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.