I landed on a C-130 at Vung Tau, Republic of Vietnam, joining 1st Bn, 173rd Airborne Brigade Seperate. We had been deploying since 5 May, 2nd Bn to Bien Hoa, 1st to Vung Tau, to start our 90 TDY (Temp. Duty Assign.). About 90 days later another C-130 would land with a Pay Team to pay us our TDY pay. We would then be PCS (Permenent Change of Staion), we were staying. I was 17 at the time. We would then move to Bien Hoa and link up with 2nd Bn. A few Operations after after Hump, they tried to send anyone under 18 1/2 back to Okinawa till I were 18 and a half, new policy, I along with others refused. They had us burnig shit till we turned 18 and a half instead of going on Operations. Lucky me, I think it was only a few weeks, but not fun. We listened to Hanoi Hannah when we could, she loved us. She had a lot of cool names for us, "The Teenage Brigade", "Johnston's Headhunters" and others. There were only about 3,000 of us then and after every Opereation she would anounce that the V C had killed about 1,000-1,500 of the 173rd. She was a better moral booster then the USO sometimes, we would laugh at her. I was a slow learner, kept going back and left after the POW's, I was assigned to the JMC (Joint Military Commision) then, we co-ordinated the tranfer of the POW's. It was comprised of a Canadien, Indonisian, Polish and Checlozlavakien Army unit. Kissinger sold us out!! Instead of demanding a complete accounting, he gave the NVA a list of who we knew the had taken Prisoner. He demanded a complete accounting of that list, guess who we got back? We left hundreds over there because of that "Great Negotiator", all the Air Force Weapons Officers that went straight to Russia for interogation and others!