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  • Mathew Morrell
    The spider hole was well concealed by ground vegetation, and was difficult to see from the fox hole when the night wasn t lit by arsenal. MacIntosh approached
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 12, 2005
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      The spider hole was well concealed by ground vegetation, and was
      difficult to see from the fox hole when the night wasn't lit by
      arsenal. MacIntosh approached with caution; instead of a trail, he
      walked through waste high foliage because the plants and trees
      provided camouflage in the flickering dark. He was in green
      fatigues; twigs protruded from his helmet; and his face was smeared
      with mud. As he neared the spider hole he saw that it was dug into
      the ground beneath a rubber tree and was skirted by several bushes
      and surrounded by viney undergrowth. What was below, he could not
      say. The intelligence report he was given were vague and
      inconclusive. They did not specify the layout, depth or the use of
      the tunnel system, only that it might be connected to a much larger
      network. MacIntosh suspected that they were connected to Cu Chi—a
      vast tunnel complex extending from here to Saigon, 30 miles to the
      South. There were reports of Cu Chi being 60 feet in places, three
      levels deep, with weapons factories, field hospitals, command
      centers and large living quarters.
    • Mathew Morrell
      In his backpack were explosives, a tool bag, a flash light, wire and a detonation switch. Looking down into the spider hole, he realized that he would not be
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 15, 2005
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        In his backpack were explosives, a tool bag, a flash light, wire and
        a detonation switch. Looking down into the spider hole, he realized
        that he would not be able to squeeze through the opening with the
        back pack on his shoulders. He removed the pack and leaned it
        against the rubber tree. He was about to open the pack but froze
        suddenly and dipped his head down toward a thin, metal wire
        extending inches above the earth—--a trip wire connected to
        explosives. The spider hole was booby trapped. Careful not to trip
        the wire, he snipped it with a pair of wire cutters then disabled
        the explosive device by removing the crude, spring-activated
        switch. Afterward he removed a palm-size, retractable mirror from
        the tool bag, then laid on his stomach and peered down into the hole
        using the mirror and the flashlight. It, too, was booby trapped.
        Midway down the ladder was a trip wire, but this one was connected
        to the "trigger" of a grenade and could be deactivated by merely
        snipping the wire. MacIntosh worked quickly and efficiently, with
        thought free thinking, as if in a state of total awareness.


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