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Old May 26th, 2016, 04:46 AM   #11
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I think "Platoon" was fairly realistic, the first night ambush could have come straight from one of my flashbacks. Also, I thought the casting was very good, we all new a kill crazy "Rabbit" or a wannabe hippie with a peace symbol drawn on his helmet, or the boozers and smokers, we all had a butterball Lt that was scared as hell and the smart ones let the Squad Leaders take charge.
Another excellent movie is "We were Soldiers Once" My cousin was in that battle and says it was a very accurate depiction.
Not having been their personally I'll take your word for it.
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Old May 26th, 2016, 04:47 AM   #12
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This sure puts lie to the vast majority of movies and TV shows about Viet Nam I have seen.
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Almost all are just Hollywood silliness.
Same with Hollywood movies depiction of any war, or just about anything for that matter.
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Old May 26th, 2016, 01:15 PM   #13
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The English used by the author of this piece is a little suspicious.....The use of the American language is too much like an American's, much too clear to be from a Vietnamese who apparently did not grow up here...Just wondering
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Almost all are just Hollywood silliness.
The only one I've ever seen that was realistic was Full Metal Jacket. And I can only confirm the accuracy of the 1st half of the movie as I did not serve in Vietnam.
But the scenes of boot camp at MCRD San Diego were dead on, as that was where I went trough boot camp the summer of 1968. Although the brutality & toughness of the DI's was played down quite a bit.
A good sign that you are watching an accurate Vietnam War movie??...Look for the columns of black smoke going up from the camps in the morning... Know what that is??
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Go Tell the Spartans starring Burt Lancaster is a pretty good but little known Vietnam movie. Near the end of the movie when they are being overrun and called fire on their own position brings back a sad memory for me.
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Conversations with the Enemy by PFC Robert Garwood is an autobiography so one has to be a little skeptical when reading it. Robert Garwood was the most hated Marine when I was over there. The VVA has since forgiven Robert Garwood and Jane Fonda.
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Old May 26th, 2016, 01:49 PM   #17
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A good sign that you are watching an accurate Vietnam War movie??...Look for the columns of black smoke going up from the camps in the morning... Know what that is??
From who's camps in the morning?
If you refer to American Army camps the black smoke could be from burning the shit & waste in the empty steel gas/oil drums from the latrines (the head) in the Marine Corps or Navy.
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From who's camps in the morning?
If you refer to American Army camps the black smoke could be from burning the shit & waste in the empty steel gas/oil drums from the latrines (the head) in the Marine Corps or Navy.
Bingo!!...you win the government cheese!!!.....It was burning the shitters....
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Bingo!!...you win the government cheese!!!.....It was burning the shitters....
I was 99% sure that was right.
I drew 30 days mess hall duty once and for some reason the staff NCO in charge of the mess hall took a disliking to me and I ending up cleaning the grease pit, more than once.
LOVELY fucking job on a hot day!!
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From who's camps in the morning?
If you refer to American Army camps the black smoke could be from burning the shit & waste in the empty steel gas/oil drums from the latrines (the head) in the Marine Corps or Navy.
I love the smell of napalm in the morning and napalm has dark black smoke with flames licking out. I think this is what the poster is writing about.
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