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November 1974, Tan Son Nhut air base, Saigon. In the predawn darkness, Lieutenant Dusty Waters ran toward an awaiting Huey. In his arms he carried a wooden crate filled with hand grenades. He kept his head low to avoid the thumping helicopter rotors swirling above. Once at the aircraft, he slid the crate onto the helo cargo deck and took a seat at the edge of the door, feet hanging over the side. He attached himself to a safety harness as the chopper lifted off the tarmac.

Lieutenant Waters was part of a small U.S. Military contingent still in South Vietnam in the waning days of the war. He was officially there to help the South Vietnamese keep their aircraft running, but today he was on a covert mission entirely off the official books. The chopper swung north along the Mekong River until they reached an isolated area where the jungle came right up to the river bank. The helo then dropped down to about twenty feet above the water. Waters opened up the crate of grenades, reached in and grabbed one. He pulled the pin and then tossed it into the water below. Four seconds later the concussion of the grenade could be heard, followed by a white spray of water that rose about twelve feet into the air. The chopper maintained its course along the river and Lieutenant repeated the grenade operation six more times.

Below on the water, the rising morning sun revealed a heavily armed Swift boat which seemed to appear out of nowhere. The boat raced along the path of the helicopter flying above, then slowed down to a crawl at the spot where the first grenade had exploded. Out on the deck of the boat, a soldier held a long aluminum handled net. In one fluid movement, he reached over the side of boat and swept the net across the surface of the water and picked up two large fish, then dumped them onto the boat deck. Dusty turned to look back at the boat below scooping up the trail of dead fish his grenades had left along the river's surface. The Huey lifted up and turned back south toward Saigon. Mission accomplished, there would be a fish fry tonight at Tan Son Nhut air base.


For sale is a vintage wooden M67 hand grenade crate with a manufactured date of September 1974. Crate was made by the Bennett Box & Pallet Co of Texarkana, TX. This super cool wood box is nearly 20" long, 12" wide and approx. 12" high and is made of thick (5/8") wood. If features a hinged top lid with lock clasp and two heavy rope handles. The box is in good condition with various military labels stenciled in black paint on five sides. Lettering includes: "HAND GRENADES", "30-GRENADE HAND GRAD - DELAY M67" as well as the weight, lot # etc.

This retired military box is ripe for repurpose. Great for firewood box or, misc storage as a small bookcase. Ad some legs for a unique coffee or side table. But hey, I'm sure you're exploding with great ideas for this cool crate.

This is a heavy item (14lbs) and due to it's ex-military life we will ship only to U.S.A. addresses to avoid any Customs snags-- thank-you.

Vintage U.S. Military Wooden Hand Grenade Crate - Box - Great for Firewood Storage


  • Materials: wood, rope, metal
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