Now one of the uh more interesting, in a way humorous, incidents that happened in connection with our going into Cambodia
was the seeking to get some kind of map or photo of the area since we had been forbidden to conduct conventional operations there previously, when the commanding general who would be conducting the operation, and I were talking together several days before we decided we needed some aerial photos, so I dispatched the Intelligence Officer down to MACV in Saigon
, to get some photos of the area early one morning.
And of course there were a lot of things going on and uh I didn't think much about it. But late in the afternoon it suddenly dawned on me that I hadn't seen this fellow before, since then, so we tried to get a hold of him and it turned out he was still down there. We got him on the phone and I said, where are the maps, we need them, and where are the photos, rather, and he said, well they won't give them to me. What do you mean they won't give them to you? And I said, do you explain why you want them, and he said, well they don't seem to know anything about it.
I said, well tell them to go over and talk to the Chief of Staff- Abrams, Chief of Staff and he'll explain why we need them. Well, in a few hours he returned with the photographs and then we found out why they didn't want to give them to us, was the photographs of course disclosed these huge craters, that B-52 bombing had been going on for some time- a year or more and we weren't aware of it officially. Indeed, I wasn't aware of it at all. Most of us weren't.
So I guess they didn't want to give us photographic evidence of that. But even though we were going to conduct an operation in to Cambodia
. So I guess it was a question of Intelligence people not knowing what we were doing and also protecting this other bombing that we weren't privy to. But, anyway, that was I thought an interesting episode.