Beware of the Pissed Off Marine

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John Ligato of Alpha Company explains how the vastly outnumbered Marines had to adapt and improvise in Hue City, and that the most ferocious fighting machine in the world is a pissed-off 19-year-old Marine. Learn more about the show at

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  1. larry6049
    larry6049 Feb 27, 2014

    I was assigned to HHC 45th Engr. Gp. 18th Engr. Brdg. Phu Bai, Vietman in Jan 1969. This was after the Tet offence in Phu Bai. Much of the Tet offence was gone and over with because of these Marines who fought the battle in 1968. I say THANK YOU for your service.

  2. ecarfar
    ecarfar Feb 28, 2014

    Thank you for your service in Vietnam Larry.

  3. mym1a1
    mym1a1 Feb 28, 2014

    One out of many story's from once very young men who served proudly in a country called Vietnam. When ever I think of them and that war the TET always pops into my mind. One of the worse days for the soldiers and civilians all over that hell hole. Nurses, Doctors, No one was safe and afraid for their lives. When they attacked the embassy no one was around but a few MP'S being it was supposed to be a holiday with a peace accord. Now I may be very wrong about the peace part but those MP'S Held that ground and reinforcements came to help. For any Nam Vets out there, I was just a kid but as an adult and finding out what happened over there some time ago I would just like to say THANK YOU.

  4. poznian
    poznian Mar 03, 2014

    May I offer my humble thanks. God bless you.

  5. g.rayjones
    g.rayjones Mar 05, 2014

    I was crew-chief with HMM 163 Evil Eyes, UH 34-D helicopters in Phu Bai 66-67. On SLF's USS Iwo Jima, USS Princeton, USS Vally Forge, first helicopter squadron stationed at Dong Ha, Khe Sanh, Marble Mountain. In Da Nang, on my way out after my tour, slept on french snooker table. Felt good being back in Sandusky, Ohio. 13 months I'll never forget...Semper Fi

  6. rorens
    rorens Mar 10, 2014

    All I can say is thank you, and Semper Fi

    DEANEGILMOUR Apr 12, 2014

    And a hearty hello G. RayJones. I was attached to HMM-163 for Hastings at Dong Ha as an air controller from MARTU-68 out of Hue Phu Bai and again briefly in the Ashua. Still remember laying the TFDZ bladders for refueling on the northeast side of the fantastic 3000 ft dirt strip we called an airfield, and my living quarters, a WWII pup tent, on the northwest side of the strip. Still beetr than the grunts on the line. I also remember Col House and the great man he was, ready to go wherever needed even against orders. Never knew I was attached to 163 until it appeared on my 214. Just told with another LCpl to get a small amount of our gear and report to the flight line at Hue. Of course we knew Hastings was about to kick off so where we were going wass not much of a question. MATCU-68, MABS-16, MAG-16, 1st MAW SEMPER FIDELIS my brother

  8. 25517033
    25517033 May 18, 2016

    This is John Ligato I am that 19 year old "Pissed Off Marine" in 1967 at Hue City. I have a new book that was released titled, DIRTY BOYS. (John Ligato-Amazon). It's about a group of former Marines who realize that our enemies fight dirty (terrorists) so they take their gloves off and become Dirty Boys. It's fiction but it's not and I use actual events like Benghazi and the Boston Marathon bombing to illustrate how our political leaders have dropped the ball. If you are former military or law enforcement, you'll enjoy. SF John

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