EXCERPT FROM “HEIRS OF HONOR” – ‘CHARLIE’


“…Charlie was the nameless pajama clad phantom who was poorly equipped and yet, proved himself a deadly enemy.  He made every location dangerous; from village to the surrounding countryside, the cities and towns, and every hidden corner of the night.  It was Charlie’s land.  He intended to hold it and govern it, as he saw fit.  He laced it with bunkers and booby traps, and occupied it from the largest city, to the most remote mountaintop.  He had been there for a thousand years and had driven out many invaders.  We were just another imperialistic empire trying to snatch his land.  Charlie was filled with a raging fury, and he knew exactly how to use it against us.  He shattered many Western minds with his use of atrocities, showing us how far he was willing to go to earn the right to govern his own people….”

“…..There was more to our enemy than the black clad guerilla; there was the NVA (North Vietnamese Army).  It was as fine a conscript fighting force as any that ever marched onto a battlefield.  It was well disciplined, and fought with tenacious courage that surprised most U.S. commanders.  Despite our superior firepower, we always took the NVA seriously.  Their movements often drove us into our fortified camps, calling for artillery protection and air strikes.  Considering the numbers in which Charlie and the NVA died, I’ve come to believe our enemy in Vietnam had a determination and courage that is the stuff of myth and legend….”

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