I was third back from the point team. The trail went
thru a small clearing just ahead. We paused while point
snuck to the edge of the clearing. Immediately he fired a
controlled burst of 3 or 4, followed by a spray till the
mag was empty.
I moved to the right edge of the trail so I could see
what was going on, and have room to fire. A huge black
bird was flying out of the clearing. I could see just the
right wing and it seemed about six feet long. It reminded
me of the time I was walking in the woods and spooked a
Great Horned Owl, thinking, how could such a huge bird
find room to fly thru thick woods.
We moved up and secured the clearing. The point man
was still in the same spot, but sitting down. He had the
expression of a five year old trying to be a big boy and
He was saying, It was a VC standing right in the middle
of the clearing and I got him for sure. I said, it wasn’t a
VC, it was a huge black bird, I saw it.
Then he did start sobbing, saying it was a VC, that he
saw the bullets impact on his shirt, but then he turned
into a huge black bird and flew away.