Terminology used in Vietnam and this web site QLD = Queensland (Australia) NSW = New South Wales (Australia) VIC = Victoria (Australia) TAS = Tasmania(Australia) ACT = Australian Capitol Territory (Australia) SA = South Australia (Australia) NT = Northern Territory (Australia) WA= Western Australia (Australia) FSB = Fire Support Base FRAG = Wounds from Exploding Bombs/Mines APC = Armoured Personnel Carrier 365 and A Wakey. A full year to go and then wake up and go home. Your tour is over. Albatross: callsign of the RAAF Iroquois(Huey) Arc Light Operations: code name for the devastating aerial raids of B-52 Stratofortresses against enemy positions in Southeast Asia, the first B-52 Arc Light raid took place on June 18, 1965, on a suspected Vietcong base north of Saigon. In November 1965, B-52s directly supported American ground forces for the first time, and were used regularly for that purpose thereafter. Arty: artillery Baggy Arse: private soldier. Base Camp: semi-permanent field headquarters and centre for a given unit usually within that unit's tactical areas responsibility. A unit may operate in or away from its base camp. Base camps usually contain all or part of a given unit's support elements. Battalion: organizational institution in the Army. Commanded by a lieutenant colonel, an infantry battalion usually has around 800 soldiers. Beehive: a direct-fire artillery round which incorporated steel darts (fleshettes), used as a primary base defense munition against ground attack. Bird: any aircraft, usually helicopters. Bookoo: Lots Boom Boom: sex. Bookoo Boom Boom: much sex. Brigade: basic military organizational institution. During the Vietnam War, a division was organized into three brigades, with each brigade commanded by a colonel. A division consists of approximately 20,000 people. Brass Up: concentrated fire into an area. Bushranger: Australian Iroquios Gunship. see gunship. Charlie: viet cong(VC) Cheap Charlie: used by vietnamese to describe someone who would not spend money on them or buy anything from them. Company: organizational institution commanded by a Major and consisting of four or more platoons; varied widely in size according to mission. Contact. to be in a fire fight with enemy. Chieu Hoi: (chew hoy)Vietnamese meaning enemy soldier who surrender under the SVN government program for surrender soldiers. Choges: Vietnamese people. Di di mau: (diddy mow -ow as in cow) go away or any other explicate meaning same. Piss Off. DMZ: demilitarized zone Dustoff: nickname for a medical evacuation helicopter. Firefight or Contact: exchange of fire between opposing units. Friendlies: Australian troops, allies, or anyone not on the other side. Friendly Fire: euphemism used during the war in Vietnam to describe air, artillery, or small- arms fire from our own forces mistakenly directed at our positions. Goffer: can of soft drink.(5-10 cents) Gollick: a machete Grunt: popular nickname for an infantryman in Vietnam; supposedly derived from the sound one made from lifting up his pack. Gunship: a helicopter rigged to provide fire support from door guns, rockets and mini guns Hanoi Hilton: nickname American prisoners of war used to describe the Hoa Loa Prison in Hanoi. Heavy Fire Team (HFT): three gunships providing sustained support with 2 gunships on sight, with the 3rd being rearmed and refuelled. These 3 gunships rotate through the rearm/refuel so as to allow 2 gunships to remain on station providing continuous fire support. Hot LZ: landing zone under enemy fire Hook into: to attack aggressively . Huey: Iroquios Helicopter Hutchie:(hootchie) small tent used by Australian soldiers. In Country: In Vietnam. J: the jungle Kiwis - Nickname for the troops of the New Zealand Artillery (161 Bty) and Infantry. Klick, K: short for kilometre (.62 miles). Light Fire Team (LFT): two gunships that fly in tandem, usually in figure 8 form over the immediate area of the contact providing fire support until expend fuel or ammunition. Light Up: to fire on the enemy. LZ: landing zone . Nasho: national serviceman Nog or Noggy: a Vietnamese person. Number One: good Number Ten: bad Number Ten Repeated: very bad Platoon: approximately 40 men belonging to a company. Commanded by a lieutenant, a platoon is an organizational unit composed of three or more sections. POW: Prisoner of War Possum: radio call sign for Bell Sioux helicopter Prop: stop, halt Reg: a regular (full time) soldier Reo: a soldier reinforcement for a unit PTSD: post-traumatic stress disorder Recon: reconnaissance Rock 'n' Roll: to put a M16A1 rifle on full automatic fire. R & R: rest-and-recreation vacation taken during a one-year duty tour in Vietnam. Out-of- country R & R was at Bangkok, Hawaii, Tokyo, Australia, Hong Kong, Manila, Penang, Taipei, Kuala Lampur, or Singapore. In-country R & C locations were at Vung Tau. RVN: Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) Search and Destroy: offensive operations designed to find and destroy enemy forces rather than establish permanent government control. Tail-end charlie: last man in patrol The dat: Nui Dat - base area for the Task Force Splintex - The Australian/New Zealand Artillery’s anti-personnel, 105mm cannon round that was apparently equivalent to the US Beehive round. Skipper: leader or commander of a platoon Slicks: a helicopter rigged to transport troops Slopes: a Vietnamese person Sunray: commander of that unit radio callsign. Short Timer: individual with little time remaining in Vietnam Sortie: one aircraft making one takeoff and landing to conduct the mission for which it was scheduled Stand-Down: period of rest and refitting in which all operational activity, except for security, is stopped. Stand To: period where troops were on full alert with weapons ready. Normally conducted at first light and last light daily. Uc Dai Loi: (ook-daa-loy) Australian. Vungers. Vung Tau. A Wakey: the final night before going home. Wallaby: RAAF Caribou aircraft, known as "Wallaby Airlines" Wolverton: nickname for the Nui Dinh and Nui Thi Vai hills. Lines from a song which went' "dont go near Wolverton mountain if you are looking for a fight". Weapon Pit: A pit dug in the ground with sandbag protection and sometimes an elevated roof of sheet metal, reinforced with sandbags. Sized for one or two troops, fighting holes might be dispersed around a company or battery area for defensive use during a ground attack. White Mice: South Vietnamese police; nickname came from their uniform white helmets and gloves Xin Loi: (sin loy) sorry about that.
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