|Lawrence "War Hippy" Blouir|
by Lawrence "WarHippy" Blouir
The Army Rule: If you were caught on a drug test and on an extended tour, you must have extended because you were addicted to drugs. You were immediately sent home. (This was not publicized, because you know how many guys would have used it to their advantage).
My reason for being on an extended tour:
Some time after that, one of the guys I smoked pot with, asked if I wanted to do some "coke". I heard what a good buzz cocaine gave you even before I went to Vietnam, so I said, "Sure, let's do it". It took all my bad feelings away, temporarily, so I kept doing it.
At this point, I'm sure some self righteous grunts will jump in and say, "We never allowed any drug use out in the bush -- that shit got brothers killed!" Right on, good for you. You must have been in-country before me.
By now, you're probably wondering if I spent the rest of my life as a heroin addict.. Well, I spent my first nine months home, a heroin addict on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio.
This is my story. It in no way reflects on the honor of my Brothers, who may or may not have chosen drugs as a way to remain sane in an insane environment. Unless you humped a click in our boots, you have no right to judge us anyway.
Lawrence "WarHippy" Blouir
MOS 63B20 Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
1st Cavalry Division (AIRMOBILE)
8th Engineer Battalion
1st Air Cavalry Division
24th Duster Battalion
24th Corp Artillery
23rd MP Co.
23rd Infantry Division
Vietnam ’69, ’70, ‘71
The First Team
Bronze Star Medal
Army Commendation Medal
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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