Robert Lynn Pedigo served as a lieutenant combat engineer during the Vietnam War in 1970.
He and his troop of 20 men were assigned the mission to clear the jungle of all foliage and aerial view obstruction within designated areas.
They accomplished this using bulldozers, tearing down everything and anything that crossed their path.
Being in the front line of uncleared territory, they regularly set off booby traps and explosives. Only seven of his 20 men made it out of Vietnam without being medically evacuated.
This story is the first of a short series told by Mr. Pedigo about some of the more traumatic experiences he encountered in the field and how they affected him.