In June 1963, Palafox transferred to 3/18 Artillery and was sent to Ft.
Lewis, Washington... there, Basic training men took 2nd 8 weeks training
under Sgt. Palafox - July 4, 1964.
Palafox on a mission
in IA -Drang Valley when the tank broke down - a nervous night
for us all as we pulled Guard Duty with NVA around us...
although our Captain Laslie slept well that night."
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Jan 1965 orders came from the 23rd Artillery Group for duty to Vietnam .
Palafox was sent to IA-Drang Valley and Catecka Tea Plantation (Nov 4,
1965) securing the Air Strip with 88 Infantry. Palafox was
A-Btry 3/18 Artillery section chief for Alley - Oop 3rd Section, he also
was sent with A-Btry 3/18 Artillery at Artillery Hill # 54.
July 1965 Palafox and all Sgt., were sent to Korea
for 6 Weeks Special Weapons Training. Removing the Special Weapon
Truck `s from the unit`s 1966, Sgt. Al Palafox stayed with A-Btry 3/18
Artillery under Capt. Charles Laslie, then change command to Capt. Rex
Weaver. Palafox served all Battle Field missions 1965-66.
Oct 1966, when 23rd Artillery Group showed with 9 Battalions, it went
Americal Division. Nov 1966, Al Palafox took Howitzer # 3 Alley -Oop
and #4 Howitzer Annihilator to build camp at Chu-Lia Vietnam...
therefore adding 2 -175 Gun `s. Sgt. Palafox made one trip to USA
for 10 Weeks training in Special Weapons at Ft. Benning, GA returning to
A-Btry 3/18 Artillery Battles at Dak -To Plei-Me and Oasis's.
Sgt. Palafox was at Chu-Lia during battle LZ-Cindy
Sept 8, 1970 under Captain Sanchez as the 4 -8" Howitzers retuned to An
-Khe to rejoin the Battalion and return to USA. Sgt Palafox was
sent to Siagon as Chief Firing Btry for 105 unit - he rotated back to
States 1971 as the fall of Siagon began. Sgt. Palafox returned to
Ft. Lewis Oct 1971.
Chief Firing Btry Palafox stayed the entire Vietnam
War 5 1/2 years.
Palafox married Julie Mireles while on leave 1967 to Ft. Benning, GA
(during his 10 week Special Weapons Training before returning to Pleiku
Al and Julie Palafox still make there home in Tacoma
Serving under Sgt Palafox from Catecka Tea Plantation
to Tempoary morgue Nov 4, 1965 was a highlight in my life as a 19 year
old Kid. Sgt. Palafox was part 88 Infantry. 1st Field Forces 1965/66.
I have met Sgt. Palafox several times since 2000 once at Branson MO
I still wonder... a man bring`s a unit from Germany to Ft Lewis, to
Vietnam, and stay's the entire War with A/ Btry 3/18 Artillery?
I Salute you Sgt Alfonso Palafox... Duty-Honor-Country!
5 1/2 years in Vietnam War. I served with Palafox 1965/66 in
Pleiku Vietnam A-Btry was only unit with a Battle plan 88 Infantry 1965.
God Bless you Retired E-8 Palafox see you again at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma
Reunion, Sept '07. Welcome home Brother!
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