Why do we do what we do? Bill Fisher was an Air Force Sentry Dog handler at Phan Rang Air Base during the Vietnam War. We were honored to meet Bill earlier in the year. Bill told us about his duties as a Sentry Dog Handler at Phan Rang. Each night they would go out beyond the fence line (our guns to their back), trying to detect the enemy. Their objective was (in order) detect the enemy, radio it in to the base, and hopefully survive.
Bill told us about a picture in his mind he’s had for nearly 50 years. The picture was a VC crouching in the elephant grass near the wire, and his dog going on alert. He had hoped someone, someday could draw, paint or sketch the image. We put Bill in contact with Linda Wilmes an artist in Wentzville. Linda is also part of the museum team. Linda sketched a drawing for Bill. Bill was very pleased with Linda’s rendering. Bill recently returned from a War Dog reunion where he showed Linda’s sketch to his counterparts.
In gratitude they all signed a framed note that reads:
Dear Linda Wilmes,
Thank you for the sketch of the sentry dog handler in Vietnam. In your drawing you have captured the essence of the experiences of all sentry dog handlers that served in Vietnam. Your support of the United States Veteran is very much appreciated.
From the men of the 35th Security Police, K9 Flight Phan Rang Air Base, Vietnam.
Want to hear more about Bill and other Vietnam Veterans? Come by and visit the St Charles County Veterans Museum, Thursday through Saturday. Where, “Every Veteran has a Story.”
Thank you Bill for your service. Thank you Linda.
Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at email@example.com or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.