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Recollections of Jack Burr

by Jack Burr
November1966

Recollections of Jack Burr November 1966

by Jack Burr

November 1966

RECOLLECTIONS OF FIRST LIEUTENANT JACK BURR, PLATOON LEADER, 3rd PLATOON, A

COMPANY, 1/35 INFANTRY BATTALION, 3RD BRIGADE, 25TH INFANTRY DIVISION, KONTUM

PROVINCE, SOUTH VIETNAM, 29 NOVEMBER 1966

I woke up the morning of 29, November, 1966, and knew it was going to be a busy day. As we were rolling up our gear, the CO called me to his hooch. He told me Battalion wanted a prisoner. I informed the 3rd herd. Then I asked for volunteers. I choose 6 from the upheld hands.

That made 8 of us including my radio telephone operator. Every one of the soldiers who held up his hand likely had the same motivation. Their friend had been killed by the North Vietnamese (NVA) the day before and now we were chasing them. It was my job to keep these emotional men in check.

I called the team aside for a quick brief of the plan I had in mind. I cautioned the men that we wanted the

prisoner alive. Our pursuit began in column with flank security. After about 500 meters we changed to a line

formation with 5 meter gaps. It didn't take long. The RTO, next to me, shouted