Afghanistan

A lot can happen over a cup of coffee as I remember back during my first deployment we had been running hard for a few weeks and we received a mission to establish a blocking position atop a 14,000 Ghar (Mtn).



It was a mother getting the company up there. We would take 10 steps and have to gasp for air as the 75lb+ packs leaned into us. After the long haul and long after establishing security and beginning patrols there sat myself, Co Gy and Co 1stSgt.  First Sergeant knew it was time for coffee (instant coffee) but instead of boiling water he took his knife, cut a thin slice of C4 from a satchel charge kit and lit it on fire. As you could imagine my first thought were that 1stSgt had lost it but he hadn’t. Unless you compress the C4 it will only burn. It burns at a very high temp that makes a very nice cup of coffee very quickly. Kids, don’t try this at home with your blocks of C4. After about a minute we had 3 cups of great coffee. We contemplated the badguys next moves and our recent achievement as we set in good position on this very high mountain where you could see forever. The lines had been inspected, those that could were resting. The view was awesome and it was unfortunate that we were in a war torn country. As the sun set and the wind gently blew it was silent and all was good in the world at 14,000 ft. That was one of the best cups of coffee I had ever had.

 It’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee. What was your best cup of coffee?

Time for a Cgar!

Comments

  1. The cup of coffee I had at 2/1, when watching the sun rise out of the South China Sea the morning after we survived a Typhoon. Rode the typhoon out in our radio tower (80′ tower), watching the waves roll over our switchboard at the base,and riding the tower that was rocking on two legs. Best cup of coffee, cigar, and sunrise ever.

  2. In Nam we use to heat our Sea Rats with C4. If you left the can sit over it too long it would burn a hole im the bottom of it 🙂 Coffee was always my favorite during the Monsoon Season
    Semper Fi’
    John

  3. OK, if that is not the perfect script for a coffee commercial, I don’t know what is!!
    Bless you guys. Sea level or 14,000 ft… gotta love our Marines!
    Donna
    Los Osos, CA

  4. Sardinia, after a clusterf*#c of an insertion. Helo’s dropped us in the wrong spot, it’s raining and cold. But the FAC I was with appropriated a dry spot for us, we broke out the heat tabs (no C4 for us!) and got a cup of joe going. Along with a c-rat poundcake I had stuck back in my pack, a Marlboro and a cup of coffe was heaven. I was talking to my wife’s great nephew last night, he’s getting ready to graduate from high school and doesn’t know what to do. A buddy of his left for Parris Island a couple of weeks ago, and he’s thinking about the same thing. I told him that if he was looking for someone to talk him out of it, he had called the wrong guy, that while most of the memories that I had were good ones, I haven’t forgotten the bad. The cold, wet days and nights. The heat that sapped you until all you wanted to do was collapse. But you didn’t. You got your ass up and did what the CO or the First Sgt or even the boot Corporal that was the squad leader told you to do. That’s what being a United States Marine is about. Semper Fi.

  5. There is a bond between warriors. Some of those warriors are four legged. Some of those four legged warriors have saved many two legged warriors lives. Sometimes it’s best to let sleeping dogs be

  6. There is a bond between warriors. Some of those warriors are four legged. Some of those four legged warriors have saved many two legged warriors lives. Sometimes it’s best to let sleeping dogs be

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