● March 19, 1970 “The day they should have died” :
While searching an enemy bunker complex, they quickly realized they were not alone. The abandoned cooking fires with food still in the pots was their clue. Their team of 21 men were quickly surrounded by what was thought to have been a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) battalion (300,800 troops). With enemy soldiers coming at them from the jungle all around them, as well as popping up from bunkers only a few feet away from them, the fighting lasted for hours with additional ammunition and support being dropped in by aircraft. In the end, not one of them was killed that day though plenty of Purple Hearts and commendations for valor were awarded.
● March 25, 1970 “The day Kregg was shot on the Nightly News” :
Six days after “the day they should have died”, the troop was sent back to the same area to scout for enemy movement. This time they had some extra personnel, a CBS News crew. Sgt. Kregg Jorgenson was walking point when he was ambushed by an NVA soldier and shot through both legs. Laying on the trail and assumed dead, it was the heroism of his teammates that allowed him to live through that day. Vietnamese scout, Nguyen Hue rushed into the line of fire and laid down cover while Kregg crawled to safety. A repayment for Kregg having saved his life six days earlier. Doc Del Valle then rushed forward and bandaged Kregg up while his teammates and the NVA traded gunfire over their heads. That was Kregg’s third purple heart and second in six days. He refused a restful assignment for the remainder of his tour and demanded to return to Apache Troop once discharged from the hospital.
● June 17, 1970 “A harrowing flight to save an ambushed Ranger Team” :
On the night of June 17, a five man Ranger team was out on a reconnaissance patrol. In the dense mountain jungles, they had no idea they were about to walk into a well planned enemy ambush. Two Rangers were killed right away, two more severely wounded and the radio was destroyed. It was up to the one healthy Ranger to run through the jungle all the way back to the operating base in order to bring help. It was the men of Apache Troop who answered the call, boarding their helicopters in the type of heavy fog most sane men don’t fly in. They landed to overwhelming enemy opposition but did not shy away from the heavy firefight. Apache Troop was able to save the survivors but not without their own peril. Tony Cortez earned his Silver Star that day, when not once, but twice he gave up his weapon to break from cover and run into intense enemy machine gun fire to drag wounded soldiers back to safety.