Thin Line Between Stupid and Clever

Opining on Whatever

Song You Should Know-June 18, 2010

Never seen a hotter day or a darker night
Where the sightless terror grows with every sound
The air so thick and dangerous it’s hard to catch your breath
With the bullets and the “skeeters” flyin’ round

Oh we rode a winged horse all along that border
Across the Mustang trail we left dead men
Heroes every one of them theirs and ours alike
Their blood the same damned color in the mud ‘neath Nue Ba Den
Red-black, red-white, red-yellow, at the feet of the Black Virgin

– “Nue Ba Den” by Mike Morningstar

for more info on what he’s singing about, below is a brief description or check the wiki here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Virgin_Mountain

The Mekong Delta is generally a flat region with the exception of the Black Virgin Mountain. The mountain commands everything in its sight and was therefore a strategic location for both sides during the war. In 1964 the mountain top was assaulted by special forces and the peak was held by American forces as a radio relay station.[6][7] Supplied by helicopter for much of the war the Americans controlled the top and the Viet Cong (VC) controlled the bottom and surrounding plain.[7][8] In 1968 the station was once overrun by the VC, who killed all 23 Americans manning the station.[9] In January 1969 the mountain was extensively searched by 1st Brigade elements of the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry regulars, 4th Battalion 23rd Infantry and tanks from the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armour. In the tunnels that honeycombed the mountain they found arms caches, and engaged VC units stationed on the mountain.[10] Throughout the war the VC returned to the mountain and its cave bases. Colonel Donald Cook was the first Marine captured in the Vietnam war. For a time he was held near Black Virgin mountain.[11] In 1973 the mountain was closed as an American base.[8] During the closing days of the war when the mountain was abandoned by Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops the local population left the region afraid of the approaching communist soldiers.[5]

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