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Vietnam Unclassified, proposed book
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 6:45 PM

Greeting from Sgt. Bill Kazlausky, MACG-18, 1st Marines, Danand, FLC and Monkey Mountain 1970-71 now residing in Columbus, OH   My current project is a book entitled, Vietnam, Unclassified, True Storie, Photos and Scrapbook...will be self-published in 2009/10  with stories of what really went on and what were subjected to as young men.  I came across your site on minorities who served in the US armed forces and am requesting permission to make mention of your organization and possibley talk to some of the vets who were there.  Feel free to email me at: with any info on how to contact some of the vets.  Perhaps a short story of their experiences and any old photo will do...Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon...Sgt. Bill  USMC 1969-73

Re: Vietnam Unclassified, proposed book

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 8:27 PM
Dear Sgt Bill,
1st of all I want you to note that I operate under Fair Use (all my websites & services are free of charge), I do not possess copy rights to any of my reseach, I am not an academician or do any scholarly research & my mission is simply to focus on Filipino heritage & history. You actually do not need my permission to mention my website, but would be thankful if you do.
Regarding the Vietnam Veterans website I have much more materials not presently on my online database simply because of lack of opportunity since I have a regular job & also currently working more on WW1 & ww2 databases.
Re: Vietnam Veterans themselves, I am in contact with several retired veterans, as a matter of fact some of them had written or are in the process of writing about their experiences in Vetnam. If you give me permission, I will forward your e-mail to them & it will be their decision to contact you.
My info for all concerned parties : Maria Elizabeth Embry
Antioch California 94509
Sir, I would like to commend you for your service to all of us. We are only free today because of the sacrifices of military personnel like you. Good luck in your writing project.
Maria Elizabeth Embry


Do we understand our national anthem?

POSTED  June 28, 2009 2:14 a.m.
 Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
We hear our national anthem before ballgames and other functions: but do we understand the words that we sing?

Francis Scott Key, who wrote this famous song, was a lawyer for the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War.  He went to the British to negotiate the release of American prisoners from the British.

On an appointed day, he met with British officials on a British ship and an agreement was reached to exchange prisoners on a one for one basis. However, the British Admiral told Key the agreement “won’t matter” stating, “Well, Mr. Key, tonight we have laid an ultimatum upon the colonies.  Your people with either capitulate and lay down the colors of that flag that you think so much of or you see that fort right over there, Fort Henry?  We’re going to remove it from the face of the earth”.  The admiral pointed to hundreds of British war ships on the horizon stating the entire war fleet with “all of its armament is being called upon to demolish that fort. It will be here within striking distance in a matter of about two and a half hours.  The war is over, these men would be free anyways.”

Key begged the admiral not to bomb the fort stating “It’s full of women and children.”  The admiral responded “Don’t worry about it.” We’ve left them a way out.” Do you see that flag way up on the rampart?  We have told them that if they will lower that flag, the shelling will stop immediately and we’ll know that they surrender and you’ll now be under British rule.”

As twilight began to fall, hundreds of British ships unleashed deafening bombs that lit up the almost dark sky.  Key stood near the American prisoners watching hours of shelling on the fort.  The prisoners would ask “Tell us where the flag is. What have they done with the flag? Is the flag still flying over the rampart? Tell us!”  Key watched the illuminated red glare of bombs exploding, seeing the flag was still there.  He would report “It’s still up. It’s not down.”

The admiral approached Key stating “Our reconnaissance tells us that that flag has been hit directly again and again and again and yet it’s still flying. We don’t understand that. Now we’re about to bring every gun, for the next three hours, to bear on that point.”

The barrage was unmerciful while the American prisoners prayed the prayer “God keep that flag flying where we last saw it”.

As sunrise came, a heavy mist with smoke hung over the land and sea; but Key could see the rampart and there also stood the flag, completely nondescript and in shreds.  The flag pole itself was bent in a crazy angle; but the flag was still on top.
Key went ashore and found out the flag pole had suffered repetitious hits. When it fell, men and fathers, knowing the entire British fleet were gunning for the flag, held it up humanly, until their death. As each patriot died others took their place holding up the flag. Key said what held that flagpole in place at that unusual angle were patriot’s bodies.

Francis Scott Key then penned the song;

Oh say can you see
by the dawn’s early light
what so proudly we hailed
at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight
o’er the rampart we watched
were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night,
that our flag was still there.
Oh say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave,
o’ve the land of the free,
and the home of the brave?

Let us remember, we are the Home of the Brave who paid the debt to give us the freedom we have today.  George Washington once said “The thing that sets the Americans apart from all the other people in the world is that they will die on their feet before they live on their knees”.

Frank Aquila
President of the South
San Joaquin


In the Boonies, It's Numbah Ten Thou'

Friday, Dec. 10, 1965


The fighting man's argot changes with the generations and the geography, the weapons and the war. Hearing the lingo of South Viet Nam, the dogfaces, gyrenes and swabbies of World War II would hardly know Dodge City from the Boonies. A G.I. glossary, updated:

DEP CHI rhymes with hep guy (the ch as in chap), means roughly that. It derives from dep trai, or handsome boy, which Vietnamese bar girls call all U.S. servicemen.

SAO (pronounced sow) also denotes what it sounds like: hog, jerk, liar or anything else derogatory—another bar girl contribution.

CHOI Oi (as in the Yiddish expletive oy oy!) is an all-purpose Vietnamese phrase of uncertain origin, meaning, at best, good grief.

NUMBAH ONE (from pidgin English) means the best. NUMBAH TEN, until recently, meant the absolute worst. As the war has grown more arduous, NUMBAH TEN THOU' has come to describe a man or a circumstance 1,000 times worse than numbah ten, if possible—and far worse than MICKEY MOUSE, a versatile expression that labels an activity superfluous, unheroic, fouled up, or all three.

BOONIES, short for boondocks, is an unaffectionate term for the back country where the fighting and the living are rough. BOONIES NUMBAH

TEN THOU' describes the la Drang Valley.

DAI UY, the Vietnamese rank of captain, is pronounced dye wee by Americans and used to designate anyone in charge of anything.

GRUNT is a current Marine Corps term for its infantryman.

DI DAI (rhymes with tree high) is Vietnamese for "O.K., go ahead," not to be confused with Di Di (pronounced dee dee), which can mean anything from "get out of here" to "follow me."

PEE is a piastre, the Vietnamese monetary unit; FUNNY MONEY and RED DOLLARS mean scrip issued U.S. personnel in lieu of dollars.

THUD is an Air Force onomatope for the F-105 Thunderchief, many of which have been shot down.

ZAP, or WAX, also onomatope, means to clobber.

DODGE CITY is Hanoi, where a pilot has to JINK (zigzag) to keep from getting zapped from the ground.

SHOOTOUT, by contrast, means flying straight down into heavy antiaircraft fire.

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