LZ Fat City June 1969 Page 1

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We landed on the chopper pad on LZ Fat City the last of May or the first of June 1969. When we got to Fat City, we had a lot of new people and I had my own gun crew. I still remember the smell from the coast. There was such a strong, stinking fish smell and white sand. When we got to Fat City, we had a new Co., Cpt. Starr. First Sgt. Cole was going home. He was the best First Sgt. that I ever had. He was from Lawton, Oklahoma. He was always fair and was always good to me. He reminded me of my grandfather who was alive at that time. When Top left us, he was going home to retire from the Army. Here are some pictures of LZ Fat City.

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Sgt.Clarence Marrs just off of LZ Professional. I have on new clothes and a care package from home. I was glad to be here let me tell you.

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This short timer calender is the same one on the wall in the picture above. I can't make out how many days it was because the ink is so dark. I think it is a 90 day calender. When I came home,I brought it with me and my Mother saved it with all the letters I had ever written to her.

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Sgt. Clarence Marrs, LZ Fat City. This picture was taken not too long before I got to come home. This was my gun pit.

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This picture taken at LZ Fat City, with Clarence Marrs on the left, Earl McGreger from Mississippi in the center. Earl has some hair under his nose in this one. On the right, I am not real sure, but, I think his name was Bruno? Both of these people went through LZ Professional at the same time that I did.

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Fire mission, LZ Fat City, with Clarence Marrs on the left and Edward Cloutier on the right. Ed was from the state of Maine. Before he went into the Army, he worked at the Colt weapons factory. He knew everything about an M-16 and an M-60 machine gun. Once on LZ Professional, Ed said that something was wrong with his M-16 and he needed another one. Well, he didn't get one. To prove to them that there was something wrong with it, he put 17 magazines of tracers through it and burnt the barrel up on it.
The guy in the background on the right side of the picture is Sgt. Bailey. He has on his baseball cap standing against the Exec. Post.

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Fire mission, LZ Fat City. John Duggan is the man on the left, Clarence Marrs in the center, and on the right Edward Cloutier. Ed could see better with his helmet on backwards.
I received an email from John Duggan and he told me that he thought he was the one on the left. This web site is showing me everyday just how small our world is.

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LZ Fat City summer of 1969 fire mission. Clarence Marrs on the left and unknown on the right. I can't remember his name and it makes me mad. He went through LZ Professional and was in my gun crew. If anyone out there can remember his name let me know.

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Photo furnished by Joe Borgasano. Taken LZ Fat City on July 9, 1969. Top row left to right, Dell Burns, Fred Bryan. Middle Larry Bourbonnais, Tom Tookura. Bottom Mike Sutter, Joe Borgasano, Jim Copus, and Taff.

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This picture came from Edward Cloutier. He didn't say what firebase it was taken on. My guess Fat City.

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My gun pit LZ Fat City 1969.

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Sgt. Clarence Marrs LZ Fat City 1969.

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Photo furnished by Alabama. Alabama Fat City 1969.

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Photo furnished by Alabama. Alabama at LZ Fat City 1969.

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Photo furnished by Alabama. Alabama on an M-60 machine gun, I can't see who is feeding the round belt but I would be willing to bet that it was Edward Cloutier.

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Photo furnished by Alabama. From left to right, Glen Bradford, Forrest Bliss, and Dell Burns on LZ Fat City.

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Photo furnished by Alabama. Lt.Rudy Ziegler LZ Fat City 1969.

Rudy found the web sit by going to the Americal web site. He said it was just three clicks and he was here. I got this Email on the 14th of March 2002. I had gone to bed and my wife opened Rudy'e Email and thought she should wake me. I am glad she did, she remembered that I had gone to Davis so long ago to try and see Rudy. When I called and talked to his Mom he was away at school.Tonight I called Rudy on the phone and we talked for about forty minutes. I know one thing I was so excited in him finding the site I didn't get much sleep if any after we hung up the phone.

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Photo furnished by Alabama. LZ Fat City 1969, First Sgt Cole and Lt. Poppy.

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This photo furnished by John Duggan. Unknown on the left, First Sgt. Cole and Ed LZ Fat City August, 1969.

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Photo furnished by John Duggan. First Sgt. Cole on the left Ed, Dell Burns and Barry. This was taken on LZ Fat City in August, 1969. This was taken a short time before Dell was killed.

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Guys from Charlie Battery on LZ Fat City. Front left to right is Barry, Lt. Poppy, unknown, and unknown.Back row from left to right. The Indian from Arizona, Kidd and Bozo. I feel bad because I can't remember all the names.

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This is taken looking out from gun one's gun pit at LZ Fat City 1969.

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