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To be effective you had to be able to get in without tipping off the enemy that you were there. 50 STEALTH PATROL Once a team had managed to get inside, though, it was just a matter of watching. Watching and documenting. Each of the team leaders carried some sort of a journal or log, and whenever there was any sign of enemy activity, they would register the movements in the book. Specifically the teams were asked to record certain pieces of information: 1. The location of the sighting (coordinates) 2.

Eventually we quieted back down—we had to, considering that we didn't know whether there were any more out there or not—and we tried to finish out the night. Personally I could hardly sleep, I was so shook up from what had happened. It was absolutely incredible—the guy'd just frozen up—and as we'd soon find out, it would prove costly. The rest of the night passed without incident. The sounds of the gunfire were replaced by the sounds of the night, still and quiet. Just before daylight I woke up and noticed a few of the other guys already stirring.

They'd given us fifteen minutes to finish the run—I wasn't sure if everybody would be able to finish in that time or not—wasn't even sure what would happen if you didn't—but I sure didn't want to find out— . . past the airstrip .. —As I ran past the airstrip, only one other guy in front of me, I noticed a couple of guys wearing steel pots, standing around at the far edge of the strip—they were standing with a couple of Lurps, just laughing and cutting up, probably in on a layover on the way up to Da Nang—one of the Lurps looked up and noticed me running by—he threw down his cigarette, let out a loud cheer, and started clapping for me, like I was a runner in a marathon—the sight of those guys in the steel pots reminded me of just exactly why I was there—I was in no hurry at all to go back to the line company— .

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