My Story about Jumping into Foxholes

The date was Feb 67. I was on my way back after a 30 day free leave for extending 6 months. Flew in to DaNang with a E-7 sitting next to me asking a billion questions. Now at that time transit was in hardbacks near the airfield, no Hilton yet. It is night and I am BSing with a team from 26 Marines. They there for rabies shots. All the sudden we hear a “freight trains” going over our heads. Then loud explosions on other side of airfield. Well this same E-7 runs in yelling about getting into the trenches. So being good Marines we get up go out and proceed to watch the FNG’s jump into a trench 1/2 full of water and mudd. We did not say a thing, just walked back to the hootch a went to sleep. Funny, never saw that Gunny agian. Semper Fi
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  • Bob Mauney

    I undderstand the point and it is valid. However, it is possible that the writer used the term “foxhole” because about every reader would probably relate to “foxhole”, even non-Marines and civilians that read these stories. As a Vietnam Vet I normally use the term “foxhole” when speaking to non-Marine vets and civilians. It seems to eliminate confusion and exlaination. Not everyone knows the meanings of “fighting hole” or “fighting trench”….Bob Mauney..Vietnam 1966/1967


  • Cpl Bob Korean Vet

    You had to be very careful what pits you jumped into in Korea in the 1950’s. Korean farmers used human manure for fertilizer. Unbelievable but true.


  • gary

    Hi, Aubrey!
    Ah, yes, the Med Cruise. Good times! However, 20 amphibious landings is really an exaggeration. If it was about a 6 month cruise, 20 landings would not allow a lot of time for steaming around the Med or hitting all those great liberty ports! Maybe you’re counting more than 1 landing per anchorage.
    Semper fidelis!
    Gary: 0302


  • Aubrey E Easterlin

    For some reason that story reminds me of my tough guy platoon sergeant when I was on a med Cruise. During that 7 months. We made about 20 and amphibious Landings… The first was Operation Steel Pike in 1964 off the coast of Spain. I was a salty squad leader corporal. After circling around in the peterboat for about 15 minutes my bad ass platoon sergeant turn green and puked his guts out. Yes it’s true even a Marine Sergeant can be humbled


  • Norman Wyatt

    If they were truly “foxholes” they were probably full of USA troops as during that time the USMC had no “foxholes”!!! None! I believe the writer may have meant “fighting holes”!


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