Flying in a sixteen Huey formation air assaulting for trouble at our Brigade Headquarters base camp, Quan Loi.
After our high losses at LZ Billy on December 3-7 we were extracted to a small forward LZ to regroup. We then patrolled safely in the Michelin Rubber Plantation, essentially marking time. In early January it was our turn to rest again. We flew to Quan Loi where the General, Colonels, and staff officers were.
We did a full air parade standing on the skids, slowly landing on the runway. Garryowen! It was slated to be a special rest, no greenline guard duty, cold showers, hot food every meal, fresh clean uniforms, professional haircuts. But the mood of Alpha Company was underestimated and we nearly made some kind of history.
The plan was that all weapons were to be cleaned, inspected by the armorer and locked away. In the afternoon the men were welcomed at an improvised EM Club. Beer. Soldiers from the rear units were also at this club. Soon ripping off their Cav patches and stabing knives through them onto the walls started the trouble.
The m-16s, m-79s, and m-60s were safe but the men still had their frags and smoke grenades. It continued with the smoke bombing of the Remf's hootches. The CO, 'Stop this shit before somebody gets killed!' Our new 2nd Lieutenant was reluctant to go out into the Company area. As I found my men I sent them back to their area. They listened to me, I had ways of being feared.
As this mock gangfight was winding down the base received 107mm rockets, five foot long firecrackers that the NVA aimed off of crossed stakes. The men wanted their weapons back. It was a circus all night.
The next morning we moved out of civilization and set up at the end of the base runway. No more rest-and-recreation for Alpha Company. In the end nobody was given non-judicial punishment Article 15.
It was an Alpha Company freak night and morale climbed. Soon the sour milk drop got it where it belonged.
A/2/7 1st Cavalry
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