A little while back I posted the following story showing my Awards Record when I was stationed aboard Sailfish and the crew was awarded the Viet Nam Service medal (Below).
Taking things one step further, Ronnie Slack submitted the following letter dated August 24, 2018 to the Military’s National Records Center requesting reinstatement of the award based on the records of others who we served with onboard during that time frame.
I pretty much knew that this would be the outcome since I had done the same research several years ago when I was working as an Analyst for the Department of the Interior in Washington DC. I still held a little hope though – if for anything else, maybe just the ability to ‘Right a Wrong’ that happened so many years ago.
I’ve really never considered myself a Viet Nam Vet and am way more proud of what I did during a ‘War That Never Happened’ while sweating my nuts off in an engine room listening to the sound of 800 RPM rock crusher diesels turn generators that fed power to the boats two main motors…..
I suppose my question is……. If the Sailfish was never in Viet Nam since a couple days in 1970, then how would some people on the boat who were on the boat at the same time get to keep their awards?
I guess maybe one half of the boat was in country while the other half…… (the half me, Ronnie, and Bogie were on at the time)……. wasn’t…….