Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam

BAPTISM by means of FIRE

Chris Ronnau volunteered for the military and was once despatched to Vietnam in January 1967, armed with an M-14 rifle and American exhibit traveler’s assessments. however the latter quickly proved relatively unnecessary because the inner most top notch stumbled on himself within the thick of 2 pivotal, fiercely fought immense pink One operations, going head-to-head opposed to crack Viet cong and NVA troops within the infamous Iron Triangle and alongside the treacherous Cambodian border close to Tay Ninh.

Patrols, ambushes, plunging down VC tunnels, seek and wreck missions–there have been some ways to force the enemy from his personal yard, as Ronnau quick chanced on. in accordance with the magazine Ronnau saved in Vietnam, Blood Trails captures the hellish jungle conflict in all its stark life-and-death immediacy. This wrenching chronicle can be stirring testimony to the quiet braveness of these unsung American heroes, many no longer but twenty-one, who had a task to do and did it with no complaint–fighting, sacrificing, and death for his or her kingdom.

Includes 16 pages of infrequent and never-before-seen strive against photographs

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Often there has been one GI, bored out of his brain, who led the women in an never-ending parade round the base. on the finish of the day, they left the bottom and back to their villages earlier than curfew. after all, a few have been VC or VC sympathizers. After paintings in this day, as they have been headed domestic they by surprise veered into our region to dig in the course of the trash cans for discarded Cs. it seems that they constantly did this once they observed troops stationed within the Reno web site staging sector. Fairman went nuts, bellowing in Vietnamese, “di-di-mou, di-di-mou,” for the gooks to depart.

I moved my arm from side to side to trap a few moonlight on my wristwatch. We’d many times been informed that if the VC attempted an evening attack they continually all started it prior to 0200 hours. That gave them sufficient time to prevail or fail and nonetheless escape ahead of the dawn’s early gentle introduced the potential of air spotters and both artillery hearth or shut air aid with bombs or rockets. by way of the self-winding Omega that my neighbors Larry and Paul had given me as a going-away current, it used to be a couple of minutes earlier hour of darkness.

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