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    Re: Qua Viet River 1968

    What a waste of good ammo.

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    Re: Qua Viet River 1968

    Yep, that was the main supply base for all of 'Leatherneck Square' !
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    Re: Qua Viet River 1968

    Quote Originally Posted by VanHahner View Post
    3rd Marine Regimental Sniper James cool in transit along the Qua Viet River. (places long forgotten)



    After the war he joined the Secret Service and was a bodyguard assign to Vice President Spiro T Agnew . He is still in contact with me almost daily as we swap endless stories concerning the Marine Corps.
    Van, what the heck is that white thing trying to eat Jame's Hand Grenade ????

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    Good question Chief !

    I texted him and he told me he thought it was a rolled up piece of canvas.
    U.S.M.C. Scout Sniper 67-68

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    Re: Qua Viet River 1968

    Wow!
    History as it was.

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    Re: Qua Viet River 1968

    Don't know which river this is, but it's in the right area. Took this while I was laid up at Danang May 1968 or there abouts. Volunteer was requested to deliver the Stars and Stripes to outlying posts. Tired of hanging around at the hospital I said sure. Never knew a huey could dive nose down and then almost straight back up. Never volunteered again. My stomach still gets queasy thinking about it.



    ROK Marines fishing with frag grenades in Danang harbor right next to LSTs being unloaded about May 1968. The definitely caught our attention.


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    Wow.... history in living color. Thanks guys!!!
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    Keep em coming!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nf1e View Post
    Took this while I was laid up at Danang May 1968 or thereabouts.
    Our stories are almost similar. I got hit May 2 1968 at Dai Do when a NVA Division tried to take Dong Ha. (Long story), but the short of it was the company I was attached to got caught out in the open. (It was ugly)
    Me and my partner were both hit.

    Anyway at that time all the hospitals in country were full and I was medivac out to sea to a carrier. The initial work was done there. Two or three days later they chopper me back to a hospital in Danang, then the next day I was flown to the Navy hospital in Yokosuka Japan where I stayed several weeks while they patch me up, then flown to Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, in Oakland, California. (Met my wife of 50 years now during my month at that facility) From there to Treasure Island S.F for a couple of months light duty. Then to my duty station at Camp Pendleton as a Rifle coach for new recruits.


    Quote Originally Posted by nf1e View Post
    Never knew a huey could dive nose down and then almost straight back up.
    I only rode on a huey once and that was at Quang Tri in February of 68. Several teams of snipers were attached to a Marine Company maintaining an outside perimeter in the Quang Tri area.

    After a couple of weeks, we were ordered to leave, because the Army was taking control of that section. We had just started our 10 mile march back to Camp Carroll, when a high ranking Army officer asked our captain if we wanted to be chopper back ? The captain as I remembered said something like "That's okay we'll walk"
    The Army officer said that he had the choppers right here and could have us back in minutes !

    Up until that time I had seen quite a few Army huey's in the air, but had never rode in one. ( Marines had the, 'hope it gets off the ground H-34's)
    We all enthusiastically piled into the 5 or 6 huey's that lay waiting for us on the ground. They had to make several trips to get us all.

    I was on the first run. We were no longer in when it was already off the ground, which totally amazed us ! This was a first for everybody. I don't know how fast we were going, but it was fast and
    we were skimming the ground doing it! I heard a Marine say "Shi$, hes not going to make it!", I look out the door and saw the tall treeline at the end of the rice patty coming right us !

    The next moment we were up and over and skimming the ground again. The huey on the way back did this a couple of more times before we reached the base. I imagine that the 5 minute flight back home brought a few Marines closer to the Lord that day !

    U.S.M.C. Scout Sniper 67-68

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    Re: Qua Viet River 1968

    My cousin (Army) was at Dong Ha then when they were over run. He talked about it with me during the last two days before he passed away in the hospital.
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