Re: need help w/ M1A
I'll add a bit to that; When the chopper went down, RJ was the only one left more or less functional. He was carrying a Stoner 63 (?) at the time, and found it wrapped around part of the airframe of the chopper. The only weapons available to him were the 45s the aircrew had on them. All were badly injured, and RJ managed to haul them out of the burning chopper to a paddy dike a short distance away. A full NVA force came to take them into captivity and charged their position. RJ dropped a few in the first charge, and as he put it, "that took a lot of the entusiasm out of them." He held them off for some time, while they mounted a few more frontal assaults, all with nothing but the M1911s. When they finally got some more air support to them and were able to extract them, they counted over 40 dead NVA around his perimiter.
Now here's the real kicker; RJ broke his back on impact, and was still able to pull the other guys out of the chopper, and hold off the NVA until the cavalry arrived. After recuperating, he stayed in the SEALs for the rest of his career. When I met him, he was the XO of Team Two, out of Coronado. Look up "genuine hero" in the dictionary, and it should have his picture in there somewhere. Quite a guy.