On Sun, 16 Apr 2017 05:00:31 -0700 (PDT), in alt.war.vietnam Ben
Post by Ben
Why the 21,000 lbs bomb only killed 94? The decision to drop the bomb may be political. This is a guerrilla warfare in which enemy troop concentration is often low, so the use of MOAB is not efficient.
During the Vietnam war, the U.S. used several bombing raids just to destroy a $100 bamboo bridge, and in some instance, a $1 million F105/F4 was shot down just to destroy this $100 bridge. The U.S. used more ordinance in Vietnam than it used in WW II, but most of the bombs were dropped on rocks and jungles. Stanley Karnow visited Hanoi after the war and was surprise that Hanoi and major cities in North Vietnam were still intact.
In 1975, ARVN dropped a 5,000-10,000 lbs Cluster Daisy/CBU bomb at Xuan Loc battle and killed several thousands NVAs.
Once upon a time, when I was a soldier in the Vietnam War, we had
accumulated lots of dud (or outdated) ordinance. It lay around in a
pile getting larger each day for months. One day, the CO told the XO
to get rid of it. The XO told the first shirt and he told the
sergeant... and so on down the chain until it got to the "[Gook]
chaser". I do not usually use that term anymore... you know, the
flunky that can't do anything else.
I was leaving the hanger when the chaser drove up with a couple of
tons of explosives and said: "Hey, Jones! Wanna have some fun?" Now,
back in those days, I didn't always make real sound decisions;
however, when the chaser drove up with over two tons of high
explosives bouncing around in the bed of a duce & a half, something
told me that there weren't nuthin' good gonna come of that. I told
him that I couldn't handle any more fun that day and thanked him for
Well, ladies and gentlemen, he drove that stuff about 50 meters beyond
the berm, unloaded it in a big pile, fused a block of C4, and drove
I had forgotten about the chaser until a shower of broken fluorescent
light bulbs reminded me about the explosives. I got up off of what
served as a "floor" and started to go outside, when I realized it was
raining 40MM ammunition from a bunch of old belts that were on top.
EOD came in and tried to cover them with orange cones, but there were
so many, they ran out of cones.
And a grand time was had by all.