Tom Pozdol enlisted in the Army just short of his nineteenth birthday in 1967. After completing basic training at Ft. Campbell, KY, he was sent to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO for eight weeks of carpenter training. After training, his first duty station was in Bad Hersfeld, West Germany with the 3rd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry. The 3rd Squadron had no idea what to do with a trained carpenter. So PFC Pozdol became the Cavalry troop's mox nix (everything-nothing) man. Moving from job to job wherever he was needed became frustrating and after about eight months of this he volunteered to go to Vietnam. While waiting for his Vietnam orders, Pozdol finally found a home on the M-106 4.2 mortar track in the 3rd Squadron. His MOS was then changed to 11C after a few months of OJT (on the job training). During the spring of 1968, SP-4 Pozdol became the "four deuce" track commander. A few months later, he attended the German Border Patrol Course in Fulda where he studied the basics of the German language. Then, the inevitable happened in November, 1968. His orders to report to Vietnam arrived. By the end of January, 1969, SP-4 Pozdol was standing on Vietnamese soil. Being sent to Chu Lai, he was assigned to the Americal Division. He was then sent to the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, and finally to Charlie Company of the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment. When reporting to C Company, he learned that there were no slots open for mortar men, and he would join the 1st Platoon of Charlie Company as a rifleman. He would eventually become the squad leader of the 1st squad, and would later participate in the battle to retake Nui Yon Hill southwest of the city of Tam Ky as the squad leader of the point squad on May 14th, 1969. After recovering from the wounds he received on May 14th, he returned to C Company and was assigned to 81mm mortars on LZ Center where he finished his tour of duty in Vietnam.