Why Choppers and Tanks are Alike

South Vietnam, Republic Of; I was a radioman with the 7th Regiment, 1St Marine Division from September 1967 through October-1968 at Hill 55. One day we were walking back from a daily patrol and when we reached the main highway, we hitched a ride on an Army tank that was passing through. Never got inside it, but looked down into it. A few days later I was heading out on an operation in a CH-46 helicopter and got shot down. Luckily I survived with just a couple of sprained ribs-it made me realize that tanks and helicopters had the same problem-they’re both fucking bullet magnets! To all of us and those just like us-Damn Few!!
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21 comments


  • Ron Lee

    You hit that nail right on the head! Anything that flew or drove.


  • Mark Gallant

    in ’68 in Chu Lai I was a cook…never saw a tank……in ’81 at Ft Bliss, in the army then…I drove a tank….nice!


  • DON Tresca

    I was a tanker in Vietnam and proud of what we did. I was there 67 and 68. If we were as worthless as the person above states why was it the grunts liked to hide behind us, and I’m here to tell you that not.all things bounced off us. Tet 68 RPG went through us. Long time in the hospital.


  • DANIEL ZAWIEJSKI (SKI) 7TH. MOTOR BATTLION (B CO.) CHU LAI VIETNAM 1966-1967

    In reply to DON Tresca.
    THEY WERE ONLY (USELESS) IN THE MONSOON SEASON WHEN THE BELLY OF THE TANK WOULD GET LIFTED UP ON EVER HEAR OF (TANK RETRIVERS?) AND THE GRUNT’S WALKED BEHIND THE TANK SO THE WOULDN’T SINK IN THE (CLAY TYPE MUD) AND DIDN’T SINK UP TO THERE KNEES AND LOSE THEIR BOOTS.( BEEN THERE DONE THAT!) AND (HELICOPTER’S WERE A DEATH TRAP) ALLYWAS GETTING SHOT DOWN. IT GOT SO BAD LOOSING PILOTS AND CREW AND MARINES THEY CANVASED FOR ANYBODY WITH A TWO YEAR ASSOCIATE DEGREE TO BECOME A PILOT OR WHO WANTED TO BE A PILOT.WITH INTEREST. AND MARINES (AREN’T STUPID) THATS WHY THEY LET YOU TAKE THE HIT (RPG) SEMPER FI!


  • MarkMoorheaf

    Correct 68 Tet, not all RPG s bounced off as noted. Due to homogenous bonded armor and angle of the armor -by design-and angle of shot most bounced off . Not all and some on an easy side shot blew the track! That description of Marine tankers as pot heads and wasted all the time does not describe 90% of tankers I was proud to serve with. The DIs at PI used to scream there’s always 10%! So yes20% might be shit heads, the rest were the few, the proud and definitely Marines. Semper Fi and sorry you took the hit Bro’.


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