And We Had Pets
The Story of Boom Boom, the dog.....
Our dog, Boom Boom, looked like a German Shepherd only in miniature. He was only about 18 inches tall and loved to ride on the APC's. When we had beer, we would always pour Boom Boom a few warm ounces. The problem was that Boom Boom was smart...he would make the rounds from track to track to get more beer. Boom Boom got drunk a lot when there was beer around.
He was good to have out in the field because he could smell the enemy. Because he was raised by Americans, did not like the Vietnamese. If he growled at night, you took note. The only problem was when we were around South Vietnamese. Boom Boom couldn't tell NVA from Viet Cong from ARVN or civilian. If they were not American, he didn't like them and would try to bite them. We had to watch him closely if we were around ARVN troops or Vietnamese civilians.
One night when we were back at our base camp in Tuy Hoa, again into the beer, we got to talking about the First Sergeant's dog. Someone decided his dog needed bred and that Boom Boom was just the man for the job. I have it on good authority that the dog in question was lured outside of the 1st Sergeants hooch at about 01:00. The mission almost immediately ran into problems as Boom Boom, as game as he was to get the job done, was not tall enough to earn his master Boom Boom badge. But as you know, Paratroopers are able to adapt so several sand bags were quickly taken from the wall around the hooch. A platform of the proper height was quickly constructed, after which Boom Boom went QUICKLY to work. Although the Troopers thought they were being listening post quiet, someone must have laughed out loud or offered Boom Boom some encouragement. Just as Boom Boom was putting the finishing touch on his task, the First Sergeant came around the corner. His eyes become as big as any I have ever seen. I'm sure the first thing on his mind was that his dog was being raped. He yelled...no, he screamed at us but we were already running into the night. We never let Boom Boom go back to the area again. We didn't go back to base camp often then, but when we did Boom Boom had to stay with the tracks so the 1st Sergeant would not see him.
Boom Boom Was truly Airborne!
The Saga of Josephine and Charlie..........
Charlie and Josephine were lovers, even though she was was much larger than he. Many claimed to own Charlie or Josephine, but they only belonged to each other. They spent their days climbing on any trooper that would give them food or allow them to groom their hair. They loved to hang around the entrance to a tent so they could pounce on anyone entering or leaving. We are sure that when we left garrison, they took care of each other, and waited patiently for the Sky Soldiers to return. They were D/16th through and through and we are certain that generations of the Josephine and Charlie relationship have survived to produce many Airborne simian troopers.