If you've kept an eye on our blog (http://garmin.blogs.com) or this newsletter, you've seen pictures of how our GPS units have literally saved soldiers' lives. Testimonials from America's finest tell how a well-placed eTrex can deflect a piece of shrapnel and keep it from piercing a soldier's heart. It's incredible, and it has happened more than once!
Here's another story about how our GPS units make a big difference on the battlefield. But these particular battlefields are much quieter than those in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Vietnam Battlefield Tours is a veteran-owned, nonprofit corporation that provides professionally staffed tours of battlefields in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for veterans, their family members, historians or anyone else who is interested in seeing the historic battlefields firsthand.
Along with standard trip packages, VBT also creates custom itineraries for family members who may have lost a loved one in battle. This is where Garmin comes in. VBT researches each incident using declassified situation reports, squadron archives and tactical maps to piece together the precise location of battlefield incidents. But pinning down a location on a map doesn't make it easy to find in real life.
"After 39 years of monsoons, typhoons, erosion and unchecked vegetative growth, little of the countryside topography from the war years is recognizable." says William Stilwagen, bush guide for VBT. "In addition, we need to find the most efficient and safest routes."
Stilwagen adds, "The eTrex has led us to some of the remotest battlefields in Vietnam. From the bomb crater where a Marine lost his legs, to isolated mountaintops better known as the Hill-fight peaks west of the Khe Sanh, to the exact spot where a Medal of Honor recipient gave his last full measure, Garmin has been there to lead us in and to prove that we are where we say we are."