Curtis, a Patriot, and former Alpha Company soldier was one of the original members who went over on the HMS Gordon. Curtis passed away 7JUL16 at the age of 69. For those of you who did not know him personally, Jim Teller was kind enough to provide us with some info about Curtis;
The original Alpha Company members that trained in Hawaii and then sailed to South Vietnam on the HMS Gordon knew Jed best. But, everyone who knew him and was going to the reunion in Cleveland was looking forward to seeing him again.Lt. Roger Miller had sent me Jed’s phone number and had encouraged me to call him.This I did and we had a long and pleasant conversation.It was the only time I talked to him since we were together in Vietnam.He had said that he had health issues but it was a shock when he passed.
Lt. Roger Miller said it best on the card he sent with a wreath of flowers to Jed’s funeral.
Rest in peace brother, you were a fearless and heroic solider. From the boys of Alpha Company 4th of the 3rd Infantry. "The Old Guard"
I offered to chip in on the flowers but Lt. Roger Miller said it was an honor for him to take care of it himself. High praise from Second Platoon’s Leader, I understand how he felt.Jed was one of the “old timers” who had come over from Hawaii and I was a replacement who got there about five months into Jed’s tour.The old timers were our team leaders, squad leaders and platoon sergeants.They were our role models and they helped us survive.They were our friends, our superiors, our mentors and the rocks we leaned on for support. Jed was an exceptional soldier who earned the respect of those around him by leading by example with a kind heart.I liked Jed, respected him and the other old timers and I’m sad that he won’t be in Cleveland this August at the reunion.I’d tell him what I’m going to tell the other old timers.I’m going to thank them for being there ahead of me; for gaining the experience they had so they could pass it on to me.It wasn’t easy but it was appreciated. So, goodbye Jed and thank you.
In the far away fires Where the hills forever burn At the feet of our heroes We try hard to learn But the lesson is lost there In the smoke and the mud That we are one flesh, one breath, one life, one blood
I stood by the river That ran red with shame I stood in the killing fields Where death had no name I stood with my brothers And away it flood And we were one flesh, one breath, one life, one blood
Then I felt to the ground Tasted ashes on my tongue Thinking that only the dead Are forever young
There was peace in the twilight And for a moment among It was a world without danger A world without war And I will take all your suffering It will do any good Cause we are one flesh, one breath, one life, one blood
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