Chuck Carter - Army

I was a young 20-year-old first lieutenant serving as a Field Artillery Forward Observer for an Infantry Company in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a member of the 4th Infantry Division.

I can't forget the many enemy deaths I saw caused by all of the artillery I was responsible for firing. I am especially haunted by actions of April 24, 1969, when I was forced to call fire on my own position to deny the enemy access to us and allow us an opportunity to withdraw from a superior force.

I also had been forced to become the acting company commander as all of the infantry officers were dead, and the thought of possibly killing my men still fills my dreams.



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