K Troop 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The Blackhorse In Vietnam 1966 - 1972

hosted by Bob Hersey


MY  201  FILE



 201 File

Of course, this isn't my real 201 file.  It's probably hidden away in some government warehouse somewhere.  For the uninitiated, a military 201 File contains everything about a soldier and his life in the Army.  It contains re-assignment orders, pay records, promotions, good or bad conduct reports . . . .  you get the idea.

Well, for this purpose I have provided a brief biography of myself and stuck it here in this folder called "My 201 File".  My apologies to any company clerks that might be looking in.  While you're here I hope you don't mind if I play a few of my favorite Motown tunes.  The ones that were popular in "The Nam".

Here Is A Play List
(To Hear A Song, Click On The Speaker Next To The Title)

speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "Reach Out" - Temptations
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "My Girl" - Temptations
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "Get Ready" - Temptations
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "Papa Was A Rolling Stone - Temptations.
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "Standing The Shadow Of Love" -  4 Tops
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "Working My Way Back To You Babe" - 4 Tops
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "Everlasting Love" -  4 Tops
speaker.gif (1065 bytes) "It's The Same Old Song"  -  4 Tops


I was born on June 29, 1947 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  I was the only child of Frank and Elizabeth Hersey.  I attended Portsmouth schools.  I was a Boy Scout, played little league, big league and Junior Varsity Baseball.  I pitched and played first base batting .316 in my final year.  I was a member of the Junior High School Band's percussion section and played tenor and snare drums in the Golden Eagles Drum & Bugle Corps.  I graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1965.

My family owned one of the largest bakeries in the area and I learned the baking craft at an early age.  Besides working for the family bakery I worked as a pastry chef at the famed Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine.  During my Junior and Senior years of high school I worked in the checking department of the First National Bank of Portsmouth.

After high school, I enlisted in the Army and took my basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.  Following Basic Training I was posted to Ft. Lee Virginia's Quartermaster Training Center and enrolled in the Bread Baking Course.  I was then sent to Germany.  There, I was assigned as a baker to A Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.  After eight months I volunteered for assignment to Vietnam where I served with K Troop, 11th ACR as First Cook and then the 528th QM Company in Vung Tau as a baker again.  I was honorable discharged on November 12, 1969.

After enlistment in the Army I returned home to Portsmouth and took up my former profession as a baker in Portsmouth's only remaining bakery - Sher's Home Bakery.  It was there that I met  the prettiest doughnut salesgirl that I had ever seen, Hellen Small of Eliot, Maine.  We were married on October 2, 1971.  Please visit us on the web at: http://home.comcast.net/~theherseys.

Hellen and her son, Rick and I moved into an apartment next door to my parents.  Hellen and I still live there today.  Our son, Rick lives in Bedford, NH with his wife Liz (Osario) and there two children, Drew and Dana. Rick owns and operates Threshold Building. Liz owns and operates "Travel By Liz".

In 1973 the bakery where Hellen and I worked, closed.  I then went to work as an airfield firefighter at Pease AFB - a SAC base.  I was a graduate of the Air Force's "Firefighter Rescueman's Course" and a certified EMT.  I was a member of The National Assoc. Of Govt. Employees (a labor union) and served as the local's Vice President.  I was also a volunteer firefighter for the city of Portsmouth.

In 1976 I began attending St. Catherine Of Siena Church in Portsmouth and two years later I joined the church.  I served as a Minister of Communion for three years and as a Minister of the Word having also been the coordinator and instructor for the Ministry of the Word before retiring.
I began attending classes at New Hampshire Technical College and graduated with high honors in 1981 having earned a degree in science.  In 1984, with my health in decline, I retired.

I enjoy reading, films and sports.  I am an avid New England Patriots fan.  My greatest joy now is being a grandfather to my two delightful grandchildren, Drew and Dana.

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