FORGET NOT ONE. Today is RED Friday (Remember Everyone Deployed), March 18, 2016. On this day in 1968, Marine PFC Jerrold Allen Switzer, 21, was serving with a a thirteen-member rifle squad, augmented by a U.S. Navy Corpsman and strengthened by a Vietnamese militia platoon of older youth and elderly men, in a rural village in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. This type unit was commonly known as a Combined Action Platoon (CAP). Switzer observed some village children playing in a river being swept out into the South China Sea. Using an air mattress, he attempted to rescue them but was himself drowned. (Whether the children were saved or not is unknown.) Switzer’s loss is one of those unfortunate accidental deaths that occur wherever people are swimming. The fact that he died so young in the midst of war is tragically ironic. The cause of his death was listed as a “misfortune of war” and his remains were never recovered. Jerrold Allen Switzer was single and from Paris, IL. His name is on the DC Memorial Wall at Panel 45E, Line 31. “I did my duty, I paid the supreme price, I pray you’ll remember my sacrifice. My life was short, I did my best. God grant me peace in my eternal rest.”
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Book Five, ANNAMITE HAVEN, 445 pages, $2.99. Three Montagnard boys befriend and protect Tom MacLaine after he escapes off the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. Trying to return to their home village, the boys encounter man-eating tigers and engage in deadly inter-tribal warfare along the way. MacLaine’s second attempt to gain rescue from the Air Force ends in another tragedy, not of his making. Upon finally reaching the village, he must go before the village elders who will determine whether or not he can live with them in the remote mountains of Laos.
Elizabeth learns Tom is free but lost in Laos. Much to her angry frustration, the Pentagon cannot help find his whereabouts. Meanwhile, she embarks on a hard-fought, mud-slinging political campaign for a seat in Congress. Behind in the polls from the outset, her chances of winning are in doubt. Nevertheless, she carries on like a true MacLaine.