previous post next post  

41 years ago...

Some good friends of mine went adventuring...

cambodia.jpg
...in Cambodia.

13 Comments

And on the following night... when an ARVN armored cav unit ran up against the NVA, a Certain Vulture went in to pull one of our guys out. I hear it was kinda rainy that night...
 
I arrived in Viet Nam in May 1970. I thought for sure that the Army was going to send me straight to Cambodia. Good thing for me that the personnel Sgt and I were both from Fla. He offered me an assignment in Saigon and I accepted. The US troops were in Cambodia in 1970, 41 years ago not 40. The ARVN did go back in 1971 but the US did not not.
 
I arrived in Viet Nam in May 1970. I thought for sure that the Army would send me straight to Cambodia. Good thing for me the personnel Sgt and I were both from Florida. He offered me assignment in Saigon and I accepted.
The US troops were in Cambodia in 1970. The ARVNs went back in 1971. The US did not go back. So it was 41 years ago not 40.
The NVA kicked the ARVN butt big time in 1971 in both Laos and Cambodia.
 
..and a lovely little beastie she is, searchlight and all.

 
nothing says 'I dont like you' like a 152mm shotgun
 
No, Harp, I just farked it up.  I'm doing that more and more lately.  I shold either buckle down or get out of the way.  Sigh.

 
@Eric, "...nothing says 'I don't like you' like a 152mm shotgun" - Sounds like a 'Communications  Specialist'.

@John,  "No, Harp, I just farked it up." Well, Welcome to the rest of us mere mortals.
 
 
Is that one of those stupid infrared searchlights on top of that gun?
 
David Drake, the SF writer, went into Cambodia back around then with the 11th Cavalry, AKA Black Horse.  That experience seems to have had a big influence on his mind and his writing.
 
To: JTG / Drake / Hmmmm, I wonder why?   
 
@harp1034

TSNAB, Camp DuBeau, 519th "Support" Battalion, April 1970-March 1971.  Ya spose we crossed paths somewhere?   Stars Hill Hotel, maybe?
 
I'm sorry, I want my nerd question answered. IS that one of those stupid infrared searchlights?
 
Grumpy, no need to wonder.  If you read his explanations of his SF books,  a lot of what he wrote in them was thinly disguised impressions of his experiences over there.

He started writing those books to get it out of his system, so to speak, and then found that lots of people paid him money to buy them and read them.  I mean, who would turn down being paid money for stuff you were going to write anyway?