|Because of the Bien Hoa incident, Major Strange was being transferred out of Delta. We decided to give him a going away party. He had won our respect when he went against the orders of that idiot at MACV-S3 and saved Morley’s recon team.
Earlier, the Delta enlisted men had decided to rent a former French restaurant, home, and hotel that was on Beach Boulevard in Nha Trang. Vietnam is literally covered from
In order to make our club legal, we had to establish written by-laws. One man from each section was selected to represent his people in the club committee. John Miller
Here are some of the actual rules we put into the by-laws:
“Uniform Regulation Something on your feet and something on your ass. Shower shoes and jock straps shall suffice.
Guests Any female is to be allowed entrance whether accompanied or not but no female shall be allowed to exit the club without permission of a club member. Associate
All of the tiny motel units were rented the very first day, all to Delta members. The restaurant was open 24 hours and served food and booze of any kind at any time but Delta Members ate regularly scheduled Breakfast, Dinner, and Supper meals there. Our little “business” thrived and the Delta Club quickly became the most popular watering hole in Nha Trang.
To get food for Major Strange’s party, we organized fishing and hunting expeditions. I volunteered for both. Delta had its own air force. We had two C-47s and four H-34 Choppers, all manned by Vietnamese crews. They were all hotshot pilots, the best the Vietnam Air Force had. We got two choppers for the hunting expedition and they flew us to an area that used to be strictly reserved for hunting by their former King. That was before the French colonized Southeast Asia, screwed everything up and caused that damn war.
Both choppers were filled with game when we returned. We also spotted a tiger chasing a deer that we were chasing and shot it. Not me, I couldn’t shoot it. It was just too
We also got a huge Mule Deer. It took everyone from both choppers to get that mule deer in a chopper. That was the first time that I had seen a mule deer; we only have white
That was in the morning, in the afternoon some of us went fishing. We took an outboard motorboat, our swimming suits or PT shorts and a case of grenades out into the Nha Trang Harbor. We wreaked havoc on the fish that afternoon.
Not one damn fish floated to the surface. We were out near an island that was just off shore from Nha Trang beach. The water was crystal clear and we could see all kinds of fish that were killed from the blast, but they were on the bottom. We tried and tried, but none of us could reach the
Hell, nobody ever had a better person responsible for their life in any military anywhere and that was the best party anybody ever got under such circumstances. Maybe the best
SF lived like animals when in the field, but they believed in living as good as possible when they weren’t. Delta made it their mission to set the example for both field duty and
The original Delta Club was only operational for about 45 days, then the Inspector General shut us down at the request of the 5th Group Commander. It seems that one of our extra-curricular recreational activities attracted the attention of a local reporter, Master Sergeant Donald Duncan, who found our sense of fun both newsworthy and repulsing. His news article concerned the antics of two members of Delta, whom I shall merely refer to as “Hewey” and “Dewey.” It seems that these two yahoos decided to have a contest to settle an argument between themselves as to which one was the best “pussy eater.”
One of the two, I honestly don’t recall which, sold tickets to any and all interested spectators. Apparently the reporter bought a ticket. According to a Delta member who
As I recall, Duncan had been Dewey’s recon patrol leader. Duncan quit recon and Delta after his team blundered into a couple of unarmed villagers while on his last patrol. The
Duncan always carried a pair of “utility pole climbers” with him so if he found a suitable tree, he could have a good observation post and would also be better able to determine
[The last that I heard about Duncan, he quit the army and took a job as a reporter with some “liberal” west coast magazine that specialized in bad-mouthing the US and our
In the short period of time that the original Delta Club existed, it made enough profit to pay the civilian labor and buy enough material to build the most beautiful club in