3rd Platoon, C Company, 4th/47th Battalion, 2nd Brigade
Introduction Terry McBride was drafted on the same day as so many of us – May 17, 1966. The first time I saw Terry was at the U.S. Army Induction Center and right away I could see that he was kind of a menacing sort of a guy, being as big as he was. I know the Regular Army soldiers didn’t like him much and they gave him a hard time. He was a big guy, and the first thing you thought was, stay out of his way. But, as time went on, we became to realize Terry had a good heart and was really a gentle person. I think he knew shortly after arriving in Basic Training that he was going to carry an M-60 Machine Gun. After riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, the M-60 was the only weapon that was like his bike – big and menacing. When he started carrying it, it looked like a M-16 instead of a M-60 on Terry. I remember after arriving in Viet Nam, everyone wanted to stay close to Terry because he showed no fear as he definitely had a gung-ho attitude about him. Every fire fight we were in, most of us wanted to be near Terry.
Man, he loved that M-60 and he would fire it until that barrel was practically white hot. Next to him, we thought we might make it through those battles – it seemed as though Terry never had a doubt about makin’ it. Terry was always loaded down with ammo and his ammo bearers could hardly walk; he always made sure he had a lots of ammo. We were very lucky to have had such a friend to look over us as Terry did. He was always a leader in my book. After coming home, he came and visited me and my wife a few times at my house and then one day he seemed to have vanished out of our lives. I hadn’t heard from him in many years until one day I got a card from him and it was a photo of Terry on his big bad Harley, and him saying Merry Christmas from “Von Zip”. He still looked the same except a little older, and I’m sure, much wiser. We all miss him and have always talked about him over the years – every word, was with the greatest of respect. I don’t think I ever told Terry – Welcome Home Brother! Your friend, Tom Conroy – January 15, 2003