Bill Manderfeld was sent to Vietnam in July of 1969. He recounts it constantly raining and being wet for over four months straight. He started out in infantry but signed up to be an Army Ranger after talking to some who were on long-range patrols. On his first mission, Manderfeld and a few other soldiers were pinned down by an ambush for several hours, not expecting to make it out alive. He and another soldier were hit with shrapnel that felt like “a very bad bee sting”. Manderfeld later received a Purple Heart. Read more of his story below.