|Comments by Andy on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 05:35
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|Now I HAVE explored this site. WOW!! Talk about an emotional rollercoaster!!
THANK YOU for the photo of "YATESY". I still can feel hs hands clutching my shirt as he told me, "ANDY, they won't let me stay! The lifers are making me go back to the world. They won't let me stay home!" I told him that perhaps they would come to their senses, that everything would work out. That was the last conversation I had with him. He was a true HERO and the first man who made me understand the difference between a "lifer" and a "Career Marine". He was clearly the latter. Now I will be able to show my sons a photo of the man they have heard so much about. I am certain that they have wondered about this man, the mention of whose name brings tears to their Dad's eyes. I am also sorry to hear that Lt. Head has left us. He got me through Jan 20th by telling me (as I as experiencing a "melt down", saying, I'm gonna die, we're all gonna be killed." which seemed a reasonable concern at the time, shortly after we had reached what was left of 3rd Plt.) "The hell you are! "'Cause, if they get YOU then they're gonna get ME, and they ain't gettin' me 'cause I' SHORT!!"
Later in the day, when the two Army Hueys arrived and were firing rockets over us Lt. Head started to melt down, saying, "Oh my God, now they're hittin' us with rockets!!" I looked up, saw the Hueys, and punched Lt. Head in the chest. I said, "Sir!" and pointed to the Hueys. He then said, "Thank God", regained his composure, and once I established comm with the choppers, took my handset and started the process of getting our dead and badly wounded out of there in 3rd Platoon's Amtrac.
I've read Major Johnson's account of that day and I certainly agree that Lt. Head was "a hell of a man".
THANK YOU! SEMPER FI!