11 July 2006

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 01 Dec 90

01 DEC 90

160179, 5T2, 1.2, 313, Bean

0230 brief with Shiner, Bean and Mooch. Our mission was a recon team extract about 30 miles north of the field. They were training with the Brits. Full moon, on the goggles. It was a great night to fly, with a bit of a chill in the air. Got close to the LZ and the team signalled us, we grabbed them and took them to their base camp. landed in a tight zone, one of the best missions we've done so far. Two Hueys droping out of the dark sky at 0400 to pick up 10 cold and hungry grunts, and take them back to hot chow and warm bunks.
Landed back at the base at 0500, had some chow and hung around squadron til 1200. Back to Chez Tent for letter writing. Mailed letters and MRE fruitcakes to some family, they're in fo a delicious treat! Took a nap, aka MORP (Marine Officer Rest Period). Evening chow was pretty good. Walked by the movie on the way back to the tent and watched 30 minutes of Full Metal Jacket. I've seen it before, the fist hour is a great representation of Boot Camp silliness, the second hour more Hollywood influence and stereotyping.

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