By John Culbertson
"Morning was once regularly a welcome sight to us. It intended issues. the 1st used to be that we have been nonetheless alive. . . ."
In 1967, demise was once the consistent better half of the Marines of resort corporation, 2/5, as they patrolled the paddy dikes, dust, and mountains of the Arizona Territory southwest of Da Nang. yet John Culbertson and many of the remainder of resort corporation have been a similar lean, struggling with Marines who had survived the carnage of Operation Tuscaloosa. Hotel's grunts walked over the enemy, now not round him.
In photo phrases, John Culbertson describes the day-by-day, harmful lifetime of a soldier battling in a rustic the place the enemy was once often indistinguishable from the allies, fought tenaciously, and concept not anything of utilizing civilians as a guard. even though he was once one of many best marksmen in 1st Marine department Sniper college in Da Nang in March 1967--a type of simply eighteen, selected from the division's twenty thousand Marines--Culbertson knew that opposed to the VC and the NVA, strong education and event may well hold you simply up to now. yet his company's project was once to discover and interact the enemy, regardless of the fee. This riveting, bloody first-person account bargains a stark testimony to the stuff U.S. Marines are made from.
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We’d bait the hooks with chicken guts, sink the line into the water, wait a few hours, and then “run” the line—pulling up the hooks to see what we’d caught. It was pretty easy to tell when we had something of any size. I’d take the little duck boat and pull myself along the length of the trout line. On one trip, a schoolmate, a Yankee who wasn’t familiar with the ways of southern boyhood, had come along with us, and I took him out to check one of the lines. The sun had set, and it was dark on the water.
The kitchen consisted of a Coleman gas stove, and lighting was supplied by a gas lantern. There was an icebox for beer and cold drinks. We had screens on the windows, which could be opened for ventilation, but most of the time passengers rode on the boat’s roof, which sat about 15 feet above the water line and provided not only a perfect viewing platform during river trips, but a great spot to sit and cast for black bass. The flat-bottom John Henry, in spite of its lack of sophistication, was the perfect vehicle for the lazy, shallow St.
I was asked to take the duck boat back to Lamb’s and get them another case—exactly the kind of job I coveted. It was a hot Saturday night, and by the time I got there, the juke joint was packed, and the place was really jumping. I couldn’t legally go inside, so I asked the soberest man I could find to help me. He went in, and a few minutes later Lamb Savage himself came out. He looked down to where we usually moored and, failing to see the John Henry, asked me where I’d come from. I explained that I’d made my way downriver in our little duck boat to get beer.