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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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Michael Belis – Ft. Polk Museum

Our Charlie Company buddy Michael Belis writes:

On February 25, I went to Fort Polk for the dedication and ceremony of their museum’s latest display. It represents Soldiers trained at the Fort during the Vietnam years.

Two veterans are showcased in the display, myself, from Lafayette, Louisiana, and Carl Cedars, from Alexandria, Louisiana. Carl and I never knew each other, but we trained at Fort Polk at the same time. I was there May-September 1969 and Carl was there June-October 1969.

Both uniforms in the display represent me. The khaki uniform has stuff on it that I actually wore in the Army, and the jungle fatigues are an actual set I wore in Vietnam, along with the boots and hat of mine from Vietnam also. I have a photo of this jungle fatigue shirt in my photos on our website.

The khaki dress uniform is how I looked after graduating Infantry training, as a brand new Private First Class. On the uniform is the actual name tag I wore, along with my infantry collar brass, infantry blue shoulder cord, National Defense Service Medal ribbon and sharpshooter badge. All these are from a uniform I wore in Germany, after leaving Fort Polk.

The jungle fatigues are an actual set I wore in Vietnam, at Tuy Hoa, late 1970 and early 1971, and represent me on night ambush patrol. The shirt has my name tag, US Army tape, Combat Infantry Badge, 4th Division patch, 1st Field Force patch, and blackened brass SGT collar rank, though of course most of it is hidden by the bandoleers, or can’t be seen because the collar hides it. The hat is the one I wore in Vietnam, and the boots were issued to me in Vietnam also. The bandoleers are fashioned as I wore them on patrol, though I never would have worn that top one so loose. The bag hanging from my left shoulder is a claymore bag. I never wore a claymore bag………..that was the curator’s idea. Some of the guys in the platoon did use those bags, so I guess it’s accurate enough for the display. Hanging from the neck are my dogtags in a plastic silencer, a Christian cross and an AK-47 cartridge which I took from a North Vietnamese cache at a bunker complex southwest of Binh Khe in September 1970. Yes, I wore that junk around my neck for at least a few months.

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The Battle for Chu Moor Mountain

Our book is a compilation of first-hand stories from the brave troops of the 4th Infantry Division who participated in the battle between April 22-30, 1968 in Kontum Province near the Cambodian border.

The Hard Copy is available online at Deeds Publishing.

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The Kindle eBook version of our book The Battle for Chu Moor Mountain is now available on Amazon.

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Also available for the iPad and Smartphone or PC with the FREE Kindle App from Amazon.

Tunnel Rats

Much Respect for our Vietnam Tunnel Rats!!

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An infantryman is lowered into a tunnel by members of the reconnaissance platoon during Operation “Oregon,” a search and destroy mission conducted by an infantry platoon of Troop B, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), three kilometers west of Duc Pho, Quang Ngai Province on April 24th, 1967. (U.S. Army/National Archives)

Sky Crane

One of the unique pieces of equipment brought to Vietnam by the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) is the huge Sky Crane CH-54A helicopter, which had the ability to lift tremendous loads. (USIA/National Archives)

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Here are some photos of a Sky Crane bringing in a bulldozer to clear LZ C-Rations in April 1968 at Chu Moor Mountain. (Photos courtesy of Bud Roach)