Tag Archives: Vietnam

MUSIC by REQUEST

While serving in Vietnam I purchased an AKAI X-1800SD Multi-Purpose Tape Recorder (reel-to-reel) to record some Living Letters to mail home. In return, my brother sent me recordings (taken directly off the radio) of some popular music of the day … Continue reading

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The Watch

Over the years I’ve both gained and lost personal property. Everything I need or find useful, it seems, just slips through my fingers and is gone. While serving in Vietnam I purchased a SEIKO wristwatch from the PX for $32.00. … Continue reading

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I guess you just had to be there . . . .

A joke or story isn’t near as funny if you have to explain it. Sometimes it’s situational and you wind up saying: “I guess you just had to be there . . . .” Not one Vietnam war veteran in … Continue reading

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Project Armed Forces – WOKY Radio Air Check – June 21, 1969

A “Living Letter” tape recording as we knew them during the Vietnam War was originally called A “Letter on a Record”. This brainchild was originally fostered by the USO some time in World War II. By the Vietnam era they … Continue reading

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Bunker Three-Alpha

The 187th, like most units based at the Tay Ninh West Base Camp was assigned responsibility for a section of the overall  defensive perimeter. The MPs were assigned control of the main gate and had a large bunker just to … Continue reading

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Hollywood Heroes

Hollywood heroes? I don’t have any. I never did. In the aftermath of World War II I grew up on John Wayne movies. There was a host of Hollywood heroes to choose from, like Van Johnson, Gary Cooper, James Stuart; … Continue reading

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Some Time Between Breakfast And Lunch

“Breakfast” and “Lunch” were code words used during Operation Menu – the secret U.S. bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. I’m sorry I can’t give a more detailed historical account but, as of this writing, some of the data … Continue reading

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The Rat Pack – a gnawing doubt

It was a minor complaint, given the many complaints we had to choose from. But one of the guys mentioned in passing that his fingers hurt. Another chimed in and said his did too. We all agreed that everyone’s finger … Continue reading

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How to Housebreak a Puppy in One Easy Lesson

The puppy in question was just one of several dogs belonging to the U.S. Army’s 187th Aviation (Assault Helicopter) Company, Tay Ninh, Vietnam in 1969/70. I was a helicopter mechanic, assigned as a Cobra crew chief and thus a member … Continue reading

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Monster Dog

Monster Dog was a canine member of the 187th Assault Helicopter Company. Larger than a standard German Shepard or Rottweiler, he was almost as large as a Great Dane. He had extraordinarily big feet and an over-sized, too-big-for-his-body, blocky, square … Continue reading

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