When Times are Trying are Trying, Just a Little Humor

By: Sidney Crews

Around the winter, spring of “68” the TET offensive was in full swing. I was a ammo tech H&S Co 3/7 around a little village called Dia Lac at the four corners. When most Marines called it a day they would leave their radios on after Armed Forces Radio went off the air. That way it would come back on in the morning without having to turn it back on and you know it was around 0600 hr. This particular morning around o545 hrs we started catching incoming and, of course, there was a scramble to get your stuff to a hole or bunker. The mortar rounds were right on top of us so the closest spot was right under the hooch It wasn’t a small bunker but it got crowded real quick. So, I always tried to get to the ammo dump because the bunkers are built so much better. After about 5 min. of this It stopped I decided to make a run for the dump. Well, about that time “old Charlie” seem to know when I stuck my head out he put one almost on top of us. I fell back in the bunker and you know how quiet it gets. You could’ve heard a pin drop for about 30 seconds. Then all of a sudden you hear “GOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING VIET NAM!” coming from the radio when it came back on. Well, there’s probably at least 3 to 500 Marines on this hill (Hill 37) at any given time and most have their radios on. After about 15 seconds you hear someone start to laugh, then someone else starts, pretty soon the whole hill is cracking up. You remember a lot of bad scenes over there but once in awhile there’s a little humor.

Sid Crews Cpl. 2311 P.I.Platoon 264 , platoon guide. Enlisted Aug. 65 to June 69 Nam Nov. 66 to July 68

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12 comments


  • Henry young

    Hey Sarge, small Corps… I reported to Hqtrs Battery 2/11 the next morning… Being an Ammo Tech. I took note of the burning Ammo dump.. Semper Fi


  • Sgt. John Reister

    Was at An Hoa the night they blew the ammo dump and Liberty Bridge in March of “69 when they almost over ran us , Doc Ray with 11th Marines , won the MOH that night . With Bravo 1/5 .


  • John Iannone

    I was in HUE CITY from day 2 of TET with HOTEL 2/5 106s . I thank GOD every Day I made it thought it!!!!


  • sidney crews

    I use to see civilians coming in and out of the old fort especially around TET. Always wondered what they were up too . First got to Hill 37 around Dec.66 or Jan. 67. 3/7 had been at Chu Lai up to Nov.66 but packed up and left as soon as I got there. Spent the next 3 weeks on a L.S.T. around Red Beach Semper Fi ,


  • sidney crews

    Went on many of road sweeps with you Marines. West towards An Hoa to Liberty Bridge and east towards Da Dang.


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