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22 Sep 68 Ivy Leaf

Rots ‘o Ruck

OASIS—The incident occurred as Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, led by Captain Jonathan Tower of Essex. Conn., was making a sweep of a large hill two miles from its night location near Kontum.

"Nothing had happened all day," said Specialist 4 Depremo of New York. "Suddenly sniper rounds started coming at us from our rear. We took cover and began returning fire instantly."

The battle lasted only a few minutes. The 3rd Brigade soldiers sent the enemy fleeing.

"I couldn’t believe my eyes as I looked at my rucksack," he said. "There was a large hole in it." It was a sniper round.

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