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What did soldiers in Vietnam do in their spare time during the Vietnam War?

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05/07/2008

For GI's staying in the field; playing cards (gambling), reading paper back books, or magazines, fishing at a river, hunting game (usually while moving with an armored column, hunting near a bivouac would start an "alarm", gunfire meant enemy contact). For GI's in the rear, EM (Enlisted Men's) Clubs, NCO Clubs (Non-Commissioned Officers), "O" Clubs (Officer Clubs) offered alcohol, sodas, and pizzas. "O" Clubs and Senior NCO Clubs offered the "hard stuff", Vodka, Bourben, Whiskey, etc. EM & NCO Clubs were mainly beer. Painting names and painting cartoons on the barrels of our tank guns (cannons), artillery barrels, was a form of entertainment.