THE FOURTEENTH DAY THIRD PART, 30 Days Has September

THE FOURTEENTH DAY THIRD PART, 30 Days Has September

There was no question that I needed a plan. The company had no equipment for crossing any stretch of water that I knew of, and since the NVA had gotten a full blown battle tank down the river or some road paralleling it, the likelihood of a U.S. Navy Seabee unit...
Perceptions….. STURGIS, 1993

Perceptions….. STURGIS, 1993

STURGIS It was 1993, and I was headed from Albuquerque to Madison, Wisconsin. I was driving a 1989 Range Rover with my family. After half the second day on the road we came upon flocks of Harley bike riders going the same way. Tens, hundreds and then thousands of...
Coming Together….

Coming Together….

The totality of coming together as a culture only happens very sporadically and with outside forces driving differential elements together like the fuzing of atoms. From the fuzing of atoms come a great release of energy or another form of matter entirely. What is...
THE FOURTEENTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

THE FOURTEENTH DAY, 30 Days Has September

A fifty caliber machine gun opened up in short bursts again, but this one wasn’t pouring in tracer rounds from the hill further down south on the other side of the river. We were too close for the tracers to begin to light up from this one, and not far enough away to...
THE THIRTEENTH NIGHT THIRD PART, Thirty Days Has September

THE THIRTEENTH NIGHT THIRD PART, Thirty Days Has September

Casey should have been restrained by force, if necessary and held until resupply arrived, no matter how long that took, but that wasn’t going to happen. Casey wanted to go on the mission down to the river and confront the tank. In the dark. With a small band of men...
THE THIRTEENTH NIGHT SECOND PART, 30 Days Has September

THE THIRTEENTH NIGHT SECOND PART, 30 Days Has September

I had to put my binoculars down, as the Skyraiders came in much faster than I thought they would from the higher altitude. Seconds before I’d looked in the direction the Sandy’s were dropping down from, and seen the end of the day’s sunlight glint off something near...
Is the Enemy Everywhere…?

Is the Enemy Everywhere…?

Dateline March 31, 2017 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin For some reason I cannot write well this night. I am working on another segment of the Vietnam odyssey, Thirty Days Has September,  but came to the river in the bottom of that valley and then lost my way. Not then, but...
THE THIRTEENTH NIGHT, 30 Days Has September

THE THIRTEENTH NIGHT, 30 Days Has September

The day would not end. Although the hike to where the objective was supposed to be, that Sugar Daddy’s forward reconnaissance team said wasn’t there, was one of overwhelming fatigue and staggering inattentiveness. The first sign that something was wrong with the...
THE THIRTEENTH DAY THIRD PART, 30 Days Has September

THE THIRTEENTH DAY THIRD PART, 30 Days Has September

Our return to the company was without incident, although Casey would not shut up. His incessant chatter was more than bothersome, because it couldn’t be listened to for long without the listener realizing that something was seriously wrong with the man. Some of what...