“A lot of my friends were serving in Vietnam. I just wanted to go over there and buy them all a beer. That’s what I did”. John ‘Chickie’ Donohue was a civilian merchant marine from New York City who conned his way into Vietnam at the height of the war to search for his enlisted three best friends and deliver them some beer, mid-combat.
There’s Chickie above on the far left after finding one of hometown buddies in Vietnam. And here we are, unable to text our friends back in a timely manner.
A Milwaukee brewery, Pabst Blue Ribbon, heard about the touching story and made a documentary about the “Greatest Beer Run Ever”.