James Bath’s Forward Operational Base #2 (FOB#2) document. The certificate was given as kid of a joke that only a veteran assigned to the unit would understand. The award reads: THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT SSG JAMES D BATH, HAS FAITHFULLY AND DILIGENTLY SERVED IN THIS OUTPOST FROM 10 JUNE 1966 TO 21 NOVEMBER 1966 IT WAS DURING THIS PERIOD THAT MANY BATTLES WERE FOUGHT, OBSTICALS OVERCOMES, MOSITOES, LAMBRETTAS, CANDY BARS AND SOAP, HARRY, LATE MAIL, LLDB, COLD WATER,SATURDAY NIGHTS, SUNDAY MORNINGS, LACK OF WATER, LEECHES, COWS, BUTTERFLIES, EMPTY PX’S, MP’S, ROCKS ON THE TIN ROOF, LOCKS ON FREEZERS, KARATE POLES, KARACHT, POWER FAILURES, THE SSB, STOLEN ELECTRICITY, THE REFFER, ADAM BOMBAY, THE GREY GHOST, BIERE BA MUOI BA, QUICK DRAW LARK, THE NUNG MESS HALL, AND TOOTH WITH HIS MINIATURE DRAFT HORSE. THE BEARER OF THIS CERTIFICATE TOOK ALL THESE, AND MANY MORE IN CTRIDE (SP) AND EMERCED VICTORIOUS.
James D. Bath served two tours in Vietnam. His first tour was in 1966 with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Forward Operational Base #2 (FOB#2), Recon Company assigned to Spike Team Colorado. He returned for a second tour in 1971 with MAC V SOG, Command and Control North (CCN) / Task Force 1 Advisory Element (TF1AE), Recon Company, assigned as the Recon Company First Sergeant. During the veteran’s tour, he participated in the third High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Combat Jump with Recon Team Waugh.
Master Sergeant (E-8) Bath retired from the Army in 1976 after twenty years’ service with twenty-four months in Vietnam.