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Bruce Kersis

January 2012

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[Editorial note: In 2000 I asked Bruce about Viet Nam.]

In the Army I was involved with Communications and Engineering (heavy equipment). When I arrived in Viet Nam I volunteered to go to the field. I was assigned to the 11th Armored Calvary. This unit consisted of ACAV's (armored personnel carriers), tanks, helicopters, and artillery (track type). I was a TC (track commander) on a 113 ACAV we named "Hell's Half Acre." On our missions we went into the jungle to assist other units of the 11th, responded to calls for assistance by other units, and ran convoy protection when required.

In the year I was there I was only in close contact with the Viet Cong two or three times. The rest of the time we took occasional harassment fire - mortars, rockets, small arms fire.

The Army asked me to extend while I was over there but I felt enough was enough and looked forward to going home to my wife and daughter. Our marriage ended a year later.

In 1976 I met a wonderful lady named Kathy, who had three daughters and we've been together ever since.

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