many enlisted men with poor literacy skills, as the series used simple language with funny anecdotes in order to relate to them. An interesting note is the Private Snafu cartoon was actually a military secret, and people working on them were required to adhere to security measures at the cost of their freedom if they broke protocol.

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Arlington National Cemetary


Interesting facts about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Sentinels of the Third United States Infantry Regiment “Old Guard”

Q: How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

A: 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

Q: How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

A: 21 seconds, for the same reason as answer number 1. Continue reading