RE: [MV] mermite cans The True Story

From: Rikk Rogers (
Date: Mon Feb 10 2003 - 15:04:34 PST

One could assume by this post that Bruce had been to Vietnam and in fact had
sampled the nice C4 candy bars......

Rikk Rogers - RK Lion LTD.
-M35A2- -M38- MVPA -22345-

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Subject: Re: [MV] mermite cans The True Story

Mer Mites - short for "Merry Mites." This was the first platoon of
"midgets" ever in the armed forces. These soldiers, all under 5'4" were
recruited for one specific purpose during the Vietnam war. They were
employed as "tunnel rats," as they were able to fit in the tunnels that
the Asian size military could crawl through, but the Americans could not
because of their much larger size. The average life expectancy for any
Mer Mite was only about 6 months in country, due to the very nature of
their mission. Soldiers would often write in waterproof ink on their
butts the day they went into service as a Mermite. Hence the practice of
"dating the mermite can."
Bruce :-) wrote:

>Thanks for all the MITEE good replys to my question. I still think that I
don't know what Mermite is! DJ McConnell

Bruce Kalin
The Largest Historic Military Vehicle Convoy in US History

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