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2013-01-15 Southeast Asia
Ho Chi Minh trail today
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Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-15 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6496 views ]  Top

#1 DAMN, the sheer ammount of Wreckage, Artillery, and Bombs LEFT makes me glad thar I wasn't there.

(I was Navy in the Atlantic at the time, a Bitter and unrewarding place, on a Old WW2 frighter (Amphion, Arcturus) going From Norfolk to re-supply the med Fleet, at 6 mph both ways, talk about Crawling, and they Damn sure made sure you didn't go faster.

I remember watches in the Engine Room, Staring at a guage for RPM's and "Dont you dare let it go slower, or faster", 4 hours at a time, My Dad wondered "Why Don't you go Carreer", Never was so glad to see the end of Norfolk.

And good Riddance.)

And all the time being reminded "Beats Vietnam."
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-01-15 13:37||   2013-01-15 13:37|| Front Page Top

#2 Excellent, thanks! My next road trip.
Posted by Injun Stalin7884 2013-01-15 13:50||   2013-01-15 13:50|| Front Page Top

#3 Fascinating.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2013-01-15 13:53||   2013-01-15 13:53|| Front Page Top

#4 On further thought, I;m alive, got two children and two Grand Children, so, I guess it WAS a good idea to be as far from that place as possible.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-01-15 13:57||   2013-01-15 13:57|| Front Page Top

#5 I crossed the Atlantic multiple times at 10Kts in the mid 90's. Blew my mind that we took as long or longer than sailing ships of yore.

I couldn't stand 'BoxOps' - staying in a 10nmx10nm box for several weeks while doing workups and training. We used to have contests on the bridge to see who could hold the ship steady for a whole watch in one spot by pointing into the current and wind. The Quartermasters loved it - only had to plot one dot!
Posted by Yosemite Sam 2013-01-15 14:26||   2013-01-15 14:26|| Front Page Top

#6 Redneck Jim, My dad was engine room officer on Liberty & Victory ships crossing the Atlantic in WWII, and they were faster than yours.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-01-15 19:41||   2013-01-15 19:41|| Front Page Top

#7 The most fascinating picture is near the bottom, of an undocumented crash site they found an f-4 engine. The whole thing is just magnificent and even to a youngling like me, emotional. Too many we left behind. Too many.

On a side note, Military Collectors and Restorers should be hitching a ride over there for recovery of that stuff. Could probably buy dirt cheap.
Posted by Charles 2013-01-15 20:29||   2013-01-15 20:29|| Front Page Top

#8 Does anybody know what I need to do to make my Nym stick?
It won't.

I dodn't say it wasn't faster, I said they wouldn't LET it go faster, Completely "On Schedule, I DID get to see Genoa Italy, But otherwise a total waste of time.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-01-15 21:13||   2013-01-15 21:13|| Front Page Top

#9 In 1944 they let 'em go as fast as they could without falling apart - even if some fell apart in the process. After VE Day his ship was diverted to the Pacific and he ended the war on the Atlantic (West - look at a map) side of the Panama Canal, because the ship wasn't considered seaworthy for the canal. Probably reasonable - that ship was a diesel, and some part of the engine was fractured and literally held together with baling wire, or at least some kind of wire and tensioner.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-01-15 21:29||   2013-01-15 21:29|| Front Page Top

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