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Dog Patch

My MOS was 6461 Crash Crewmen with MAG 11 in Danang '65-'66 .The call came around evening one night to respond to Dog Patch. A couple of buildings were on fire. While hitting the first building with water about a dozen hookers came running to the truck and starting climbing aboard and yelling F.U. Fire we take care of you. One girl was grabbing L/cpl Crooker  by the leg while he was kicking her to let go. Another was coming thru the door on my side while I was spraying water. Our M14s were right there, well I bent down and kicked her out the truck door when she hit the ground and got up she flipped me the bird and cursed… with that, they all ran. Shook my thinking these b-tches only had one thing on there mind and it wasn't about there houses on fire… 

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1st Marine Air Wing

I was assigned to the 1st Marine Air Wing as an Air Traffic Controller (6711 MOS) at Iwakuni Japan in the Spring of 1962 when I was deployed to Southeast Asia.  As an E4 Corporal I knew how to prepare and implement controlled airspace charts.  My small detachment of men were sent into Soc Trang, South Vietnam to set up controlled air space charts that were subsequently approved and implemented by Saigon for use in controlling the air space around our very primitive air strip outside Soc Trang.  We were at an old bombed out air field that was one used by the French, and there were no facilities.  1-2-3 trenches, chow tent, water buffaloes for showers and 26-man tents.  The air facility was completely field built and we ferried the South Vietnamese regular army into and back from the front lines nearby.  At that time in the war between the South and the Viet-Cong our unit was the very first U.S. Marine presence in that war.  This fact is supported by a plaque at the Marine Corp Museum in Quantico, VA.

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Made Me Smile

I was part of the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Princeton when HMM 163 came aboard in the early 1960's. As I recall, they were in WestPac with us and they never left. We got to return and HMM 163 stayed on. As part of ship's company, we were responsible for the maintenance of certain areas of the ship… our Division (OS) had the responsibility of maintaining a couple of troop compartments… one of them was the compartment that housed HMM 163… while cleaning up, I picked up the attached… not sure who wrote it, but, it made me laugh and I must have put it in my pocket… I was cleaning out my seabag (getting ready to toss all of my "junk"), when I ran across this and it still made me smile! Remember the song, "MTA"? Poor ole Charlie!

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Silence

The attached picture was taken at MCAS Iwakuni in 1970. That's me in the B/N seat of a VMA(aw)533 A6A. After I posted this picture to my Facebook page, my daughter posted "My Dad's cooler than your dad!" One of her friends replied, "My Dad was a pilot (Vietnam)." My daughter's response, "My Dad is a Marine." Her friends response, silence!

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Marine Football Program

I bought this program at an antique store a few months ago. It is a very professionally done 88 page program. In addition to rosters of both teams it also includes photos of the players, coaches, base commanders as well as the Commandant and others. This looks like it is from the hayday of Marine football. If anyone wants more information let me know.

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