The oil cooler at the left of this photo — the tube marked HOT — can get very hot indeed if the flow of cooling water is blocked, so hot it can make the paint bubble. Overheated oil has to be changed, so keep an eye on both cooling-water flow and the oil-temp gauge.
Forty-five years ago Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike was a young combat infantryman slogging through the jungles and swamps of Vietnam, his only respite the occasional ride up the river on a patrol boat. Pike has returned to Vietnam to write a story about his experiences on the river, both then and now. Here is his first dispatch from ‘Nam. ▶