and Maureen Greene
Greene, Mike 3/5 I was in-country
66-67. Our first assignment was called SLF (Special Landing Force).
We were a Battalion Landing Team, but assigned to Helicopter Insertions
off of the USS Princeton. HMM362 and HMM364 Helicopter Squadrons were
assigned on the Princeton with us.
first operation was Operation NATHAN HALE, and then we rolled in to
DECKHOUSE I, and then I believe Operation PRAIRIE. I was on the first
part of Operation HASTINGS. I was dinged a couple of times, spent time
in Subic Bay in the Hospital, then to Guam, and finally back to the
States to Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Chicago. This was the closest
to my home, as I am originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, a
little town called Southgate.
Remember the training at Marguerita, the trip from Long Beach on the
Renville, the one night stop in Hawaii. Then on to Okinawa to pick up
the Princeton. First OP off of the Princeton was NATHAN HALE. I
was shot on that OP, and then again on the next OP, PRAIRIE I think.
was with the third platoon, third squad, third fire team. I was an automatic
rifleman. Our Platoon Commander was Lieutenant Lindblom. Platoon
Sergeant was Staff Sergeant Mickey Finn, Squad Leaders, Ortiz, Boyer
and Turner. Fireteam Leaders, CPLS Young, Davidson, Craft and Perez.
CPL Perez was KIA on Operation NATHAN HALE.
in the Platoon were Paul Blackburn, Mike Pape, a kid from Kansas named
Eberhardt, another Blackburn we called BB, an American Indian Pesewonit,
we called him Chief, Sandoval, Mike Reardon, John Sanchez. Jim Madden.
Gary Bolen was attached to our platoon 0331 M-60, John Hernandez M-79
30+ years I found CPL Perez' parents. They were in Lone Pine, California.
I was surprised to know they only got a message which said their son
was KIA, never any details. I was able to provide details, and gave
them some closure. I visited them this summer, they were very nice people.
Pesewonit and Sanchez KIA, PRAIRIE or HASTINGS, can't remember right
now. Semper Fi/Greeneman
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