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prangle
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  12:07:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
REDCATCHER
199TH INFANTRY BRIGADE
(SEP) (LIGHT)

Dec. 1967 / Dec. 1968 **** "A" CO, 4th INF, 12th BTLN ** AIRMOBILE












Costaldo from California

That's just a hole hacked out in the jungle, with the pointman in view.

That's me on the left with Quatlebaum from Dothan, Alabama

With my Ithaca.

I was taken out of the field after having spinal meningitis and put in Security Guard at Long Bien.















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11b6r
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  12:28:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Red dust. Smell of smoke grenades marking the LZ for a dustoff. Taste of LSA and bug juice in your beans & weinies. Saving a can of pears for breakfast. Mail. Shivering because its 2 am, and the temperature has dropped all the way to 80. PBR. Mama-san selling Cokes and smokes. Mail. Leeches. The "whooof-whooof-whooof" sound that the 81mm illum rounds make when the casing drops off the parachute. Green tracers.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."
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Viktor
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  12:33:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
All I can say is that it had to be scary as hell for you guys. You are the true heros...not me. I've never had to fire my weapon in anger. (So much for being Infantry, huh?)
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dongizmo
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  07:09:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, welcome home.
Don

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Horse Plains Drifter
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Botswana
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  09:01:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you guys for your service. Doesn't sound like much fun.


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whiteclouder
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  10:21:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sure could have used you two about 8 months ago when I was writing some combat scenes. I've got a pretty good imagination but some of the stuff you men have experienced is beyond me. One GB member was very helpful but three would have been even better.

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Dak To 68
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  10:26:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It wasn't all bad, had and still have some buds I love like brothers, had a couple of R&Rs that were so good I'm lucky to have survived them.
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11b6r
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  10:41:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dak To- buds I love MORE than my brother!

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CHGOTHNDER
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  12:11:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The wall was a good start but more need to be done to honor the men & women who served there.

PJ


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Mossbergboogie
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  12:44:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is a good documentory on the history channel right now. If the home public only known the whole story

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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  2:33:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Only 2 things I like to remember about Vietnam.. The two days that I left there.

196th Infantry
1968-1969
1971-1972

The media did make a couple good movies about my outfit..IE: Tour of Duty.









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TexasVet
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Posted - 10/21/2006 :  01:28:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The sounds of the F**k you lizards at night, wait a minutes, Banded Kreits, tunnel rats having combat with pythons, tabasco in the C-dig rations, not being able to brush your teeth because VC could smell the toothpaste. Silenced Swedish K's, booby trapping a VC ammo dump, when they used the dogs to track us, sprinkling CS powder on the trail and stopping the tracking. Sending balloons up with burst transmitters, developing trail camera photos with vodka. The rush of extraction in a STABO rig.

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gunnut505
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Posted - 10/21/2006 :  10:43:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Picking your head out of that nasty red dust to view the treeline with no leaves, wondering who made Ham'n'limas the most often canned substitute for food, blowing smoke at someone through yer gun barrel, stories of the legendary white/black team of deserters, "It ain't no thing", spider holes right next to your OP, Ba Muy Ba (Formaldehyde in a can), rain without lightning, mud without rain, sleeping for 10 minutes and thinking it was an hour, aftermath of flechettes, impact noises just over your head while leaves and branches rain down, betting how high Charlie would fly on the next blooper, body counts, finding gooks with playing cards on/in them, heat worse than St Louis in August, wondering how things were going in The World, medevac and Lisa at Da Nang.

"Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit" --OVID

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joeaf1911a1
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  4:20:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The sights, smells, and sounds of war never change much in all wars. Yes, mine was over 60 years ago but I still recall them. Some things
can not be forgotten even yet. Things never change in wars, just the faces, dates and countries. Joe, 3rd Inf Div Rifleman in ETO.
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Locust Fork
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  4:35:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I appereciate writers....being able to portray events and make people imagine what they are describing using words. Its a talent I think my oldest daughter may have....if I can help her I think that is what I would like to see her try. She is a bit INSANE right now (being 14) so we will have to see???

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whiteclouder
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  5:15:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Locust Fork

I appereciate writers....being able to portray events and make people imagine what they are describing using words. Its a talent I think my oldest daughter may have....if I can help her I think that is what I would like to see her try. She is a bit INSANE right now (being 14) so we will have to see???


If she's truly a writer, her age will make little difference, she'll only be less tolerant of the fakers.

I wish her well.

Clouder..

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dheffley
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  5:18:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Writers do a better job of putting our memories into the words that best describe them than most of us can. I appreciate their efforts to document what we saw, felt and remember.

Expect the unexpected!


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Jake_S-83
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  5:19:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
doesn't sound like much has changed. just the weather.
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11b6r
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  5:23:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gunnut- Oh LORD- Ham and Claymores! Joe- my Dad was in the Pacific, my uncle in Europe. I appreicate what you gents did so that I did not HAVE to learn Japense or German.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."
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Dak To 68
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  6:04:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We called them "ham & MFer's. Remember the toilet paper in the c rats? we called it "John Wayne Paper", it was rough, tough, and didn't take s**t off nobody. The Hersheys tropical bars were known simply as "mud bars".
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matwor
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  6:09:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing guys, I too appreciate and thank you for your sacrifices.




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Ray B
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Posted - 10/22/2006 :  8:43:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember the smell of burning flesh- my own; the smell of the disinfectant used in the cooler at graves registration; and the fear so thick it settled like fog on your position.
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Grunt2
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Posted - 10/23/2006 :  4:55:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It was hot and wet or hot and humid....Red dirt caked on everything.."Pork & Shrapnel" (Ham & Lima Beans),egg c-rations, Care packages, fire ants, worthless LSA, no underwear, leeches, cool-aid and tobasco from home, a real bath towel and how good a rusty steel can of cold beer tasted after a 28-30 day OP (even though it had set on a pallet in the sun for a few years!), mail from home and friends you could count on..

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Salvage33
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Posted - 10/30/2006 :  12:53:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My experiences were just a bit different. Flying off a carrier never put me that close to what the guys on the ground experienced. But, that said, being "bingo'd" to Da Nang for a hot refuel and loaded with napalm, engines still burning, and doing close air support on a firebase that was in danger of being over run, dropping the canisters on the very edge of the 'wire.'

Or the night that the VC blew the fuel depot at Da Nang. Awesome sight from 30 miles away as we were marshalling for a night recovery.

Being awakened at 0230 hours for a brief prior to launch where we flew TOPCAP for a bunch of guys going downtown. Or the 'eye in the sky' warning of a Mig launch. And hearing the beep beep beep in the headset as Russian made fire control radar in search mode 'hunted' the skies for us. And worse, when they found you and locked down, knowing that in a few seconds a SAM was on the way up.

Flying cover for a SAR mission as one of the boys who had been downtown was trying desperately to get "feet wet" before he had to punch out. Worse was when you had to fly cover for a Jolly Green who was going into Indian country to get one who didn't make the beach. Hearing the radio traffic as the downed pilot was using his radio to help vector the helo in, then watching as the Jolly Green was shot down, the feeling of helplessness as it went in.

Not as dramatic as being under a severe mortar attack, taking fire, bouncing betties, claymores, tiger traps, pungi stakes, but it all takes it's toll.

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givette
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Posted - 11/01/2006 :  5:15:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The smell. Upon our arrival the stewardess opens the door on the plane,...dunno how to put it..."sweet, poopty odor" permeating the entire country. Body bags. I could always sense the body bags' presence. Again, the smell. The flies hovering. Why were body bags always laid out in the sun? Breaking whiskey bottles so we could scatter the broken glass underneath the concertina wire. (I don't think the gooks liked that too much) Feeding the dogs leftovers. Someone learned that if you rolled the meat in hot sauce, then sprinkled it with .50 cal. gunpowder, it would keep the dogs mean, and the chemicals in the gunpowder would make their brains unstable. We alwaystook heed when they started growling. I firmly believe the dogs saved my life. Body count. The body count is important to someone, I guess. And don't forget to count the blood trails too. Fukk-U lizards. Now they were a class act. (At least they told you outright how they felt about the "round-eye"). VN's (friendlies)..seems the closer to the boonies we got, the less they were trusted. For the life of me, I can't figure out why. Yeah, right. Washington. When asked what her husband found most troublesome about the war (Vietnam) Lady Bird said it was the constant rat-a-tat-tat. What a joke. Ever notice the youth of our country go through the same assinine routine again and again, approximately every 25yrs. or so??



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blackpowdermax
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Posted - 11/01/2006 :  9:49:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember arriving in a complete downpour. So much water.

I remember standing guard at a bunker near the Danang airbase flight line and watching an F-4 coming in, all shot to h*ll and catching the 1st wire. The plane burst into flames on the landing. I remember the pilot, silhouetted by the flames, pulling the unconscious back seater out onto the wing and out of harm's way.

I remember 2 missions up around Haiphong where the pilot put the plane into such a steep dive that we began to float out of our seats. And then wondered if the wings were going to rip off as he pulled out at the water's surface. First time for a A-3 tanker that had tried to do a barrel roll and didn't pull out of it. Celebrating going home I think. Second time we had discoved a Mig being vectored to our position and had to get below the ground radar before he sighted or locked on to us.

I remember the two transients going through Danang, waiting for a plane out in the morning. Got caught in one of the frequent rocket attacks and tried to run for it rather than hitting the deck. I also remember the body bags and the pool of blood in the middle of the road.

I remember two A-1 Skyraiders trying to make it back, one shot to pieces including the pilot. He wanted to get over water and ditch but his wingman talked him out of it and all the way back to Danang. They both landed safely.

I remember the downed and captured pilots and the helplessness of not being able to do anything, that is the worst memory.

I remember the guys that I flew with, none better in the world.

And Salvage33, I was one of your "eyes in the sky". EA-3B, EP-3B and EC-121's.....VQ-1 gave us our ride. Glad you made it back......

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Jimboak47
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USA
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Posted - 11/19/2006 :  1:46:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
M-79 Called mine Thumper.. I ditched my M-16 for my M79 that took of a dead gook in Tay Ninh. Wish I still had one.
quote:
Originally posted by prangle

I hated the M-16, and will not have an AR-15 now. But the M-79, now that was fun.
I remember us being trucked by Phu Tho Race Track (spelling?) in Saigon going down below Cholon. Having a big firefight there with lots of wounded(ours) and deaths(theirs),
Late in the evening our company set up a chow line(stupid huh?) and our own gunship put a rocket into the chow line. Then they had to call in the DustOff. I don't remember how many casualties. That night we sat up in a tiny house and the gooks probed us and the guy next to me was shot in the knee.
I had left a picture of my new wife in Ben Hua for a portrait to be made but TET prevented me from ever going back.
We met in Hawaii for R&R. Didn't see many sights. Didn't leave the hotel very much.


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tfitz54
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Posted - 11/24/2006 :  5:57:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THANK-YOU! I pray for the next generation over in an awful place. I'm agiant the WAR but I think all Americans remember how horrible we were to you when you came home and I pray we do not do that again!

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br549
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Christmas Island
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Posted - 12/05/2006 :  09:26:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
outgoing artilary,incoming rockets, arc lights, the heat, the rain, smell of blood,burned flesh,green tracers,red tracers, freezing when the temp dropped to 80 degrees at night,red dust and red mud,hot carlins black lable in rusted cans,most important friends laughter and fright. the People who didn't make it.

RETIRED Cpl USMC Semper Fi
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Bulletbutt
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Posted - 12/07/2006 :  6:03:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The look on my pilot's face when I put my 45 to his head when he was going to fly away from danger and leave some groundpounders in trouble. I hope the S.O.B. still remembers me, too.
Sorry guys, I wasn't going to register and post on this forum, but I couldn't help myself.
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davecampperry
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Posted - 12/12/2006 :  04:18:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On a lighter side, does anyone else remember the 'Recon Bomb'? Upon being extracted, open a coke/pepsi, and as you drink it down replace it with jim beam/jack daniels. By the time the chopper landed you would be too drunk to get stuck on some sh#t detail. (All the turtles were on liberty and unavailable for fatigue duties.) 'Course you had to arrange it with the jocks first to have the 'makins'.
Getting on a bird with the floor red and unbelievably slick. Being grabbed by someone before you slid out the other door. Ripping open a sandbag to give a little traction. Reaching the point where you just didn't notice it anymore. WWII had 'Kilroy', we had 'IDMN'.

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Ironrifle
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Posted - 12/12/2006 :  8:03:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
TET! Watching the mushroom cloud at the Long Binh ammo dump, The big pile of VC/NVA bodies near the POW camp, firing illumination (105mm) at high angle over Ho Nhia village most of the first night, while trying to dodge sniper fire.

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Ironrifle
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USA
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Posted - 12/14/2006 :  7:33:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember it well! Our 3 guns were set up maybe 100 yds. behind it! My time was July `67-Feb`69. Still seems like yesterday?

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Sky Soldier
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Posted - 12/18/2006 :  10:51:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember:
An AR-15 that wouldn't shoot more than 5 rounds before it jammed.
Malaria tablets (taken every Monday morning) that gave me the "backyard scoots" for five days.
Humping a PRC-25 through the jungle with an antenna that knocked red ants out of their nests in the brush and down my back.
Digging a new foxhole every day.
Collecting rainwater in my poncho so I wouldn't have to strain river and paddy water into my canteen through my t-shirt and then add iodine tablets to it so I'd have something to drink
C-Rations packaged for the Korean Conflict.
Not being able to wear underwear so I wouldn't get crotch-rot.
Burning leeches off my lower extremities.
Ignoring mosquitoes that were doing blood tests on me while I was in position on ambushes.
Monsoon season, being soaking wet, and shivering when the sun set and the temperature dropped down into the 80's.
Trying for the last 40 years to NOT remember.

3/319th 173rd Airborne Brigade (Sep) May '66 - May '67
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woodshermit
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Posted - 12/20/2006 :  09:56:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember the smell upon arrival at TSN. There are other things, too, but, whenever anyone asks this question, it is always that smell on top of my list.

I don't think anyone has mentioned the rats. Although they seem to get bigger as time goes by (or in direct proportion to the amount of alcohol consumed).

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Jimboak47
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Posted - 12/23/2006 :  4:29:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Brother:
I was with the 100th Engr Co that was at the end of the road accross from the cematary. The one that had the Big white cross out front . We shot it down during an attack Tet 68..
J Corso
Rvn 67-69,71-72
quote:
Originally posted by prangle

Hey ironrifle, After I got over spinal meningitis I spent several months in the security guard and sat through a lot of days and nights in that 60 foot tower overlooking Ho Nai village(to spot rocket launches). Do you remember it? Dec 67 thru Dec 68 was my year!


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Ironrifle
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Posted - 12/27/2006 :  07:41:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ed, have you ever found anymore Redatchers? I`ve found 15 in the last few years,including my 1sgt who is only 2 hrs from me! Charlie

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prangle
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Posted - 12/29/2006 :  04:14:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've emailed a few but none are very close.

Edited by - prangle on 11/07/2015 6:57:03 PM
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sirgknight
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Posted - 01/16/2007 :  9:12:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Two tet offenses, 1967 & 1968, Tuy Hoa and Tam Ky province, the sound of hueys blades cutting through the thick night air; body bags; the flares being dropped from spooky and then the barrage of the quad 50 calibers bursting that red stream all the way to the ground; body bags; the 105mm howitzers blasting away every two or three minutes; body bags; the screaming on the radio requesting air support because of TIC (troops in contact); napalm exploding through the trees and watching everything immediately burn to a crisp; the monsoon season when it rained for days; the smell of my uniform that needed washing last week; body bags; someone yelling INCOMING, INCOMING, and then that dreadful sound of a 122mm rocket or mortar round landing only a few hundred yards away (thank God); the sirens whaling in the night, night after night; body bags; the sound of jamming a magazine in the rifle and pulling it back out to check the rounds; and sometimes even the silence, when there were no sounds at all; but still had the body bags.


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Cubslover
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USA
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Posted - 01/17/2007 :  11:39:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Man, I am so fascinated by history. Especially the Wars of that last century. To sit here and read about your experiances is amazing. You are true American Heroes. Sent to do a job unfit for anyone, coming back after being in that hellhole and recalling certian experiances.

Thanks so much for the enlightenment. I wish you all well.

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mopac1968
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Posted - 01/21/2007 :  1:59:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The smell of the rice patties along the Dong Nai river in Long Binh
The smell of Mama Sons cooking
The taste of Papa Son roast beef sandwiches (Dog or Monkey) after a rare evening of drinking in Bein Hoa.
The taste of powered eggs and milk and meatless meat
The taste of pre-sweented kool aide in water that was heavilly laced in clorine!
Water sking on the Dong Nai river 1967
Watching F-100 from the chow line bomb the hell out Papa sons sapan after the 6pm river curfew.
Four pair of jungle boots under my bed while the infantry in the bush were using shoe laces to keep the sole on there boots
It was all surreal
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Cliff47
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Posted - 01/23/2007 :  1:01:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The first morning at the Replacement Depot, seeing the black trails in the sky, then remembering what an NCO said before I left CONUS, "Gentlemen, you know what smog is, I give you smit".

Try to remain calm, it makes everybody else wonder what you're up to.
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Bergtreffer
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Posted - 10/29/2007 :  12:15:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hockey pucks -- the dang canned fruit cake in C rats. Pretty awful stuff. Little packs of Lucky Strikes in the C rats. Early on some of the old WW-II C rats had green package Lucky Strikes. I still have some of that John Wayne toilet paper here. Been carrying it deer and elk hunting but haven't been forced to use it yet. A collection of P-38 can openers. Bergtreffer.
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OlympicArmsFan
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Posted - 11/12/2007 :  2:05:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I want to thank everyone for shairing their stories and the pictures. This was something Im sure that was and is hard for a lot of you to share with us. Thank you all and not just for your service but for giving us a glimps into a part of your life. Thank you
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Laredo Lefty
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Posted - 11/14/2007 :  01:55:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With my M-60 at small fire base near Kontum 1969



Riding shotgun on convoy 1969. Loved my Ma Deuce..



Iam still looking for a friend, Bill Spicer. He was wounded while standing with me and a couple other guys at LZ Mary Lou. A mortar round hit about 30 ft away and got him in the back. I was hit with 3 pieces, but my flack jacket stopped them, Bill was not wearing his.

He was medivac'd out, that was the last I saw of him. His name is not on the wall so I know he survived.


Edit::: Fast forward to today 10-30-15. I found Bill. A TV production company I contacted about 5 years ago located him. They put me in touch with him on the phone. I plan to see him soon. He lives about 7-8 hours away from me in Ca.

Edited by - Laredo Lefty on 10/30/2015 10:52:54 PM
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mrseatle
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Posted - 11/18/2007 :  09:52:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...finding that stash of Nazi weapons?

CHL and FFL holders are Traitors...!



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CapnMidnight
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USA
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Posted - 11/19/2007 :  02:29:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lefty,
You were in the Highlands the same time I was, HHC 2/1 cav. We had a firebase on the highway going toward An Khe (Spelling), not far from the bottom of the Mang Yang pass, called it Black Hawk, also worked up in Kohn Tohm and Doc also. Cpt John Abrams was our C.O. .
W.D.

Edited by - CapnMidnight on 05/19/2013 2:47:24 PM
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overo88
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USA
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Posted - 11/19/2007 :  12:53:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Goofy grape koolaid, Tiger piss beer,johnny Walker Red, eating fried frogs and rice with the locals, mother with newborn with nipples cut off by the VC, burning hootches and waiting for secondary explosions or hidden rounds cooking off, smell of burning rice cashes, seeing bullets hiting the rice paddy water in front of me and not seeing the shooter. boot lace 6-8 inch long leaches. little black leaches swolen with your blood. shootout with VC in a MG bunker made with portland cement bags "made in the USA". finding ammo and supply cashes with better (new) 782 gear better then what I had. first kill and a squad leader that froze up i had to push (rifle butt to the head)out of the way or die. (got two on the trail who were cooking rice)only three days in country on Deck House I. India Company comming back with 30 some odd marines out of 200, the rest whent home in bags. hill 69 overrun just outside of Chu-Lie. just 17 of us walked down the next morning. burning C-4 to heat the C-rats, burning heat tabs under my poncho to stay warm, in the rain. ARVN's that stand up to take a piss while on ambush. ARVN officers shooting our captured VC's. VC'c who got flying lessons. NVA Regulars that stand and fight for days. The underground bunker I found, with AID room, sleeping mats, ammo & weapons. enough for a hundred or more men not more then 2 clicks from Chu-Lie. TAM-KY, Den fu, marble, R&R in Hong Kong, ROK's that were assume fighters, ChickenSH** PF's and ARVN's. Papa san stealing grenades from our bunkers.
Its hard to tell all from only 1 year and a few months, so much happened.
One last one, anti war protestors at the gate outside El-Toro Ca. Airfield, but it was home.

Short round (I know, there were a lot of short rounds)
PFC/LCpl
1965-1966 CHU-LIE RVN
USMC, GRUNT

utahranch

Edited by - overo88 on 11/19/2007 12:59:27 PM
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MMOMEQ-55
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USA
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Posted - 12/15/2007 :  12:20:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Best not to remember at all

The day you are born you are dying. Make every day count! -Johnny B.

"Love says I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.
Abortion says I sacrifice the other person for the good of
myself..." -unknown


In essence many modern day, legally-sanctioned abortion clinics serve the same purpose as Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachhau and Hitler's other slaughterhouses, which exterminated an unwanted segment of the population. - Charlie Daniels
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eastbank
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Posted - 12/18/2007 :  3:22:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
no matter if you live 1 more day or 50 more years you will never forget that time in your life. i still don,t understand how that can be your worst and best time of your life at the same time. but as i get older it seems that way. eastbank.
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charlie15
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Posted - 01/27/2008 :  05:36:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stepping off that troop ship and going through a time change back to the 14th century.

"When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite."- Winston Churchill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYHb4tzcBME&feature=related
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