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What he say???
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L
  • La Dai - Come here!
  • Lao Green - Local marijuana
  • LAW - Light Antitank Weapon - M-72 - Fired 66mm round from disposable launcher
  • LBE - Load Bearing Equipment, web gear, system for carrying canteen, ammo, pack, etc..
  • LBJ - (1) Long Binh Jail, the Army Stockade in Long Binh. (2). An Incompetent Commander in Chief
  • Leaf Killers (Ranch Hands)- Nickname for pilots spraying Agent Orange defoliant
  • Leatherneck - A Marine
  • Lefty Lemon - Radio Code for Yellow Smoke
  • Legs - Non-airborne infantrymen
  • Lifer - A career soldier
  • Lima Delta - Line of Departure: point of no return in an attack
  • Lima Lima - LL - Land Line: a field telephone
  • Lima Poppa - LP - Listening Post
  • Little People - radio code for ARVNs
  • Loach - Light Observation Helicopter
  • Log - Logistics
  • Log Bird -Re-supply helicopter, usually a Huey or a Chinook
  • LOH - Light Observation Helicopter, usually a Hughes 500C or a Bell Jet-Ranger
  • Louie Lime - Radio Code for Green Smoke
  • Low Boy - a tank transporter, also called Dragon Wagon
  • LRRP - Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol - 5 man team dropped into the bush
  • LRRP Rations - freeze dried food developed for LRRPs tasted better than "C" Rations
  • LZ - Landing Zone (note that some were Fire Support Bases and had names)

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M
  • Mac the FAC - The Forward Air Controller
  • MACV - Military Assistance Command Vietnam
  • Mad Minute - Random firing of all perimeter defensive weapons to discourage infiltration
  • MAM - Military Aged Male
  • Mamma-san - An older Vietnamese woman
  • MEDCAP - Medical Civil Action Program 
  • MF - Main Force
  • MFIC - Mother F***** In Charge
  • Mighty Mite - Portable smoke generator used for filling tunnels with smoke
  • Mike-mike - One millimeter
  • Mike Forces - Montagnards trained by US Special Forces
  • Mil - Unit of circular and vertical/horizontal measurement, 6,400 in a circle
  • MOGAS - Military grade gasoline
  • Montagnards - Hill people
  • Montegnard Bar - A Heresy tropical "chocolate" bar (nasty)
  • MPC - Military Payment Certificates, scrip issuedto GI's in lieu of dollars
  • MRRF - Mobile Road Reaction Force
  • Mustang - An office who has come up through the ranks

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N
  • Napalm - Jellied gasoline. Resembles Jell-O in bombs, "maple syrup" in a Zippo-track
  • Nape - Napalm
  • NAM - Vietnam (In-Country)
  • NCOIC - Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge
  • NDP - Night Defensive Position
  • Nickel - radio code for a junior NCO
  • No Bic - I don't understand
  • Nordo - Someone with poor communication skills (usually and officer or non-com)
  • Number One - The Best
  • Number 10 - The worst
  • Number One Thou (One Thou, One Thousand) - Much worse than number 10
  • Nung - A mercenary, usually a Chinese anti-Communist working or a paroled prisoner working for a Mike Force
  • NVA - North Vietnamese Army

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O
  • OIC - Officer In Charge
  • Oil Spot - A pacified area
  • One-Four - The platoon Sergeant
  • One-Six - The platoon leader
  • One-Six-Alpha - The platoon leader's gunner, the Assistant tank commander
  • One Thou, One Thousand - Much worse than number 10
  • Oscar Pappa - Observation Post

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P
  • P-38 - Can opener that came with C-Rations
  • Papa-san - An older Vietnamese male
  • Pathet-Lao - Location Communists
  • Payback - Revenge
  • Peacenik - An anti-war demonstrator (VC sympathizer, i.e.. traitor)
  • Penny - Radio code for an enlisted man
  • PETNA - An explosive substance
  • PFT - Portable Flame Thrower
  • Piaster - Vietnamese Money (in fall 1968 100 piasters was 1 US Dollar)
  • Pig - M60 machine gun
  • Pogue - Derogatory term for those in rear echelon support
  • POL - Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants
  • Poncho Liner - lightweight, camouflage blanket for use at night in Central Highlands
  • Pop Smoke - to ignite a smoke grenade for identification and wind direction for Hueys
  • Popular Forces - Local milita forces organized within a village
  • Pot - Marijuana 
  • PRC-25 - AN/PRC-25 man portable FM radio set
  • PRC-77 - AN/PRC-77 man portable secure FM radio set
  • Prick 25 - Slang for the AN/PRC-25 man portable FM radio set
  • Puff the Magic Dragon - An AC-47 gunship, a Spooky
  • Punji Stake - sharpened bamboo stick booby trap smeared with excrement to cause infection
  • Purple Haze - A type of LSD (celebrated in Jimi Hendrix song of same name)
  • Push - Radio channel/frequency.. you pushed a button to select one

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Q
  • Quad-50 - Four Caliber 50 machine guns mounted on a gun truck for convoy defense, usually a Deuce-and-a-half
  • Quick Reaction Force - Helicopter-borne infantry able to react to enemy attacks
  • Q-Service - Quarterly service of vehicles

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R
  • R & R - Rest and Recreation
  • Rallier - A VC defector who has rallied or returned to the flag of the South Vietnamese government.( usually about four seconds before being blown away)
  • Rack - Bed
  • Ranch Hands - The special air force units that flew defoliation missions
  • RD - Regional District Police
  • Re-up - Re-inlist
  • Re-Education Camps - Political prisons
  • Red Ball - Radio code for a hard surface road
  • Red Haze - Radio code for ammonia sensing people-sniffer in aircraft
  • Red Legs - Artillerymen
  • RF - Regional Force
  • Regional Forces - Semi-professional local troops
  • Rootin Tootin Raspberry - Radio Code for Red Smoke
  • RF - Regional Force
  • RF/PF -Regional Forces/Popular Forces
  • Rock N' Roll - Automatic fire. M-16 or M60
  • Round Eye - Caucasian
  • RPD - Soviet made squad machinegun, 7.62mm
  • RPG - Rocket Propelled Grenade (anti-personnel and anti-armor)
  • RPG2 - Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher, Soviet made
  • RPG7 - Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher, Soviet made (updated)
  • RTO - Radio Telephone Operator
  • Rucksack - also "Ruck": packs carried by grunts

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S
  • SA - Small Arms
  • Sao - A repulsive, dishonorable or stupid person
  • Sabot - Cladding around an APDS round
  • SAMPAN - A Vietnamese boat made of either wood or buffalo grass
  • Sandy - A1-E1 Skyraider providing fire suppression on a SAR mission
  • Sappers - NVA/VC who infiltrated a camp to blow it up
  • SAR - Search And Rescue mission - looking for downed pilots
  • SHADOW - Airforce C130 Gunship
  • Short - Very little time left in-country
  • Short-Timer -Less than 30 days to go in-country
  • Short-Timer's Stick - A notch stick used by a grunt to count down his last days in country
  • Short Round - an artillery round that falls short of the target on the Gun/Target Line
  • Shotgunning - Blowing pot smoke down a gun barrel to cool it and enhance it's effect
  • Sinh Loi - Sorry about that!, I'm sorry
  • Sitrep - Situation Report, made hourly to next higher headquarters
  • Six - Radio call-sign of a unit commander (Company, Battalion)
  • Six-by - A large flatbed truck ( from it's wheel layout
  • SKS - Soviet/Chicom 7.62mm carbine
  • Skypilot - Chaplain
  • Sky Soldier - paratrooper
  • Slick - a UH1D with no seats (slick floor)  troop carrier
  • Sling Load - load carried beneath a helicopter on a cable
  • SMOKEY - Airforce C130 Flare Ship
  • SNAFU - Situation Normal, All F** Up
  • SOI - Signal Operating Instructions: codes for radio communications
  • Spad - A1 Skyraider
  • SP - Start Point. Beginning of a road march
  • Spectre - Radio code for the AC-130 Gunship, "Spooky"
  • Spider Trap - A covered VC foxhole
  • Spooky - An AC-47 Gunship the REMFs and Saigon reporters called "Puff"
  • SP Pak - Sundry Pak
  • SRAP - Short Range Ambush Platoon
  • Stack Trooper - An exemplary soldier
  • Starlight Scope - Image Intensification Device, turned night into "green" day
  • Strac - Strictly adhere to regulations
  • Stand Downs - A line unit's return to base for a short rest period
  • Steel Pot - Helmet
  • Super-quick - 105mm howitzer round fuse for immediate detonation

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T
  • TA-312 - Hand-cranked field phone
  • Tanglefoot - One strand barbed wire strung at ankle height
  • TAOR - Tactical Area Of Responsibility
  • Tango Boat - US landing boat modified for use in the Mekong Delta
  • Tango Charlie - Radio code for Tank or Track Commander
  • TET - The Vietnamese New Year
  • Tea Party - Radio code for an ambush
  • Tee Tee - Very small amount
  • Thud - A plane crash, usually referred to an F-105 Thunder Chief fighter because of their appalling record of losses
  • Thumper - An M-79 grenade launcher, so called because it made a hollow "thump" when fired
  • Tiger Suit -Camouflage fatigues
  • The Triangle - The Iron Triangle, a VC stronghold near Saigon
  • Toke - Puff on joint
  • TOC - Tactical Operations Center
  • Tunnel Rats - US troops who crawled the tunnels to search for VC underground
  • Two shop - Intelligence section
  • Two step - Krait or a Bamboo viper (as in you're dead two steps after a bite. But anti-venom injection usually prevented that path)

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U
  • UCMJ - Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • Uncle Ho - Ho Chi Minh
  • UNSEF - Unknown Sized Enemy Force
  • USARPAC - United States Army Pacific
  • USARV - United States Army Vietnam
  • URC-10 - AN/URC-10 Survivial Radio used by LRRPs
  • UTM - The grid system on topographic maps (Universal Transverse Mercator) 

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V
  • Viet Cong (VC) - Vietnamese Communist
  • VCMF - Viet Cong Main Force
  • VCLF - Viet Cong Local Force
  • VCS - Viet Cong Suspect

  • Vet - Former member of the armed forces

  • Viet Minh - Vietnamese Nationalist: group started by Ho Chi Minh against French
  • VIP Vietnamese Information Program (provided incentives to locals for turning in  enemy weapons, locations, or booby traps.)
  • VN - Vietnamese National Civilian
  • VTR - Vehicle, Tracked, Recovery (the tow track for tanks), Usually an M-88

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W
  • Waste - To kill someone
  • Wax - To beat up, injure severely, kill (or to beat decisively in a sport contest)
  • Web Gear - canvas belt and shoulder straps used for packing equipment and ammunition on infantry operations
  • Whispering Death - VC's name for a B-52 strike. They never heard it coming
  • The White Lie Ward - Da Nang and other base hospital wards for hopeless cases
  • White Mice - South Vietnamese police, for their white helmets and gloves
  • WIA - Wounded In Action
  • Willie Fudd - WF-2 Flying Radar plane
  • Willie Pete - White Phosphorous round or grenade (instant barbeque) usually followed HE rounds to burn up what had just been blown up
  • Winchester - Radio communication for "I am out of ammunition"
  • The World - Anywhere but Vietnam, usually referred to home

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X
  • XM-177E2 - CAR-15, carbine version, collapsible-stock M-16 rifle
  • XM-203 - 40mm grenade launcher attachment for M-16 rifle below barrel 
  • XO -Executive Officer, the second in command of a unit.

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Y
  • Yankee Station - Tonkin Gulf Area of South China Sea patrolled by US Navy
  • Yards - Term for Montagnards

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Z
  • Zapped - Killed
  • Zippo Track - An M-113 APC converted to a mechanized flame-thrower
  • Zoo - The jungle
  • Zonked - Drugged up
  • Zulu Time - Greenwich Mean Time, Vietnam was about twelve hours behind

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Tools of the Trade 

GAU-2A Mini-Gun, Gunship mounted, 6,000 rounds per minute
M-1 81mm Mortar. Used with M-10 plotting board
M-2HB  50 Caliber machine gun (HB - Heavy Barrel)
M-3A1 45 Caliber submachine gun
M-17 Protective mask worn by non-vehicle crewmen
M-16A1 Later, improved model of the "black" rifle, Armalite Assault Rifle
M-16E1 Early model M-16 (could be unreliable) Armalite Assault Rifle
M-18A1 Claymore antipersonnel weapon
M-33* Fragmentation hand grenade  "baseball grenade"
M-34* Fragmentation hand grenade  "Pointed cylinder" 1.9kg, 25m. blast area
MK-2S* Fragmentation hand grenade  "Pineapple" 597g, 10m. blast area
M-26 (A1)* Fragmentation hand grenade  "Football" 425g, 10m. blast area
M40A1 106mm Recoilless cannon
M-41 Walker Bulldog light tank 
M-42 Duster (twin 40mm antiaircraft cannon)
M46 130mm Gun - Howitzer
M-48A3 Patton Medium Tank used in Vietnam 
M-49 Trip flare
M-52A2  5-ton tractor, (tractor-trailer)
M-60  7.62mm squad machine gun of the infantry The "Pig"
M63A1 Stoner Weapons System, 5.56mm - 660 rounds per minute 
M-72 LAWS (Light Antitank Weapon System) 66mm rocket in disposable launcher
M-79 40mm grenade launcher, aka "Thumper"
M-88  Tracked recovery vehicle
M-101 (A1) Split trail 105mm Howitzer
M-102 Closed trail 105mm Howitzer
M-106  Self-propelled 4.2 inch mortar track, a modified APC
M-107 Self-propelled 175mm gun
M-109 Self-propelled 155mm howitzer
M-110  Self-propelled 8" howitzer
M-113 (A1) Armored Personnel Carrier
M-114 Tracked, armored, scout vehicle
M-132  "Zippo" , a mechanized flamethrower track 
M-151 Jeep (truck, cargo, 4x4)
M-548 Tracked cargo vehicle
M-577  Tracked command vehicle, modified M-113
M-578 Tracked recovery vehicle
M1911A1 Colt Semi Automatic Pistol .45 Cal
M-728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV) with a 165mm demolition gun
PRC-25 AN/PRC-25 man portable FM radio set
PRC-77 AN/PRC-77 man portable secure FM radio set

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