Category: Army Stories

Infantry, “Queen of Battle”

By Ski Ingram After I was assigned to lead Sergeant Luket’s squad I was a very happy warrior.  I was working hard as a Drill Sergeant teaching infantry tactics to young men who wanted to learn how to be a warrior like all...

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Sergeant Luket

by Ski Ingram Me in Viet Nam age 21 Yrs. I came home from Viet Nam in September of 1971 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade (separate).  About six months later the 173rd was disbanded and became the 3rd Brigade of the 101st...

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Chili Mac

by Ski Ingram After returning from Viet Nam in August 1971, I was assigned to Bravo Company 1/503rd Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  On April 1st 1972 the 173rd was disbanded.  We...

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Blowing Things Up

by Ski Ingram Like every young boy, I was fascinated with blowing things up and pretended to do so whenever I could.  I had gone to Tiajuana, Mexico a few times with my parents and bought a lot of fire crackers and cherry...

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point team

February 1971 to April 1971 I first met Randy Jones in Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  We then went on to Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.  From there we moved to Special Forces Training at...

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Typhoon Alice

Date:   April 1971 Place: RVN (Republic of Viet Nam) Unit:    N Company 75th Rangers, 173rd Airborne Brigade (separate) I had just been assigned to “N” Company, 75th Rangers, 173rd Airborne Brigade at Landing Zone (LZ)...

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Guard duty

by Ski Ingram August 2019 One thing you do a lot of in the Army is “pull guard duty.”  When I was in Basic Training, we guarded things that no one cared about just for the experience of standing guard.  When I was in...

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repo depot

September 1969 As I walked off of the airplane the first thing, I noticed was the smell. It was like nothing I had ever smelled before.  I have no words in my vocabulary that would adequately describe the stench, except...

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my first day in jump school

I had wanted to jump out of airplanes ever since my Boy Scoutmaster, Bill Martin, would regale us boys with stories of his skydiving adventures. When I was drafted, I volunteered to go to Green Beret training knowing I’d have to...

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