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Watermelon Raid6229 Reads
Our fireteam (Det8), was staging off the Hunderton County (LST-838) and out of the Rach Gia short strip. We had been flying combat ops between Long Xuyen and Rach Gia and had spotted about a half acre of (VC) watermelons growing on a flat spot above a village which was along a river.
George Decker(GT) and I were the gunners on the the heavily armed lead gunship. After checking the area for enemy, our pilot took us down, landed at the edge of the patch, while the trail bird flew high cover for us. GT, being from Louisiana, knew his watermelons and said they looked ripe. I was GT's nugget and was being trained by him, so whatever he said or did was right.
Note: by Bill Rutledge
Re: Watermelon Raid
on Mar 09, 2003
So you were a HAL(3) door gunner. Our team worked a lot with both the Seawolves and PBR's. The Seawolves were a pair out of Vinh Long. I still have some photos of them. They had mounted a .50 cal. Tail boom numbers of their gunships were 304 and 305.
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