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sarge_257 12-10-2010 10:10 PM

Sarge at Fort Chaffee with the Vietnamese
 
As this is the 30th anniversity of the airlift of Vietnamese from South Vietnam it reminded me of some more stories. Beside the story of how the refuges got out with all their worldly goods and money hidden in their clothes there were many that were leaving for other reasons. The North Vietnamese had agents and spys in South Vietnam and ordered them to go on the airlift and become the nucleus of a spy network that would feed information to China and also be used to discredit the United States by blaming them for imaginary incidents such as torture and killing of women and children.
Sarge was just a Specialist at that time and was in the Military Police and doing guard duty and patroling the Fort to watch for incidents and crime. There were in Fort Chaffee at least 10 to a dozen NVA spies. They wrote to the various TV stations and Newscasters that they were kidnapped by the Americans and they wanted to go back to their homeland. They also wanted millions of dollars in restitution. They planned a demonstration on a Sunday afternoon. Naturally the News media ate this up and showed up in trucks and trailers with full camera crews and even make up buses for the Newscasters to fix them selves up for the cameras.
The spies had signs they made of cardboard and pieces of sheets and they unfurled them as soon as the camera's were turned on. This of course brought us MP's out, not to put down the demonstration as they hoped, but to guard them from their fellow citizens. Having them mobbed on television would not look good for the US Army who was suppose to be in control. The spies saw us all standing in a line encircling them and took advantage of the situation to see if they could get us to fix bayonets or load our weapons and really get some prime TV pics of the evil American soldiers.
We, of course, were expecting this and had orders to not react or do anything in the way of aggression. They would spit in our face, yell at us and hit us with their signs. They pushed us down and we still did nothing aggressive. We would just close ranks and force them away with our weapons at parade arms position. It was hard not to react and the men were building up a good head of steam, I know I was. I am sure that some of the spies were being marked in memory for a little tet-a-tet at a later date. As soon as the camera's got all they wanted and the announcers told everyone how evil we were, they turned off their mikes, loaded up their cameras and got in their big custom RV's and left for the next news worthy story.
That night the spies had a victory party. They were loud and boisterous, got themselves drunk as skunks and finally fell on the floor to sleep it off. But we were not allowed to go into the barracks of the refuges unless there was a legal reason.
The next day the honest and real refuges decide that they would have a counter-demonstration in support of the Americans that saved them from sure death. They called the news media and told them what they were going to do, but none of the news media was interested. They would not come and put it on the news. But the good people decided to go ahead with their demonstration to show us Americans that they cared. They were a thousand strong, (not a dozen like the anti's) and they marched down the street waving sticks with signs on them and two long poles with a bed sheet attached that proclaimed
THANK YOU AMERICA, FOR SAVING US AND OUR FAMILIES
It was wonderful. I felt humble that I had something to do with this monumental humanistic enterprise.
And then, as they neared the barracks of the spies, a couple of the spies stumbled out half asleep. They saw the parade coming down the street and somewhere in their befuddled brain they actually thought all the refuges were joining them in protest. All dozen of the spies ran into the road and cried out,
JOIN US BROTHERS, DOWN WITH THE AMERICANS!
And the good refuges surged forward and engulfed the spies and began to beat the holy hell out of them. They used their sticks and the two poles that they had made the signs out of. They used their hands and rocks and anything they could find to punish these spies. We MP's were lining the street to make sure the parade was peaceful and we did not see anything for concern. We felt that they were just being exuberant about their parade and we merely stepped aside and stayed out of their way. Towards the end we did grab a spy or two that were down and bleeding badly and pull them over to the ditch. Where they laid until someone called for a medic. But all in all it was the most successful and peaceful demonstration we had ever seen.
Sarge the MP

colmustard 12-11-2010 06:12 AM

good story sir. I thank you for all you did.

Neophyte1 12-11-2010 09:25 AM

Created
 
Sarge; Sir, the ending created a warm spot:)

Without the Montagnards, more soldiers would have been lost.

paul 12-11-2010 11:26 AM

30yrs ago @ FT. Chaffee
 
I was there as a 21year old Spec 4 with the Army Guard from Seminole, OK. I spent several summer camps there during the seventies. My does time fly, I'm :):)retired now

sarge_257 12-11-2010 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paul (Post 401090)
I was there as a 21year old Spec 4 with the Army Guard from Seminole, OK. I spent several summer camps there during the seventies. My does time fly, I'm :):)retired now

Paul were you by chance in the Artillery? If you were I have a special story for you. It is about Camp Gurnsey, Wy.
Sarge

paul 12-12-2010 02:08 AM

Ft Chaffee
 
Yes, I was in the B-btry, 1 1/160thFA from Seminole, OK. I was a 13B, went to AIT in '76 @ Ft. Sill.

worked, married, retired, grandparent now.:)

Feel free to send personel reply.

sarge_257 12-12-2010 03:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paul (Post 401466)
Yes, I was in the B-btry, 1 1/160thFA from Seminole, OK. I was a 13B, went to AIT in '76 @ Ft. Sill.

worked, married, retired, grandparent now.:)

Feel free to send personel reply.

Paul, I am going to post the story separately,because I think all the guys will get a laugh out of it.
Sarge


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