MASON CITY | A North Iowa native is hoping to reconnect with other Vietnam-era veterans he is pictured with in a 1968 photo.
Dennis Withers, who now lives in Canyon City, Colorado, has always wondered what happened to the eight other young men pictured with him at the Jefferson Bus Depot in Mason City, on their way to joining the military.
"Many of them were probably headed to Vietnam," he said. "I'm wondering how many of them made it back."
Withers was able to identify two men to the left of him, Ricky Lee Davis and Larry Legler.
Dennis Hanson, Lake Mills, identified himself Thursday as the fourth from the right. He served in Vietnam in 1969 in the 101st Airborne Division.
David Steinberg, Leon, identified himself Friday as the second from the right. He served in Vietnam July 1969 to June 1970 with the HHD 160th Signal Group, 1st Signal Brigade as a clerk/typist and jeep driver.
A family identified Rickey Lynn Kammrad, Sheffield, as the fourth from the left.
Globe Gazette records indicate Bobby Davis, Forest City, is third from the right. He was killed in February 1970 while serving in Vietnam as a mortarman in an artillery unit of the 101st Airborne Division, according to his obituary.
Ricky Lee Davis was also a mortarman with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, according to Globe Gazette records from 1969. He still lives in Mason City.
"Was it fun, no; would I do it again, yes," he said. "I couldn't ask to serve with better guys than I was with."
Davis entered the military at 18, serving for two years before returning home. He worked in construction and is now retired.
Legler died at 35 due to injuries he received in a Texas car accident, according to his obituary which ran in the Globe Gazette in 1984. He was a 1968 Mason City High School graduate and served in the Army in Vietnam, where he was wounded five times.
Withers joined the military at 18, enlisting in the Army.
"My draft number was changed, so I decided I would have better luck surviving if I could choose my occupation (in the Army)," he said.
He spent all of his three-year term in Vietnam but was able to leave seven months early, later enrolling at North Iowa Area Community College.
Withers said he'll be camping in Forest City during Operation LZ and can be reached through the registration booth. Davis also plans to attend the event.
As of Aug. 31, two men have yet to be identified — the blonde in the middle wearing light-colored pants and the dark-haired man on the far right wearing a long, black jacket.