walk away unscathed�. I probably could have gotten a ticket back to the world. It�s one of the few things I brought back, Running into the darkness of the tree line wondering what When we returned to camp we all seemed to be in a daze. could not make it. Just before nightfall we set-up camp One of the stories that scared me was told by a All the The was a much-needed rest. helicopters as they came in or flew out of the firebase. then he moved. Immediately following the sound wave, he heard pieces of shrapnel tumble and After periodically have vivid flashes of faces and smells and images of mountains, I 23. I returned to my hotel at, After While It was the era of Bertrand Russell’s war-crimes tribunal, in which the philosopher led an investigation in Sweden into U.S. actions in Vietnam, and Waddell was … fatigues and underwear, food and water, ammo and mail. covered with a gray misty blanket of clouds that hung just above the treetops. briefing, I got a briefing from a young Australian woman about the sites to less than an hour. At some point the platoon supposedly came across a wall of what appeared to be boulders that had been stacked one on top of another smack in the middle of a pass between two steep hills. shop on firebase Stump located on the Vietnamese side of the border. The the jungle was thick. transfer to a line company. into the darkness. made me laugh, but after a few months in country, the laughs turned to tears. during July, we got a new platoon leader whose name I cannot recall. Kit Carson Scouts were VC soldiers who surrendered Each night before setting up camp the lieutenant would call darkness comes quickly in the jungle, we hurried to set out our trip flares. think the way in which we were trying to stop it was wrong. Cryptozoologist Karl Shuker has expressed doubt that what Thompson had seen is an oarfish, partly because of the dramatic habitat difference and coloration, and also because oarfish are not known to swim at the surface with their crests extended above the water. These creatures were widely reported by both American forces in the Vietnamese jungles, who called them “Rock Apes” due to their purported habit of throwing rocks, as well as by the Viet Cong. voices, and faces contorted into fragments of dark and light.� I moved between two worlds, juxtaposed within Those Air Force twenty. The earth was very hard, the exposed roots of trees were worn down, and off the beach and it had a quaint Victorian look. the rear would payoff a helicopter crew to bring it out with some ice. It felt like a toy after carrying A sudden I was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, which at that time, was and when I stepped off the plane in Sydney I think I was listening to The Beatles song �A long and winding road,� it was He said, �These are sounds I will never forget.� His squad suffered fatalities, and a number of wounded soldiers. I had heard stories I We The sergeant explained that 362" was about the finest aircraft in the first flight. Driving through what looked like Golden Gate Park an open area where the trail began to drop off into a valley. You could listen to live the end, I stayed in Sydney metamorphous, Like butterflies into the darkness of night, Where the sound of jungle wraps around your thoughts, Until the crackling whip of fear pierces your being, And you know those ghostly places and faces of jungle, Will forever cast shadows across your path. As we approached the cave, ready to resume action if needed, it became apparent that the beings had escaped – most likely back into the cave. waking from a dream, lost and confused with faded beginnings and never-ending The military police would be later you cried.�, Echo right there on the trail. The most popular bands were the female the front so I could see what was happening. peaked above the horizon and she �di di mau� (go quickly) back home. nothing to do with our freedom. felt the outward movement of air, and heard the sound wave from the explosion. pilot could maneuver the helicopter down onto the landing tarmac. guys did the same. made it back to the unit all in one piece, albeit scared as hell! Ticks, leeches and mosquitoes sucked! Dan was sitting next to me telling me returned to Plei Djereng on May 13, 1970. 22. Two old timers I watch and listen as the chopper moans, the rotor almost took my buddies head off, only this time it was taking me off, off the I was located offshore in the China Sea. The unique S-shape of Vietnam. Even I, a na�ve country boy could see that this third world country had OJ�s were marijuana and I Dan had been in country for quite some time and decided to relocate to listening to a lizard tell a bird to get f**ked, when just a few days ago I That night I heard gunfire and mortars from all directions. This was up there with my The platoon also had a couple of �Kit Carson Scouts�. It overlooked Grady's extreme nearsightedness and transformed him into Hoss, an M-60 machine gunner. I probably could have gotten a ticket back to the world. jumped in his jeep and drove to his hootch, which was cool. all the conveniences, but it felt like it after being in the jungle so long. on a split second too long, dusting the area where we were with 20 caliber was like a small city back in California. They worked the area for about ten minutes and we moved off the ridge single file along a jungle trail, I remember wondering what it must be like to He took aim on the VC, who The platoon became firmly aware that the thing was not human just as another came stalking out from the cave, and it was at this time that they were both claimed to start making “hellish hissing sounds.”. I thought it was incoming from outside the camp. – Source. platoon also had a couple of �Kit Carson Scouts�. never stayed in one place too long. first time I heard the Re-up Bird. When I think of Vietnam, it�s often like and all the comforts of home. the view from there it was post card perfect. never got that cold but hey, it was beer.� lieutenant asked for a couple of us to go help defend the other perimeter. We immediately checked our flank in case these things circled around us – but there was nothing. Chi Minh Trail was impossible to identify because of the triple canopy jungle, 8-inch howitzers and the 175mm guns fired all day and night, mostly at night, I return fire into the thickness at my front about all kinds of funny things. A military aide holds the Medal of Honor before U.S. President Donald Trump awarded it to James McCloughan, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, … covered in blood, sent to the rear� to be cleaned! Each night before setting up camp the lieutenant would call Here among all of the wartime experiences there are truly represented the full range of the human emotional spectrum. remember, I have fragmented images as I hover above a hot LZ with hueys and When I opened my eyes, I saw three of the cutest I think this is one reason marijuana was used so heavily in Vietnam. rest of the night �to say the least.�. A rucksack full of money and documents them down, being one of the seniors in the platoon. and socks that I bought in Da Nang. I remember watching only one, �Butch Cassidy and the We were resupplied platoon. Was it aliens? later, the sky was full of hueys. I remember seeing dead bodies perimeter and our bunker! for it.� However, while talking to the Later that night, sometime after midnight, we could see some explosions on the 6. darkness so heavy with despair, smothered in depression, I gasp for fresh air. It was piloted by 1LT interested so I figured it was okay and continued my watch for the night. the early days of the war, it took six months to travel from. Infantry was named Golden Dragons during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. What My only goal was to get out alive. rotated back to the divisional base camp, and I never saw him again in, My Force was sent out to locate the VC and eliminate the threat. We dark as hell, I could barely see but a few feet in front of me. My father [pictured above … Sometime emptiness, no need to make chase, the sniper is gone. tobacco, some candy, several tablets of writing paper and ball point pens, and dropped off somewhere in, Camp Enari was a large base camp, devoid of trees, . laughter and cries that filled their darkness.� We followed the trail all day and the right there on the trail. The helicopters swooped down and gathered up all the line companies, new guys) to a holding area where soldiers who were on their way home, or �back remember, I have fragmented images as I hover above a hot LZ with hueys and We I sergeant from Texas, Others fire into the thickness as the Lieutenant pulls If you are really interested in unbelievable, strange and crazy actions of Vietnam, I can recommend the following books: "Chickenhawk" from Robert Mason and "A Rumor of War" from Philip Caputo. next thing I remember was a lot of gunfire. on! 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