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Vietnam vet speaks on eve of Pearl Harbor day

Sunday, December 9, 2012

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Ralph Dietz
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Many veterans showed great camaraderie on the evening before Pearl Harbor day as they came to listen to fellow veteran Ralph Dietz speak of his tour of duty in Vietnam in the late '60s at Shelbyville's Vietnam Era Veterans meeting Dec. 6.

Ralph Dietz has become acquainted with many local veterans with similar experiences.

He served in the United States Army, while many others in attendance served in other branches of the United States military.

Dietz said one of their slogans was, "If it moves salute it, if it doesn't paint it."

Dietz said that the "Zippo" units were the tanks that were equipped with flame throwers to burn out the dense jungle that the enemy would hide in.

"Hill 35," Dietz said, was one of the many fights they encountered. With support from fighter jets from either the U. S. Air Force, Navy or Marines, "Hill 35" was taken and controlled by the 1/1 Armored Calvary.

Dietz said they also went into so many towns in Vietnam he does not remember all of their names.

At the meeting Dietz's wife Heather drew a name from many and veteran Henry Gray won a one year membership to American Legion Post #23 in Shelbyville.

The next Vietnam Era Veterans meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Post #23. The event's featured speaker will be MTSU professor Dr. Derrick Frisbee.

For more information about the Vietnam Era Veterans of Shelbyville/Bedford County, call Tom Taylor at (931) 684-2557 or Bob Eid at (931) 680-9639.


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