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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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Target Minus 50-the cry of Corpsman

 

The corpsmen came. The bunker at Target Minus 50 was a shambles. Litter bearers converged from everywhere to carry the wounded to the battalion aid station, nearly 300 yards away. It was very far-the North Vietnamese artillery was raking Con Thien, searching for anyone who moved and for the medevac choppers trying to land. The doctors had only a few minutes to stop the hemorrhaging and clean off the mud. Then, in a helicopter that dropped in with a recoilless rifle, there was an exchange: one weapon for one wounded.

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