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No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.-- General George Patton Jr
The Black Virgin7266 Reads
I saw her for the first time in 1969. Apparently my Vietnamese was not as good as I thought and the ride I had caught on a Vietnamese UH1D went to Tay Ninh instead of Tan Uyen where I was supposed to go. We had been in the air from Dinh Quan for about 30 minutes when I first saw her head rising out of the mist above the emerald green jungle.
The land was fairly flat in that area, mostly farm land and rubber plantations. The iron rich red earth seemed to be the best place for growing rubber and plantations ran from Dau Tieng to the Cambodian border. There was still some nasty bush in the area, places with names that could make you shudder, names like "The Iron Triangle" and "War Zone C and D." The lady was near the city of Tay Ninh in a Province of the same name.
Note: by Don Shacklette
Re: The Black Virgin
on Oct 23, 2002
I have been hearing about Nui Ba Den for twenty five years at least . One nasty hunk of mountain that was never taken . Gasoline , tear gas and one wonders how many assaults by grunts. A damned deadly mountain !
Re: The Black Virgin
on Apr 21, 2004
My ex-brotherinlaw (its a long story), was a tunnel rat and he mentioned Nui Ba Den during his lucid moments. We could ("we"), he could drink beer for twelve hours and never tell the same story twice.
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