Viet Nam 1967-68 025
Camp Evans, Hue. On the night of 19 May 1968 the ammunition dump at Camp Evans was hit by NVA rockets and exploded causing a chain reaction and fire that lasted more than 12 hours. I saw the rocket going over our camp before it hit the ammunition dump. That night we were all outside our tents in full gear on an alert, when we saw the explosion. We thought the Viet Cong had used a Nuclear bomb on us because the explosion created a gigantic column of smoke and light 3 miles high with a mushroom cloud at the top. It was the strangest thing I ever saw in my life. The sound wave caused the air to ripple and roll towards us at about 20 feet high. As strange as it sounds, we could hear the sound wave coming like a distant freight train. When the sound wave hit us there was a gigantic boom as the rippling air passed over us going down the hill. We could hear the sound wave leaving away from us like a distant freight train. We could see the rippling air as it moved away from us down the hill.