A Hard Place: A Sergeants Tale (Revised Edition) by Jacamo Peterson

By Jacamo Peterson

"A difficult Place" a narrative of wrestle operations in South Vietnam,Republic of, with the boys 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 performed within the northern provinces, dubbed by way of the army as 1st strive against Tactical region (1CTZ).From Rosemary's aspect at Chu Lai, to Da Nang, to the Tuy Lon River and the White Mountains, around the Hai Van cross to Phu Bai.

They have been either recon and striker unit, occasionally simply searching for intell, occasionally attacking and occasionally being attacked. frequently deployed to augment a small camp or firebase. occasionally workng as convoy security.Mostly it used to be sizzling! existence for them used to be both base camp uninteresting, or "boonie rat" severe in complete "battle rattle".

Sometimes assigned missions to find or trap particular pursuits. All in their missions have been either categorized and clandestine. Even their lifestyles was once denied. up to attainable their routine have been hidden or camouflaged inside of better unit operations and events.

Their operations have been often performed with niether back-up, nor help on hand. They have been required to maneuver and live to tell the tale on their bush talents, to conform, over come, improvise, or if that failed E&E (escape and stay clear of) again to a pick-up or rendezvous aspect for extraction.

This tale is ready serving in Vietnam as specialist infantrymen in a "No Such Unit Exists" prestige. a part of the "other" military in - South Vietnam, Republic of "A tough PLACE."

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I sit there with a thousand yard stare, and feel the beginnings of the San Miguel shits. Within three days I’ve gone through the records, the hooch’s and the excuses of some sixty so called soldiers, and selected 30 I think will make the grade. The rest have been sent of to wherever, to become cooks, clerks, and mechanics, all except for one. 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.

I take a seat on the side of the plane that is a sort of pipe-frame bench with cargo netting for seats and then we’re off. One stop at Phan Rang for fuel and a lunch break and back in the air for two more hours. Finally, the pilot, a Captain who can’t be more than twenty years old or so, looks down from the cockpit and yells “Chu-Lai coming up. We’ll be on the ground in 5 minutes”. The plane bounces to a halt and the hydraulic whine of the rear ramp commences. I get my gear and walk down the ramp.

Officially there are no Russian Military Personnel in South Viet Nam. Nor, have there ever been any here. ” “Amen Sgt Major. So, if understand you correctly, I am to put together a team for quick insertion, combat ops, with a tally sheet. ” “You’re quite welcome, and that is Sergeant Major not smadge, Staff Sergeant! Ok,” he says, “you will come here, to Battalion Headquarters every day at noon and we will have Intel reports, recon photos and any thing else you can think of that will help“. ” “Most of the volunteers are already here“, he replies.

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