HQ Btry 1/13

By: Doug Lennon

The black market had a lot of the MPC in their hands so it was time to change it. It was in 1969 and we were stationed at a little outpost just outside Danang. We knew a lot of the girls in the surrounding Vills had a lot of MPCs from a little boom booms. So myself and 2 of my buddies decided we would go out to the bills and tell the girls we would take their MPCs and exchange them for 50 percent. Our idea was good but we had to find out a way to get off the base. The Guards wouldn’t let us out the front gate , so we decided to sneak out of the base, but it was surrounded by contstitena wire so we had to find a place where there was no trip flares. We managed to get out OK but I ripped the ass out of my fatigues on the way out. We got to the Ville and told them our plans. One of the Papasans didn’t like it. We told him 1/2 is better than nothing. He finnaly agreed and us three nuts headed back to our base. We couldn’t find the opening where we got out. While doing this a jeer was coming down the road shining the spot light. They seen us and stopped (thank God they didn’t shoot us). They loaded us into the jeep and took us into Danang. There they put each one of us in what looked like dog cages. They called our unit and told them to come and get us. Un be known to us the phone call was answered by a Corporal and he told them he was a Major and he would be right there. After about an hour one of the MPs let us out of our cages and turned us over to the “Major””. When we all seen who it was, our buddie had a cover on with the Major insignia on it, we had all we could do trying to hold our straight faces.We made it back to camp and when the keep came through the gate, the guard stopped us and saluted the Major. We all had a good laugh and we kept the end of our bargain and gave the Villes Papasan his 1/2.

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  • SGT ROBERT L SISSON

    Did you go to the DAV in PITTSBURGH PA??S


  • Sgt Robert L Sisson

    Thanks for the information. I have been dealing with this lady at the VFW since 09 and am still waiting. Then the cancer came back in 14 and I really got pissed. They said they were going to set up a face to face with someone from the VA and I am still waiting. I never even knew about the water at LE JEUNE until a friend at work told me after the first bladder cancer I had. I will go to the DAV next week. I have a good friend who was in the same area as I was and has had prostrate cancer and he got 100% right away. The lady at the VFW office told me bladder cancer was going to be put on some list for agent orange and I would get back money for all this time back to 09. I’ll believe it when I see it. My friend told me since I have the COMBAT ACTION Ribbon I should not have any problem.


  • Doug Lennon

    Robert, I had the DAV sponser me, It took a little time but they got the VA to finaly give me my 100 percent disability. You also get your claim retroactive to date of original filling. So get ahold of your nearest DAV office and get started. Good luck and Semper Fi Doug


  • SGT. ROBERT L SISSON

    I GO TO MINGO CREEK PARK ABOUT 5 OR 6 TIMES A YEAR. THIS MORNING WE ARE TAKING A RIDE TO OHIOPYLE. I THINK MY FRIEND IS OUT OF HIS MIND. WE WILL SEE IN 30 MINUTES. HE JUST BOUGHT A NEW BIKE AND WANTS TO PUT SOME MILES ON IT. SEMPER FI HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


  • Harry

    I live in the little town of Marianna off I-79 south.I will be at a football game just south of Claysville (West Liberty) WVA


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