For Those Who “Walked the Walk”
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
BLT 1/26, RVN 69/70 – 0311
Duffster in “day play” gear
The video is a conversion of a Powerpoint I received from Jimmie (Col. Jim Hanke, USA SF), an A Team Leader in Vietnam. I served with a Marine Special Landing Team.
Enjoy the video and the music. Note a few things also:
- Anyone over 140 lbs was not engaged in regular combat. Vietnam wore us down to human skeletons.
- Check for body armor and helmets. You will find they weren’t used 80% of the time, and then for “staged” photos. In Vietnam, flak jackets could cook you to death.
- Look for “fancy gear,” expensive custom boots, glasses, custom made combat gear, some costing hundreds, even thousands of dollars that we see today. Typically, what you wore was replaced when it rotted off you. You got your “new gear” by stripping the dead. (If only I were making this up.)
- Note the total lack of folks with big muscles. We didn’t have any protein drinks, steroids and weight rooms, not near combat anyway.
The photo gallery below is taken from some of my photos from Vietnam.
The last three are Afghanistan, recent vets working for military contractors protecting drug shipments.
Click on link below to view Video