Play It Again

Christmas time is upon us again and the Christmas chorals are going strong. There is one song I still have trouble listening to, Silent Night. I the later days of December 1967, I was stationed in Viet-Nam, 2/9. I had been in sickbay for a back injury. I got carried away and filled over 100 sand bags in to short a time.

Anyway, it was a chilly night and a rather dark one. The time was about deep dark 30. Someone in another hooch had started playing a guitar. He was pretty good and soon started playing a selection of Christmas songs. When he started Silent Night I could voices from the darkness singing. It wasn’t a large group, just one or two from a hooch here and there. The place was pretty empty for most of the unit was on Hill 881.

After the song finished there came a voice from off in the distance, “Play it again”. This time it was slower and the voices seemed to crack at times. Myself, I had something in my eye and could not say the words. The silence after the song was over was unreal. Again, from off in the distance came a voice, ” God Bless Us All. May We Live Through The Night”. The song has never been the same since. I guess the meaning it had that night will never be repeated and I still have a hard time listening to it, even today. But like the voice said, ” God Bless Us All. May We Live Through The Night”

John Halpin
2/9

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  • JAMES OTIS

    I WAS WITH 1st AMTRACT Bn AT MARBLE MOUNTAIN WITH 2/3 THE GATE WHERE TANKS AND AMTRACTS USE TO ENTER AND LEAVE THE BUNKERS TO THE EAST OF THAT GATE WAS TANKS AND AMTRACTS CHRIST EVE NIGHT IN1967 SOME ONE WAS PIST OFF BECAUSE THEY WAS THERE THE CHRICTMAS CAROL THAT WAS SING JINGLE BELLS MORTOR SHELLS VC IN THE GRASS TAKE YOUR MERRY CHRISTMAS AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR #### YOU KNOW THE REST.


  • Ken “Doc” Chargin

    I spent Christmas 1967 at Camp Carrol. Had been raining for a couple of days and everything was mud. Got drunk and fell in a trench with another corpsman and it took four grunts to get us out. Two days later was sent out to 3rd Plt. Echo 2/9 were I spent my whole rotation plus three and a half months. At home for Christmas 1968 was miserable, all I could think of was the Marines having to spend Christmas in that hell hole. PS. Iconcider myself more of a Marine than a sailor.


  • Terry Smith

    I too was in country Dec. ’67. I was lucky enough to see the Bob Hope Show. They closed with Silent Night and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. My eyes still get wet when I sing Silent Night.


  • George A Gilles

    I was with mortars at that time and somewhat remember that Christmas 11/67-11/68. Wish I could remember my fellow Marines, but my memory does not work well with names.


  • Richard Espejo

    December 24th 1969 we were on Patrol outside of hill 55. I was with 3/1 and our company was ordered to secured the area for the Bob Hope USO show. We started the sweep at 2400 hrs and finished at 0900 Christmas day. We had 1 KIA and 1WIA. Have thought about the Marine we lost many many times. His folks will always have a different feeling on Christmas day because of the loss of there son. It changed my Christmas celebration to this day. I’m so thankful that God allowed me to come home when so many of our brothers didn’t. God Country Family Corps. Semper Fi.


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