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The Russian Advisor

Even in 1963 there were faint rumors that Russian and Chinese advisors were in the field against us in South Vietnam.


The Frontier

Neon lights proclaimed it “The Green Lantern.” Any construction boomer in Anchorage knew it more accurately as “The Green Latrine.”


The Rescue

In the 1960s only limited, highly risky means were available to exfiltrate agents from behind the Iron Curtain.


Night Drop

If in the mid twentieth century you had lived in Bavaria, you would have become aware that sometimes at night would come the deep growling of a large transport plane flying very low and beneath all radar.


The Requisitioned Sweetheart

Back in the fifties, the Old Army maintained an R&R center in Garmisch, Germany.


Wranglers and Dudes

This happened on a dude ranch near Jackson, Wyoming.


The Man-Eating Tree

Our Special Forces detachment in Germany sent two teams of free fall military parachutists to teach that skill to the Jordanian Army. I was with them.


Moon Ship West of Ca Mau

"On one black night, ten of us lay in ambush on the fringe of a huge mangrove swamp."


Hazardous Duty Pay

"For paratroopers, hazard pay meant an extra $50 for enlisted and $100 for officers."


A USO Show Comes to Town

The U.S. divisional headquarters advisory detachment south of the Mekong had set up shop in the departed Bank of Indochina.

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