Hold Still

We must have had a hundred dogs over my tour and they provided us many laughs. The Vietnamese and Filipinos ate dog, so wandering away was dangerous and they seldom returned.

I ate dog with some Filipino officers, not knowing what it was and enjoyed the meal. Later I learned our main dish was the dog running around when I had arrived. Memories of the many dogs that gave me love and fun over my life made me feel guilty, and I have never eaten their meat again. Dried squid, local fish and goose eggs incubated until a few days from hatching, then boiled and eaten from the shell, were my favorite Philippine foods. The Philippine Army Civil Action Group (PHILCAG) were based in Tay Ninh base camp and ran a small bar that served shrimp, spiced then batter fried. Lots of batter and little shrimp, they served alcohol and allowed pot smoking, which made the club very popular. It was the only fresh food I knew about in Tay Ninh base camp and served only one dish; battered shrimp.

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