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Subject: Re: Sapper Attack in the Junk Yard

Lyle D. Provost Sr (I remember!)
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Date Posted: 07:22:48 09/18/07 Tue
In reply to: John T Brown III 's message, "Sapper Attack in the Junk Yard" on 08:07:28 02/17/05 Thu

>When I look back at some of my experiences in Vietnam
>many take on a humorous aspect although at the time
>they were not too funny. The second week I was in Nam
>I had to go to LZ English as Battalion Pay Officer. I
>had to spend the night there before heading off to Duc
>Pho the next day and was given a bunk in a tent
>directly in front of an ARVN 155 howitzer. It shot H&I
>fire directly over the tent all night long. The
>gunner moved the azimuth about 5 degrees between shots
>and traversed across about 45 degrees or so. The gun
>was fired on a regular interval all night long. When
>the shot was directly over my bunk I literally had to
>hold onto the sides of the bunk to keep from being
>lifted off by the concussion of the muzzle blast. I
>was one tired sucker by morning.
>Around Christmas, CWO George Fairfax got promoted to
>W2 and it was decided that he should host a promotion
>party at the 8th Trans Officers Club. The club backed
>up to the north side of the junk vehicle yard of the
>526th. The club had a band and, I think, a stripper,
>so we were all out to have a great evening. we had
>ordered steaks and the band had started playing when
>all hell broke loose in the 526th yard. Explosions
>going off all over the place. We told the band to
>play louder and the stripper to strip faster. Just
>about the moment we had waited for the club manager
>ran in and closed the club and told us we were under
>attack by the VC. We gathered up our weapons, loaded
>in our jeeps and headed back to Phu Tai and Main
>Support, hungry and disappointed. The VC had run
>through the salvage equipment and thrown satchel
>charges randomly here and there. I remember one going
>off right outside the officers club. I don't think
>anyone ever figured out whether they thought they were
>actually causing damage or it was a training exercise
>for the later attack on the 526th. That was the only
>time I set foot in an officers club during my entire
>tour except when I was on R&R. Does anybody remember
>that incident besides me?

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