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|Title||Donald J. Perrault's journal|
|Description||Donald J. Perrault's journal of the time he spent in Vietnam. The date of the first entry is Oct. 8, 1968, and the last entry is Oct. 4,1969.|
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Perreault, Donald J.
|War or Conflict||
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
|Branch of Service||
United States. Army
|Unit of Service||HQ Company, II Field Force, III Corps, G-2, Plans and Operations|
|Rank||Specialist Fifth Class|
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives, American
Central Connecticut State University. Center for Public Policy and Social Research
Veterans History Project (U.S.)
|Type of Resource||
|Citation||Donald J. Perreault Papers. VHP2005.1.I.03. Veterans History Project, Central Connecticut State University, Center for Public Policy and Social Research|
Donald Perreault’s Transcribed Journal
Transcribed by Donald Perreault
8 Oct. ’68 Tues.
0145 PCT Up, up & away w/ TWA. Out on runway No. 9 Boeing 707 on line. Flt. No. T2B3 Seat
0400 arrive Honolulu after 5 hour flight. Sun Yat Sen in gardens. Sweet odor.
0530 depart Honolulu for Kadena AB (Iwo Jima)
9 Oct. ’68 Wed.
1000 arrive Okinawa after 9 hour flight. Short layover.
1300 depart Kadena for Bien Hoa AB
1512 (20) “touchdown time” in S. Vietnam after 3 hr 15 min flight. Country looks pretty
(AZ time ) from the air. Different story on ground - impressed by the crushing heat, the weird rainstorm on arrival, the poverty, filth, depravity. Trip from Bien Hoa to Long Binh & 90th Replacement Bn. Cold showers “monsoon”
10 Oct. ’68 Thu. no ship => details “shit burner” & “carpenter.” Everyone is here except for
11 Oct. ’68 Fri. no ship > barracks guard for 2 shifts. Lago & I get caught for all-night K.P.
From 6:30 PM to 6:30 AM - Moan! Figure I’ll ship tomorrow w/ no sleep.
12 Oct. ’68 Sat. Naturally I ship. Name is called for II Field Forces - Local Unit. Have no idea where it
is. Hear mention of Na Trang. Jeep finally comes to pick me up - ride for about a mile. The visions of a helicopter ride are shattered. Find out I’ll either be w/ the 219 MI Det. or TOC. I am assigned to Headquarters Co. => guard duty every 3 days. Moan! I meet the Sgt. Major; Capt. Violette . taken to meet Major Stein for whom I’ll be working as an aide (more or less). Sort of get squared away - no locker, etc.
13 Oct. ’68 Sun. Spend all day at Finance - send money home $350 out of $422. Yes! Torrential downpour around 4 PM. Get back to Company & learn that I have guard duty –
Helmet lent, rifle locked up. Great!! Finally, find my way out to the bunker –
K-25. Get 12-3 shift. Have M60 & M79 - OK!! Flares etc. - too bad I don’t
know how to work them. Guard is spooky. foggy - can’t see a thing!!
14 Oct. ’68 Mon. Report for work - spend day getting oriented. Pretty dry. Get a Mamason.
She’s pretty sharp w/ my marking system. Went to Bien Hoa III Corps. Bien
Hoa looks pretty raunchy, busy, poor, some parts look bombed out. Write home
for 1st time - 5 letters moan!
15 Oct. ’68 Tue. Work is pretty dry - get 1st project: III CTL (sic) Intell. Est. of Sit. - pretty dull
& confusing re: what is wanted. Work late - write a few more letters.
16 Oct. ’68 Wed. Work on project some more - breaks for rifle cleaning & TOC card. Didn’t
accomplish much. Guard mount - no sweat, big joke. 1st Sgt. is really a peach!
Firing Pt 2 - not too much rain, nor trouble sleeping.
17 Oct. ’68 Thu. Make headway on the project. Learn I am to help Col. . w/ briefing. Ran thru twice. Then once more for Col. Wood. Learn I am to present it for all the big
brass - Gen Abrams, Kerwin et. al.!! O.K. !! - at III Corps 180930. Get out
inputs for project. Go back to work on charts, etc.
18 Oct. ’68 Fri. Big briefing, but no Gen. Abrams - This is just a rehearsal. Gen. Kerwin is
there - that’s about all. <