Dad in Vietnam
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The Wall: Panel 11E - Row 119
Our father SSG
Michael Rand was born in New York on April 26, 1929. He enlisted
in the US Army in 1950 and in 1951 he married our mother, Rosalind.
From 1951-1952 he served with the 2nd Infantry Div., 9th Infantry Regiment
in Korea. Upon his return from Korea, he served as Public Information
NCO & Editor for the Regimental Paper in the 164th Infantry Regiment
HHC at Camp Rucker, Alabama.
From 1953 to 1958, he was the ROTC Military Science Instructor at St. Francis
Xavier High School, N.Y. and also coached the Rifle Team – winning 4 national
From 1959 to 1961 he served as the Information & Education NCO with
Co. D, 1st Battle Group-9th Infantry in Alaska.
From 1962 to 1965, he was an Army Recruiter in New York. During this
time, he was very active in his son and daughter’s school – Our Savior
Lutheran School, Bronx, N.Y., - serving as President of the PTA.
In June 1965, we were transferred to Fort Richardson, Alaska.
Serving with Co. B, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 25th
Infantry Division, he commenced his tour of duty in Vietnam on April
On the morning of October 27, 1966, SSG Rand and fellow Infantryman SGT
Marlin (Doc) Bembenek were killed by enemy small arms fire while serving
near Cu Chi, Republic of Vietnam.
lives were forever changed...
Heart; Republic of Vietnam Military Merit Medal, Gallantry Cross with Palm;
Combat Infantryman’s Badge with Star; Good Conduct Medal
The last photograph
taken of our family together
Secret Sodas Saturdays
Saturdays I would have a special date with Dad. We would walk around
the local neighborhood stopping at the corner candy store to share a “secret
soda” – a chocolate cream soda. (I don’t know why we called them “secret
sodas” – maybe we thought Mom didn’t know!) We would have a nice
chat and I would ask many questions about this and that. Dad would always
have an answer that satisfied my curiosity. I would get a ride back
home on Daddy’s shoulders – he would call me his little knapsack. Dad made
my childhood a magical time.
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