Retrans: Scorpions, sunsets and survival


two guys in bunker
(Matt Gundlach photo)

The desert outpost known as “Retrans”, or as it was officially called, Battle Position Khe Sahn, was one of the most isolated, desolated posts in Iraq.  David Pape, a mortarman with Kilo Co. described it like this: It sucked!! The enemy hit us constantly…  The all-MRE diet, sleeping in bunkers, and the godawful heat. But there were good times too.  We dropped hundreds of mortar rounds, and I saw the most beautiful sunsets and stars I’ve ever seen.

I’ve just finished the draft chapter on Retrans. Download it here  Thanks to the Marines who talked and chatted with me about it, and shared their photos. Enjoy…


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