The Stuff Smelled

It has been forty years since I was at DaNang MAG-11, VMAAW-242. The day I will always remember is the day a ton of sh!t flowed thru the compound. Some rocket scientist decided to empty three years worth of sh!t from the latrine. A detail was selected to efficiently get the job done. Arrangements were made to load the stuff on a truck and dump it in the dump. When the container containing the excrement was lifted up to the truck, it tipped over; and like lava from a volcano, the sh!t poured into the compound. I was about 50 feet from the area. I saw it swiftly flowing toward me. I jumped on top of a bunker just in time to avoid getting slimed. The stuff claimed casualties when a couple of jarheads on the detail got a ton of sh!t dumped on them when it fell off the truck. They earned their reputation that day of being real sh!t-heads. Ha Ha..The stuff smelled up the compound and the smell traveled about a mile down wind. Senior officers came to find out what happened. I don’t know if a report was filed, but I know they were p!ssed. I had to wear my gas mask for a week the smell was so putrid. NO SH!T!! If anyone from MAG-11 recalls this incident, please reply to SgtGrit with your comments. Thank You and I love you all, No Sh!t.

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9 thoughts on “The Stuff Smelled”

  1. Man, I do hate to nit-pick but I think you got your math wrong,I know you mean 50 years, Right? And since when is “The Head” or as we called just plain “Sh#**er” a Latrine? Sorry! Harry RVN 68-69 Who are you? What is your name?

  2. Harry you’ve got it right brother, it’s called the head and more commonly known as the “sh!tter”. And 40 years ago, I don’t think so! So, with this, maybe the whole story is sh!t (made up)! Lol

  3. The shitter that was being removed was a leftover from when the French were at DaNang, so we were told. The container was about 10 or eight foot square and about 7 foot deep. It was not used by 242 personnel as it was full to the top, we used the burnable shitters. After this happened the whole are was scrapped off by bulldozers and lime was thrown all over the area before a new layer of dirt was put on top of the lime. The squadron showers were right next to where this happened and made for a quick time in them. I forget the name of the person that was using the rough terrain forklift handling the removal, but he sure took one big ass chewing by the Sqd SgtMaj. Someone from 242 must have photos of this in their footlockers.

  4. I was on the Marine side of the Danang air strip, I was head shit burner, we used cut off 55 gallon drums and diesel oil. Semper Fi. L/cpl H. Young RVN 65/66/69

  5. MARINE YOUNG I WAS ALSO THERE AND DID NOT HAVE THE FUN OF HAVING THAT DUTY IN MY 20 MONTHS THERE. LUCK OF THE IRISH. REMEMBER THE PARTY EVENT WELL. REMEMBER 6 OR EIGHT GUYS SITTING ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER WHEN THE SHITS HIT FROM BAD CHOW. THERE WAS A WAITING LINE AND A HELL OF A STINK. THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACE WAS UNFORGETABLE. WHAT FUN WE HAD. ALL THESE DUMB ASS KIDS TODAY SURE ARE MISSING ALL THE GOOD STUFF. SEMPER FI. AIR WING GUY. I WAS A JET ENGINE GROUND GRUNT ON THE MARINE SIDE LIVING IN A PLATFORM THEY CALLED THE HOUCH? WITH 7 TO 9 OTHER GUYS. I HAD A LOT OF FUN WITH THOSE GUYS.

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