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Operation Eager Pursuit Dai Loc Pass 1/7's Area USS Valley Forge Miscellaneous

Dai Loc Pass

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The Flames had four bunkers on the ridge 100 to 200 yards apart, and let me tell you, it can be a boring position to man, but safer than going out in the bush.  If you could take your pick though, one might take the bush as the better option.

Looking Towards Bob's Bunker on the Ridge

This is the ridge above Dai Loc Pass with the road coming up from the compound to the left.  It’s a gloomy photo which does the place justice as far as my memory is concerned.  It was taken on top of a short bunker, and maybe that is a pool of water in the foreground that built up one night while it rained 32 inches in two weeks during the monsoon. At some point the “dike” broke, and flooded the bunker floor which was about two feet below the level of the ground soaking the gear and those sleeping below.  

The Flames had four bunkers on the ridge 100 to 200 yards apart, and let me tell you, it can be a boring position to man, but safer than going out in the bush.  If you could take your pick though, one might take the bush as the better option.  However, in the case of being on a ship floating around off the coast, it was extremely boring, and we preferred the rice paddies and jungle to steel decks, and canvas stretched racks four high (bunks), even if ships had hot meals, showers, and toilets.  It was healthier in the bush, too, as one was out in the fresh air, and not in confined close quarter bacteria breathing berthing areas.  Once I got strep throat on ship (the only time I caught a bug), and when we were scheduled to leave on the choppers, about the time I was to go back to the doc, I didn’t make the appointment lest he would have kept me on board.  When we get to the USS Valley Forge photos, there will probably be a slug more comments about ships. (2/12/20012)

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