Honoring our Medics- the #1 Bac SI G.I. s
A special shout-out to the Medics (Bac Sis) at the 2011 Annual Vietnam Veteran's Day Banquet. Bac Si is the Vietnamese word for Doctor.
We had this cake made in honor of all the #1 G.I.s, but a special symbol was placed on here for the tribute to the Medics (right hand side of cake)
HM3 -Aka “Doc” “bush doc” “mother doc”
Enlisted July 1967, Served with: 2nd Bn. 1st Mar Div.Echo Company, 1st Platoon. 1969 - Hon. Dis. July 1971
Larry asked me to return an item for him to Vietnam this year (2011) that belonged to a former North Vietnamese Soldier. The item is now archived in the Danang Museum.
Please watch video and read more about Larry and the item I returned for him here.
Our name for Larry- Buckle Larry I am really proud of Larry for this act of humanity.
Drafted October 1965, In Vietnam 66-67, Attached to 418th Medical Company Ambulance Service, 4th Army detachment, Worked Med Cap with the Vietnamese
AKA Huey Larry- Larry was the one who got us our Huey Helicopter for the first official Vietnam Veteran's Day Celebration for WI (2010). This was one of the favorite things at our event.
Specialist-4 with the U.S. Army
Troop A, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment
He received the Army Commendation Medal while serving as a Medic with A Troop in Vietnam. He helped aid and rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight and carried them to safety to the evacuation site. With complete disregard for his own personal safety he carried out these duties during intense firefight.
(This information came from an article done on Larry)
The Commendation was signed by: R.E. Hufmann, JR.-Brigadier General, GS, Chief of Staff.
The thing I loved about Larry is that he tries to learn and practice a little Vietnamese with me. He seems very sincere and authentic about wanting to learn about my life and experiences too. Thank You # 1 G.I.!
U.S. Army- 1966
He volunteered for Special Forces and was trained as a Medic.
Served in Okinawa, Philippines, Taiwan, & Vietnam.He was recruited by the US Agency for International Development to serve as the public health advisor for Military Region II (MR-II) in Northern Laos where he worked with the Hmong and other Hill Tribes.
After returning to the states, he joined the Army Reserves where he was awarded a direct commission to second Lieutenant and retired in 1994 as a Major. He is active within the Special Forces Association and within the Hmong Community, especially the Hmong Veterans.
On Memorial Day 2010, I spoke at the Hmong, Laos, and American Veteran Memorial as did Steven. I acknowledged and thanked Steven for making it his mission to not let others forget about who the Hmong and their Veterans are. This is what I admire most about Steven. Thank you Steven- this definitely makes you a Number One G.I.
“In our desire to express our frustrations with the conflict in Vietnam, we targeted our young
men who served there.
In a very real sense, we did not separate the war from those
who fought it".
“The least any of what these men did was their duty and for this they should be proud.”
Le Ly Hayslip