In 1968-1969 I was a U.S. Navy press escort officer in I Corps, comprising the northernmost provinces in South Vietnam. This is a fancy title for navy PR guy. My job entailed taking reporters and TV film crews around to cover navy and marine operations in this lively part of the war. It was a great gig, really. It was a combination of humor, pathos and sometimes sheer terror. Mostly, it was a showcase of the human spirit in all its aspects: Good and bad. These stories are taken from my forty-year-old notes and from a mostly faulty memory, so there will be inaccuracies. And like most “war stories” they get better with the telling. I urge readers to weigh in and add stories of their own and, most of all, to help me fix mistakes. And to everyone: Welcome to Monkey Mountain!
- Mike Hoyt