Episode 2644 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about Marine Vietnam Vet Gary Hall and his gripping war story about a tank incident. The featured story appeared on the My Wabash Valley website and was titled: Incredible story of surviving a battle in Vietnam. The story was submitted by Michael Tank for WTWO-WAWV.
Tank reported in his story that The experiences of military combat stays with those who served. U.S. Marine Gary Hall of Vincennes lived through a situation in Vietnam that almost seems like a movie. But it was real and today, you’ll see that he paints a vivid picture of life and death in the midst of battle.
Gary Hall’s office shows his pride of being a United States Marine. He enlisted because his buddies were going to serve, even though his mother wasn’t happy with the idea.
After boot camp and training, the 19 year old arrived in Vietnam in September 1967. He was trained as the tank commander of a M-48 A3 with a lot of firepower and ammunition. First impression, tanks are impregnable, but there is a problem, here were so many ways that tanks could be destroyed.
Gary described how he let his mother know he had joined the Marines. He described how he did it: “Mom, guess what? She said what? I joined the Marines, she said oh, Gary you didn’t,”
Gary begins his gripping war story with this: “There was a huge explosion in front of the tank, then a lot of chaos and small arms fire taking place.” He was seated , on top, and he dropped down into tank and tried to close the hatch. “There was another hand trying to pull it open. I’m convinced to this day, I’m glad I didn’t have to find out for sure, but I sensed there was an NVA with a satchel charge going to drop that inside the tank.”
Listen to episode 2644 and discover more about Marine Vietnam Vet Gary Hall and his gripping war story about a tank incident.