- The rain didn't reach the ground underneath the canopy except when a
mortar shell exploded nearby and the vibration shook the trees and
drops of water showered his fox hole along with small rocks and
shrapnel. The explosion immediately deafened him. He heard
nothing, save for the rattle and pop of machine gun fire. Then, a
little louder, his machinegun fired low into the undergrowth; as he
lay flat on his stomach, squeezing the trigger in short blasts, his
fear and anguish overwhelmed him and he released a throaty scream.
The only other soldier in the fox hole was dead, nearly decapitated
by the shell explosion.
Ed MacIntosh was an artist from Kansas City. MO., but in Vietnam he
was a tunnel rat: a soldier specifically trained to explore and
flush out VCs from underground tunnel systems. The standard issue
for "tunnel rats" was a .45 automatic which he kept in a leather
holster, and a 4 inch combat knife used for hand combat in confined
spaces. The AK47s were reserved for the second and the third men in
Ed MacIntosh's "rat" team, but both had expired in the fierce
fighting tonight. Night covered the jungle in ink-black darkness,
except for blasts of machine gun firebright, sulfuric blasts
flashing against the canopy high above. MacIntosh reloaded quickly,
and now crouched on one knee. Out of a spider hole emerged two
Vietcong in black pajamas. The two flitted through the woods. Ed
fired in sweeping motions toward the irregular movements they made
in the undergrowthand soon the movements stopped.
QUESTION: What does MacIntosh, the "tunnel rat", see when he enters
the spider hole and descends into the underground tunnel? Mind you,
the tunnel exists in four dimensions!