Dec 16, 2017

Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Twas the Night Before Christmas 1969 when I arrived in Vietnam. It was gently raining. Hill 327 loomed inland over the Danang airport looking beautiful swathed in bright perimeter lights like a halo in the mist. There was a great deal of firing and flares from the hill and some of the new guys thought we were under attack. 

We ran into a large building, One Marine shouted, "They're really getting hit up there. Take cover!"

After I moved to Hill 327 I found out that there had been no attack, It was simply a "lighting it up" impromptu firex to celebrate Christmas. Of course no one would openly admit that. You could fire at noises or sounds, so the troops were firing on Christmas eve at numerous noises and sounds.

Merry Christmas 

Craig Hullinger

Photos source: 1970 Vietnam

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