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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  • Reymundo Sanchez

    In reply to Doc Michael Finch.
    Doc. Your name sounds familiar. If you were in 3/5 in 69, did you serve w/ Lima Co. Being a Doc I know you patched up a lot of Marines. However this is a long shot. Back in Dec.69 we were at Liberty Bridge. On 29 Dec. a patrol went out and were hit by a large bobby trap. One Marine (Benito Torres) lost both legs in that incident. Now, being that me (Rey Sanchez) and Torres were from the same home town, you came up to my tent to inform me about that incident. Coppers never can for me to go to Da Nang to the hospital. If so… send me a buzz……….Semper Fi Doc

  • Bob Beckwith

    In reply to Thomas Blassingame.
    I was in 2/9 in 65. Rockets. Went to 1/9 in 66 along with Top Wattly..

  • John manuel

    In reply to Thomas Vaught.
    I was with 2/11…..radio operator what was your mos

  • Harry

    In reply to Doc Ralph Larriva.
    I was with engrs. at “The Bridge” we operated the ferry there. Was there off and on between Apr 68 to Apr 69 probably crossed paths with a lot of you. Harry

  • Cpl V Rodriguez

    In reply to Thomas Blassingame.
    I was squad leader with G co 2ndBn/27Marines during that period in May of 1968. I do believe I remember Lcpl Haney being wounded that day and as well (plus myself) and many other Marines being wounded that day in May.

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