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JWilliam_Ward.jpgModern Day J. William WardLife is a "beach" in retirement, isn't it?
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Tiger_2.JPGDem Tigers weren't football players!Now it's off to the barbecue pit. We got him before he got us!
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Tiger_1.JPGDem Tigers weren't football players!While we weren't shooting at Charlie, we had to deal with a four-footed potential enemy. We knew this fella didn't dine on rice.
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Elephant3.jpgWhole different cultureAmong the sights and sounds in Vietnam, working elephants rates up there with the cultural differences. Some report that the NVA and the Cong used them to transport weapons and supplies. A four-legged deuce-and-a-half.
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Elephant2.jpgWanting to join a convoy?Troops check out a "convoy" of elephants.
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elephants.jpgIt's MondayThis elephant seems to be resigned to going to work as a pack animal. We were somewhere around Ban-Me-Thuot when those elephants came walking into our "field of fire". The Infantry stopped them and checked them out. When they were allowed to go , someone came up with the idea
to pop a couple of pro-jos over their heads. When the rounds were fired, instead of running away the elephants turned and ran straight at us. They didn't get too close before the men that were riding them got them under control.
Anybody remember the elephants?
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JWW6.jpgKontum KidsAs in most wars, civilians get a front row seat.
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Short-Round.jpgVietnamese KaraokeOur famous 2/9th roving mascot, "Short Round" appears to be evaluating this Vietnamese choral group. Wonder if they made it to the next level?
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Sp-4_Woodhouse.jpgBest DefenseIn order to make sandbags, you gotta make mud first. Sp4 Woodhouse takes a pickaxe to break up the soil. Note the 2/9th insignia on his field cap.
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Sgt_Goodrich_Sp-4_Sternadel.jpgBest DefenseThe best defense is a filled sandbag. Sgt Goodrich holding the shovel and Sp4 Sternadel managing the bag.
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Tucker.jpgCommo CheckLooks like the guys are calling each other. The guy on the left is Tucker from Tupelo, MS. He knew Elvis. I'm on the right.
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Sp-4_Farley.jpgThat's MeSp4 Farley proves he served with the 2/9th Arty in Vietnam. Here's his photo.
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