Почему рота Альфа получила имя "The Gunfighters"?

Из воспоминаний ветерана первого состава The Gunfighters Don Kaiser:

"We were sent to Ft. Hood where we trained in the 1/46 for about 6 months. Then they formed the 198th and the 1/6 was attached to it. Most of us that trained together in the 1/46 moved over to the 1/6 and became Company "A". When that happened, Captain Brennan became our company commander. Brennan was a motivational type guy, he would bring us together and tell us all kinds of war stories that had happened on his first tour. He also had several NCO's that had been there, so they shared they're stories also. He had us hyped up, and I think he could see we were a very close knit group already. So he wanted to give us a nick name and he came up with The Gunfighters. We loved it, especially guy's like me that grew up watching the old western movies. I loved cowboy's, so Gunfighter sounded cool to me. We were proud of the name, we already felt like we were the best Company in the 1/6, so that made us even more proud of our Company. The nick namestuck with "A" company, I think for the rest of the war, I know at least through 1970."


Слева направо: 1SG Rodriguez, CPT Brennan и Gene Molnar.
А знаете ли Вы, что у The Gunfighters была своя песня?

Песня скорее всего была написана SSG Ramon Gonzales из 2-го взвода погибшим 13.02.1968 г.

... It is the oldest rifle company in Vietnam today. The only rifle company of the 198th Brigade which has had a Medal of Honor winner. They live by the motto "Can Do Sir", and this is the spirit of the Gunfighters

I've got to tell you a story and I can't wait
About the fightinest bunch in the 198th
Lead by a Captain(1) from Boston Mass
When he's after Charlie he's a kicking ass

This fighting group has got to be good
Cause they came from the hills of good old Fort Hood
They took a boat ride across the deep blue sea
And came to this land to zap the VC

Like every machine it has to have parts
So Wendy(2) is first, it's where we'll start
When it comes to fighting he is no joke
Cause Wendy's bunch is a bringing smoke
When it comes to fighting they have learned all the tricks
So they have earned their call sign, Gunfighter 1/6
They earned their call sign, Gunfighter 1/6

Now don't get me wrong, they are not alone
Cause Bowman's(3) there like a wall of stone
When it comes to fighting they have learned all their tricks
So they have earned their call sign, Gunfighter 2/6
They've earned their call sign, Gunfighter 2/6

Right after them comes the BB and T(4)
They dish out the lead like it was flying free
When it comes to fighting they've learned all their tricks
So they have earned their call sign, Gunfighter 3/6
They've earned their call sign, Gunfighter 3/6

Mortar support in the dark of the night
They call Daddy Lunsford(5) to give them some light
When it comes to fighting they have learned all their tricks
So they have earned their call sign, Gunfighter 4/6
They've earned their call sign, Gunfighter 4/6

The moral of this story you all should know well
When you mess with the Gunfighters your gonna catch hell
If you see us coming better step aside
Cause a lot of Charles didn't and a lot of Charles died
a lot of Charles didn't and a lot of Charles died

(1) Captain Francis X. Brennan (командир роты Альфа, ранен 08.02.1968)
(2) Lieutenant William L. Wendover (командир 1-го взвода)
(3) Lieutenant Joseph B. "Bruce" Bowman (командир 2-го взвода, убит 08.02.1968)
(4) BB and T (SSG Claude O. Bartley, SFC Homer Burks, and SGT Ronald Trajalek) (командный состав 3-го взвода)
(5) Staff Sergeant William Lunsford (командир взвода оружия)

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