50 Years Ago Today–A PAGCS Member on the Frontlines

The PAGCS turns 95 this September. We will continue to collect memories and share stories and history as we celebrate and prepare for the century mark. #Headingto100

Most of us know Henry Wetzel [fondly known as Butch]. For anyone who doesn’t, Henry, the long-time superintendent of St. Davids Golf Club, served on the Board of the PAGCS for 30 years, 27 of them as the Board Secretary. Henry retired in 2012, the same year he was the PAGCS Eberhard Steiniger Award Recipient.

April 29, 1970
On this date [50 years ago], Butch was part of the combined allied forces (19,300 Americans and 29,000 Vietnamese)  on a series of thrusts into border areas of Cambodia known from their map shapes as the Parrot’s Beak and the Fishhook. Please take a few minutes to remember our fallen comrades and their lives that were cut short by this awful and unpopular war. This phrase comes to me over and over again: ”OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND.” We as a country and as a people are very deficient in our understanding of history.

–Henry Wetzel