I worked transportation for soldiers deploying to the sand box, I would always tell them as they were exiting, "Thank you for your service, we appreciate you." One day one of the soldiers started laughing. I told him that I'd like to speak to him after everyone else had gotten off. I said, "I meant what I said." His response was, "I know you did, I was just thinking about how different it is now then it was from Vietnam."
These helmets, rifles, and boots tell a grim story of the action fought in Vietnam. This battlefield memorial honors the soldiers killed during the offensive from September 11th to November 25, 1965 (8).