They were essential for helping a lot of convoys get through. Also refers to a member of a LRRP unit. Idiot stick could also be a grass whip for trimming tall grass on the bunker line, or around buildings in base camp. Never heard that before unless it was referring to a missing nuke. Prairie Fire was an alert used within the SF and SOG groups only and means that the unit was compromised and on the run and to send help.
In reference to the M60 the pig or hog it is stated it uses the 7. Never heard of such a thing. Then the on the MRFs. Swift boats had 81mm direct fire mortars developed by the USCG go figure and loved fleschette rounds for close-in work. Great site. That is the sound they made. Reup and fuck you. A safeing device for mini guns that were removed before flight. The wind that is present when helicopter rotors are tuning. The chest plate of aircrew body armor.
I collect gearment of Vietnam War, and My Idea is of SOG and special forces, because of light of all, no helmet, no other heavy things, and it is interesting to go recconannsaice.. I know at real it is risk, but this is interesting to have a figure of SOG,. We called them gooks when they were in the wire. I was in III corp. It has been 48 years still have my brothers in my head. ME Gook — U. What a trip back in time did not realize how much I had forgotton,Thanks so much for sharing job well done.
I recognized many of the words. WE used that term in the Mekong Delta where many Vietnamese civilians lived. This was great, words and comments I thought I would never hear again. Division Door gunner on a gun ship was one of the best jobs I ever had. Just wish everyone who was there would have made it home safe………. I really enjoyed this walk back thru time. Some of the articles in this program brought back some memories thanks. Interesting list! Lots of familiar slang and some new ones. Pretty decent.
Maybe someone can add the rest? Worked most of the time. I enjoyed the article. I was going to add it but Richard beat me too it. Loved the article, brought back memories, good and bad! You made every effort to repair it but it was Vietnam Squared. Thanks for posting this. I heard a lot of this stuff from guys coming back from Vietnam. The only things missing are K-rats, which were used before C-rats, and were left over from the Korean War, and toe-poppers and Bouncing Bettys, which I think was were names for pop-up explosives.
Some of the slang is still in use now. Keep it going. Good post. Much appreciative! Thank you for your service! The Chinook and Jolly Green were not the same. A Chinook was a C47 which was a rifle squad or medivac chopper while a Jolly Green Giant was a C53 which could transport a platoon, supplies, or vehicles inside and below by cable.
USMC Great effort. Reminded me of a lot of stuff I used to know. Thanks for mentioning the Aussies. Dont forget we also had Kiwis New Zealanders over there fighting with the Allies. I was Marine helicopters Vietnam 69 — One comment on one part of your article I think is in error.
This US soldier 'found alive' in Vietnam 44 years after being left behind
Buying the farm. I understand it came from WW2 when a soldier died, his GI death insurance went to his family, and would pay off their farm or buy the farm. Or anything else of course, but the common term was, He bought the farm. Two dates that I will not forget, along with wedding date, birthdays, etc. I arrived in-country on 8 May at the ripe old age of 18 years and 2 months. It is one year of my 69 years that I will not forget. We all changed a lot in one year. Thanks brother! Saw no mention of a hand cranked honeywell 60mm Navy issue but used one on a boston whaler in delta.
Glenn, give me some more information about it — picture? Memories and lots of sad stories of those brave men and women who had to go and some who did not come back. Wow, so many years ago! Thanks for all the hard work, brings back many memories … as some have said — some good, some bad — but I appreciate it. May God keep all of my brothers and sisters who served. Thanks for all those who posted responses. I still see my buddies now and then at the V. Awesome job, thanks so much for all your work!
Was great to read old slang words again. Had forgotten a lot of them. Good article. Thanks — You brought back a lot of memories. It usually referred to the Petty Officer himself. Not in my part of the Navy during the Vietnam days. Dave, many expressions must have been localized. As a Yeoman, I was assigned to write down the names of those Vietnamese coming into the camp. We processed about , refugees. So, it might have also come into use during the later part of the Vietnam era and afterwards.
Thank you for your dutiful protection of our country, Dave! John, excellent shit. One saying I remember because of the night time visits of Puff. Thanks again for good, bad and memories America should not forget. Welcome home! We searched them in the Tonkin Gulf and river deltas.
They were armed sampans. Father KIA Nam AB, Missed but never forgotten. Wish all that Serve respect and gratitude. Go all the way back to the hanger and get 5 gallons of pneumatic fluid to prime the system. In the 30th Brigade Air defense we sent newbees to get a can of doppler for the mickey mouse or signal boost refactor cap for the guidance package.
Neither existed but the supply always sent them back for clarification. Great laughs and memories. I was with the th Artillery an remembered alot of the slang that was spoken. Talking about a fish out of water I was lost but had to learn it right quick. Great coverage on these articles.
Brings back memoies. Just kidding. I think your pics are great. I would like to know if my daughter can use some 8 of your pictures for a power point paper she is writing for her English II class in Jr College. She would like to use the Vietnam WAR because my father her grandfather-whom she never met fought in it. He had nightmares until he committed suicide in Only saw this used one time….. Great article. Thanks for the memories.
Listening post…. OP…observation post…. OP for daytime, LP for nighttime. Used by the infantry in the jungle. Malaria pills gave you the runs for about 90 days after we started taking them. Great Job, I enjoyed reading these! My brother Joe U. He came home alive. I know some were not so lucky. Thanks to you all for your service…God bless you all.
- Nobody True;
- Downside Up.
He has his picture in one of the books holding a pet bunny rabbit! Use those to share. OR you can go to the top of the page in the address line — copy and paste that in an email to your friend. Final method is to give the address:. Nice work! I saw a little on Navy and may have missed some. Thanks, Butch! I will add all three examples to the list. It reminds me of a lot from a long time ago. Some smiles and some grimaces. Thanks for this! Great article ……………………….
Dapping, for example, was never shared with White soldiers. Many of the whites and blacks in my unit shared this greeting. Personally,I knew four different variations. Maybe because a lot of us were from the big cities — I did dap in Detroit before even going into the army. Incredible article. All of our training was based on Viet Nam lessons learned and tactics.
We still use several of those terms today. Only vets truly understand the lingo. I found it to be very interesting and educational.. Whoever gave a bunch of WOjugs a crate of C-4 had to be nuts; we dropped grapefruit sized balls in the South China Sea to fish… Quickly learned to use a longer det cord after we almost blew ourselves out of the drop tank canoe. Ever heard of WOPA??? That would be the Warrant Officer Protection Association, a possibly fictitious, possible covert attitude amongst the Warrant ranks to bring hellfire and damnation down on anyone fucking with one of our own.
Or not. Thanks so much for the memories. Keep up the good work and welcome home. We stopped at every damn FB for even one pac, then took them all home that night. Thanks and same back atcha, John! If the color matched what the ground pounders said, land. If not, call in air strike on Charlie or NVA. Supported the Marines a lot up at Vandergriff where they put the Ontos to good use. Backed one up to the hooch we were camped in and salvoed into the hillside above us about one night, scaring the living shit out of us poor, dumb Army pukes! They had a good laugh but we loved them anyway. We were young and invincible and would try anything to help the poor bastards on those firebases.
Thanks Doc! I will add your words to the article — some were already on the list. It was intended as a temporary currency, and when US troops went into Cambodia in the Spring of , we found bales of it. What a trip! Thank you for your effort. You sure covered it well. I believe there was a term — pink team — for a recon helicopter and a cobra covering it. I sure enjoyed this — like a page out of history, huh? The slop chute was not a diner or restaurant. It was the enlisted club E-1 to E-3 where only beer was served no hard liquor. A few more to add? Or maybe not so much!
Usually derogatory. Liver skinner. Used by signal types. Harry R. Nevling U. Thanks for the additions! Thank you so much for this. Enjoyed the revisit, thanks! This site Nails it — The G. I was in the Pacific during the Vietnam War… and I heard it all. Thanks for reminding me! I enjoyed reading the article, and I salute you for making it happen. Each one of these was a different color.
The dollar MPC military payment certificate was the size of greenback dollars. Have a question for anyone out there who might know. Been looking for this. Done well! Done a little writing about Nam but have trouble remembering some of the slag. I can dig it. Thank you for your service, Dave and welcome back! Nothing to do with booze or drugs.
Generally referred to how we left the little people that were unfortunate enough to encounter us. In the process of writing my own novel fiction based on my experiences. Vung Tau. These pages have really helped with my research. Sparking so many memories. Thanks again. I loved it. I was in Nam in , served with the 2nd battalion 27th Marines , Brought back a lot of memories. Thanks , Semper Fi. Great article itself. Not many of us left that remember these terms. No legs — hand held. Fired our smallest mortar round. I always heard it had formaldehyde in it.
Ballantine Ale used to be in TIN cans back in I would burp TIN for a week after I had one of those. Been home brewing since now. I loved this. So much in one place. I am a writer and have just finished my first novel The Thirteenth Princess. I hope you will allow me to use you as a source…with attribution of course, Sincerely smj. JUst bought your book. Will start it tonight. The father of my children, and one of my best friends, was a lifer.
He retired about 20 years ago. He was st Airborn Ranger servingn in Nam in and later in He was badly wounded but finally came home 3 months later. Mty book is NOT his story but is what I imagine to be the story of aa young woman working with orphans in Nam, during the war. That was a term we used to refer to the Air America planes that flew out of our dirt strips by the CIA guys. I was only a low-level, low-life grunt — — we know that everyone treated us like mushrooms — — kept us in the dark and fed us only shit.
Seriously, though, thanks for the catch. Wilson Picket for the WP artillery round. WP means white phosphorous. Wilson was a singer from the 60s. Reblogged this on joekiddone's wordpress blog… and commented: A trip down memory lane for VietnamWar Veterans… Thank you for your Service!
Article just forwarded to me by USMC colleague. Glad to see Ausssies and Kiwis mentioned, as well as Rosie Rottencrotch. Enjoyed your work that you put out there for a walk down memory lane when we were in Vietnam and young and full of piss and vinegar. What you show is actually a PBR or patrol boat river. Thanks again for the site. Knox in BCT in the summer of I went to So. In about Jan 67…. We had more then a few at Ft Cartoon. I was leading them on their morning run and I yelled at this guy just like they did to me at Ft. Yep, political correctness had already started in at Ft. Welcome home to all of you.
It has been 48 yrs worked wit h a great group. Lost a few but all still brothers. Welcome home to many pray for all. We made it home some in not so good shape. Left to young returned with a better understanding. Reblogged this on The Soulful Veteran's Blog. I figure it is reasonably comprehensive and well thought out! It certainly covered every phrase we used during and many that I have no recollection of that may have come into use in the latter years.
This information could serve as accurate reference material for future screen play writers or belated books covering the war and times. Very well done! Thanks so much. This is a work of love and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Initially designed for an anti-aircraft role, it proved ective against unarmored ground forces in the Vietnam war. This brought back so many memories of the days in the 60s when I was in Vietnam glad of the terms I had been forgotten.
Brought back lots of memories, I was trying to remember some of the short timer sayings we had.
This US soldier 'found alive' in Vietnam 44 years after being left behind
I could only remember two of the many. Lambrettas — the vehicle of choice, usually packed with people. Cong Ba — water buffalo You same same cong ba. Probe — use a bayonet to slowly see if there was an explosive inside. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Search for: Search. Date: February 13, Author: pdoggbiker Comments. Military General Orders 11 : 1. How do you feel? Same same yesterday. Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading Pingback: Military Speak during the Vietnam War cherrieswriter blog. Love your photos and overall interest in our past. Keep it alive John. Duke Like Liked by 1 person. FYI Like Like. Command given to new cannon cockers 29 palms calif Like Like. I was sent to find a breech key. Squelch grease, radiator grease, and grid squares were pretty common. BacSi Like Like.
WOW 45 yrs since i heard any of this thanx for the web sight very nice Like Like. They were essential for helping a lot of convoys get through Like Like. Nice to see we Aussies mentioned. Nato round is 7. Thank you for writing your experiences and definitions, not much really changes. Out standing really loved it, a lot work put into it thanks Like Like. BZ or Bravo-Zulu that means well done. Thanks Ricky! Funny thing, makes me smile and makes me sad at the same time……great work!. Thanks Cowboy! Welcome Home! Dear Veterans, I want ask… but before I ask I will write, I collect gearment of Vietnam War, and My Idea is of SOG and special forces, because of light of all, no helmet, no other heavy things, and it is interesting to go recconannsaice..
Thanks Dale! I forgot many of these, thanks for the memories. I love it. Brought back a lot of memories, Forgotten frazzies and sayings Like Liked by 1 person. Great pictures, and comments.
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I could have been in that picture of the airplane coming home. Great article, it brought back a lot of memories. Great article! What memories, so many forgotten things.
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