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  •  I let my whole diary get by me yesterday without (5+ / 0-)

    asking you guys about the playing cards in the helmets.

    Seems I heard why or what it meant years ago, but I cannot recall now.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:26:51 AM PST

    •  Ace of Spades was supposed to be unlucky (5+ / 0-)

      They'd give us dek of cards with ALL Aces of spades! try playing poker with that!!  These were supposed to be left around dead bodies as sort of a warning.
      No I am NOT kidding (again)  So not only were we supposed to kill the enemy, we were supposed to litter as well.
      This was just another thing I thought was completely bullsht and had no doubt the Vietnamese were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. No wondr they won, we never figured them out. (that they were human beings)

      Those pictures of playing cards in the helmet---he wouldn't have carried them there in the field, its against the LAw of Camoflauge. One of the ways you can tell a field soldier from someone who was trying to make people believe he was.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:02:37 AM PST

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      •  Ohhh, now I see it. Makes sense. (2+ / 0-)
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        thanks for answering.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 05:21:55 AM PST

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      •  They told us that the Ace of Spades left on (3+ / 0-)
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        a body meant that the deceased had been denied entrance into "heaven," fwiw. The idea was to make whoever picked up the remains would fear us all the more so they'd run away rather than engage with us.
        And we wondered why we weren't wnning "hearts and minds."
        I have no idea who thunk up the Buddhist/Animist notion of heaven, but it made us feel like we were invincible angels of death, or some such crap.

        “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

        by DaNang65 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:04:40 AM PST

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