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50 caliber cambodia browning

Looking over my Browning M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun as we move down a jungle road in Cambodia.

This was our first day in Cambodia and we were being harassed by a blocking force of NVA who would scurry unseen through the thickets, stopping now and then to send a burst of AK47 fire our way. We would stop, herringbone the tracks and level the brush with .50-caliber fire as the squads would dismount and open fire from the depressions along the shoulder.

This scene would repeat five more times until we finally headed off the road as the sun began to sink.

Peter O’Rourke – Alpha Company, 2-22 Infantry (Triple Deuce), 25th Infantry Division, May 1970.

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