National Geographic : 1965 Jan
The following morning at 8:40 I was in the mess hall when a first radio message came from Ban Me Thuot, the provincial capital to the south. Sergeant Bell decoded it and gave it to Captain Gillespie who passed it on to me. It stated that the montagnards had re belled against the Vietnamese Government. During the night, montagnard troops had marched on the city and taken the radio station on its outskirts. The parachute flares launched from the mountain the night before had started it all. Captain Gillespie Takes Command Before I could finish reading the message, Gillespie swung into action. Crisply, rapidly, he issued orders to his sergeants. Sgt. Gene Bell dashed out to tell Y Jhon Nie to bring his company commanders to the mess hall for a meeting "right now." Sgt. Billy Ingram, told to wire the ammo dump for electrical detona tion, grabbed his wire cutters and ran. Sgt. Vincent Skeeba hustled over to the Viet namese Special Forces to summon Captain Truong. Gillespie sent Sergeant Bleacher to round up all the Vietnamese Special Forces enlisted men and bring them to the American mess hall, soonest. Y Jhon Nie arrived first, followed by his four company commanders. All wore full uniform and bush hats. Automatic rifles were slung over their shoulders. Captain Truong arrived poking his khaki shirt into his trousers. Gillespie spoke. "I am taking command of this campl). A montagnard revolt has started. HOWARD OCHUREK ) N.G .5.