Stories: 1967 – 1968

STORY BY CLYDE "JACK" HOOVER 359th 67-8

I had a soldier approach me while I was wrenching for the 359th and ask me to “SOUP” up his 5 ton truck as it was so slow it hardly could make it up the pass to Plieku. I remember he was from Ohio and either had a young son, or his wife was pregnant. …

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STORY BY MIKE LITTLE, B CO 504th MP BN 1967-8

This is an excerpt of a story Mike Little wrote for the Plieku MP web site a few years ago. It is about the ambush when George McDonald was killed.  Just before reaching our checkpoint, a VC sniper put an AK-47 round through the door of your 5000 gallon tanker truck, killing you. Losing control, …

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STORY BY DAVID BOWARD 1967-8

I LEFT MY RIG IN DAK TO. IT HAPPENED WHEN I STARTED DRIVING FOR THE  359th. IT WAS MY FIRST TRIP TO DAK TO AND I MISSED A TURN. I DROVE OUT OF THE COMPOUND AND TRIED TO TURN AROUND IN A FIELD, AND I GOT STUCK. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE GUY’S WITH THE WRECKER WERE NOT …

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BY MICHAEL (SCARECROW) BUIRGE 1967-8

This was taken from an E-mail to John (Crowbar) Porter. He was the SSG, that put him in the mud! Yuck, Yuck, Yuck…Mr Secretary…It’s on of the most inedible memories when I first got there, Cold, Night, Raining, Mud everywhere… “Specialist, you are going to perform second echelon maintence on this truck.”, ” But  Sargent”, …

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BY GEORGE GREER 1967-8

THIS IS A LETTER WRITTEN HOME ON:  16 MAR 1968 Dear Dad an Mom Well guess you thought I was dead and like to run. We had three ambushes yesterday. My truck was the first one that got hit. I was driving along and my windshield started cracking and I fell to the floor and …

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BY BOB DYE 1967-8

15 Jan 1968 as I remember it. I had 85 days to deros. We were in convoy from An Khe ( Our base camp ) to Pleiku. We had about 40 trucks in the convoy. I was the first in line for the first time out of abour 250 convoy’s. Just as we were leaving George Anderson …

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BY RICHARD CLINTON 1967

My most memorable experience while with the 359th was in nov 1967. We left An Khe in the morning convoy to pleiku hauling JP4. At pleiku I was directed to Dak To with several guys hauling the same fuel. We actually went to a fire base out side Dak To. The only place I”ve been …

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