Watters, Earl, SGT

Infantry (Enlisted)
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Life Member
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
11B20-Infantry Team Leader
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B20, 101st Airborne Division
Previously Held MOS
Service Years
1965 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate


One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 101st Airbone Division 1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Air Assault Badge 11th AAD 1964 Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Dept of New MexicoTWS Living History Team
  2013, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of New Mexico (Member) (Glencoe, New Mexico) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2015, TWS Living History Team

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Worked on a cattle ranch as a cowhand for a while. I'm now retired and Helping as many Vets that I Can WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm Era.

Served with the "Jumping Mustangs", 4th Squad-Weapons, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Airborne, Vietnam.

Departed mainland for Vietnam in August 1965, arriving in September at Qui Nhon, RVN for the Division base at An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, RVN.  Pparticipated in the Pleiku Operation, for which the 1st Cavalry Division received the Presidential Unit Citation. Involved in action around Plei Me, Duc Co, and the Ia Drang Valley, the 8th Cavalry also cleared Highway 19 to the West of An Khe. . . . The remainder of the year was spent in conducting operations around An Khe with the technique of combat air assaulting, rappelling and ground coordination being perfected. " 
from http://www.jumpingmustangs.com/hq6571/hqhistory.html
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)Air Assault Badge
Auto Rifle

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, 1st Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Polk, LA), E
 Unit Assignments
Fort Leonard Wood, MOAirborne School11th Air Assault Division (Test)1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile)
1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment101st Airborne Division
  1965-1965, 11B20, 7th Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Cadre)/C Company, 7th Battalion
  1965-1965, 11B20, Airborne School
  1965-1965, 111.10, 11th Air Assault Division (Test)
  1965-1965, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile) /A Company
  1965-1966, 11B20, HHC, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
  1966-1967, 11B20, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment
  1966-1967, 11B20, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Matador I
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Quick Kick
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Crazy Horse
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Masher/White Wing
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Nathan Hale
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Henry Clay
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Lincoln
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Mosby I
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
In what ways has TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
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