How warm napalm.
"The first departure of the aircraft of the Marine Corps was delayed by one hour and occurred about one o'clock. With the advent of the aircraft, the convoy came out. It was headed by rifle companies of the 1st battalion of the 32nd regiment with an all-terrain vehicle of anti-aircraft defense. Stamford pointed the planes at him.
The first plane accidentally dropped napalm a little earlier than necessary. He collapsed near the cross-country vehicle in the head of the column. Burning flames immediately engulfed about a dozen Americans. They included two platoon commanders, George E. Foster (West Point, 1950) and Henry M. Moore, both of whom received severe burns, from which Foster later died.
Private First Class James Ransom recalled that napalm collapsed in the middle of its unit. Then he continued: “I don’t know how a miracle the flame spared me. I guess I don’t even know it. All the people around me were burning. They were rolling in the snow.
The soldiers, whom I knew, with whom I fought together, begged me to shoot them. I could not. It was terrible. Napalm burned the skin, it turned into a crust and fell off the face, hands or feet, like potato chips. "
Such an unsuccessful air attack of friendly forces was a catastrophic psychological blow to the group of Feith. Wounded Hugh Robbins recalled that this “was one of the most horrific sights” in his life. To avoid another accidental hit, the soldiers scattered in all directions.
Don Faith did his best to gather and encourage his people, but it was not easy. An official army historian wrote: “Until that time, the detachment remained organized, but then it began to fall apart. Soldiers mixed up in panic, the soldiers turned into a mass of people that was disorganized and subject to no one.”
Blair, Clay, Jr.