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2nd Lt Dave Paterson commanded 8 Platoon - Killed In Action 20 March 1971 Huey Charlie Company Site Banner, displaying the RAR Corps Badge, US Presidential Citation, Vietnam Campaign Ribbons & Infantry Combat Badge
Eight Platoon - Members

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Pte A.N. Gould
Gouldy
katana1@bigpond.com
Wounded In Action 20 March 1971
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Alan "Gouldy" Gould's Story

We had split the platoon with Hoppy (Sgt Claude Hoppe) taking the other 1/2 and the Skipper (Lt Dave Paterson) with us.

We heard what we thought were woodchoppers and knowing it was a No Go Zone we figured they were VC.

The skipper formed us up with the gun on the high side, him in the middle and me to the right of him slightly forward (as I was the forward scout) trying to make out what was ahead.

We fired a couple of M 79 rounds and moved forward and then all shit broke loose. I got hit by a RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) and went down in a screaming heap and everyone hit the deck.

The Skipper rolled over to me and told me I was OK and when I saw him next he was dead.

The enemy we later found out was a reinforced  NVA company with a heavy weapon section including a 12.7 mm MG (Machine Gun) dug in, in a reversed U so I was in the middle of the killing ground with the section gun firing over me for protection as the NVA were attempting to get to me (I heard this from Gus Munzer 'cause I was so out of it I did not see them).

All I remember after seeing the explosion and the Skipper dead after he tried to reassure me was rolling on to my left side (I was hit in the lung and it was sucking ).

They told me later we were out there for 6 hours before the cav came in and picked me up to lift me to the LZ (Landing Zone). For that whole time the guys covered me and the Skipper with the gun and their own weapons and I was also told our section commander tried to pull me back but was taking fire from the 12.7 and could not do it (brave lad) and that's about all I remember apart from feeling really cold on the chopper and waking up next to a NVA in the next bed( but thats another story ).

We did our job
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