Living With Dragons: With The Korean Marines In Vietnam
Excerpt: "We lined up in front of tables arranged by MOS (Military Occupation Speciality). I stood in line at the field radio operator table and waited for my turn. I took my turn, and a Lance Corporal seated behind the table picked up one of scores of stamps and stamped my orders. I read my orders and the imprint said: “SU#1, 1st ANGLICO, FMF, WESTPAC” OK, I knew FMF meant FLEET MARINE FORCE, and...
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Publisher: G. Scott Leis (May 4, 2014)
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“I was part of the the First Anglico Group to serve with the ROK 'Blue Dragons (Chung Yong Bodae), in 66-67. Your book brings back memories so vivid--I still want to pop a smoke when I hear choppers, love walking in the rain, drink OB beer (Maek-ju), ...”
WESTPAC meant WESTERN PACIFIC (Vietnam), but I had never seen or heard of SU#1, 1st ANGLICO. I asked the Lance Corporal what ANGLICO was. He looked at my orders and said he had no idea. He tapped the Corporal working beside him, showed him my orders, and asked him where I was going. The Corporal shook his head and said he had never heard of it. The Lance Corporal gave me back my orders, looked into my eyes and said, “You’re going to hell, Private.” That made me a bit anxious. Luckily, one of the guys I went through boot camp with, John Staunton, also had the same orders. So if I was going to hell, I wasn’t going alone." I served 19 months with the Republic of Korea’s 2nd Marine Brigade (BLUE DRAGON BRIGADE). With one other enlisted U.S. Marine, much of that time was at company level. We wore their uniform, ate their food and learned their customs and habits. We learned how to communicate with those we were assigned to serve. It is a rare day that I do not think of that time in my life. I decided to tell the story.