He’d been sent to a Green Beret camp outside of Kontum, Vietnam. The Green Berets weren’t too happy to see a guy from Army Intelligence there. It was a long story, he said, involving some body dumped into the South China Sea, just like bin Laden; the Army was investigating.
They were expecting attacks, it being the birthday and all, and so, maybe as a decoy, maybe just because they were pissed at the Army, Chip was assigned his sleeping quarters – in an unprotected area.
He spent three nights there.
There were no attacks.
He didn’t tell me this story then. I’m thinking, tonight, that our children owe their lives to this non-event.