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Just an added note about conditions at Khe Sanh- I have heard from a half-dozen Marines who were there for the siege, and they all recall very clearly the rats coming up the slopes and through the wire, attracted probably by the smell of the dirty C-ration cans that started to pile up when sanitation got neglected as the artillery barrages became intense. There had always been some rats around, but the population grew markedly with time. There were old bunkers around, and the rats made them their home. At various times Marines were bitten while they were asleep, or bitten when they dove into old waterlogged bunkers where the rats would be swimming. Some Marines were not that bothered to have rats around, and even made a pet of one sometimes, others hated them and killed them whenever they had the chance. (Shooting them was frowned on, but still happened sometimes; more often it was a blow from some handy hard object.) What was interesting what that there were Montagnard troops there as well, who were quite fond of rats as a cheap source of protein. Marines who hunted the rats with crossbows to keep the population down would bring a string of them to the Montagnards, which would then make them very popular with those soldiers. The rats did eat dead bodies, at least a few times they could be seen feasting on NVA bodies stuck in the wire after an assault or probe. Undoubtedly they also fed on the many bodies more distant from Khe Sanh itself. One wonders about rats in Afghanistan and Iraq.... these adaptable rodents are everywhere humans live. R J Del Vecchio firstname.lastname@example.org ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----