Any place we stopped in rural Vietnam a number of boys appeared begging for food and selling various retail items such as coke, beer and pornographic pictures. They were aggressive sellers, traders and thieves. Kids [...]
Indirect artillery fire required three components working in concert to deliver 105mm rounds where and when they were needed. Accurate fire began with an observer radioing our battery FDC requesting 105mm artillery shells at a [...]
Each Monday in Vietnam and for 6 weeks after leaving, we choked down a large orange anti-malaria pill, cloroquine-primiequine-phosphate. With the tablet came 2 or 3 days of diarrhea. A few men opted out of [...]
Few clouds shaded the sun and the temperature was over 100 degrees. Fire Support Base Washington was an inferno inside a dust cloud of suspended fine dust particles. Each howitzer round sucked up more particles [...]
In September 2017 Ken Burns will release a 10 part series about our war in Vietnam that will use social media in conjunction with the showings and I plan to join in (uninvited) and discuss each showing and document my reactions to some of the topics.
We may not have been captured, but we were captive—restricted to a fire support base as our lives dragged along second by second. It was a year’s tour – 32,672,800 seconds with no place to go. Instead, we spent those seconds firing our howitzers at different times of day and from different places, never stopping for long. It was 24/7, relentless and mind numbing.