a soldiers arm
dangling from a tree
The former Republic of South Vietnam is a tropical paradise;
very different from what I am used to in the United States where there
four distinct seasons. In Vietnam, there are variations of one season:
summer. It is almost always hot, humid, the ever green countryside
and jungles teeming with exotic plants and trees. On some days, the temperature
got as high as 127 degrees Fahrenheit with 100% humidity. After an hour
in the hot sun, our uniforms were soaked, our bodies dripping with sweat.
During a fire fight, soldiers couldnt always retrieve those who
died. Bullets and mortars were flying in all directions. Bodies were left
behind. Or what remained of them.
Copyright Robert D. Wilson, 2003