Introduction Bob Ehlert was one of the most respected and well liked soldiers in the 2nd Platoon. Big Bob could always be counted on to carry the load and get the job done. I
will never forget the day Bob was wounded.
It was on June 5, 1967 as we were patrolling "VC Island" in the Mekong River. I was walking point and Bob was about 15 feet behind me when a sniper opened up on us. I could just feel the the bullets whistling past my head as I threw myself to the ground and rolled into a ditch. Without hesitation, Lt. Jack brought the 2nd Platoon troopers up and everyone blasted away like it was WWIII. The sniper was silenced and we discovered that Bob had been hit three times. He was so lucky as not one bullet had struck any vital parts. Lt. Jack called for a medivac chopper to haul Bob out of the bush and the rest of us chopped out a (LZ) landing zone for the chopper. That was the last time that any of us saw Bob, however, we did receive word that he was going to be okay. After Viet Nam, I was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood to train Basic Trainees. One day in March of 1968,