First and most importantly, all of Recon’s wounded survived. Sadly, Jerry ‘the Degree’ Trumm passed away this last year. I’m glad he lived so long. His greatest battle was fought from a hospital bed, which is described well by Hutch in his poem, Hero. You can read that under the SCRAPBOOK tab on this website.
Please help me out here…I’m relying on my memory, ha,ha. Please post a comment or email me if you were there that day. I was confused whether it was Alpha or Delta that was there and finally decided it was Alpha. Delta would have been on the firebase at that time. I would like to know Top’s name. Anyone remember the name of Alpha’s 1st Sgt. (?)
After the day described above, we were assigned a new Lt. I believe that was Lt. Cosper. Bravo Co. was bought in to the LZ and Recon “walked off” with them, back into the bush again as events in Cambodia were beginning to wind down.
We walked in two files; standard line company procedure with Recon taking point for one file. They were glad to have us and at this point Recon couldn’t have mustered a full platoon of able bodied men anyway. So in that way we were “attached” to Bravo. We crossed a river as soon as we got off the ridge. Rushing water almost chest high didn’t provide an ideal wash but did offer a little relief after being unable to wash or change our clothes for several weeks. I was more concerned about someone taking a shot at me while being so exposed… actually as we were almost all across when a lone NVA showed up on the bank we had just left, and was killed by Bravo Co. grunts. Maybe the sound of rushing water covered our presence (?) You would have to be pretty clueless to run into that many GI’s and not realize it until too late!
Goodbye Kuhn! I have never been more glad to leave somewhere in my life.