The troops were frequently transported from place to place by small planes called choppers and sometimes they would have to run through a stream of bullets to reach them. In addition, the choppers did not have doors and so one had to be careful not to fall out of them. When the men “loaded up as usual” and “lifted off”, Bowman “[looked] into the sky and [said] to [himself], ‘well Lord I’m in your hands now here’s another chapter in my life’ ”.