Question for military personnel. What is mekong?

In the movie Forrest Gump, Lieutenant Dan tells Forrest and Bubba to change thier socks frequently because because "mekong will eat a grunt's feet right off his legs". In this context what does mekong mean???


I know where the mekong delta is. I need to know the definition as it was used in the sentence I gave.

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    This is a reference to the Mekong Delta which is one of the largest wet lands on the planet. The problem was called trench foot in WW 1. It is the problem of having wet feet for a long time.

    Source(s): Ret. Army
  • cantcu
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The Mekong Delta where a large number of US troops lost their lives in Vietnam!

  • 1 decade ago

    They are talking about the Mekong River that runs through southeast Asia.

    There is a Thai whiskey called Mekong too. Powerful stuff.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Mekong Delta is a waterway in Vietnam !

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is the Mekong river Delta in Vietnam. Very humid and wet trench foot and blisters were very common.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Mekong Delta- a very swampy, marshy part of Vietnam

  • 1 decade ago

    Trench Foot and blisters and any other foot ailment named after the water that caused the ailment.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    it depends...

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