Joined the Corps in December 65, did not start training until January 66 – Platoon 2032 … Duck Soup was a PI speciality, sometimes 2 0r 3 times a week. After ITR and NJS in Newport,RI, I’m from Mass
Yes, the Home of Mass-Holes), arrived in RVN February 1967. After 8 months as a 1st Division Poge, I went to 1st Recon Bn., and stayed there until December 69. (Two 6 month extensions in the Corps, and 4 extensions in Country.)
Retired in 1993, after Desert Storm, 15 years in the 02 Field. Returned to Vietnam three times in the past 10 years, Could not believe my eyes. Americans are WELCOME with friendly smiles (U.S. Navy calls at CamRahn Bay). Chinese and Russians are NOT. English is mandatory in schools, and Capitalism flourishes everywhere, even in the dreary north.
The Country has rebuilt, and 5 star Resorts dot the South China Sea Coast. It seems the (read that the Democrat controlled U.S. Congress LOST the war, but we, the American People, WON the peace.
Gerard C. (Tran Phu), Florentine
GySgt USMC/USMCR Ret.