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66 Year old nam' vet here...
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04-09-2015, 02:51 AM #1
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got drafted in at 18, after high school graduation and that's all it took.

Stories?

Stuck my head up too far in the field, bullet right in the helmet, got blind in 1 eye.

any questions?
04-09-2015, 03:39 AM #2
bohica Member
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Thank you.
glad you made it home again.
Looks like we never learn, with what's going on in the sandbox right now.
My cousin was there, came home in a bag.

On 07 June 1968 the 1st Bn, 26th Marines were conducting a sweep along the Bon Song River. Alpha 1/26 was providing a screening force along the river while Delta 1/26 was moving through the hills along the river. Charlie 1/26 was in echelon behind Delta, with the Command Group and H&S Company bringing up the rear.
As Delta 1/26 crested a ridgeline they took fire from a trenchline. The company established a base of fire, flanked the trenchline, and forced the NVA to withdraw - but they didn't withdraw far; a second set of fortifications lay only 50 yards behind the first. Charlie 1/26 sent help and Delta buckled down to assaulting the second trench line - and once again forced the NVA from their lines.

This action, though costly, was only a prelude. The NVA troops engaged by Delta 1/26 were a covering force for the NVA main body, which withdrew into the Alpha 1/26 position - and were engaged by the Alpha 1/26 Marines in a bloody fight. By the time the NVA escaped through the gap between Alpha's flank and the oncoming Delta Marines, 20 Marines and 2 sailors were dead:

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
04-09-2015, 03:41 AM #3
bohica Member
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Most of the gang here are too young for RVN, and too old for Oshitistan.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
04-09-2015, 03:43 AM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Bless you all for what you did.

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04-09-2015, 04:11 AM #5
White Ribbon call me
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I have total empathy for anyone drafted into a stupid war, how horrific, especially at 18. Sad.

having been to Vietnam multiple times, its really appalling to see what the US did there with all their chemicals, the deformities in people, the large sections of land that are still dead to vegetation, the amount of crap dumped in neighbouring Laos and Cambodia. The Americans savaged that country and people. Sad.
04-09-2015, 04:41 AM #6
Ikaika Member
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I was too young. By the time I turned eighteen, it was over.

That country was destroyed for profit. I remember the "Domino Effect" the politicians were spouting at the time.

"Gotta stop them there......"

Knew a guy in Kona who told me stories about his experience in Nam.

I couldn't imagine going thru that.

He was fortunate to have gotten thru that unscathed, except for the scars we can't see.

It was Walter Cronkite's war, in retrospect, but at the time I still regarded the USA as the city on the hill. I felt we were doing those folks a favor.

You have my respect, OP.
04-09-2015, 07:23 AM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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The first violent footage I saw on tv was from that war. It gave me nightmares for a long time, I mean years...
04-09-2015, 08:06 AM #8
White Ribbon call me
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(04-09-2015, 07:23 AM)Octo Wrote:  The first violent footage I saw on tv was from that war. It gave me nightmares for a long time, I mean years...

oh, so you werent in Nam?

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04-09-2015, 11:21 AM #9
Accidental Stoner Member
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Respect to all combat veterans...you know more about
life and death than I do.

Those colonial wars nothing but pure evil, though.

Must say it feels good to belong to a genuinely non-imperialistic
nation and culture.
04-09-2015, 03:44 PM #10
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(04-09-2015, 04:41 AM)Ikaika Wrote:  "Gotta stop them there......"

That sure sounds familiar. We believe the same lies over and over sad2.gif
04-09-2015, 06:26 PM #11
Ikaika Member
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(04-09-2015, 03:44 PM)Shadow Wrote:  
(04-09-2015, 04:41 AM)Ikaika Wrote:  "Gotta stop them there......"

That sure sounds familiar. We believe the same lies over and over sad2.gif

Not all of us believe the same lies over and over, but we seem to hear the same lies.

Nam was about oil, and money.

Fifty five thousand Americans died there, and I have never heard how many Vietnamese died.

No disrespect, Op, but whenever anyone posts on FB, thanking our soldiers for defending our freedom, I become livid.

Fighting and dying for corporate interests is in no way defending our freedom.

Eisenhower warned us about the military/industrial threat back in 1961 in his farewell speech.
04-09-2015, 06:27 PM #12
Accidental Stoner Member
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