Following the Brigade's initiative to relocate various smaller villages into fewer large ones, it opened up the opportunities for the use of greater firepower, particularly to the west, nearer the Cambodian border where the NVA frequented. Due to this, the Brigade stepped up its use of B-52 'Arc Light' strikes. As these occurred, frequently a patrol would be sent out to conduct a "Bomb Damage Assessment," that is, patrol up the length of the airstrike in an attempt to ascertain if the enemy suffered any casualties. The vast majority of the time nothing was found, just a massive string of 500-pound bombs ripping the jungle open. But every once in awhile...
It's 22 November 1967, and the squad is on patrol near the Cambodian border, conducting a BDA for an Arc Light that occurred earlier this morning.
That's how we like them, quick and painless! The BDA showed a destroyed comm site and three KIA, and the squad added another 2 KIA and three captured (2 were seriously wounded), with no casualties themselves.
Banaszak: "Call in the extract, let's get the hell outta here before they send more troops!"
Despite Swan's earlier, ahem, inconsistencies, he's done a great job the last two fights and is turning into a steady hand, as has Ham, so I'm bumping both of them to S&D 4. Don't let me down...