Major Cooper was the company commander. I went to Phu Loi village one day and came back a little "tippsy". He grounded me from the village for a month. Very well deserved.
This would be a typical safe level to fly at when we're just going from point A to point B and not looking for any trouble. Also, notice the "basket" attached to the right of the gun. That was to catch the brass for recycling. I and many other gunners stopped using it because it caused drag in flight.
I remember coming across a group of ARVNs sitting outside a small village. Not far from them was a dead man with his hands tied behind his back, his eyes taped, his mouth taped and his feet taped together. They said he was a captured VC and that they shot him when he tried to escape.... Yeah, with his feet taped together and his eyes taped. Bastards.
I loved the M60 machine gun. I believe I can still fire it from a helicopter and be reasonably accurate at getting my target. However, I know I've forgotten how to field strip the unit. All I would need is a five minute course and I'm sure it will all come back to me.
Ya know, I've never flown on a helicopter again since I left Vietnam- and I never will. After surviving so many hours in the air, being shot at and living through a crash, I told myself I will not push my luck- that's it! I'm done....!
Isolated atrocities committed by American soldiers had produced torrents of outrage from anti-war critics and the news media while communist atrocities were so common that they received hardly any media mention at all.
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I think I used to work for her in Chicago.