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    Operation Bahroom

    “Operation Bahroom”

    On the first of April, 1968, the Special Forces camp at Tra Bong launched an unusual operation. The green beanies at Tra Bong had a progressive civic action program that was well into its second year and included, among other operations, a sawmill. One thing that was needed at the mill were some elephants to pull the logs out of the forests to the mill. In a truly SF like manner, two small animals were procured in another SF camp in the Central Highlands and the problem of transportation was solved using SF veterinarians from Okinawa, an Air Force C-130 and a Marine CH-53. The Air Force part of the operation went well, but the Marines, always conscious of publicity and wanting to get the fair share of the credit, advertised their role in the operation and even provided two helicopters for reporters. (I have it on good authority that at this time, each Marine platoon TOE had slots for one reporter and two photographers.) Reporters, as is their nature, never reporting speculatively and such, speculated that the elephants were going to be parachuted into Tra Bong. This caused two reactions, the first came from a bunch of British animal rights activists protesting the airdrop, the second, coming much later, resulted in a movie named “Dumbo Drop,” about, if you can imagine, two Special Forces sergeants assigned the task of parachuting an elephant into a Special Forces camp. How creative!

    The elephants (named Bonnie and Clyde) arrived at Chu Lai in the C-130 and were unloaded and prepared for the helicopter ride to Tra Bong. Word had gotten out on the jungle telegraph and Montagnards from far and wide arrived to watch the wondrous event. Even some idle VC came to watch and promptly stumbled into a CIDG ambush. For the elephants, all went well and they were soon working at the sawmill in spite of the fact that the entire event had been turned into a three ring circus.

    In case you’re wondering how come it was named “Operation Bahroom,” it seems that the elephant tranquilizers caused monstrous and very memorable gastric eruptions that could barely be tolerated in the C-130 and were of the nauseating, eye watering quality. I’ve heard different stories, that the air inside was blue, that it was green, that you could cut it with a knife, that it shimmered like heat waves. To each his own.

    Rotorwash
    Last edited by rotorwash; 11-06-05 at 15:33.

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    Cool

    Hey Rotor,

    Here is a this link with some pictures of 'Operation 'Bahroom' .

    http://www.hmh-463-vietnam.com/pg68/ph68pg1.html

    Last edited by Bombardier; 11-06-05 at 08:22.

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    Thanks for the info Bomber, I see my original story needed some edits.

    Rotor
    Last edited by rotorwash; 11-06-05 at 15:35.

    "In my many years on this earth, I have concluded that one worthless man is a shame, two are a lawfirm and three or more are a congress." President John Adams

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    You guys are aware that they made a movie about that mission, right?
    IF THE WORLD WERE TO END TOMORROW, KNOW THAT WE BROTHERS IN ARMS WILL NOT GO INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN ALONE.

  6. The film was ‘Operation Dumbo Drop’ made in 1995.

    Danny Glover played Capt. Sam Cahill
    Ray Liotta Capt. T.C. Doyle
    Denis Leary Lt. David Poole
    Doug E. Doug Sp4 Harvey (H.A.) Ashford
    Corin Nemec Sp5 Lawrence Farley

    I have a copy somewhere among the DVDs

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    I'm an ex medic. Now retired but still workin as I publish a magazine of poetry and short stories.

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    Yep, Operation Dumbo Drop... another prime example of American Taxpayers' Dollars at work. Problem is, it didn't do much for the overall war effort...
    IF THE WORLD WERE TO END TOMORROW, KNOW THAT WE BROTHERS IN ARMS WILL NOT GO INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN ALONE.

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