Okay, I want to hear his story about the night of December 26th. Just tell him, tell the
story the way he told it earlier.
Nguyen Tat Dat:
At around 10 p.m. on the 26th of
December there was an alert. The enemy's planes were coming
to attack the city. I told the members of my family to take the first
aid kit, some water and hand towels. In the first aid kit there were
bandages, Mercurochrome and other necessary medicines for the
administering of first aid. My wife carried the children to the shelter
then. It was not until the second alert when I heard a lot of gunfire,
that I entered the shelter.
There were thundering explosions. I was trembling and
did not know what was really happening outside. I was really afraid that
we would get a direct hit over the shelter. After the bombing, we
climbed out of the shelter. I saw all the buildings around me in rubble
and heard people screaming and crying. I told my wife and children to go
downtown to the Sword
to get away from further bombing. But I remained to help out
because there were so many people calling out for help.
I gathered about six or seven other men and we went to
a public shelter that had been partially wrecked and tried to clear the
air vent at once. Then we lifted the concrete slab covering the shelter
and pulled out nineteen persons. Five persons were wounded and had to be
taken to the hospital for emergency treatment. We continued to go from
place to place to dig out the people caught in their shelters, people
whom we heard screaming for help.
It was very dark that night, there was smoke
everywhere and all the houses around us had collapsed, leaving a large
empty space in the middle of this section of the city. Later on that
night, electric generators were brought in to aid us in the search for
the entrapped, the wounded and the dead. We piled the corpses on the
pavements of the street. We worked on through that night, searching out