The 1st Battalion - 14th Infantry Regiment
(sent in by Tom Jones)
This unique tattoo has a
connection even though it's proud owner,
Manrique, served with
Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry
A good friend from my 1966 service
with 1-14 Infantry, CPT Richard Beal,
returned to VN for a 2nd tour in early 1968
Company Commander of A-1-35
Infantry. Over the years at various reunions
I have run into numerous men that humped
his radio, and Pancho was one of them. Both
were wounded in action on 4-5-68 and, for a
time, hospitalized near each other. Pancho
writes "Beal told me that I was going to a hospital in
Japan and asked if I had any money. I told him "no" and then
he pulled out his wallet and gave me $10 and said I did a great job and that
I made him proud; good luck in life and
to stay a good man. Then he said 'God bless you son' and said goodbye.
He was a good man that I will never forget".
David Manrique eventually returned to the beaches of
California and had this tattoo done to cut down on the questions.