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Searching him, we found some documents and a photograph of him in an austere NVA dress uniform standing next to a rather plain young woman holding a small child. We laid him out neatly, compassionately, on a paddy dike and folded his arms across his chest. Then one of our soldiers placed a black-and-gold Cavalry patch in the center of the NVA's chest. Meanwhile, one of MacCarty's squads was pursuing the two more fortunate enemy soldiers, at least one of whom had been wounded. Regrettably, the blood trail soon petered out, and the squad returned empty handed.
He paused briefly, then added, "But even though I don't believe in luck, the hit today was a good omen. " But perhaps I should have. I would later find my first sergeant possessed an uncanny ability to predict the company's future based upon the outcome of events such as our encounter on the mountain that day. "Understand you're a mustang ... uh ... used to wear stripes," he said, again redirecting the conversation's course. I nodded. "That's good. Ex-NCO usually makes a better officer, least ways better line officer.
I'll be putting you in to the south. Want you to tie into Ridge Runner on your left and then string your men as far east as you can, all the way to the river that runs along the east side of the village, if possible. How copy so far? " "This is Comanche Six. Good copy ... little people to the north, Ridge Runner to the west, we're on the south. I tie in with Ridge Runner on my left and the river on my right. " "Roger, solid copy, Comanche. " Byson signed off, and Anderson passed word to One Six that we were going in green.