Mack Brinson is listening to a Recon Team leader tell a story about his most recent mission into Laos:
He continued in almost a whisper.
“We all stopped and strained our eyes as much as we could, and saw nothing. I couldn’t smell anything either. You know how, sometimes you can smell the NVA bastards because of their body odor—then I did smell something nasty. I was picturing a patrol of about ten NVA easing toward our position and felt my nerves zinging, getting ready to fight. About that time there was a big, loud ‘Whuff!’ and this damn hog came running through our position. Big sonofabitch, probably a boar, but I didn’t have a chance to check for balls! He didn’t do anything but snort and charge ahead, slamming through the brush right down the middle of the team’s perimeter. I told you that our team was good! Not one guy popped a cap when he came through. Turns out that that was really good considering what happened later. I didn’t check closely, but I’ll bet that a couple of our guys damn near pissed their pants.”
He paused and sipped again, winking broadly as he put down his glass.
“ I know I damn near had wet shorts!”