by Ester Green
I WAS BORN IN SOUTHEAST ASIA IN 1968, MY BIRTH MOTHER BE NAMED THE DAP, I BE
BUKU, WIND, FIRE, RAIN, AND EARTH, THE SPIRIT.
When coming aboard the USS Hoily you Dap the crew, a handshake of brotherhood. “Little Brother” A 21 yr old slim athletic 6’6″ bLACK, 2nd Class Petty Officer from LA, Cal serves in the US Navy since 1968, he is “Lo” Lorenzo Wright (Low right) (Lo fucking right) named “Warrior”, the Skipper and Mechanic on PTF62 Boat the USS Hoily. His Gunner 22 yr an old, 5’6″ Mexican-American 3rd Class Petty Officer with jet black hair to his shoulders from Riverside, Cal, Jhesu
Martinez “Zeus” ‘s been in the country for 9 months without a haircut. And 19 yr old, blue-eyed handsome E-3 Seamen Radio Operator, 6’ Ronnie “White Boy” White a High School standout Bull Rider from Salt Lake City, Utah makes up his crew.
Lorenzo “Lo Right”, they’ll be trouble when they see him, his bLACK ass, always ready for whatever the spirits bring.
Lorenzo readies the men to castoff.
Anh em (Brothers) you nigga’s ready? It’s time to go bust a nut.
(smiling, he takes a deep breath letting the spirits enter him to glide him)
Jhesu nods his head up and down, and religious crosses himself, he pulls a purple and white bandana from his rucksack and ties it around his head.
Mother fucker (he takes hold of his blue with the white NY logo ( New York Yankees) ball cap he’s wearing and faces the bill to the back of his head)
They depart the dock at 04:00 hours, Lorenzo’s the only PTF Skipper that gets down like this (leaving this early in the morning), Jhesu unties the shore line then jumps aboard the boat while Ronnie pulls the anchor onto the deck.
We should be arriving a uot am dao (the part of the river he named Wet Pussy) at 08:00 hours.
(he calls to his crew) (a wide smile on his face)
LORENZO STEERS AWAY FROM THE DOCK HEADING
SOUTH DOWN THE BEN HAI RIVER, 70 MILES SOUTH WEST OF SAIGON.
Have you ever seen Central Park in the Fall?
No, White, why?
Cause that’s a good pickup line for the ladies, it works every time.
It work every time huh, I’m using that when I see
Ladies, back to work and stop the bullshit.(he say
this with a smile on his face)
Ronnie picks up the radio.
HAVEN’S GATE THIS IS CHOCOLATE CITY, OVER.
Haven’s Gate here, Chocolate City, what’s up
Haven’s Gate, Yo mama, over.
Chocolate City, fuck you Ronnie, y’all all right out
Haven’s Gate, “Yea man, cool running”(in his best
Jamaican accent), over.
City, What’s your location?, over.
Gate, we’re 60 miles out 1/4 the way to uot am
dao (Wet Pussy) for you land loving “Squirrel” that’s
69.04 miles , if we average 55 knots we’ll get
there by 08:00 hours, we’ll call you at 07:00
City, sounds like a plan, over.
Gate, if you don’t hear from us by 07:30 hours the
NVA (North Vietnamese Army), VC (Viet Cong)
Charlie (over the radio V/C Victor Charlie), or some random gooks (derogatory term for Asians)
fuckers well have fucked us up, over.
Ronnie, let them assholes know we don’t want no fucking Hugely’s flying low in that area of the “Wet
Wet”(uot am dao aka Wet Pussy) kicking up jungle dust. (a wide smile on his face)
Gate, no Hugely’s in the area of uot am dao (Wet
Pussy) that’s 18º 40’N,105º 40′ E. If we need some Hugely’s we’ll call it in, over.
City, no Hugely’s at 180º 40′ N, 105º 40′ E, uot
am dao (Wet Pussy), over.
Gate, talk to you later, over and out.
City, peace, ya’ll watch ya’ll asses out there, over
“White Boy”, the early bird catches the worm.
RONNIE Yea, “Zeus” catch these nuts, you know the first thing this mother fucker says to me this morning? I got the key to the “Rabbit Hole”, what the fuck does that even mean?
He hears you “White”.
Yea, this mother fucka
hears and sees everything. What’s so strange is he be the first
one to take a bullet for a mother fucker, nuts. Yea, he got the key, the only key he got is the one
clamped to my fucking nuts. It’s dangerous as fuck on this river.
Calm the fuck down “Mejor Amingo”.
Fuck you Amingo.
Jhesu goes in his rucksack and pulls out a portable cassette player, puts in four new batteries. He grabs five tapes and finds the one he was looking for, and
inserts it into the player, playing “Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf, Ronnie’s favorite song.
Born to be wild-(he singing)
I new this would clam your ass down, Ronnie.
Vietnam is a beautiful country, the water is blue as the sky, there’s rolling hills, small mountains and the rain forest.
The river narrows less than 50 yards across from shore to shore, at some points for the next 400 yards down river.
And em (Brothers) Ronnie take the helm.
Ronnie snaps to attention, his jaw tightens, his eyes widen as he hurries to the helm. He’s been wearing his baseball cap like catchers do with the bill to the
back, he turns the bill of his cap to face front. He’s stone face now.
Lorenzo stripes , all he has on is his skivvies (shorts) and t-shirt, he pulls a pair of sandals from his rucksack and ties them together with a shoelace then drapes and wraps them around his neck. He returns to the ruck pulls out two green and and brown bandanas.
Jhesu come and tie my knife flat to my left forearm with the blade pointing to my hand
and the shape side pointing away from my body.
Jhesu ties the knife to Lorenzo’s arm with the two bandanas.
That’s going to work, thanks “Zeus”.
You’re in charge, keep Ronnie head on tight.
Jhesu takes his position Manning the 60 caliber machine gun.
It’s ain’t nothing but a chicken wing, “Skip”( short for Skipper)
You got jokes “Zeus”.
Ronnie wait here for fifteen minutes, then take her over
to the sunny side, we’ll hook back up 40 klick
down river after the bend on the edge on the
bank, where it’s 50 yards across, when I see the
boat I’ll swim back to the sunny side, stay on the sunny side “White”.
Lorenzo quietly slip off the boat into the Ben Hai River.
I like my eggs sunny side up mother fuckas. (he calls back to the two men)
Lorenzo swims to the shady side of the river bank, leaps out of the water, then vanishes into the rain forest. He’s calling on the old Spirits to lead him, he’ll be Wind, Fire, and Rain making safe passage for his crew.
This mother fucker here gets in the water and all he says is I like my eggs sunny side up mother
Remember sunny side up “White Boy”.
Sunny side these nuts,”Chica”(girl)
TO BE CONTINUE