Title: "Tale of the tape."
The "exciting" life of Marines in Southeast Asia. Not all fun and
games for we who were there well know.
Well, here we are in good ol' Nam Phong. Hot and muggy. Take a quick
shower and as soon as you get out you're ready for another. So what
do Marines do when off duty for relaxation? I mean there was nothing
there. Nothing. Sure, a trailer for a PX. A roof over the chow hall.
I remember burning my hands washing my mess kit in that boiling water
in the garbage cans with those burners to heat the water. (That
picture in the photo file brought back some memories)
Find what ever to amuse ourselves.
One thing we did that we wouldn't have normally done was to take
frogs, bugs or anything we could find and freeze them. The favorite
thing to do was throw them in the air and watch them break when they
hit the ground. That was the advantage of making liquid oxygen and
When we left Iwakuni we were told to only take our Marine gear. We
could buy things when we got to where we were going. Yeah, right. Now
I have two of everything.(I had over a thousand dollars of stereo
equipment in Iwakuni and it was still there when I got back in
August. And I knew I couldn't take it with me. We had a good idea
were we where going.)
Well one guy happened to have a radio but the problem with that was
there wasn't any FEN stations we could pick up. Only one Thai AM
radio station that played that cultures' music. All the songs sounded
the same and we could only listen to that twanging sound for so long.
Then one day we get a new guy and he has a cassette player with some
tapes. Oh thank you great one! We have been delivered from this abuse
of oriental entertainment. WRONG!
He gets in his sea bag and has one tape. Yep, one tape. And it
is "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon and Garfunkel. Well, that's
better that nothing. So here we are, sitting around, swapping
stories, drinking beer, looking at the stars listening to Simon and
And we listen, and we listen, and we listen, and we listen over time
to that one tape. So we decide to put it up for a while. Later Brown,
( can't recall his first name but he had a real thick head of dark
brown hair and always got in trouble for being out of haircut
regulation, untill we got here) decides to put the tape in.
So here we are listening to it again and the batteries start going
dead. And the song that was playing was the title song, "Bridge Over
Troubled Waters." And the song gets slower and sslloowweerr and
slooowwweeerrr and ssssllllooooow. Tape stops. Brown gets up, takes
out the tape and starts to throw it. We all start shouting FOD, FOD!
He was facing the runway. So he turns and chucks it into the bush
ending that tapes life.
To this day I cannot stand that song or any song on that tape. If I
hear it I will either switch stations or turn it off. Nothing against
Simon and Garfunkel.
So here we are back to square one on how to pass the time. But that's
Semper Fi Marines and friends,