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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  • Harry 1371

    You are right Sgt. Liberty Bridge was always a hot area. The night time activity was way different than the daylight. We would never think of venturing out during the night. Like I said, it was not often.


  • Sgt. Worden

    I was at liberty Bridge Dec-Feb. 67-68. Not much time for panther piss, tiger beer, banana rum or joy girls. Spent most of the time dodging ambushes and rockets. During Tet 68, the area was known as the rocket belt
    H 2/7


  • MSgt Edd Prothro, USMC Ret. 1964-1984

    I wouldn’t doubt that…


  • The Deuce

    While on patrol once (1969) we stopped in a vill a couple clicks from N.A.C. (northeren artillery contonement) and while our corpman tended to some sick villagers our CO and SNCO visited with the village bossman. He passed out tiger piss and oreo cookies to celebrate the event. Didn’t take much of the TP to get me a buzz in the heat and humidity. Great times.


  • Harry 1371

    The service a female type could provide. I do remember panther piss. Someone told me once that they used embalming fluid in it. Harry


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