27 August 2009
How, where, what,,,,you drove that?
From the Soldier side: Several weeks ago, when I was down at wonderful asssucking Camp Roberts, CA, we took a walk to the PX. On the way back, I told some of the lads that there was a small museum near.
As we walked closer, I had a flashback to 1976. There, sitting at the back of the building was the remains of a Gamma Goat truck.
It was missing the canvas tops, the windshield, seats and other parts, but I could tell what she was.
The new 2nd LT and others with me couldn't figure out why this vehicle was made like it was. It was a good idea to start with, but turned out to be a real P.O.S.
Still, when I was 19 years old, it was fun to drive across the forest in Germany.
I became very good at operating this truck. I could cross water, take on ice and snow, roll down hills in the dark with the engine off to sneak up on people. The engine was a 3 cylinder diesel that was so loud, you couldn't normally sneak up on the gas pump. I could get the max speed out of her (65MPH) and do anything with her.
This one had been de-commissioned to be a target on the gun range, but I guess somebody thought they should restore it.
(Speaking of targets. A big bus company had donated several highway buses to be targets at Camp Roberts. The camp staff looked at the buses and said: "heck, we can use these to drive troops around on the camp---so what if they're not safe to drive on the highway anymore." )
California has the largest population in the country, the National Guard is bigger than many countries entire Army, and yet was have the absolute worst training camp in the country. The Iraqi Army had better buildings and equipment.
Oh, but that Gamma Got brought back such great memories. Germany in the 1970's, I was an E-4 making a whopping $398.00 a month (before taxes) no wife, no kids, good beer, not a worry in the world.