Family members and nearly 60 Vietnam veterans that served in C Co., 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division met with Soldiers currently assigned to the unit to celebrate their proud heritage.
The event, which took place on June 13, proved that old Soldiers do not fade away, but instead encourage, mentor and support today’s generation.
Retired Col. Kevin Corcoran led the group of Vietnam veterans that served in the company from 1965 until 1972. He commanded the company while in Vietnam and served as the lead coordinator for connecting with Capt. Stephen Cumby, C Co.’s current commander. The two-day event bridged a generational gap and demonstrated that soldiering is soldiering regardless of the era.
“Many in my company and those that returned for this gathering were draftees or short-termers in the Army,” Corcoran said following the culminating lunch at Club Hood. “Regardless of how they came to be a part of Charlie Company, their experiences in Vietnam with their brothers had a lifelong effect on them. We greatly appreciate this opportunity to reconnect with each other, but even more so connect with the impressive Soldiers in Capt. Cumby’s company. Although young, they embody everything that is great in this country and make us proud of our service in Vietnam and proud to be Americans.”
Cumby added, “We are extremely proud of those that went before us. Having an opportunity to hear their experiences in Vietnam emboldens us as we face today’s challenges. As Americans and as Soldiers, we draw a tremendous amount of strength from our past.”
After the luncheon, the Vietnam veterans honored the 150 Soldiers that died while assigned to the company from 1965 until 1972. Corcoran read each name while a picture of the deceased Soldier appeared on a display screen which also indicated their hometown and the date they were killed in combat.
The touching tribute once again reminded everyone in the room that freedom comes at a high