Pickard, Charles, HM2

Navy (FMF)
 
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 Service Details
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Current Service Status
US Navy Veteran (FMF)
Current/Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Current/Last MOSGroup
Navy (FMF)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, HM-8404, SERE School, Okinawa/Brunswick, ME
Service Years
1966 - 1970
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Water Survival Basic (WSB)
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Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer

 
 

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Eugene Sara; Detachment 418Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F)Military Order of the Purple Heart3rd Marine Division Association
Marine Corps Together We Served-National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2001, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines
  2003, Marine Corps League, Eugene Sara; Detachment 418 (Immediate Past Golden Rodent) (Billings, Montana) [Verified]
  2003, Marine Corps Association and Foundation (MCA&F) [Verified]
  2003, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified]
  2003, 3rd Marine Division Association [Verified]
  2006, Marine Corps Together We Served [Verified]
  2018, -National Rifle Association (NRA)


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I retired from 3M-Co., with my last assignment being Portland, Or. After a year of retirement living in Portland, my wife and I relocated to Montana, my home state. I enjoy hunting and fishing, and Montana memories of how it used to be drew me back.My family is the most important thing to me, so I look forward to all my visits with my grandkids and kids.
   
Other Comments:
My 3 years and 9 months of active duty in the Marines and Navy introduced me to some of the best people I have had the pleasure of meeting. I have rubbed shoulders with some very high powered, educated, well informed people from all walks of life. To be sure, my relationships and friendships with people in the military are number # 1 in my book !
   

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Vietnam War
Start Year
1962
End Year
1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War 


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
 
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1963
To Year
1973
 
Last Updated:
Nov 13, 2017
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
Cpl Paul Briseno,Sgt Jones PFC Fuzzy Lindberg,Doc Ballard, Doc Cruse, L/Cpl Tandy Wells


Memories
Hills 689, 552, 471,750,542(Peanuts),Khe Sahn Combat Base, Operation Robin South etc. In May of 1968 3/4 had over 250 Marines wounded and over 50 KIA, and in June of 1968 over 170 wounded and over 40 KIA. On the last day of Robin South we took over 100+ 82 MM rounds and over 100+ 152 MM rounds from Co Roc (Laos)

   
Units Participated in Operation

HMH-463

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  6090 Also There at This Battle:
  • Acheson, Cliff, Cpl, (1963-1966)
  • Ackerman, William (Wild Bill), SSgt, (1961-1975)
  • Adams, John, GySgt, (1967-2003)
  • Adams, Ron, Sgt, (1964-1970)
  • Adams, Roy, Sgt, (1957-1966)
  • Adaway, David, Sgt, (1962-1968)
  • Adrain, Dennis, Sgt, (1968-1973)
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