By Jacamo Peterson
"A challenging Place" a narrative of wrestle operations in South Vietnam,Republic of, with the lads of a small unit referred to as a cellular response or "Mike Force". They operated out of Chu Lai the sprawling base camp at the coast of South Vietnam, domestic to the twenty third Infantry department and the seventy fifth Rangers. Their missions have been carried out within the northern provinces, dubbed through the army as 1st wrestle Tactical area (1CTZ).From Rosemary's element at Chu Lai, to Da Nang, to the Tuy Lon River and the White Mountains, around the Hai Van move to Phu Bai.
They have been either recon and striker unit, occasionally simply searching for intell, occasionally attacking and occasionally being attacked. usually deployed to augment a small camp or firebase. occasionally workng as convoy security.Mostly it was once sizzling! existence for them was once both base camp dull, or "boonie rat" excessive in complete "battle rattle".
Sometimes assigned missions to find or catch particular ambitions. All in their missions have been either labeled and clandestine. Even their lifestyles was once denied. up to attainable their events have been hidden or camouflaged inside of better unit operations and hobbies.
Their operations have been frequently performed with niether back-up, nor help on hand. They have been required to maneuver and live to tell the tale on their bush abilities, to conform, over come, improvise, or if that failed E&E (escape and ward off) again to a pick-up or rendezvous element for extraction.
This tale is ready serving in Vietnam as specialist squaddies in a "No Such Unit Exists" prestige. a part of the "other" military in - South Vietnam, Republic of "A not easy PLACE."
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Off in the distance I can hear the crump crump, crump of a 105 battery firing. Must be LZ Bayonet, I think, remembering the maps. So, I pick up my packs and carry them under the shed to get out of the sun. Half an hour later, and I’m on my fourth camel, wondering if I’m gonna have to hump these bags into camp or what? I finally see a cloud of dirt coming down the road to the North. A few minutes later a ¾ ton Dodge (M37B1) comes rattling up to the shed. Driven by the damnedest looking US Army Soldier I’ve ever had the misfortune to observe.
OK Sgt Major, but what am I really here for? You guys need an enlisted platoon leader for a reaction force? ” “No“, he sighs. “I’m going to give you the short end of the stick. There’s a good chance you’ll end up getting whacked. If you make it through you probably won’t even get a God Damned thank you. You are now part of a Mike Force unit that doesn’t even exist, and your job is to hunt people and kill them. ” “You mean this is the tail end of the fucking Phoenix Program“, I say. ” “It is“.
SP/4 Rodriguez, whom I know exists because he has a 201 file, and a bunk, and a foot locker. A small fetish shrine to either Jesus or Santa Ria. I can’t quite make out which.