Frank Schwan's Collection

2nd Platoon, C Company, 4th/47th Battalion, 2nd Brigade

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Schwan 1X

Here's my buddy Frank - what a great photo taken aboard our troop ship,
the "USS General John Pope" enroute to South Vietnam - January 1967.
Little did Frank know this day that barely 7 months later he would lie
seriously wounded in a rice paddy with four of his fellow squad members
shot dead just a few feet from his position. The rest of us in the 2nd Platoon
were unable to crawl across the dry rice paddy to help him and our other
buddy, Henry Hubbard, who saved Frank's life that day. We were pinned
down on July 11, 1967 by a bunkered Viet Cong force all day and through
the night. At day break, the next morning I'll never forget seeing Hubbard
practically carrying Frank towards our position where we were holed up in
a stream bed over night at the edge of that rice paddy.

I remenber how excited we were that they survived the night because the
Viet Cong had approached our dead buddies - Phil Ferro, Harold King, Butc
Eakins, And Sgt George Smith - during the night and took their weapons,
ammunition and all valuables.  Hubbard & Schwan laid behind a small rice
paddy dike with the pins pulled on their hand grenades in case they were
discovered.  Quite frankly, it's truly amazing that they survived, especially
with Frank being so seriously wounded.

                                                                         Bill Reynolds - January 2, 2009

 

Schwan 1Y

Here's a rare photo that Frank loves to talk about - this was taken from a listening post out side of Camp Bearcat.
This is what the Viet Cong see when they attempted to penetrate our camp's perimeter. Needless to say, we weren't
supposed to take such photos - if you've ever been on listening post duty, you know what I'm talkin' about.

 

Schwan 2A
Schwan 2D

Here are a few of Frank's prized
possessions - his Puple Heart and his
drawings.  I'm pretty sure the bottom
drawing is a salute to Henry Hubbard
who helped him surive our July 11th
battle and who helped him out of
that stinkin' rice paddy.

 

Schwan 2C
Schwan 2B
Schwan 2E
Schwan 2F

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