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The Marine Corps Made A Thief Out Me

Well maybe not a thief. Allow me to tell my story and you can figure out if my behavior was justified or not. VietNam 1970, my Golf Co. 2/5 was on road security on Highway 1 from Liberty Bridge to our base in An Hoa. My platoon (3rd.) was placed on Hill 34 along this dirt road. We would assist with a mine sweep from An Hoa to the bridge and from time to time go all the way to Division area. And then, provide convoy security back to Hill 34; which was the last Outpost (OP) before you reached our “rear area”. The convoy always carried re-supplies for An Hoa (which included food items!). I’m guessing a few of you are seeing the situation or temptation.

I was often assigned to provide radio service for the sweep up and the ride back even when we weren’t doing the whole distance. This was in order for a few of us to make a run to the PX for cigarettes and other items of importance to grunts. I don’t smoke and always brought back items or the money or would do almost anything to fill the list for my friends. OK! I was dependable and trustworthy and everyone knew it.

So, guys from my platoon and myself were riding back from Liberty Bridge when we notice several cartons labeled hamburgers and more ice cream than anyone one unit (or rear area) could possibly eat. I mean that much food and ice cream will make them sick. So, as the trucks rolled a long passing our Listen Posts and Hill 34, we would throw container of ice cream and cartons hamburgers off. This was done for the goodwill of those in An Hoa who would try to eat too much and get sick. Man! That ice cream was good!! The only problem we ran into was not having ice to keep the ice cream on. One of the ladies who would ride along the road selling ice got caught with razors (or something) in the ice and Battalion would not let the grunts in the brush buy the ice after that. We also learned that it takes a long time and a lot of water to rehydrate (bone hard) hamburgers. We eat what we could and got rid of the boxes and any other evidence—I mean items so the enemy couldn’t get them.

Well, there it is—I admit that I suggested that we help out those poor soul in the rear from eating too much ice cream and making themselves sick. My kindness and concern for those Marines were never mention to anyone beyond the Platoon Lt. (who really liked ice cream). What’s the moto for the Marines? Semper Fi—Always Faithful—especially to those who fought next to me.

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DALE FRY - May 27, 2020

comshaw I haven’t heard that word since we stole [ comshawed ] a bunch of jeeps from the AF. Danang SO V N. Semper Fi !!!

Harry - May 27, 2020

Hey what happened to my post asking about Hill 34? Harry

Harry - May 27, 2020

The only hamburger I remember came in a can! The only thing I got close to a real burger was at the USO snackbar at Hill 327 once. Harry RVN 68′

Robert E. Hays - May 27, 2020

Ice cream. Hamburgers. Where were you? Tahiti? Viet Nam must have changed sine we were there a couple of years earlier. We got two C-Rats a day – MAYBE, if the rear felt like resupplkying us – and we trudged on looking for the fight. Ice cream. SMH.
/S/ Doc Hays, D 1/4, 3rd Mar Div.

Paul E. Pytlik - May 27, 2020

Cpl. Paul E. Pytlik . 69 ~ 70, One Week A Month, Me, Road Duty. # 1 Road By Recon Mtn., The 3 Young Kids, Any Info. Kids? Here is Food. C 4 To Cook The Case Food, OK Who’s Going To Stomp It Out,HA HA. FOX 2/5 REIN. Sept. The So. Vietnamese, Were Taking Over An Hoa = At Night, We Went Out More, Protection For Us. Libra, Chicago So. Sider . Now DAV Sr. Vice Commander, Chapter 80, C. P. In. “KEEPING VETS ALIVE” = The Veterans Crisis Line # Is 1-800-273-8255 . PLEASE !

Robert H Bliss, 0341 - May 27, 2020

Now that you mention it, I don’t remember ever seeing ice cream before or after that one time. We never got hot chow in the brush so any opportunity to have something different was worth the risk of the trouble I might have gotten in to. Besides, Top like me for some reason. I think it’s because I went under his hooch and got a gerende someone threw under there and warn him about it. .

Billy Ashworth - May 27, 2020

Why should I comment you want print it

Paul Dickson - May 27, 2020

Love the story and your ingenuity, I was apart of the road sweep team from An Hoa to an area, we dubbed the Alamo about 10 K outside of An Hoa with the 1st engineers Bravo Co.in Spring of 1969. Don’t remember ice cream there, but didn’t go to the chow hall that often either. However, I will say you missed an opportunity, if you worked the sweeps and convoy on Sunday as the convoys usually brought in frozen steaks to us that day. We usually burned them on C-4 and wood, before they could thaw out, but it was a helluva lot better than C’s on Sunday! Doc Paul HM3/USN/RET

Robert McLeod - May 27, 2020

If you did it now days you will probably go to jail things were different then things are way different now.Good job Marine no one really got Hurt ! For your penance say three Hail Marys and one hour father .

Sgt. Robert L Sisson - May 27, 2020

When I was a Gio LInh there were about 40 Army up there. Their Sgt took one of their 6 by’s and 3 of us Marines rode with Sgt Freddie down to Dong Ha. There was a supply depot down there that had more cases of food than you ever saw in your life. How Freddie did this I will never know. We drove through this depot loading up the 6 by with a shit load of cases. I thought for sure when we went to the gate all hell would break out. But we made it through and were on our way back to Gio Linh. We split the load with the Army and us. No questions asked. The Army guys were really great guys. Once or twice a month they would fly up hot meals for the Army and they always called us over.

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