The purpose of this page is to present the writings and other media from Classmates about their memories and thoughts about OCS, the Army Experience, or the War.

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with lyrics by Navy Veteran Sailor Jerri and photos of the men of OC20-69

For a compendium of articles and photos by John Shoemaker click the link below. Some of these works appear in other locations on this site.

Vietnam Chronicles V7.5 Shoemaker 10.2016
To read the comments to accompany pictures of Doug Clark’s Family Traditions Photos click here.   Doug Clark Family Traditions Photos

Gus Goldau has authored an autobiography of his military days. He says he really doesn’t have a big horn to toot but felt our experiences during that era were so profound that it would be a shame not to archive them.  Here is his memo titled Winds of War. It is lengthy but easy to read.  I know it will spark many of your old memories.   WINDS OF WAR

The Redstone Rocket is the official publication of the Public Affairs Office in the Army Garrison at Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Alabama. Since January of 2015, Redstone Rocket editor Skip Vaughn has written a story each week about a Vietnam veteran. The 339th article in this series was published on September 29, 2021 and was based on a telephone interview with John Shoemaker, 2nd platoon, 66th Company, AIRBORNE OCS;
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Following our 2022 reunion in Branson MO, Paul Derham reflected the remarkable group of men who made up OC20-69 and the turbulent times in which we lived. Click here to read his thoughts.Did we have something special

Click here to read Paul Derham’s essay, “The Second Greatest Generation?” that he wrote for the 2024 New Orleans reunion.Second Greatest Generation

Click here to read Don Pavlik’s response to Paul’s essay. Don Pavlik response