Company Daily Records (not recommended for PTSD patients or under 17.)
May 9th, 1968
is what i remember of May 9 1968, During the night our ambush team spotted
what they thought was a platoon size group of NVA digging in along a tree
line. It was open terrain all around us. At first light in the morning
we set out on a sweep towards the tree line. It was cloudy with heavy
fog and very damp. Being it was thought to be just a platoon size of NVA
we thought we would be back to our camp by noon .As we approached the
tree line all hell broke loose with small weapons fire and mortar rounds
landing 50 meters behind us but slowly getting closer with each round.
I was the asst. machine gunner and i could see the smoke from the NVA
mortar tube so i alerted the machine gunner of its position and he started
firing on it. Just as we saw a large plum of fire and smoke at the mortar
tube the machine gunner was hit in the shoulder and as i turned my head
to look at him i was hit in the head just under my left ear with the exit
wound on the back of my neck. I put my hand on the exit wound and could
place all four of my fingers into it and i then asked god to please let
me die. As i was lying there on my back i felt someone grab me by the
foot and crawl up beside me, he then pulled me unto his back and low crawled
me back out of fire.I dont know who this man was but he more than likely
saved my life. After i was out of fire i remember seeing a chopper go
down in a ball of fire. It wasnt long after that when i was put on a chopper
and taken to the USS Repose where i again met up with the machine gunner
and also met up with another member of my squad that was wounded a week
or so before i, he was wounded in the face and lost most of his front
teeth but he now had new teeth and was there with me when i woke up from
surgery. I realized then that i had been shot six times,(head, back, hip,
leg, and butt) and thank god he didnt take me seriously about wanting
If you would happen to know who saved this assistant Machine Gunners life, could you please contact the webmaster, Thank you.
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