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Stephen G Rideout

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I'm a native Mainer, from The County (Aroostook), first in my family to go to college. Entered ROTC at the Univ. of Maine, in Orono, went to ROTC summer camp after graduation (this was our basic training), got commissioned and headed to Ft. Belvoir Engineer Branch School, Sept. 1968. My pregnant wife joined me there, then on to Ft. Riley where our son, Glenn was born the next year. Was with 3rd Engineers (CBT), AVLB Plt., E Co. (Bridge) til orders to Viet Nam. Arrived RVN early Sept. and was assigned to D Co., 39th Engineer Btn. (CBT), 45th Eng. Group, 18th Eng. Brigade. Company had just moved to Chu Lai before I arrived. Worked at various locations throughout southern I Corp area in support of Americal Division. Closed out LZ Highboy, did "minesweep" runs on QL1 south of Chu Lai, built revetments at 27th Surgical Hospital in Chu Lai, then fighting/sleeping bunkers for Inf Btns. at LZ Center, and LZ West, then April til departed in early Sept. '70 rebuilt airstrip at Tien Phouc, built new ammo bunkers at the host artillery battery, built new gun pads and started minesweep work on Rt 533 in to Tam Ky. Completed active duty commitment upon return to US, went to graduate school at UMASS on GI Bill, started work as Fish Biologist with MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in 1974, joined US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1977, joined USGS Biological Division in 1999 as Science Lab Director, retiring in 2005. Found and joined 39th Engineer Btn. (CBT) Alumni Association in 2011 and joined and have attended several reunions, including 2012 and 2017 when we always meet in DC area over Veterans Day. Discovered that treasurer of our group was Capt. of our training company at Ft. Belvoir when I was there in late '68.

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