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To: Publius
Crap...now I find out I was on operations with this dim wit...makes me glad they only gave my platoon rides on their PBRs and we didn't have hang with them very long...

Third Surg was a nice hospital...air conditioned..inflatable surgical hospital...and not 'make shift'
Dong Tam was the 9th IDs base camp...third Surg was our hospital...(it is still a medical facility to this day...and a giant snake farm)

Some of his other 'facts' seem way drawn out..and as inflated as that hospital...

As far as silent patrolling on the "canals" with a 'swift boat'....no way a swift boat is gonna fit in a typical canal in the Mekong Delta...

And silent patrolling on tributaries...one of our jobs was to set up night ambushes along these
tributaries...down along these estuaries and small tributaries...all of Vietnam was a "Free Fire Zone" from 8PM at night to 6AM the next morning....anything moving and we blew it away..

Coming around by my platoon in the middle of the night in the pitch black dark with a running motor and we could see who it was...would have earned you a couple of claymores..a few HE M-79 rounds a long burst from two M-60s at the minimum...

This whole piece is so disjointed to me ..and bizarre...and example..."the worst thing in the whole world is looking for a dead body cause you never know what you may find"????? HUH?

The sailors and 9th Div troopers who comprised the Mobile Riverine Force Flotilla One were some great troops.... As far as dead bodies were concerned...there were a whole lot worse things in that delta if you were paying attention to them...imo
9 posted on 01/14/2004 12:54:01 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: joesnuffy
As far as silent patrolling on the "canals" with a 'swift boat'....no way a swift boat is gonna fit in a typical canal in the Mekong Delta...

I spent one year on Swifts, and I'm with you...we were always running the darn things aground. Heck, they drew 6-feet if I recall. I spent a lot of time over the side cutting fish nets out of the screws...becase I was an excellent swimmer, used to have to do this all the time on other boats as well.

21 posted on 01/26/2004 8:40:08 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: joesnuffy
I was there '65 - '66. Gulf of Thailand, Nha Trang, Cam Rahn Bay...I think I was on about 5-different boats.
22 posted on 01/26/2004 8:43:53 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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