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Memorial Day at Patriots Point's Vietnam Base

Waring Hills May 27, 2009
Colonel "Mac" Radcliffe, USMC (Ret.), addresses those attending the Memorial Day ceremony.

Colonel "Mac" Radcliffe, USMC (Ret.), addresses those attending the Memorial Day ceremony.

A crowd of around 300 assembled at 0900 on Monday, 25 May, to observe the nation’s Memorial Day.  Families, veterans, politicians, and newscrews gathered in our Vietnam Support Base.  Vietnam veteran and retired Marine Colonel “Mac” Radcliffe spoke to the crowd. “Mac” served as a company commander at Khe Sahn with First Battlion, Ninth Marines.

Colonel Radcliffe speaks during the program.

Colonel Radcliffe speaks during the program.

His words hit home with those listening as he talked about “all giving some and some giving all.” Mac urged the audience to always remember our veterans who died in combat, because without our remembrance their sacrifice would not have meaning. After the short ceremony a wreath laying was conducted led by Colonel Radcliffe and interim executive director Dick Trammel.

Crowd assembles in the Vietnam support base at Patriots Point.

Crowd assembles in the Vietnam support base at Patriots Point.

Veterans and families seated between two Vietnam era helicopters, the UH-1 Huey and the UH-34 Seahorse.

Veterans and families seated between two Vietnam era helicopters, the UH-1 Huey and the UH-34 Seahorse.

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  1. Pfc. Sammie H. Lucas says:

    Dear Sir and brother,
    I think of you everyday that I live for many reasons. Number one being that that I am alive today because you disobeyed orders and came to our rescue on 2/8/68 on hill 64. I of course will never forget that day and those brave souls that followed you to come to our rescue.
    I am asking you for a huge favor. Could you please either call me at 845-362-5464, or E mail me at [email protected] so that we could have just a brief conversation or just hope of all hope that we could somehow get together somewhere. I am retired and have the means to travel anywhere in the United States or Canada just to be re-united for just as much time as you could grant my wife and I.

    Words cannot express my gratitude for your heroism on 2/8/68 on Hill 64.

    The last time I saw you I was based at Quantico Virginia. You looked up all the members of Alpha Company 1/9 under your command at Khe Sahn and took us all out for beer and steak. That was in June or July I think of 1968.I ran into you again in Quantico in Major Spooners bar called the Globe and Laurel. You were bar hopping with a Navy Chaplin who was putting them down drink for drink with us.

    So much for that. Again,if you could just find a little time to either acknowledge me with a phone call or an E Mail I would be so grateful.

    I live in New York State just about 30 miles northwest of New York city. If you live within 1000 miles of here I would make the trip to see you and take you out for Beer and Steak. Actually I live only thirty miles south of West Point if that will give you a better idea of where I live.
    My actual address is 60 Mountain Road, Pomona NY, 10970.

    Semper Fidelis
    Sammie H. Lucas

    So please, please , contact me either by phone or E Mail @[email protected] or phone @845-362-5465.

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