Ken and Bill's Excellent Adventure
On February 5th, 1968, during the fighting in Hue City, two young Marines were wounded
by a North Vietnamese rocket-propelled grenade.
Bill & Ken 1967
LCpl. Takenaga & Cpl. Ehrhart, 1/1 CP,
Hoi An, July 1967 (WDE)

     Corporal Bill Ehrhart, from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, had arrived in Vietnam almost exactly a year earlier. Corporal Ken Takenaga, who had grown up in the small Japanese city of Yatsushiro, arrived in April 1967.

     In the aftermath of the explosion, Ehrhart, the less seriously wounded of the two, stayed in the fight. Takenaga's wounds required his immediate evacuation.

Forty-three years later, having reunited after decades, the two men traveled together first to Japan, and then to Vietnam.

This is the story of their friendship and their journey.

Bill and Ken at House in Hue
Bill & Ken, June 2011, in front of the building in which they were wounded, February 1968 (SA)
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