Nam Notes 1 - The MP and the VC

Monday, March 24, 2008

6. Aussie Mines

6 Aussie Mines It must have been about twenty one hundred hours, that’s 9PM to the uninitiated. I was sitting in the bar of the RAAF Officer’s Mess at Vung Tau. I was at that time, teetotal, so I was probably sipping on a Coke and thinking that I may turn in shortly. The CO entered the room, looking... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Beckoning

5 The Beckoning If you have looked up Thumbs Up in the Glossary, you will be aware, if not already so, that some gestures and body language can mean different things to different people. Of course, some may also be unintentionally offensive. I can remember in school during Shakespeare studies, that... Sign in to see full entry.

Tail Rotor Tales

4 Tail Rotor Tales In ‘The Padre’, you may recall my pointing out that helicopter tail rotors are extremely dangerous things to be near. They pose the same sort of hazard as a propeller on an aeroplane. They just happen to be on the other end. This was probably a significant factor in these two... Sign in to see full entry.

The Padre

3 The Padre You may not be familiar with helicopter boarding procedures. However, you will at least have seen on the screen, the way people approach, or depart from a helicopter while the rotors are turning. Usually they are at a low crouch, head uncovered or with secured headgear, and normally in... Sign in to see full entry.


2 DUSTOFF Dustoff is the acronym for the motto of the US Army Medical Corps: ‘ D edicated U nhesitating S ervice T o O ur F ighting F orces’. The term was used to describe a helicopter operation that provided the MedEvac of wounded troops. In 1969, the US Army 45 th Medical Company normally flew... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Treatment of Prisoners

The MP and the VC Some will have seen it in American movies; ‘Blue Thunder’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ come to mind. Some will have heard tales of it in bars and military messes. I am referring to the story of the alleged practice of prisoners being thrown from helicopters, as an interrogation technique.... Sign in to see full entry.

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