OASIS — Tired and thirsty, the North Vietnamese Army soldier clutched
the Chieu Hoi leaflet in his hands as he sought to find an Allied unit.
Almost simultaneously, Bravo Company of the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry
was moving into a night location in an area 57 miles south of Pleiku.
As the Famous Fighting Fourth Division company was chopping down some
trees to better fortify its position, the enemy soldier, clad in green fatigues
and carrying an AK47 rifle and rucksack, approached Bravo Company’s perimeter.
For Bravo Company commander 1st Lieutenant William Burdick of East Lyme,
Conn., the situation was tense. He would have to decide whether the enemy
soldier, now waving a branch, was sincere or not.
Lieutenant Burdick then took the precautionary measure of placing his men
in firing positions.