By Taylor Kearns – email
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – In 41 years, Col. Bill Collier has never talked about his experience in Vietnam.
“I didn’t want to talk about it,” he said. “When you lose as many guys, those are painful memories. That was 41 years ago. What’s the point? I put all this stuff in a box. Sealed it up. Sealed up my mind, too.”
It wasn’t until he started a combat veterans support group at Northeast Presbyterian that he opened up. Initially, he wanted to help the younger veterans.
“I’m convinced helping these guys means a combat vet talking to a combat vet,” said Collier. “There’s an understanding there that’s hard to explain.”
That understanding allowed Collier to dig out a dusty old recording of a debrief of a mission no one had read about, and one Collier’s fellow veterans couldn’t believe.
“We all just sat there, across the board, and said, ‘This is a medal of honor,'” said Col. Steve Vitali.
It was 1972. American combat troops were goneand peace talks were going on in Paris. Collier, then a Major, was a U.S. Army advisor to the Mo Duc district of Vietnam.
Read More at: wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina
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