A BIG BANG WELCOME
I learned the nights weren't for sleeping
Night in the Field
Upon arrival in
Just after , I was rattled from a nervous sleep by a loud, nearby explosion. I jumped out and peered out of the tent into the darkness, to see what looked like a small mushroom cloud. “Holy crap!” I thought, or something to that effect, "we're under attack!" As my brain finally awoke, I realized the “mushroom cloud” was just a tree against the darkness of the night, and, as I was to learn later, the “explosion” was one of our tanks, about 50 yards from our tent, firing H & I missions (Harassment & Interdiction fires). The H&I's were there to stay; any sleep you got was optional.
I went back to sleep thinking that this was going to be a very long year.
Sp4 Danny Yates