By Kenny Trujillo, Army
Writing Type: Prose
By Kenny Trujillo
I experienced it in Vietnam—an "ambush," set up by my own comrades.
I was talking with this one soldier about money needs, and I gave him a $20 bill just to help him out.
He happened to notice that I had a few more $20 bills on me. So, he went back to his set-up location, and I could hear him tell his other buddies that they were going to wait until I was asleep. Then one of them was going to sneak up on me and stab me with a knife, take the rest of my money, and make it look like the enemy had come across our perimeter and killed me.
Later, one of them came over to me and thought I was asleep. When he was over me, I made a grunting sound to indicate I was awake.
He went back to his location to tell the others I was still awake and they’d have to wait longer until I was asleep.
By the grace of God and “friendly fire," I stayed awake until the next morning.