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Date Posted: Wed, June 01 2005, 23:03:58
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-188.8.131.52.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 184.108.40.206
Subject: Re: Mud by Patrick Camunes
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's message, "Mud by Patrick Camunes" on Wed, June 01 2005, 16:19:05
I was with the 9th Infantry Division down in the Mekong River Delta area of Vietnam. Even during the six-month dry season the rice paddies wouldn't dry out except for April and early May. During the Vietnam War, the nickname of the 9th I.D. was temporally changed from "the Old Reliables" to "the Delta Mud Wrestlers." Mud was one of our biggest problems because it hampered our mobility. I have seen four armored personnel carriers cabled together in an attempt to get a stuck track out of the mud. Heaven forbid that we would have to call in a Chinook helicopter because the crew would be laughing their heads off at us.
On a stand down we would pay a bunch of little Vietnamese kids a C-Ration meal apiece to wash the mud off our equipment except for weapons of course. They would work for five or six hours cleaning everything in exchange for a meal of "Ham and Lima Beans". They wouldn't eat it, but would sell it on the black market.
Oh yeah, there were all kinds of nasty critters in Vietnam. Blood-sucking leeches and malaria-ridden mosquitoes were at the top of the list. Fire ants were another favorite. Water buffalos could get mean--my squad leader had to drop one with his M-16 because the stupid beast charged him and wouldn't quit. There were even some poisonous snakes like cobras and little green tree vipers. I don't like snakes. In fact, the worst fear that I experienced in Vietnam was when a big brown snake fell out of a tree six inches in front of my nose. By the time I had my M-16 pointed at my feet, the snake was gone. I've never seen a snake move so fast before or since.
Say, that reminds me. I never saw a kitty-cat in Vietnam. Maybe they were hiding out in the woodshed or something. Did anyone else ever see a cat in Vietnam?
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