By Jacamo Peterson
"A challenging Place" a narrative of strive against 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 via the army as 1st wrestle Tactical quarter (1CTZ).From Rosemary's element at Chu Lai, to Da Nang, to the Tuy Lon River and the White Mountains, around the Hai Van go to Phu Bai.
They have been either recon and striker unit, occasionally simply trying to find 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 uninteresting, or "boonie rat" excessive in complete "battle rattle".
Sometimes assigned missions to find or seize particular goals. All in their missions have been either categorised and clandestine. Even their lifestyles was once denied. up to attainable their hobbies have been hidden or camouflaged inside of greater unit operations and hobbies.
Their operations have been frequently performed with niether back-up, nor aid on hand. They have been required to maneuver and continue to exist on their bush abilities, to evolve, over come, improvise, or if that failed E&E (escape and sidestep) 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 tough PLACE."
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I salute and say “Staff Sergeant Peterson reporting for duty Sir“. He returns my salute, stands up and sticks out his hand. ” I say with a puzzled look. He says “Aren’t you Big Jack Peterson’s boy? ” How in the hell does he know that? I wonder to myself. “I’ve known your family since, before you were born“, he says, “I’m from Port Bolivar just across the ship canal. I worked in Galveston before Korea. Matter of fact I was home about a year ago and ran into your mom. She told me you were a career soldier and at the time, that you were in Germany.
Come on back, the Colonel and the Sergeant Major are expecting you”. He opens a swinging gate at the end of the counter and holds it for me. Down the hall in the center and all the way back to the far end, there is an open door and I can hear low tone voices. As we enter I notice a CO’s desk on the right side with the flags behind it and on the left side of the room a conference table with about 8 chairs, all gray variety. There are two staff types in jungle fatigues. The Sergeant Major I have seen before but I can’t quite place him.
Me, well I’m just a choirboy. So I drive down into Cho Lon, the traditional Ethnic Chinese district of Saigon, and find my way over to the Dong-Khan hotel on the corner where you turn left to go to the Rice Mill (which is probably the strangest military compound in all of Nam). Stopping out front of the Dong-Khan I lock the jeeps steering wheel with a padlock through a length of trace chain that is welded to the floor, and notice with satisfaction that the gas cap has a lock on it. One of Charlie’s nasty little surprises, is to pull the pin on a grenade put a big fat rubber band around it to hold the spoon in place and drop it in your gas tank, the rubber band dissolves in the gasoline and the grenade explodes inside of a metal tank containing up to 10 gallons of gas, which you are sitting literally on top of.