Vung Tau Hats
Porter, 369th SIG BN, whom I met in Vung Tau 30 plus years ago,
loaned the following pictures to this website. At the time he was
stationed with the 369th SIG BN on top of VC Mountain.
taking more photos is my single biggest regret. Does anyone in HHC,
369th at VC Mountain, Vung Tau remember your skinny little company
clerk at the time it was deactivating in 1971? Sam in Brunswick,
Georgia, are you out there?"
met Porter when my partner and I were called up to the top of VC
Mountain because someone was out in a mine field. We were supposed
to get him off the mess he put himself in.
the time we got up the top of the mountain the "situation"
was over, to our relief. Since I had to go to the latrine before
going back down the mountain I asked the 369th Captain where it
was. I headed into the darkened outhouse and took off my pistol
belt and MP helmet liner. I sat down on one of the 7 holes in the
crapper. A minute later a guy walks in and sits down two holes from
me. He asked me if I wanted a hit off a "j" and I said,
"No, I'm an MP on duty." His response was, "Are you
going to bust me?" I said, "No." He struck up a conversation
and asked me where I was from. I said, "Someplace you have
never heard of – West Des Moines, IA." He said, "No shit,
I'm from Des Moines." He asked me if I knew a couple of girls
that graduated from Valley High School (my alma mater) in 1969.
I said, "I do." We talked for a few more minutes and parted
years later while at work back in "the world" a guy over
heard me talking about Vung Tau. He approached me and said, "I
KNOW YOU!" It was Craig Porter. We have worked together for
the last 25 years. He was hired at my place of work after I got
drafted in 1969.