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Re: Sapper Attack on Can Tho Airfield

Date: 3/21/2005
Time: 11:06:59 PM
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Howdy. I was a door gunner/pathfinder attached to the 147th Aviation in Can Tho during the Tet Offensive. I don't remember the exact day of the big assault on the airbase but I remember they started activity during the daylight hours and I knew it was going to be a long night. We guarded the choppers and I remember firing WP grenades from my grenade launcher out towards the perimeter. I always wondered if any of my rounds landed inside the perimiter. I'll never know. Awful night. To the best of my recollection I think over 100 Vietcong/North Vietnamese Regulars counted dead the next morning. I remember them walking mortars up the runway and knocking out the guys who were firing flares from their mortar tube. The next mortar hit dead center on the air traffic control tower. Do you remember this night? too. Douglas Ericksen

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