The facts are, as my brother Skeptic said, that it did happen, wasn't rare, and efforts to now make it seem as though it didn't are attempts to collectively assuage the guilt of a nation and a generation. We treated a generation of kids as cannon fodder. We didn't even acknowledge that they went to war. No one threw us a parade until 9 or 10 years ago, and by that time most of us us had said fuck it, ain't worth the time to participate. We continued to deny the affects of Agent Orange, and acted like PTSS was just a bunch of fecking weak minded cry babies lookin' for a VA pension. And mostly we did the worst thing ever...........we made the Vet's invisible.............until one went crazy and started shooting. Then we assumed that all of them were crazy. And then made them invisible again. I have attempted to help folks understand how it was for us in this thread, and in THIS THREAD but I don't think it sinks in. That is why I tell Troll and others to not bother, they won't get it, take the lessons.........remember that That which doesn't destroy you makes you strong (God I hate quoting that fucking G. Gordon Liddy, even though he got it from someplace else.......attempt to make a difference in this world and move on.
MARY, it goes like this.
Binh Dinh. Probably and amphib base located near a ville called by this name
Det. 3 - refers to the detachment this sailor was attached to. Could also be a Marine designation.
Qui Nhon - probably refers to the province that was the area of Operation for this Det.
GMG3 - Stands for Gunners Mate, Guns. This is referred to in the teams as an arm rate. It is the trade that this individual practiced in the Navy.
IUWG-1.... Inshore Undersea Warfare Group One... this was the Operational Unit that was charged with spreading uncommon fucking maelstrom in the coastal waters and the inland waters within a certain number of miles of the coast. It was made up of UDT/SEALS, Force Recon (I believe) and the PBR's that delivered these warriors.
My guess is that this person was a Third Class Petty Officer, Gunners Mate, attached to either the teams as a SEAL, or one of the support staff. Just a guess.
I did not look this up, am just pulling from memories that I have not thought about for a lot of years here. But I will bet I am not off on much.