Playing War

Huck Flyn, a kid from Hollywood, is drafted into the US Army at the height of the Vietnam War.


Vietnam, 1970. Huck Fly was playing the night clubs and concerts around Hollywood when Uncle Sam picked his number and sent him overseas to fight. Rebellious and adventurous, Huck was assigned to a band by his captain. His orders were to entertain troops from the 35th Engineering Battalion based in Cam Ranh.

Huck played several small concerts before being shut down by a disapproving major. He demanded a transfer and was stationed at the 577th Engineers at Don Duong. He managed to find a lot of trouble while there including getting locked in jail for being AWOL. He lucked out in the spring of 1971 when he managed an audition for a band assignment in Saigon, also for the US Army.

Huck was rejected like many others, but luck had his back again as one of the band members remembered meeting him and pulled some strings to get him in. In no time Huck was rockin’ Nam again. One show even drawing applause from the V.C. across the river from a firebase. With the concert gigs back on, Huck carried on again in his usual manner. Out of uniform, and always in trouble.

The concerts and the trouble continued. The band was even interviewed by a reporter from ABC News at their show at China Beach as the best band in Vietnam. Having some problems with his partying, Huck managed to pull himself together and in time to play what was to become known as the Woodstock of Vietnam; General Westmoreland had his people organize this huge gig in Da Nang for thousands of soldiers. It was the show of a lifetime. Huck was soon to be honorably discharged, even to his own surprise, in just a few days, but the trouble wasn’t over yet.

He failed his discharge drug test and was sent to a rehab center to get cleaned up. He never even fired his rifle in the whole tour of duty in Vietnam, and was now stopped by this. Eventually sent home and discharged at Fort Ord in Monterey California, He called his parents and boarded a Trailways bus and traveled down the coast. The journey was over. The people he met, the gigs he played and all the memories settled into the bus seat next to him along-side his guitar. For Huck, the war was over, but the memories he made would last a lifetime.