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BLACKKNIGHTS 4

CAV COUNTRY

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"It's hard to be a Christian Soldier...when you tote a gun....." 

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War is not glamourous nor romantic....its not an adventure but rather a nightmare....there is no glory in war nor pride in ones acheivements....They say that war is hell...
no my friend.....it is far...far worst.....

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To say "I'm proud to be Cav"....is an understatement....after all the bull...the anger and fear...the Lost youth's...friends and darkened futures...deep down inside is a pride...a glow resides there...a link to the past...to a history of gloryous campaings and operations...and to the head strong and determed troopers who fought them.

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Just being in Nam was tough on everyone in many different ways..but for a grunt..it was truly a struggle..out beyond the wires and tripflares of camps and LZ's was a world of its own......And it was ugly.....We lived as animals.......same filthy clothes for weeks.....wash when you run into a stream or river.....our days were filled with sweat....fatique and mud....razor like cuts from the elphant grass...The elements and terrain changed constantly....endurence was the key.....trust nothing in the jungle...if you were there....you know....if you weren"t....you can't even imagine.....

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THE THOUSAND YARD STARE

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Our mission was clear and simple...Search and destroy...
seek out the enemy and destroy all around him....cut charlies supply lines and troop routes...deny and destroy his rice...put fear in the hearts of the villagers so no comfort will charlie find...but first...A....radio the rear and get permission to fire....B....tell the enemy to DungLa or you will fire....C....Fire warning shoots....
D....none of the above.....

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A string of First's unequaled...acheived by men of Honor...Loyalty and Courage...and a will to survive at any cost....And so it was for the Cav in VietNam...1st in...last out...only unit to engage the enemy in all four corps area....The highest decorated unit in VietNam...We were the guardian angels for the Marines at KheSanh....we were there for the 4th Div.in the central highlands...the 25th infantry in III Corps. and the 9th division in the IV Corps....and many more...

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Squads varied in Nam depending on the day and the situation....these were your brothers and more so at times...your doctor...priest...and pyschirist....A father to some...a younger brother to others....our very lives were put in the hands of kids and they were your whole world.....You shared everything....mail and tapes from home...dreams and desires...fears and the tears and prayers....This place you are now at was a hell on earth....a miserable place filled with horrors never imagined......everyday....every night....every second....for those of us that survived and returned to the world....it was because of Gods good grace and our brothers blood.....covering not just our ass.........

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Think of that which you hate and fear the most...search deep within and find your worst nightmare....now imagine going thru it ....day in and day out...that would be close to what the grunts had to endure....with the help of fellow comrades...follow the trail of a Grunt.....and remember....

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ANSWERING THE CALL


Some of us answered the call
While others didnt care at all



The long, the short and the tall

Uncle Sam took them all



Some burned their draft cards

While others chose to run abroad



Some protested and were defiant

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Off to war for us all

Some in colleges but us afar



Young men tried in combat

And many lives were lost



Some of us answered that call

While others didnt care at all

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By Cyber Sarge 11/2001


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