2nd Lt. Barry Hill -Vietnam Veteran
As a Forward Observer, Barry had three jobs he did to help the company commander: 1. He was responsible for spotting the enemy and directing offensive fire toward them from large artillery often situated many miles away; 2. He was responsible for calling for more support when his company was under fire; and, most importantly in the pre-GPS days, 3. He was responsible for making sure the company knew where it was. To accomplish the last job, a marking round from the large artillery was exploded in the air at the coordinates near where Barry thought they were. Then adjustments would be made if necessary.
A complete physical exam was required when a soldier was discharged. During his, Barry dutifully read the eye chart—successfully—with his glasses on. However, his inability to see even the large E without his glasses caused the doctor to exclaim, “You were a Forward Observer?!?!? You can’t see!”
JoAnne P. Miller