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BUMBLEBEE on 5th Dec 2018, 6:27 PM

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Well I caught myself some sniffles this week and stayed home from work a couple days. The silver lining is I used that downtime to knock out an off-schedule page! I could save it for a buffer but I'm more the immediate gratification type.

Nobody uses the PRC 77 radio anymore (I hope). That's a tip of the cap to Ney. I think its Vietnam era. We still had some when I was in.

If a massive hack is crippling the high tech stuff, then maybe its good to have some of the low tech stuff lying around, shitty as it may be. Nobody ever hacked a flip phone.

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lirvilas on 5th Dec 2018, 7:00 PM

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"nobody ever hacked a flip phone"

Ah, I'm not the one to call out specifics, but I'd be damned if someone hadn't at the height of their popularity.

Also, I have like zero experience in this, but just in the vein of "Charlie don't surf" what's the validity of "Haji don't jam"?

BUMBLEBEE on 5th Dec 2018, 7:44 PM

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I shoulda known that flip phone claim wouldn’t stand....

There may be a slight case of mistaken identity in the case of this particular “haji”...

Gerald Ney on 6th Dec 2018, 12:25 AM

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The old Infantry phrase: "Shoot, Move & Communicate!" always done in reverse order.
Not doing well in inter unit communicating right now.
BTW, the radio I remember is the PRC-25; which I guess really dates me. 50 year anniversary of arriving in Nam was this past July 13th.

BUMBLEBEE on 8th Dec 2018, 4:29 PM

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I had my doubts when I said it - I'm wondering if its not the PRC-77 because it was released in 1977. I'm sure most of the references I'm using that sound authentic to me would sound outdated and foreign to Millennial Tankers. Hell, to them the M1A1 is an old relic - can't imagine what they would think of the M60. We used to call the tank parks they lived in "Jurassic Parks," and that was when I was a whippersnapper.

1968 - you must have heard a lot about it by then, both the news and professionally. Were you conflicted? Any doubts when you got in-country other than the usual soldier doubts about not bringing any extra metal bits home with you?

Gerald Ney on 8th Dec 2018, 11:14 PM

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There were already protests in Spring 1967 on the U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus before I graduated, and I was part of the ROTC honor guard at the burial of the first UWM ROTC alumnus KIA in Vietnam. Observing the widow, the 6 of us vowed not to get married till after any service in Vietnam. At the Chancellor's Review in May, I was one of the cadets chosen to get a daisy stuck in my rifle barrel though I was only a student captain; because I was Student Election Commissioner. What bothered me though was that they started the demonstration right when the first KIA's widow was presented with a flag.
I was in the Imagery Interpretation Officer's class at Ft Holabird (now a civilian business center) on the east edge of Baltimore when Johnson said he wasn't running for reelection and at a cousin's home in the DC suburbs for the Cherry Blossom Festival weekend that was canceled due to the riots after Martin Luther King was assassinated.
Still mostly believed in the mission when I arrived in Vietnam, but came home with mixed feelings.
How I felt and have come to feel is in the 28 Vietnam related poems I've written and the archived answers I've given to students over the years.
Anybody that wants the email files just has to ping me at .
Oh, and I was more worried about not screwing up than coming home with any extra metal bits; though I had one close call (See below)...
[This is actual
Was sent out to take a picture of a dead VC for ID.
They thought he might be a main province VC honcho Capt Hurley, the brigade S-2 came along. We choppered to a Montagnard force w/2 US advisers.
The poem covers what ensued.]

Pass the Pipe and Sugar Cane…
Light on the Shrapnel, Please 11/10/2004

Life is good,
Such as it is;
The dead body
Forgotten in the rear;
Photo on film
For I D on remains
All we need.
Middlin’ warm,
Some wind. clear and
Zero chance of rain,
A hundred percent
Chance of Charlie
With light to moderate
Intermittent small arms…
Great day for
A picnic by the paddies
And between return shots
The Yards go for it…
Puff on a pipe
Chaw some cane and
Maybe kill some Cong.
Gunships, tubes
Put on quite a show;
Rockets from the west,
One O Fives from south,
Erratic round lands
‘Midst seven of us
And no one hit.
The captain
Claims the shrapnel chunk,
Just missed my head.
What’s left of Charlie
Slips slowly away
While the potshot picnic
Has a final fling.
Our chopper
Returns; as the heat’s
Now off. The nasties gone.
So it’s back to base
Hot chow with cold drink
Twilight Volleyball after.
Life is good.

Gerald Alan Ney

BUMBLEBEE on 9th Dec 2018, 9:08 AM

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Quite a time to be a first hand witness to.

Did the VC KIA turn out to be the right guy?

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