I heard about a new soldier that shot himself in the leg shortly after being assigned to our platoon. He was one of two guys that joined out 1st platoon. The guy that shot himself had not even been out on patrol yet. We didn’t know for sure if it was an accident out not, but we figured that he probably shot himself on purpose. We figured that he had because we were all trained on how to handle weapons safely. Recently, while talking on the phone with Alvin Dunn, our squad leader in Vietnam, he told me that he was in the barracks when the guy shot him self in the foot. He said the guy intentionally pointed his M-16 at his foot and pulled the trigger. Alvin said he couldn’t believe what he saw. I don’t know if the guy faced a court martial or not. A self inflicted wound was and still is considered a serious ofense. I need to ask Alvin if he knows what happened to the guy the next time I talk to him. I wonder if the guy is still alive today. I know now that he wasn’t cut out to be a Rakkasan in the 101st Airborne.
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Woody on March 31, 2010 in 101st Airborne, 1st Platoon, 3/187th, M-16, Rakkasan, Screaming Eagles, Sergeant, Sergeant Alvin Dunn, Vietnam, Vietnam 68-69 No Comments »