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Passing. A somber moment for The Citadel, which lost its retired bulldog mascot, General Thomas Curtis Metsker, on Feb. 26. Born in 2003, he served the college for 11 years. “General” was named, in part, for Capt. Thomas Curtis Metsker, who graduated from The Citadel in 1961. During the Vietnam War, he was in the battalion that led the first search-and-destroy mission to be conducted using airmobile (helicopter) warfare tactics. Metsker, who was wounded in the shoulder, was shot and killed when he gave up his seat on a helicopter to another soldier who was more seriously wounded, according to The Citadel. A memorial to past mascots of The Citadel will be dedicated 11 a.m. March 14 at Johnson Hagood Stadium.


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This is a story about love and war. I've written many a story, and a couple of books, about wars and rumors of wars, but this is my first real love story. Like the war stories, it is something I have lived.

When the book that I co-authored with my friend and captain-in-battle, Lieutenant General (ret) Hal Moore, "We Were Soldiers Once and Young," was turned into a movie last year, millions came to know a great deal about the Battle of Landing Zone Xray in the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965.

If they watched closely and followed the main characters, they might have noticed a young Army Captain named Thomas C. Metsker who was Moore's battalion intelligence officer. Tom was wounded in the shoulder and ultimately ordered to board a Huey helicopter full of other wounded Americans.

He took the last seat in the overloaded chopper, then noticed a more severely wounded officer being carried toward the Huey. Tom got out, gave his place to Captain Ray LeFebvre, and, as he stood in the doorway, Tom Metsker was shot in the back by an enemy sniper. He fell forward into the helicopter, and, as it took off, Tom's legs dangled out of that bird. He was dead when that helicopter next touched ground.

Tom Metsker was a 1961 graduate of The Citadel, a native of Indianapolis, and I met him three days before he was killed when I marched with the 1st Battalion 7th U.S. Cavalry on a long, hot walk through the tangled bamboo thickets east of Plei Me Special Forces Camp.

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Google Captain Thomas Curtis Metsker for more information. I just watched the Ia Drang battle on Netflix, they have a Vietnam special in HD which follows the Hal Moore movie very closely. Metsker's spot in the movie is at the 1:02:00 mark in the movie.
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And Metsker's daughter married the author of We Were Soldiers, Joe Galloway unless I am mistaken.
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correct but they have been divorced for some time.  Met Joe Galloway when he spoke to the DC Citadel Club about 15 years ago.  Metsker is buried at Arlington National Cemetery not far from his classmate Bill Ragin who was a posthumous receipient of the Distinguished Service Cross in VN and was the brother in law of General Barry McCaffrey
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Watching the PBS series on Viet Nam, interesting after three days in. Just covered the Ia Drang valley assault.  Made me think of this post from a couple of years ago.
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I've been watching the Vietnam series..Great Television.Although the Civil War Series was fabulous,having interviews with the actual combatants makes this superior in my eyes.
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I am amazed at how soon Kennedy and Johnson realized it was a lost cause and stayed in the game. The decisions they made to be re-elected are perplexing at best.
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Agreed.Johnson and Kennedy both knew we couldn't win as early as what 1962? I never knew of the series of coups in the early 1960's in South Vietnam. 8 or 9 different regimes in a short period of time.I mean the whole thing was just a giant cluster f*#k.
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Didn't help that Westmoreland was feeding Johnson grossly exaggerated body counts and unrealistically positive reports about the success of our military operations
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