Well, he...he was very unpopular, and, uh, not only, you know, he was the battalion, the brigade commander, and, uh, the group commander, which would be the same thing. He, uh...they used to take M-79s with the CS canisters and lob them in, because he...he had a segregated hooch, it was the... the old commanding general of the Marine Corps, when they had the Marines down on Chu Lai airfield where we were, ah, but he was segregated enough so that the officers' quarters were down the road a ways, and what the EMs would do is they'd get out in the...I have to guess how they did it, they would get out in the fields at a decent distance, and then lob some CS canisters in, and then, uh, the CS would blow, you know, would blow down like I said, down into the officers' quarters
and clean us out too, but it wasn't meant, basically, for us, it was meant for him. And it was because of, of his lack of, of understanding about the realities of a war zone.
I mean, you know, people coming out of the field, and I'm not talking about, uh, aviators, I'm talking about infantry type guys who had spent their time in the field, and were back for a three day, four day R and R within the Chu Lai facility, uh, might not have their boots bloused, they might not have a hat on, or might not be clean shaven, or their hair in a decent, uh, military style haircut, uh; we would go around in a courtesy way to pick these guys up and bring them in front of the colonel, and then he would, uh, have their commanding officers come in and pick them up, and these guys would get Article 15's and to me it was ludicrous, we're in the middle of a war zone, I mean, what...who cares what a guy, I mean, if he can fight, and if he can do his job, who cares if he doesn't have a hat on? I mean, it's a little different when you're back
here in the States.
Uh. It was those type of things, or locking the...we were a mile and a half from the, uh, from the flight, uh, line, and, uh, because of some of the, the instances with fraggings and with shootings, although not in our unit, the colonel decided that all the weapons would have to be locked up. Well, there are some problems with that, because the VC, NVA did come through the wire on numerous occasions, and, uh, that meant that all the officers who were a mile and a half from the arms room were completely unarmed. It also meant that the ah enlisted men also, there were no arms, and heh, if there was a serious problem and you might as well run, because you didn't have a weapon to do anything with it, and that was, I mean there was those type of actions that he took which really frustrated a lot of, of, not only officers, but the enlisted men also.