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   28 SCENE 4112 I HOLIDAY ISSUE
short demonstration. At that point Woody was talking on the land line to one of the perimeter fox holes telling them about our little illumination. He got off the line and said, “You gotta take it out to the guys; they would love it.” We both agreed that we had a duty to share this Christmas display with our fellow troopers. I folded it all down in the box, cut the brownies into pieces, and crawled out of the bunker.
The unfathomable darkness engulfed me. Often very cloudy, no moon or stars were visible. In fact, I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. Moving cautiously to the first fox hole, I whispered loudly that it was me. I quite distinctly articulated, “Don’t shoot.” There were usually two guys to a foxhole, some with overhead cover, but always with an open area in the front to shoot from. Remember, no light, or you got shot. I asked the guys to get out their poncho liner so we could crawl under it. With a little illumination from a lighter, I pulled out the Swedish Angel and carefully assembled it. The pasty mud all around us was slippery, so I had to hold it carefully. I lit the four candles and those lovely brass angels played their soft one-note-tune. It was not a real Christmas carol, but it was the best we could do on the hill that night. I
invited the guys to take a small piece of a brownie, and we reminisced about our best memories of Christmas at home with family and loved ones. Trying to preserve the candles, I quickly blew them out and broke the angels down into their box. The guys wished me a Merry Christmas and I crawled out to feel my way to the next hole. I repeated the process about a dozen times, each time whispering clearly and distinctly, “Don’t shoot,” then finding a couple of very surprised grunts.
The place I left the most surprised, though, was the command post. I found Colonel Baxley and Major MacDonald hard at tactical work. I shared my little story quickly, lit the angels, and offered them a brownie. I couldn’t believe it when the crustiest, toughest man I knew, Major MacDonald’s eyes misted over as he thanked me for a little Christmas cheer. It’s funny that, in that strange, surreal time and place in history, the Christmas spirit and a small gesture of kindness could impact young, old, hardened, green, warrior, friend, and brother alike. I hope some of those guys are still alive 49 years later, and maybe even told their kids or grandkids about our impromptu little celebration. And so I close with that radio language that still rolls out of my memory, “Three three, roger out.”
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