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Chuck Truitt | |
While stationed in Scotland from '70 to '73 my normal job had me standing watches in a building with no windows - it was a very large building - that was completely sealed off from the outside world. I was a sergeant just getting off watch at about 0640 hrs and it was completely dark outside - real dark - as the sun didn't rise till about 0900 at that latitude and that time of year.

I had been smoking a "Mississippi Crook" cigar that my pop had sent me a box of from back in The World. There was a set of double doors to exit the building and I had just gone into the space between the first set of doors (about 20 feet to the second set) and I stuck the lit cigar in my mouth and placed my cover on my head. With the cigar in my mouth, taking a big puff, and my hand still up adjusting my cover I pushed open the second set of doors with a mighty shove using my left hand/forearm.

There just several feet in front of me, and coming up the steps to the entrance way was Captain Rhine (a really good guy). Immediately, I blew out a big puff of smoke as though I'd been given a swift punch to the solar plexus, and my hand went from adjusting my cover into an sharp, crisp/snappy salute. "Good morning Skipper" exuded from my mouth, and I tried to regain my sufficiently destroyed composure. The Skipper smartly returned my salute and greeting, and with a big smile on his face proceeded on into the building. I've thought about that many times over the years. It didn't adversely affect me though as I was promoted to SSgt just a couple months later.

AR

Respectfully, Chuck Truitt sends
5 August 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

Bruce
My last msg came up short....That is :
Bruce "BR" Smith, just so I don't get
confused with the other Smith Bros.,
I'm the short fat one! with a head like Don Lanson (just kidding Don).
4 August 2005

Bruce |
I just finished reading Chuck Truit's Book"Pop a Yellow Smoke". What a great read! A really humorous approach to day-to-day life during the "NAM"-thing. Chucks story telling and pictures of guys we have all served with is a real treat. If y'all are looking for a really
fun way to reminisce, this Marine has a gift for making it happen. I'm hoping for a sequel!
4 August 2005 - BR in Brrrrrmidji, Mn.

Ed Lynch
He's probably still on the 'Rock Pile"!!
23 July 2005

Hubert Potter |
Several of us are looking for Dave (Davey) Carpenter. So far no luck.

Anybody got an idea of where to start, i.e. hometown, where was he when he left the Corps?

Any help greatly appeciated.
22 July 2005 - Where is Dave Carpenter?

Paul Jagodzinski aka Ski |
Hope I am doing this right!!! I was the tech rat at Stud for all of 1969 and part of 1970. I was the one who kept your R-390`s working. Am currently fighting with VA to get comp for nerve damage to my feet, legs, hands, and arms. Am currently 50% for skin fungus and PTSD. I have in my possesion a photo of a plane spraying the entire valley at Stud. When I took the picture the plane was below our hill at Stud and it was spraying directly over the stream that provided water to us. What I would like to do is get a big picture of Rad. Bn. vets who served in Nam and who are having medical problems. Hope to hear from you soon.
22 July 2005 - North Hatfield, MA

Chuck Truitt | |
Hey Bill Morris,

I remember you! I was there on Dong Ha Mountain at the same time you were. Seems like you broke me in on the Pig in the fall: September, October, November of 1969. Yes, Ol' Buddy, I remember you well.
20 July 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

William Morris |
Looking for anyone who may have been in RVN during 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 at Hill 950, Dong Ha Mountain, Signal Hill.
20 July 2005 - Indianapolis, IN

Hajakap | |
I can't pass by such a pretty guestbook! It's perfect!
20 July 2005

JOHN HOPKINS |
THIS WILL INFORM ALL RADBN MEMBERS AND PAST MEMBERS THAT WE AM STILL SENDING ITEMS TO IRAQ TO MARINE UNITS AND AN AIR FORCE MEDICAL UNIT IN BALAD--OPERATION FOOTLOCKER II MEF FOR MARINES AND WOUNDED WARRIOR FOR THE AIR FORCE--IT IS SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DID FOR 3RD AND 2ND RADIO BATTALIONS IN AUGUST AND CHRISTMAS 2004==WE CAN USE SOME FUNDS TO SHIP OUR MATERIAL --MAKE OUT CHECKS TO MARINE CORPS LEAGUE--TAX DEDUCTABLE AND MAIL TO MAJOR JOHN HOPKINS, USMC(RETIRED) 300 HOGANS RUN--COLUMBIA SC 29229--WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND ADOPT EACH MARINE BATTALION --AND MAIL ITEMS TO CO OR BN SGT MAJOR TO DISTRIBUTE TO TROOPS--I AM WAITING FOR II MEF TO APPROVE THE DIRECT MAIL ROUTE--I HAVE ABOUT 4000 POUNDS IN MY WAREHOUSE TO SHIP-IT WILL GET THERE--SEMPER FIDELIS--JOHN HOPKINS
19 July 2005 - Columbia, SC

Ray Tracy |
Member of 1st Radio Bn (SU #1 at first) from June 68 - July 69. Hill 327 first 3 months, then HQ III MAF (topside) the remainder... Fine site, trying to join in... USMC from 3/59 - 12/82, then NSA til 2001...
14 July 2005 - Fayetteville, PA

Chuck Truitt | |
Good story Hubert! I liked Chuck; only knew him for a little while on Dong Ha Mountain in the fall or 1969, but he made a real impression on me during that short time. Sayonara Amigo!
10 July 2005 - Mannheim, Germany

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