Marine Joke

What happens if you put a Marine in a padded room with three ball bearings?

He will break one.
He will lose one.
He will make one pregnant.
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  • Thomas Hill USMCRet

    I had just arrived in Da Nang for my second tour in late March. I was assigned to III MAF Hq, PSYOPS , didn’t effect us much. But, a similar incident happened toward the end of my tour. I was in the senior Sgt and had the only enclosed rack in the east wing of the first floor right inside the fence line adjacent to the road across from the ammo dump. A rocket hit right in the middle of the road between the barracks and the offices across the narrow street. Had just returned from the Qua Sans mountains. When it went off I stirred out of bed and headed for the head, it didn’t do much damage and succeeded only in the activation of sirens. Half way to the head the world lit up like a nuke blast, concussion hit me from the back and I went skidding on my elbows and knees. What the official explanation was: a tanker truck driver parked his rig, loaded with AVGAS, right in front of a bunker of explosives, which a rocket hit and detonated both. Yes it did get my attention, and yes I reeeeally need to get to the head. It did an tremendous amount of damage and at least one KIA.

  • Billy Myers

    Robert Maldonado earned the Silver Star while serving with I-3-7 on January 30, 1967.

  • Ken “The End” Beck

    I was on Hill 55 watching all the fire works thinking the SH**T had hit the fan. We all just hunkered down and stayed alert. Hill 55 was a favorite target for rockets, mortars, and an ocasional bomb catapulted on the hill. We guessed the gooks were trying to resupply their goodies.

  • Gary Ross

    I too remember the Ammo dump going kaboom. I was with F/2/26 at Resurrection (sp) City. About mid-day all hell let loose, not sure how far away we were or in which compass direction we were but talk about being scared shit-less. Lots of rumors going round as to how it started etc. Huge mushroom cloud coming up over some small mountain top and then the concussion waves to follow. Yes, all of us thought for sure someone had touched-off a small atomic bomb, remember this was 1969, and most of us young Marines were still of the “Civil Defense mindset” of what to do in case of. Day or two later I happened to be near the Freedom Hill PX or what was left of it and what was left of the “beer gardens”, Dog Patch, the R&R Processing Center, 1st Force Recon and lord knows else. Ammo dump was nothing but a huge earthen crater. Don’t recall hearing any causality report, but it couldn’t have been good. Semper Fi to anyone from 2/26, would love to hear from you.

  • Cpl. Bill Reed RVN ’68-’69

    I was with 1st LAAM Bn right off the strip at Danang when the dump went up in ’68. Our compound was along the east side of Dogpatch so we were pretty close to the “action”. We also had the outpost on top of Freedom Hill which was right above the dump. It was amazing to see the shock waves rolling across the sky like ripples in a pond. A large hanger next to our compound buckled from the force of the shocks. Since we had the detachment on top of the mountain, the next day we had to clear the unexploded bombs on the roadway leading up Freedom Hill. Our troops walked the road ahead of a 6X placing the arms in the bed of the truck VERY gingerly. Fun times!

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