By Jacamo Peterson
"A tough Place" a narrative of strive against 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 carried out within the northern provinces, dubbed via the army as 1st wrestle Tactical sector (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 infrequently being attacked. usually deployed to augment a small camp or firebase. occasionally workng as convoy security.Mostly it was once scorching! lifestyles for them was once both base camp dull, or "boonie rat" extreme in complete "battle rattle".
Sometimes assigned missions to find or seize particular goals. All in their missions have been either labeled and clandestine. Even their life was once denied. up to attainable their pursuits have been hidden or camouflaged inside of higher unit operations and events.
Their operations have been often carried out with niether back-up, nor help 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 aspect for extraction.
This tale is set serving in Vietnam as expert infantrymen in a "No Such Unit Exists" prestige. a part of the "other" military in - South Vietnam, Republic of "A difficult PLACE."
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I don’t need more, OK? Com’on Sarge, be cool. I can soldier when I need to. Straight up, no Bull Shit. “We’ll see” I respond, giving him a Drill Sergeant stare. He fires up the ¾ ton and were off and running up the road to Chu-Lai. The Base Camp, home of the 23rd Infantry Division “Americal” Division. the Chu-Lai is a big sprawling base along the coast between Cam Ran Bay to the South and DaNang to the North. We drive through the middle of the base to the North end, which is called Rosemary’s Point and is home for the 23rd Infantry Division Support Command, and any attached units such as the 57th Trans Battalion.
The Dong Khan is at best a second-rate hotel, with virtually no amenities. But, the rooms are clean, the linen is white, the ceiling fans work, the shower is hot, the rates are cheap and the place is owned and operated by the Saigon Tong Society (white dragon or something like that) and nobody in their right fucking mind messes with the tong or this hotel. MPs don’t come in here, or the Vietnamese police. So it is a cool place to come when you are in Saigon and relax a little, order in lady of the evening, and then go up to the fourth floor, to the best Chinese restaurant this side of Shanghai.
Hell, I’m damn near ready for anything. They have assigned me a room in the in NCO barracks and have brought my gear out from Long Binh. But I know where I’m going to spend the night and it ain’t in any fucking barracks building. So I mosey on over to the motor pool, which in this place is open 24 hours a day. m. to you citizens). A few minutes conversation with a young PFC and I drive out into the cooling Saigon evening air in a HQ USARV old-style jeep it’s the one that looks like a jeep and won’t flip over if you turn too hard.