Spiritual Reflection from Combat on AM 1370

Spiritual Reflection from Combat on AM 1370

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 12:00pm

Veteran Bill Schiebler discusses his experiences in Vietnam and his life after.

Bill Schiebler, 24, was a first lieutenant sent to fight in the central highlands of Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry Division. After 5 months of ferocious combat, Schiebler was one of just four soldiers left from the 186 men who were part of his original rifle company. Schiebler was wounded over 10 times, receiving the Bronze Star for Valor and 4 purple hearts. In Spiritual Reflection from Combat, Schiebler recalls:

  • Risking his life calming down a soldier in his platoon who went berserk shooting up the tent
  • Rescuing a fellow officer stranded behind enemy lines
  • Carrying an enemy soldier on his back miles to camp - who surprisingly becomes an important intelligence source
  • Adding a rebellious black soldier to his platoon who becomes a hero to Schiebler and his men - ultimately transforming his attitude towards race relations
  • Facing friendly fire as he's forced to return to base camp at night to save his men
  • Struggling with flashbacks ultimately leading to a healing experience of forgiveness

Spiritual Reflection from Combat airs Monday, May 31 at 12 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.

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