Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
These are twelve stories from Mike McFerrin, Mike Company '68-69, that when read together serve as memoirs of the periods just before, during and right after a tour in Vietnam. They're all excellent. Mike's reason for writing these were outlined in a letter to me which will serve as good an introduction as I could ever hope to write and is at the end of this page. For the first story, Going to Vietnam, click on the link at left.
The second I took the liberty of calling Life in the Bush. You'll get a real good feel for that! Posted May 24.
The third is Coming Home - The First Year, posted May 26. Resonated with me, big time!
The fourth is called First Firefight and is perhaps the most powerful of all. Posted June 22.
The fifth is called Overrun! and you know what that means. Posted October 27.
The sixth is called Dreams and Visions. Explaining the unexplainable. Posted November 27.
The seventh is Sandbagging...self explanatory. Also, another sandbagging story from Paul O'Connell on a second page. Posted January 2, 2000
The eighth is One Way Out. A powerful look at the incidents of self wounding, the rationale behind it, how they turned out and an apology. If you ever attempted or thought about it you owe it to yourself to read this, I guarantee you will not regret it. Posted January 9, 2000.
The ninth is Blocking Force, the story of a patrol trying to move rapidly, at night, to reach a position by dawn so as to act as a blocking force. The route taken was one that had been used by a day patrol, therefore known to the enemy. This is the same patrol, in October of 1968 where David Waggoner was wounded and eventually medevaced back to the World. Posted February 23, 2000.
The tenth is Best Squad, adapted from a letter Mike wrote Doug Maier explaining how he came to belong to the best squad in the company and how it became that way. Posted August 16, 2000.
The eleventh is Marines and South Vietnamese Locals, a penetrating look at village life for the civilians and the pressures constantly put on them from all sides during the war. Mike saw if from both sides, first as platoon guide and acting platoon sergeant with Mike Company and later as an advisor living in villes.
The twelfth is Elephant Grass. You're on a mission and you can't see anything and then you see paw prints, fresh.