THE FOLLOWING IS A TRUE COPY OF THE ADDRESS
MADE TO THE GOLDEN DRAGONS BY COL. G. PROCTER JR. BATTALION COMMANDER:
GOLDEN DRAGON, MEN
We find ourselves on the high seas our third day out of Oahu, on a
straight course to Viet Nam. As we close that chapter of the
14th Infantry GOLDEN DRAGONS history which brought the Regiment to
Schofield Barracks, the 4th of January 1966 becomes a significant
date. It will reflect in the preparation of future histories as the
date the 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry departed Schofield Barracks,
Oahu, Hawaii on a permanent change of station for a combat zone in
South Viet Nam.
We have 9 days left aboard the Walker before we close into our next
port. Platoon and Squad Leaders have an excellent opportunity to get
in some small group orientations and instruction. The ship does not
lend itself to company size group assembling for class work, but at
least once a day Platoon leaders should assemble their troops for
briefings, instruction, or merely to keep their people informed.
I would like to emphasize the importance of all personnel complying
with published instructions while we are at sea. There is a big job to
be done in maintaining a clean, well policed ship. Feeding over 2,000
troops 3 meals a day requires almost constant food preparation and
mess lines. Certain equipment, weapons, supplies, and areas require 24
hour guard. Those are but a few of the requirements that must be met.
So follow the instructions published and the job will be done faster
and more efficiently.
RIGHT OF THE LINE
G. Procter Jr. (Signature)
6 Jan 1966