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Diary13 Nov 1968

The Last Day!

13 Nov - [field strength-no entry] Quiet nite. A Co. & CIDG - Opened road SW toward Cambodia.
C Co. - Opened road, RIF'd.
B Co. - Escorted convoy to & from.
[No indication destination]
Scts - OPCON 3/22.

Change of Command at Rawlins at 1400 with LTC Albert C. Butler.
MG Richardson presented me LM
[Legion of Merit, a customary award to out going BN CO who hadn't otherwise screwed up.] COL Fair changed flags; BG Long attended. Also COL Sumner, 25th ID Chief of Staff; [LTC Clemons] Riley [ CO, 3/4 and an old friend]; & [LTC] Alex Hunt [CO, 3/22 a RVN friend and fellow veteran of the battle for Tay Ninh City.]
[LTC Butler was KIA on 22 March 1969. He died from injuries suffered when his Loach was shot down not far from Rawlins.]

LTC Cliff Neilson relinquishes his command to COL Fair. rr. MG Richardson

LTC Cliff Neilson, COL Fair,  LTC Al Butler,

Depart TN at 1700 on BDE CO ship. Saw MG Williamson prior to leaving. Arrived Camp Alpha at 1800, Stayed w/ MAJ Huntsinger, AG, CO, 178 Replacement Co.

Arrived SGN Terminal 0715 - Depart 1140

Homeward Bound.. Back to the World...


Cliff Neilson
"Mohawk 6 "
May-Nov 1968

Illegitimi nil carborundum

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