Cutoffs and Combat Boots: Fun and Games in Vietnam
Cutoffs and Combat Boots
You can’t be “at task” 24/7, even in war. You have to have some down time. Young soldiers and sailors will always find a way to entertain themselves and others whenever they get the chance. At Cua Viet, Vietnam the choices were limited to say the least. We could watch MRT, the cat we called Mobile Rat Trap, chase a chicken.
We could pay a game of horseshoes. There was plenty of sand for the pits. Or we could relax with some music. I don’t know how a guitar appeared on my bunk one day but I enjoyed plunking on it for awhile. Unlike most of the Hughes clan I never did have much luck playing a musical instrument though.
We could take an afternoon stroll with some of the guys.
Of course there was also sun bathing, boating and sightseeing. For adventure we could go out on the South China Sea during a storm with the Vietnamese Navy in an oversized canoe called a Junk.
In Danang we played volleyball. We strung up a net across the concrete space between the building and the fence. We wore cutoff fatigue pants and combat boots. Jungle rules applied which means that just about anything goes. If we could be patched up, then there was no foul. VOLLEYBALL ANYONE?
Captain Herman W. Hughes, PhD
US Navy, Retired