Thursday, July 16, 2015
Leadership in Korea. "I'm scared too. There's nothing wrong with being scared as long as you do your part."
The initial freezing panic of being attacked lasted only minutes. The artillerymen, superbly trained, disciplined, and led, suddenly realized that they could persevere. They fought almost cockily, as Lavoie walked about the perimeter, dodging bullets. Lavoie opened the rear doors on the halftracks and crawled up to talk with the machine gunners. He asked them to cooperate in firing only at specific targets, and told them how successfully the Battalion was holding off the Chinese. One man told him he'd better get down. "It's dangerous up here," he explained. Others, reassured, only grinned. Twice Lavoie found groups of two or three men huddled in the bed of a halftrack. He told them to get out and help: "I'm scared too. There's nothing wrong with being scared as long as you do your part." Ashamed, they promptly returned to their proper positions.