... and Charlie
19th Combat Engineers
Jocko and Charlie:
In 1967, the 19th Combat Engineers moved further North up QL-1 and
past Bong Son. A short time later we were settling into our new
location and would bunk-up 1st Cav. troopers who would wander in
just before dark.
One of the 1/9 Cav. troops gav Bill
Harberson a pet baboon. Harberson called the baboon
"Jocko" and had him for a good while. The Officers at HQ's motor
pool had a pet dog named "Charlie" that was constantly barking
and yapping at 'ol Jocko. Jocko didn't bother the dog much, but the
Charlie just wouldn't leave Jocko alone. The Officers didn't see it
that way and ordered Harberson to get rid of Jocko.
Harberson waited until the officers were gone to chow, and called Jocko
down off the motor pool tent. The dog was yapping and yapping at
Harberson's feet as Jocko sat on his shoulder. Finally, Harberson had enough of this and threw Jocko on the dog. Jocko
had the dog in a head lock and was beating the hell out of him, then he
would try to ride him like a horse, then beat the hell out of him again. A
small crowd had gathered to see what was going on, when 'ol Jocko got in
behind the dog, and as the crowd "cheered," 'ol Jocko tried to plug
Charlie right in the 'ol zero.
took Jocko out towards the jungle, and turned him loose. Jocko became sort
of a legend, and every time I looked at that dog Charlie, I couldn't help
but laugh a little. 'Ol Jocko got even! I don't think those two officers
ever learned what 'Ol Jocko tried to do to their dog.
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