"You VC? You NVA?"
He said nothing.
"Papa-san, you VC? You VC?"
We didn't know what to do with him.
The point man said, "Hell, let's kill him. I should have killed him right away. Then we wouldn't have to worry."
The other guy said, "Maybe we should tell him to di di [get out of here]. Then we can shoot him as he's running away."
The point man replied, "Let's just tie him to a tree and shoot him right here."
It was a few incredulous moments before I realized what they were saying. "What are you guys talking about?" I said. "We can't shoot this guy. Let's take him back to the lieutenant."
"No," the point man said. "The lieutenant said he doesn't want any prisoners. What's he gonna do with him? We'd just have to watch the gook and take him with us on the march. The lieutenant doesn't want to be bothered with him. We can't take him back."
I said, "Let's take him back and let the lieutenant decide. If he wants to kill him, that's his business."