My dads name was Jackson W. Vetor and he served over there with a guy named Graham Ward who remained his friend during the rest of his life. He was also in the 126 Infantry but I can't remember which company he was in. I would have to dig out some papers or contact mom to find that out. Dad also had malaria and I can still remember some of the relapes he had when I was a child. I'm sure most of them who served over there came home with it.
I enjoyed your reply and just had my daughter who is a four year Army Veteran read it. To bad you live so far from your dad. Take it from me and visit him as often as you can. My dad passed away in 1995 and although we seen a lot of each other I wish I had seen him more.
I was interested in your mention of a ring. What kind of ring is it? I also have a ring dad gave me. It is made of silver and has a red arrow like their patch arrow.
I'm not sure my memory serves me right but it seems that dad said some fellow in the outfit made them out of silver he melted down. I may be thinking of something else and maybe you know about the rings history if they are indeed the same kind of ring. I don't wear mine because it once broke and I had it fixed and decided I didn't want to lose it.
Your way of looking at lifes hard times compared to what our dad's went through is very good. They did go through some very hard times that my Viet Nam service didn't come close to thank god.
I'm posting this plus I'm sending a copy to your email address. As kids of the Red Arrow Division Lets keep in touch. Take care and Happy New Year.