“We had some bad guys shooting at us while we were set up for a couple days. I was in a foxhole with another guy. He was not the 60 gunner but we need the fire power so he got on the M-60 and started shooting.
He had his shirt off. A hot round off the 60 bounced off the side of the foxhole and hit him in the back. He thought he was hit and was making the noise a wounded guy makes. You know like ‘I don’t want to die in this country!’ and stuff like that.
After the shooting stopped I had time to bandage the wound. Only problem was I couldn’t find the wound. Haha! After we figured out what happened he told me if I ever told anyone he would kick my ass. I believed him and didn’t spill my guts until today.”
– Ronald Salzer. Co C 3/8 4th ID 1970. Vietnam.
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