Dave Mayes, JrSpecialist Four
HHC, 3RD BRIGADE, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
16 January 1940 - 13 November 1965
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I still have the Donald Byrd LP I borrowed from you at Ft. Benning...
REST IN PEACE
SPC Mayes, although you died four years before I was born, I want you and all your comrades-in-arms to know that I think very highly of the courage and sacrifice each of you made during the Vietnam War.
I have always had much respect for all of you, but after seeing the movie "We Were Soldiers" I thank you even more.
You are from Jonesville, LA, a short distance from my hometown of Waterproof, LA. My Uncle was a Vietnam veteran - He did three tours over there, but he never talked about it. Out of respect for him, and my limited knowledge of what they went through over there, I never asked either. His was the first "1st CAV" patch I'd ever seen, and I always liked it - I just didn't know what it stood for. I did the next best thing, which was to follow in his footsteps, and I became a soldier as well.
After 10 years of service, I never wore the CAV patch, but I am a veteran of the Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, 1991. Although we didn't suffer nearly the losses suffered in Vietnam - I do know what it's like to be sent into harm's way - not knowing if you're coming home or not, and how after a while you seem to get an inner-peace, because you realize there isn't anything you can do about it - you know you can't leave, so you just put everything in God's hands - then whatever happens, after that, happens.
I hope that you too managed to find that piece as well. Even though you did not make it home, I want you to know that your courage and sacrifice will not be forgotten by your friends, your family or any one that ever puts on the uniform.
I hope you were greeted in Heaven with open arms! Thank you for all you have done!
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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