On November 12, 1966 NVA contact was made at LZ Red Warrior. It was the battalions first major battle. For a long time the soldier in the picture was unknown. We now believe we know who he is. In Nov. 2010 Red Warrior Harry Brandt wrote us stating: "The unidentified soldier pictured on our website...look's very much like PFC James Watts, with whom I served, of the 1st Squad, 1st platoon, Company C, 1/12th. The location was in Kontuem province, Red Warrior LZ YA 596580"
On Nov. 12, 1966 Watts puts his words on paper, his feelings at the time. He handed the hand written poem over to Chaplain Max Wilt and asked if he would submit it to Stars & Stripes to be published. It didn't make it. Chaplain Wilk held on to the poem all these years, and only recently, found it. He thought he would share the young mans words, and finally published here, over 40 years later.
Thanks to Harry Brandt for identifying this soldier.