Things we learned in Vietnam....some serious...some not.
Vietnam is a lot hotter than Michigan
from the air, at least until you get low enough to see the bomb craters.
Veterans like to scare the shit out of the
new guys just off the plane.
Your new gear will disappears just a few days after you get out into the field.
instructors you run into in Vietnam, are not all that excited about the reunion!
Officers are "nicer" out
in the field.
You will find a friend after awhile.
"Grunts" are pretty tough.
are tough too.
Hot chow is much better than rations, even LRRP rations.
The Winstons and Marlboros in the SP pack,
are the first to go, the Kents are the last.
Listen to the guys who have been here longer than you.
the first time out on patrol.
It's scarey every time.
It's worse when you are the team leader.
is tough, you can get killed there.
Nha Trang has beautiful beaches.
Special Forces instructors know their stuff.
They serve the best food in the Army.
Their base gets mortared a lot.
Wearing the "Recondo" patch
is a big deal. You earn it.
So is the CIB.
Keep your M-16 clean.
Carry your own radio, it's close when you
You can get real jumpy after 72 hours without sleep.
Never, never, ever fall asleep on your watch!
walk on the dikes.
Don't move at night, anymore than you have to.
Don't screw around with grenades. Make sure they
are secure to your web gear.
It's hard to direct artillery, and gunships at the same time. When the gunships show up,
stop the artillery.
When it's over, tell them they did a good job.....cause they have..... And you'll need em again.
The chopper or boat ride out, is a sober trip. The one back is a lot more fun!
You can't really sleep on a mission,
even when its your turn.
A bunk at basecamp is pretty good though. But you never feel safe, anywhere.
from a mission is a good enough reason to party.
Young soldiers don't need much of a reason to party.
The base will
always get hit during a party.
|Let the good times roll!