100 Word Challenge - Swagger

What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The word is "Swagger".

 100 Word Challenge June 25 2012


They were First Squad, First Platoon, Charlie Company. They were young, green and freshly bloodied. They had walked into an ambush in an area that was supposed safe and lost half their number killed or wounded. They slowly filed in, through the wire, weapons held by barrels over the shoulder or by the sling, like a suitcase. Their vacant stares told their story louder and more clearly than any voice might. They had run right smack into the horror of War and their elan, their swagger, lay in the rice paddies where their comrades died. They would never have that again.

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Big Mark 243 said...

I think that this is a part of a larger story... I know I would love to hear more about Charlie Company.

Tara R. said...

My FIL served 3 tours in Viet Nam. He never talks about it, and I've never asked. But, I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices our service men and women make every day.

PattiKen said...

More yours than mine, but that was our war, the one that made a pacifist of me. Good job packing the horror into so few words.