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War-Stories' PointMaNewsletter
ONLINE EDITION 1: April-May-June, 2008
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EDITOR'S MESSAGE: Since 1995, War-Stories.com (WS) has featured hundreds of Vietnam Veterans’ war stories. War Stories is Dedicated to United States military veterans who served honorably during the Vietnam War. Our goals are to post and archive Vietnam War Stories of those who fought and lived with true accounts of valor, honor, duty, hardships, camaraderie, humor, and memories of those who fought and died or have not returned.

It is our hope the public and military will learn the cost war impacts upon the nation, military, families and friends of those who served, bled, or died. Victory may be won on the battlefield and denied politically from within.

War-Stories has just completed a major web redesign, including many new features, such as Flash icons, advanced navigator bars, dynamo search engine, and many others.

War-Stories’ readers have long asked for an area where veterans can post stories not for public consumption. WS agreed and created a members’ login password protected area area. Members Only pages may contain content NOT family rated.

Benefits for membership include previewing all new stories; access to restricted areas not available to the public.

There remains a public area paralleling nearly all member-areas. For instance, membership rosters with unit names, bases, forts, ships, year(s) in-country or military service, and emails are in both areas. However, members only area rosters include clickable emails and sortable columns. Members may sort all columns, such as sort by unit, year(s), or alpha names. The public area rosters do not have membership email access, nor sortable columns.

Additionally, members-only have online access to all prior War-Stories PointMaNewsletters, including this one, with special stories, links, and articles of interest. However, the first edition only will remain public for potential new members to read.

Letters to the Editor / Emails from the Front:

Q. How do I know if I am on a "Members Only" or "Public Area" page?

A. First, if you want a response, sign your name with an email. "Members Only" pages will automatically display if you login. There will usually be a "red" banner across the top with a personal welcome message containing your Name and renewal date. Otherwise, you will automatically be directed to a Login Page. "Public Area" pages will open without login and generally have a "green" banner across the top (like this one). Members may access both pages, but the public cannot access Members Only pages. WS Editor, Don Poss

This area is for emails from members or public. Guidelines for posting are the same as for the bulletin boards. Basically, keep it clean and respectful of others. I reserve the right to post emails, or not.

Send your Email from the Front to WS Editorfor consideration.


Tiger Force Recon!
When Pointmen Collide!
Albee and the Point Man

by: Hank Ortega
Tiger Force Recon, 1/327 Inf, 101 airborne Div.
Vietnam, 1968
(© 1999)

In 1968 I was a medic with Tiger Force Recon, 1/327 Inf, 101 airborne Div. in and out of the A Shau Valley. Albee was a point man, dark haired, smoothed faced, talked out of the side of his mouth like the tough New Yorker he was. One day after I had just joined the Tigers, we were moving down a trail that was well defined.

Ordinarily, we didn't use trails because that just opened us up to ambush, but we had a need to move

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