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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 9)

On the last night of our preparation, I couldn’t sleep. I felt a lot of trepidation. It was 2100H. We needed to take a nap since we had to move out as early as 0100H the next day. Everybody seemed … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 8)

As usual, I wore my black panther. I brought my toiletries, towel and M16 rifle. The trail was slippery so I used my combat boots. It’s a narrow trail. I ran towards the direction of the firing range. The bathing … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 6)

The last day of preparation finally came. It’s already 0500H. There was an early morning drizzle. The tent city was a muddy mess. For the past months, we had to wear our combat boots every time we go outside of … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 4)

The firer shouted, “Clear the back blast area!”  Suddenly, there was a loud whooshing sound. I observed silently 20 meters away from the firer. Whoosh! The sound of the bazooka roared like thunder. Wham! The blast echoed around the firing … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 2)

Jolo, Sulu – This place is the most feared field assignment of any Filipino soldier. The Abu Sayyaf bandits are well-known for being ruthless. They decapitate the heads of their enemies. They want to create terror. They want to be … Continue reading

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A Tribute to a Fallen Comrade (Part 1)

It was raining so hard that day. My hands were getting shaky. I hated my Jungle Pack! I felt that it was ripping my back. My legs were burning, trembling as if crying to me and begging for rest. I … Continue reading

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