GI's stationed in the rear, cooks, clerks, profiles (sick/injured), mechanics, military policemen, etc. stayed in wood "hootches" with wooden steps. Sometimes they had doors (screens), but often just hanging ribbons of plastic. They were open bays, separated by belt high plywood for privacy-built by the GI's themselves. GI issued folding cots were almost always in the hootches. The roofs were corrugated sheet metal, and the base of all hootches around all sides was chest high sand bags. These buildings were built by Army Engineers or Navy CB's (Construction Battalions). Bunkers (for protecton from incoming artillery) were built between the hootches. Shower points & out houses (latrines) were sometimes a hundred yards away from your hootch.
In the field: Artillerymen dug bunkers to sleep in, which were located circuling their field guns (cannons). When they received a "fire mission" they'd jump out of their holes and man their field guns. Armored Cavalrymen slept on or near their M-551 Sheridan tanks or ACAV's (M-113 Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicles), sometimes on a cot, or crounched up inside their vehicle, much like a person sleeps in their car. Tank crews manning M-48 Patton tanks could sleep in the bustle rack, located at the turrets rear, or the back deck. Mechanized Infantrymen slept on or around their M-113's. Straight leggers (plain grunts) slept crounched up on the ground, usually with 1, 2, or more other GI's at a time for rapid response in case of sudden gunfire or explosions. These fellows had no place to run or hide; all they had was each other to turn to for help. When it rained, "Everyone" got wet, slept wet, woke up wet.
For those stationed on ships, it was the usual situation.
A total of 58,168 American soldiers died in Vietnam during the Vietnam War!!
58,226 American soldiers
Canned "C" rations.
More than 58,000 American soldiers lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
58,226 American soldiers died in Vietnam or were listed as missing in action.
More than 58,000 American soldiers lost their lives during the Vietname War.
Stabbed in the back by their own countrymen.
Swam in rivers, played cards, listened to music.
Chi-Coms = Chinese Communists.
More likely than others to serve in combat positions
The United States has had a continuous military presence in South Vietnam since the war in 1950.
The only American soldiers in Vietnam today are those assigned to embassy or consulate guard duties, and forensics teams searching crash sites, etc. for the remains of U.S. military members killed during the war.
Of the more than 58,000 American soldier killed during the Vietnam War, eight were women. Sixty American female civilians were also killed.
During the Vietnam war, the army of men trying to overthrow the South Vietnamese government were widely known as the Viet Cong by American soldiers and their allies.
American soldiers were typically referred to as Colonials or Patriots during the Revolution.
During the Vietnam War; over 3 million men served in SE Asia during the war; 2 1/2 million men served in country.
Probably 1968. Correct! Nearly 17,000 soldiers died during 1968 alone.
During World War I, American soldiers were stationed in France. In July of 1918, there were over a million American soldiers there.
See: Statistics About the Vietnam War. Recommended by the History Channel.
Yes, it was. During the war, the American soldiers were not recognized by the North Vietnese, but by the most sheer luck. Had they been recognized, North Vietnam may have taken seriour action against the US.
The troops had to wear condoms in sexual congress.
Yes, part of the good times.
Rock 'n roll.