A Platoon from our company went on patrol "68 and spotted about a dozen V.C. taking a swim. They were about 200yds away and they opened up on them. When the V.C. came out of the water they were all buck naked.
The guys were trying to hit them but they started laughing at the site of naked men runnning every which way but loose. They left everything they owned behind. No hits but plenty of weapons and maps, uniforms etc.
Can you imagine what the V.C. commander said when they got back stark naked.
They brought us back AKs, uniforms, helmets etc. I grabbed a complete uniform, pack, helmet and was able to get it back and mailed home. We had a great C.O. and he asked if anyone wanted the AKs. Couple of guys grabbed a few and were able to get them mailed home. I didn't want the damn full auto Russian?? junk AK.
Within reason, mailing was easy then. Everyone was mailing stuff home. As long as you didn't get too stupid you could send stuff. Just mark helmets, dolls etc. on the package and it made it through.
So I just made contact with my sister after 15 years. Going to Connecticut and she says she has all my old Nam pictures. I'll see what is left, but I am sure I will have pictures for you guys of the weapons from over there.
Old junk Russian and Chinese AKs. Who the hell would want to save those damn old things.