My father in law was in vietnam (or so he says). I know he was in the Navy, but I am not sure if he really was there. Anyway, he said that he was one of the guys that ran the engine room of the ship he was on. He then says he was actually sent into the field for some reason or another. He said he was handed a gun, and told to go to shore and then something else. He said that he started getting fired upon, and slipped, and dropped his gun. It wouldn't work right after that, and he saw a bigger, better gun in the hands of a dead vietnamese, so he grabbed that one, and left his assigned one. He said when he got back to his ship, he was almost court marshalled for coming back with a different gun than what was assigned. He said he finally convinced them to not proceed. The specific details of this story are vague to me, because i have only heard it twice in the last 5 years. Anyway, something about his story didn't sit right with me. For one thing, a part of the story sounds like a piece from a book I once read, but I can't remember the title. My hubby is a little mad at me, because I think his dad's story is mostly BS. The points I make to my hubby are these: *I don't think they sent people from the engine room to shore for combat *This sounds like a piece from a book (fiction) I once read about vietnam *I don't think they would court marshal you for the gun situation Then there is another story he tells about vietnam, that i have never heard or read about, yet you think i would have, or anyone else. This one is about how the Vietnamese tried to fool our ships, by having someone who spoke English, announce over the wire that a typhoon/monsoon was coming. Well, being as the ships were close to shore, they started moving out to sea, so as they wouln't end up as lawn ornaments. They got pretty far out when somehow (details are vague-i can't remember) they found out it was a hoax, and they sent a bunch of planes to shore, bombing a bunch of stuff. Someone please tell me how likely these stories are, and if my intuition is correct.