Tuesday, October 30, 2012

World's Biggest Cave is in Vietnam

No wonder we couldn't find those guys. A couple of divisions could hide in a cave this size! It's Son Doong cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park which is about 35 miles north of the DMZ and east of the Ho Chi Minh trail (out of our range).

“They see only their own shadows or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave” -- Plato

“If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.” -- Orson Welles

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ted Turner: It's good that U.S. soldiers are killing themselves

Army suicides have risen at an alarming rate. There have been more U.S. military deaths in 2012 from suicides than from combat action. U.S. Army suicides are now averaging about one per day! In a discussion on CNN, Ted Turner, the CNN founder and the man who married Jane Fonda, was asked about the suicides. If you listen closely, he was about to say it's "terrific" but catches himself and says that it's merely "good." Here is the video clip. Comments?

"The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that we know that." -- Ted Turner

“If I had any humility I would be perfect” -- Ted Turner

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Camp Carroll, 2012

One of the biggest and most famous of the DMZ Marine combat bases and the headquarters of the 2nd Battalion 94th Artillery was Camp J.J. Carroll. Camp Carroll was established to stop the North Vietnam Army (NVA) 324B Division, massed in the DMZ, from invading South Vietnam.

It was a crowded plateau just east of the highlands a few miles south of the DMZ and was enclosed by mine fields and concertina wire. We were greatly out-numbered but the camp did accommodated over 2,000 men and 60 artillery pieces including 12 of our long range 175mm guns. Our big guns put Camp Carroll on the map - particularly the maps of NVA gunners. Most of the casualties sustained at Carroll were from incoming artillery, rockets and mortars, almost all of Russian manufacture.

The base had been sprayed with herbicides (Agent Orange) and was treeless with practically no vegetation, just red dirt in the dry season and thick red mud during the monsoons. This video clip reveals what Camp Carroll looks like today, 2012, and, by comparison, presents a stark contrast to what it looked like for anyone who was there 45 years ago. Except for the familiar panoramic view of the surrounding hills, I would not have recognized it. This was our wartime home for most of the tour ...

(Video was posted on YouTube by someone without a profile.)

"No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now." -- Richard M. Nixon

"The war was fought on many fronts. The most important one was American public opinion." -- NVA General Vo Nguyen Giap