Randy Pelt, Mike and India 3/5 I went through Parris Island 1967-68 (Platoon 1085). After being medevaced from Vietnam in April 68, I went to OCS and the Officerís Basic School (4-69). I got to run around the hills of Camp Pendleton until they sent me back to VN in 1969. I was a platoon commander with India Company from August until I was medevaced in November.
When I returned in December I was assigned to Mike Company as XO. About Feburary 1970, Lt. Clair gave me the third platoon with the condition that Iíd still do the XO duties. (I got 1st Sgt. Baney to do all the XO paperwork for me.) Thanks Top! I assumed the CO slot when Lt. Ted Lewis left in July. Capt. Hill replaced me in August and I again assumed the CO duties when he was medevaced three or four days later. When I rotated home in September, I went to the 1st ITR at Camp Lejeune as the CO of a training company. I got off active duty in October 1971.
Of all the jobs Iíve had in my life, the one I absolutely enjoyed the most was being an infantry officer with India and Mike Companies. I never met a Marine or Sailor I did not like. Thanks guys for looking out for me! Semper Fi Devil Dawgs!
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