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Old December 20th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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Remembering the FOB

Got in this morning from working my 12 hours on this drilling rig in moab utah. I hopped in the shower and just though how nice it is to be home. Back in mid 05 during my first tour, my company was patrolling out of FOB Black on the fallujah peninsula. At that time tgere was no working shower and I think it was about 3 months into the tour that we actually got the luxury of taking one. It was so nasty, 24 guys packed into a small, non a/c plywood hooch. I can still remember the masses of flies that would attatch to our feet as soon as our boots and socks were off. Damn, that was a tough deployment.... Something you Camp Fallujah pogs should think about next time you wanna tell a "war" story.

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Old December 20th, 2012, 05:19 PM   #2
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 10:22 AM   #3
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Ah Firebase Sanez, Sangin Afghanistan. I remember your 3 300 meter long walls. Also the friendly locals and goat f@ckers who roamed the desert just outside our lovely establishment, leaving presents buried in the ground. Also providing targets for Cobras and artillery. cold solar showers, and wag bags to take a dump in. That was back when men were men. Now people tell war stories while they were on chow hall guard at Leatherneck....

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Brings to mind the siege at Khe Sanh when we were surrounded by NVA. I went three months with no shower, a constant diet of C-rations, a hole in the ground I called home (with no a/c, what's that?), and abundant incoming every day. The misery gets spread around, no matter which war it is. We're all still raggedy assed Marines.

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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I served with an artillery battery in Viet Nam, so we had it a lot better than the grunts did. Even so, it took a couple of months before we scavenged a pair of old beat-up conex container and a pump. We dug a water containment pit, pumped the water up to conex container and that was our shower. It was another three months before we got a water heater and real shower plumbing installed in a GP tent.

By that time the monsoons had set in and the rain fell continuously. It really was absurd to watch guys run bare a**ed naked from their tent to showers, through the rain and then back again to their tent to dry off.

Still, those hot showers were really great!

Here’s a picture of out first showers; notice our washing machine off to the bottom right:
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Brings to mind the siege at Khe Sanh when we were surrounded by NVA. I went three months with no shower, a constant diet of C-rations, a hole in the ground I called home (with no a/c, what's that?), and abundant incoming every day. The misery gets spread around, no matter which war it is. We're all still raggedy assed Marines.
Original member of the walking dead????? Wow I was in 1/9 a few years back.

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original member of the walking dead????? Wow i was in 1/9 a few years back.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 09:39 PM   #8
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Ill never forgot building cop crazyhorse. No showers, burn shitters, long walks in the desert.

I doubt ill ever miss the war, but man do i miss my partners. You dont find comraderie like that anywhere else.

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Old January 23rd, 2013, 10:23 PM   #9
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Heh, back in 03, when I my platoon was running convoy escorts from CSC Scania to BIAP, we lived in a pile of sandbags and netting, whicvh we called home for a year,



Out little corner of Hell, we named "Margaritaville" - "It's 5 o'clock somewhere, just not there."



Watching the front and back door of the camp.



Merry Band of Motherfuckers... (I'm the guy with the SAW).



We did have our good moments.



But sometimes the heat will make you do silly things...

Sometimes i missed, but most times, i don't; specially when you have to roll up with the QRF to a bad incident, specially when a convoy gets hit by an IED or an ambush...



One guy didn't make it, two barely did. Command detonated IED made of a 155mm shell.

Needless to say; anyone that went through Iraq and Afghanistan has my eternal respect and admiration, specially those that left a few pints of blood on that hellhole.

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Keep in touch with those you served with. It is hard to find them later if you don't.

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