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Submitted by Terry Young

This sort of item is mandatory kit when you go out among the locals (never mind what country).  I found out in Vietnam that if you can befriend the local kids, you will be much safer.  One of the ways we made friends was to have our families send us a candy called "Fizzies."  These things would fizz up at the touch of liquid, and the kids just loved it!  After that they would tell us about where the "safe" areas were and where not to go unless we were looking for NVA or VC Cadre. Counter-insurgency ops?  Think Fizzies when you're trying to get the kids on your side.

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