Of course the first crappy job that came up, he volunteered me for it.
After you get past the stench and the humiliation. You begin to realize just how much C-4 (that's plastice explosive) was being carried by our soldiers and how much of it was getting thrown away. Way I calculated it, if the C-4 ever blew up, it would create one hell of a stink bomb.
"Ma am, I regret to inform you that your son was killed in action protecting a trash truck. There wasn't enough of him to fill a condom."
Come to think of it, riding shot gun on a trash truck did have its fringe benefits.
French/Vietnam women are living angels with devil minds. One I rode with had a grity high pitched voice. Constantly telling me I was NUUM BER ONE.
I guess this is a good time as any to talk about sex in Vietnam and just say this now. There was no sex unless you were gay and then you'd have to beat the refer head out of the hidden dark spots and drainage culverts.
You could find lots of women down in Saigon but we weren't in Saigon.
Even if you could have sex in the area where I was, there were stories about men getting a sexually transmitted disease that stopped you from going home.
But the main problem was the lack of privacy.
The hooch for the most part was an open bay area so there was no way to do anything without everyone knowing about it. When everyone else was asleep, imagination and hands was the way you relieved your sexual tension.
Most of the time you expect guys his size that fit the description as being tall and athletic as also being, well, not so smart: A kind of Mice and Men stereotype.
This guy was not only a big man; he was extremely intelligent and cunning.
This was the kind of leader you would not question. The kind of man you want on your team. The kind of soldier you’d expect would become a hero.
The Cobra was pulled off the flight line and the damaged engine was replaced.
I was also given the task of cleaning and polishing up a white phosphorous 10 pound rocket and stencil it with the number 2,000,000. It was to be fired later on that month as a publicity stunt.
The one thing I learned about these rockets is that once you turn them 200 times, they are armed.
I loved every minute of that one.
My R&R got approved for the last week in April. So, orders came in and within a few weeks, I would be on my way to Japan and the Worlds Expo in Osaka.