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                Angry Skipper Troops & Friends .

smiley@angryskipper.com      " I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU"  Thank You For Stopping By

                        VIETNAM

Delta 2/8 Cav. 1st Air Cav.Div.

Aprial 18 1968 to January 18 1969. 11B

HHC 1st Bde. 1st Air Cav.Div

January 18 1969 to June 1969 Door Gunner

    "Tommy Harris "Smiley" Web Master"


 Delta Company 2/8 Cav Was an Infantry Company in the 1st Air Cavalry Division. We all were 11B. In April 1968 when I Arrived, Vietnam was not a good place to be.
ONE thing for sure, WE WERE INFANTRY "BEFORE INFANTRY WAS COOL."

The "Angry Skipper" Journal

Recently a high school student sent me an e-mail message asking for information about the Vietnam War. She wanted to know about the drug use, about women and children being killed, and she wanted to know what I felt were the worst things about the war. 

                                                        I'll tell you what I wrote to her:


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Mouse Passed away on May 20th at the Columbus  Georgia Reunion.

         

"Angry Skipper" ..was the radio call sign for Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airborne), 1st  Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in the Republic of Vietnam from 1967 to 1970 (But we adopted it for all the years)..65-72.Our platoon radio call signs were: 1st Platoon "White Skull",... 2nd Platoon "Rifle Range",... 3rd Platoon "Wild Cat" and 4th Platoon "Lethal Weapons" and Our Battalion was known as "Stone Mountain".

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If You Served With The  1/8 Cav,  2/8 Cav,  3/8 Cav, & 6/8 Cavalry. 

The 8th Cavalry Regiment Would like To Hear From You. The 8th Cavalry Regiment  ASSN Is A Great  Organization To Belong Too.

At The Division Reunion The 8th Cav. Will Normally Have An Hospitality Room. Drop By And Say Hello To All The Brothers. The Dues Are Only $15 A Year. The Life Membership is even Cheaper When Your My Age.


                                "For The 8th Cavalry Web Site"

  There was a lot of drug use in the Vietnam war. Statistics show that about 56% of the G.I.'s in Vietnam used drugs at least once. There were a number of guys in my unit that smoked marijuana (myself included) when we were on fire support bases or in the rear but never in the field, never in combat. It was overlooked by many commanding officers who knew it was a way for us to relieve the stress of warfare (as was alcohol), however the amount of drug use in Vietnam was comparitably the same as that in the U.S. for the same age groups. Hard drugs did not appear noticeably until the early 70's and was mostly used by rear personnel not combat soldiers.

   As for civilian casualties, well all wars  have had them for civilian  and Vietnam was no different. There were isolated cases of atrocities against Vietnamese civilians but no more than any other war (and perhaps even less because of the heavy media coverage of the war).

   What were the worst things about the war? Knowing you could be killed at any time, seeing other G.I.s dead or dying, walking miles every day through thick jungle or steep mountain terrain in hot humid weather with 80 to 90 pounds of equipment on your back, being so thirsty you drink water out of a bomb crater or rice paddy, sometimes having to strain the bugs out by pouring the water through one of your socks and living with millions of pesky insects and reptiles (some deadly). Every Day, every minute, every second you are always preditor and prey, you're even consciously alert in your sleep. You wear the same clothes for months at a time, you bathe when you cross a river, you check for leaches every morning and every night and listen for the sounds that can kill you. The popping of a grenade handle, the click of an AK 47 selector switch, a machinegun bolt being charged, a distant mortar tube "Dupe-Dupe-Dupe", wondering where the rounds will land while you're lying in a nest of ants. I guess you could sum it all up by saying the worst thing about the war was being in the INFANTRY.

 I will print some excerpts from the Company log to give you an idea of what it was like day to day during my tour of Vietnam (I arrived in Country June 6th, 1968). I will also print stories that coincide with the log entries from the guys who were there. If you are a student and would like information about the Vietnam war you can e-mail  me.

Tommy "Smiley" Harris


This is living out of a foxhole. Terry Shoopman prepares a c-ration meal.

There is another G.I. on the left side of Terry about five feet away. Our camouflaged clothing and helmets helped us blend into the jungle scenery.

                       "ANGRY SKIPPER HONOR ROLL"

                                "SOME GAVE ALL"


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"MOUSE" REST IN PEACE BROTHER 

Mouse was doing what he loved to do which was to attend or host a reunion and he and I were hosting this one together. It did turn out to be one of the best ones thanks to Mouse. Mouse started this web site in 1996 and has turned out to be one of the best.Because of his web site many Veterans have been reunited.If not for Mouse I would not have found all the veterans whom I served with.I have made so many friends because of this site.Mouse was a gracious man and spent a lot of his time helping Veterans get their benefits from the V.A

     MICHAEL "MOUSE" McGHIE DEC.17th 1947 - MAY 20th 2011


Hello everyone.
I hope all of you are doing great these days. Ok do yawl know what time of year it is??
Reunion time!! YES, we are going to have the Ky REUNION this year even if there are only
Larry, Top gun & myself show up for it. I have heard from some & Top gun & Larry has too.
SO, if you have been closed up in the house for the 4 months going BATSHIT Crazy then come on Dow or up whatever to get there.  Most of you have been to it already so you the routine.
We will be staying at the Fishtail Lodge Fishtail Lodge.
14275 HWY 79 North
Buchanan, Tn.  38222
Phone 1 731 642 7113 for emergency only.
Do not call the motel for reservations.  The rooms will be taken care of. just tell me if you want a room by yourself or share a room or in a cabin. The rooms will be $60.00 a night. One or two To a room. The cabins are different because of the rooms they have.
The food cost around $70.00 for Wednesday to Saturday night. That is 3 meals a day & all you can eat all day long.
Top gun said he would take you guys on a trip down the Bourbon Trail to see how the Whiskey is made. If you do call Top gun at 1+270-978-1075.  You can send a text also. You may need to leave a message. E-mail  him at - airmobile68@gmail.com
The reunion starts on Wednesday the 14th to 18th. Some people show up on Tuesday the 13th.
& that is ok too.
What you need send me is your NAME, what day you will arrive & leave .Do you want a single room & you will share?
Do you want to stay in a cabin with others?
Are you bringing your wife , girlfriend  or just a friend?
If you have been locked up in the house with your wife, then come on by & stay awhile.
If you’re a vet or served in the service you are welcome.
For more info about the reunion let me know.  Smiley= tharris@numail.com.
Phone & text 678 340 6512 Looking forward to see everyone to have a great time.
Come on down.
Smiley

LINKS TO OTHER VIETNAM VETERANS WEB SITES 


I grew up in the sixties Listing to the radio in my dad’s old work truck at night "AM only". 

The fifties & sixties music & the Vietnam war was all rolled in to one.This is still my music today.

After over a year in Vietnam & all the years gone by It is still at the top of the Charts.

I hope you enjoy it

 

On Page Two You Will Find The History Of "Angry Skipper".

You Can Also Read About The Cavalry " Stetson" Hat & The Order Of The "Spur".

On the Same Page You Will Find Stories That Are Written By Men That Served in The Military & In Vietnam.

Pictures of Past Reunions In Kentucky 

Angry Skipper Was Part Of The 1st Brigade   " The All The Way Brigade"

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