June 1969 near Khe Sanh, holding a captured
Dong Ha Vietnam 1969
Okinawa August 1969 Getting ready to go on
Liberty. Discharged less than a month later..
Doc Hudson our corpsman holding captured SKS
Dave Penn - my second radio operators in
Mac and I had just got the word that Nixon
was pulling the troops out of Vietnam. July
1969-Khe Sahn Vietnam
Yours truly somewhere in Vietnam
Abertina my first radio operator,
served with me during Dewey Canyon
Bangkok, Thailand May 1969 Ann and I ,
plus the snake, while on R&R.
This is the fateful bomb crater where the
squad was practically wiped out that I should
have been with. June 1969.
In the bush 1968
Me with a Russian AK47
Al showing off his shrapnel wounds.
I was calling in a fire mission in this clip.
I happen to have a camera pointed up when this
jet had a faulty ignition of napalm . When I
clicked the jet was totally involved in flames,
but by the time the picture took it was well clear.
Pardon my attire here, but we had just returned
from a long hump and the temperature was 120
degress. D'nam was Hot!
War is a dirty job and I mean that literally.
Sometimes going weeks without a shower or
This is Cua Viet , where we had our in country R &
R. Two days worth.
Dave Penn and I near Khe Sahn- 1969
I'm calling in a fire mission
Vietnam Pictures below -updated 08/08/02
Only the dead have seen an end to war.
Hill 37 overlooking Camlo
Me and my 45
Detached from Delta 2/12 to Alpha 1/9-me and Iby ?
Pictrue Taken at Vandergrift Combat base
Monsoons at Vandergrift
Alpha 1/9 Killed in action (KIA)
Operation Dewey Canyon
January 20, 1969 through March 31, 1969
Name Rank City State Date
1. John Baird Jr. LCPL Oaklawn IL 2/22/69
2. Larry Boehm PFC San Felipe TX 2/22/69
3. James Burton CPL Chicago IL 1/24/69
4. Fred Butler III PFC Miami FL 2/22/69
5. Randall Carlton PFC Harrington Park NJ 2/21/69
6. David Chacon LCPL Gilcrest CO 2/22/69
7. Norman Chittester PFC Falls Creek PA 2/22/69
8. Robert Christiansen CPL OKC OK 2/21/69
9. William Christman 2NDLT Gaitherburg MD 2/22/69
10. John Coleman* CPL Atlanta GA 2/10/69
11.Henry Dye PFC Auburn WA 3/11/69
12.Buford Hardy PFC Richmond KY 3/10/69
13.Lee Herron 1STLT Lubbock TX 2/22/69
14.Richard Hodges CPL Atlanta GA 2/22/69
15.Anthony Johnson PFC Buena Vista CA 2/22/69
16.Dennis Moyer PFC Bethelehem PA 3/11/69
17.William Northington LCPL Prattville AL 3/04/69
18.Richard Parker LCPL New York NY 2/20/69
19.Samuel Parrish PFC Boydton VA 2/10/69
20.James Phillips LCPL ST.Louis MO 2/10/69
21. Richard Pollard PFC New Sarpy LA 2/22/69
22.Freddie Pote LCPL Hometown IL 3/08/69
23.Edward Powers PFC Marissa IL 2/21/69
24.Isieah Releford LCPL Yatesville GA 3/13/69
25.Douglas Sledge LCPL FT. Worth TX 3/04/69
26.Charles Smith PFC Okla. City OK 3/04/69
27.James Wiley PVT Chickamauga GA 1/21/69
Alpha company had an additional 127 wounded during
the same time frame making a total of 154 casualties.
Company KIA WIA
Total 64 475*
*Approximately half the wounded were WIANE.
Leech having a rare hot meal on Hill 37
Dave and ?, the Bush Palace - Quang Tri
Those wonderful C-RaTS
HILL 37 - M16
Me and the PRC-25 with an antenna - April 1969
I need help on this one - Dave Penn sittting far left, Edward (Eddie) D. Powers,
Hooch?,?, Far right - Jim Crosby. Many thanks to Joan and the Powers family
For Eddie's name and to Tom Burback for Jim Crosby.
Al and Doc
Al at Cua Viet on in country
We are leaving Vietnam -
The Good, the
Bad and the Ugly
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Event Horizon was published 09/25/15
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has
manifested into the book: Event Horizon:
A Marine's Vietnam War Story.
A Marine's Vietnam War Story
by Terry Presgrove
About the Book
Event Horizon: A Marines’s Vietnam War Story, is a memoir of my time in United States
Marine Corps: 1967-69; boot camp through returning home after the Vietnam War. The book
zeroes in on operation Dewey Canyon, at which time I was the artillery forward observer for
Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. Dewey Canyon
was the last major engagement by the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
The extreme psychological impact of war on the individual combatant is portrayed as an event
horizon. An event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an
outside observer. In layman's terms, it is defined as "the point of no return," i.e., the point at
which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible; even light cannot
escape. For those who fought in the Vietnam War, and specifically for the Marines who fought
in operation Dewey Canyon, it is impossible to escape the experiences that have generated a
paradox of *Revolving Door memories that will forever both haunt and inspire us.
This work is an attempt to give a peek behind the veil, and at least some pliable understanding
into what a Vietnam combat Marine experienced, to an outside observer. And though the non-
combatant will never truly know the experience of war, it is my hope that this work will, at
minimum, help them understand more about what makes a Vietnam veteran tick, and why
combat veterans can be so difficult to get to know.
In the book's concluding chapter, under the title Unlearned Lessons of War, America's *Revol-
ving Door war policies are addressed. Even though it has been more than four decades since
the Vietnam War, many of the same mistakes continue to be made today. This work's message
is as relative today as reading a daily newspaper or watching the evening news. In the Un-
learned Lessons of War critique, the author points out the self defeating policies that have
trapped our great nation in *The Revolving Door: Forever War.
Finally, in the Appendix A segment of the book, Terry delivers a spiritual message of hope to
all the wounded and hurting folks who question their relationship with God. From our old
warriors to the very young: no one is exempt from having feelings of hopelessness and despair.
Event Horizon, at its very essence, is about our fallen nature and how doing things our way
always leads to destruction: a *Revolving Door of endless chaos and hopelessness. It is only
when we die to self, and turn to Christ that we can have a life that transcends the quagmire of
our fallen nature.
* The Revolving Door is the quintessential chapter of Event Horizon.
Note from the Author
From a military perspective, the language in the memoir is relatively PG, but it’s not a child-
ren’s book. It deals with the horrors of war, and is definitely adult themed. For those who are
offended by doses of profanity, this is probably a read to pass on. With only a few limits, I've
tried to be faithful to what happened during my time in the Marine Corps: warts and all.
Comments about the Book
“Many sons and daughters of our great nation have served in combat zones during our sever-
al wars, both declared and otherwise. However, only something like 20 percent of that number
have served at the cutting edge, the fighters, the ones who make a difference. Terry Presgrove
was one of those fighters. He was my rifle company’s Artillery forward observer (FO) in
Vietnam: that was Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division...
The 9th Marines went into the A Shau Valley on Operation Dewey Canyon knowing that we
were in for a fight. We were going into our enemy’s back yard; he would have to confront us.
…on 22 February 1969 my company located the enemy force sought; I launched my assault
against them only to learn quickly that it was a bigger force than expected. The situation be-
came somewhat uncertain for us, especially after a mortar round hit among my command
group. Terry was wounded by that round a long with several others,... he expresses in person-
al depth the feelings we all know during those moments of trauma with death all around us.”
Col. Wesley F. Fox, USMC [Ret.], Medal of Honor Recipient,
Author of Marine Rifleman
"Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense
has approved, endorsed or authorized this book."