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Steve Quinn
A/1/8 & 2/8 Mech
San Diego, CA

To all the original members of "A" Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division,

I was a replacement for one of the heroes of March 22nd. I arrived at your door step about three weeks later. I read of 1st Sgt. McNerney's passing in my local newspaper here in San Diego. I almost fell out of my chair when I read of the unit he served in and the battle that he was awarded The Medal of Honor for. I went to the Internet and started to do some research. I read of your reunion and of the video, "Honor In The Valley Of Tears". I just watched it and was blown away. I saw Benny Sanchez, who was one my Squad Leaders for a while and Sgt. Tom Garrett who was my platoon Sgt. and acting Platoon Leader, I guess there was a shortage of Lt's at the time. I was with you during the "Nine Days of May" and was with you when we tried to rescue the 4th platoon of " B" Company. I will never forget that night walk through the black jungle. It was so dark we had to hold on to the guys rucksack in front of us. In the video you expressed that you distanced yourself from the replacements. I just want to say that I was well treated and learned much from the guys in my platoon. Sgt. Garrett even gave me map reading instructions while we were stopped on the trail during our daily strolls through the jungle. Sgt. Lusby eventually told me about March 22nd. After about four months with you, I was given the opportunity to be an acting squad leader for a week or so. A short time later I was transferred to the 2nd of the 8th. The Army had finally realized that they had sent me to APC Drivers School after AIT at Fort Polk. I never drove a PC in the Mechanized 2nd of the 8th. We spent about half the time humping the Chu Prong Mountains while the APC's sat in the mud at Jackson Hole. Because of what I had been through with you and what you taught me, my new Lt. Made me a squad leader as a PFC and was quickly promoted to Sgt. I took what you gave me to a unit that wasn't up to your standards and because of it, I feel I'm alive today. Company "A", I respect what you went through and the bonds you formed by staying together from day one in the Army. We were mostly all drafted, and had you been drafted a few weeks one way or the other, you too would just of been a replacement. In closing, thank you for all you did for me and it was my honor to serve with you.

quinn contact info

Posted 2 January 2011


Bruce Raymond Borowski,
Son of Doc Raymond Borowski
Medic with A/1/8

Mr. Steedly,

My name is Bruce Raymond Borowski., I am the son of SGT Raymond John Borowski. I just wanted to let you know that I found your "Site" & Guest Book today. I must say that though it's a SAD reason, it's a Wonderful thing that I found it. A lot of the emails/stories were from people that knew or heard of my Dad. I met Robert Sholly, and many others, at a 1/8 4th ID reunion in Spencer Indiana in March 2007. I MUST say that it was an HONOR and a PRIVILEGE. It was really something! Up until then I had never known anyone that served with my Dad. My mistake. I did meet one person, he was the one who first got a hold of me after I posted my Dad's info on the Virtual Wall. His name is Ron Glasgow. He actually came here, to Michigan from Pennsylvania, to meet my family and tell us about our father, my Mother's husband, of course. God Bless You Ron! I remember the day we were informed that my Father had been killed in action. I still remember like it was yesterday, I was getting ready to leave for school when I noticed two Soldiers walking down the street, we lived in Ft. Bragg Family Housing. I walked back into the house, then maybe a minute later, there was a knock at the door. When I opened it the two Soldiers were standing on the porch. They asked to see my Mother. I asked them what they wanted even though I knew what they wanted, but they said that they had to speak with my Mother. 

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Posted 28 January 2013



Steve Quinn
A/1/8 & 2/8 Mech
San Diego, CA

To all the original members of "A" Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division,

I was a replacement for one of the heroes of March 22nd. I arrived at your door step about three weeks later. I read of 1st Sgt. McNerney's passing in my local newspaper here in San Diego. I almost fell out of my chair when I read of the unit he served in and the battle that he was awarded The Medal of Honor for. I went to the Internet and started to do some research. I read of your reunion and of the video, "Honor In The Valley Of Tears". I just watched it and was blown away. I saw Benny Sanchez, who was one my Squad Leaders for a while and Sgt. Tom Garrett who was my platoon Sgt. and acting Platoon Leader, I guess there was a shortage of Lt's at the time. I was with you during the "Nine Days of May" and was with you when we tried to rescue the 4th platoon of " B" Company. I will never forget that night walk through the black jungle. It was so dark we had to hold on to the guys rucksack in front of us. In the video you expressed that you distanced yourself from the replacements. I just want to say that I was well treated and learned much from the guys in my platoon. Sgt. Garrett even gave me map reading instructions while we were stopped on the trail during our daily strolls through the jungle. Sgt. Lusby eventually told me about March 22nd. After about four months with you, I was given the opportunity to be an acting squad leader for a week or so. A short time later I was transferred to the 2nd of the 8th. The Army had finally realized that they had sent me to APC Drivers School after AIT at Fort Polk. I never drove a PC in the Mechanized 2nd of the 8th. We spent about half the time humping the Chu Prong Mountains while the APC's sat in the mud at Jackson Hole. Because of what I had been through with you and what you taught me, my new Lt. Made me a squad leader as a PFC and was quickly promoted to Sgt. I took what you gave me to a unit that wasn't up to your standards and because of it, I feel I'm alive today. Company "A", I respect what you went through and the bonds you formed by staying together from day one in the Army. We were mostly all drafted, and had you been drafted a few weeks one way or the other, you too would just of been a replacement. In closing, thank you for all you did for me and it was my honor to serve with you.

quinn contact info

Posted 2 January 2011



2010 Deaths


Top, 1st Sergeant David H. McNerney, died 10 OCT 2010, at 3:55 am at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, he succumbed to his battle with cancer. Medal of Honor recipient for the battle of Polei Doc, he will be long remembered with respect by the men of Alpha Company, who served with and knew him.  A great American hero has moved onto his reward.


Captain Nick (Nicholas) Romaine, Major Ret. and former Commander of Alpha Company, 1st Bn, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, passed away Monday October 18, 2010 around 10:15 PM, due to complications after a fall when he accidentally struck his head. It seems ironic that there were only 11 days between losing Top and Nick. The men of Alpha Company will remember these leaders with deep respect. They may be gone, but will not be forgotten.



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