Almost 51 years... hard to believe.

old medic

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1ST off ... My utmost thanks and respect to you, and all that went.
It was current events in school, But close to home with my Uncle doing 2 tours there.
Still have vivid memories of going to Kennedy Airport to get him.
His reception home still makes me furious....
With 30+ years in Emergency Services I can relate to the Dreams...
 

oldman

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I remember those days. Now add a pouring rainstorm that lasts for days on end. Then, to have to sit on the bank under a tarp eating a cold can of c-rations, like spaghetti. Yeah, the good old days.
 

oldman

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I pity that poor dude holding his rifle in the air. You never knew what would come floating by.
 
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Snakes! I was always watching for snakes, especially Cobras.
Never ran across a cobra, but, pythons were a regular thing. Monster centipede's, even the worms there were huge. :eek: Then there were bats. Now, tigers were further north of us (thank goodness), and they were man eaters. It sure seemed like everything in Nam grew big. (except the people lol )

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oldman

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How well I remember.(y) Wife has never understood why to this day, I hate the rain.

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OMG!!! That picture really resonated with me immensely. This picture is absolutely an actual depiction of what I was referring to.
Is this one of your personal photos? With that Huey in the background, it looks so authentic. I can't stop looking at it.
Who on this thread was drafted? Who enlisted?
Enlisted. 1st Marines out of Camp Lejeune. AIT (Advanced Infantry Training) in Lejeune. After we landed in Chu Lai, it was all downhill from there on. We were transported to Da Nang and then the Mekong Delta and then back to Da Nang.
 
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OMG!!! That picture really resonated with me immensely. This picture is absolutely an actual depiction of what I was referring to.
Is this one of your personal photos? With that Huey in the background, it looks so authentic. I can't stop looking at it.
Figured that would catch your eye. Took the pic at one of the firebase's (can't remember which one, Silva, verna, blackhorse???) Funny isn't it how people who were never there think you're exaggerating when talking about monsoon season. It truly was the sh*t. :(
 

oldman

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Figured that would catch your eye. Took the pic at one of the firebase's (can't remember which one, Silva, verna, blackhorse???) Funny isn't it how people who were never there think you're exaggerating when talking about monsoon season. It truly was the sh*t. :(
I copied that picture and sent it to one of the guy's in my Platoon that I still communicate with. He said the same as me. "That could have been us sitting there." I wrote back in the e-mail, "Yeah, that's exactly what I thought."
 

oldman

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I also had a few h.s. classmates that didn’t make it home alive. I was injured and spending my last few weeks In Okinawa. We were in Vietnam for 14 months. When I was released, I was able to get a ride back to Dover A.F. base. We had eight caskets onboard.
 

cdestroyer

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as much as it was fun in the mekong delta(tongue in cheek) I was more concerned while posted to the uss proteus a sub tender at guam. the ballistic missile fleet. nuclear weapons, nuclear subs and as a radioman handling the messages including encrypted ones that contained the nuclear weapons prelaunch codes was a lot more worry than delivering soda pop and beer and ammo in the Nam! were it be all the subs were in port there would be a total over 200 nuclear warheads the size we dropped during wwii.
 


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