Ho Chi ‘Bama

Ho Chi Bama 2Home was a tent that leaked when it rained and sweltered when it didn’t. A half-dozen of us shared the place with an assortment of gecko lizards, fire ants, vampiric mosquitoes, arachnids on steroids, and an occasional unidentified flying object that resembled a dirty softball with wings.  With our side flaps rolled up, we had a good view of 10 yards of concertina wire, some nearby indigenous hovels, and the looming Dong Bo Mountains, long-time hideout of the 18B regiment of the North Vietnamese Army. At night we were lulled to sleep by the popping of illumination rounds over outlying rice fields, the muffled thumps of artillery, the rattle of distant automatic weapons fire, and the incessant scratching of the bunker rats that lived in the wood frame that supported our olive-drab canvas domicile.

It was pretty cozy.

Save for a desultory incoming mortar round or two, it was probably as secure as anywhere else in Vietnam. Sappers breached the perimeter once, but they were after helicopters, not us, and they didn’t last long after they got one. All in all, it was easy to let your guard down. Complacency, however, is the currency of fools.  We realized this a few months later when we learned in the low hours of a January night why every soldier’s secondary occupational specialty is “Rifleman.”

America’s own Tet Offensive began 41 years later when the traditions and institutions of a complacent Republic suddenly came under attack by by a combined force of Congressional socialists and Executive Branch Marxists. The country had let its guard down. This onslaught, however, should have come as no surprise, since its chief perpetrator had warned us of his plans ahead of time.  Hope and Change? When Barack Obama assumed the presidency, half the country began digging foxholes.  The other half signed up for food stamps.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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11 Responses to Ho Chi ‘Bama

  1. Ike Jakson says:


    Read this and have a good laugh:


    What do you do with this child? You know, we have a bunch of idiots this side but we sure feel sorry for you guys. Put him in a deep freezs in a meat packing plant and bolt the door from outside would be a good thing.


    On 11/2/13, Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead

  2. marine4evrrr says:

    I don’t know what Viet Nam is like today, but you nailed it for ’66-’67, Bob. Matter of fact I was just there last night.

    Your statement, “… half the country began digging foxholes. The other half signed up for food stamps” is about as accurate as you can get. Since Our Dear Leader appeared to win by a landslide, you’d think it would have been more accurate to say, “LESS than half the country began digging foxholes.” But, taking into account the Democrat mantra of ‘Vote Early — Vote Often,’ denying or, at the least, making absentee voting for the armed forces in foreign countries as difficult as possible and allowing those in the grave to exercise THEIR right to vote — yeah, I’d say that was an accurate statement.

    Happy to see that I’m able to keep Kiara in the lifestyle she so richly deserves. The facial and makeup do wonders for her self esteem and the jewelry (Walmart, tho it may be) adds to that touch of class. Does anyone have any idea what the bill may have been for those tats? Just curious.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Get a free ObamaTattoo, an ObamaPhone, sign up for ObamaCare, get yer ObamaNation driver’s license, & register to vote for Obama all at the same time … oh & here’s a big chunk of gub’mint cheese to take back to yer subsidized ObamaHouse with ya.

    • Bob Mack says:

      M4E, I arrived in-country on the 4th of July, 1967, left 25 October, 1968. I hear it’s all a big tourist resort nowadays.

  3. Lee__ says:

    Just found your website. Great Job and really cool artwork. Didn’t know where to post this so will here….the Civil War artwork on top of the screen….is that yours? It looked like the art work of someone who was a reenactor. Just curious. Keep up the Great Work…

    God Bless

    • Bob Mack says:

      Thanks, LEE. The header art is originally from a photo of miniatures … I cropped & cartoonized it a bit. Most of the other art I caricaturized and Photoshopped, then filtered through a few different pieces of software to get the effects that I want (and sometimes the effects are just happy accidents). I add text, and voila … I’m on Obama’s enemies list.

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