Ground Pounder

A Marine's Journey Through South Vietnam, 1968-1969

Gregory V Short,

Ground Pounder: A Marine's Journey Through South Vietnam, 1968-1969
 

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In early February of 1968, at the beginning of the Tet Offensive, Private First Class Gregory V. Short arrived in Vietnam as an eighteen-year-old U.S. Marine beginning his tour of duty as an 81mm mortarman at Con Thien near the DMZ. Soon thereafter Short left his mortar crew and became an 81mm’s Forward Observer working with the U.S. Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division and other units to relieve the siege at Khe Sanh by reopening Route 9. By September Short was transferred to the 1st Battalion 9th Marines (the Walking Dead). Assigned as an infantryman (grunt) and operating along the DMZ and near the A Shau Valley, he would spend the next five months patrolling the mountainous terrain and enduring the harsh elements.
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