Charlie Don't Ride Short Sleeve

Regular price $28.00

"Charlie Don't Surf" is a famous line from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, spoken by Lt. Col. Kilgore as justification for taking a beach at the Mekong Delta so the American soldiers could go surfing.

American soldiers referred to the Viet Cong as "Victor Charlie" or simply as "V-C." "Victor" and "Charlie" are both letters in the NATO phonetic alphabet, corresponding to 'V' and 'C', respectively.

"Charlie," when used alone, referred to communist forces in general, both Việt Cộng and Vietnamese.

Anyway, we changed "surf" to "ride" and now you know the story behind the Charlie Don't Ride Short Sleeve Shirt!