Sometime we would get in fresh air crews from out side of Vietnam.
Always in nice clean C-130's.
They wore nice new flight suits with a scarf around their neck.
New caps with patches on them. Bright rank pins. New black boots.
They were ready for the war........
We started loading very early after daylight and the fog lifted.
Cam Ly air field was at 5000 feet so it was cold or cool early in the mornings.
They really looked sharp.
Most made 4-5 trips in and out a day.
Almost every thing we shipped out went to the forward landing strips, (dirt or PSP)
On the second trip in, scarf was gone.
The next trip, flight suit unzipped to the waist and tied around the waist.
The white t-shirt was red or had been removed.
They would be covered in red dust or red mud.
Cap gone, no rank pins, etc.
By the end of the day the joking around had stopped.
They were tired.
Then we would get a mortar or two and stuff got serious real quick for them.
There is more but, You get the idea.
They would be back the next day to do it all over again and they were not the same.........
Wearing green utilities, pistol on the hip, brown t-shirt, jungle boots, flack vest, green cap no patches or rank pin.
It didn't take them long to figure it out.
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