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Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.-- General Douglas MacArthur
First Zippo Joins the MRF7663 Reads
I remember the first time we were told to go to Dong Tam-it seemed strange for flame thrower APC's, from the 9th Inf, 15th Engineers to be told we were going to be with the Navy for awhile. We were nicknamed on the radio and respectfully so "Zippos" sometimes the electronic firing device didn't work, so we'd bring out our Zippos lighters and light the napalm this way as it was leaving the barrel. I had no hair on my arm for the first 8 months of this.
The idea seamed quite strange for us to imagine how we would work our equipment in a nautical capacity-the rumors were we would be doing search and destroy around Dong Tam with our unique equipment.
Note: by Paul Kasper, 15th Engineers/9th Infantry Division
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