May 3, 2014 This Very Day
There Was A Reunion  
A Long Time In The Making!
Two A/2-7 Cav Troopers
from NAM 66-67, met in
Marietta, Georgia for
lunch, drinks and conversation.

On his way to see his daughter in Douglasville, Georgia,
Jerry Johnston from The Villages, Florida stopped by to see
me, Mike Kovitch, share old times and a few memories

We had not seen each other in 47 years, and it was great to
renew old friendships and share our recollection of events,
and of our time served in NAM. Jerry was an F.O. when I
knew him, and of course, I was an RTO. We spent about four
hours together, and then we wishedeach other God speed
until the next time. It was really great to see him,
and I hope it's not that long until our next visit. Jerry is in the
gold shirt.

The bartender was kind enough to take our picture.   
Did you notice our camo hats? We both brought these back
from NAM 47 years ago and we still have them to this day,
although they are now a little tattered and faded. Jerry even
had his embroidered with hisCapt's bars and "Bucket"
handle. Amazing how we both thought to bring them for our

It was truly great to see him. It's amazing how
such a little thing was such a morale booster when we could
now opt out of steel helmets for these soft hats.The hats
were so floppy that you would take C-ration case wire thread
it through the outer hat loop so as to give it some shape that
would then hold the hat rim in place.

 Just another moment in time!
                                    Mike Kovitch
To read more about the "Boonie Hat" click the link below/JB
                                     Posted: May 2014/JB
SGT Mike Kovitch, RTO
NAM Photos and Information
A Company 2nd BN 7th CAV
July 1966 - July 1967
Posted With Permission June 2013/JFB
Updated: March 2016/JFB
From Mike Kovitch
It would always be good to hear from a
fellow 1st Caver, no matter the year served.
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Updates from Mike
We Gottta Get OuttaThis Place
To Commemorate the Vietnam War,
These Vets Have Something Special In
Store…2015 marked the 50th anniversary of when
regular United States combat units were deployed
to Vietnam.

To commemorate that, the Patriots Point Naval &
Maritime Museum put this video together, which, in
addition to footage from the war itself, shows
Vietnam War veterans lip-synching to the song:
“We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place."

Comments From
Mike Kovitch
January 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the Nam Vet lip synching video
to "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place."

This reminded me of a now distant discourse David
Floyd, the A/2-7 Webmaster, and I once had about
our physical memories of certain events in combat.
Specifically, we talked about first impressions of
combat and being fired upon being nothing like it is
in the movies. While watching a movie from the
comfort of your armchair, all you see and hear are
soldiers getting shot at.

What we both remembered while talking was not
only being fired upon but the immediate
overwhelming sounds of bullets everywhere around
you, the deflection of bullets hitting branches, the
ground and all plus the tremendous noise all this
gunfire, grenades and mortars create. Couple with
this the terrible smells in the air and the adrenaline
rush you are now experiencing. With the lingering
smell of white phosphorous grenade smoke burning
your nose after each firefight was over you would
slowly come back to earth and then reflect upon
what had just transpired, quietly thanking the Lord
that you were still here to fight another day,
saddened that you just lost a buddy you would
never see again. I remember praying for him/them
and asking the Lord to give their families the
strength to get through this upon hearing the news
they would now soon receive about their loved

Sitting back stateside reading in the local
newspaper this week alone there were 278 Vietnam
casualties. doesn't really have the same impact as
a loved one's family getting news their hero is now

Posted: January 2015/JFB