The men of MACV-SOG experienced double engine failure over the mountains of Laos and narrowly survived a crash-landing.
As Cubans and Grenadians focused their fire on the truck, Yamane used it for cover, returning fire, laying down Ranger hate with his M60 machine gun.
McCarley was on the radio with Covey. “He said, ‘You have to get out of there now! There’s hundreds and hundreds of NVA coming after you! Now!’”
Operation Tailwind had rocked the NVA brass into rallying hordes of North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao troops.
Hernán Cortés led arguably the most fascinating, most consequential, and most harrowing special-operations campaign in history.
I took a last breath and slipped under the bubble line and through the escape hatch. The view of the submarine was breathtaking. It was huge!
On their ride back to Rhodesia, they were informed that a radio intercept confirmed the sabotage had worked and killed several Terrs.
The NVA’s general’s response ensured ST Alabama’s place in SOG history: “It was a division. We had about 10,000 NVA soldiers there that day.”
“Today, and even 45 years ago, my mind is blurry on the actual combat that occurred during Operation Tailwind. I can tell you there was a lot of it.”
The deeper B Company Green Berets and their Montagnards headed into Laos, the more they diverted the NVA forces attacking the CIA’s Operation Catapult.