Posted by Bruce B. Libby - Medic 1st Plt. Co. C 2/27th 25th D
I was the medic who treated Charlie the day he was wounded. I had jioned unit as they made push to establish final perimeter at Chu Chi. I joined plt. in field after their medic was wounded.
Charlie and Gunderson were quite the pair. We were lucky as we had no Lt. platoon leader. As a young right out of training medic I was lucky to have these two to follow. The day Charlie was wounded was a bad day for us. We entered into a VC stonghold dense jungle no visibility etc.. We took fire and grenades from entrenched positions. Charlie was wounded as was I. I evacuateded him to the LZ and got him on med evac. and then was flown out myself.
It was some time before I ever knew of his passing. Of all those memories in a shortime I remember the the day Charlie made the platoon headquarters group Teriayki steak! First time I had had it! Love it till today and never have it w/out thinking of who introduced me to it! As years have passed I have never forgotten that jovial fun loving guy who showed me so much!
Dec 5, 2007
Posted by William Specht - Served with him in Cu Chi - A Terrific Guy
I served with the C 2/27 of the 25th Division. Sgt Rooth was in a different company but was one of those extroverts you couldn't help but notice. He and another Sgt (Gunderson?) were always teasing one another and keeping things light for their men. We were the initial troops into Cu Chi and were establishing its initial perimeter. The work was hot and exhausting but Sgt Rooth was laughing and joking and right in with everybody else. My last image of him is standing on a bunker (a combination of Babe Ruth and Aldo Ray) with his shirt off, hoisting sandbags with the sweat pouring down - as happy as a little kid in a sandpile.
June 20, 2002