Soldiers With Their Civet Cat And A Mortar Parachute
Cai Cai 1966. Richard H. Dick James standing 2nd from left. "We had just made our civet cat airborne qualified, using a mortar parachute off the observation tower. Sergeant First Class Allard, Staff Sergeant Conard, Sergeant Richard "Dick" James and Staff Sergeant Passmore. We got a group of four A-teams together, made a night jump at Bragg, and each team hiked to a target. We hiked (during the nighttime) to the Bragg Ammo Dump. Arrived before dawn, and reconnoitered the site. In the early dawn we cut our way through the fence/barbed wire, and snuck onto the grounds of the ammo dump. We then placed signs on each bunker, saying 'destroyed by Detachment A-42, Company D, 7th Special Forces Group.' The other three teams did the same at the base water supply and power supply, as well as the aircraft on Pope Air Force Base. The Ft. Bragg commanding general was livid, and chewed out everybody involved. It was a 'blast.' None of the teams were ever spotted." — with Richard H. Dick James. Photo by Richard H. Dick James.
Carrier-based Transport Aircraft, paratroopers would fly out the back bay door, in quick succession, during strategic deployments. "ahhhhhhhhhhh, the Bou...........loved the ramp exits on them......16 paratroops all streamin out like shit out of a cows arse !! HOOAH !!" Comment by Vietnam Veteran, Howard Swede Ware.