Our battalion was known as the Spartans. The battalion operations officer is known by the suffix 3, so then-Major MacLean went by the call sign, “Spartan 3” on the radio. I rode in the turret on the right, as the Bradley vehicle commander; Sergeant First Class Maxwell rode on the left as the gunner. He was the battalion master gunner and one of the best shots in the unit with the cannon and machine-gun. Shortly after this, we engaged and destroyed an enemy ZSU 23-4 anti-aircraft vehicle armed with four 23mm fast-firing cannons.
Near Some Oil Well Fires
Tom Sittnick was “Spartan 5,” the battalion executive officer. He could do more pushups in three minutes than I could in an hour. He was a hard trooper and did several tours with the Rangers. I think he may be working for the Georgia Department of Corrections now. Back then, we were naïve concerning the extent all that smoke was probably hurting us.