DENVER -- It was 28 June, 1968 that changed Joe Sleevi's life forever. That's the day he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Along with 39 other new recruits from Jefferson County high schools, they formed what the Army called the Jefferson County Platoon.
"After the ceremony, they even gave us lunch and then flew us off. How nice," Vietnam veteran Joe Sleevi said with a laugh.
The Jefferson County Platoon learned how to fight together at basic training. But afterward, they were all split up and shipped where they were needed.
Now, Sleevi wants to bring back the battle boys of Jefferson County.
"We need to say to those that did not make it, we will honor them," Sleevi said. "Those that did make it back we will say from each other, welcome home."
The roster, however, is incomplete and Sleevi is in the process of locating members of the platoon.
The Jefferson County Platoon currently is a small band of brothers.
"We are 12. So if each person comes up with two more names, we're pretty much done and we'll pull it off," Sleevi said.AlertMe