Saturday, July 21, 2018

Twins born simultaneously, served in Vietnam the same way

Twins in Vietnam
The Mountaineer
Mike Schoeffel
July 20, 2018
What he and his twin brother, Fred, both 71, did was serve in the Vietnam War, one of the most divisive and brutal military engagements in United States history. What's more is their deployments overlapped, making them – to Ted's knowledge – one of just seven sets of twins to serve in Vietnam simultaneously.
VIETNAM VETS — Fred Underwood, left, and his twin brother, Ted, are one of the few sets of twins to have served in Vietnam simultaneously. The brothers are active in a number of veteran organizations, including DAV Chapter 89 (Keith Mehaffey), of which Fred is the commander.
Ted Underwood likes to whittle. It helps him relax.

He mostly makes small wooden soldiers. One of them is a boy – or, rather, a young man – clutching a duffel bag and a discharge notice. A wide grin is etched on his face.

"That's me [leaving Vietnam,]" he says.

Another of Ted's creations is a soldier wearing a flak jacket, carrying a toolbox and a rifle. As Ted explains, this little guy is about to be helicoptered into the middle of the jungle to fix a tank.

That's him, too.

"It seems to calm me," says Ted of his newfound hobby. "It gets your mind off all this mess. I say mess, but it's an honor to do what we done."
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Another interesting story is about six brothers who served during the Vietnam War
During the 1960s and early 1970s, a time when many young men of draft age were trying to avoid military service, six brothers from Montgomery County volunteered to serve in the U.S. armed forces.Terry, Bill, Max and Jim Graybill were in the Army, Bob in the Navy and Joe in the Marines. They didn’t wait to get drafted. Every one of them volunteered.

1 comment:

  1. My twin brother and I both served in Vietnam together in the 101st Airborne Division.


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