One of the missions of
F Troop was intelligence gathering. Flying to Hawk Hill on a first light mission
north of Chu Lai, we would go up along the coast & fly due west of the base.
We would sometimes see people running from the beach but could never catch up to
One morning we changed
tactics & approached from a different direction and caught a man & boy
on the beach. I held them & after checking the tree line, called for a
Marked by a red smoke, the lift ship
came in and the "blues" grabbed them, threw them aboard and flew them
back to Chu Lai for interrogation. They were on the ground less than one minute.
We were later told that the man had been classified as VC and turned over to the