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 Post subject: Laugh at yourself???
PostPosted: August 9th, 2014, 2:28 pm 
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Can you recount a particular incident which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh whenever thinking of it?

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 Post subject: Re: Laugh at yourself???
PostPosted: August 9th, 2014, 3:02 pm 
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I can remember one when I was in Vietnam with the Wolfhounds of the 25th Infantry in 1970. A bunch of us were out on patrol walking through an large open clearing - an area nobody's been in for a while - as we're walking, a dusty mist materializes and begins engulfing us all. Nobody paid it any attention and continued moving forward. Suddenly, as if on cue, everyone begins gagging and choking - coughing loudly; eyes are watering and it's difficult to see; powder settling on our sweaty neck, face and arms then sets off a reaction that feels like we are on fire. Somebody figured out that it was powdered CS gas and screamed for us to vacate the area. There was a stampede as the fifteen soldiers ran forward in an effort to escape the powdered gas; all are in contorted poses, some pulling, some carrying others, everyone running for their lives - unknowingly activating more of the dormant powder as they shuffle through the area.

The small group managed to escape the gases about traveling almost a hundred yards - all are covered by white powder and look like we just finished throwing flour at one another. Rucksacks were dropped and everyone tried to get out of their clothes as fast as possible and shake them off. Once again, even though they had cleared the affected area, a new cloud was created by their flurry to rid themselves of the nasty powder. The yelling and gagging started all over again.

Finally, everything is back to normal - everyone is dressed and ready to move out again. Suddenly there's a chuckle and comment made about how somebody looked during the escape and evasion exercise...this sparked comments and laughter from everyone. We laughed hardily for ten minutes and then it was back to work. It sure was scary as hell at the time, but now I laugh about it everytime I think about that incident 44 yrs. ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Laugh at yourself???
PostPosted: August 9th, 2014, 6:30 pm 
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hey pdogg, interesting topic. i think this story will fit in.

One night my platoon from A co in the 101st abn set up an ambush in the foothills heading into the ashau valley. four of us were set up to watch our rear while the other guys were set up to watch a well used trail in and out of the ashau. i was one of those watching the rear and i could see the lights of our base camp LZ Sally along with lights from the Imperial city of Hue. I was scrunched up against a huge boulder at the top of the hill on a beautiful night. it was almost 5am as i slid about ten foot down the back slope to wake up the next guy to pull watch. as i crawled back up to the boulder a huge explosion went off but i continued up to the boulder expecting to see a few hundred gooks charging up the hill. instead i saw a flash of light from LZ Sally along with an instantaneous roar and WHAM!
my heart sank as i immediately knew our own guys were shelling us. I slid a few feet back down from the boulder, laid face down, crossed my legs, hands locked behind my neck, all muscles tensed and started praying out loud "God help us"!!! everyone was awake by now of course and one of the guys tells me to take it easy. i spun around and said "take it easy? you stupid fucking cherrie our own guys are shelling us". i got right back into position and kept on praying out loud until the fire lifted.
it turned out that our ambush coodinates got mixed up with an H&I fire mission by two 8 inch howitzers. They lit up our grid square pretty good and it's a miracle nobody got wounded. when it got daylight the platoon leader came up and told me he thought all four of us at that position were dead. We walked around to the front of the boulder and could see where one shell directly hit the boulder and another one hit a few feet below it.
episodes of friendly fire are not funny of course but in hindsight all these years later i do laugh when i think about it. why? because after me yelling "it's our own guys" it got stone quiet and not another word from anyone. a few more explosions and me still praying was all. :lol: i'm not a church goer but i think praying "God help us" actually got answered that night.


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 Post subject: Re: Laugh at yourself???
PostPosted: August 23rd, 2014, 8:32 pm 
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Friendly fire, isn't. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Laugh at yourself???
PostPosted: August 24th, 2014, 10:42 pm 
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Friendly fire, isn't. :lol:

I only call it friendly when it's landing on the bad guys. When it's landing on us it's a short round :lol:


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