"The Police Chief" Bien Hoa Favorite Tip by Nemorino

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  The Police Chief
by Nemorino

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This was the commander of those fearless combat policemen who always seemed to be somewhere else when any sort of attack was going on.

Since the Police Chief also spoke French, I was asked to convince him that when a trip flare went off his men were supposed to shoot at it. But he was horrified at this idea: "What if we kill a pig?"

All the Americans were infuriated at this answer (including me, I was so militarized by this time!), but in retrospect I have to admit that he had a point there. A pig was a valuable possession in this part of the world, and since we were supposed to be "winning the hearts and minds of the people" we should have been careful not to kill their pigs, or at least give them compensation if it happened.

The old man whose house we were quartered in was also upset because we had shot up one of his grapefruit trees.

Next: Visit from the American ambassador

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2013
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