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Running Like Hell
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I remember a detail we had to pull at Cam Ranh Bay. We hauled the Pop-a-Sans back and forth to
work at the base. We used 40' flat beds with sides built on them. The trailer would hold 175
workers crammed in like sardines. The detail consisted of checking IDs and not allowing
unauthorized personnel to ride. We pulled this duty for a week and I think I did it twice while there.
One time while arriving in Benoi, at a scheduled stop I got off the trailer to allow the workers to
exit. The procedure was to wave to the driver to go. He would see you in the mirror. I waved him
on and got back on the trailer. About that time a Pop-a-san yelled to me. He had a loaded M-16
ammo clip and was trying to give it to me. He hesitated and I stepped off the trailer to retrieve it
and the truck pulled out. I was left standing there by myself in the middle of downtown Benoi with
no other GIs around. I about lost it right there. I started running like hell to catch the truck at the
next stop. The truck stopped and the workers got off and the truck took off again with no signal
from me. I was super scared by then and pissed off at the driver. Fortunatly the stop after that was
the end of the run and he had to turn around. That is when I caught up to him. Needless to say we
had a few words.

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