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General Category => War Forum => Topic started by: mrclose on August 17, 2015, 09:38:26 PM

Title: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: mrclose on August 17, 2015, 09:38:26 PM
To all the 'Grunts' who sat in those marsh fields and rice paddies of the place we call Nam .. Remember this?

I had a small am radio that somehow survived all the rains and muddy waters of the rice paddies.

That little (silvertone) radio was able to pick up some far away stations that would broadcast information from the home front and tunes that reminded us that we weren't forgotten back home.

I was seventeen, almost eighteen, right out of high school and in some foreign land that I had never even heard of!

I was 'wounded', (shot through the left leg) when I was dropped off by a Chinook in a country that wasn't my own.

I was Scared.
I was a Ranger (six months of extra abuse training) and I wasn't supposed to be scared but I was!

Well, anyways, I sat and I wondered .. did my family know where I was, how scared I was?

After three months in the field and feeling forgotten, I turned on my silvertone (batteries only lasted a month so you had to conserve) a voice came over the radio and said .. "Paul, if you can hear this .. your brother, your family wants you to know They are thinking of you and they love and miss you .. come home to us safely".

"They want to dedicate to you and to Every soldier in the field, this song".

I instantly became a fan of Gary Puckett that night .. nine thousand miles from home!

I'M HOME MOM!!
(Yes, My name is Paul)

http://youtu.be/zUwRlbTDbtg
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: darroll on August 18, 2015, 03:46:56 PM
My favorite song.
The choppers would come in and this was the music coming out of their speakers.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KIo9dktNNVXRwAAyssnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByZWc0dGJtBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDBGdwb3MDMQ--?p=Cristy+Lane+One+Day+at+a+Time&vid=52d8feb29795e951a216e7cb1085fbf5&turl=http%3A%2F%2Ftse2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DWN.qdwTUd7nHqH0%252fgV%252b38RuHw%26pid%3D15.1%26h%3D360%26w%3D490%26c%3D7%26rs%3D1&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DfzU5jdbKOUk&tit=One+Day+at+A+Time+%3ACristy+Lane&c=0&h=360&w=490&l=268&sigr=11bgmjqn8&sigt=10unimlh8&sigi=12pli9du1&age=1337728786&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av&fr=yhs-mozilla-003&hsimp=yhs-003&hspart=mozilla&tt=b
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: kroz on August 18, 2015, 03:58:20 PM
God bless you guys for your service!

Those songs really brought back memories.  Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Shooterman35 on September 21, 2015, 03:52:15 PM
God bless you guys for your service!

Amen! God Bless you guys that fought in that hell hole. I was getting out about the time 'Nam was heating up, and Thank God every day for the blessing. Korea was cold but there was little if any shooting at us in late '58 and '59.

This month's American Rifleman has an article by Captain Dale Dye on some of the small arms used over there and I found it interesting.

Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: tac on September 21, 2015, 04:53:15 PM
Welcome Shooter
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: kroz on September 21, 2015, 05:04:51 PM
Yes, I also want to welcome you here, Shooter.  It's a nice place and I hope you enjoy the group.
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Shooterman35 on September 21, 2015, 07:09:53 PM
Welcome Shooter

Thanks, Tac.
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Shooterman35 on September 21, 2015, 07:12:19 PM
Yes, I also want to welcome you here, Shooter.  It's a nice place and I hope you enjoy the group.

Thanks, Kroz. Been here before but changed email addy and couldn't remember my old password.
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: walkstall on September 21, 2015, 07:14:35 PM
Welcome Shooter

Please make that Shooter 32.  We have a Shooterman, that we call Shooter most of the time.  :lol:
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Shooterman35 on September 21, 2015, 07:25:02 PM
Please make that Shooter 32.  We have a Shooterman, that we call Shooter most of the time.  :lol:

Walks, old friend, I see you can still be a wise ass when the mood strikes you. :tounge:
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Solar on September 21, 2015, 07:35:23 PM
Walks, old friend, I see you can still be a wise ass when the mood strikes you. :tounge:
Check your PM, I reset your password.
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: walkstall on September 21, 2015, 07:46:01 PM
Walks, old friend, I see you can still be a wise ass when the mood strikes you. :tounge:

I work hard at it Shooter.  I get a new Mercedes Benz from taxed this year for Christmas this year.   :biggrin:
(http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.F89UlrykdvMErTkM4GzX7w&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0)
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: walkstall on September 21, 2015, 07:55:26 PM
Walks, old friend, I see you can still be a wise ass when the mood strikes you. :tounge:

Damn is that your new age (35) now Shooter.    :lol:
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Shooterman on September 21, 2015, 07:57:15 PM
I work hard at it Shooter.  I get a new Mercedes Benz from taxed this year for Christmas this year.   :biggrin:
(http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.F89UlrykdvMErTkM4GzX7w&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0)

Damme, Old Taxed ain't never given me anything but a hard time. :lol:
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Shooterman on September 21, 2015, 07:58:17 PM
Check your PM, I reset your password.

 Worked fine. Thanks Solar.
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: walkstall on September 21, 2015, 08:06:35 PM
Damme, Old Taxed ain't never given me anything but a hard time. :lol:

 :lol:  :lol:  Trust me he is not done yet.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: Billy's bayonet on September 26, 2015, 02:14:36 PM
Thanks (or is it 'Tanks') for the memories. I recall listening to "The National Anthem of Vietnam" America's Horse with no name'  which was played incessantly over the same cheap radio's everybody had and of course in all the bars....sometimes by the Filipino bands they used to import. This was during monsoon season when we practically drowned in out listening posts, bunkers and trenches which became small ponds during monsoon season.  "I been thru the desert on a horse with no name IT FELT GOOD TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN....we used to sing that in the chow line anyplace covered where about a ton of water wasn;t running down your back into your boots.
Title: Re: A Dark Night In VietNam
Post by: walkstall on September 26, 2015, 02:20:30 PM
Thanks (or is it 'Tanks') for the memories. I recall listening to "The National Anthem of Vietnam" America's Horse with no name'  which was played incessantly over the same cheap radio's everybody had and of course in all the bars....sometimes by the Filipino bands they used to import. This was during monsoon season when we practically drowned in out listening posts, bunkers and trenches which became small ponds during monsoon season.  "I been thru the desert on a horse with no name IT FELT GOOD TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN....we used to sing that in the chow line anyplace covered where about a ton of water wasn;t running down your back into your boots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpSdePGgVyQ