Lt John McSwain optomistic Gr II leader
SSgt Davis shy cautious Gr III leader Dynamic leader card
Cpl Lawrence gambler; greedy Gr II leader
Sgt Colton cunning Gr I leader
John's heart sank as Lt Jaroze briefed the operation. His platoon was the blocking platoon again! When would Patterson give him a chance to show what he and his men could do?
Sgt Colton's spirits soared as the LT told them that they would be a blocking force for the operation. How lucky could they get? Credit for combat without having to advance against the enemy! The company was to assault a gook hill and all 1st platoon ahd to do was sit back and prevent the Charlie from slipping past them.
3 hours later they were in the bonnies and the radio crackled. 3rd platoon had run into heavy resistance. Lt Jaroze was going to change them to the blocking force and 1st platoon was now the hammer. Mission: advance and clear hill 421 while enemy was engaged with 3rd platoon.
McSwain's plan was 2 squads forward and 1 back. He chose SSgt Davis to lead with the river to his left flanked in echelon with Lawrance. He would hold Colton back with him. Jaroze promised him 105 support and the hill errupted in flame and they started off.
near the river
All was great until 1st platoon was withing 60 yards of hill 421. Suddenly a HMG opened up from the hill and a trench line was discovered. 1st poured fire on the HMG while Lawrence moved 2nd squad up to deal with the trench.
Suddenly on Cpl Lawrence's right a heavily armed VC
squad moves through the bamboo to hit his flank!