The men served in the U.S. Army, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1966-67.
They were some of the men in the advanced part of the 1st Brigade and flew to Vietnam on Sept. 12, 1966, while others traveled by ship.
They stopped at Wake Island for the plane to refuel and the soldiers got off and stretched before continuing on their journey and arriving in Vietnam the next day.
Sadly, one of their Band of Brothers from Missouri was killed in action in Pleiku Province, Vietnam on Aug. 24, 1967. He was Sgt. Norbert Alvin Overkamp, of New Florence, Mo. He is buried in St. Martins Catholic Cemetery in Starkenburg, Mo.
Bruce and Sue Biggs, Ronald and Mary Overkamp and Wayne and Linda Watson visited the cemetery before meeting Richard and Fern Penn at Second Place Grill in Montgomery City on Jan. 8, where they had lunch and reminisced.
A few years ago Hisao Nishemier designed a coffee cup with the 4th Infantry, Charlie Company logo on one side and “We went as strangers and came back as brothers” on the other.
The Penn’s daughter, Amanda, met them at the restaurant to take photos. She expressed how proud she was of her dad, Richard Penn, and thanked them all for having each others back and for their service.
She said, “They came back tattered, but they came home.”