18th Artillery Group Member
• November 1970 Advanced
• Left HQ 18th Artillery An-Khe Vietnam
Lackland Air Force
Chester was one the chosen for
Special Forces Green Beret!
Well we all know that 3 men out 100 make Special Forces, however, because the war
was winding down there was pressure, hurry, and confusion... Chester would have made
the Green Berets; Chester was put into the Rangers - still a great unit!
From 1971 to 1975 - flying in air craft,
choppers, and Chinooks - his unit
covered South Vietnam, Cambodia, and unknown Laos areas, to him to save POW `S and
South Vietnam refugee's; picking them up and bringing them to a Camp to send to USA.
Chester was one of the men that the Army took your Dog Tags, wallet, and the name tag off your
Shirt so you had nothing to Identify you - on these missions, if you were shot down,
the Army... America... didn't know you.
Well, Chester's plane was shot down... wounded, he made it to America Forces
serving near there. Chester carried Shrapnel in his shoulder for year's.
Chester left Vietnam and was Discharged at July 1978
Altus Air Force Base.
Chester one morning at a cafe - the pain showed in his face. I got him to go to PTSD class and they got him to a
doctor and did surgery on his shoulder, as Chester
could not work anymore (this was late 2000 or 2001). Chester was in a couple PTSD
meetings - He decided to go to Viet center once a week with his wife Barbara. Awesome Chester!
A wife learned to live with a Vietnam Vet.
Chester can be seen in many Reunion pictures. One thing I will never forget
about a friend... Chester was at the Tulsa VA, when they carried me in, diabetes almost
taking my leg (Oct 2002), he stayed and helped Sarah and the RN until they got me in room
Chester while in Phoenix, VA in late April,
'07 - I had a nurse, and we chatted, she did
not know if she served with you, but the same thing happened to this Lady, nothing
to Identify you! I listen to her story's... they took all her stuff...
anything that would Identify her. I waited to chat with her next day but she was off
work those 2 days. I will get another chance, as often as I go to Phoenix... I'll go to
the heart floor to see if she working that day. Nosey aren't I? Smiling, I'll want to know
more about the most screwed up war in history of the USA.
Chester and Col. Sanchez
at the Peoria Reunion.
Chester Drives a Spitfire he got in the Ozarks of Missouri. It's up one hill
and down the other - driving to keep up with Trucker's and a Cadillac he didn't like
he was sucking Gas never noticed his gas Gauge . Thanks Barbara for telling on
him Chester 90 to 100 MPH is way to fast. Way to go Chester he ran out Gas. We
Love you anyway.
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