Joseph E. Chandley remembers Alfred John Small
May 11, 2005
Posted By: Joseph E. Chandley
Relationship: Friend & Comrade
I remember Al Small from our time on Fort Knox, KY. In 1968, Al and I were in the
"shake 'n bake" school on Ft Knox. We graduated and then we moved to the
1st Training Brigade for some experience leading troops. While we were there, Al met
Sue and eventually married her. Al and I headed for Vietnam right after Labor
Day, 1968. I was assigned to D company, 1st Squadron, 11th ACR and Al went to K
troop. We met a couple of times in September and October, and then in the beginning
of December. I heard that Al was killed on Thanksgiving Day. He was a good
man, a good NCO and a good husband. A little tall and goofy some times, but a good
friend. I still miss him.
Mike Halterman remembers Alfred John Small
November 11, 2002
Posted By: Mike Halterman
Relationship: Friend & Comrade
I knew Al very well. We trained together in Ft. Knox. Al and I were in NCOC together.
We became friends while stationed in Ft. Knox. Al was an easy going type of person and
seemed to be liked by everyone. I never saw Al angry or say a bad word about anyone he
came into contact with. He was an easy person to become friends with and was fun to be
Al and I shipped out together to RVN. Both of us were assigned to the 11th ACR. I was
sent to K troop 3rd platoon and I believe Al was in the second platoon. We were very young
and dumb and somewhat apprehensive about being an NCO in a line company. When we departed
for the field we made a promise to each other. If something happens to one of us, the
other would write a letter to the wife. I knew his wife and he knew mine. We were both
married a short time before we received orders for RVN. This was a promise at the time it
was made, that I did not anticipate having to keep. We were invincible, it couldn't happen
to me or my friends. How quickly the war taught us some real life lessons. I will never
forget having to write that letter home.
Al was the first friend I lost in RVN, but not the last. I was not with Al at the time
he was killed. All I know is that he was killed by an enemy machine gun emplacement while
on dismounted patrol. Al's death was a wake up call for me, I did not believe he was gone
until we held the memorial service.
We had only been in the field less than a month and I had already lost my best friend.
I do remember Al. I will always remember Al. I may be here today because his death opened
my eyes to the real world of soldering and showed me that it can happen to anyone. Rest in
peace Al. I miss you.
Joe Chandley remembers Alfred John Small
August 19, 2002
Posted By: Joe Chandley
I met Al in February, 1968 at Fort Knox. We were both graduates of the NCO Course
and then served as Assistant Instructors until we left for Vietnam in September, 1968.
We were both assigned to the 11th ACR and, unfortunately, when we left Xuan Loc,
that was the last time I saw Al. He had gotten married a short time before leaving
for RVN and his wife's name was Sue. She was from Louisville KY and was still living
there when I stopped to visit after DEROS. I saw her once, but couldn't tell her
much. Al was a tall, slim man from Massachusetts. He laughed easily and had a
slightly warped sense of humor. (But then didn't we all?) He was loyal and a good
friend. From every thing I could tell he was a good husband and would have been a
fine father. He is definitely missed. JEC (Possum)