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Additional Photos

Additional Photos

Erskine

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Selected from The Mayberry Map of Fire Base locations compiled by Larry Frazier, C/158th Avn Bn, 101st Airborne Division. Appreciation Skip Brown. Note Fire Base Erskine toward the lower left, Hamburger Hill to its Southeast, DongHa in the North.

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Life on a fire base hilltop. Each hill had its own unique character based on the terrain, and the kinds of “junk” used to build the encampment. At the extreme left, just out of the picture, is one of the guns used to provide artillery  support for troops running operations in the valley below. “Housing” consisted of throwing together an assortment of tin panels, sandbags, and whatever you could find to provide walls. The perimeter of the encampment was rimmed with barbed wire. We typically choppered into a firebase like this one, completed whatever mission we had, then choppered out to another base, hopping from one to another to fix whatever “emergency” was going on. I often carried a half-pint of bourbon with me. That and C4 explosive, great for heating coffee, could be used to “entice” a radio operator to call down chopper when we needed to leave. It could be the difference between getting off the hill in minutes, or waiting sometimes for days.

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Bottom Center: Rooftop home of local inhabitants.

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Bottom Left: Local Inhabitants

White Crane

What White Crane “long-arm” looks like:

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In this series from my first book, White Crane Gung-Fu, the first book in Enslish about the unique and beautiful gongfu style of White Crane, Ron demonstrates one of the core “long-arm” techniques. Coming from a karate background, my first impression was “how could this possibly work?” It looks open, ineffective, and easily blocked. It wasn’t until I saw it in action, and later saw that it was the unusual footwork patterns of this “circular” style, that it made sense.

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The footwork began with simply learning to shift from side to side, then progressed through a series of patterns, mapped out by paintings on the floor. Part of the objective was to move through these patterns without breaking one’s “horse” position.

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Wushu

Members of the original Beijing Wushu Team
Can you find Jet Li in there?
Others include Yu Shaolwen on the monkey’s staff, Mi Jinpei with the hooking swords, Cui Yanhui with one of the two spears with Lu Yan doing the splits on the floor, and Bai Yanxia with her foot in the air.

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Photos by Michael Staples, Anthony Chan, and Diana Ho.

Climbing

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