The James T. Callow Folklore Archive
During the Vietnam War, when a soldier was to go back to the
United States shortly, his time in Vietnam was considered "short."
There was a "short superstition" among the American soldiers
during the war. It was generally believed that as a soldier's time
became "short" he was more likely to be killed than at any other
time of his tour of duty.
The informant could name numerous time when a soldier had
survived most of his tour of duty only to be killed when he was
|Subject headings:||BELIEF -- P535|
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time
Date learned: 00-00-1969