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  •  Hey, I was one of 'those grunts'. (5+ / 0-)

    72 hours in Vung Tau was the highlight of that year for me.  I had a three day pass for being Soldier of the Month of my battalion and made the best use of the privilege that I could.

    It was a month or two after Tet '68 and the town was still in a state of pucker factor nine as I recall.

    Six months later I went to Bangkok for R&R and had a very hard time getting on the bus for the airport back 'home' (Cat Lai on the Dong Nai River).

    First night back we had a mortar party courtesy of the neighbors and I had a rude awakening and regret for having ever gotten on that bus the day before.

    I often thought of doing a 'Lord Jim' and staying upcountry in Thailand and never coming back. I still don't know if I did come back to this day. It was like leaving heaven and going back to hell. But, hell was where my buddy's were and that's where I belonged.

    Please excuse me for being so maudlin tonight. So help me I miss those days and all those guys. Those beautiful, innocent guys. Each one of them were special in their own way. Each and every one. Bless them.

    “It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.” – Andy Borowitz

    by Gordon20024 on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 10:42:00 PM PDT

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    •  Go again... (5+ / 0-)

      I have been back to Vung Tau several times over the years - the first time back was in 1984 when I was on a veterans delegation.  It was eerie - the Vietnamese officials opened a closed up restaurant for us to have lunch.  Stained white tablecloths, glitter ball on the ceiling, and nothing on the jukebox from after 1972.  Talk about deja vu....

      Now, there is an Aussie veterans group there running some humanitarian assistance projects, so I went down to see if we could lend them some support.  No more bouncing in the back of a deuce and a half - there are Russian hydrofoils from the docks in front of the Majestic Hotel in HCMC which make the trip down the river in an hour.

      And I ultimately did what you thought about - I retired to the coast in Thailand....swing by sometime...heh...

      I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

      by Wayward Wind on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 12:12:16 AM PDT

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