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After covering the claymore with loose vegetation, the hit man moved down the trail, on the "friendly" side of the mine, a distance of fifteen or twenty meters and then concealed himself in a position from which he could electrically detonate the claymore upon observing an approaching enemy. The machine-gun team concealed themselves similarly, usually on the hit man's uphill flank. Upon detonation of the claymore, they engaged the enemy with machine-gun fire, fixing him (denying him the ability to maneuver) until the rest of the platoon moved forward to reinforce the killing position.
Slicks on final, sir! " Blair yelled from where he stood atop the bridge's command bunker, his AN/PRC-25 radio at his feet. Oh, double shit! I turned to my leaders, who as one looked back at me in total bewilderment. Sergeant Marvel, Weapons Platoon leader (the platoon had no officer assigned), broke an uneasy silence by somewhat meekly asking, "Sir, where do you want my people to go? " Fuck! I can't believe this! "Sergeant," I replied as calmly as possible, "you take the second Chinook ... or is it the first?
And this man was not atypical. Recalling previous experiences with our foe and countless accounts from other combat participants, it seemed to me you had to literally shoot his legs out from under him to stop him in place. After thinking about this for a while, I decided that the claymore mine was perhaps the weapon to do just that. But I was also concerned about the manner in which we had initiated the engagement, in effect by just running into our enemy. Moving up and down such a welltraveled trail seeking Charlie seemed to make little sense, and it could be dangerous.