Originally Posted by Ron Eagle Elk
Welcome home, right back at ya, Bro. I went back to Nam in 1970 and landed at CRB. There was a freakin ice cream truck there. I couldn't believe I was back in the Nam. Didn't take long to remember where I was when I got hooked back up with the 173d and then C/75th. I guess when they were telling you about 875 and taking Dak To they forgot to tell you about the casualties, am I right?
Believe it or not, these guys really hadn't any idea who took the place and what it cost to take that piece of ground. Rumor had it, that it was the 101st, and others were saying it was the 1st AirCav
You were probably in that group standing behind the white picket fench yelling "SHORT!" as we walked by. I did the samething 15 months later! When I hit that place I noticed hamberger stands and pizza stands! I thought "this ain't so bad!" I remember the red dust blowing all over the place, and everybody in their clean starched fatigues. But what we really saw was a huge collection of REMF's.
When I landed in that C130 in Chu Lai, there was a foggy haze all over everything, and everybody was in a hurry. Hundreds of F4's and A4's re-arming and refueling from their trip up north. One F4 landed just as soon as they got that C130 out of the way and it was full of holes with no brakes I guess as it had to use the whole runway to land and then hit the cables right behind us. The reception center was a joke, and they promptly threw my stack of orders in a 32 gallon trash can that was almost full. I was supposed to go with an SPG group up by Camp Carroll on an M107. They were taking clerks, infantry men, cooks and other warm bodies and sending them to a 155 arty unit, and I was one of them. Ended up down at Gator with good old Colan Powell (he was either a Major or a Captain). I did Tet there, and as soon as things cooled down we pulled up stakes and never went back except for a one week stent to refit for another operation. From there I went west and never came back to Highway One again.
When I went home I went thru Cam Rhan Bay again, and the place was over twice as large as before! I remember riding in a buss (they had a transit service!), and it made a sudden stop and everybody piled off the buss. I sat there wondering why? Then I got off the buss and walked into this empty PX. Later a guy comes in asked me where I came from, and I said that buss. He said don't you realize we're being rocketed, and I said yeah. But it was probably five klicks away. Said I was nuts! Told him this was an everyday thing back home, and not to worry much. REMF's!!!