Ernie Cheatham was the CO of Task Force X-ray… the entire organization of Marines that were tasked to clear the City of Hue during the 1968 Tet "celebration". I do not know where he was during the first few days of the fighting… but suffice it to say that our four tanks spent the vast majority of our time serving as a shield for the hapless Marine grunts who were thrown into the meat grinder and with carrying the wounded to be medivaced or their lifeless bodies to Grave Registration. See the attached photos…
When Ernie showed his sorry azs inside of the city limits, he screamed over the radios, "Get those big f-cking, noisy RPG magnets away from my men!"
He did not care that we "saved the day" more often that he could ever imagine.
Ours is not to wonder why. Ours is to do or die.