Thanks for sending me the copy of "Behind the Green Water" on July 1. I enjoyed it immensely. I think I will send it on to my son, a Captain in the USAR and a 1993 West Point grad, for Christmas. He enjoys the same sort of fiction that I do. I have been a fan of Nelson DeMille for some years - didn't realize he'd been in the 11th ACR during Tet. I worked with the Howitzer Batteries of the 11th ACR in 1970 when I was with the 1st Cav Div and we invaded Cambodia. I was the Divarty S-4 of the Cav then.
About 2 years ago you sent me an e-mail after you read my entry in Ivan Worrell's guestbook. You and I shared that C-124 from Travis to Nha Trang in 1965 with the Advance Party of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Div. I don't remember your face either. After 5 days on a C-124, it's a miracle any of us can remember anything. I was a 1LT and the S-4 of 2/320 FA on the Advance Party. I continued at S-4 until November, 1965 when LTC Bill Braun, the Battalion Commander, gave me command of A Battery, 2/320th FA at Phan Rang. I made Captain shortly thereafter. If you are coming to the reunion in Fort Worth in October, I should see you there. I'm planning on attending.
Once again, your book was great. I'll send you an order and a check for "A Flash of Emerald" forthwith. Airborne!
LTC (Ret) David B. Smith