Vietnam veteran Ed Blanco has placed a short video of his 1966 birthday party on YouTube. It is a wonderful visual reminder of the fashions of the mid-1960s.
In 1967, when Blanco was 19, he volunteered to be drafted. He served with the 3rd 506 battalion of the 101st Airborne, and arrived in Vietnam in October 1967. Wounded by a grenade in March of 1968, he went back to duty after 40 days and volunteered to work with MACV.
I tell a portion of Ed’s story on pages 14-18 of my book Bringing It All Back Home.