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I had a fella in the office when we were talking about "spend the night in the box" like Cool Hand Luke. He got to talking about "playing prisoner" in the box, TX, in July, for 8 hours. I mentioned claustrophobia and the heat and brought up going down in a tunnel in Vietnam. He's fat. I said I heard that you had to be a little guy to go down the hole. Nope, he wasn't. He said you have to back your way out of the tunnel. Except though, he went two stories down into a room "big enough to turn a truck around in". I asked if anybody was down there? "Yeah, three, WAS three down there." He went in far enough to get his head in, then chucked a grenade in and backed out really fast. He said the ground sunk. He figures those three are still there.

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Different units different rules I guess.

I was about 130 lbs and the tunnels were a tad tight in places but I have read that down south where the army was, there were a lot of tunnels and some of them were by reports larger. I have tossed frags into tunnels but only from the outside.

karl

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Back in the late 60's I worked briefly with a former Marine that was a tunnel rat. He claimed they often poured a solution of fuel and oil down the tunnel, plug up the entrance then look for smoke escaping from other entrances and vent holes. He was wounded in a tunnel but never told anybody I'm aware of the details. Myself and another co-worker had to sit on him after a high ranking Vietnamese officer tourist accompanied by an entourage of US military brass and the Scottsdale mayor came sight seeing into our auto parts store. My co-worker was a small guy with a messed up leg and he really surprised me how tough he was as two of us held him back. .

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Some experience had that fella really riled up then.

 

The reason this conversation happened was I brought up claustrophobia. Comments led to questions.

 

People find it hard to believe I took care of a WW1 patient when I was at VA in nursing school. You get to see a lot in VA.

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Some experience had that fella really riled up then.

 

The reason this conversation happened was I brought up claustrophobia. Comments led to questions.

 

People find it hard to believe I took care of a WW1 patient when I was at VAIN nursing school. You get to see a lot in VA.

Never thought I was claustrophobic until the third time I was stuck on an elevator. The first two were just a few minutes and not a big deal. The third one being the charm caught me stuck between the 9th and 10th floors at a hospital. Opened the door that said emergency phone and their was nothing inside but a cord. Couldn't get a cell signal. About 30 minutes later I started pounding on the door and all of a sudden it started working. Since then every time I get into an elevator feels like the walls caving in. Doesn't bother me getting into MRI, CAT or PET scan tubes but elevators give me the creeps.

 

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Grew up riding the packed Brooklyn subway so tunnels are no problem....heights are another matter...them I can do without.

karl

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