Originally Posted by royinidaho
I read Plaster's book.
I worked with a fella named Les who's story was told in the book.
He was in a helluva fight. Saved his viet guys, lost all of his friends.
I've talked with him for about the goings on over there. Wearing black jammies and not cutting hair. Spent most of the time on his belly. VC stepping within inches of his head.
He also told of taking pics of our troops, damn few, but never the less setting on the fender of fuel trucks along the HCM trail. These guys were in cahoots with the VC. Additionally the trucks had the Shell Oil logo.
Says he would have given anything for night vision and a pair of WW I gaiters/spats. . .
He and Buffalobob are the only two men I've met were in the thick of it.
Quiet heros in my mind.
I feel a bit ashamed that I spent my time over there hunkered down in a reactor control room on a carrier. But the Rickover personally shot down my chit for a gun boat assignment. Really ticked me off. . . But I tried. . .
In Plaster's book he does several interviews with Steve Keever. Keever and I are good friends and belong to the same VFW Post. Think he spent all but one mission in Laos (he refers to that mission as a "dry hole." At Steve's retirement party, I met several others that were in that book.
Depending on who you ask, I was never inside Laos. One groups says I was 300 yards inside Vietnam, and the neighbors said three klicks inside Laos. Who knows and who cares. There is a photo floating around of me taking a leak on the concrete marking post at the Cambodia / Vietnam / Laos point, so technically I've been in all three places for about two minutes! Once again as if it matters much, but would love to have a copy of that photo.I did a whole series of mountain tops from about three klicks south of Ashau down to about thirty klicks south of the Que Son Valley along the Lao border. Still whether or not I ever stepped foot in that place is not important. I've been close enough to watch them thru a starlight scope, and watch the big boys vaporize them. We did shoot over there all the time, and their welcoming committee didn't bring pizza and beer. It was tough out there, but there were lots of other places that were tough as well. Just depended on the time, and where you were stuck. My last base camp was at the base of the Hiep Duc Ridge (south end). For me anyway, that A.O. was as tough as it got. The bad thing about that place was they never told you anything; let alone the truth. Most of the time you found out the hard way.