• May 21, 2022

Jigs in the Bullets Shack

(A Vietnam War story concerning Flies, 1971)

This was a hot afternoon within the ammo dump, in the ammo shack-consisting of 2 rooms, walls manufactured out of plywood, floors or vase of long wood boards-flat timber intended for the most portion, you could see via their cracks, placed crooked alongside 1 another; also the particular shack was some sort of smite lopsided, almost wobbly, and extremely broken. Planted in 6.5 Grendel ammo by four beams beneath the floorboards, about a 50 percent foot high, between the soft white mud that surrounded it, giving a playground for the lizards in order to engage in recreation, unnoticed.

I carried a semi aged ‘Stars and Pieces, ‘ magazine with me at night when I acquired to visit the ammo shack (where us soldiers did each of our paperwork for allocations and distributing of ammunition to the convoys arriving from a number of locations within the vicinity.

I carried of which old ‘Stars and even Strips, ‘ journal for a 30 days, until a brand-new one came out there, and used that to swish away flies. These people were all over the place in the ammo shack-we were infested with these, with their particular buzzing around since if we have been invaders: fat plus thin bellied files; some dark other folks light shads involving dark, long and even short winged flies, biting your hands and face, plus ears, behind your own neck, swarming close to you, sneaking up your shirt sleeves, snorkeling into your eye as though they have been small punishing missiles, trained by Vietcong to annoy an individual. -me, us!

There were dead or perishing flies, also going for walks flies on every one of the three desks in the two rooms in the shack, filling the atmosphere with putrid debris, aiming towards one’s mouth, although quite content whenever they missed, and basically landed on your current lips. They polluted everything, clinging, plus climbing, as well as a few crawling, within their speediest gait possible, specially the big fat bellied ones, that they had try to acquire away but I would swat them, unfortunately leaving a dumpy-bloody mess, I truly tried to simply frighten them away, yet like I explained before-or implied, these were already brained washed and ready to be able to sacrifice their lives for the lead to.

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