Dampd intimidating presence
No sooner than the patrol cleared the perimeter, when the NVA opened up on the point element. But being volunteered out all the time because some “hot shot” lieutenant wanted combat time was hateful to the troops in Nam. I brushed them aside so I wouldn’t roll over and give my position away with the sound of crackling.The choppers started landing and we were throwing the guys on board and some guys were hanging on the sleds. Our CO, Captain Isom, directed my third platoon to deploy farther up the trail.When I looked at Seiber and then at England, I could tell England was hit bad from the look on his face. We set up a hasty perimeter, dig in as best we can and expect a new attack any time.
I remember flying right back over where we had our contact.
Some reports say there were up to 36 but I don t think so.
With the artillery fire throughout the night it is true we pretty much we went without any sleep that night.
They fed me and gave me some new fatigues to wear, but all I could think of was to first take a cool swim in the stream.
It didn’t take much, so fearful were the patrols onto the boonies.
The jungle canopy was so dense it prevented the ships’ pilots from pinpointing our location.