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LZ green, no prep. Got a large enemy force bottled up in Binh Loc four ... uh ... least a company, might be a battalion. Red leg, Blue Max, and the fast movers been working the area for thirty minutes or so. Got 'little people' to the north of the village and just inserted Ridge Runner [Bravo Company] on the west side. They'll tie ... hey, are you copying this? I mean really copying it, 'cause it gets sort of detailed. " "This is Comanche Six. Roger, taking notes. " And I was, while sitting in the door of a Huey traveling at ninety knots!
Recalling previous experiences with our foe and countless accounts from other combat participants, it seemed to me you had to literally shoot his legs out from under him to stop him in place. After thinking about this for a while, I decided that the claymore mine was perhaps the weapon to do just that. But I was also concerned about the manner in which we had initiated the engagement, in effect by just running into our enemy. Moving up and down such a welltraveled trail seeking Charlie seemed to make little sense, and it could be dangerous.
Up, goddamn it! Boom Boom, get your fucking ass out of the sack. " "Who swiped my fucking heat tabs? " "Jesus H. Christ, who did this? " "Just another day in the Nam. " Damn, their noise discipline is atrocious! Then it suddenly dawned on me. They were merely playing the game, purposely being a bit louder and more obvious than usual to attract the enemy's attention. This, of course, was unnecessary. Charlie knew where our NDP was. The morning log bird arrived, then departed. Shortly after eight, Charlie Company saddled up and began moving, casually, almost aimlessly, in a northeasterly direction, its soldiers carrying their hutch poles.