The company was crossing a valley when we came to a fast moving river. We used ropes to get across the river. I was coiling up the ropes when Huey gunships made a pass at us with guns blazing. I was out in the open on the riverbank a perfect target. They flew over me and fired on the company.
Berrigan was the only casualty. He was medi-vaced out and died the next day. I lost my closest friend. This was the 2nd time we lost someone to friendly fire.
I often wonder what if I had not stayed behind to secure the rope. I always walked in front of Berrigan on patrol when not walking point. I should have been standing where he was. It has only been 7 months and Cobb and I are the only ones left in the 1st Platoon from Fort Campbell.