AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF THE VIETNAM WAR -SALT AND PEPPER

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AN UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF THE VIETNAM WAR -SALT AND PEPPER

Postby SOUTHWEST RANGER » Fri Jun 21, 2024 4:56 pm

WHO WERE THEY - DEFECTORS ? SOVIET ADVISORS? FORGOTTEN FRENCH FOREIGN LEGIONNAIRES ? POW'S/MIA'S?

Salt & Pepper
Connla Stokes

First, let me tell you about Salt and Pepper. They were two US marines who defected in Vietnam. One was white and one was black, hence the names, and they were always spotted together around Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces, speaking Vietnamese with their new communist comrades, but English to one another.

The US Defense Intelligence Agency investigated, but never identified, Salt and Pepper, as well as a third traitor called Pork Chop, a white guy who had long bushy sideburns and a flair for stealing military vehicles.

Salt, Pepper, Pork Chop. To me they sound like the kind of mythical characters that Tim O’Brien might have written about in The Things They Carried. A true war story has to be based on tall tales; otherwise it’d be complete bullshit, right?

But come on, you say, were they real?

https://mekongreview.com/salt-pepper/

The Other Americans

With United States prisoners going home, attention is likely to turn to an overlooked category of Americans in Vietnam — the deserters and defectors who have not been traced.

Among these are “Pork Chop” and “Salt and Pepper,” who are said by United States intelligence officers to have been seen fighting with Vietcong units.

Pork Chop, called that because of his mutton‐chop whiskers, is a muscular blond who is said to specialize ?? swiping American vehicles or the Communists. On one of his better days, he supcosedly made off with two ?? mored personnel carriers ?? together.

Salt and Pepper, a white and a black, worked togeth?? with Vietcong soldiers in Quang Ngai Province and were last seen in 1972. None the three has been identiied
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https://www.nytimes.com/1973/03/25/arch ... point.html
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