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Topic: 50 years ago -Vietnam - Picture #3
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50 years ago -Vietnam - Picture #3

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Posted: Nov 2, 2020, 10:53 PM
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This is a picture with the bunker in which a guy hung a picture of his girlfriend inside and one of the flesh-eating rats ran up the wall with him shooting at it with a .45 pistol. He missed the rat and shot his girlfriend's picture. I don't remember why I would be eating C-rations when a mess hall was less than 100 meters away. I also don't know much about the things on that table- one looks like an M-16 magazine and one resembles a pack of cigarettes but I have never smoked. At least this one is not sideways.

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Posted: Nov 2, 2020, 10:59 PM
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I know you said you don’t recognize the things on the table, but if you had to guess what is that at your 2 o’clock, green satchel ?

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Re: 50 years ago -Vietnam - Picture #3

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Posted: Nov 2, 2020, 11:03 PM
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The round thing behind me near the door of the bunker? That is just a sandbag that is shaped funny.

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His 2 o’clock, in front of him

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Posted: Nov 2, 2020, 11:16 PM
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On the corner of the table, looks like a cap resting on top of something . . .

That was a “long drink of water” that young clover was!!! How tall are you clover?

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Re: His 2 o’clock, in front of him

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Posted: Nov 2, 2020, 11:40 PM
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I often need an assist, thanks Skeet!

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:09 PM
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That might be one of the soft canteens we carried but I am not sure - looks like it has a round cap on the far side of it.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:07 PM
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I was only 6 feet tall back then - probably shorter by now.

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Posted: Nov 2, 2020, 11:29 PM
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That's a funny story! I'll bet he had fun explaining this to his girlfriend.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:10 PM
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He was sad - I think he blasted her right in the face.

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Thanks so much for your service in that bloody war.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 12:22 AM
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Re: Thanks so much for your service in that bloody war.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:11 PM
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Had my 22nd b-day 3 days after being wounded.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 12:40 AM
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Your buddy must have been a rookie at rat shooting. We would take the wire from C-rat cartons and cut it up into small pieces, remove the lead from a .45 shell, punch out a couple of pieces of cardboard from a c-rat box, and load the .45 shell with the pieces of c-rat wire ...... basically making a shotgun load for your .45 pistol. It was a lot easier to hit a rat, plus a lot safer than firing the .45 round.

About this same time in 1970 we were on an operation on top of a mountain overlooking Elephant Valley and our accomodations had been previously made by another platoon and consisted of ammo boxes stacked up for the sides, some sort of planking for the top and plated on the outside with sand bags. Th inside must have only been maybe 3' or 4' high as you had to crawl on your knees around the inside to get to your sleeping bag and air mattress. As I was getting all my junk in place and laid down on my sleeping bag, I looked up and saw the name of one of my former OCS and Basic School Classmates, Thomas Cubert, written on the ammo box to my right. He had been keeping tab of his rat "kills" and had about six hatch marks below his name. Fortunately I did not stay there long enough to break his record as I think I may have gotten only a couple ..... and these things were rats ..... not mice!


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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 7:37 AM
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I suspect an easier way to kill rats would have been to open a c-rat can of ham and eggs and leave it for them to eat.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 6:23 PM
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That's true ...... doubt that you could trick them into eating beans and mf's. My men sure wouldn't!


This rat caught him by surprise so he had no time

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 1:15 PM
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to prepare for the hunt. That was after we found out about how they were chewing on fingertips in the middle of the night.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 6:29 AM
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great picture thank you for your service


love these stories. In my younger years, I would ride the

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 7:18 AM
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tractor with my dad. I always carried a hoe handle and my job was to kill any rat we saw. Once I had the "day off" and my older brother took my place. I had been Dove hunting and they were not flying. I hopped on the other side of the tractor. We saw a rat on my brother's side, he shot several times with the .22 and missed. The rat ran up under the tractor and came out my side. Well, he didn't survive the 12 gauge shot with #6's. We had no idea where the poor thing went to. All we saw was a hole in the freshly plowed dirt and not a piece of rat remains left.

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Re: love these stories. In my younger years, I would ride the

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 9:01 AM
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Sounds like you made a nice rat pudding!

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 8:08 AM
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Thanks for your service! Veterans Day is a week from tomorrow!
Go Tigers!


I'm glad you brought up the cigarettes. Seems like every

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 9:06 AM
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war movie ever made, just about every soldier smokes like a chimney.

I smoked for about a week when I was 14. Then, I said to myself, "Self, if this is what it takes to be considered COOL, you just ain't ever gonna be COOL." And I put them down. And, I am so glad I did, because nearly all of my classmates who DID smoke back then, still do to this day. I have saved THOUSANDS of dollars over the years due to that one act of quitting. I blew them on cheeseburgers, but hey, you gotta eat, right? :(

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if I'm not mistaken, that looks like a pack of Viceroys.***

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 11:05 AM
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I'm just trying to keep Anna Lee company.


Re: if I'm not mistaken, that looks like a pack of Viceroys.***

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 4:09 PM
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Viceroy - "All the taste, all the time" lol. It's amazing what stays with you from your childhood. Remember the endless cig ads ?

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I salute you

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020, 3:28 PM
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Thank you!


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