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On Staying Alive by Being Inept

By john harrison

It happened in 1968, the bloodiest year of a long, bloody war. Alpha Company had just been resupplied with ammunition after yet another firefight.   1,833 more words

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C-130 Running Down The Strip,

by john harrison

It was the last jump in jump school. As a treat, we the almost airborne, would get to tailgate a C-130. For those NAPs (Non-Airborne Personnel) reading this, that means you walk right out of the back of the C-130, right down the aircraft’s wide open tailgate, and then step off into nothingness about 900 or so feet up in the air going about 150-60 miles an hour. 1,358 more words

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Hunting One of the World’s Smallest Deer in a War Zone

If you read the history books, they will tell you that North Vietnamese General Vo N. Giap scored a major tactical surprise with his Tet ’68 Offensive. 1,518 more words

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A Dangerous Tossing Game, Played At Night

Second Platoon was circled up for the night in a defensive position high on top of a jungle clad mountain as near to Cambodia as we ever got, and I was sound asleep when the man on radio watch shook my shoulder. 1,269 more words

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The Battle of the Knoll

The real heroes are all dead. They put it all on the line. They put everything they had, everything they could ever be, and then they were gone. 1,030 more words

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The Attack At the Bridge

by john harrison

Jim Schlax was the 1st Platoon Leader of Alpha Company from the time Alpha Company was formed at Fort Campbell until he was wounded in Vietnam during Tet ’68. 2,022 more words

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