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Never do an enemy a small injury-- Machiavelli
How I Earned My Purple Heart7249 Reads
I remember when I earned my Purple Heart. We usually were packed up and ready to move out at first light, but for some reason or another we were just getting the order to move out and it was broad daylight. I had just finished packing everything away in my back pack when Charlie opened up on our position with a burst of full auto, AK-47. An early morning wake up call!
After a quick and close inspection of the ground I looked behind me, because some guys were getting ready to move out there before Charlie's wake up call, and I wanted to see that they were alright. About five meters behind me was a guy in the standing rest position. (That's when you hike your back pack up high to get the weight off of your shoulders and you bend over and hold your knees. This is how we would rest whenever we would pause going down the trail, but not have time to sit down.) It looked like he was feeling his chest and I thought he was hit. By then it was becoming obvious that Charlie had hit and run because nothing had followed that original burst of fire. I yelled to the guy behind me asking if he was hit. He was still messing with his chest and then his hand came out of the chest pocket of his jungle jacket, holding a pack of American cigarettes. That pack of smokes had a clean hole in one side and out the other. He had come less than an inch from getting a Purple Heart, or more likely having one delivered to his folks back home along with some very bad news.
Note: by Sarge Lintecum
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