I was in Chu Lai from July 66 to August 67. My memory of that time is kind of fuzzy, ! was with Supply Co. When I got there my tent was right next to the grass EM club. I have a picture of my tent that shows the back end of the club. I was later moved to a tent up on the side of a hill that was cut out to put our tents. I think we were the last ones to get a hut built for us.
I remember hearing shots one night & was later told that a black marine had been drinking some liquor laced with formaldehyde he got in the ville. I was told after drinking most of it he stood up in his hut & said he was super human & started shooting. The best I can remember is he killed one or two & wounded several. I was told he was a good guy & they were all good friends. Guess the juice just screwed him up. If I remember correctly he did not commit suicide and after the shootings sat down on his cot & was subdued by others. I do not know what happened to him.
I can't remember when this happened and I don't know if its true or not as I did not know any of the marines involved. All I do remember is hearing shots in the area it was said to have happened.
I remember an incident that happened in Chu Lai, while is was there, one marine shot up his hooch, I can not remember how many were killed and injured, could this be the same incident and the year be 1967 not 1966? I have repressed this memory, until until I read about this. I hope this may help get the date right.
There was 12 of us in the that hootch. I was the 12th, but because I had been medivaced out, I was not present nor wounded. When I returned, they told me that all eleven guys had either been wounded or killed, and I guess I blacked it out untill now. I am still looking for the others. Thank you for giving me the first info to start looking and perhaps remembering.
Photo @ Jim Dowdy,-A rare day off at the beach. Photo either late summer or early Fall 1966. The Marine all layed out in the center of the photo may be Billy Woodson. Supply Company, FLSG-B Chu Lai
Ken George on left and Larry G.Little on right
Photo taken in 1964 while both stationed in Oki , with 1stMAW.
Photo provided by Larry G. Little
If you can add any information in regards to this date, E-mail me please.