First we roll up the men. Because combat patrol uses teams rather than squads I rolled up the ASLers as well.
Lt Braxton Pre War NCO jovial/ family Gr II +1
SSgt "Smokes" Hayes Baker Cheap/ girls Gr I
Cpl Dunaway Ranch Hand Fanatic/Pleasure Gr 0
Sgt "Big Joe" Lawrence store clerk Likeable/pleasure Gr 0 +1
Cpl Nance orphaned cocky/ religion Gr I -1
Sgt Trumble son of a preacher likeable/ government Gr I +1
Cpl Blaze store clerk cheap/ pleasure Gr 0
Lt Braxton's plan was to have his best squad (1st) cross over the footbridge; his worst squad (2nd) provide covering fire from the top right and his last squad advance to the swamp and either provide fire or advance.
1st squad team able runs into a ... ATG! ( Lucky roll on the table.)
Seeing Smokes get across. Lt Braxton directs 3rd squad to follow up their success.
Fun first battle. Lt Braxton is pleased with the platoon. He thinks briefly about putting Trimble in for a medal but there is probably not enough there and his CO Capt Grimes, will be cautious because he wants to become Maj Grimes ASAP. That said, Capt Grimes must be impressed with the platoon because an unarmed man shows up at the platoon and introduces himself as "Black ink" Webb. He has been given permission to write about the platoon! Just what Braxton needs!!!