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It was one of the scariest moments in my life one of which I will never forget I can only thank god and be grateful for making it out of there I was only a kid at the time but I learned what it took to be a man and to act accordingly during my tour of duty But this experience was by far the worst and will haunt me until the day I die A little after 4 on the morning of the 29th of April when the North Vietnamese army started to shell Tan Son Nhut Some of their rockets fell on the Defense Attach Office compound and I got the news that there were Marine casualties Two of my kids ---Lance Corporal Darwin Judge and Corporal Charles McMahon----had been killedBy that afternoon my guess was that we had as many as 10000 people outside the embassy and perhaps 160 Marine guards to secure the perimeter There were not enough Marines to man those walls and to keep people from coming over into the Embassy The walls were substantial but once the people made up their minds to come over there was no way we could hold them back We put our men on the walls to insure that the people outside couldnt just come up and jump over or climb over We didnt know after all who was coming in And we knew that the people outside were merely Vietnamese wanting to go to America But in those groups there were also some troublemakers and there might be some guys with demolition materials and charges or something like that We were getting warnings from the Vietnamese military though the CIA all afternoon I got involved with Ambassador Graham Martin more closely He wanted to drive his limousine outside the gate and around o his quarters He asked me --a news crew on the scene - to open the gates filmed
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