My 21st birthday occurred on February 6, 1969. My squad was given the point position for C Co. and I chose to walk the element with four of my squad members.One of the squad who wasn't on point took me aside and said "You're walking in the sixth spot off point because no one dies on their birthday in Vietnam." He was an M-79 man who had never walked point but he refused all my requests to let me lead and ended the conversation with "I have to prove something to myself." The point element was ambushed going up a ridge line and it took 6 hours to retrieve the wounded and KIA. I have replayed that situation over and over trying to figure out if it would have ended differently if others were up front. I will never forget Terrance Kilbane who made the ultimate sacrifice and the others wounded that day as they have allowed me to fulfill all my dreams and aspirations with a tremendous family support group. He will never be forgotten and I believe he would have been an exemplary police officer in Lakewood Ohio.