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Gunther Bahlaj
Redcatchers in Cambodia "Raiding the Sanctuary"
Mon Jan 28, 2013 21:10


Thank you so much for producing this video clip for us all. Your Dad, Jack, must be extremely proud of you and what you do to help preserve our 199th LIB legacy.

In your pictures and video, I saw the faces of so many of my comrades/buddies; Sloopy, Schroeder, Shorty, Siggy, Speedy, Sgt. Rundel, Harold, Guerrera, Herrero, Ram, Acuna, Foster, Garcia, Delgado, Cooley, Witzig, McGowen, Augon, Chico, Knight, "Sonny" Phillips, Rau, "Florida" Davis, "Pigpen" Moore, Robinson, Thompson, Jones, Brown, Howard, Clavio, Anton, Flukas, Artis Douglas, Kussy, Grover, Hannah, Hernandez, Hooper, Looker, McElyea, Mejia, Muoz, Pancho, Rip, Robbins, Rule, Runyan, Wampler, Wells, Wiffler, Benesh, Dabney, Steger, Smith, Rydstrom and others I cannot put a name to but still remember as if it were yesterday. That "my guys" did not serve in the Brigade during the timeline of your video does not matter to me.

We are all familiar with the expression, "they all look alike"? Well, it's the damned truth. At least in my mind's eye, we all certainly did so very much look alike. Just consider the glassy-eyed stares, exhaustion filled and gaunt-looking faces that our hands might cover while bent over with grief or anxiety, and then the goofy smiles and laughs, peace signs given (even a "half" of a peace sign shown more often then not) and the near beer cans raised in occasional toasts and cheers to help relax, unwind and forget, for a time.

Thanks again for putting together these visions of the past, bittersweet as some of them may have been. Thanks too for the incentive your post provided me to go on a short but therapeudic trip and writing binge.

Redcatchers Forever,


  • Redcatchers in Cambodia "Raiding the Sanctuary"Robert J. Gouge, Sun Jan 27 12:20
    Redcatchers, I just completed this short video for Youtube as a companion/commercial for the book, "Raiding the Sanctuary." Redcatchers in Cambodia 12 May to 25 June 1970. ... more
    • Firebase BrownJames Ruh, Thu Mar 6 15:21
      I just discovered the book "Raiding the Sanctuary: The 199th Infantry in Cambodia". I was a Staff Sergeant and the acting Platoon Sergeant of the 1st Platoon of B-5-12. I remember the attack on... more
      • Re: Firebase Browntomleckinger, Sat Mar 15 02:42
        Well, there's a name that I haven't seen in a lot of years. I was at FSB Brown, and was later shot in the action you describe. Sgt. Ruh was the one who told me about Dannie Hawkins after I got out of ... more
        • Fire base BrownJames Ruh, Thu Mar 20 14:09
          Tom: I remember you well. Good to hear from you. Hope all is well. Jim
          • Great to hear from you!tomleckinger, Thu Mar 20 18:46
            All is well - retired and living in Thailand after a career in international development which took me to many countries, including extended Vietnam and Cambodia posts. How are things with you? Send... more
    • Redcatchers in Cambodia "Raiding the Sanctuary" — Gunther Bahlaj, Mon Jan 28 21:10
    • D/5/12 199THJohn W. Hart, Mon Jan 28 01:17
      THANKS ROBERT; D/5/12 199th LIB was my unit in this movie : 6 of my buddies lost their lives during the last week in Cambodia. I'm at the 6:30 mark in the front outside Tanh linh after Cambodia. I... more
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