|Admiral Ulysses S. Grant Sharp, U.S. Navy, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Command, 1965. (Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)|
We have firefights pretty close to Saigon. In fact, an officer who I sent up to Bien Hoa Air Base last week to supervise airplane arrangements for the show “Hello, Dolly!” was involved in a running gunfight most of the way back to Saigon with snipers at night. Am sure Major Metheny did not much care for it, but all my people understand the need for certain risks. It is just ABSOLUTELY essential that someone show the way, to lead, as we have gotten ourselves into thinking like the French before us: Stay in the cities, don’t go over the roads, don’t use the railroads. Was very proud when I watched the first train in 8 months pull out of Saigon headed for Bien Hoa Air Base, because I did it in spite of people and not because of them. No war has ever been won by defensive operations; you must be aggressive and forceful. Well, that’s just some more two-bit philosophy by a tired young lieutenant colonel. Reckon I just like to win too much.
I keep about $100 cash on hand all the time because there are contingency plans which could cause me to move real fast from Saigon to other countries. Am going to have to do a little traveling now and then just to keep my finger on things. General Crowley has already suggested that I go back to Qui Nhon to check beach conditions and there are other places which need some attention.