Jigs in the Rounds Shack

(A Vietnam War story about Flies, 1971)

This was a hot afternoon in the ammo dump, in the ammo shack-consisting of 2 rooms, walls built out of plywood, floors or inlays of long wood made boards-flat timber regarding the most portion, you can see through their cracks, located crooked alongside a single another; also the shack was some sort of smite lopsided, practically wobbly, and quite broken. Planted on four by 4 beams beneath the floorboards, about a fifty percent foot high, numerous soft white sand that surrounded that, providing an playground intended for the lizards to engage in recreation, unnoticed.

I carried a semi older ‘Stars and Strip, ‘ magazine beside me when I experienced to go to the rounds shack (where people soldiers did our own paperwork for allocations and distributing associated with ammunition to the convoys arriving from a number of locations inside the vicinity.

45 acp ammo carried that old ‘Stars plus Strips, ‘ publication for a calendar month, until a new one came away, and used it to swish away from flies. These were all over the place in the bullets shack-we were infested using them, with their own buzzing around as if we have been invaders: fat plus thin bellied documents; some dark others light shads of dark, long and short winged flies, biting your fingers and face, in addition to ears, behind the neck, swarming all-around you, sneaking up your shirt sleeves, diving into your sight as though they have been small punishing missiles, trained by the Vietcong to annoy you. -me, us!

There are dead or passing away flies, also strolling flies on all of the three desks in the two rooms of the shack, filling the particular atmosphere with putrid debris, aiming in the direction of one’s mouth, but quite content whenever they missed, and simply landed on your current lips. They polluted everything, clinging, and climbing, and even several crawling, in their fastest gait possible, specifically the big excess fat bellied ones, they would try to find away but I’d personally swat them, unfortunately leaving a dumpy-bloody mess, I really tried out to simply discourage them away, although like I mentioned before-or implied, these people were already brained laundered and ready in order to sacrifice their lifestyles for the lead to.

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