The Rescue of Private Pinter
By Scott C. Gruber
Copyright 2013 Scott C. Gruber
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October 19, 1971
Private First Class Howard Pinter had been in-country for about two months now, and had been surprised by just how little had happened. Sure, there had been the one firefight a few weeks back, and that corporal who'd been shot in the leg while heading to the latrine. Other than that, PFC Pinter's Vietnam War experience had consisted of a lot of sitting around, standing around, and occasionally walking around with a few dozen of his platoonmates.
Most of them were draftees, like himself. His September 14th birthdate had virtually guaranteed that he'd be drafted upon graduating from college. He'd thought about taking off-- running to Canada, running to Mexico, running to Antarctica, even. Somewhere in the world, there probably would have been a job for a young man with an undergraduate degree in physics and a head full of quantum equations governing energy transfer.