If you’ve served in the military, you’ve undoubtedly slept in some crazy places. Last week, we asked our Vets, “What’s the CRAZIEST place you have SLEPT while serving?” Our friends at Saatva wanted to celebrate our Veterans by giving away a California King Solaire mattress to the craziest story.
From this single image call-out, we received over 700 replies.
Countless memories and great photos, such as the photo above from Clayton Bradford
“I was sleeping”.
Before we get to the list, we want to let you know that Saatva is offering a $150 discount to any Vets and First Responders on their mattress purchase, which is pretty sweet… Alright, here we go.
On the tire of an f-18 main landing gear while using a 2000 lb bomb as a pillow. Got woken up before the jet started to taxi forward.
While deployed we were enjoying an absolutely beautiful night. Like a perfectly starry night. I decided to sleep atop of our ambulance “a deuce 1/2 I am old” and fall asleep under the stars. However, dead ass asleep the ambulance sped off not knowing I was on top. That shit hurt and all I could do was laugh my ass off on the ground in the dark lol.
I slept in a Porto Potty in Iraq.
Underneath a running humvee during the winter to stay warm.
The jungle in Malaysia in leach infested grounds. Middle of a monsoon to train with Malaysian Rangers & keep good connections with allied forces.
In the middle of the Pacific ocean on a panga we interdicted carrying 1100 keys of coke…
…Specifically, on top of the $30 million load. After 8 hrs of watching the detained crew it was finally my turn to catch a nap…
…Total time onboard: 14hrs. 2 hr chase before that started at 2am.
On the rear deck of my M-60 tank during a hurricane. Was too humid to sleep inside so we through the tarp up to make due. Was raining so hard, and we were so dirty that we wound up stripping down for the best shower we had in days. And the next day we spent hours getting several tanks out of the mud, ugh!
Nut to butt standing up waiting in line for medical in-process. The guy behind me that kept me from falling multiple times is the real hero.
Was a SAR Swimmer and combat photography certified. Got tasked with SEAL team 2, some Rangers from 75th, 3rd SF group, 2 Marine Recon and 2 AF guys to go to Andros Island to take pics of insert and extract points, points of interest and anything else “they” wanted pictures of…
…A very bad tropical storm whipped up out of no where and we went from “Survivor” to “Lord of the Flies” over night.
Dug a hole and 5 of us grouped together to keep warm…
…I had a poncho folded in half to keep our heads “dry” and banana leaves as blankets. A trench was dug to funnel water away from us. Our 3 day stay lasted 7 days. SF guys captured a bore and SEALS dug a pit Hawaiian style….
…Couple of us went out past the shore break and got some live conch shells and luckily found some lobsters.
Tell you what, these guys will survive the apocalypse in style. You stay warm to survive. Nothing else matters.
(Andros Island is an archipelago within the Bahamas, the largest of the Bahamian Islands.)
If you ain’t caught a nap in an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine… you don’t know sleep, brother.
WINNER-SANDSTORM on the Iraq/Kuwait border…
During a sandstorm on the Iraq/Kuwait border on the back slope of an up-armored humvee. I stuck my boot in the cargo net and used the ‘patriot jack’ (a steel triangle thingy used to get a humvee off the ground to change a tire in a hurry).
I slept through much of the sandstorm until the routes were clear and the convoy commander woke us up to leave.
I was spitting out sand into a RipIt Atomic Pom energy drink can all the way to Baghdad. We were transporting General Petraeus’ Armored Chevy Suburbans for his motorcade.
We lost an entire stack of custom CTIS tires off the side of the Romanian bridge into the Euphrates River… NICE.
I was still dog tired and radioed it in… but didn’t stop.
Congrats to bosonboy13 on his new California King Solaire mattress! We hope you get the best sleep of your life.
On behalf of all of us here at theCHIVE and at
Saatva, thanks to all our Vets for contributing their crazy sleeping stories, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. As an added thank you, don’t forget that Saatva is giving a $150 discount on mattresses for Vets, Active Duty, and First Responders!
Saatva is the largest online retailer of luxury mattresses and bedding in the United States With five mattress styles – classic innerspring, memory foam, 100% natural latex, adjustable air, and the HD (heavyduty) for bigger bodies – Saatva has a bed to match every sleep style. All their mattresses are handcrafted in the USA with premium, eco-friendly materials and come standard with free white glove delivery and Saatva’s signature 24/7 customer support.
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