Introduction Stan Cockerell was another one of those lucky young Southern California lads from the San Fernando Valley who also received his "Greetings" from Uncle Sam back in May of 1966. He
arrived at Fort Riley, Kansas like the rest of us......with that certain "never been away from home before" nervousness.
We were all instantly treated so kindly.....ha! Stan was a quick learner and he excelled during Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training becoming a proficient grenadier and machine gunner, and an
expert rifleman. Stan was a guy that any of us could count on - I believe he epitomized our unit's nickname, "The Old Reliables". Stan was in my squad and he was also one of my favorite drinkin' buddies
everytime we were allowed a day off on R & R to Vung Tau, which was not often enough!
Meg, and I had the pleasure of visiting with Stan and his wife, Linda, for the Mobile Riverine Force Association's Veteran's Day celebration in Washington D.C. this year. Being with Stan again and sharing stories brought back many fond memories of our former comrades.
Bill Reynolds - December 26, 2000