"Sarge" Arnold Krause from 2/12 Warriors contacted us with more names of the faces of individuals in some of Charlies images. The above image ran on the Boston.com Big Picture piece with the following caption:
Captain William N. Parish HHC and a group of young soldiers near Cu Chi. Parish was a very popular officer in the 2/12. Other names and details about photo unknown.
Sarge provided this background and information:
The attached photo is of 1st Plt, Charlie Co. According to the officer chronology that I have been able to put together, CPT William Parish, later promoted to Major in ’69 when he was the battalion S-3 officer, served as our company commander for about a week from August 30th until about Sept 7th 1968. He relieved 1Lt Ron Hendricks and then himself was relieved by 1LT R.W. “Bud” McDaniel, my platoon leader who was promoted to C.O. This photo was taken at our laager site south of Hoc Mon when I believe Parish was our temp C.O. The crypts in the photo could only have come from one place, and that was Hoc Mon. The laager site backed up to a cemetery.
This is a promotion ceremony, likely the guys were promoted to SP4. Elmer Lightner, my friend in 1st Plt has help ID some of the guys. Zimmerman and I reported to the company at the same time. I have a few shots of Billie in my own collection. Jimmy Sheffield was killed on 3 DEC 68 along with 4 in his squad when they tripped a booby trapped artillery round. The rest of the guys that are ID’d in this photo made it home okay. Elmer and I are in touch with Billy Zimmerman and Jesse Anderson. We have not made contact with the rest of the group and are looking to locate them.
Jesse Anderson and Elmer Lightner left Charlie Co in the fall of ’68 to join HHC as part of the resupply team and both were promoted to SGT. We’re trying to see if we can locate someone who can ID the other two fellows in the picture.
"Sarge" Krause is an invaluable ally in our attempts to identify individuals in the images—so far, in fact, he is the only person who has stepped forward to identify anyone, though we have had a few close calls and possibly IDs.
Big thanks to “Sarge” and to SP4. Elmer Lightner for the hard work of identifying these men.