The Jewel of Southeast
Gus banging out a story
at the Task Force X-Ray ISO in Phu Bai.
Photo taken by Earl "Crazy
Sitting on my rack,
I type out my story about Hill 327, the serviceman's oasis, about how all
of us fine young American boys are assured our daily ration of pogey
bait and about how those of us who are lucky enough to visit the
rear areas get to see Mr. John Wayne karate-chop Victor Charlie to death
in a Technicolor cartoon about some other Viet Nam.
The article I actually
write is a masterpiece. It takes talent to convince people that war
is a beautiful
experience. Come one, come all to
exotic Viet Nam, the jewel of Southeast Asia, meet interesting, stimulating
people of an ancient culture...and kill them. Be the first kid
on your block to get a confirmed kill.
I fall into my rack.
I try to sleep.
The setting sun pours
orange across the rice paddies beyond our wire.
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