Saturday, October 27, 2007

In the thick of it — Cribbage at the battle at An Loc

Caption: Sonny Perry in front of a tank while he was at An Loc, South Vietnam in 1966.

From the Kennebec Journal
"...We got settled in and went around meeting the guys in the 73rd. Most of us were drinking beer. There was a group playing cribbage, and one of the guys was “short,” going home in three days. He was happy.

Nighttime came and the guys moved their game to someone’s small tent. I went to my tent and got a little sleep. I was awakened by gunfire, explosions, shrapnel tearing through the top of my tent, and guys screaming as they got hit by enemy fire.

The North Vietnamese army had overrun a quad-fifty outfit (all Americans), killed them all, then hit us around 3 o’clock in the morning. They hit us with rockets, mortars, machine guns and whatever else they had...."

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