Banana Rum

From about July 68 to Apr. 69 I had the pleasure of being assigned to the ferry crossing of the Song-Tu-Bon located at “Liberty Bridge” about halfway between An-Hoa and Hill 37. From time to time,not often,we would venture into the Ville of Dai-Loc ,located near Hill 37 to purchase some services and other items. The Locals made a beverage made from bananas we called it banana rum, don’t know what they called it, but it was one of those drinks that you never really knew what the alcohol content was. It was like drinking Sloe Gin went down smooth but after a few drinks POW! Sit down,drink,but don,t get up to fast or you might fall. Banana Rum, the original Jungle Juice. What reminded me is that one of my buddies is making his version of Jungle Juice for the Super Bowl. Harry 1371
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  • A Smith

    I was with Delta 7th engineers on hill 37 in 67, 68. we swept road half way to AN HOA daily
    crossing the Song-Tu-Bon via the ferry located at “Liberty Bridge. I remember hill 55 catching hell on night and 37 the next. There was no going outside the wire at night (unless on patrol) Let along going to Dia Lac. “Watch for the cooking fires to start going out”


  • Ed Ski

    Was at An HOA in ’70 and visited that Ville. We used to call it Tiger Piss, along with the Jap rice beer.
    The area around An HOA was called Arizona Territory.
    Never trusted that stuff.


  • Rick Davidson

    Any comments about Dong Ha? I was With FLSG BRAVO.
    We were on the south side of the base, up on a hill. i was 3516, mechanic, lots of action in 68 69. They blew up the ammo dump,
    B52s flying to Khe San. incoming artillery. Seem like our shops were a target..


  • Jerry knavel

    I was in the tower @Liberty bridge just before tet 69, I was with 11th marines.


  • Tom Golden

    Spent several months at An Hoa from Nov 69 until we turned over to the ARVNS. I remember when they told us we were surrounded by 5000 NVA regulars and the plan was they would have complete control of Liberty Bridge. The whole valley was lit up for three days and we drove across the bridge on our way back to Da Nang. I understand that An Hoa has now reverted back to the jungle, but I still remember having been shot at from inside the wire.
    Suck a Lovely Place….

    Sgt. T. Golden


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