Hitchhiking to Florida from Las Vegas wasn't so bad on the way out. Hung up in Tucson, I drank until the bar closed and got back on the road. Caught a ride to Kansas City. From there, driving up through the mountains and eventually into daylight, it was a short hop across Texas into Louisiana, and New Orleans. Another great opportunity to drink until I couldn't find the freeway.
(LZ410 Danang)-- The road to the permanent CP for the regimental command unit was saturated in mud from rain and craters from mortars and rockets. Our unit, the transplanted 28th Marines radio platoon from Camp San Mateo in Camp Pendleton was chopped to the 27th Regimental Landing
Nobody else in radio platoon would go visit mamasan, they were all worried about their girlfriends back home finding out. As if their girlfriends back in the world weren't out visiting papasan. True blue got you nothing, Barry knew it, I knew it.
True to the scuttlebutt at China Beach, mamasan delivered the ladies for Barry and me and they delivered for us.
Following that, although there is no entry in the Record, sometime between my arrival in April and my going AWOL to the Summer of Love in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco in late July, I was again assigned to mess duty. It was after a field training exercise where, in the Sick Call Treatment Record, the entry shows my being treated for falling on a cactus on 29 April '67.
(LZ410 DANANG)--Mess duty was no stranger to me. It followed me from duty station to duty station, from the minute I set foot on Corry Field in Pensacola to the first step through the gate at Camp Pendleton. Being enlisted didn't help the matter at all, everyone with more time in grade would skate from the messhall.
The unauthorized absence related to a trip to Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco to join in the “Summer of Love ‘67,” where I slept in basements with hippies and girls from Boston. I ate at the “Diggers’” spaghetti feed-ins in Golden Gate park, eventually hitchhiking back to Camp Pendleton to face charges of UCMJ Article 86, Absent Without Leave, popularly known as “AWOL.”
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