Pennsylvania Game News - May 2014 - 2

A Gobbler for Vernon

By Bob Rummel

T

HE pace was slow, painstakingly
slow. It had to be. One careless or
selfish move on my part to hurry the
process and the hunt would be over.
The challenge and plan was made and
nothing was going to keep Alan and
me from the base of a large oak just 45
yards away. Not step-by-step or footby-foot; it was inch-by-inch, as Alan
leaned his 200-pound plus frame on my
shoulder and slid his left leg across the
uneven terrain. With his walking cane
in his right hand and his lower body
supported by leg braces, we continued
our quest to the tree and the pursuit of
a spring gobbler.
All told, it took a full hour to go the
45 yards. Plenty of time to reflect on the
events of 46 years earlier that brought
me to this moment in time. It was December 1967, and 10,000 paratroopers
of the famed 101st Airborne Division
were airlifted from Fort Campbell, Ky.,
to the combat zone in South Vietnam.
The 3rd Brigade would go on to be the
highest-decorated airborne unit of the
2

Vietnam War. Although four decades
have gone by, I can still remember the
12,000-mile journey from Fort Campbell to Alaska, then Japan, and finally
touching down in Bien Hua, South
Vietnam.
When the doors of the aircraft
opened, the heat and humidity of this
strange place confirmed what the drill
sergeants had been telling us. It was an
intimidating sensation for an 18-yearold who had barely seen more than the
coal region of western Pennsylvania.
The impending danger was real and
we knew it. We were Screaming Eagles,
and I took pride and comfort that I was
with friends I could count on. Steve
Livengood and Vernon Christian were
two of the best friends I could have
had. Vernon loved to hunt and trap in
his native Ohio, and appropriately was
given the nickname Trapper. Today, I
playfully refer to the three of us as the
"Three Amigos."
The heaviest fighting and casualties of the war occurred in 1968, and
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