During the company's participation in operation Vernon Lake II. We spent several months in the mountainous region southwest of Quang Ngai City.
Because of the need to maintain and feed three companies on a daily basis, we had amassed quite a large stock of supplies. At the close of the operation we of course had to secure the area and destroy anything that might be of use to any VC remaining in the region.
When the explosions started and GI's started
screaming, we immediately hit the ground thinking that we were under
fire. We learned a very valuable lesson that morning. You never dispose
of cases of C-rations by tossing them into a really hot fire. By the
time we understood that we were not under a mortar or rocket attack,
quite a few of us were getting burned up by a continuous shower of
scalding hot Ham and Lima Beans and other food from the exploding cans.
We should have used that junk instead of Napalm.
A B-52 cell, cleaning up the countryside during our operation.