-used helicopters to drop platoons into enemy land-often times under enemy fire
-sent on S and D missions (search and destroy)
-most of the time the US was going after the enemy (Vietnam)
-the soldiers called the new people Cherries
-Grunts-the soldiers who have been fighting for a while
-it was jungle warfare-enemy fire, booby traps, large snakes, elephant grass, sweltering heat, dust, rainy, steamy, poisonous punji stakes, one misstep and you either die or are forever disabled
-many fell because of dehydration
-soldiers set the houses on fire (Vietnam Houses)
-AO-area of operation
-DMZ-demilitarized zone
-Huey-helicopter
-hot LZ-landing zone under hot enemy fire
-humping the boonies-it prepares to go out
-point man-leading the way
-buku exposed-facing dangerous conditions
-suspected of aiding the VC-enemy village
-zippoed the hooches-set the houses on fire
-from a spider hole-Viet Cong sniper
million-dollar wound--serious enough wound to get him sent home
-the world-return to the US
-two step snake-you step on the snake and 2 steps later you die!
-enemy was EVERYWHERE! You were constantly scared for your life
-counting down the says until you go home-literally
-Ground Pounders-people who were out in the battlefield
-How did you become a Grunt?-normally you were a white male, rural/small town, 21-22 years old, 10-12% of soldiers were African Americans
-people trained in boot camps in Georgia and North Carolina, then they were brought to Vietnam in air-conditioned planes. When they got off they were overwhelmed by the heat and humidity
-smelled AWFUL
-the first impression of Vietnam "hit you like a brick"
-you spent most of your time, when you weren't on the battlefield "in the bush"-large camp. From here you were taken by airplane, platoon, etc to the battlefield for long periods of time
-RTO-radio telephonic operator
-1 or 2 grunts were trained with the RTO and they were almost as important as the lieutenant-became a goal of the enemy to kill them
-the packs that the grunts carried around were 35-70lbs (books, pictures, weapons-normally an M-16 rifle or machine gun, rope, extra socks, salt tablets, water, food, etc)
-other weapons were grenades and Claymore-explosive the projected 700 steel balls and could shred almost anything within 55 yards
-measured there progress in clicks-one click=1,000 meters
-humps-hills
-every hump was covered with dangerous traps and things that were set out to kill the US soldiers with, they were almost always hidden
-took a VERY long time to go over the humps-had to be careful of traps and they are in a jungle-very hard to walk through
-animals like snakes, tigers and sometimes even elephants were very harmful to the soldiers
-the scariest and biggest danger was what they were on the humps for-the enemy. Guerrilla warfare is very brutal. The enemy strikes quickly and the soldiers often didn't have a clue where the bullet came from
-VC used elaborate tunnels underground
-VC was AAMMAAZZIINNGG at disguising the booby traps
-souvenirs included cutting off the ear of the enemy once they were dead and things like that.
-war score-counted how many US soldiers were killed/missing and the number of VC killed-kept a ratio
-US soldiers were soooo happy when the heard the helicopters above to take them back to camp so they could rest