A Marine Corps veteran in Omaha, Nebraska, is puzzled by a phrase he often heard during his service in Vietnam: give me a huss, meaning “give me a hand” or “help me.” One strong theory for its origin involves a type of helicopter known as the Huss, described in the book Marines and Helicopters 1962-1973 by William Fails. This is part of a complete episode.
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