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(Air Force Times)   Traditionally, soldiers have returned from war with souvenirs like uniforms, weapons, and even brides. Then there's the Texan who brought home the arm he hacked off a North Vietnamese soldier   (airforcetimes.com) divider line 63
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2013-07-01 02:32:05 PM
Soldiers have always brought back captured arms....
 
2013-07-01 02:38:07 PM
I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember... I... I... I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn't know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it... I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God... the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.
 
2013-07-01 02:38:09 PM
Was just a flesh wound.
 
2013-07-01 02:38:10 PM

dittybopper: Soldiers have always brought back captured arms....


Yeah, but they almost never give them back.  You've got to hand it to this guy.
 
2013-07-01 02:42:24 PM

toraque: dittybopper: Soldiers have always brought back captured arms....

Yeah, but they almost never give them back.  You've got to hand it to this guy.


I wonder who fingered him.
 
2013-07-01 02:44:03 PM
So what?  The Second Amendment gives him the right to keep and bear that arm.
 
2013-07-01 02:47:56 PM
Guy walking though the airport with a severed arm, you going to stop him?
 
2013-07-01 03:01:59 PM
Hacked? He was a doctor and he saved the injured NVA soldier's life by amputating the gangrenous arm. I was confused when I saw him smiling in the first photo.

Naughty subby.
 
2013-07-01 03:02:07 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Guy walking though the airport with a severed arm, you going to stop him?


I'd probably try to help him and find his arm!
 
2013-07-01 03:08:46 PM

MrBallou: Hacked? He was a doctor and he saved the injured NVA soldier's life by amputating the gangrenous arm. I was confused when I saw him smiling in the first photo.

Naughty subby.


Yea headline is very misleading.
 
2013-07-01 03:52:32 PM

Relatively Obscure: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Guy walking though the airport with a severed arm, you going to stop him?

I'd probably try to help him and find his arm!


img850.imageshack.us
 
2013-07-01 04:12:24 PM
War is hell.

bookcoverarchive.com
 
2013-07-01 04:20:47 PM
Well, he does have the right to bear arms
 
2013-07-01 04:22:31 PM
Humerus story.
 
2013-07-01 04:23:04 PM
If I ever lost a limb I'd wanna keep it. Just the bones. Mounted on a plaque.
 
2013-07-01 04:23:51 PM
Hero tag, not Strange tag, subby.
 
2013-07-01 04:24:37 PM

Mentalpatient87: If I ever lost a limb I'd wanna keep it. Just the bones. Mounted on a plaque.


Get them strung as a necklace.  Go around calling yourself Bones
 
2013-07-01 04:25:36 PM

Mentalpatient87: If I ever lost a limb I'd wanna keep it. Just the bones. Mounted on a plaque.


upload.wikimedia.org
Been there.  Done that.
 
2013-07-01 04:25:49 PM
All I got was...
i583.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-01 04:26:43 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Mentalpatient87: If I ever lost a limb I'd wanna keep it. Just the bones. Mounted on a plaque.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 240x323]
Been there.  Done that.


Actually, that will be 150 years tomorrow since that general had his leg blown off and kept it.
 
2013-07-01 04:26:46 PM
"Then there's the Vietnamese who brought home the arm he hacked off an American soldier "

Changes things?  Even slightly?
 
2013-07-01 04:28:23 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Mentalpatient87: If I ever lost a limb I'd wanna keep it. Just the bones. Mounted on a plaque.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 240x323]
Been there.  Done that.


Minutes ago I was talking with a co-worker who had just returned from a family trip to D.C. I asked her if she'd been to the Army Medical Museum and seen Sickle's Leg.

/fond memory of my childhood
 
2013-07-01 04:28:38 PM
He gave it back to him hand over fist style
 
2013-07-01 04:29:49 PM

Teambaylagoon: MrBallou: Hacked? He was a doctor and he saved the injured NVA soldier's life by amputating the gangrenous arm. I was confused when I saw him smiling in the first photo.

Naughty subby.

Yea headline is very misleading.


This reminds me of that scene in Kill Bill 2 where Uma Thurman says, "Guess that makes him a liar now, don't it?"
 
2013-07-01 04:29:52 PM

HighOnCraic: I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember... I... I... I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn't know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it... I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God... the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.


The horror.

The horror.
 
2013-07-01 04:31:04 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Mentalpatient87: If I ever lost a limb I'd wanna keep it. Just the bones. Mounted on a plaque.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 240x323]
Been there.  Done that.


No shiat? Well, let's hope I don't lose anything now. Don't want to look unoriginal.
 
2013-07-01 04:32:28 PM
JohnAnnArbor izzat John Wesley Powell?
i86.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-01 04:36:34 PM

He should be made an honorary member of Tiger Force.


www.slate.com

 
2013-07-01 04:36:54 PM
I always wanted a finger bone so that I could wear it in my nose. Sure would beat being stuck with this ol' chicken leg.
 
2013-07-01 04:37:14 PM
Texan huh?

media.tumblr.com

You still ain't gettin' Santa Annie's leg back!
 
2013-07-01 04:39:14 PM
He should have done him a favor and fixed those teeth for him instead.
 
2013-07-01 04:42:43 PM
confused between hero and sicko tags
 
2013-07-01 04:47:25 PM
Good thing it wasn't a necklace of ears.
 
2013-07-01 04:47:39 PM
Texas?

Ya don't say...
 
2013-07-01 04:49:29 PM

dittybopper: toraque: dittybopper: Soldiers have always brought back captured arms....

Yeah, but they almost never give them back.  You've got to hand it to this guy.

I wonder who fingered him.


Some winner
 
2013-07-01 04:49:33 PM
Back in the bridge construction days, my dad had a Marine foreman that fought on Iwo Jima. (I never thought much of it at the time to ask this man many questions), but they said he strolled around Iwo with a Japanese soldiers severed leg thrown over his shoulder.  I don't know what he ever did with it, threw it away is my guess.  Dude was bad ass, I was scared to death of him, but he was actually a nice guy.
 
2013-07-01 04:51:44 PM
A farewell to arms.
and a reunion
 
2013-07-01 04:52:59 PM
This is... I don't even...

cmsimg.airforcetimes.com

Both of these folks are rather... different.

Good on em for doing their duty and helping their fellow man and such... I don't... what...
 
2013-07-01 04:59:18 PM
"View Thumbs"

Why? How many thumbs did his right hand have? Were they unusual in some way?

/Also, my caption would be: "Here, let me give you a hand."
 
2013-07-01 05:01:47 PM
JungleBoogie~

It doesn't even look like it would fit anymore.
 
2013-07-01 05:06:46 PM
My father, the lunatic, often spoke about his several tours in Vietnam, where he would either smoke a ton of weed, or kill 'gooks'(his words) and cut off their ears to put on his dog tags.

He went into great detail about how they would turn green and swell up for a week or so before popping and emitting the worst odor in the world before eventually drying up like beef jerky.

My father, owner of much property in his common-law wife's name, managed to convince the VA that he was a homeless Vietnam vet living on the streets of Houston.  He did this by not bathing for 2 months, growing his beard down to his navel and showing up to the VA hearing in clothing so filthy they could likely stand up on their own.

I'm so proud.
 
2013-07-01 05:09:42 PM

BMFPitt: HighOnCraic: I remember when I was with Special Forces... seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn't see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember... I... I... I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn't know what I wanted to do! And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it... I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God... the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.

The horror.

The horror.



The darkness of those hearts seem apocalyptic now.
 
2013-07-01 05:12:05 PM
According to my dad my oldest uncle has a box with some Chinese ears all shriveled up in it. Some souvenirs from the Chosin reservoir.
 
2013-07-01 05:31:04 PM
earlofsodbury.org.uk

Yeah, yeah, low-hanging fruit....
 
2013-07-01 05:38:54 PM
the word "yikes" was created for the first pic in that slideshow.  not a lot of people know that.
 
2013-07-01 05:43:45 PM
Thank goodness it wasn't a story about scalps with handles.
 
2013-07-01 06:03:38 PM
I noticed that Hung went on to help out the American military doctors for several months after Dr. Axelrad saved his life. Then used the medical skills he picked up to help other Vietnamese. Even though he was an enemy NVA soldier, Hung seems to have spent the rest of his life helping others. I think that was a good way to repay the kindness shown when Dr. Axelrad treated him.

/back to the severed limb jokes
 
2013-07-01 06:38:13 PM
www.hwdyk.com
 
2013-07-01 06:40:38 PM
i1135.photobucket.com

/Wrote that script
//when he was seven
 
2013-07-01 06:48:13 PM

Cerberus: I noticed that Hung went on to help out the American military doctors for several months after Dr. Axelrad saved his life. Then used the medical skills he picked up to help other Vietnamese. Even though he was an enemy NVA soldier, Hung seems to have spent the rest of his life helping others. I think that was a good way to repay the kindness shown when Dr. Axelrad treated him.

/back to the severed limb jokes


"Are they missing any limbs? I hate it when they have missing limbs."
 
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