a beautiful day indeed
got to go to yoga class
you would have made a great chaplain's assistant
i saw a jewish chaplain
at djmap artillery base sometime in 1970-71
he had a black star of david on his lapel
he was sitting on a pile of red dirt and had a red beard
he motioned me over
and asked me "what's your name"
it was as tho i had fallen off my ass
i had an epiphany
i had forgotten that i was me
and suddenly i was thinking
what am i doing in a place like this?
what is a place like this doing here in this place?
i shyley told him my first name, had the epiph,
i think he was jesus
man you just missed him
"We are the ones we have been waitng for"
<> FSB Snuffy - Djmap Jan, 1970
We were the first ones back in to what appeared to be a pristine land - a large field of waving grass, old runway markers and rumors that Vietcong had flown small planes in and out of here for years... Later, this became one of the major resupply transit points for the Cambodian Incursion in June.
... and the beatiful field was a muddy morass, littered with the trash of war and tons and tons of rain-soaked bags of rice, fermenting under the hot sun...
In July, we lost 3 choppers in one day.
Ground attacks and 'mad minutes' at night.
It was a beautiful, but dangerous place - and is now a nature preserve....
budop artillery base
last americanos in and out
about ten klicks west of djmap
a real piece of work, ain't it
i mean, this is why i got disillusioned
a bunch of farts spread around this little country
but the activity continued on westward
katum and tayninh and phu loi were still active with
army and "enemy" going at it
strange how i flew into three deserted firebases that august, 1971 day
only got the viet cong on the foxmike classified radio at locninh
we were virtually unarmed
2 pistols and one rifle
and when the vc said "lot luck"
he musta known i was cool
lyndon baines johnson
you were kinda stupid
you shoulda stuck to what you knew
and general westmoreland, what a fuckup
and they said that when general abrams took over, well
the real vietnamization began, like
man, we split
and they waited for the bombing to stop
and waited a while longer,
then walked into the south without a shot
and nguyen cao ky and his trophy wife
now we got iraq
what a crock of idiocy
glad you are my friend