Keith Nightingale

COL Nightingale is a retired Army Colonel who served two tours in Vietnam with Airborne and Ranger (American and Vietnamese) units. He commanded airborne battalions in both the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division. He later commanded both the 1/75th Rangers and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade.

The 50th anniversary of the Battle of LZ X-Ray begins today, Saturday 14 November.

The Veteran internally recalls, reflects and remembers the very personal and unique aspects of that time served There.

The basis of this book is my initial introduction into combat in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant with the Vietnamese Ranger infantry.

Good pilots make me sick with envy.  They guide their craft with the skill and subtle controls of a mounted rodeo champion or classic violinist.

Chapter One, Genesis: Day & Night

Throughout our Nation’s history, our population is allowed to grow old because many of our young do not.