Vincent Hichiro Okamoto

Gender Male
Birth date 1943-11-22
Place of birth Poston AZ, U.S.A.
Inducted 1967-6-1, Los Angeles CA
Enlistment type Volunteer
Service branch Army
Service type War
Unit type Combat
Units served US Army, 25th Infantry Division
Military specialty Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader
Stationed South Vietnam; Berlin, Germany.
Personal responsibility Platoon leader; Intelligence Officer; Company Commander; Liaison Officer 5th Special Forces.
Major battles (if served in a war zone) Vietnam, May Offensive 1968; Battle of Tay Ninh, August - September 1968.
Awards, medals, citations (individual or unit) Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star

Bronze Star

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry

Three Purple Hearts

Living conditions Other than stand-downs in base camp, we lived in the jungle 30 - 40 days at a time. We slept on the ground, bathed in streams and ate mainly cold C rations. Our only real entertainment were letters from home.
Most vivid memory of military experience Combat!
Missed most whilst in the military Family! Japanese Food! Existing in an environment where I wasn't in fear of death.
Most important thing, personally, to come from military experience? Life is a gift - don't take it for granted.

I'm not so special. I'm alive today because of good luck!

Don't go to war unless it is unavoidable!

That Vietnam can't be totally excised from my mind.



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