Typical Marine

Thomas Moore’s story reminded me of a story about my first CO (G Co. 2/5, 1970) in VN. He was a 1st. Lt. and for the life of me I wish I could recall his name. Anyways, our company had finished our 30 days in the brush and was supposed to go back to An Hoa for a three day break. However, Intelligence told the Bn. CO that a RAV compound located next to Liberty Bridge was going to get “hit” and we were re-routed in order to reinforce this position. We couldn’t lose the bridge. We only stayed on this site for a couple of days, but due to the filth of the area around this compound, men started coming down with everything you could get in VN. We were sending guys to the USS Sanctuary a few at a time.

When the order came to head back to the brush without a break, we were just happy to be getting off that pile of dirt. However, we moved only a half a click when Marines started falling out due to heat and illness. I was carrying the radio so I could hear what was being said between the CO and Bn. They wanted to know how bad things were getting for us while we stood there waiting for a medivac for the fallen men and losing more by the hour. The CO informed them that he “would soon be promoted to a squad leader if we were not trucked out of there as soon as possible”. After we got back to An Hoa, I (being your typical Marine) was expressing my discontent about being put on that dirt pile while the shower water was running brown from the hair on my head. I didn’t know that the Bn. CO was standing next to me in showers. He didn’t say a thing to me. He just dried off and left. Like Mr. Moore, I realized that we had someone looking out for us and things might not be as bad as you might think, given the circumstances.

The CO got orders for flight school not too long after that. A friend and I ran in to him in Da Nang and he knew who we were by name. We were still his men and we all knew it.

I swear, this newsletter keeps bring back memories that I thought were long gone. Thank you, again!

Robert H. Bliss, Sgt.
Serial # 2488—-

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  • Doc Michael Finch

    This story brought back memories for me also. I was a doc with 3/27 and later 3/5 at An Hoa in 68-69. We were very familiar with Liberty Bridge and Go Noi Island on operation Allen Brook. In May, India Company made contact with a large number of NVA and lost all but about 26 marines. Our machine gunner PFC Robert C. Burke earned the Medal of Honor for his actions on May 17. This battle is the subject of the book titled “Every Marine” by Bob Simonsen.

  • MSgt George Hawkins

    Hi Doc, I was on Allan Brook. M Co 3 /27. Not many of us left . Good to hear your doing good. MSgt George Hawkins

  • Thomas Blassingame

    Lost my nephew lcpl perry haney, was with golf 2 bn 27th,wounded on may 5 th ,got bronze star on that day, was kia on may 10 th. Anyone with him would like to here from you. I was with 2/9 in 65_66.

  • Thomas Vaught

    I was in An Hoa for all of 1969 (2 Bn, 11 Reg) and we backed up you guys with artillery. It was close to the action and i spent a harrowing night at Liberty Bridge after the ARVNs left unexpectedly. We got air support and I think the F-4 that responded were the prettiest birds in the air that day.

  • Doc Ralph Larriva

    I was a corpsman with both kilo & India 3/7 and was on liberty bridge during Allen brook, was there 68-69 lost many a good marine there.

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