Army veterans reconnect in Arlington

Shown from left: Rich Berger of Wisconsin (two Purple Hearts), Mick DeHart of Ohio (Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars), Mike Ruocco of New Jersey (Purple Heart), Pete Farnham of Virginia, Mike Allen of Missouri, Bob Clark of Virginia and Brian Trask of Vermont.

Seven U.S. Army veterans, who in 1968 attended the Non-Commissioned Officer Course (NCOC) at Fort Benning, Ga., gathered recently at the home of Bob and Tricia Clark in Arlington for a mini-reunion and to honor their comrades who were lost in Vietnam.

Most of them had not seen each other since 1968. The NCOC program was designed to train sergeants to lead combat-infantry units for the Vietnam War. In all, some 26,000 soldiers attended the school during its five-year history. Of the 26,000 who attended, 1,108 were killed in action and approximately 3,500 were wounded.

On Memorial Day, they attended the ceremonies at the Vietnam Memorial Wall and laid a wreath in honor of those NCOCs who were killed in the Vietnam War.

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[tongue]Shake n Bake NCOs...Still fat, dumb, and happy after all these years.

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