Listen: Lieutenant Peterson, Richardson, Mayo discussed on Jocko Podcast
"The next morning, Brahms are in Guerrero called me over to them. The two artillery lieutenants, mayo and Peterson were also there grow said what we all knew. We can't stay here any longer. There is no doubt my mind that the Chinese will overrun us tonight. He said, we need to find a way out will Lee, will you lead a patrol lieutenants, mayo and Peterson, have already volunteered to go. I looked at the lieutenants and nodded my head. Yes. So they're gonna try and find a way out of this perimeter. And they're doing to do a little reconnaissance tonight or now to try and figure out there route so that then later they can get out of there and come up with a plan to get out of there. Back the book as we. And so they're crawling down a trench to try and look for the for the way out as we crawled down the trench toward the east side word got out that we were going on patrol Peterson crawled by badly wounded, radio operator, Lieutenant Peterson, where you going. Looking for a way out. He said Lieutenant Peterson, the radio, operator pleaded, please don't leave me here. Please don't leave me. You can't leave me here for them to get me. Peterson, looked shaken and I urged us forward. I heard him say he was sorry as we crawl off. Others reached out to us pattern on the back. In wished us. Good luck. As we move down the riverbed, the Chinese soldiers. Grab that us and held out cops, begging for water. I took my canteen, turned it upside down to show them that we had no water. So there's the enemy. They're also wounded lane in these trenches. It's just a total blood bath. And the Chinese soldiers are asking these Americans and he can accuse an imagine with these guys look like at this point, they've been fighting for weeks on end. They have no water. They've had no food. They're out ammunition, they're covered in blood. I mean, Richardson's actually wounded. And sorry, state they're in. You got the Chinese soldiers that are even worse state, begging for water. So these guys find a route in, I don't wanna make it sound like they found some easy escape route that's going to work. They found a possible way of getting out of this perimeter. And when they get back. They. They come back and put out the word like, okay, this is what we're gonna try and do. And. Grow talk. And he says, we move at seventeen hundred before the Chinese move in grow said word was passed. All able bodied men. They were told to make sure that they took what ammunition they had left. I got a burp gun and some ammo. The wounded men knew what was happening. Some broke down cried and begged us not to leave, please. Dear. God take us. One soldier begged me grabbing at my shirt. Don't leave us to the Chinese. Others just watched in silence. They knew they'd slow us down. They also knew that they'd be dead soon. They simply asked that we come back for them. But I knew we were leaving them to die or worse, get captured. I knew my orders and agreed with them. But I couldn't shake the feeling that I was leaving. So many good men. Men who'd fought well only to be left behind a die. I wasn't sure. I could ever forget this. Miss was the hardest thing I had done in my short lifetime.."