Dec 24, 2017

Christmas Eve 1969


Vietnam

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Twas the Night Before Christmas,
When all through the House
The Creatures were stirring
etc etc

On Christmas Eve 1969 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. Nice fireworks.

Merry Christmas

Craig Hullinger  craighullinger@gmail.com


Photos source: 1970 Vietnam
http://peerintothepast.tumblr.com/post/71201382953/usmc-merry-christmas-vietnam-war-1970-via-seal

Hope everyone can make it to the 50 year reunion. Please check our recall roster on the blog and send me any emails that are missing.


Semper Fi