"This came from a so-called credible source. I read through it, and from the language and what I know of how it was then, it seemed true to me too."
It sounded true?
8 lightly armed reconners would vol engage a NVA company on open ground, without cover or the advantage of the high ground, when they did not have to?
8 lightly armed reconners would outgun a company of NVA in a fair out in the open fire fight?
And when they had a working radio to call in air support on that company of NVA? Something they could have done if they had let that NVA company pass on by.
And an experienced recon Marine would jump to his feet, during a fire fight and take on a whole company of NVA while shooting a BAR with one hand while throwing frags with the other?
And standing there in the open until that Marine killed 50 of the NVA?
And that company of NVA would then after being outgunned by these small handful of guys would up and throw down their weapons and surrender to what is left of a small Team---- maybe 4 guys?
The NVA company would surrender as opposed to just running in the opposite direction?
And a recon Team leader, right after a prolonged fire fight in the jungle, with seriously WIA Marines to look after, with fear NVA help was on the way, would go around and find all the spent shells and bury them before getting his people the heck out of there asap?
Did he figure the NVA would see the spent shells but not all those dead NVA laying around, and would know a fire fight had happened right here?
And an experienced VN reconner would lose 45 pounds from an already small frame just because he was out of chow for a few days?
Or that an official USMC report on murder or the MOH
would fail to mention what recon unit these heroes were from?
Jumping in? It happened all of 3 times in VN for Recon. And not one of the 3 was the Blackburn patrol.
Those BARs taken on a VN jump?
A recon Marine telling an officer he had no idea where he had been on patrol-----somewhere behind enemy lines?
All recon team members were fully briefed at least once if not twice before they ever got on those choppers in my day. And everyone was kept informed once we were boots on the ground as to where we were.
Exactly what looked true to you my friend?
I find it hard to believe that anyone needed to fact check this nonsense and did not see it for what it was straight off.