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Oliver Stone's Vietnam Experience

by Tom Skeins (AKA, Foxtrot)

Stone enlisted in the U.S. Army in April of 1967 He took basic and advanced infantry training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He landed in Vietnam on September 16, 1967 He was assigned to the 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th infantry, stationed near the Cambodian border He was part of the battle at Firebase Burt on the evening of January 1, 1968 Having been wounded twice, Stone was transferred out of the field to an MP Auxiliary Battalion whose main function was guarding the installation in Saigon shortly after the Tet Offensive in January of 1968 He was transferred to 1st Cavalry and assigned to a Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon in April of 1968 (incidentally, Stone met Juan Angel Elias there, the basis for the Elias character in Platoon) Stone was awarded the Bronze Star for combat gallantry.

He was eventually transferred to a motorized infantry 1st Cav unit, driving jeeps, APCS, and lots of helicopter work Stone completed his tour of duty and was discharged in late November 1968 ... after his 15 months of service, he was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Stone arrived back in the States at the Army release station in Fort Lewis, Washington.

Putting the Pieces Together

After nearly 40 years of trying to put the pieces together about My Lai and everything else that happened during my tour in 1968 I conducted some research about Massacres. Here are some of the things I found out. In terms of the number of people killed, raped and mutilated My Lai does not even make the top 50. Approx 30 days before My Lai the NVA filled a ditch in Hue with close to 3,000 bodies during the 1968 Tet offensive.

During one of the Crusades the good Christians held siege on a city in Syria. By the time they took the city they had killed, raped and mutilated 20,000 of Allah's finest. They also drank all the wine. A little over 100 years later the good christens returned to that same city in Syria, put on a siege, and took the city again. The Christians knew how to hold a siege. They destroyed the food and water supply. They used chemical weapons in the form of dead bodies and human waist.

When all was said and done the good Christians had killed, raped and mutilated 40,000 of Allah's finest. They also drank all the wine. Problem was the siege took longer than expected. In those days you bunkered up during winter time then went back to war in the summer. The primary reason for this was the food supply. Can you see where this is going? You got it, the good Christians were forced to spend the winter in that Syrian city. They were also forced to resort to cannibalism. The good Christians ate Allah's finest.

I sometimes wonder, if you rape someone and then eat their body will you get pregnant? The point I am making is that My Lai was a terrible and tragic event but at least we didn't eat the bodies.

Americal Division Unit Patch
The Americal Division is the only army infantry division to be formed outside the continental United States. The Americal division is also the only named army Division. All other army divisions have a number designation. The army later added the number designation of the 23rd Infantry Division to the Americal title. The four stars represent the constellation Crux. Crux is referred to as; 'The Southern Cross'. The Americal Division motto is 'Under the Southern cross'. The patch has been worn in combat by Americal Division veterans who served in the Pacific theatre during WWII and by veterans of the Vietnam War.

This patch (above) is symbolic of the 'Jungle Warriors' of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade. The 11th LIB consisted of the following units:

The 3/1, who declare themselves to be, 'Always First'
The 1/20, who carry the name, ‘Sykes Regulars'
The 4/3, who are 'The Old Guard'
The 4/21, are 'The Gimlets'

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