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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  • Jim Mackin

    Hill 37 was the site of the old French fort above the village of Dai Loc (v. Dia Lac)…I was TAD from 3rd Marine Regiment to 2/3 during the spring of ’66 when 2/3 established the first Marine CP at the old fort…Quiet times around Dai Loc back then, but I remember that we lost 3 engineers during our first few days on the hill, while they were trying to clear the old French/Viet MInh minefields around our perimeter.

  • Cpl Alan Smith

    I was on hill 37 during TET. I was with Delta company 7th Engineers. Spent many a night on 50 or 100% alert Looking at Dia Lac over the wire. Left 37 on March 13, 1968. Welcome home Semper Fi

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