Monday, May 17, 2010

17 May 1970

17 May 1970

(from diary)

I’ve just observed some tactical wizardry which defies imagination!  The order was given this morning that members of the CP group would move to the tree line 200 meters to the east.  We were to take our fighting gear - but could leave all our other gear behind, including tents - because we would be coming back tonight!  We must camouflage our tents so the VC won’t know where our exact positions are.  We left a squad behind to guard the gear and act as an OP.

Now, the purposes for all this were to keep the VC from knowing we’re going to be staying in the same place for two nights in a row and… to make the colonel think we had moved our position!  Now, the colonel is not the most brilliant man in the world - but he is not the dumbest either. 

In order to make this move, we had to maneuver around a flooded rice paddy and across a deep stream.  Result - total confusion and a classic cluster ____.  Everyone yelling - etc.

Gunny’s temper seems to be a little on edge this morning.

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