Combat training of the individual soldier and patrolling by Demetri Boris Shimkin; Alexander Shimkin; United States.

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S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. Coast Guard Historical and Personnel Records APPENDIX E: INTERNET RESOURCES APPENDIX F: GLOSSARY, ABBREVIATIONS, ACRONYMS, AND MINUTIAE APPENDIX G: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS APPENDIX H: RECOMMENDED READING Preface Late in the afternoon of September 16, 1970, my platoon mounted the crest of a small hill and began setting up our night defensive position. Exhausted from the climb and tattered uniform drenched with sweat, I first caught my breath and then voraciously wolfed-down a can of C-ration pineapple bits, relishing every drop of its sweet, thick, thirst-quenching juice.

A vague memory of a slight lisp also sticks with me as well. At the time of his death, he was sporting a thin mustache. Despite a moderately severe case of dysentery that had been dogging me for several days before the climb, I was in a good mood for several reasons. ”1 We were headed for the rear, a few days rest, and that was good news indeed. Our platoon leader, 1Lt. Kenneth South, suggested I report to the 326th Medical Battalion for treatment of the disabling condition once we got in, so the prospect of some “ghost” time was buoying my spirits as well.

S. helicopter force to serve in the war was flown to and housed in a former French air facility. That day, carrier-borne helicopters of USMC Helicopter Squadron HMM 362 launched from the deck of the USS Princeton at a point some twenty-five kilometers from the coast of South Vietnam and bound for the old, dilapidated, French and WWII Japanese airfield at Soc Trang, located in the Mekong Delta near Khanh Hung. Soc Trang was approximately 140 kilometers south-southwest of Saigon and twenty-five kilometers east of the mouth of the Hau Giang River, a place considered practically in the middle of nowhere at that point in the conflict.

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