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A bold general may be lucky, but no general can be lucky unless he is bold.-- Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell
Dumb Things Done and Survived6566 Reads
On June 6, 1967, the *very* large ammo dump at LZ English cooked off. It took several hours, blowing up one pallet load at a time of a weeks' supply of every class of ammo for the whole 1st Cav Division. We waited it out in a bunker, listening to huge explosions and listening to vast things hurtling through the night air overhead. When we figured it had maybe finally stopped, about 0800 hrs., we stood uncertainly outside our bunker, considering what to do next: survey the damage to tents and vehicles? (Luckily, no casualties in my outfit) Make breakfast, maybe? Then we heard a 2.75" rocket sputtering along the ground like a crazy firework, only nobody could spot it.
All at once it came over a rise, right at us. It was probably unarmed, but we weren't up to that sort of rational thinking at the moment. Being scareder than anybody else, I dove back into the bunker first. Two or three guys piled on top of me. The rocket fizzled out, and we crawled back outside. On with the day's work.
Note: by Ted Gittinger
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