Crossing railroad tracks is always dangerous. The endless stream of black coal cars, red cattle cars and bland box cars was mind-numbing ... Boring! So boring, passenger-car drivers would day-dream or even doze off waiting for the caboose to pass. The last car of a train is always the caboose. Always! This is my "caboose" … Continue reading Caboose
Tag: Viet Nam
There were 6-8 guys I'd call Army buddies; didn't know any of them from Adam, but all of our lives crossed paths in Viet Nam. While still in country, we scheduled a reunion more than two years hence -- in St. Louis, under the arch on July 4th, 1974. Since the reunion, I maintained contact … Continue reading Viet Nam revisited
RE: Veteran's Day. This image reminds me of my first encounter with my 18 month old son when I returned from Viet Nam. He was four months old when I got drafted, six months old when I left for Viet Nam and 18 months old when I returned. There were awkward moments at first; … Continue reading Daddy’s Home!
During one of my many travels along Route 1, in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam (1971), I came upon this fellow. He was a Montagnard tribesman. Known locally as "mountain people", the Montagnards are a totally distinct ethnic group from the Vietnamese, with their own language, culture, etc. Their fierce independence has kept them at odds … Continue reading Smoke ’em If Ya Got ’em
Remember your first bus ride? Actually, I only remember my second bus ride. I was five years old, taking the bus home from morning kindergarten. Going to school, I rode the bus with my older sister, so it was no big deal, but returning home by myself was a big deal. The bus driver missed … Continue reading City Bus Rides
Remember the college student sit-ins? With all of the protests, riots and violent demonstrations going on around the world lately, this scene in downtown Phoenix, reminded me of college student sit-ins in the turbulent 60's. As I recall, most of the demonstrations were to protest the Viet Nam war. Geez, what the heck … Continue reading Good Ole Days