National Geographic : 1965 Jan
Captain Truong, too, received a like brace let, as did Y Jhon. Now all three were bound in alliance. The spirits having been appeased, the ceremony ended (ages 43-47). The rice liquor that remained in the seven jars was distributed to the soldiers in the strike force, as were the sacrificial chickens. The tension in the camp eased considerably. During lunch, however, a message arrived from the Rhade radio bunker just below the mess hall. Y Jhon wanted Captain Gillespie 52 immediately. The Rhade commander at Ban Don was ordering Y Jhon to join the rebellion and to march on the provincial capital. Gil lespie and I hurried below. We found Y Jhon at the microphone, stalling for time. Sandbagged timbers formed the roof of the underground radio room. The only light came from two eerily blue fluorescent bulbs attached to a gasoline generator chugging away out side. Water seeped from the clay walls, cre ating pools on the floor. Y Jhon sat at a table holding a hand micro phone. His eyes were frightened and wide.