By Lee E Russell, Mike Chappell
On eight march 1965 a few 3,500 US Marines, the 1st US strive against troops to reach in Vietnam, landed in Da Nang to safeguard the united states air base there. On eight June, following extra reinforcements, normal Westmoreland approved his troops to start 'offensive patrolling'. Lee Russell's follow-up to Men-at-Arms 104 focuses in finer aspect at the uniforms and insignia of the USA military and Marines, the ARVN and the NVA. The e-book is choked with fantastically distinctive black and white photos of the forces within the box, and Mike Chappell's very good illustrations offer key reference fabric for the modern uniforms and battledress.
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We went and took showers, came back, and they marched us to our Quonset huts. ” The first week there was mostly processing. It was a lot of paperwork, a lot of inoculations, getting all our gear on, you know our web belt and our rifle, all that crap that we had to carry with us, our sea bag, and it was just a blur. I was in pretty good physical shape because I ran track when I was in Albuquerque in high school. I was in real good shape. The physical part was easy for me; I could run 3 miles no problem, but it was the mental thing.
I didn’t even report it. I just let it go. They learned their lesson. The people who were trying to do it got whooped pretty good, but nobody was seriously injured. I just let it be seen that I wouldn’t lie down for something like that. If you are going to whoop me, you are going to have to do it. They didn’t mess with me anymore. We went through all of our training: we had basic infantry training, advanced infantry training, basic unit training, advanced unit training, jungle warfare, and then off to Vietnam.
At Custer Hill, there were smaller rooms in between the two big [platoon] bays on each side [where the men had their quarters]. One of our guys from Tennessee just opened the door [to the quarters where the NCOs had their offices] and screamed like a woman and then ducked back into the platoon bay. The sergeant came out screaming to high heaven about “Who did that? ” Of course nobody would say; we were just sitting there laughing about it. When we did get to go off the base sometimes we went to Junction City [Kansas], going to 9th Street [the seedier side of town that “catered” to soldiers] and having some fun.
Armies Of The Vietnam War 1962-1975 by Lee E Russell, Mike Chappell