General Note / OCR
(USA) Tim Vail was born in Altoona, PA, and grew up in Norfolk, VA. His father was a twenty-three year U.S. Navy veteran and was a submariner in World War II. Tim served in the U.S. Army from July 1968 until July 1970. He was drafted in July 1968, did his Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA, and his Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Polk, LA. Tim went to the Republic of Vietnam in January 1969 and was assigned to the Americal Division, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Regiment, 198th Light Infantry Brigade. With Charlie Co., Tim was a rifleman and point man and engaged in combat operations until late July 1969 when he was injured walking point and eventually evacuated to the U.S. He completed his enlistment at Ft. Knox, NY, driving M-60 tanks for training purposes. Tim is an active member of the Americal Division Veterans Association whose collection is housed at the Vietnam Archive.