Wonderful artwork, too…
It was 1966 in Chu Lai. Assigned to the 7th Motor Transport Battalion, we’d just come in from a four-day run. It was quiet and we were taking turns cleaning our weapons. One of the guys suddenly stopped what he was doing, sitting there with a dumb-ass look on his face. He said, “Hey, Christmas was two days ago.”
We all stopped what we were doing, and I remember that we all just looked at him for a long moment; nobody said a word.
And then we went back to cleaning our weapons.
Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps
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That was heart breaking.
I agree with you. On a thought, this couldn’t happen today as there is no way with modern communications to shut out the rest of the world, or are soldiers not allowed to possess mobiles etc?
I’m not sure? I think they can….but I don’t really know.
The Viet Nam War was a very, very different environment. Yes, I’m sure with today’s technology-geared society, this may not happen…