Today, let Julie Torres share with us an amazing story of her hero who completed 2 tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. As one has said, it’s a must read for anyone who has had a loved one go to war.
Service in Vietnam
My father Julius “Jerry” Weber joined the U.S. Army in March 1968 and arrived to Vietnam in September 1968. He was a Engineer Equipment Repairman assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade attached to the 557th LE Engineer Company.
The Engineers performed earthwork and cleared jungle, built roads, bridges, landing airfields and landing pads, etc. They provided other unit support with various types of construction and maintained, operated and repaired the equipment. Their motto was “Support we Shall” and they worked 24/7. The company named their equipment “Earth Eaters”.
The unit experienced mortar attacks and harassing gun fire while they performed work. The company witnessed the horrors of war on several occasions and lost men. He was stationed at various places in Vietnam including; Lai Khe, Phouc Vinh, Dong Xoai, Quan Loi, Song Be and others.
A Daughter’s Hero
“A Daughter’s Hero” is a tribute to a Veteran of Vietnam written to share the life of my father, a Vietnam Veteran who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) following his war experience. My courageous father enlisted in U.S. Army at seventeen years old. He volunteered to serve our country and he completed two tours in Vietnam during years 1968-1970.
I was inspired to research my father’s Vietnam War experience to create understanding about his life and struggles. The book creates understanding about someone suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) as well as shares the unconditional love and compassion between a daughter and her father. It raises awareness about the devastating effects of war and the impact that war has on some veterans and their families.
I will never forget the sacrifice he and the others endured for our country.