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Author Topic: My Tour of Duty, Interview & 'Soundtrack'  (Read 48543 times)
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« Reply #80 on: 12 May 2010, 14:16:22 »
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I suspect the Congo would be very much like Vietnam, humidity is a factor. I recall one operation (in vicinity of 'The Rockpile') where our initial humping was done in 8-10 foot tall elephant grass in 110+f temps. The humidity down in the elephant grass was atrocious, with no wind at all. By noon we started having heat casualties, and had to leave several pockets of ill Marines (with security) to recover. We stopped for the day only when our K9 handler said his dog needed medivac because he had unexpectedly started bleeding from his nose. What an eye opener, Marines could go down without medivac but not the dog.
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« Reply #81 on: 19 September 2010, 19:13:39 »
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Jody, about the KIA

did all return to the US?
are their cemeteries/graves of GI's in Laos, Cambodja or Vietnam?
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« Reply #82 on: 25 September 2010, 06:23:21 »
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how did/does the 'cominghome' works?
are all soldiers buried together in the US?
can you tell us what road they travel from the battlefield to their final restingplace?


I believe the KIAs were transported to Travis AFB in Ca. initially. If the KIA was identified, his body would be returned to his family. If the KIA was unidentified, it would have to go to a military forensics lab for identification. Since we didn't have DNA testing like today, I suspect that there may have been some inadvertant errors made, which we may well never know about. Perhaps that is just as well. The KIAs would be buried as per the request of their families, some were buried in private cemetaries near their hometowns/families, while others were buried at National Military Cemetaries located across the US. The VA's National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries in 39 states (and Puerto Rico) as well as 33 soldier's lots and monument sites.

I am not very knowledgable on this subject, as upon my return and for many years after, I did my best to forget about those who didnt come home. Not out of disrespect, but out of the sheer pain the memories would bring to the surface. It took 26 years before I was able to even begin looking for Doc's family, to tell them of the circumstances of his death. It was a difficult and painful task, but I was successful and his family knows that he died trying to save the life of a wounded Marine. He shall always remain a Hero in my heart for his actions that day and if there is an afterlife, I shall surely seek him out. It is only now, in my waning years that I can look back without internalizing that pain. Dont get me wrong, it is every bit as painful, its just that my callouses have toughened up and perhaps I find a need to remember those I may soon meet again.
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« Reply #83 on: 21 December 2010, 00:38:09 »
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Music I listened to when young, Wolfman Jack beig one transporter.

Jody, any idea what happened to the group members? Are they still there? Alive at least?

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« Reply #84 on: 21 December 2010, 00:46:14 »
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This is from Quicksilver's first album....but still part of my Tour 'Soundtrack'


Quicksilver Messenger Service - Gold and Silver



Music wise thats kind of "Take 5", (after 0:18 into the Quicksilver vid) no? Intended? Inspired? Did this song mean anything yto you guys going ´Nam? Nerdy guys in suits not moving a bit but displaying more talent and musical knowledge than many other "wild" groups at that time (I know, thats 61, and before war, but still?)

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (1961)


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« Reply #85 on: 21 December 2010, 03:08:28 »
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Grace Slick- vocals
Interview with Grace Slick


Marty Balin- vocals, guitar
MARTY BALIN - "Count On Me" & "With Your Love" January 23rd, 2010


Paul Kantner- vocals, guitar
The Baby Tree - Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship (2006) HD
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« Reply #86 on: 21 December 2010, 03:26:53 »
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Jorma Kaukonen- guitar
Jack Casady- bass

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Spencer Dryden- drums

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Dryden

As you can see, all but Spencer are still alive and well.
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« Reply #87 on: 21 December 2010, 03:35:25 »
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Did this song mean anything to you guys going ´Nam? Nerdy guys in suits not moving a bit but displaying more talent and musical knowledge than many other "wild" groups at that time


I can only speak for myself here, I had no exposure to jazz until long after my ToD, and little interest in music, other than the SF music scene, until well after my ToD as well. I do not reject the chance that the band members were influenced by other musicians, in fact I would be surprised if they hadn't been.
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