His Army assignments included squad leader with the 14th Brigade's "Golden Dragons," and track commander with the 10th Cavalry's "Buffalo Soldiers." While serving with the 4th Infantry Division in 1970, he was wounded in the right leg by a punji stake
while making his way through high elephant grass in the Vietnam Central Highlands.
Rocks thrust upward through the earth's crust, often shattered, unstable leg-breakers and ankle-busters; old aircraft wreckage featuring violently torn knife-edged scrap teeming with tetanus; the corpses of giant trees felled by lightning or disease, their sharp, splintered bones sticking up like huge punji stakes
to skewer you like a kebab, or the worst: Naturally-occurring sinkholes with steep, slick, crumbling sides falling sometimes a 100 feet or more below ground-level to a pit of sodden death-rot; a soup of fermenting bacteria and miasmic vapors, slow-cooking incautious animals--and men.