"We ended up coming to what they call the rocket belt area, which is just south of Da Nang, where the Vietcong would set up rockets and shoot at the air base in Da Nang. We were there to go on patrols to stop these rockets from being fired." Out of about 1,200 men in the 3/27, Rigney says, "we had 80 percent casualties ... eight out of ten were either killed or wounded."
"I still have nightmares," Fuleky says. "You're never going to lose that. You'll never lose the reaction to loud noises, and of course diesel fuel."
Asked how he deals with his PTSD, Fuleky admits, "Not very well. I think a lot of it is the treatment I received in Ann Arbor. I was very angry when I got home. I remember, in my wife's apartment, tearing down anti-war posters ... Ann Arbor was a hotbed for the anti-war movement."
"It's like burning a brand in your brain, you can never erase," says reunion MC Andy Boyko. He served two tours in Vietnam and drove up to the reunion from Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. Certain triggers, like the smell of blood, "will bring back the thoughts, fears, and smells of your trauma."