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When Times are Trying , Just a Little Humor

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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Harry - April 8, 2020

I think I heard that story somewhere before!! LOL Harry

Sgt Robert L Sisson - April 8, 2020

In reply to Harry.
I hope this the same Harry that wrote before telling me they approved the Compensation for bladder cancer. They wrote me (after you told me about it I contacted them) and my rep got in touch with me. They said I will be approved that I have to go to a meeting in 2 months to determine the amount. It will be back dated to 2009 Thanks again Harry. Semper Fi

Harry - April 8, 2020

In reply to Sgt Robert L Sisson.
Glad I could help! Harry

sidney crews - April 8, 2020

This was posted the first time about 6 months ago. I think Sgt. Grit is checking to see if were paying attention or maybe they like my story. LOL. Semper Fi my friends.

Sgt. Robert L Sisson - April 8, 2020

In reply to Harry.
I was really pissed that it had to come from you and not my REP. I can not tell you how much I appreciate this Harry. I had been dealing with them since 2009 and then when cancer came back in 2014. I would have thought they would have contacted me. I told her this and she said they are over loaded with cases. They should have there computers set up to notify people how many more guys out there have no idea. To begin with it was a guy at work who first told me about it in 2009 when I came back to work after being off a few months(4 months) about the water..He was also a MARINE stationed at Lejeune.

Sgt. Robert L Sisson - April 8, 2020

In reply to Harry.
I was really pissed that it had to come from you and not my REP. I can not tell you how much I appreciate this Harry. I had been dealing with them since 2009 and then when cancer came back in 2014. I would have thought they would have contacted me. I told her this and she said they are over loaded with cases. They should have there computers set up to notify people how many more guys out there have no idea. To begin with it was a guy at work who first told me about it in 2009 when I came back to work after being off a few months(4 months) about the water..He was also a MARINE stationed at Lejeune.

Raul Miranda - April 8, 2020

Great story Sidney!! Loved it.

Harry - April 8, 2020

In reply to sidney crews.
It is a good story,worth repeating. Semper Fi Sidney! Harry.

Harry - April 8, 2020

In reply to Sgt. Robert L Sisson.
You are right on Sgt. I have assisted a few that were never notified.The latest is a Marine stationed there in 1963. He is now 75 years old and, had his first tumor removed when he was 63.On the subject of amount,If your cancer is still active you should receive 100%. Back payments have not been approved yet.Your payment will start on the day the presumptive was authorized as long as you already had a claim in.Any other payments will come later after they are authorized,Keep on top of it sometimes they go back to the initial diagnosis. Harry

Raul Miranda - April 8, 2020

Great story Sidney!! Loved it.

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