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I feel that retired generals should never miss an opportunity to remain silent concerning matters for which they are no longer responsible.

-- General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

VietnamThe year was 1967. We frequently received incoming RPG or mortars rounds at Cu Chi, RVN. The siren would go off, we would suddenly hear the 'plump - plump' of mortars or the flittering noise of the RPGs followed by their exposion and we would charge off to hit the bunkers.
Bunkers we had built along side our hutches (living quarters). The problem; with the monsoons the inside bottoms of these bunkers slowly became layered green slime and mud.

We worked until nearly 10:00 every night. I remember one night taking a cold shower and the incoming siren went off. I charged off in the direction of my bunker and where I discovered the true nature of green slime and mud. After the alert was over with I went back to the shower to clean the caked mud off. Over time we managed to adapt and cope with this environment.

Then came the night of the rockets. I have never heard such a horrifying racket. They sounded like freight trains as they came in. I remember losing complete control of my bladder.
Note: by Don Patrick


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