DON'T HURT MY "FREDDY FADAC!"
A two-star general used Freddy for a stepladder;
he learned that was a "no-no"
We were being airlifted near the Cambodian border
(1968-69 timeframe) to a new LZ. They had blown down some really big trees
in the process. Meanwhile, several visiting officers came to the LZ to
watch the operation of a 105 howitzer firebase being set up. Well, as they were
“Chinooking” in the guns, we hand-carried "Freddy" (FADAC) into
the location and set it behind a big tree out of the way. The next sortie
coming in was the FDC CONEX. I was trying to direct it in to a hole in the
side of the hill when Top shouted at me that some guy was jumping on Freddy.
Well, me being who I was, that wasn't about to happen on my watch! I ran to the
spot and grabbed the guy by the collar. Him being a little guy, I jerked
him clean off the computer and began eating his ass out. When I got him
turned around, damned if he didn't have two stars on his jacket. I
apologized to him, but when he was told what he was standing on, he told me I
was within my rights to get him off. Being so short, he was using our
FADAC to get a better view of what was going on. We had set the FADAC out of the
way behind a downed tree, or so we thought. Meanwhile, he was well out of
the way, or so he thought. At the time, our FADAC was running pretty good;
didn't need anyone stomping on top of it.
Top knew what I would do, I am sure, so when he
told me someone was standing on the FADAC, he knew I would go grab the guy and
ask questions later. I was known for not taking any s--- when it came to
my Section, no matter what rank. Of course, the Top and Capt Donovan knew who he
was and they thought it was funny.
As it turned out, he saw me in Pleiku one day when
I brought Freddy in for repairs. He took me to the Officers Club and fed
me a steak dinner. Sure glad he was a good guy!
SP4 Danny Fort