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Con Thien

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Inside the Cone of Fire
Mike Company, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines

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Con Thien 4

I had gone to the rear,as if there is any rear at Con Thien to scrounge a carton of milk from Pfc Kenneth Birdsong, the helicopter landing zone controller. Two choppers had touched down, unloaded and shoved off. Enemy spotters must have seen them and radioed their 152-mm guns hidden 10 miles away. There was no warning when the shells came there never is when they come on top of you. The first salvo of three hit 100 meters away. A Marine dived for a trench. Others piled into a bunker. Five of us wedged there with ammo stacked all around.

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