Introduction Here's another one of 2nd Platoon's original troopers out of Fort Riley, Kansas.
Jimmie Salazar is one of the fortunate 13 members of our 2nd Platoon who survived and stayed with the Unit throughout 1967. On our patrols and in combat, Jimmie proved time and again, that he was the epitome of the Old Reliables. Everyone knew that he was tough and could be counted on when the going got tough. And too often, it was tough. Back in January, 1968, Jimmie, James Holstine and I travelled together back from Viet Nam to the "World of Round Door Knobs" - that would be the good ole USA. That was one of our happiest days of our lives! But then, I don't think Jimmie ever had an unhappy day as he was always one of the most jovial soldiers in our Unit. I can't think of anything that could knock that big smile off his face. Back at Fort Riley on our training bivoucs, he used to have so much fun sneakin' up on guys while they were tryin' to catch a little shut-eye and rattle some weeds that sounded like a rattlesnake. All of us would jump and holler and he would be so delighted with himself. Jimmie, what a solid trooper you were and such a great fun loving person. I wish you all the happiness forever!
Bill Reynolds - April 13, 2001