|A grunt makes many
friends in the Nam, but some are more special than others. Mike
Mayer, left, of Chicago, and Dave Parker, of Oregon, were two of
those for me.
Mike's hard Midwestern accent, Dave's soft West Coast tones, and
my rich Cajun patois brewed in south Louisiana provided an
interesting study in American speech patterns when we got
I've kept in relatively close contact with Mike. He's in the
communications business in the Chicago area and he and his wife,
Grace, have raised two fine sons. We've been able to meet twice
over the years, once at his home near Chicago and once in New
I've lost touch with Dave since leaving Vietnam and Okinawa but
would much desire talking to him again. Dave hailed from Sweet
Home, Ore., but attempts to reach him have proved fruitless.
This photo was taken just before Dave came down with
(Please see Photo No. 19.)