Based upon an actual man in the Vietnam war. After graduating he went with his wife to Africa for 2 years for the peace core. He knew that he still owed his country service and eventually they came calling. He only knew his child while she was still a baby and is killed heartbreakingly early on in the Vietnam War.
John Lance "Jack" Geoghegan, (November 10, 1941 - November 15, 1965) was an infantry lieutenant killed during the Battle of Ia Drang during the Vietnam War.
Military career: Geoghegan attended the Pennsylvania Military College and, upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. In 1964, he went to Africa to take part in a relief program and on his return, attended the Infantry Officers Basic Course. Following training, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. On August 18, he was deployed to Vietnam, where he was killed during the Battle of Ia Drang while tending to wounded fellow soldier, Willie Godboldt. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Air Medal.
Family: Born in Pelham, New York, Geoghegan was the only son of John J. and Camille D. Geoghegan. He married Barbara Weathers Geoghegan on June 13, 1964, and their daughter, Camille Ann Geoghegan, was born on June 8, 1965.
When I was 18 I had a past life regression done. In my last life I had died during the first real battle of Vietnam.
I watched 'We Were Soldiers Once and Young' with utter fascination. I knew. I felt it viscerally. So I ordered the book. It arrived, I opened it to page 333 (my sons birth number, 3rd day, 3rd month, 2001) to read "on November 15th 1965 Lance died...My middle name is Cameron, 'Jacks' daughters name is Camille. Called Cammie.