The old gray house stood alone and empty. Silent, without a trace of the screaming fights we heard coming from within in the past. The whole neighborhood was there, on the street, sidewalk and alley. I stood with my circle of friends at the front of the crowd. Sometimes it was good to be six years old.

Then, they began to arrive. Workmen in dusty, dirty clothes. A serious look of determination on their faces. They began their work. Sawing, hammering and prying. The work continued throughout the day and by evening it was done. …


In July 1971 I had been in Vietnam for nine months and had requested to extend my tour for another six. My hope was for an early out when my tour was up. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the Army. I was just ready to move on. I did not know it at the time, but things wouldn’t work out that way.

One of the benefits about extending was a free 30-day leave. With careful planning using my finely honed math skills I figured I could be home for Christmas. But the Army had other ideas. It seems I…


I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago in the 1950s. I am now 68 years old and love telling anyone who will listen about my childhood. I was, needless to say, an interesting time.

I will be posting little vignettes of my life as a baby boomer in a wonderful urban environment.

Please remember, every story is 100% true. These stories and more will be in a book I will soon begin to write.

The Old Gray House

The old gray house stood alone and empty. Silent, without a trace of the screaming fights we heard coming from within in the past…


The Phu Loi flight line was a bustle of activity. 19 July 1971 was a typical day at this helicopter base northwest of Saigon. It was 08:30 and flights of Huey's took off en route for their assigned combat assaults. The familiar whump, whump, whump of their rotors beating the air echoed in my ears. They would pick up their cargo of soldiers and venture out to jungle and rice paddy in an attempt to make contact with Charlie.

The almost constant hum of helicopters taking off and landing had begun and would continue throughout the day. The temperature was…

Jack McCabe

Vietnam vet, retired realtor, published author.

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