9 Feb 1969

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Lone Enemy Walks Blindly To Dead End

BAN ME THUOT A short range patrol from the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry killed one NVA and captured his weapon north of here.

The patrol, led by Sergeant Blain L. Shafer of Elkview, W.Va., was checking out the area immediately around their position when they heard the enemy soldier. The Americans took cover and waited for him to approach.

After determining the NVA was not part of a large enemy force, the five-man team opened fire.

"When the shooting was over, I instructed them to check out the man, being careful of an ambush," said Charlie Company Commander, Captain William R. McCall of Bristol, Tenn.

One SKS rifle and four clips of ammunition were recovered after the action.


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