Wayne Balke, of Cole Camp, was a radio technician operator with the 4th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. Men with this high-risk position were told straight up they weren't expected to come home alive.
For Wayne Balke, one of the hardest parts about serving was being away from home. Receiving word from loved ones boosted his moral.
The men of the 4th Infantry Division paid attention to every noise they heard in the trees. They shot first and looked second. Wayne Balke thought an enemy soldier was hiding, but it turned out to be a flying squirrel.