Operation Tuscaloosa

Dates: 23JAN1967 - 28JAN1967

Area of Operations: Quang Nam Province, I Corps

Allied Units: USMC 2d Battalion 5th Marines

Allied Casualties: 17 KIA, 52 WIA

Enemy Units: Viet Cong

Enemy Casualties: 79 KIA, 2 POW

Objective: Search and destroy

Significance/Notes: During the operation, elements of the 2d Bn, 5th Marines crossed the Thu Bon River and walked into an ambush. They were pinned down on a sandbar in the river. The story has been told in a book titled Operation Tuscaloosa by John Culbertson.

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LET ME EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW THE AMULET WORKS

APPARENTLY THERE’S THIS CONTROVERSY ABOUT IT WITH REGARDS TO “SHIPPING”, BUT I’M HERE TO TELL YOU IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT SO PIPE THE FUCK DOWN.

OKAY LET’S BEGIN

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FIRST OFF, LET’S TALK ABOUT WHO SAM ORIGINALLY WANTED TO GIVE THE AMULET TO.

NO, IT WASN’T DEAN. IT WAS JOHN.

DEAN: NO, THAT’S FOR DAD
SAM: DAD LIED TO ME. I WANT YOU TO HAVE IT

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IN THIS CONTEXT, JOHN, THE DEADBEAT DAD, HADN’T SHOWN UP FOR CHRISTMAS, AND DEAN TRIED TO COVER FOR HIM BY STEALING PRESENTS FOR SAM AND TELLING HIM THAT IT WAS FROM JOHN.

SAM DOESN’T BUY ANY OF DEAN’S BULLSHIT, AND ACKNOWLEDGES WHAT DEAN HAS TRIED TO DO AND HOW CRAP OF A FATHER JOHN IS. SAM DECIDES THAT DEAN DESERVES THE PRESENT MORE THAN JOHN DOES.

DEAN IS SAM’S SURROGATE FATHER. THE AMULET STANDS FOR THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT WAS SUPPOSEDLY JOHN’S, WHICH DEAN ENDS UP TAKING ON.

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DEAN WEARS THIS AMULET AS A SIGN OF HIS PERPETUAL ACCEPTANCE TO HIS OBLIGATION/S AS SAM’S PROTECTOR.

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THE AMULET IS DEAN’S SECURITY BLANKET. THIS IS A REMINDER OF HIS DUTIES TO HIS BROTHER, AND THAT HE HAS TO BE STRONG. THIS IS HIS ASSURANCE THAT HE IS NEEDED.

ENTER CAS.

DEAN PRETTY MUCH HAS LITTLE TO NO SELF-WORTH, UNTIL CAS COMES ALONG, GRIPS HIM TIGHT, RAISES HIM FROM PERDITION, AND TELLS HIM THAT HE DESERVES TO BE SAVED.

CAS ALLOWS DEAN TO FEEL WHAT DEAN HAS DEVOTED HIS ENTIRE EXISTENCE TO MAKING SAM FEEL—PROTECTED.

NOW, DEAN HAS “SOME” SELF-WORTH.

CAS WANTS TO BORROW THE AMULET.

CAS NEEDS THE AMULET TO FULFILL HIS MISSION OF FINDING GOD, WHICH AT THE SAME TIME, WOULD CATER TO DEAN’S DESIRED END GAME.

CAS AIDS DEAN IN THE SOLUTION. CAS HAS BECOME RESPONSIBLE FOR DEAN. CAS IS DEAN’S GUARDIAN ANGEL WHO IS COMPLETELY CAPABLE OF FENDING FOR HIMSELF AND DEAN.

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AND DEAN IS HESITANT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS HE GIVING UP HIS SECURITY BLANKET, BUT HE’S ALSO GIVING UP HIS FAVORITE ROLE. HE’S PASSING OFF HIS RESPONSIBILITY AS THE PROTECTOR TO CAS.

HE’S ALLOWED TO BREAK DOWN NOW. HE’S ALLOWED TO BE VULNERABLE.

DEAN: GREAT, NOW I FEEL NAKED

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DEAN: DON’T LOSE IT

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BUT HE’S NOT COMPLETELY GIVING IT TO CAS. HE’S MERELY LENDING IT TO HIM.

YES, YOU CAN PROTECT ME NOW, AND YOU CAN HELP ME DO MY JOB, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN I’LL STOP DOING WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING. I’M JUST GIVING YOU AN ALL-ACCESS PASS.

THE AMULET IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF TRUST. WHETHER IT’S THE TRUSTING OF RESPONSIBILITY OR JUST TRUSTING IN GENERAL.

SAM TRUSTS HIMSELF WITH DEAN, AND DEAN TRUSTS HIMSELF WITH CAS.

SO WHEN CAS RETURNS THE AMULET TO DEAN, BECAUSE HE HAS LOST FAITH IN HIS MISSION AFTER HE FINDS OUT THAT THE GOD HE ONCE BELIEVED IN, DOESN’T CARE,

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CAS’ REAFFIRMS HIS FAITH IN DEAN INSTEAD

BUT DEAN, AFTER HAVING BEEN LET DOWN BY SAM IN THEIR LITTLE VISIT TO HEAVEN—FINDING OUT THAT SAM DOESN’T VALUE HIM AS MUCH AS HE VALUES SAM…

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DEAN LOSES HIS FAITH IN HIS BROTHER

THEREFORE

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WHAT THE AMULET IS, IS THE SYMBOL OF RESPONSIBILITY, TRUST AND FAITH, SWINDLED IN THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN TEAM FREE WILL.

WHAT THE AMULET IS NOT, IS A FUCKING LOCKET CARRYING A PICTURE OF TWO HOMOSEXUAL LOVERS.

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This is the Mutsuura Ammo Factory used by Japan during World War II. A military bunker located in the Kanagawa Prefecture in the Kanto Region of Japan. Carved out through muddy tunnels this is truly a relic, found only by a whole that cut down into the ground and led into tunnels filled with Mukade, a large centipede.

For now it is mostly left alone except for visits from the wandering adventurer.

Photographed by Jordy Meow

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