Berry Law

Captain Berry (right) receiving his Bronze Star at II Field Force.

Before he founded Berry Law Firm, John Berry Sr. served three tours in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star.

During his service, John transferred from Infantry to the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps and worked as chief defense counsel for Vietnam’s largest general court martial jurisdiction.

John’s role took him throughout Vietnam, protecting the rights of GIs. His journeys included successfully defending members of the 5th Special Forces against murder charges.

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Interpreter Fun

My interpreter played a prank on me!

I was a Mobile Advisory Team (MAT) Leader in Phuoc Long Province in the Village of Dong Xoai. My team consisted of myself an Infantry Lieutenant, 2 Infantry NCOs and a medic. I had a Vietnamese soldier assigned to me as an Interpreter.

We had a Regional Force Group and several Peoples Self Defense Force (PSDF)

platoons across 7 hamlets. 4 of the Hamlets were Vietnamese one was Cambodian and 2 were Montangard.

I spoke very limited Vietnamese and no Cambodian or Montagnard so I relied heavily on Trung Si (SGT ) Yung.

He was very good but had a fiendish sense of humor. This is one example of his humor.

As I would drive my jeep through the village I would see Montagnard women carrying baskets of wood and their children to and from the jungle every day. I wanted to offer them a ride back to their Hamlets but had no idea how to do that.

I asked Yung if he could teach me how to say would you like a ride to your Hamlet and he said although he wasn’t 100% fluent in Montangard he could teach me that.

So he told me several times and I tried several times to imitate his gutteral pronunciation of those strange words. After about 30 minutes of practice he declared me ready. So we left the office and I went straight to the kitchen to practice on Ti Lai, our cook, who was pretty fluent in English, Cambodian, French, Vietnamese and Montagnard.

I stuck my head in and said “Ti Lai, gdfghhfhjj ggdhj (however you spell what I couldn’t pronounce)”. She spun around and said “Dai Uy what you say ?”

So I said “What did I say?” Ti Lai said “You tell me I have 2 nice titties!”

I spun around and Yung took off running.

It was terribly funny but I’m sure glad I practiced on someone I knew instead of the first Montagnard woman I ran into.

Much of our down time was dotted with memorable experiences like that!