Okay. We um left our base camp early in the morning. I
guess, it was about um... before daybreak. And we got in the heliport
where there were 64 helicopters waiting, which was uh much bigger than
we had ever experienced before. Uh, we got in the helicopters and
started up and we did not know where we were going because it was,
everything was in total secrecy. Uh, as we went up our direction
apparently must have been, well we didn't know which way our direction
it was, but we made circles.
And while we were up there... about 7:30 quarter to
eight in the morning, we got a call on the radio stating that we were
involved or we were gonna be involved in Operation Cedar Falls. At this
point, as I recall, the helicopters started uh... towards, started going
at maximum speed, at times very low to the ground and when it came upon
a jungle area or some trees it would go right over the trees and back
down to the ground as uh close as it could, I guess, and it was flying
at maximum speed.
And eventually we were found ourselves heading into a
village at which time the helicopters touched down long enough for us to
get off the helicopter and it just took off. And we're landed in rice
paddies, and when we got off the helicopters it was quite deep where
water was above our waists and you looked around and there were a few
bunkers with guns sticking out of them. And at the same time we heard
artillery and air support. Everything seemed to happen at the same time.
Then there were people runnin’ from all different directions.
We knew what we're goin into, that it was Operation Cedar
Falls, but what we'd encounter was totally surprise. And, of
course, when we saw those weapons it, y'know, it was quite scary to see
those weapons sticking out, and had there been anyone in there...
manning these weapons, it could have been really chaotic for the entire
company landing in that, uh in that area.
We proceeded to uhm get in the er, in the village
itself where we crossed the road and uh, get in position to set up uh,
uhm a perimeter where we stayed that evening, securing the area or our
area and putting out our listening posts and just waited until further
notice or for other things to happen. And that's where we remained that