A. O.
Area of Operations. The soilders would have an area, that they needed to protect.
Aesthetic
Of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste: the aesthetic faculties.
Antipersonnel mine
Anti-personnel mines are a form of mines designed for use against humans as opposed to anti-tank mines, which are designed for use against vehicles.
Bedlam
A scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
Cadre
The key group of officers and personnel necessary to establish and train a new military unit.
Constellation
A group or cluster of related things.
Cooze
A superficial, shallow, provincial, and generally ignorant girl.
DDT
An organocholride insecticide that is odorless and almost tasteless. It was used in WW2 and Vietnam to protect soldiers from malaria and other insect transported diseases. Eventually deemed highly dangerous due to the high chemical based ingredients.
EM club
Enlisted Men's club
Gook
A native of Southeast Asia or the South Pacific, especially when a member of an enemy military force.
Hootches
Living quarters
Jackknife
A very strong pocket knife.
Latticework
An open, crisscross pattern or weave.
Laxity
The state or quality of being relaxed.
Mausoleum
A large tomb; usually a stone building with places for entombment of the dead above ground.
Monsoon
A wind from the southwest or south that brings heavy rainfall to southern Asia in the summer.
NoDoz
A caffeine tablet that, "restores mental alertness or wakefulness if you are experiencing fatigue or drowsiness."
Opium
A reddish-brown heavy-scented addictive drug prepared from the opium poppy, used as a narcotic and in medicine as an analgesic.
Ordnance
military weapons with their equipment, ammunition; the branch of an army that procures, stores, and issues, weapons, munitions, and combat vehicles and maintains arsenals for their development and testing.
Paddies
Rice fields
Pagoda
A religious building of the Far East, especially a multistory Buddhist tower, erected as a memorial or shrine.
Platoon
A subdivision of a company of soldiers, usually forming a tactical unit that is commanded by a lieutenant and divided into several sections.
Rear-echelon
Troops, officers, etc., removed from the combat zone and responsible for administration, material, etc.
Recon
Military term for gathering information.
Rectitude
Rightness of Principle or Conduct; Moral Virtue
RTO
Radiotelephone Operator, the person in charge of radio communications for a party or group.
Sin loi
"sorry about that" in Vietnamese
SOP- Standard Operating Procedure
Slang term used to refer to the standard protocol for the armed services.
Spec 4s
Specialist 4th Class. An Army rank immediately above Private First Class. Most enlisted men who had completed their individual training and had been on duty for a few months were Spec-4s. Probably the most common rank in the Vietnam-era Army.
Topography
The art or practice of graphic delineation in detail usually on maps or charts of natural and man-made features of a place or region especially in a way to show their relative positions and elevations.
Turncoat
Someone who switches sides; a traitor
Tyranny
Arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
Valor
Courage and boldness, as in battle; bravery.
Vigil
Careful observation or protective watch, especially at night
White phosphorus grenades
Hand grenade or rifle grenade containing a main charge of white phosphorus and a small explosive burster charge for scattering the main charge; used for smoke and some incendiary effect.
Zeal
Fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.