During our training in Recondo we were instructed that having found ourselves at gun point seemingly with no chances of survival we should smile at our foe. Surprised by such behaviour he would hesitate for a fraction of a second. This unbelievably short period of time meant the fine line between death and life. It gave way for other arguments and we had full cartridges of them. We would kill hundreds of enemies this way leaving behind dead bodies with the eyes telling the story of surprise and our smiling faces.
By no means was it an ordinary war. Our foe was faceless bereft of identity. The whole Vietnam was our enemy. Its climate terrain mud jungle mosquitoes and short weird inhabitants armed with Chinese weapons and unreal ideals.
In terms of military strength we outpowered the enemy. We had state-of-the-art technology napalm helicopters artillery support communications supplies of equipment. No way we could lost? Way. It is hard to imagine any army capable of defeating foe who is nowhere and everywhere at the same time foe who fights on his own ground which for us was hostile alien and hard to understand. With time we learnt some rules of that world we grasped the gist of fighting there. However it was primarily the fight for survival.
Ho Chi Minh the leader of the communists in Vietnam once said: you can kill ten of my men with the loss of just one of yours but you will still lose and I shall prevail. At the early stages of war in Vietnam we treated those words as a madman’s babble. Towards the end we had to acknowledge they were true.
In October 1967 having spent some time training at a school for special forces in Nha Trang I was transferred to a temporary military base in Don Dien as the leader of a distant recon squad of four men. We all had been in service for long trained in sabotage communication and intel. We were invisible to those who themselves tried to be invisible. We were the assassins of killers. Ready to bite. Yet the winter offensive of North Vietnam army smashed our teeth.
In 1968 a base located on the hill outside Don Dien found itself on the marching route of a regular communist army preparing for the strike on the ancient imperial city of Hue – the Binh Tri Thien province capital.
Al. Capone used to say that you can win more if you supplement outspoken words with a gun. We were not trained to give speeches. As for the guns we had plenty of them…
* Become an officer of the US Army and participate in one of its most bloody conflicts.
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