Right at the peak of the Vietnam War, Newyorker John “Chickie” Donohue snuck himself into the front line of the militarized zone with a bag of beers on the hunt to share a brew with his three mates.
Chickie must have had some serious tenacity to be able to to board a ship to the war zone, exchanging shifts on a merchant’s vessel for the journey, which took him through the Panama Canal to Vietnam. Then to lie to the military and sneak his way to the front line and hang out with his buddies.
While discussing the treatment of the American GIs that return to the states in a bar in Manhattan, John “Chickie” Donohue accepted the challenge to sneak some beers over to the Vietnam War Front and surprise a few of his mates in the army.
He spent the last part of 1967 hitch-hiking with US military vehicles around the south of Vietnam and blending in with the soldiers, and eventually got to catch up with each of his three mates on the front line.
47 years later, they got a chance to meet and share their stories with the internet. The book and documentary are hopefully coming out later this year.