Wading in the Water


Charlie Bowman’s story “Kidnap Mission” is from July of 1967. In this segment of his experience in Vietnam, Charlie Bowman and his group were flown “into a forward base camp somewhere northwest of Trang Bang near a village named An Loc”. He frequently mentions his good friends Gary and Paul. He recounts how they were conducting a midnight attack in which they were “in knee deep water”. One of his friends was so exhausted that he fell asleep in the water. Being in the water could cause problems. For example, one man got a leech stuck in his bottom. Bowman expresses that although he felt sorry for his comrade, the rest of the men “had a good laugh” and “this made life bearable” for them.