Stories: 1971 – 1972

THE KNUCKLEHEAD!!!! BY JAMES LYLES

I was supposed to go check to see why a knucklehead had not turned in his shotgun after coming in from a convoy. He was laying on his bunk. I sat down on the bunk directly beside of his with a clipboard and when I asked him about the shotgun, he acted surprised and sais, …

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THE LIGHTER SIDE BY GEORGE ELLIS 1971-2

One must not forget unscrewing tanker hatches and putting ladies of the night inside to get through the gate. One of my twin gunners standing on the street in the village with an extended LAW wanting his radio back that another lady of the night took from him. I convinced him it was better to …

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STORY BY GEORGE ELLIS 359th 1971-2

I was the last NCOIC on the Gun Truck “THE MISFITS”. At about 10AM Feb 25TH 1972 halfway up the Mang Yang Pass we were ambushed hard. Much of it is still a blur in my mind. We had mixed it up before but nothing like this. I could hear bullets hitting the truck all …

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STORY BY STEVE CAMPBELL 359th 71-2

I was returning from my last convoy on 9 Apr 1972, the 359th had already stopped running convoy’s. I had to take Satins Chariot with a rag tag crew to escort 2 tankers to Pleiku. We got shot up in the An Khe pass on the way up, and returned fire. I called it in …

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BY CARL GAMEL 1971-2

I think it was around the 27th of march 1972, when the 27th Trans Bn made it’s last convoy to Plieku, when we convoyed back that afternoon, we drove directly to the Port in Quin Nhon, and turned in the trucks and tankers to be washed to be put on ships to be returned to the …

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DONALD BARNARD 1971-2

Christmas 1971 we had our own “Boxing Day” where the Officer’s and Senior NCO’S drove, except for the gun trucks. Would you know it, They could have made the run without the gun trucks. Because they had the smoothest run I had seen in about 5 month’s. If I remember correctly, Cpt Rast drove a Tanker …

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