Perry tries to write a letter to Kenny about killing the Vietcong soldier. He wants Kenny to know, and to think he's a good soldier, but he doesn't know how to word it. "Hey kid brother, I killed a guy" just isn't as easy to write as you'd think.
Their new hooch outside of Tam Ky is pretty janky. No generator, and the whole thing would go down if they were hit. Not promising.
Their first assignment while there? An ambush. At night, the squad and the ARVN hide out in tall grass and wait. Not scary at all.
A group of Vietcongs arrive the distance. Perry is ready to shoot, but the order isn't given. Which ends up being a good thing, because more and more start coming through—way more than the ambush squad. If Gearhart had given the order to fire, they would've all been killed.
That means the new lieutenant is starting to actually prove himself. Way to go, Gearhart.
They head back to base.
Simpson extends his stay thirty more days, and soon he gets into a fight with Captain Stewart about Stewart volunteering his men everywhere. Stewart says if he didn't want to fight, he shouldn't have extended.
They stay in the hooch for a week, and then are assigned to another ambush.
This time they aren't so lucky. While they're checking snake holes, the Vietcong opens fire on them.
Perry and the others shoot back, but when it's time to retreat, Perry can't move. His leg is hit, then his wrist.
Brew doesn't do too well either. He's hit too, and he's the last guy Perry sees before he's dragged away. Oh, the drama.