|Memorial service at Dia La pass for KIAs.
|From left to right: Wilson (with the PRC-10 radio), Gary Williams, Frank
Rodriquez, Ron Melendez.
The morning road sweep. Frank thought this was somewhere between Cobb
Bridge and Hill 10. They have just bought some ice cream from a vendor.
Some folks might question the wisdom of consuming Vietnamese dairy
products, making the mighty leap of logic that suggests their food
quality/purity measures are a tad under US standards. But, as we drank any
water at hand it probably didn't seem a big deal.
Road sweeps never seemed like a big deal to me. I don't remember much of
anything happening on any that I was on. If you don't count a couple of men
catching the clap while we waited for a truck to stop and run us back to Cobb
Bridge. This wasn't the way it always was though. I was just lucky.
You generally didn't see to many people stirring around on the roads before
the sweeps. One morning I had the last watch, it was just getting good and
light. Down the road, maybe a half mile, there were several people going
about their business. I saw someone on a bicycle run over a mine. You could
see fly through the air. Don't know what happened to him, died I suppose.