Military Slang used in Vietnam War
AC: aircraft commander.
ASAP: (A-sap) as soon as possible; a request for extreme urgency in a military assignment.
ARVN: Army of the Republic of Vietnam (Army of South Vietnam).
BANANA CLIP: banana shaped magazine, standard on the AK-47 assault rifle.
BAR: Browning Automatic Rifle, .30 cal, heavy, shoulder fired weapon.
BEEHIVE: a direct-fire artillery round with incorporated steel darts (fleshettes), used as a primary base defense munition against ground attack.
BIPOD: two-legged, supportive stand on the front of many weapons.
BINGO: Air Force term for the point in a flight in which there's only enough fuel remaining to return to base.
BIRD: any aircraft, usually helicopters.
BODY BAGS: plastic bags used for retrieval of bodies on the battlefield.
BUFF: slang for B-52
CAMMIES: camouflage uniforms. Some Coastguardsmen wore any of the various types and styles used in Vietnam.
CAR: rifle, predecessor to the M-16, the Carbine, CAR-15
CYB: cover your butt
DONUT DOLLY: American Red Cross Volunteer--female.
EGG BEATER: affectionate name for Huey or any helicopter.
FRAG: the common term for any grenade.
FREE FIRE ZONE: any area in which permission was not required prior to firing on targets.
FREEDOM BIRD: any aircraft that took you back to the "world" (U.S.A.). The aircraft on which you left Vietnam.
GA MUG: thank you.
GUNSHIP: an armed helicopter or adapted fixed-wing aircraft.
HOT TOC: hair cut.
HES: Hamlet Evaluation System
HEAT: High Explosive, Anti Tank.
HILLSBORO: an AF "command and control" aircraft