The Crows Nest

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Most Marines who served in Vietnam have seen or,heard of “The Marble Mountain” located near China Beach and the Marine Air Facility at Da-Nang.Some might not know that there was more than one Marble Mountain.There was the double peaked “Chinstrap”,”Big No Name”, “Little No Name” and “The Crows Nest”. After spending most of my TOD as an 0331 with “Echo” 2/1 and after recovering from an infected “Centipede” bite, I was transferred to the “H&S Co” 2/1 located near the mountains.I had about 5 weeks or so left in country and after an unpleasant encounter with the Company Gunny was sent to the OP at “The Crows Nest”. At least I was ,kinda, out of the fight.After about a 400 foot climb to the top, with the assist of a rope, I was greeted by the NCOIC. I can not remember his name but he was a Staff Sgt. I was assigned to assist the FO for the 81 Mortars based at the base of the Mountain.I still remember the view from top. To the south was the “Dodge City”, Dien-Ban area,My ole stomping grounds, farther south and,on a clear day LZ Baldy could be seen.To the west toward “Four Corners” was “Charley Ridge” To the north was the Marine Air Facility, the Da-Nang Airbase and farther up the coast was the “Hai-Van Mountain”. To the east were the “Barrier Islands” and the “South China Sea” Were not just Marines there.We had 2 Army guys that operated the big search light and 1 Corpsman. As far as the duty goes it was great but it was really hot during the day and cold and windy at night. Oh, forgot about the dogs! don’t know how long they were there or how they got there but there were at least 5 that I remember. Our main duty was to watch for rocket launches at night and try to pinpoint the location and relay the info to arty or mortar units. We also had a Starlight Scope and a huge pair of Navy Ship Binoculars to help watch for infiltrators. During the day if you did not have watch we could go down to HQ and clean up and go to the PX.The only rule was to be back by 1700.About a week before my rotation date I went back to H&S and began checking out then “Homeward Bound” on the big “Freedom Bird” . P.S. Forgot to mention the 106mm we also had. Also had a 40×40 LZ VN July 68–Aug 69

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any one still out there 1st marine division bravo company 1/1 1st plt .

Stephen Funderburk,

Gerald, I was in the Corp 64-69. Enlisted Feb. 64 separated Sept. 69. My serv.# 2095, just trying to figure out how a 2097 came to and departed from RVN same time as I did. hyoungsr@hotmail.com Semper Fi brother.

Henry young,

OK Larry, will do. Our first meal will probably be SOS!!

Cpl Bob Korean Era,

You’re one of the “real” ones Paul, talked the talk and walked the walk. lol. If you remember 10, 55, Dodge City, Charlie Ridge…then you remember Happy Valley. Semper Fi.

G Willard 0311, 8651, 8511,….,

I was at Dong Ha 1967 also and never saw a BAM the whole time I was there.

Bob,

TONY NEVER READ THE BOOK OR HEARD OF IT. NOT SURPRIZING SINCE I DON’T READ FICTION.YOU LIKE WOMEN MARINES GOOD FOR YOU. HOPE YOU MARRIED ONE. SEMPER FI MARINE. HELL I DIDN’T MARINES READ ABOUT MARINES. THEY LIVED IT.

BRENDAN MCCARRON 1st MAW DANANG 1967 PLUS SOME.,

Semper Fi, my brother! Please save me a place in the chow line, I will be right behind you.

Larry,

I was with 1/5 in An HOA in ’70. Never saluted an officer while in country and never had a Butter Bar platoon commander. As for Marble Mountain, I only know of it, not been there. Freedom Hill was the place for the trip back to the world.

Ski,

Served with 1/7 Bravo and H&S companies as field radio operator. Served in the areas you describe that you could see. From hill 10, 55, 37, 65 and LZ Baldy. Was also in Dodge City, Arizona territory, Charley ridge, etc. 68/69

Paul Patty,

1966-67 was at DaNang ACo 9th Engnr. Bn attached with 7 th Engnr Bn. Was in charge of two mine sweeps at Marble Mountain area. I remember several incidents radioing the Crows Nest at Marble Mountain for assistance. Experienced a couple close calls only God was with me.

John N Lewis,

I also was with the 1st Marine Division in Korea in 1951. Don’t see many stories for that operation. Guess most have retired to the golden gates except for a few. I’m on the list soon. 88 years old. Scheduled for the great beyond before too long. Semper Fi.

Cpl Bob Korean Era,

HEY SGT GRIT, HOW THE FUCK YOU BUY THE HISTORY OF CAMP PENDLETON MOVIE !!! YOU OFFER IT BUT NO WAY TO BUY IT.

John Joseph Urbanek,

I encountered many “butter bars” in Vietnam – none of them women- who knew it all and that “knowledge” got Marines killed. While I never took part in any “accidental” discharge or “sh1tter fragging” ,it did happen. As far as saluting an officer, you are not saluting the person, no matter the gender, you are saluting the rank. 3/5 1stMarDiv. RVN ’69-’70 An Hoa.

David B. McClellan,

Mr McCarron, Suggest u read the book “shoot like a girl”. It may change your view on women in combat. Danang, Phu Bai, Dong Ha ‘67.

Tony Baldanelli,

JIM DID YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WORKED THE FLIGHT LINE IN THE GROUND SUPPORT SHOP?? WE FIXED THE BOMB LOADERS THE 105 ENGINE STARTERS THE UNITS THAT CHECKED THE FIGHTERS ELECTRIAL SYSTEMS ETC ETC, IF IT WAS BROKE WE TRIED TO FIX IT. WHERE DID YOU LIVE? GO DOWN THE BEER NCO SHACK?? DID YOU SEE THE HILLS OF DEAD VC AFTER TET.THANK GOD FOR PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGION. THAT WAS ONE OF THE NIGHTS OF MANY THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE FOR SURE. PRAYED MY ASS OFF. IF YES E-MAIL ME. BRENDAN MCCARRON@AOL.COM. THANKS.

BRENDAN MCCARRON 1st MAW,

TWO COMMENTS ON YOUR COMMENTS. NO MARINE I KNOW OR KNEW WOULD HAVE ALLOWED TWO DIKE WOMEN WHO CALLED THEMSELVES MARINES DO THAT TO THEM. MYSELF WOULD HAVE DROPPED TO THE GROUND AND BEGGED FOR FORGIVNESS. THEN I HAVE LAUGHED MY ASS OFF. MARINE DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE MIDDLE FINGER AT ATTENTION MEANS? YOU SURVIVED VIETNAM. WHY TAKE CRAP FROM MAKE BELIEVE MARINES WHO NEVER SAW COMBAT AND JUST WANTED TO ORDER MEN AROUND. WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO HAVE ONE OF THEM OR ANY FEMALE IN CHARGE OF YOUR PLATOON=== COMPANY OR ANY PART OF COMBAT MARINES??? FROM MY EXPERIENCE EVEN NEWBE MALE OFFICERS WHO PULLED THAT GRAP. THEY HAD A VERY SHORT LIFE SPAN IN COMBAT. YOU SAID YOU RETURNED FROM NAM DEC1965 SO YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGES OF MARINES RIFLES SINCE WE ALL CARRIED LOADED RIFLES ON SAFTY OF COURSE THERE WERE ACCIDENTAL DISCHARES MOST IN CHOW LINES. YOUR CORRECT. I AM A MARINE WHO SERVED IN NAM 1966, 67, AND PART OF 68. TET SURVIVR. SAFE AT DANANG—-NO FEMALE MARINES IN CHARGE OF ANYTHING. THANK GOD. I AM ALSO A MAN WHO BELIEVES THERE IS NO PLACE IN COMBAT FOR WOMEN. I AM ALSO A CHOVINEST BIG AND BAD SPELLER. FINAL COMMENT ON SALUTING FEMALE MARINES. THE CORRECT ANSWER——I ONLY SALUTE REAL MARINE OFFICERS. SORRY JUST PUSHED MY PISSED OFF BUTTON ON THIS MILITARY WOMEN SHIT. BRENDAN 1ST MAW DANANG.1966, 67 SOME OF 68. MARINE THANKS FOR THE MEMORY AND SORRY IF I OFFENDED YOU..

BRENDAN MC CARRON,

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