Mike & H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
Goi Noi Island
by Keith Hansford
I remember around middle of june, '69 word came we were to join several
First day and night bad, here we are on an island of regulars and
they didn't want us messing up their party. We finally got organized enough before sundown we got our wounded and dead out and got a
perimeter set up using several different squads from different companies. Sat up next to a burm
wall that was so tall and straight it seemed like a "railroad road bed".
I was a squad leader and went on LP's like everyone
else. NEVER tell a man to do something you won't do yourself. Anyway, I didn't feel right
about it that night. I took a guy how had been in country about the same time I
had, and a thirty day in man. Took all precautions, Briefed everyone precisely where we would be, radio silence, checked with the line up and
down, letting them know all details, still,omething felt wrong.
My "a" gunner assumed the gun in my absence, and about an hour
after dark we crawled very silently to our poss.and set up watch. Very uneasy,
kept it to myself. About 22:30 heard movement so close my gut ached. Directly in front.
The new guy was noddin so I put my hand over his mouth not knowing how he would react, poor guy turned white. at the same moment :
Thump>>>>Thump>>>>so close the flash of the tube outlined the gook mortar team,
Immediately all hell broke loose , we were between them and our line. Knew we were
dead, again,,, We had planned what to do in a similar situation and did it, we
radioed by our prc 88's we were comin in on a run in one mike..mike...,we each rolled on our back, pulled pins, on nod
threw, got at
Went to my gun and was called to burm, where some fool on that side had allowed a gun to be taken on their LP. they were not so lucky ,gooks got em and the gun. The screams , god help me ,,, gun started firing at our line ,what can you do man!! not sure our guys are dead .After repeated&repeated&repeated trying to raise them on the net ,our answer came by a gook voice on the radio!