Ho Chi Minh’s unbirthday

Chip, who is not one for celebrating time or dates or birthdays, told me tonight that today is Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, and that he very clearly remembers what he was doing, 40 years ago on this date.

He’d been sent to a Green Beret camp outside of Kontum, Vietnam. The Green Berets weren’t too happy to see a guy from Army Intelligence there. It was a long story, he said, involving some body dumped into the South China Sea, just like bin Laden; the Army was investigating.

They were expecting attacks, it being the birthday and all, and so, maybe as a decoy, maybe just because they were pissed at the Army, Chip was assigned his sleeping quarters – in an unprotected area.

He spent three nights there.

There were no attacks.

He didn’t tell me this story then. I’m thinking, tonight, that our children owe their lives to this non-event.

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