Carlos Charlie Ochoa
One week after graduation from high school I enlisted in the United States Army in June, 1968 and started my basic training at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Upon completion of basic training, I was sent to Ft. Gordon, Georgia for Advanced Infantry Training followed by Jump School (Airborne Training) at Ft.Benning, Georgia. I was honored to be selected as an Honor Graduate from Jump School. I was assigned to A Company,3/5, 193rd Infantry Brigade which was an Airborne Company in the Panama Canal Zone. After 8 months I was promoted to Sgt.E-5 and I volunteered to go to Vietnam arriving in August, 1969.
Upon arrival at Cam Ranh Bay Vietnam, I was sent to Bien Hoa Airbase, Headquarters of the 1st Cavalry Division. While at the headquarters I ran into a sergeant I knew and he mentioned the US ARMY RANGERS who had a company headquartered at Phouc Vinh, Vietnam. I requested assignment to the RANGERS and two days later was in the Ranger Company waiting the next training class to start. After completion of RANGER training I was assigned to a 6 man team and became the Radio Telephone Operator (RTO). This meant I was to carry the Team’s radio.
Me back row middle with bandana. My team.
I moved to different positions of responsibility during the next four months and was soon sent to RECONDO training in Nha Trang, Vietnam which was taught by the 5th Special Forces. A couple of months later I was given the title of Team Leader in charge of a 6 man Ranger team. Our responsibilities consisted of finding enemy infiltration routes and reporting them to our headquarters. Our teams were credited with many sightings of the enemy which in turn provided valuable intelligence. Our missions were 5 days and four nights in the jungle and after completing 34 missions, I can say it was my honor and privilege to serve with the highest caliber individuals imaginable.
After 11 months in the field I was given a 30 day leave to come home to Texas. I returned to Vietnam and after 5 months of recruiting duty for our company, I was processed out of the Army at Ft. Ord, California in March 1971. It was a very happy day for me to come home as you might imagine.
Me front row on left. Tall skinny one.
I immediately enrolled in college and after 3 years I received a degree in Finance from St.Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. I then started working for AT&T and 10 years later I went back to college earning a Master of Business Administration from St.Mary’s University.
Currently I am retired and hobbies include cycling and annual track and field competition events called the SENIOR GAMES. Beverly and I have been married for 45 years and we have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.
I am involved in our church as a Eucharistic Minister and serve on the Finance council. I am a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans.