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HH-43 Pedro on standby alert

The days were hot, sticky and sweaty to say the least
But the nights in Vietnam were the worst for everyone
From the first day to your last one all could be deadly

It was always worse being the new guy on the perimeter
Some would shake in their boots at the slightest noise
Some thought every sound was the VC sneaking up on them

But it didn't take any of us too long to get acclimated
To the heat, smells and the sounds we'd live with there
If you had heard the crickets chirping then you were safe

But if they stopped you knew that the VC were out there
Waiting and watching for any weakness in our own defenses
For any chance to try to slip past us and get in our base

But this rarely if ever happen at our air bases in Vietnam
We were very young and some inexperienced but we were sharp
We were alert for if you weren't the nights could be deadly

It was always one for all and all for one over in Vietnam
We took care of each other and protected everyone on base
We formed bonds that have lasted for well over forty years

Terry Sasek - Always A Warrior - all rights reserved.

It was always good knowing that your buddies were watching
your back as you were watching out for them as well as it
helped you to remain calm and focused on the tasks on hand
as we protected our fellow teammates and all our aircraft
we had assigned to our small air base in the Mekong Delta
region of Vietnam close to the Cambodian border.

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