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The Wolfhounds
Vietnam History Project

Dutch McAllister Headquarters -- Tropic Lightning

About Me

In two voluntary tours in Vietnam I served as CO of Company A, 2d Battalion, 18th Infantry, and later as Executive Officer, and Operations Officer (S-3), 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry. The 18th Infantry (Vanguard) was a great outfit, and no one knows better than I that the Big Red One has always been a great fighting division. But if anyone remembers me as a soldier, I want to be remembered as a Wolfhound. For it was in that dangerous, unpredictable environment along the Cambodian border, fighting a war our country's leaders had already decided to lose, I was privileged to serve with men who matched Stephen Vincent Benét's view of the soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia in the American civil war.

...Strange army of ragged individualists, the hunters, the riders, the walkers, the savage pastorals, the unmachined, the men come out of the ground...

The lazy scorners, the rebels against the wheels, the rebels against the steel combustion chamber...

...You had your cowards; your bullies, your fakers, your sneaks, your savages. You got tired of marching. You cursed the cold and the rain, you cursed the war and the food--and went on until the end. And yet there was something in you that matched your fable. What was it? What do your dim, faint voices say?

I say--in the words of my friend and personal hero, Major Charles "Butch" Darrell, who was Executive Officer and Operations Officer before me in the Second Wolfhounds:

The regimental insignia was the head of a wolfhound above the motto Nec Aspera Terrent... The insignia looks like a fraternity pin and we often said, "That's as it should be. We are a fraternity."

Please tell me about your part in our history. I will do my best to record it honestly and provide a link for us with our descendants--for all time.

Howard Landon "Dutch" McAllister


Join the Wolfhounds Vietnam History Project

Please fill out the form in as much detail as you can. The DATES OF SERVICE are the dates you served as a Wolfhound during the Vietnam War. You can put other dates including overall service, DEROS from Vietnam, dates you attended Army schools, etc., in the large NARRATIVE block. In the DUTY ASSIGNMENT block, put your company and job title; such as Company C, rifleman, squad leader, etc. The NARRATIVE block is the heart of the form. Write in as much detail as you wish. The appearance of the form does not determine how much information it will hold. Many pages of information will fit in the block if you wish to write that much. Tell me about your unit, the men in it, the fire support bases where you were posted, unusual occurrences, and anything else you consider significant in your service in the Wolfhounds. Don't worry about spelling. I can usually figure out what you mean, and spelling Vietnamese words and military abbreviations is difficult at best. If you have pictures, documents or other things you are willing to share, let me know so I can arrange to copy them. Your response will be acknowledged as soon as possible.

If you have any difficulty in using the form, please contact me at *lanmac@peoplepc.com.

*Alternate e-mail address:
walnutgl@swva.net.

Wolfhounds Vietnam Information Form

Your Name

Email Address

Postal Address

Dates of Service

Duty Assignment

Narrative

 

Angel's Wing, Bo Bo Canal, Boi Loi Woods, Cambodia, Cu Chi, Dau Tieng, Diamonds, Filhol Plantation, FSB Jackson, Go Dau Ha, Hoc Mon, Ho Bo Woods, Iron Triangle, Michelin Plantation. Mushroom, Nui Ba Den, Parrot’s Beak, PB Harris, PB Kotrc, Phuoc Luu, Renegade Woods, Shamrock, Sugar Mill, Trang Bang -- and all the other places we sweated and bled, and where some of us died.

Let me hear from you, Wolfhounds!


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